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May 23, 2019

Process worth more than property
Maybe the hardest thing for elected officials to hear is that they are wrong. That is especially difficult to take when strong, passionate criticisms are made at council meetings by long time neighbors and friends. Who would enjoy that?
Our council members and mayor go into office to improve their community. They spend long hours in that effort. They make decisions for the long term benefit of the town. They don’t get thanked enough.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Genuine Skagit Valley a 'mark' for all of us
Skagit County did not yet exist when the first issue of The Bellingham Bay Mail rolled of the presses in June 1873. The paper became the Puget Sound Mail after its 1878 move to La Conner.
La Conner rightly claims the crown as the place where a newspaper has been published weekly for the longest continuous time in Washington.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Updating a current topic: Shelter Bay and La Conner's water system
To Our Respected Shelter Bay Customers:
The Town of La Conner is pleased to announce that the installation of the Town’s Phase 1 water main replacement project, which extends from Young Road to Mclean Road, has been successfully completed. The size of the line was determined by our engineer and will supply sufficient quantities of water to meet the needs of the Town and Shelter Bay.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Campaign issues need candidates
I would like to invite anyone with the energy and smarts to file for local offices in La Conner. I would do it, but I am too old. The County Auditor is taking applications until 4:30 p.m. Friday. There is a $36 filing fee.
We have two council positions open, those of Jacques Brunisholz and Mary Wohleb. The mayor’s position is also open.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Funding our certain future
One day an earthquake off the coast will trigger a huge tsunami that will reach into La Conner. Sometime in the next thousand years Mt. Baker will blow its top, sending a flow of lava perhaps 70 feet thick into the Skagit River, where it will makes its way to the sea. 
Someday, absolutely, those disasters will devastate us. Just as certainly, the effects of climate change on our environment dramatically change our lives. Do you feel adequately prepared? Are our community and state preparing?
Equally close to home, in this, the best of all possible towns in the best of all possible states, in the best of all possible countries, our schools are starting to gain adequate funding from the state government, fulfilling the mandate – not a promise, but another certainty – chiseled into the state’s constitution.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tulips in the Valley
The first tulips in Skagit Valley were grown commercially on a forty-acre farm on Samish Island about 1905. Bulbs were imported from Holland to improve this crop and the valley’s bulb industry flourished. Early farmers were critical of the bulb growers for putting the rich valley land to such trivial use when it was excellent for cabbage seed, oats, hay, hops and barley. The bulb industry soon proved its value as more bulb farmers settled in Skagit County. They were an industrious and quiet bunch and I’m sure never foresaw anything like a “Tulip Festival.” Perhaps the astute merchants in La Conner did though.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019


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