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Missing Bob and Rebecca

It’s been tough hearing about local businesses closing. The biggest gut punch for me was when Bob Jacobson and Rebecca Strong said they had closed The LUX and were moving to Lopez Island. I had gotten to know them over the last five years or so....

 

Bruch for House in LD 10

By: Sandy Stokes If the dangerous, lawless takeover in Seattle has shown us anything, it is that generations of one-party rule have not been healthy for our state. Our little town is fielding a candidate who can help reverse the trend toward impotent...

 

Johnson for state Senate

By: Barb Schultz Dear Editor: We support Helen Price Johnson for state Senate because she has experience and leadership. Helen has represented her community as a school board member and now through her extensive work as a three term Island County...

 

Make Tribe pay its tax share

Dear Mr. Wheeler: This letter concerns the budget for the 2020-2021 school year. Debt service is paid by taxes on non-Indians. This is not fair. Tribal members constitute an estimated 16.1% of enrollment, so the Swinomish Tribal Community should...

 

Leadership in turbulent times

By: Judy Menish Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, uses her considerable research skills and storytelling capabilities to give us a profile of four American presidents who became great leaders of this country during...

 

Kandis Susol’s ‘Embrace’ at FORUM Arts

By: Meg Holgate Before coaxing each piece of waxed and resin-coated paper into place, Kandis Susol begins her day with a meditation. In the small studio space allocated to her practice on Orcas Island, Susol brings concentration, tranquility and...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 12, 2020

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Leave. Let’s let them leave, those who hold the Confederate battle flag high, who defend monuments to Rebel leaders who took up arms to defeat the Union in 1861. Theirs is not a heritage to be celebrated. The Confederates were an alliance of states...

 

Report Asian giant hornets

OLYMPIA — As summer gets into full swing and people spend more time outside, state and federal officials and local beekeepers hope the public will keep their eyes open and report any sightings of Asian giant hornet. “When it comes to...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 12, 2020

Forget Phase 3 in Skagit County this summer

COVID-19 cases in Skagit County are steadily climbing, with 21 cases found from Friday through Monday. Nine positive test cases were confirmed Friday and again Monday. The Skagit County Board of Healt...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    July 12, 2020

Coronavirus cases in La Conner

Five local residents who came down with covid-19 agree: Keep wearing those masks! When Jo Wolfe started feeling bad in March, she attributed it to her allergies. Ten days later, the director of the Skagit County Historical Museum found herself at Pro...

 

First Street traffic closure possible for October celebration

Closing First Street to traffic on busy shopping weekends has been discussed here for decades. Only now, it is an idea whose time is drawing near. Mayor Ramon Hayes and Town Council members are open to turning downtown into a walking plaza for a...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 12, 2020

Kathy Herrera promoted to principal

Kathy Herrera has already worn several hats during her time at La Conner Schools, and will don another one – along with a mask – for the 2020-21 academic year. Herrera, who served as La...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 12, 2020

Businesses expect brisk sales for weekend

Merchants on Morris and First Streets are hopeful the July 4th weekend will be a shot in the arm for sales even without fireworks lighting the night sky. Asking about business possibilities this...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    July 12, 2020

Vintage Store, Library Thrift Shop open again

Ready, set, shop. Start Thursday at the Soroptimist Vintage Store on Morris Street, open for the first time since mid-March. Their high-quality goods have been dusted off, the volunteer staff has a safety plan, which includes customers: wear your...

 
 By Jared Fair    Community    July 12, 2020

Library curbside service expanded

The library is happy to announce the expansion of curbside service hours and phone requests. Beginning today, the La Conner Library will provide curbside service pickups Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Schedule pick up during these hours of...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 12, 2020

Being a patriotic citizen

This weekend marks the 244th anniversary of our declaring our independence, when, as Lincoln said at Gettysburg, “our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are...

 

What Would POTUS Say? A Rebuttal

By: Patricia Bonacic (aka the DONALDoppelganger) Dear Mel and Ken, I am writing in response to your respective editorials printed about me in the La Conner Weekly News last week. The newspaper had evidentially been used to wrap up shrimp, and other...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 12, 2020

Musings – on the editor’s mind

I have received the best third year anniversary gift ever from the people around the country embracing the Black Lives Matter movement: Hope. This surprise gift welled up inside of me recently, completely unexpected, as I reflected on finishing my th...

 

Biden also dodged draft

By: Mike Morrell Mel Damski is pleading for President Trump to resign because he knows that is the only way Sleepy Joe could win. Can you imagine if he did resign and we were stuck with a President Biden, who can’t put a coherent sentence...

 

Suzanne Woodard for LD 10 Rep

By: Albert Ondo The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the injustices and inequalities that have plagued our society and our state for far too long. Too often, our state representatives in Olympia have not placed people first. Our health and safety...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 12, 2020

Sloniker and Hiller on La Conner school board

Comings and goings continue with the La Conner School Board. The school district’s governing panel lost its most senior member, Brad Smith. He submitted his resignation June 19. Smith represented District 3, the Shelter Bay area, for 14 years and...

 

School board director needed

The La Conner School District seeks candidates to fill the District 3 board seat held by Brad Smith until his June resignation. Residents must live in District 3, which includes Shelter Bay. The term runs through 2021. Applications need a statement...

 

Steamed Manila Clams

When Swinomish tribal members dig clams, it’s called clam jamming. They get a tribal permit and follow the regulations as to location and times. I, for one, have not participated in tribal clam...

 

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