Articles from the May 17, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 17, 2023

Shelter Bay board candidates meet and greet before vote

The 2023 Shelter Bay Board of Directors campaign trail crossed Rainbow Bridge into La Conner Monday evening. A scheduled three-hour community members-only meet-and-greet with board candidates in the...

 

Solar Jam forecasts bright renewable energy future

The Solar Jam at Maple Hall Saturday could not have been timed better. The hottest day of the year, with bright sunshine drawing crowds of tourists to the town's boardwalk and other attractions, coinc...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 17, 2023

Gardens or housing for Jenson Field?

Discussions are going on among La Conner residents advocating for development of a community garden at Jenson Field, as some are calling the property south of Pioneer Park and west of Maple Avenue Sybil and Tom Jenson sold to the Town of La Conner...

 
 By Sarah Walls    A & E    May 17, 2023

A review of Matika Wilbur's 'Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America'

Like many of my neighbors, I made plans after work on April 25th to join in celebrating Matika Wilbur's anticipated new book release "Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America." I have...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 17, 2023

Green field or home field?

It is a tough choice for the residents of our little town – the citizens of La Conner – to make. The community was given a gift, nearly, when Sybil and Tom Jenson sold the Town of La Conner a half-plus acre of property under Pioneer Park and wes... Full story

 

Shelter Bay leadership

Shelter Bay, as an organization and entity, is both an anomaly and a conundrum. It attempts to operate functionally as both a corporation and a homeowner’s association, and the lines of authority and responsibility between them have become i...

 
 By Judy Kontos    Opinion    May 17, 2023

Let's talk Shelter Bay business

It’s election time in Shelter Bay – Online voting closes 4 p.m. May 19. In person must be done the early morning of May 20. If you intend to mail or drop off your vote, you must travel to the office to pick up a ballot. Mailed ballots must be rec...

 

Larsen saves bird habitat

For World Migratory Bird Day, May 13th, Skagit Audubon Society especially appreciated the leadership of U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, who is sponsoring a bill reauthorizing and bolstering the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. As members of the...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    May 17, 2023

Build energy efficiency savings into new home construction

Well-built houses last for centuries. Today’s decisions during construction of a new home can affect your grandchildren’s grandchildrens’ energy bills. If you were building a new house for maxim...

 

Federal COVID-19 emergency ends

The national COVID-19 public health emergency ended May 11, as ordered by President Joe Biden. People covered by Medicare will continue to get COVID-19 vaccines at no cost. Medicare will cover COVID-19 PCR and antigen tests with no out-of-pocket...

 

Citizen engagement at library Saturday

La Conner residents are invited to attend a citizen engagement opportunity at the La Conner Swinomish Library Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. sponsored by the town council’s communications committee....

 

CORRECTION

The Weekly News updated and corrected its May 10 story, “Shelter Bay lease negotiations continue,” on its website by deleting the final two paragraphs that incorrectly stated that attorney Paul Taylor’s statements were “mistaken” and he “erred” i...

 

James Frank Ritchie

After battling cancer with a relentlessly positive attitude for over 12 years, James Frank Ritchie, age 75, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2023. Jim was born October 7, 1947, in Denver,... Full story

 

Nancy Scott Juneby

Our beautiful mother, grandma, sister and friend passed away peacefully at her home in La Conner, WA on March 1, 2023 at the age of 82. She was surrounded and cared for by her family and friends.... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 17, 2023

Town officials cautious about 2024 budget

With long-awaited warm weather hinting of summer arrival, La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes told Town Council members that tighter fitting fashions will be the coming style at their May 9 Maple Hall session. “We’re going to have to tighten our belts thi...

 

Henrie Shelter Bay lawsuit

Shelter Bay resident Jan Henrie filed a motion in Skagit Superior Court May 5 asking for a default judgment in her lawsuit against the community’s board members Wendy Poulton, Elaine Dixon Monte Hicks, Joseph Hurley and Louise Kari because defense l...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 17, 2023

School board moves closer to approving plant garden

La Conner School board members toured native plant gardens on Swinomish Reservation last week, a walking tour that appears to have brought the district one step closer to installing something similar as an outdoor hands-on classroom on campus. A...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 17, 2023

Eight La Conner High thinclads make state trials

La Conner High School’s Tommy Murdock qualified for the 2023 Washington State 2B Track & Field Championships in Yakima May 25-27. Murdock captured top honors in the boys’ Northwest Bi-District 110 and 300-meter hurdles events in Coupeville on Sat...

 
 By Kathy Wolfe    Community    May 17, 2023

Tree squirrels of the Pacific Northwest

Which of these descriptions best describes the squirrels who pass through your garden? A lively, adorable, cavorting, wide-eyed, bush-tailed acrobat and is a joy to watch. Or the destroyer of flower beds and home irrigation lines, raider of bird...

 

'Healing Heart' film of Vi Hilbert's quest

The Lincoln Theatre joined with the Skagit River Poetry Foundation to host an informative and inspirational evening with the Valley premiere of the film, "The Healing Heart of Lushootseed" last...

 

Career fair Thursday at SVC

More than 70 local employers with job opportunities will be present at Skagit Valley College first career fair May 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Knutzen Cardinal Center on the Mount Vernon campus. Local employers will be recruiting from all areas of...

 
 By Ron Muzzall    Opinion    May 17, 2023

More hope and less politics

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wrote a column in this paper bringing attention to a different public health problem sweeping the nation. While maybe not as physically deadly, the...

 
 By Clyde Shavers    Opinion    May 17, 2023

2023 Legislative session wrap-up: Fighting for you

During the hectic, fluid and complex process of the 2023 legislative session, I wanted to keep our priorities front and center. I’ve been fighting to help our low-income and working families, s...

 

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