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Articles from the May 24, 2022 edition

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 By Ken Stern    Community    May 24, 2022

Four parties challenge Center Street condos permit

The Town of La Conner’s hearing examiner will have another look at a conditional use permit for Brandon and Kate Atkinson’s three story condominium building at 306 Center Street. The Town of La Conner, its fire department, resident Linda Talman a...

 

Anacortes plans downtown creative arts district

An alliance of Anacortes arts groups has applied to ArtsWa, the state panel for designation of creative district status in the historic downtown area, a process outlined during a one-hour public meeting at the Anacortes Community Theatre May 18....

 

Shelter Bay board election winners pledge open communications

The people have spoken and three newly elected Shelter Bay Homeowners Association board members vow to continue listening. Judy Kontos, Dan McCaughan and Nancy Shimeall were announced as winners at the association’s annual meeting May 21, following...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 24, 2022

Deaths to memorialize

Monday is Memorial Day, the time this nation pauses to remember those who have died, as soldiers and in support of the many wars, declared and not declared, in the almost 160 years since our Civil War ended. “These honored dead “ Lincoln...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 24, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

This is a once upon a time story set in our place, right here. There is not a palace but a property, and a historic La Conner couple, Donna and Gerald Blades, are at the heart of it. The Blades owned an Exxon gas station on Morris and Fourth...

 

Viewing great blue herons

The March Point Heronry is the largest heron nesting site on the west coast of the United States and provides critical genetic diversity for the health of these beloved local birds. Due to the sensitive nature of the nesting herons, the land the...

 

Students get snacks

The Rotary Club of La Conner, in partnership with La Conner Elementary School, would like to thank La Conner and the surrounding Skagit Valley for your kindness and generosity for our March Community Project “Snacks for Students.” Thanks to all o...

 
 By Bob Raymond    Opinion    May 24, 2022

Take time to decide on development

The introductory line to the Port’s Tuesday public session on the future of the La Conner Marina was “(we) have property ready for development.” Those words are frightening to many of us in La Conner who have experienced the Town’s eager...

 

If I ran the zoo

A friend thought this was worth sharing and so do I: “There’s a strange odor in the living room,” my daughter, a first-time mom with a newborn and an acute sense of smell, said. I knew at once that the crawlspace of our vacation rental had...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 24, 2022

Fab Five celebrated at college signing day

Passage of national Title IX legislation 50 years ago began leveling the playing field for female athletes. Now, five La Conner High School senior girls have signed letters of intent to compete for...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 24, 2022

Marble qualifies in four events

La Conner High School track standout Ellie Marble has qualified in four events at what will be the first state 2B track and field meet in three years starting Thursday, May 26 at Eastern Washington Un...

 
 By Jared Fair    Community    May 24, 2022

Library Happenings

Summer Reading is upon us and the theme this year is: Oceans of Fun! Sign-ups begin June 1 and are available at the Library. We will have a craft activity to kick things off on June 11 from 12:30-2 p.m. Stop by and see us! Construction update There...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Sunday, May 15 3:29 p.m.: Threat with weapons – Caller was driving on I-5 and witnessed a driver and its occupants smoking off of foil. Caller followed them to the Conway Shell and confronted them. Driver exited his vehicle with a baseball bat...

 

Baked Salmon

A Sunday evening meal that includes salmon is always enjoyable. I recently paired it with steamed brown rice and asparagus cooked in olive oil with fresh garlic. Kevin’s favorite part is the tail. A...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    May 24, 2022

Focus on local grains is recipe for excellence

Driving to work, Rachael Sobczak passes acre after acre of her ingredients. The 12-year La Conner resident is owner of Water Tank Bakery, which opened last June at the Port of Skagit. She crafts...

 

La Conner Marina housing possible

How best to redevelop a 13-acre section of La Conner Marina was the issue Port of Skagit officials put before town leaders and residents at Maple Hall Tuesday evening, May 17. The one-hour joint...

 

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