Wednesday, March 21, 2012

in the March 21, 2012 issue

Liquor store will close
After almost 20 years of serving the community, Homeport Liquor in La Conner will be closing its doors in May. Reporter Alexander Kramer has the details in today's paper.

Swinomish moves to control tidelands
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is preparing to enact an ordinance that would require non-tribal residents to obtain shoreline leases for boat docks in front of their homes in some areas and make environmentally sensitive tidelands in other areas off limits.
Most of the reservation's residents are non-tribal members who live on leased land or privately owned, or “fee simple,” parcels within the reservation boundaries. The tribe’s position is that everything within the reservation boundaries that lies between mean high water and extreme low tide is reservation land held in trust by the federal government for the benefit of tribal members. 
Tribal officials have said that the proposed ordinance is not intended to prevent reservation residents from enjoying the beaches, but is to give the tribe a means to prevent encroachments into the water with docks, bulkheads and other structures and to protect the tidelands.
 The tribe has provided this link to read a draft of the proposed ordinance . Details in today's paper.

Photo by Karla Reynolds
Swans coming in for a landing in a field near La Conner

Fans of ‘well worn’ art fill the town
Fashion writer Burgundy Woods covered the annual MoNA Style Wearable Art & Home Fashions Show held Saturday. In today's paper read her story about the show, which drew together 35 artists and nearly 1,000 patrons for an array of one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, crafts, and home d├ęcor.

Photo by Don Coyote
Hand-dyed items by Teri Jo Summer of Shiing Sea Studios of Greenbank.

Photo by Don Coyote
Mariah Halkett of Baltimore, Maryland tries on fashions created by designer June Blout of Portland, Oregon. 

Photo by Don Coyote
Kelly Lyles of Seattle with her acrylic candy creations.

Finding fun in essay writing
Writer Adrian Sharpe was in the classroom this week at La Conner Elementary School to see first-hand an innovative approach to literacy. Contract educator David Matteson was in Keith Hunter’s 5th grade classroom keeping the kids  intrigued and had them eagerly raising their hands as the all participated in writing an essay about the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in Chicago. Principal Lori Knudson said the program has paid off for the students, whose scores on state mandated test in literacy have risen.

From the Police Blotter:
2:27 p.m.: Road rage –
Some people in a broken down pickup truck, parked along the shoulder of Fir Island Road near Conway, got in an argument with some other people that were passing in a car.

Pick up your La Conner Weekly News today at one of our quarter-eating news stands, and on the shelves at the usual stores. Or subscribe and have it brought to you. 466-3315

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