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April 24, 2019

Increased housing density Town's focus
The La Conner planning commission met with the Town Council as the last segment of Council’s April 9 meeting to discuss 2019 priorities, as they do annually. Initial topics were updates of the transportation element of the Town’s comprehensive plan, the critical areas ordinance and placing the park’s plan update as a comprehensive plan element. 
The major discussion was on increasing affordable housing and density, which Councilmember Mary Wohleb called her “hot button,” noting when she has talked with people the issue of large town lots has come up and “having mom move in.”

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

Locals make world of difference on Earth Day
Thinking globally and acting locally.
That’s been the annual Earth Day game plan for a committed corps of La Conner area volunteers.
Monday was no exception, despite it being a regular work day beset with gray skies and chilly wind gusts.
Coordinated by Kelly Harper, the group met at Snee-Oosh around 5:30 p.m. to collect debris and trash littering the beach and surrounding neighborhood.
The focus this year was on plastic and styrofoam, both of which are harmful to the marine life of Skagit Bay and adjoining waters.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Swinomish host egg-cellent Easter celebration
Breakfast was served to one and all at the Swinomish Gym early Saturday morning.
There was a wide-ranging menu other than one traditional morning favorite.
No eggs.
Those weren’t in the gym, but instead were to be found later at the play area in front of the Susan Edwards Wilbur Early Education Center.
Local kids from toddlers to grade school students rushed from breakfast tables to the hunting grounds in search of prized eggs, said to have been left by the Easter Bunny well before daybreak.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Braves grid team enjoyed banner 1968 season
While searching for photo albums and scrapbooks prior to a recent family reunion, former Pleasant Ridge residents Jim and Kay Frey came across an unexpected gem.
It was a plain, parcel-sized envelope filled with yellowed news clippings.
Not just any clippings, mind you.
These were from more than a half-century ago, dating to the fall of 1968.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wheelchair-bound speaker has uplifting message for La Conner students
Todd Duitsman remembers the exact minute he went from being an active sports-oriented realtor and businessman to a paraplegic bound to a wheelchair.
He was, both literally and figuratively, riding a wave of high expectations, full of life and believing all things were possible.
But the wave crashed hard. 
Five years ago, Duitsman and his family were enjoying their second Hawaiian vacation in three summers when a sudden body surfing accident profoundly altered the 45-year-old Lakewood man’s perspective.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rain doesn't dampen enthusiasm for Impromptu Parade
It wouldn’t have been a Tulip Parade without some wind and rain.
Fortunately, there was much more in the forecast here on Saturday – at least in terms of colorful entries that lightened even the gloomiest outlook.
As has been the case each April since the late 1980s, La Conner didn’t let drizzly, gusty conditions blow an opportunity to put its best foot forward.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Coupeville crowd adamant against jet noise
COUPEVILLE — The U.S. Navy is moving full steam ahead to bring 36 EA-18G Growler aircraft to its Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, having rejected every request for studies, mitigation and citizen collaboration to reduce jet noise. Friday night 350 area citizens and members of the Sound Defense Alliance crowded into Crockett Barn, near the Whidbey Island shore west of Coupeville.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Swinomish celebrate opening of newly expanded dental clinic
There was a time, not all that long ago, when dentistry on Swinomish Reservation was conducted in a single-wide trailer by young practitioners using outdated instruments.
Tribal officials today like to think of those days as ancient history.
That view was reinforced with the much-anticipated grand opening and blessing of the gleaming new expanded Swinomish Dental Clinic Thursday morning.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Town Hall closed through Thursday to remove mold
Town Hall will be closed through April 18. That was the surprise agenda item at La Conner’s April 9 Town Council meeting. The closure dates were announced on the Town’s website April 10. Mold in the Town Hall bank vault has spread into the front reception area. It requires immediate maintenance to ensure staff safety. Signs were on the front doors before the end of last week. Closure started Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

MoNA membership meeting calm, optimistic
The 2019 annual MoNA (Museum of Northwest Art) membership meeting could not have been more different from 2018’s for the seven board members or the 25 or so members they faced in the second floor Museum gallery. From the essential tangible, the budget, to the critical intangible of community relations and pulling together, board and members were in agreement.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Janet Laurel exhibit closes Friday
Janet Laurel’s show at Cassera Gallery Stanwood, “Flowers, poems, birds, frogs & bones,” closes April 12.
A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Laurel pursued art as a means to express her love of nature with an emphasis on Asian art and philosophy. Her talent was made classic through schooling in calligraphy and Sumi painting with noted artist George Tsutakawa. The ancient technique of Sumi became her favorite form of artistic expression with its sweeping, shaded lines providing the perfect medium for intense vision; affording her the ability to dance between East and West.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


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