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November 16, 2018

La Conner girls are state volleyball champs!
CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT – La Conner High volleyball players storm the court after winning the State 2B Tournament championship at the Sun Dome in Yakima on Friday. La Conner defeated Manson, Brewster, and Tri-Cities Prep before besting Mossyrock in the title round. This is the fourth time La Conner High has won the State crown. – Photo courtesy of Chris Johnson
CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT – La Conner High volleyball players storm the court after winning the State 2B Tournament championship at the Sun Dome in Yakima on Friday. La Conner defeated Manson, Brewster, and Tri-Cities Prep before besting Mossyrock in the title round. This is the fourth time La Conner High has won the State crown. – Photo courtesy of Chris Johnson
La Conner is famed for its impromptu parades, most notably during tulip season.
Now volleyball season has followed suit.
A large and festive crowd of parents, siblings, family, friends and volleyball enthusiasts gathered Saturday at Gilkey Square to celebrate the return from Yakima of the state champion La Conner High volleyball team, whose bus was led down Morris Street by a Hook & Ladder engine joined by a procession of private vehicles. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Town Public Works oversees construction projects
When it rains, it pours.
It’s not just a phrase that describes local weather this time of year. It also aptly describes a recent flurry of activity related to key town of La Conner Public Works projects.
A lot is happening all at once.
Several major items on the Town checklist are being addressed simultaneously between now and Christmas. Topping that list is the water main replacement project on the west side of La Conner-Whitney Road between Young and McLean / Downey Roads.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Steve Klein Rocks at BAM! GLASSTASTIC
Seventy-five miles south of the Skagit Valley, at the Bellevue Art Museum, glass sculptor Steve Klein is delivering a powerful message. At BAM’s Biennial 2018, “GLASSTASTIC,” a new, juried exhibition showing the work of 40 Pacific Northwest artists, Klein’s work sits proudly amongst the multiple installations. Klein, an internationally recognized glass artist, is digging in his heels. He has taken on our moral failings and his narration is loud and clear: we have allowed the abundance and beauty that is the heart of our country to fall into the hands of corporate greed. 
In his installation “Losing Our Way,” Klein has arranged a group of kiln-formed glass sculptures to articulate this theme.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Updated Town Comp Plan focus of special meeting
A Town Planning Commission Open House drew a full house Monday night.
All chairs around the table, including a piano stool, were filled when the public was invited to peruse and discuss updates proposed to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan during a one-hour forum at the La Conner Civic Garden Club Building.
More than two dozen people attended, both new and long-time residents and business owners among them.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Contested races range from winners to waiters
The slow, and low, vote counts in Skagit County means several contested races cannot be called, primarily the two 10 District legislative positions.
On the county level, Jackie Brunson is likely to be the County’s next treasurer, defeating Brad Whaley. Likewise, Sandy Perkin’s lead over Mike Urban for county auditor will almost certainly hold. Laura Riquelme is winning by 1,929 votes and seven percentage points over Rosemary Kaholokula for Skagit Superior Court Judge Position 2.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Art came Alive! last week in La Conner
Close to 500 people, primarily area locals, opened the 34th Art’s Alive! show Friday night in Maple Hall at the annual reception. Lovers of the visual arts spent the weekend walking through the invitational and open shows at Maple Hall, walked up to the Skagit artists juried art show at the La Conner Civic Garden Club, wandered through the 12 galleries and businesses featuring area artists and listened to music at Maple Hall.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Amy Carson's "Perimeter" at Perry and Carlson in Mount Vernon
FIRST SHOW OF THE CENTURY PACKS THEM IN – Amy Carson’s solo exhibit, “Perimeter,” at Perry and Carlson is her first show in the Skagit Valley since she moved here in 2004. Perhaps 150 people came, and 12 pieces sold at Saturday’s opening. The exhibit runs through Nov. 26. Gallery hours and location: https://www.perryandcarlson.com/.   – Photo courtesy of Christian Carlson
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Shell Yeah for Chowda: 20th Annual Chowder by the Channel
Each year my bestie Natalie and I mark our calendars for the first Saturday of November for Chowder by the Channel. I asked at the paper if we could write a little article on our favorite local event, so here we are!
With so many friendly familiar faces and starlets, the La Conner Middle School and Kiwanis Club of La Conner made a welcoming place for guests on this blustery November day to taste samples of chowder. This fundraiser was a perfect way to support the Kiwanis, who give so much back to the community.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Living their faith got Kory Slaatthaug and Mickey Bambrick in the Seattle Times
Husband and wife Kory Slaatthaug and Mickey Bambrick are landlords. For the past half-century, Slaatthaug’s family has owned a small apartment building in Greenwood named for the Norwegian town where Kory’s father grew up.
They’re also devout Pentecostal Christians. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Art is now Alive in La Conner
Art comes alive in the La Conner community this weekend, as 14 invitational artists display their work and share their craft through various demonstrations held throughout town: It is La Conner’s 34th annual Art’s Alive.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Paul Watson talks Salish Sea: salmon and orcas
Captain Paul Watson, co-founder of first Greenpeace and then the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the 1970’s, was honored with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the sixth annual Friday Harbor Film Festival’s opening night gala Oct. 26. The Award honors a person who has “made outstanding contributions to raising the general public’s awareness of important issues, either through his/her activism or as a filmmaker. It is presented in memory of Andrew V. McLaglen, a proficient, award-winning Hollywood film director and long-time resident of San Juan Island.”
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

School district listens at neighborhood meetings
The La Conner School District, board and staff, is almost the government. And, they do want to help. Superintendent Whitney Meissner and various board members championed listening and participation at neighborhood meetings Oct. 24 and 25 at the Shelter Bay clubhouse and Christianson’s Nursery schoolhouse, respectively. 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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