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March 21, 2019

First daffodil cut: Friday, March 15

IF IT’S MARCH, DAFFODILS ARE HARVESTED – Friday was the fi rst day Jose Partida’s 81 person crew was cutting stems in the Washington Bulb Company’s (RoozenGaarde)’s 35 acre fi eld on McLean and La Conner Whitney Road. Harvesting has started as early as Feb. 15. – Photo by Ken Stern


Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Time travel returns to Skagit Historical Museum

Just a couple weeks after moving clocks forward an hour, folks at the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner are poised to set in motion the long path to 2069.

Reversing the process that unfolded in December, when a time capsule embedded at the museum since 1969 was opened amid much fanfare, the same metal box will be refilled with contemporary items and stored away March 28 for another 50 years.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

County election office gets funds, breathing space

The Skagit County elections office will get additional funds from the commissioners, more fully supporting the operations for the time and training needed to prepare what is predicted to be a high voter turnout for the 2020 presidential election.

At their meeting next week commissioners will approve funding for an additional staff person, a scanner and expanding office space, said Ron Wesen, district 1 commissioner.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

More Growlers coming to Whidbey base
The Navy will bring 36 EA- 18G Growler aircraft to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, it announced March 14. It published its record of decision, committing to following the preferred alternative identified in the Environmental Impact Statement without any changes.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ramon Hayes will run again for mayor
Much has happened in La Conner over the past dozen years, from completion of the popular waterfront boardwalk to a series of major street and infrastructure upgrades to creation of new public recreation and park areas.
Yet more remains on the drawing board.
Which is why three-term Mayor Ramon Hayes, a trained classical pianist who has been conductor of the Town of La Conner’s Council for those aforementioned projects, is seeking re-election.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ryan Booth wins Fulbright scholarship
Ryan Booth will soon have the rare opportunity to both study and make history at the same time.
This after the La Conner High alum, now a doctoral candidate at Washington State University, was selected earlier this month for a prestigious J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

La Conner Math Night covers all the angles
Math Night at La Conner Schools was sum-thing special.
Sixth graders through high school seniors showed their “mathological sides” – which often and fittingly took the shapes of triangles and rectangles – during a first-ever local prime time celebration of numbers and variables at the La Conner Middle School gymnasium Tuesday night.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pirate literacy night at elementary school
AND THE RACE IS ON –Conner Ritchie, 7, has to hold on to his hat, he blew so hard in his effort to best his friend Elsie Goodman, 6, at last Wednesday’s very well attended Pirate Literacy Family Night at the elementary school. The kids were tricked into attending a costume party for parents and school staff.   – Photo by Ken Stern
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Quilt collector covers family history
Jim Tharpe returned to La Conner March 6 to share more of the story of his remarkable collection of family quilts, “The Hartsfield Family Quilt Collection.” The 12 quilts are being exhibited as a set for the first time at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum. Tharpe, who has stayed often in La Conner, chose its museum for the first complete exhibit of the family collection.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Good efforts abound around town
Twice last week Whitney Meissner, superintendent of the La Conner school district, enacted a cornerstone of the district’s strategic plan: communications. Last Wednesday Meissner hosted a community meeting in the district’s auditorium. Monday she spoke at the La Conner Rotary Club’s second annual Farmers-Merchant Dinner to 115 attendees, including Town and County elected officials and staff.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Navy declines following most preservation recommendations
The U.S. Navy will “move forward” with increasing Growler airfield operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer wrote in a March 8 letter to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a federal agency. The Navy will adopt some of the Council’s recommendation for noise mitigation while it “decline[s] to implement additional noise monitoring efforts” and declines further study and discussions with stakeholders, Spencer states in the five page letter.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Spring almost here, daffodils on the way

DAFFODILS FOR SALE, YES. BLOOMING IN THE FIELDS, NO – Greenhouse-grown stems were available at RoozenGaarde’s gift store on Beaver Marsh Road Sunday. Their daffodil field on Calhoun had nary a flower in sight, alas. The brown is frost burnt leaves. Middle and late season varieties will be blooming soon. It’s been wet, and warm sunny days, what the plants need, are coming. – Photo by Ken Stern


Wednesday, March 13, 2019


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