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August 25, 2019

Homelessness: Intractable
SPEAKING FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF THEIR STUDENTS –  Sharing a panel with other area educators, La Conner Schools Superintendent, left, discusses how staff support homeless students in her school district. Mount Vernon Superintendent Carl Bruner, Kim Welling, Burlington-Edison schools and Fran McCarthy, Anacortes schools, are from left.  –  Photo by Ken Stern
SPEAKING FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF THEIR STUDENTS –  Sharing a panel with other area educators, La Conner Schools Superintendent, left, discusses how staff support homeless students in her school district. Mount Vernon Superintendent Carl Bruner, Kim Welling, Burlington-Edison schools and Fran McCarthy, Anacortes schools, are from left.  –  Photo by Ken Stern
Painful stories of trauma are at the heart of the homeless crisis found in most every community in our country. Job loss, health emergencies, domestic violence, substance abuse or physical, emotional or mental health problems put neighbors, family members or friends out of their homes and on the street, said Jennifer Johnson, Skagit County Department of Public Health director, in introductory remarks Monday at a forum on homelessness organized by the League of women Voters of Skagit County and the chapter of School Retirees of Skagit-San Juan-Island Counties. Johnson called many of the causes tragic. Family collapse was a result of structural failures in their households, she said.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Road Construction season started on McLean Road
COMING TO A FULL STOP, AND THEN SOME – Construction is in full swing on McLean Road. The PUD water main replacement project will stretch from Beaver Marsh Road to Best Road and is scheduled for an end of September completion.    – Photo by Ken Stern
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

New co-owners at home at Nell Thorn
New Nell Thorn co-owner and chef James Donahue has a simple ambition for greater success for the signature restaurant: make it known statewide, though he realizes that won’t happen overnight. The soon-to-be-30-years-old executive chef understands the opportunity in front of him. He and Albie Bjornberg are partners in Nell Thorn with Ted Furst, owner of Le Grand Bistro Américain in Kirkland. Furst is the majority partner, but Donahue and Bjornberg are at Nell’s full time. Furst comes up on Wednesdays. 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Reps Paul and Smith agree to disagree
People living in the 10th State Senate District are fortunate to have two kind, considerate representatives who are working hard to advance the district’s interests through their strong working relationship. In Skagit County, people are fortunate to have a strong League of Women Voters chapter that organized a forum Aug 12, bringing Reps. Dave Paul (D, Oak Harbor) and Norma Smith (R, Clinton) to face 75 people in the Skagit PUD meeting room in Mount Vernon. Everyone participating proved Americans can get along while discussing politics.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Rotary club auction spells success on behalf of literacy

La Conner Rotarians closed the book on another major fundraiser in support of student literacy and scholarships Saturday night.

And this time it was a feel-good story if there ever was one.
The local service club’s 13th annual Harvesting Hope Auction at Maple Hall raised over $60,000 to help “shine a light on literacy,” a campaign further highlighted when Janna Gage of Seaport Books was honored during the event as La Conner Rotary’s 2019 Paul Harris Award recipient.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Meissner, unions views differ on work conflict

First a retreat, then some tentative steps forward.

That’s the path upon which La Conner Schools Superintendent Dr. Whitney Meissner and leaders of two staff union groups that have rebuked her management skills now find themselves.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

'Zappa' remembers Woodstock: 'Wow, that just happened'
As a 1987 candidate for Mayor of La Conner, Marc “Zappa” Daniel was often unorthodox, frequently controversial and always quotable.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Swinomish Days powwow is homecoming for Nevada grass dancer
Ken Paul made his mark as a distance runner while growing up at Swinomish and attending La Conner Schools, often jogging across Rainbow Bridge from his home to town and back.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Love Patsy, love her car
When Patsy Love runs into people she knows, they don’t ask about her. 
They ask about her car. 
Patsy drives a 1987 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Wagon. Almost 18 feet long and over 6 feet wide, it’s about half the size of Echo Summit, the wooden boat that brought Patsy and her late husband Hal to La Conner in the 1990s.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

McLean Road construction work began Monday
The Skagit Public Utility District (PUD) started work Monday on its Phase II water line replacement constructions project on McLean Road, starting at Beaver Marsh Road and extending to Best Road
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

'Homer's Odyssey' a journey worth watching
“The Odyssey” is some 2,800 years old but Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao’s “Homer’s Odyssey,” written for this summer’s series at Bellingham’s Sylvia Center for the Arts, is very 21st century.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Pac-12 men's golf coach of the year has La Conner ties
A new Skagit County Historical Museum exhibit highlights the area’s hometown sports heroes.
Matt Thurmond, the reigning Pac-12 Men’s Golf Coach of the Year, fills a unique category in that regard. 
He’s a Hometown Hero 2.0.
A graduate of Burlington-Edison High School, Thurmond is also claimed by La Conner, and rightfully so.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


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