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June 20, 2018


Carpetbaggers pushed bag ban
To the Editor:
The La Conner Town Council was used by a group of women, from Mount Vernon, primarily, who wanted plastic bags removed from our stores. Marilyn Johnson and I were the only ones to see though this and testify at the public hearing last Tuesday.
It was inappropriate to adopt an ordinance to ban plastic bags. Inappropriate for two reasons: It punishes only one enterprise, the Pioneer Market. It will cost between $10,000 and $15,000 dollars to convert away from plastic. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Park Salmon Slide
Fish issues have been completed by John Doyle this past week and painting/sealing will begin next week. Stop by over the next several days, take a slide and it will be ready for all to use real soon.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shabbat service and thanks
Shalom Circle is a liberal Jewish Community founded and co-led by Cantor Miriam Fein and Simme Bobrosky. We share spirited services, classes and festival celebrations. Our gatherings are filled with song, story, ritual and fellowship. Together we explore the wisdom, peace and joy of Jewish spirituality. 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

First Street Tribe property ideas
How sad that the Tribe has not cleaned up their eyesore property on 1st Street. Apparently, they have no interest in developing its commercial value. Why not partner with the Town of La Conner in developing some kind of Tribal cultural park? 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Great Guitar Festival
What a fantastic, well prepared, fun event Shirley and Brent brought to La Conner!
This event brought the nicest, coolest people to town!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thanks for food donations
Over 3,400 pounds a week. That is how much food your neighborhood food bank distributes to families each Monday. That is why the 905pounds of donations, through the post office’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, were so critical to our operation. 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Join cohousing community
Letter to the Editor
Thank you for your May 2nd article about our forming cohousing community in the Skagit Valley. We are very excited about this concept. In our mobile and tech-oriented society, many people feel isolated both by the many tech screens dominating our lives and our distance from our extended families. Cohousing is physically structured to promote interactions with neighbors through closely clustered private homes, shared common spaces such as workshops and gardens, and perimeter parking for safe and beautiful pedestrian walkways.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Librarian appreciated
Fellow La Connerans,
Please join me in wishing a sincere farewell to Jessica Armey, our former La Conner Regional Public Libraries children’s librarian.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fishing for Sockeye not equal
Sockeye season to open June 15 for a month is good news for local hook and line fishermen.
I understand why the Fish Department has opted to close the river during the days the Indians are netting to keep peace. What is concerning to sports fishermen is why the Department has to close the lower river to non-Indians during their open season?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Get involved in government
Every election is important, and our government depends on the quality of the candidates, we elect.
Want better government? Become involved, volunteer for committees, and/or file for public office!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Don't punish student marchers
La Conner High School students participating in the nationwide March for Our Lives protest this week, should be granted excused absences. 
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Students heart of poetry
That was a lovely article from Steve Dolmatz on poetry in La Conner’s schools last week. The students were and are the heart of this work; it was created for them. 
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

North Vietnamese army not rag tag
A little musing concerning your most resent musings.
Please don’t tell me that my adversary during my two tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division was a “rag tag army of peasants wearing funny hats and sandals.” For, you see, in 1967 when I was shipped off to Vietnam by our peace loving president, LBJ, I was introduced to an enemy that was hardcore, battle tested and flat out in your face. They were the NVA regulars.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Telling sewage story
This is a story about sewage. It all began in October 2013, when the meter that measures the flow of wastewater from the Tribe began to read below normal. This continued for three years until October 2016, when a new meter was installed, and calibrated.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Parking problems letter
I think we can all agree that parking in La Conner, especially during special events, is a challenge, but I would like to disagree with the statement made in the “Parking Problems” Letter to the editor (April 4). At the town meeting there was discussion about a shuttle led by Mayor Ramon Hayes. M. Johnson’s letter states “It is the height of arrogance for the Chamber of Commerce to then turn around and ask the city to fund a shuttle to haul tourists.” This is completely false – The Chamber did not ask the city to fund a shuttle! 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chamber support not fully quoted
To the Editor:
I am writing in response to the front page article April 4th issue – regarding the Birds of Winter meeting. Apparently the reporter must have left the room, or at the very least, stopped listening part way through my comments. The article states “Jo Wolfe, a board member representing the La Conner Chamber said ’We do care. La Conner had the most successful event with its birding showcase,’ holding up her chamber’s success but not addressing farmer complaints. Obviously you missed the end of my comments where I elaborated on how important farmers are to our area, how we value them as neighbors, etc. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

County Treasurer candidate
Since the Skagit County Treasurer, Katie Jungquist, has decided to retire after 41 years employment with Skagit County, with the last 18 years as your Treasurer, I have decided to run for Treasurer.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cat saver
A big thank you to Darryl Lagerway and WAVE Broadband for coming to the rescue of Tiger the cat. It is good to know we are looking out for each other. Rainier St. neighbors.
Christi Malcomson

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Community Announcement: Glen Johnson speaks Thursday
Local farmer and writer Glen Johnson hosts, sponsors and has organized a public meeting at the Civic Garden Club March 22 at 7:30 p.m. He will discuss several different issues pertaining to flood protection, fund raising for expensive projects, slough dredging, along with other issues that concern local residents. 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Resolution for the Year of the Bird - a Big Order
In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018


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