Articles from the January 11, 2023 edition

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Daily milk run: From Mesman Farm to Samish Bay Cheese

A high-tech La Conner organic dairy has entered into an old-fashioned agreement to supply fresh milk to Samish Bay Cheese. Both are members of Genuine Skagit Valley, the marketing organization that su...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 11, 2023

Assessing flood damage, Town asks for state relief

Spring has not come early to La Conner. But spring cleaning has – out of necessity. In the aftermath of severe flooding of the town's low-lying areas Dec. 27, residents have been clearing w...

 

Fred Owens, former La Conner journalist, died in California last week

The actor Jonathan Goldsmith gained a wide following for portraying "The Most Interesting Man in the World" during a popular Dos Equis promotional campaign. The part could have just as easily gone to...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    January 11, 2023

Skagit COVID-19 cases continue to decline

Skagit County entered 2023 with COVID-19 cases on the decline. The seven day case rate per 100,000 residents fell to 50 for the week ending Dec. 31, 2022. The county case rate climbed some, to 60.6 per 100,000 residents through Jan. 4, just above...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 11, 2023

Adding various numbers up

At the start of the new year, one way to assess the year just passed is by looking at the numbers contained in budgets and reports and reflecting back and projecting forward. From front to back in this issue of the Weekly News, there are all kinds...

 

One man's flood a real disaster

Fate intervened on Dec. 27. First is the fact that the day before, Monday was a municipal holiday. Secondly the Dunlap Towing stopped running their weekly ad providing the tide tables to the community in this newspaper three or four years ago. At... Full story

 
 By Ken Stern    News    January 11, 2023

Town of La Conner $873,000 in black at close of 2022

Can you say $873,094 Town of La Conner 2022 budget surplus? Director of Finance Maria DeGoede can. Her monthly treasurer’s report for the 4th quarter 2022, year to date, in the town council’s Jan. 10 meeting packet, shows revenue of $5,988,197, 117...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    January 11, 2023

Solarize Skagit will make solar installations available in 2023

The Skagit Valley Clean Energy Cooperative is a member-owned, non-profit organization founded by Terry Nelson, Mary Wohleb, John Leaver, Marylee Chamberlain and Bob Raymond to speed up the energy tran...

 

Flood victims need help

Flood cleanup is costing La Conner residents thousands. Residents should be informed, on a regular basis, of any disaster relief fund coming from Olympia. Publication of progress should be published in the La Conner Weekly News. We need help and we...

 

Frederick James Mesman

Frederick James Mesman passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022 at the age of 98 at Life Care Center of Mount Vernon. Fred was born Aug. 30, 1924 on the family farm near Rocky Point, Whidbey Island to... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 11, 2023

1986 Center Street contract rezone vote recalled by former town council member

It is hard to predict the future and often just as difficult to remember the distant past. But Vince Sellen, a retired La Conner schools teacher and former town council member, has shown a command of both. That is fitting for the one-time finalist...

 

Working together for the common good

Democracy works best when we listen to each other – and work together in good faith to tackle the issues most important to our community. That may sound old-fashioned today. Yet those three c...

 

Come to community 'town talk' Jan 21

Please join in a community conversation with your neighbors Jan. 21 at the La Conner Retirement Inn, 9-11 a.m. The communication committee, an advisory and ad hoc town council committee, will provide an opportunity for community members to come...

 

Braves hoopsters on a roll with two big wins

In a fast-paced, often physical non-conference home hoops clash with Clallam Bay Saturday afternoon when several players were flung to the floor – and one even crashed into the scorer's table – the La...

 

Swinomish basketball alumni recognized at halftime ceremony of Jan. 3 game

The ending of La Conner High School's home girls' basketball game with Neah Bay last Tuesday is one fans would just as soon forget. But what happened at halftime will remain a fond memory for years...

 

Lady Braves hoop team stops slide, slams Concrete 79-2

Talk is usually cheap but for the La Conner High School girls' basketball team it paid huge dividends ahead of the Lady Braves' 79-2 NW1B/2B blowout win at Concrete Friday night. Coming off a tough...

 

Wrens winter here and southern migrations

The house wren is a scrappy little critter. During nesting season, it fills cavity nesting holes with sticks even if the current owner has a nest with young or egg present. Fights may break out with the owner and that bird may lose because of the...

 

Let's feed Skagit forever

Come celebrate the Skagit Valley Food Co-op’s partnership with Viva Farms at the Lincoln Theatre Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. There will be snacks, prizes, beer and local farmers. Learn more about Viva Farms and its incredible work. The Co-op has donated $...

 

Salmon Hash

Yes, it's possible to stretch your food budget and meal planning to include salmon in several dishes. This recipe creates enough hash for one serving, for one person. It also allows you to use up...

 

Food Co-op Donates $100,000 to Viva Farms

A monumental moment for a monumental year: to kick off the Skagit Valley Food Co-op's 50th anniversary year, we are so proud to announce that the Co-op has donated $100,000 to Viva Farms to support lo...

 

Police Blotter Jan. 1-7

Monday, January 2 1:12 p.m.: Suspicious workers – Report of suspicious subjects turned out to be commercial window maintenence workers. Morris St., La Conner. Wednesday, January 4 4:44 p.m.: Hit a...

 

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