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May 20, 2019

Students walk out Monday over administration silence
STUDENTS UNITED – Between 30 and 45 La Conner high school students spent some or all of Monday on the grassy knoll at the entrance to the elementary school. They walked out of class at 8:20 a.m., frustrated with the lack of responses they have gotten from administrators over many grievances.        – Photo by Ken Stern
STUDENTS UNITED – Between 30 and 45 La Conner high school students spent some or all of Monday on the grassy knoll at the entrance to the elementary school. They walked out of class at 8:20 a.m., frustrated with the lack of responses they have gotten from administrators over many grievances.        – Photo by Ken Stern
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


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

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

'Big One' coming a certainty
However the Big One comes: earthquake, tsunami or volcanic eruption, we won’t be ready and we can’t outrun it. It may be in five days or five decades away, but geography and history proclaim its certainty.
That was retired geology professor Gene Kiver’s matter of fact assessment, made Saturday at the “Anacortes Disaster Preparedness Expo: The Really Big One and You.”

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Library gets $720,000 from State
The Washington State House and Senate each passed $720,000 for a new La Conner Regional Library Sunday. Final passage of the $4.9 billion capital budget came in the last minutes of the last day of the legislative session. The legislature adjourned on time for their 105-day session, as mandated in the state’s constitution.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Artist Dee Doyle practices what she teaches
Art is an ageless pursuit. La Conner artist Dee Doyle is not only painting, in what she calls her encore career, she’s teaching Skagit Valley locals from ages 50 to 100 to do the same.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mold scrubbed from Town Hall
It’s safe to go into Town Hall. The mold that had crept out of the vault of the former bank building and into the reception area was removed last Wednesday. Air and surface sample readings taken after the cleanup were normal, below ambient air tested outside the building, said Brian Lease, director of public works.
The spreading mold closed Town Hall April 16-18.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


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