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Articles from the June 15, 2022 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 15, 2022

La Conner High School senior class graduates

The La Conner High School graduating class had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic and then one last time Friday evening. The 128th annual commencement exercises were moved from Whittaker Field to...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    June 15, 2022

La Conner's May median sold home price: $500,000

Nine La Conner area homes sold for a median price of $500,000 in May, a 26% climb from the $396,000 April median sale price for the five homes sold that month, NWMLS (Northwest Multiple Listing Service) data show. Median home sale prices for the 178...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    June 15, 2022

Town seeks funds for Moore Clark area redevelopment

In submitting a $30,000 CBDG (Community Development Block Grant) proposal June 1, the Town of La Conner has taken a baby step toward restoration of the South First Street waterfront and old Moore Clark property. If funded, a master plan will be...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    June 15, 2022

Wet weather and high costs bogging down area farmers

A good farming year is easy to recognize, says John Thulen of Pioneer Potatoes. “My ancestors bought a pickup, built a barn or added on to the house,” he said. It’s all in the county register. With record rainfall, late freezes, a cool spring...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Rule of law or mob rule

“These are the times that try men's souls” Thomas Paine wrote in his first issue of “The American Crisis,” his 1776-1783 pamphlet series. These times, today, are trying many an American’s soul. A good portion of our society does not...

 

Keeping La Conner small

Be aware of the changes going on in our town. The town codes need to be studied and revised for enhancement of our small town’s character. Do we really need housing in every vacant spot? Is it the developers telling us that? There is a concerned...

 

Leave Maple Avenue park open

I appreciate Stuart Welch’s letter illustrating just how exorbitant is the budget proposal for the Maple Avenue “park.” We are left with precious little green space after the Hedlin ballfield debacle. Why junk-up and pave-up most of what is...

 

Being spiritual and religious

The final document on young people, composed by young adults themselves at the invitation of Pope Francis for the 2018 Synod of Bishops, says: “Lots of young people, having lost trust in institutions, have become disaffiliated with organized...

 

Musings – on the editor’s mind

Once there was a story about a women named Cassandra. She was conjured up in Greece, during a time of deceit and destruction, when shrill voices drove men to war against their brothers. Cassandra was a princess of Troy, said to be the most beautiful...

 

Boating safety tips to know and use

It is time to go out and hit the waters, as boating season is upon us. That includes the multitude of paddle sport enthusiasts that use our waters as well. The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office looks forward to time on water, too. Our Marine Patrol Pr...

 

James “Jim” Valenzuela

Jim peacefully entered heaven on May 8, 2022 at the age of 80 with his wife by his side. He was born on February 12, 1942 to Lucy and Andrew Valenzuela of Madera, CA. He married Mary Alice Rameriz in... Full story

 

Fire District 13 exploring paramedicine program

Swinomish and Fire District 13 officials have begun taking steps for a joint community paramedicine program. “It’s still in its infancy stages,” said FD 13 Commissioner J.J. Wilbur at their monthly meeting June 9. He is also a Swinomish Indian...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 15, 2022

Indispensible Shegay Vanderpool retires from elementary school

Few have shown the can-do spirit on a sustained basis as well as Shegay Vanderpool. The career educator, after all, has proved since the early 1970s that she can do just about anything in the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 15, 2022

School district honors retirees and volunteers

The school district honored its volunteers – a vital group of more than 70 strong – along with retirees and colleagues not returning here in the fall with a reception and awards program at the middle school gym June 7. The 90-minute event...

 

Cindy Clausen’s good aim rings up horseshoe pitching championships

Cindy Masters Clausen is the reigning Washington state women’s horseshoe pitching champion, a crown she has held since 2017. She is also a two-time state doubles title winner and has captured top...

 
 By Tom Banse    News    June 15, 2022

Planning hydrogen clean energy future in Centralia

NW News Network An Australian company is eying property next to the soon-to-close coal power plant in Centralia, Washington, to build a big hydrogen fuel production facility. Fortescue Future Industries went public with its plans during a hydrogen...

 

Skagit Symphony Garden of Note tour is Sunday, June 26

Take a leisurely stroll through seven private gardens featured on Skagit Symphony’s 2022 Garden of Note Tour. The delightful self-guided tour Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. presents the Pleas...

 

Fresh Herb and Flower Salad

Our herbs and flowers are flourishing in our garden! It’s quite lovely. You can pick to your taste. Fresh is always best! Most of our raised beds are a few feet off the ground. So despite the heavy...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Sunday, June 5 11:06 a.m.: Stray kitten – A stray kitten was picked up and taken to the pet emergency center. McLean Rd., Greater La Conner. 10:06 p.m.: Oh deer – A vehicle collided with a deer. No injuries were reported by the driver....

 

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