Articles from the June 16, 2021 edition

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 By Ken Stern    A & E    June 16, 2021

A medic’s survival through prisoner of war hell

“War is hell,” U.S. General William Tecumseh Sherman said late in life. He had proved it in 1864, laying waste to a swath of Georgia from Atlanta to Savannah, helping to shorten and win the Civil War. War became more hellish in the 20th century,...

 

Last outs called on Hedlin’s Ballfield Saturday

Saturday was bright and sunny, a perfect day for a doubleheader plus extra innings at Hedlin’s Ballfield. But for La Conner baseball fans, even that would not have been enough. The last inning has...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 16, 2021

54 graduate from La Conner High School Friday

La Conner High School has held commencement exercises for more than a century. But this year graduation is truly the hottest ticket in town. Due to COVID-19 protocols, each graduate is allotted only...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    June 16, 2021

Fireworks, parade, concert on July 4

Stay around town for the holiday weekend and then bring your lawn chair to First Street Sunday, July 4. La Conner’s July 4th parade is back. There will not be a community picnic nor a concert with beer garden at the La Conner Marina lawn that...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 16, 2021

This unique graduating class

Family members of the La Conner High School graduating class of 2021 will attend this year’s graduation ceremonies Friday at 5 p.m in the football stadium. Teachers and staff will be there, but few others. Attendance is limited to keep people safe...

 

Loving people, there and here

In recent months news reports of events in Israel/Palestine, Xinjian, Cashmere and Afghanistan have caught our attention. Because we care about people and hold justice and human rights as values, we are drawn to speak and act. Good. Actually, not...

 

Town Council tackles traffic issues

La Conner officials are accelerating plans to curb speeding traffic here. The Town Council has bypassed a potentially lengthy cost analysis process and authorized Public Works Director Brian Lease and Town Administrator Scott Thomas to immediately...

 

Shrub a danger at roundabout

The roundabout coming into La Conner has been a huge success over the years, but a potential problem is growing. Leaving La Conner east bound last week, there was a long line of cars coming in from the north who have the right of way; east bound...

 

New tsunami warning system reported at FD 13 meeting

They say a busy person wears many hats. If so, count Skagit County Fire District 13 Captain Ted Taylor among those rarely seen bare headed. Last Friday, during the district’s monthly fire commissioners Zoom meeting, Taylor provided a prime example...

 

BARBARA SUE FJARLIE

Barbara Sue Fjarlie, 83, of La Conner passed away on 8 June 2021 of complications following a head injury suffered in late 2020. Barbara was born 30 June 1937 in Seattle to Gladys and George Cowen.... Full story

 

Inslee calls for opening border with Canada

Gov. Jay Inslee wrote Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas June 4, urging an immediate full or partial reopening of the U.S.-Canadian border to provide relief for individuals and communities impacted...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 16, 2021

La Conner boys’ hoop team falls prey to second half Falcon rally

The short-handed La Conner Braves faced long odds when they hosted 1A South Whidbey in non-league hoop action at Landy James Gym Monday night. For a while, the NW2B Braves were able to beat those odds. With three key players unavailable to square off...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 16, 2021

La Conner girls’ basketball team beats bigger schools 2 of 3

The La Conner High girls’ basketball team earned an A for effort in its close home loss to Burlington-Edison last Tuesday, June 8. The Lady Braves received an A for results when they soundly...

 

Cedar Hat and Eagle Feather program honors Swinomish grads

High school and college graduates always look sharp this time of year in their caps and gowns. But for true style points, it is hard to beat La Conner’s Swinomish high school graduates, who were...

 

Nine vehicles prowled

In less than two hours, between 6-8 p.m. last Wednesday afternoon, June 9, there were nine vehicle prowls at the south parking area of the Padilla Bay trailhead. Skagit County Sheriff’s Office deputies found passenger windows were broken on all...

 

Patsy Martin retiring from Port of Skagit

Burlington — After nearly three decades at the Port of Skagit, including 14 years at the helm, Executive Director Patsy Martin will retire in September. Martin began her career with the Port of...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, June 7 3:23 p.m.: Hauled away – Abandoned vehicle impounded. Whatcom St., La Conner. Tuesday, June 8 4:48 p.m.: Recycled away – Found bicycle. Bicycle was determined to be junk and disposed of. Whatcom St., La Conner. Wednesday,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    June 16, 2021

Robert Gates offers food for thought at Helping Hands benefit

He has led the C.I.A., the U.S. Defense Department and two major universities, but 77-year-old Robert Gates, now of Big Lake, received his best management training as a Boy Scout. “When I was 14,” Gates recalled at a special leadership seminar...

 

Basic White Cake

This is my go-to recipe when I want to serve strawberries and whipped cream. You can use either a round or square 8-inch pan. You can use either a round or square 8-inch pan. This bakes with a...

 

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