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July 20, 2018


Check records before voting
I’d like to remind my fellow citizens here in the 10th Legislative District that all three of your elected officials supported SB 6617, which would have exempted them from our state’s public records act. Dave Hayes and Barbara Bailey voted yes, while Norma Smith did not vote due to an excused absence. She later stated that she would have “absolutely voted yes” if she were present for the vote. Thanks to a citizen’s uprising, we prevented this disaster by pressuring a gubernatorial veto, but we now know where our elected officials stand on the issue of open government.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Club awards students
The Rotary Club of La Conner awarded six scholarships totaling $14,000 to graduating La Conner High School students to pursue higher education. Congratulations to:
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Flower baskets supported!
Thank you! The La Conner Chamber purchases and arranges for the maintenance and upkeep of our town flower baskets each year with the help of our wonderful community’s support.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Paint Rainbow Bridge
I urge our mayor and town council to do all in their power to get the Rainbow Bridge repainted. It is a recognizable feature – indeed a landmark – of La Conner. As such, it deserves to be maintained accordingly.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Gazebo float helpers: Thanks!
Thanks to all who made Conner Waterfront Park’s Gazebo fund raising float so great during this year’s July 4th Parade. The marching group was made up of friends, neighbors, family and the Parks Commissioners.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thanks for making July 4th great!
Thanks to all of you who entered this year’s parade. Without you the parade would have been much shorter and a lot less fun.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thanks from Seattle Cascades
Dear citizens of LaConner:
The Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, staff and members of the board of directors offer our sincere gratitude for the use of LaConner Schools facilities, the great publicity received for our endeavors and the outpouring of friendship exhibited by the standing-room-only crowd at our preview performance July 2. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Democracy in action
Thank you for your recent coverage of the Skagit County charter campaign. As I collect signatures on the petition I have had a number of people comment about reading your article.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Carpetbaggers pushed bag ban
To the Editor:
The La Conner Town Council was used by a group of women, from Mount Vernon, primarily, who wanted plastic bags removed from our stores. Marilyn Johnson and I were the only ones to see though this and testify at the public hearing last Tuesday.
It was inappropriate to adopt an ordinance to ban plastic bags. Inappropriate for two reasons: It punishes only one enterprise, the Pioneer Market. It will cost between $10,000 and $15,000 dollars to convert away from plastic. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Park Salmon Slide
Fish issues have been completed by John Doyle this past week and painting/sealing will begin next week. Stop by over the next several days, take a slide and it will be ready for all to use real soon.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shabbat service and thanks
Shalom Circle is a liberal Jewish Community founded and co-led by Cantor Miriam Fein and Simme Bobrosky. We share spirited services, classes and festival celebrations. Our gatherings are filled with song, story, ritual and fellowship. Together we explore the wisdom, peace and joy of Jewish spirituality. 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

First Street Tribe property ideas
How sad that the Tribe has not cleaned up their eyesore property on 1st Street. Apparently, they have no interest in developing its commercial value. Why not partner with the Town of La Conner in developing some kind of Tribal cultural park? 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Great Guitar Festival
What a fantastic, well prepared, fun event Shirley and Brent brought to La Conner!
This event brought the nicest, coolest people to town!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thanks for food donations
Over 3,400 pounds a week. That is how much food your neighborhood food bank distributes to families each Monday. That is why the 905pounds of donations, through the post office’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, were so critical to our operation. 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Join cohousing community
Letter to the Editor
Thank you for your May 2nd article about our forming cohousing community in the Skagit Valley. We are very excited about this concept. In our mobile and tech-oriented society, many people feel isolated both by the many tech screens dominating our lives and our distance from our extended families. Cohousing is physically structured to promote interactions with neighbors through closely clustered private homes, shared common spaces such as workshops and gardens, and perimeter parking for safe and beautiful pedestrian walkways.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Librarian appreciated
Fellow La Connerans,
Please join me in wishing a sincere farewell to Jessica Armey, our former La Conner Regional Public Libraries children’s librarian.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fishing for Sockeye not equal
Sockeye season to open June 15 for a month is good news for local hook and line fishermen.
I understand why the Fish Department has opted to close the river during the days the Indians are netting to keep peace. What is concerning to sports fishermen is why the Department has to close the lower river to non-Indians during their open season?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Get involved in government
Every election is important, and our government depends on the quality of the candidates, we elect.
Want better government? Become involved, volunteer for committees, and/or file for public office!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Don't punish student marchers
La Conner High School students participating in the nationwide March for Our Lives protest this week, should be granted excused absences. 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Students heart of poetry
That was a lovely article from Steve Dolmatz on poetry in La Conner’s schools last week. The students were and are the heart of this work; it was created for them. 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018


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