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October 23, 2017

Swinomish host Governor for Centennial Accord
WASHINGTON ROUNDTABLE – Gov. Jay Inslee, seated next to Swinomish Tribal Community Senate chair Brian Cladoosby (in cedar hat), listened to issues and concerns voiced by Native American leaders during the 28th annual Centennial Accord. The Wa Walton Event Center was filled with attendees. Another highlight of the two-day event was Monday’s Culture Night gathering at the Swinomish Smokehouse.  – Photo by Bill Reynolds

WASHINGTON ROUNDTABLE – Gov. Jay Inslee, seated next to Swinomish Tribal Community Senate chair Brian Cladoosby (in cedar hat), listened to issues and concerns voiced by Native American leaders during the 28th annual Centennial Accord. The Wa Walton Event Center was filled with attendees. Another highlight of the two-day event was Monday’s Culture Night gathering at the Swinomish Smokehouse.  – Photo by Bill Reynolds

Politicians are known for being long-winded, but Gov. Jay Inslee took an opposite approach during a two-day visit to the Swinomish Tribal Community this week.
He listened.
The governor and his staff spent the better part of Monday and Tuesday hearing from Washington state tribal leaders in what National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby called “an opportunity for honest, open discussions.” 
That opportunity wasn’t wasted.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


The little paper that could: did!
Writers and photographer Don Coyote won 15 awards at the 2017 Washington Newspapers Publishers Association’s convention on October 14 in Olympia for pieces published in the Weekly News in 2016. The six first place awards included two by Anna Ferdinand for Arts and Long Feature and two by.former editor Sandy Stokes for short news story and investigative reporting. Coyote took first for Color Pictorial. Former writer Maria Matson won first place for education reporting.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Brew comes to Slough Saturday
It doesn’t get any more local than the third annual Brew on the Slough at Maple Hall Oct. 21. La Conner Brewing Company, the most local participant, is one of several breweries using Skagit Valley grains. Seattle-based Pike Brewing names a beer “Pike Locale Skagit Valley Alba” using the malt from Skagit Valley Malt. 
Farmstrong, from Mount Vernon, will be pouring beers made with local grains.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fence goes up over weekend
DOG BEACH DRAMA, TAKE TWO – Late afternoon Saturday visitors to the “Dog Beach” area north of town were met by a newly installed fence and double locked gate blocking the pathway to a section of the popular shoreline spot. This latest development in a lingering dispute pitting public access versus private ownership interests comes after optimism arose last month that the matter could be successfully mediated. A troubling sign of the times this week.                                                      – Photo by Don Coyote
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blue ribbon panel studies local flood control options
Water, water everywhere.
That could be a future scenario in La Conner – truly a case of too much of a good thing for its historic waterfront –if present weather and tidal conditions persist as forecast.
What to do about the prospect of projected heavier winter rainfall, rising sea levels, and more frequent storm surges brought together a panel of scientists, engineers, professors, and local officials for a two-day design forum last week coordinated by Town Administrator John Doyle.
The result was a flood of ideas going forward.
Remedies were both borrowed and original, short-term and long-range. Everything from storm surge resistance measures like seawalls and channel barriers to structural and economic adaptations such as floating shoreline structures and development of innovative revenue streams to pay for necessary renovations.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kids and parents cooperate at La Conner Preschool
The greatest co-op ever seems to be the La Conner Co-op Preschool. Lori Buher’s sentiment was shared by every person asked to comment. “One of the most important parts for me and a lot of the moms was the friendships we developed among ourselves and the support we gave each other. It was nice to have other people to talk to about raising your kids. We made lifelong friendships and it’s the same with the kids: a lot of lifelong friendships.”
Buher’s three children attend-ed between 1987 and 1994, but her enthusiasm for the Co-op Preschool remains fresh. The preschool had been operating for a couple of years by then. Like all co-ops, this one is member-driven, meeting a need the mainstream economy could not fulfill.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


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