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March 21, 2019

Presidential primary law limits voters

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Editorial denying bias biased
Dear Editor:
Your March 13 editorial denies political bias in publishing a biweekly column by state Reps. Lekanoff and Paul, saying this was done “not to promote their views but to update citizens on their legislators’ activities and thinking.” I always hope that legislators’ “views” arise from their “thinking” so I find this distinction confusing. And surely every newspaper editor knows there can be a difference between a politician’s activities and what the politician most wants to tell you about them.  

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

We Hear them - Do they Hear Us?
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

We Hear them - Do they Hear Us?
The recent letter sent by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to the Secretary of the Navy echoes the region’s concerns in a long list of mitigations and considerations for the Navy to address. Some of these include: adverse effects on historical structures, agriculture and tourism. Sound Defense Alliance members recognized that Growler jet noise would impact more than Central Whidbey.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

'Good' going on: more needed
Hooray! Yeah, I’m happy to see and read the recent communications between community members and members of leadership in this sweet little seaside town. Thank you to Brian and Whitney for your letter to us, the readers of La Conner Weekly News. Thank you, Mr. Stern, for doing your best at putting us locals in your heart. Your job has not been easy, you’ve learned a lot, as I’m sure you will continue to do. I appreciate your ability to put up with a person as prickly as me, it says a lot about the patience of you.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Sock Drive support thanks
This year was another successful Sock Drive! I’d like to thank Tillinghast Postal, KeyBank, Washington Federal, the Library, the Kiwanis/Library Thrift Shop and Soroptimist Vintage La Conner for being drop off locations and the Community of La Conner for all of the socks you donated!
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tax crusader update
Collection of taxes was $1,928,815 from Shelter Bay and Pull & Be Damned this year. The levy rate of $12.3500 per thousand is higher than the levy rate in the county’s tax area 1580, which, before the Great Wolf decision, used to include these two areas. That levy rate is $11.4983. In previous years the Swinomish always used the same levy rate.
The Tribe 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Park pavilion fully funded
Thank you all,
It was a packed house as Jeff Hellam opened the doors for us at Hellam’s Vineyard Friday night and everyone who came was there to make sure the pavilion at Conner Waterfront Park will be built. The two major donors were there, Shell Refinery and La Conner Rotary. They both gave deeply to start the initial fund raising and they, along with countless individual donors, had gotten us close and this event put us over the top. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

More thanks for pavilion 'fun' raiser
A big shout out to our community for making the Conner Waterfront Park “Fun Raiser” at Hellam’s Vineyard last Friday night a huge success. Special recognition goes to Ollie Iverson and Ken Lee for their efforts in organizing the event. Big thanks to the Town’s staff for their administrative support and to Scott Thomas, Town administrator for staffing the collections at the door. All five Parks Commissioners were there to support the event.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Thanks for Smelt Derby support
There were not very many fish but the weather turned out favorably and lots of people were in town. It was interesting to see that this year’s winners were all from out of town, Seattle being the furthest. The Treasure Hunt was also a great success as all the Treasure Chests were empty and over 50 Treasure Maps were distributed. Lots of kids also enjoyed fish printing and families came out for a delicious pancake breakfast.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Thanks for supporting levy
On behalf of our students, staff and school board, we thank you, our community, for your incredible and overwhelming support on our 2019 educational programs and operations levy. It is passing with an amazing 70 percent YES vote, and we are so grateful.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

License guns, like cars
Wouldn’t you be outraged if the Afghanistan war racked up 14,708 deaths in one year? That is the number of deaths from gun violence in just 2018*. Compare that to 2,372** military deaths in all the 17 years of the Afghanistan war, start to present.
Consider 3,492 children, under age of 18years, are victims of gun violence, injured or killed, which works out to 9.5 children/day. That does not include suicides. If suicides by gun are included, those numbers double.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

'Fun'-raiser Friday for parks
Dear Editor,
I want to remind your readers of the great opportunity this Friday night at 6 p.m. to support La Conner Parks. There is a “fun” raiser at Hellam’s Vineyard to generate donations toward the construction of a beautiful log pavilion (picnic shelter) in Conner Waterfront Park under the Rainbow Bridge.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Elevator needed in Maple Hall
The La Conner Chamber of Commerce fully supports the repair and maintenance of an elevator at Maple Hall.
Maple Hall is home to several events that will benefit from the additional access to the upstairs.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hunters must look around
I have been visiting the LaConner area every winter for over 15 years for the exceptional bird-watching opportunities. Many of the birdwatching sites also allow hunting, so I am familiar with the mutual accommodation between birdwatchers and hunters. Recently I witnessed a hunting incident that I found deeply disturbing.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Total school taxes story
The Lantern (the school’s winter edition) only tells part of the story about taxes. The total tax for schools is made up of the enrichment levy, the bond levy, and the State levy parts I and II.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

School board members recognized for tireless efforts
By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our youth. School board members in LaConner are entrusted by this community with responsibility for an annual budget of $12 million, 600 students, 117 employees and 10 buildings.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Three strikes against levy
It is levy “season” again for some Skagit County public schools, including La Conner. Some unique circumstances affecting the La Conner school district need to be examined before the proposed levy deserves community endorsement: 
First, the “McCleary Fix” was supposed to reduce/eliminate local school tax levies by “fully funding basic education.”

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Withhold politicians pay
Maybe Congress and the President would be more inclined to talk, compromise and reach a deal to re-open the government, if their own salaries were withheld until they did. 
Lin McJunkin

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

KeyBank fails community
Dear Editor:
I am so disappointed that Key Bank is not fulfilling their corporate responsibility here to serve the needs of this community as described in the CRA [Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 – editor] for banks which requires that banks serve lower income communities. Although Key may have banks in low income neighborhoods in cities, I am not so sure that they feel the same responsibility about small rural communities. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Poet parses problems
Dear Editor,
I wish to express my appreciation for the investigative journalism that you put into the La Conner Weekly News. I was especially happy to read the comments of Allan Olson, lead counsel for the Swinomish Tribe [Olson is general manager – editor]. His clarifications helped un-cloud some murky waters, and for that I am happy. However, it also shed some light on some goblins in the closet. No matter how we look at us, we can see cracks in our façade, from financing our fixes, to educating our masses, to justly paying our taxes; we have yet to learn from our collective crashes. Yeah, from the ones that have killed our kids, to the ones that have put Chinook on the skids, and our Orca under a lens.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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