Articles from the May 24, 2023 edition

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Annual Swinomish Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. But that is not entirely true, as was the case at Swinomish Thursday. That's when the local tribal community held its annual Blessing of the Fleet and...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 24, 2023

Marna Hannerman is next La Conner mayor

Marna Hanneman will be La Conner 's next mayor, no contest. Hanneman, on the planning commission since 2015, was the only person filing to run for the office during the May 15-19 period. Council members Mary Wohleb, an incumbent elected in 2019, and...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 24, 2023

High school student rescues two swimmers

A La Conner High School senior is a true lifesaver. Not just once, but twice. Finn Hakenson on separate occasions earlier this month helped two men in distress in Whistle Lake at Mount Erie Park in...

 

Newspaper forum reinforces key service provided by local journalism

Community journalism has a rich history, but the present business model has its issues. Yet the future of local news coverage across America isn't lacking reasons for optimism. Faced with shrinking...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    May 24, 2023

The decisions we make

The march of madness and meanness continues. Last week Montana, Nebraska and Florida’s legislators joined the stampede in outlawing gender-affirming care to teens and youths in their states. These laws will punish doctors and healthcare... Full story

 

Housing for Jenson Field

It’s with great interest that I hear about the parcel of property being quasi-gifted to the town. I’ve looked at that property for a very long time. During the slough burp of Dec 27, it was pretty much covered in water. I’ve lived at Channel...

 

Shelter Bay leadership

Part II following May 17 So where are we at the moment? The Shelter Bay board once again surprises no one with their majority vote to declare the recall petitions for the five executive officers are invalid. Rather than listening and adhering to the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 24, 2023

Flood mitigation options discussed

There’s no escaping flood risks in La Conner, but there are temporary and permanent options that can improve the odds of successfully managing future high-water events like last December’s that caused nearly $2 million in damages. Those options...

 
 By Greg Whiting    Community    May 24, 2023

How to read your electricity bill

One of the most common complaints electric utility customers have about utilities is that utility bills are hard to understand. I looked at PSE’s website page, “How to read your bill.” Having...

 

Frederick Hiller

Frederick William "Ted" Hiller, 96, a long time La Conner resident, died in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Ted was born in Norwood, Massachusetts on March 11th, 1927, at the beginning of the G... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 24, 2023

Planning Commission refers proposed adult business regulations to Council

Now it is the La Conner Town Council’s turn to decide how best to regulate adult businesses should one or more try to locate here. Fortunately, the panel has received some grown-up advice. The La Conner Planning Commission last week unanimously...

 

Expect delays on Best Road

Skagit County Public Works is working on Best Road Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from McLean Road to the Fir Island/Moore intersection through June 15. Public Works is performing milling repair in preparation for the upcoming...

 
 By Kylee Forygin    News    May 24, 2023

Turnout small at Saturday town hall

It could have been the perfect weather or the Guitar Festival that steered residents away from the Citizen Engagement Opportunity in the La Conner Swinomish Library conference room last Saturday, May 20. About ten people came to it, including La...

 

April Kiwanis students of month

The La Conner Kiwanis Club High School Student of the Month for April is Yamileth O'Campo Contreras. Yami is a freshman at the La Conner High School. She is the daughter of David and Karen Contreras....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    May 24, 2023

Four La Conner High School golfers at state tournament

La Conner High School golfers nearly left the country to qualify for state competition in the Olympia area this week. Four of its members – Sammy Williams, Gage Tenborg, Abi Udlock and Natalee Koch – emerged from Northwest Tri-District 2B trials...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    May 24, 2023

Shelter Bay board election results

Shelter Bay residents reelected Joe Hurley to their board of directors Saturday, May 20 at the community’s annual meeting. New on the board are Rod Proctor, who was appointed and served briefly in 2022, and Rick Parnell. The winners were...

 

May Soroptimist student

Jamie Damien-Sams, a senior at La Conner High School, was chosen as Soroptimist Honored student for May. Jamie has been a high school cheerleader for three years and recently received the Jamie Joe...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    May 24, 2023

60th anniversary Skagit Community Band concert

La Conner is no stranger to either history or good music. Both will be evident in town on Friday. That’s when the Skagit Community Band, directed by La Conner resident Vince Fejeran, celebrates its 60th anniversary with a free concert and silent...

 

Skagit Adult Day Program fundraiser

Skagit Adult Day Program will host their 10th annual "Music and Memories Dinner & Fundraiser" at Maple Hall June 3 from 5-8 p.m. Dinner and drinks will be provided from Santo Coyote along with...

 

Coonstripe Shrimp

Fresh local seafood is wonderful! I pulled out my largest aluminum bowl to hold the shrimp. Alive, jumping around. I kept them in the bowl until ready to cook. I cooked them immediately. I pulled out...

 

Police Blotter 5/14-5/20

Sunday, May 14 4:00 a.m.: DUI arrest – A driver was observed crashing his vehicle into other vehicles parked on the street. The driver was stopped by law enforcement and arrested for driving under...

 
 By Chris Omdal    Community    May 24, 2023

Marina Moorings

Guitar Festival: This week we had numerous guests who came to La Conner expressly for the La Conner Guitar Festival. Many of them have come before and plan to come again. I can see why! Walking into M...

 

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