Articles from the January 18, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 18, 2023

Town of La Conner forming flood control commission

Rising tides have in turn given rise to a renewed focus on flood control and long-term effects of climate change here. The Town of La Conner is looking to form a five-member commission with regular mo...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    January 18, 2023

Flood damage cost estimate $1.8 million

The Swinomish Channel flooding of La Conner homes and businesses Dec. 27 created at least $1.8 million in damage. A total of $2.6 million in self-assessments was filed countywide with the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management by the Jan....

 

La Conner Schools has travel costs woes

A sudden shortage of bus drivers at La Conner Schools is forcing daily routes to be combined while threatening cancellation of student field trips and overnight travel to athletic events. Randy Swift of the schools short-handed transportation...

 

Renaissance Man Fred Mesman remembered at memorial service

More than once during a lifetime that spanned nearly a century the late Fred Mesman was referred to as a Renaissance Man – a person with wide interests and expertise in numerous areas. So it was...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 18, 2023

Community invitations

La Conner area residents are invited to engage this week and next with the two local institutions that define and make a difference in our lives. This is where citizens can have the most impact, making self-governing a reality. Your participation is...

 

La Conner's many sound resources

In my 16th and final year as mayor, I would like to thank the La Conner community for the opportunity to serve as your representative. Although our resources are limited, La Conner has been fortunate to attract and retain staff who are dedicated to...

 

Thank you, school board

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...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    January 18, 2023

The change to green energy is an economical one

A letter responding to one of my columns recently suggested that this column is trying to force green energy down people’s throats. Typically, I wouldn’t reply, but I think it’s important to...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 18, 2023

FD 13 leaders project 2023 to be as busy as 2022

The past year was a busy one at Fire District 13. That trend will likely continue this year as the La Conner area district prepares to launch a community paramedicine program while adding a modular residential unit at its Snee-Oosh Road station....

 

We need more accountability, not less

We deserve better, even if we don't demand it. The latest findings from the Washington state auditor's office are unfortunately just a snapshot of an obscure yet growing problem in our state...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    January 18, 2023

First 2023 Town Council meeting

La Conner Town Council and La Conner Schools officials addressed common goals and interests at their respective meetings last week. Councilmembers Mary Wohleb and MaryLee Chamberlain joined the Jan. 9 school board session via Zoom to share tips for...

 

Robert Klam

1/21/55-1/11/23 Robert lived and died HIS WAY. We loved him dearly and will miss him dearly. Life Celebration to be held at Stompin Grounds, Sunday Jan. 29 from 2-4 p.m. Bring a story in mind to... Full story

 

Patsy Jo Elliott

Patsy Jo Elliott, 80 of Anacortes, died at her residence on January 10, 2023. To share memories of Patsy please visit www.evanschapel.com/obituary/patsy-jo-elliott. Arrangements are in the care of... Full story

 

Bob Powell

Feb. 25 1946-Jan. 7 2023... Full story

 

Short-handed La Conner wins at Friday Harbor

They had to shuffle their lineup, but a league hoops triumph was still in the cards for the La Conner High School Lady Braves at Friday Harbor Saturday afternoon. Minus two starters, including Skagit...

 

Braves win third in row, on road

There's no doubting Thomas regarding the La Conner High School boys' basketball team's resurrected post-season hopes. Senior transfer Braden Thoma confirmed that in a big way at Friday Harbor...

 

Call to Artists: Surge 2023

With the Skagit Climate Change Consortium, MoNA is bringing back “Surge: Mapping Transition, Displacement, and Agency in Times of Climate Change,” an exhibition drawing attention to climate change and its tangible effects on the Northwest’s...

 

Community dinner Jan. 25 at school

The La Conner School District is hosting a community dinner and Community Engagement night Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. in the Elementary School Gym. Please visit our schools, meet our amazing teachers and learn about the state of the district. Source: La...

 

No January birding event

There will not be a “Birds of Winter” end of January celebration of migratory birds in the Skagit Valley organized by the La Conner Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber plans on organizing and presenting its Birds of Winter 2024 next...

 

Community 'town talk' Jan 21

Join a community conversation with your neighbors Jan. 21 at the La Conner Retirement Inn, 9-11 a.m. The Town Council’s communication committee, an ad hoc group, offers an opportunity for residents to gather and discuss how to best make a...

 

Whole Wheat Spice Brownies

Or maybe this recipe might more accurately be called butter and brown sugar brownies. It has a lot of butter and brown sugar. That combination creates a chewy soft brownie. This brownie keeps well on...

 

Police Blotter: Jan. 8-14

Sunday, January 8 10:03 p.m.: DUI – The driver of a vehicle drove off the road into a ditch and got stuck. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Downey Rd., La Conner....

 

Butchering steer on the hoof demonstrated in cooking class

When Taylor Brink visited La Conner High School last Thursday, he was fully armed – and armored. The butcher/meat cutter for Northwest Local Meats, the retail butcher shop for the Island Grown...

 

Poetry reading Jan. 28

Skagit Valley poet Georgia Johnson reads poetry at Pelican Bay Books accompanied by Roberto Ascalon and Natalie Lahr Friday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Johnson has published “Just Past Dew Point” and other volumes of poetry. Ascalon, winner of the 2012...

 

'Quilt Until You Wilt' at history museum

Newly up is “Quilt Until You Wilt” at the Skagit County Historical Museum. Featured are a variety of quilt designs from the collection, including floral patterns, timed for Tulip season. The exhibit is interactive. Visitors can design their own...

 

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