Articles from the June 14, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 14, 2023

Class of '23 graduates in sun-splashed ceremony

A class that weathered a slew of obstacles, in particular the COVID-19 pandemic, was blessed with warm, sunny conditions and a clear view of snow-capped Mount Baker for La Conner High School's 129th...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    June 14, 2023

MoNA 31st annual auction a night of shared magic

There was sharing aplenty at the Museum of Northwest Art Saturday night as MoNA raised $370,000 through purchases and donations at its 31st annual auction. The First Street museum was humming as...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    June 14, 2023

Inslee visits Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative while in Skagit County

Gov. Jay Inslee enjoyed a taste of Skagit Valley on several levels when he toured the Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative near La Conner last Tuesday. The state's three-term chief executive, who...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 14, 2023

Smoke, fire, heat and hot air

The secondary heading for this editorial is "our ossified leadership." The political state – and status – of our country is our society-wide failure, whether you read many newspapers or none and whether you discuss vigorously, halfheartedly or no... Full story

 

Great town, bookstore

I’ve lived in La Conner and the surrounding area for 38 years and continue to be thrilled by all the wonderful organizations here that support gardening, farming, land conservation, the Sunrise Food Bank, Kiwanis, Rotary and Soroptimists, to name...

 
 By Rick Shorten    Opinion    June 14, 2023

Memorial Day born out of Civil War

Thank you for your spot-on Musings (June 7 Weekly News) in regard to Memorial Day, especially the service at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery on May 29. As always, it was a moving service, conducted quite ably by Rev. Don Robinson. As I listened to and...

 

Political parties and fraud

I recently received an invitation from the Skagit County Republican Party to its annual Lincoln-Reagan gala. I've never voted for a Republican, but I do recall long political discussions with my father, a lifelong Republican,. We often disagreed on...

 

Keep the salmon slide

I was very sad to hear that the city council had voted to remove the salmon slide. The letter (Weekly News, June 7) mentioned that it was going to be removed because of the continued cost of maintenance. Having watched it closely for the past few...

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    June 14, 2023

Reducing home electrical use reduces costs

An earlier column emphasized understanding the numbers on your electric bill. Understanding what the bill means, however, doesn’t help much in understanding why you’ve used that much energy, nor d...

 

Elizabeth Grace Gordon "Betty"

Elizabeth "Betty" Grace Gordon died on Monday, May 22, 2023 at the age of 97. She passed in the home where she had spent most of her life, looking out the windows, the rays of her final golden hour re... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    June 14, 2023

Center Street project, flood issues heard by planning commission

With the completion of an on-site soil analysis, applicants Kate and Brandon Atkinson stand on firm enough ground to seek county building permits for their proposed condo project on Center Street, Town of La Conner Planning Commissioners were told...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    June 14, 2023

Busy summer wildfire season anticipated statewide

Summer vacation likely will be an oxymoron for area firefighters. Forecasts place Washington state at the epicenter of regional wildfires from July to September. “The outlook for Washington state is not all that great,” Skagit County Fire...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 14, 2023

Local scholarship foundation kicks off major six-month fundraising drive

A good idea never goes out of style. Thirty-four years after its inception, the concept of an inclusive scholarship program supporting La Conner High School graduates still remains a perfect fit for a community that values education. The La Conner...

 

History museum re-opens Native American exhibit

Jo Wolfe knew it would take a lot of energy to reorganize the extensive Native American Collection at the Skagit County Historical Museum. Fortunately, there was someone perfect for the job. Intern Maggie Telford, a 2022 University of Washington...

 

Nelson graduates with highest honors

Gwyneth Nelson graduated with highest honors, from Montana State University May 12. The greater La Conner resident earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7. Source: Montana State University...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    June 14, 2023

La Conner Art Circle show at Beaver Tales Coffee

The enthusiasm of the Art Circle artists holding their first exhibit at Beaver Tales Coffee and Tea this June is fueled by more than an intimate showing space, good coffee, a great hostess in...

 

Cascadian Farm now owned by Rodale Institute Pacific Northwest Organic Center

SKAGIT VALLEY — The Rodale Institute Pacific Northwest Organic Center at Cascadian Farm, the historic property formerly known as Cascadian Home Farm, has opened its fields to the public for u-pick strawberries. A beloved destination for tourists...

 

Intuitive Arts Fair June 24-25

The Intuitive Arts Fair is a must-attend event for anyone interested in exploring their intuition and spiritual side. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Maple...

 

State parks free Sunday

Celebrate Juneteenth with a free visit to a state park June 19. Visitors will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits to a Washington state park or on lands managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources or Washington Department of...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    June 14, 2023

Local fire departments burn house down on purpose

Burning the Hedlund house to the ground Saturday was only the last straw and the least important fire of the day for the La Conner and Fire Districts 2, 13 and 17 fire departments. By the time the las...

 

Smoke Ready Week is now through June 16

OLYMPIA – As our climate changes, the threat of wildfires looms larger. The Washington state Department of Health is urging the public to prepare for smoke that can make air unhealthy to breathe. Smoke Ready Week, June 12-16, is an opportunity to...

 

Renew Town business licenses

The deadline for businesses to renew their Town of La Conner licenses is June 30. The state of Washington requires processing licenses through the Washington Department of Revenue’s website. Get licenses at the DOR website: dor.wa.gov. Click on...

 

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