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Articles from the October 5, 2022 edition

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Students, staff honor victims of residential school trauma

It wasn't yellow flags that dotted dry and brownish Whittaker Field Friday morning. It was instead the orange shirts worn by La Conner students and staff that colored the school district's football...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 5, 2022

Town impact fees can support fire department and parks

As his job title suggests, Michael Davolio is a man with a plan. And in this case, it’s one not likely to stir debate or controversy. The La Conner Town planner has drafted a proposed impact fee ordinance that the Town Council began studying last...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 5, 2022

Jean Markert hired as permanent director for the new La Conner Swinomish Library

Because Jean Markert has always enjoyed reading and books, the next chapter in her career could not have been better scripted. Markert, previously an instructor at Skagit Valley College and manager of...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 5, 2022

Check out books, don't ban them

Good news. The new La Conner Swinomish Library is on the move, literally, as volunteer book brigades shuttle its precious cargo from the old library site to the new building at 520 Morris Street. A new library, what a wonderful idea realized. Take...

 

Share dreams by mediation

An open letter to towns- people, town council, town staff and project developers: The town is growing. New construction is coming into neighborhoods. We as a town have long felt that infilling is the best way to grow rather than sprawling out into...

 

Port great business partner

La Conner Maritime Service is a second generation La Conner family owned and operated business providing marine services since 1992. We employ about 30 individuals in living wage jobs. Several of those individuals, including myself, call La Conner...

 

Getting electric vehicles recharged

By Greg Whiting Where's the electricity for electric vehicles going to come from? Why has California recently asked people to stop charging electric cars and, at the same time, changed regulations so...

 

A recall of Shelter Bay directors

By Roberta Fontenot This isn’t just about the clearcut of Shelter Bay’s Rainbow Park. This is about a legal obligation imposed upon the community’s board of directors by the state of Washington to meet certain legal standards of care when...

 

Youthful organizers hopeful

In May of 2022 Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed sweeping gun control measures making it illegal to buy, sell or import handguns anywhere in Canada; a buy-back program for assault-style weapons; higher penalties for gun-smugglers and...

 

La Conner's hidden treasures

I will be writing a series of letters about La Conner residents I have met during my frequent walks around town. Today I am writing about Glen who lives on North Third Street and can be found most mornings walking from his home along Center Street to...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 5, 2022

Residents speak out at town council meeting

The people have spoken. But unlike at the polls, where such voices are heard in the form of marked ballot choices, Maple Hall was filled with residents and property owners expressing views on a host of pressing issues last week. Public comments...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 5, 2022

Town determination appealed

Residents Debbie Aldrich and Linda Talman are appealing the Town of La Conner’s Sept. 20 administrative determination approving a conditional use permit for condominium units at 306 Center Street. Monday the two filed a challenge of Town Hearing...

 

Gary Ladd on Shelter Bay board

Gary Ladd was appointed to the Shelter Bay board of directors in September, selected to fill the seat of Rod Proctor. Ladd was chosen from four candidates to finish Proctor’s term, through June 30, 2023. Ladd has been a resident of Shelter Bay...

 

Honoring Hall of Fame coach Suzanne Marble Oct. 13

La Conner High School volleyball players have given their fans plenty of reasons to celebrate over the past three decades – starting with six state titles. Now the La Conner community has an...

 

Braves Preschool opens with 11 students

Build it and they will come. This famous line from a popular movie is also a mantra for the new Little Braves Preschool on the La Conner Schools campus. Eleven students attended last week’s reopening of the district preschool, which has been...

 

Liberty Bell rings up 54-0 win over Braves

There were no cracks in a Liberty Bell defense that held La Conner to 67 yards total offense – all on the ground – in an impressive 54-0 non-conference eight-man triumph at Whittaker Field Saturday, Oct. 1. The visitors amassed 339 yards in...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    October 5, 2022

Ruby Fortune's life shines in 'Hardland'

With the main character’s name Ruby Fortune, the novel’s setting in the Arizona Territory at the turn into the 20th century and its title “Hardland,” the reader can guess this read is going to be quite a ride. And it is from the first page,...

 

Enjoy La Conner Poetry Festival 'a la carte' this week

Tickets are still available for the Skagit Poetry Festival, which starts Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. While a full Festival pass costs $300, you can purchase daily passes. Pick and choose and chase favorite poets and sessions on your schedule. For...

 

Hot Pepper Vinegar

A condiment I learned about while traveling in the south. Available in many restaurants, as a condiment on the tables of diners. Then, returning home, I found a similar brand in grocery stores. I...

 

Police Blotter: Sept. 25-Oct. 21, 2022

Sunday, September 25 6:07 p.m.: Gun shot – One gunshot was heard in the area. The area was checked by a deputy but the source of the noise was not located. McLean/La Conner Whitney Rds, Greater La...

 

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