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May 23, 2019

Citizens call for hold on Kirsch property sale
SHARING HER CONCERNS FOR THE FUTURE – Linda Talman spoke for an open process and providing a means for public discussion on the future use of the former Kirsch property at the May 14 Mayor’s Roundtable portion of the Town Council meeting in Maple Hall.  – Photo by Ken Stern
SHARING HER CONCERNS FOR THE FUTURE – Linda Talman spoke for an open process and providing a means for public discussion on the future use of the former Kirsch property at the May 14 Mayor’s Roundtable portion of the Town Council meeting in Maple Hall.  – Photo by Ken Stern
In its marathon doubleheader May 14th, the Town Council dispatched its first half duties with its typical efficiency. Not so the 80 minute Mayor’s Roundtable, when residents questioned the March decision to sell the former Kirsch property on North First Street.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Blessing of Tribal fleet links history and future
Though living in the moment, hundreds paid tribute to the past as they literally stepped into the future during annual Swinomish Blessing of the Fleet and First Salmon ceremonies Thursday.
Following a seafood feast enjoyed by a large crowd that spilled over from the Tribal gym and youth center to an outdoor tent in the adjacent parking lot, a procession stretching across Pioneer Parkway walked to Swinomish Channel off Moorage Way for an honored ritual marking the start of fishing season.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Georgia Johnson and her food program praised to School Board
A critical decision of the La Conner School District Directors was not discussed or decided at Monday’s monthly board meeting. Last week the Directors had a resolution before them that “resolved as follows: 1. The Board of Directors hereby finds that just and sufficient cause exists for the termination of Georgia Johnson.”
The recitals supporting that were: 
“2. The administration has recommended that Georgia Johnson’s employment be terminated.
“3. The Board of Directors has reviewed the administration’s recommendation and finds that just and sufficient cause exists for the termination of Georgia Johnson.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Aaron Jones calls last call at Nell Thorn for last time
Your bartender can be your best friend. La Conner “guys,” locals who have gathered at Nell Thorn’s Tuesdays for happy hours for years, going back to the restaurant’s days up the hill next to the Country Inn, are losing theirs.
Aaron Jones, the rock of Nell Thorn’s bar tending staff, shook his final martini, poured his last Manhattan, and polished his final bar counter in La Conner Saturday night. Jones is the first staff departure since Nell Thorn’s sale to Ted Furst, owner of Kirkland restaurant Le Grand Bistro Americain, set to be completed this week.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tom Winn remembered as adventurous renaissance man
He was a versatile teacher, computer whiz, avid hiker, skilled mariner, world traveler, civic leader and handy man par excellence.
Plus much, much more.
Tom Winn never spoke about himself in such glowing terms. Always humble, he let others do the talking.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Take ferry to Viet Nam vets photo exhibit
Saturday I ventured over to Friday Harbor to visit the San Juan Islands Art Museum exhibit, “My War: Wartime Photos by Viet Nam Veterans,” curated by Marissa Roth and June Berg. 
This was my first visit to the San Juan Museum of Art; I wasn’t sure what to expect but was quite pleased upon my arrival. The museum is intimate and divided into two galleries, each playing perfectly off the other to tell this story.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Guitar festival fills La Conner with music and money
From start to finish music played at Maple Hall, Civic Garden Club, in designated venues and anywhere a person could pick up a guitar and strum it: in a corner, a hallway, at exhibitor tables, the edge of Maple Hall’s stage, its three quiet rooms and the plaza outside. The third annual La Conner Guitar Festival was another smashing success, making everyone happy except, perhaps, the unexpecting tourists hoping for a quiet weekend before the summer rush.
From Friday through Sunday La Conner was the center of the universe for luthiers and their appreciators, valuing high quality handmade guitars, primarily, and also mandolins and ukuleles and at least one guitjo, a six-string banjo

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dixie Otis honored by Soroptomists, Tribe
Dixie Otis’ death last December was a shock and a huge loss to the greater La Conner community. A charter member of the La Conner Soroptimist Club, and its co-president, Otis was an even longer term teacher, both in and out of the classroom. The Club, and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, recognized Otis and her family last Wednesday at a dinner at the Swinomish Yacht Club.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Students walk out Monday over administration silence
On Monday 20 students from La Conner High School took to the grass outside the elementary school with not one purpose, but many. Led by Samantha Nelson, a junior, students walked out during their first period class to protest not only what they considered to be an unsafe environment, but also the looming notion that their voices and opinions are seen as nothing more than trivial by district administrators.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

State funds flow to Skagit County
The $720,000 appropriated for a new La Conner library in Washington’s 2019 capital budget is the fourth largest allocation of 14 Skagit County District 10 projects totaling $12.55 million. Other nearby projects include $545,000 for Camp Korey for its youth recreational facilities and $22,000 for Skagit City School rehabilitation, managed by the Skagit County Historical Museum.
Many Skagit County projects are environmental and for salmon restoration, including habitat recovery

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ex-La Conner and college athlete still in training
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Coming together to get kids in great housing in the La Conner Community
THAT’S ME IN THE PICTURE – La Conner’s Rachael Pommols, 7, celebrated Home Trust Skagit’s auction fundraiser with her mom, Connie. They are glad and proud to live in Channel Cove. One hundred and fifty of their friends and neighbors had dinner at Maplehurst Farm last Friday night. Some $34,000 was raised to advance affordable housing opportunities in the Skagit Valley. – Photo by Ken Stern
Wednesday, May 1, 2019


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