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October 19, 2019

Voting starts this week
This sleepy, off year election has two important contested local races and 24 total items needing your attention and decisions. Incumbent La Conner School District directors are challenged in district 1, where John Agen runs against five year veteran Kate Szurek, and district 2, which has Marlys Baker facing Board Chair Janie Beasley. Incumbent Lynette Cram in district 4 is unopposed as is appointed director Susan Deyo in district 5.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Weekly News wins 13 awards at WNPA annual meeting
The La Conner Weekly News has the best newspaper photographers in the state. Five of the paper’s 13 certificates awarded by the judges of this year’s Better Newspaper Contest were in photography. The judges agree with Weekly News readers that the paper’s photos are superb: Nancy Crowell and Maralyn Powell swept the Group 1 Color Pictorial, Crowell winning first and second, and Don Coyote almost swept the General News Photo for a combined Groups 1 and 2 with a second and third award.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Harvest 2019 a Goldilocks year

Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry – to hear farmers tell it, farming is a lot like Goldilocks and the three bears.

Let’s start with too cold. For Dean Swanson, Feb. 8 is where this year’s berry crop began. 


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

La Conner 500: Net coach Marble, fans celebrate milestone win
Simply Marbleous.
That was the vibe in Mount Vernon last week when fans from near and far and across time gathered to watch La Conner High volleyball coach Suzanne Marble record her 500th career win with a program she has guided to four state titles, the most recent last November.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Soroptimist sewing project helps teens worldwide
La Conner Soroptimist members took on a new cause Wednesday at their meeting at the Swinomish Yacht Club, putting their hands to work ripping and rolling fabric for Days for Girls, a program supplying menstrual shield kits to girls.
Carol Olsen invited the 65 women attending to join the effort that has helped 1.5 million girls in 146 countries on six continents. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Take meds to Swinomish PD Oct. 26
Get your unneeded medications out of your house Oct. 26. Take them to the Swinomish Tribal Police Department, 17353 Reservation Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Swinomish Tribe is hosting this prescription drug take back day for both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Medications can stay in their original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in their original containers will be accepted too.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Astronauts land at Friday Harbor Film Festival
Have you ever dreamed of meeting and talking with actual astronauts? You can during the Friday Harbor Film Festival. Astronauts Pete Freeland, John Creighton and Dr. Terry Stanford will participate in the Festival and speak after the film screenings of “Apollo 11” and “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo.”
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Friday Harbor Film Festival offers feast for eyes and mind
Today you are one boat ride and 16 days away from 35 documentary films playing on six screens at four venues over three days. At the 7th annual Friday Harbor Film Festival, each film will be screened twice. That adds up to a whole lot of eye and mind stimulation – and heart, also. 
From October 25 to 27 Friday Harbor will be documentary film central in the Pacific Northwest.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

La Conner ultra-marathoner seeks new heights to scale
Since Yvonne Naughton has completed ultra-marathons all over the globe, you’d think the La Conner physician and assistant track coach has no more mountains to climb.
Not so.
She and two friends, Kelsey Wilmore and Minda Paul, found one in their own backyard.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Summer was time for La Conner youth to shine
La Conner students enjoyed their summer, even those for whom the time off was more of a working vacation.
Perhaps especially them.
La Conner High junior Ashley Davis attended two separate student leadership events, one in Spokane and another in southwest Washington, while eighth graders Kailey Carlson, Hattie Walls and Latesha Guerrero-Gobert took part in a week-long Tech Trek session at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

School Board chair has embraced many local leadership roles

When Janie Beasley speaks, whether in English or Lushootseed, people listen.
In fact, her ability to speak – and listen – to a broad base of La Conner area constituents has long been a trademark of the incumbent La Conner School District Board Director, who currently chairs the five-member panel.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

School board candidates want improved communications

An attentive crowd of 80 people heard candidates for La Conner School Board District Directors 1 and 2 at a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Skagit County and the La Conner Weekly News last Wednesday on the Swinomish reservation.

Incumbents Kate Szurek, District 1 Director, and Janie Beasley, District 2 Director, are challenged by John Agen and Marlys Baker, respectively. The large turnout indicated the interest in the tension between the administration and the two school unions. Also, the District 2 position is a contest between two members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Tribal members made up at least half of the audience.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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