Articles from the May 10, 2023 edition

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Macek and Airy honored at library reception

The new La Conner Swinomish Library is where one can find the latest word on almost any subject. And not just between the covers of books. A large turnout Thursday evening, for instance, spoke...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 10, 2023

Politicking cans Shelter Bay Cinco de Mayo party

Politics is by nature a social science. But, in Shelter Bay, questions have arisen over whether there should be a separation of politics and social gatherings, akin to that of church and state. The community’s social and recreation committee c...

 By Ken Stern    News    May 10, 2023

Shelter Bay lease teams negotiations 'positive'

CORRECTION: The Weekly News has updated and corrected this story, below, by deleting the final two paragraphs that incorrectly stated that attorney Paul Taylor’s statements were “mistaken” and he “erred” in his stating “that the Defendants... Full story


Ceremony honors Whittaker Field anniversary, 1968 football team

La Conner Schools hosted a ceremony last week that was 50 years in the making. Well, actually, more than that. The impetus for developing Whittaker Field, named for the district's late legendary...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 10, 2023

Democracy needs a local press

As publisher of the Weekly News, I will be on a panel discussing “The Future of Local Journalism: Is It Important to Our Democracy?” Monday May 15 at the Mount Vernon high school. In the United States, where our Declaration of Independence holds as... Full story


Transparency for all

I hope I am not alone in my wry reaction to the half-page ad in the May 3 La Conner Weekly News titled, “Opportunity For Positive Change in Shelter Bay.” Among the several issues mentioned was the need to practice transparency. The ad was sub...

 By MJ Craig    Opinion    May 10, 2023

Shelter Bay group out of order

Dear editor, Please advise, cannot understand. Good grief!? Shelter Bay, a community across the Swinomish Channel from La Conner, is under attack from an out-of-order insider group? One judge has already thrown out an unsubstantiated lawsuit for...

 By Chris Omdal    Community    May 10, 2023

Marina Moorings

With the completion of the Swinomish Yacht Club's kick-off of the boating season, the marina is getting ready to have many more visiting boaters. We are seeing significantly higher activity at the gue...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 10, 2023

Musings – on the editor's mind

Before Tom Hanks rode through post-Civil War Texas on his rescue mission bringing the 10-years old Johanna to her grandparents south of San Antonio in the film “News of the World,” there was Paulette Jiles’ 2016 novel. Her protagonist, Captain Jeffe... Full story

 By Ken Stern    News    May 10, 2023

April damp, cold, dry

You are right to remember April as dreary, damp and cold. What it wasn’t was wet. The 1.7 inches of rain was the fourth year in a row of under 1.7 inches of moisture and the seventh driest April since 2000. Rainfall was 37% below the 2.7 inches avera...

 By Ken Stern    Community    May 10, 2023

'Project 562' makes NYT bestsellers list

“IT’S A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!!” Matika Wilbur, “Tsa-Tsique,” shared the news in a group email last weekend. Less than two weeks after launching her photography book, “Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America” to the world on the...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 10, 2023

Siting adult businesses in La Conner a dilemma

Town officials aren't turning a blind eye to the prospect of peep shows coming to La Conner. That's why, with a six-month moratorium now in place, they're hustling to enact restrictions limiting...


James "Jim" Ritchie

Jim Ritchie passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2023. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at 1 p.m. Following the graveside service, there will be a Celebration Of Life at the Heritage Flight Museum... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 10, 2023

Murdock sets new personal bests in hurdles

Tommy Murdock is a state champion who never stops looking to improve. That was again the case at the Stanwood Twilight Invitational Track Meet Friday as the La Conner High School junior set new...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 10, 2023

La Conner high school ball teams shine in final diamond tests of season

All's well that ends well. That sums up the 2023 season for La Conner High School's youthful baseball and softball teams, both wrapping up the campaign with non-league home wins over Muckleshoot...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 10, 2023

Iconic La Conner High volleyball coach nets WIAA Hall of Fame honor

For 30 years, Suzanne Marble has preached the power of teamwork. Now, ironically, at the end of a remarkable career that has seen her guide La Conner High School volleyball teams to over 550 wins and...


Adult winners, history museum writing contest

The adult winners of the Skagit County Historical Museum 3rd annual writing contest were announced last week. They include, for their essays, Adam Lafayette, 1st place, “The Heirloom;” Glen Johnson, 2nd, “Seeds for the Future.” Poetry winners...


Young winners, history museum writing contest

The winners of the Skagit County Historical Museum 3rd annual writing contest include, Essay winners: Youths: Lily Sziebert, 1st Place, Tara Johnson, 2nd. Teens: Sidra Marshall, 1st, Amelia Zustiak, 2nd. Poetry winners: Youths: Anna Cardon, 1st....


Film on Vi Hilbert Friday at Lincoln

The Skagit Valley premiere of "The Healing Heart of Lushootseed," a documentary film, shows at the Lincoln Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday.. The evening starts with a red carpet reception at 6:30 pm. Feel...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 10, 2023

Students adds spice to life in cooking courses

Two La Conner High School seniors have found a recipe for success in the culinary arts program at Northwest Career and Technical Academy . Li Bell and Kristina Hansen gain instruction and train two-an...


Police Blotter 4/30-5/6

Monday, May 1 8:16 a.m.: Cow on road – Report of a loose cow on Josh Wilson Road. The animal owner got the cow back into the pasture where it belonged. Josh Wilson / Farm to Market Rds., Bayview. F...


Herb Roasted Potatoes & Asparagus

Red potatoes are our favorite. Asparagus is one of our favorite vegetables. A hot oven on a cool day with herbs wafting throughout the house is very pleasant. With plenty of herbs, salt is not...


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