Articles from the October 24, 2018 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 24, 2018

Great quake drill puts local responders on solid ground

In case of a major earthquake here, local first responders will be on shaky ground only in a literal sense. Their training for such an event – one that experts say is a matter of when, not if...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 24, 2018

Halloween treat: Prankless party revived at school

History is repeating itself in La Conner. A cherished part of local history, at that. The La Conner Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is sponsoring a Halloween Carnival at the elementary school gymnasium after the Oct. 31 afternoon downtown...

 

Cathie Wyman recognized at SWAN banquet

Cathie Wyman was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the SWAN Women of the Year Banquet last Thursday in Anacortes. She has spent more than 30 years giving back to the town of La Conner, prov...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 24, 2018

Film festival worth the ferry trip

The Friday Harbor Film Festival depends on its volunteers and sponsors, but the two individuals who drive it are co-founding director Lynn Danaher and producer Karen Palmer. Each came up with the...

 

Research before voting

Editor: After attending a voter’s forum presenting candidates for Superior Court judges, Court of Appeals Division 1 District 3 and State Representatives for our District 10, I came away learning more from body language than from the one-minute...

 

Audubon: 'Yes' on I-1631

Increasingly severe forest fires, floods and storms make it clear that dramatic climate change is upon us. People with years of experience watching birds are witnessing first hand evidence of the climate change underway as bird ranges shift and...

 

Taha offers Freeholder position

As your Freeholder I would offer the following three points and commitments. First, I’m experienced. I know organizations – large and small, and I know people. Second, I’m committed to inclusion in the decision-making process: all groups...

 

Marina dredgings for dike

Look, I don’t mean to be mean, but the forces of economics force lead me to be forceful. I wanted to take the town’s liability, (the missing dike) off the property tax payer’s minds by building a better dike than the Army Corps of Engineers...

 

The Origins of Our Halloween Traditions

Every year, we have a public Halloween festival – where kids parade through town in their outfits and go from shopfront to shopfront to get their candy loot. Sure, some families keep sweets at home in case anyone shows up in the evening, but...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 24, 2018

Musings - on the editor's mind

Forty La Conner area residents came out Thursday night to Maple Hall to hear 13 people explain why they want to be Freeholders, or delegates, to shape a charter for Skagit County, creating a modern governance structure. Seven will go to work, part...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    October 24, 2018

Your one vote and their large donations

Today’s page one story on large donations filling the No on Charter Committee campaign coffers is a tidbit worthy of your consideration. Whether or not you’re paying attention to the Proposition 1 ballot measure, whose passage opens the door to...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 24, 2018

Freeholder candidates preview at Maple Hall forum

It was anything but politics as usual during the two- hour candidates forum at Maple Hall Thursday night. Information and not defamation was the prevailing theme. Thirteen of 28 candidates vying to...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 24, 2018

Food Hub links farms, expands customer sales

Almost on cue, farmer Harley Soltes brought his van of blueberry products to the Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative on Best Road Thursday afternoon. Soltes knows the value of cooperation and made time t...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 24, 2018

Large contributions flood into 'No on Charter' campaign

The “No on Charter” Committee, campaigning against the Skagit County Proposition 1 ballot measure, has raised over $52,000 since September. They have spent $47,034.95. By contrast, Home Rule Skagit, campaigning to bring charter-based county gover...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    October 24, 2018

Neighborhood meetings with school officials

The La Conner school board and superintendent invite the community to neighborhood gatherings Wednesday and Thursday. Topics include: • What’s new with programs and learning • Assessment trends • District Strategic Plan Discussion...

 

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