The La Conner School District’s two unions each turned thumbs down on their boss, Superintendent Whitney Meissner, in “no confidence” votes at meetings each held Friday at the school campus. The La Conner Education Association, LEA, voted 35 to 9, with 44 of 48 members present. The support staff, Public School Employees, PSE, voted 22 to 6, with three abstentions, with 31 of 46 members present. The secret ballot votes were 80 and 79 percent yes, respectively. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
FINE ART FOR A FINE AUCTION – The winning bidder of this glass piece by La Conner artist Steve Klein bought a package of a 3-piece kiln-formed glass serving set, a studio experience – tour – at Klein’s home, and a meal for six. Docent volunteers are assisting Ian Lindsay, auctioneer. The photographer is an artist, too. – Photo courtesy of CB Bell
La Conner High seniors went out with a bang Thursday night. Near the end of the school’s 125th annual commencement exercises the large audience at Landy James Gymnasium was briefly shaken by a loud celebratory confetti blast. The surprise dramatic send-off for the Class of 2019 seemed a fitting salute to a student group noted for having done a bang-up job, reflected in numerous academic and athletic successes and devotion to public service and civic projects. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
This corrects and updates the June 5 Weekly News story which inaccurately concluded Georgia Johnson reached an agreement with the La Conner School District to continue as food services director in September for the next school year. Georgia Johnson lost her job without a whisper from her employer June 4 at their specially called School Board meeting. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Much planning has gone into developing a safe routes to school program here and elsewhere. But, statistically, the safest way for children to get to campus is riding one of those familiar yellow buses, reports La Conner Schools Transportation Supervisor Kim Pedroza. But it’s not as easy as her drivers make it look. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
La Conner artist Barbara Silverman Summers opens ‘Abstract Skagit’ at Cassera Gallery South, Stanwood, Thursday with a reception 5 p.m. in the Design’s NW/ Cassera Gallery Lobby. The exhibit hangs through July 8. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
This corrects and updates the printed June 5 Weekly News story which inaccurately concluded Georgia Johnson reached an agreement with the La Conner School District to continue as food services director in September for the next school year.
Johnson lost her job without a whisper from her employer June 4 at a specially called School Board meeting.
Co-workers, colleagues and friends statements, whether loud and passionate or sent as emails and letters to the La Conner School District Board of Directors, did not win the day. Superintendent Whitney Meissner is not renewing Johnson's contract for food service director, apparently an administrative decision not requiring Board approval.
Gov. Jay Inslee merged from the presidential campaign trail onto the local information superhighway last week. His route Tuesday brought him to Friday Harbor, Anacortes and Skagit Regional Airport in Bayview. At the Skagit County stop Inslee discussed expansion of broadband internet service to remote rural areas with business leaders and public officials. “I’m really encouraged with what I’ve heard,” Inslee said following the nearly hour-long public session, his final stop of the day. “This (broadband) is the greatest small town rural development tool we have, times ten.” Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Water is not changed into wine and loaves do not expand to feed five thousand, but a body is changed into bones and true love is found before the final curtain. This is all done with a light touch by a largely ensemble cast. What more could anyone want in a theater production? It could be 13th century French monks struggling to feed themselves as well as the village’s poor from their monastery in Priseaux. Throw in Jack, the one-eyed juggling minstrel; in fact, entrap him into the priesthood. There’s a plot of sorts and two miracles. That’s “Incorruptible,” opening Thursday at Whidbey Playhouse. Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Throughout the Skagit Valley are a number of 100-plus year old barns. These structures’ forms are reminders of times past and present, where work takes place in its many qualities. Wednesday, June 5, 2019
The Skagit Wildlife Area is home to many different types of birds, but also to a man who has studied them most of his life. Bob Hamblin, 80, has been officially birding for 37 years but recalls his first identifications at the age of seven. Now, Hamblin spends his time between his landscaping work during the week and birding on the weekends. Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Midway through the May 28 La Conner School District town hall, a forum to discuss discipline, safety and prevention/intervention support against vaping, marijuana and drugs, a parent asked the key question: “What is the issue we’re talking about? What is the white elephant in the room? Is it drugs, guns, substance abuse? What’s the issue?” The 50 parents, students and school staff attending had heard presentations from Middle and High School Principal Todd Torgeson Elementary School Principal Bev Bowen, Kathy Herrera, assistant principal and athletic director, Christine Valdez, prevention/intervention specialist, and high school seniors Jack Tronsdal and Kayla Hagen. Wednesday, June 5, 2019