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Be aware: burn ban time here

It is summer and time to be more careful about outside burning. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community issued a burn ban June 24, as has the Skagit County Fire Marshall. Environmental conditions are such that fires can spread out of control and...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 29, 2020

‘Sex Ed in kindergarten’ Bruch LD 10 campaign issue

Sex is a hot topic in the primary election. Republican Bill Bruch, of La Conner, has made “No State Government Mandated K-12 Sex-Ed” a central issue in his campaign for the LD 10 Position 2 seat held by Rep. Dave Paul, D-Oak Harbor. In a June 10...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 29, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions tightening

Forget a La Conner Octoberfest-like street fair this fall. There will be no large public events, nor weddings nor funerals in Skagit County or anywhere in Washington state through the end of 2020....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 29, 2020

School Board adopts balanced annual budget

While it is still unclear what form school will take here in the fall, one thing is certain. La Conner Schools will operate under a slimmer, balanced budget of nearly $12.7 million, crafted in response to COVID-impacted revenues and expenditures....

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 29, 2020

Elections offer choices up and down ballot

This year’s primary election has more candidates than can be covered in the Weekly News. Get past the 36 candidates for governor and drill down to the contested election contests close to home. You can send Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, back to...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Toppling the big one

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root . . . — Henry David Thoreau, “Walden” Our biggest historical monument, built at the birth of the nation, bridging the north and southern sections of the...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    July 29, 2020

If I ran the zoo

A priest and a rabbi are sitting together in the back seat of a taxicab on the way to an ecumenical event. The taxi gets side-swiped, jumps the curb and comes to a grinding halt. The priest and rabbi...

 

Bruch campaign shameful

“A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.” This chilling statement has been attributed to Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda. The campaign of Bill Bruch, candidate for the Washington House...

 

Democrat beat up at Republican rally

Since when is it okay for our Republican candidates for high state office to stand by and watch while a group of their ardent supporters harass and then physically assault a member of the public attending an “all are welcome” 4th of July event...

 

Rebuttal of Stokes

In the July 22 Weekly News, I see that Ms. Stokes responded to my letter. This is getting a bit silly, but the issue of a candidate’s worthiness or appropriateness for a given political position based upon his prior performance and behavior is a...

 

Bruch slandering Paul

Dear Editor: I received a campaign ad from Bill Bruch in the mail last Thursday, which makes evident that Bruch knows nothing about the Senate Bill 3595 that was signed into law to appropriately address education for kindergarten through twelfth...

 

Bruch’s is smear campaign

Tired of smear campaigns, distorted truths, and out-and-out lies? Shouldn’t we expect more of our candidates as well as our incumbents? If so, you will be troubled by the recent smear campaign against Representative Dave Paul, moderate Democratic...

 

Bruch ad and sex ed

Regarding the Bill Bruch ad: Dave Paul voted in favor of sex ed for kindergartners? Please. The only sex ed message a kindergartner would learn is that they should tell their parents if someone touches them inappropriately or makes them feel...

 

Fire District 13 creates key support positions

Wood Weiss has settled into his new role as District 13 Fire Chief. Now Weiss is helping others take on new duties as well. Last Thursday he received approval from District 13 Commissioners during their monthly video-conferenced meeting for key...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    July 29, 2020

Town offered masterpiece mural

The best things in life truly are free. Just ask members of the La Conner Arts Commission. Commissioners at their video-conferenced meeting last Thursday reviewed the proposed donation to the Town of a striking four-panel, 20-foot mural sporting a...

 

1908 Cook Book stirs up voting for women

Pioneering in Washington territory was no place for shrinking violets. Men and women labored side by side to take advantage of the opportunity that the new western land could offer. Self-sufficiency was the necessary characteristic for successful...

 
 By Bob Hamblin    Community    July 29, 2020

Bird migration diversity throughout the year

Some species migrate south in late summer and fall. On a clear or partly cloudy night about a half an hour to an hour after sunset the Swanson’s thrush, a local nesting bird, will take flight going south. It will reach a height of up to 500 feet...

 

Nagel, Good-Vlahovich honored with ‘Coin’

Snee-Oosh area resident Sue Nagel and La Conner High alum Virginia Good-Vlahovich have invested much time and energy into helping combat food insecurity in Skagit County. Those efforts paid off in a b...

 

Shelter Bay senior takes aging process in stride

Prior to celebrating her 98th birthday last week, Jean Collins of Shelter Bay put in some laps at the La Conner High Whittaker Field track, logging a mile. Collins wasn’t alone for that early...

 

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