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 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 7, 2022

High school graduation at Whittaker Field on Friday

La Conner High School has held annual commencements for more than a century but the 5 p.m. June 10 graduation at Whittaker Field will offer something new. Those attending will be officially welcomed i...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 7, 2022

Clothier and Hiller recognized at alumni banquet

Ryan Hiller and Beth Clothier were instrumental in helping La Conner schools navigate uncharted waters posed by a global pandemic. The couple, members of the La Conner High School Class of 1987, were...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 7, 2022

Our responsibilities to graduates

Friday 60 La Conner High School students graduate, a great accomplishment and the real start, certainly not the end, of their education. Four times editorials on this page have saluted and extolled La Conner’s graduates, lifting them up as the...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 7, 2022

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Here is a great title for this column: COVID-19 at work. Since I am not surprised, I cannot call last week’s COVID-19 coming to the Weekly News office – and going home with the staff person who brought it – a scare or even unexpected....

 

Treat guns like abortions

“We the People”, our Constitution starts off. Who is “we?’ Apparently only white XY males at the time of the writing of the Constitution. Women weren’t considered, Blacks weren’t considered and LGBTQ weren’t part of their thinking....

 

Costly park development

I noted in last week’s paper the towns intention to submit a proposal for $ 539,325 to develop the new park on maple Ave. I’m not sure how one can spend this much tax money. I researched public picnic tables. One of the most expensive I could...

 

Washington Supreme Court orders $28k sanctions in baseless election lawsuit

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced June 1 that his office successfully sought sanctions from a group pursuing a frivolous legal challenge of the 2020 election, along with its attorney. The sanctions order comes after Ferguson...

 

Residents’ criticisms humorous

Georgia Johnson says, "They didn’t know the history of the place." Bruce Cornwell says, “It was a gas station since time immemorial, and a car dealership before that.” I enjoyed the moment of (unintended ?) humor. Mike Elliott...

 

Roberta B. Nelson

Roberta B. Nelson, age 83, passed away Monday, May 23, 2022 at home in Burlington, Washington. She was born Sept. 6, 1938 to Robert and Helga (Knudsen) Bell in Mount Vernon. She graduated class... Full story

 

FCCs again proposed for County

On May 24, the Skagit County Commissioners took public testimony on proposed amendments to the county comprehensive plan. One of those proposals is LR 22-02, to amend the county comprehensive plan to allow fully contained communities (FCCs) to be...

 

Senior cyclists share fitness lifestyle with students

Sixty years separate La Conner High School students and a group of local senior cyclists. But their shared commitment to exercise has seen them frequently cross paths here. On June 7, they enjoyed a...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    June 7, 2022

Artist Newell-Reim savored her place, her time

I only met Lavone Newell-Reim once, but after immersing myself in the new show at the Skagit County Historical Museum, she feels like an old friend. “Lavone Newell-Reim: A Life Well Lived” traces Newell-Reim’s journey from Kansas to Sauk...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    June 7, 2022

Facing up to the ‘Unthinkable’

Televised hearings start tomorrow night, Thursday, with the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol presenting their findings. Tune in with a stout heart, an open mind, patience and perhaps a bot...

 
 By Aurelien Ali    School    June 7, 2022

‘America became my new home,’ Italian exchange student said

Even though Eleonora Libé got sick her first days here after what seemed to her an endless flight, she is living her dream since then over the last nine months. The senior exchange student at...

 

Belgian teen learns about America at La Conner High School

A La Conner High School exchange student considering a career in filmmaking is becoming something of a celebrity himself. While Aurelien Ali learns more about the local area since his arrival from Belgium last summer, teens in La Conner and around...

 

Heather Carter leaving La Conner Chamber

Heather Carter, who planted the seeds that germinated into La Conner’s Daffodil Festival, is leaving the Chamber of Commerce to help grow a new Camano Island non-profit venture. Her last day as...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, May 30 7:01 a.m.: Utility pole accident – A vehicle collided into a utility pole in the road. Wires were reported down in the roadway. La Conner Whitney Rd., La Conner. 12:39 p.m.: Fraud – Report of possible unauthorized use of a...

 

Blueberry Smothie

Blueberries! We love blueberries! We live in an area where acres and acres of blueberries are grown. We eat gallons of blueberries each year. I freeze blueberries and gift them to family. Ingredients Plain yogurt, 1 cup Blueberries, 1cup Honey, 2...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    June 7, 2022

Harassment boils over into arrests of two La Conner students

The on-edge tensions communities nationwide are experiencing became a crisis among La Conner High School students last Thursday and continued Monday. On June 2, a 15 year old student was arrested on three counts of felony harassment threats to kill...

 

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