Articles from the June 23, 2021 edition

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 By Anne Basye    School    June 23, 2021

Outdoor commencement shines brightly on La Conner high graduates

It has often been dark and gloomy during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Friday was not one of those times. At least not for members of the La Conner High Class of 2021 and their families and friends. It...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    June 23, 2021

Toddler left in hot car picked up by police

The parent of a toddler will soon be feeling the heat for having left the child alone in an idling vehicle in downtown La Conner Monday, the hottest day of the year to date. That parent could face child endangerment charges, and the case is being...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 23, 2021

Rich Stewart gets ‘A’ for La Conner school work

He rode into town, donned a mask and saved the day. The Lone Ranger? No, but in the eyes of many the above aptly describes La Conner School District Superintendent Rich Stewart, who last summer...

 

MoNA’s 29th annual auction: people stepped up

As the Museum of Northwest Art rolled into its 40th year it had become increasingly clear that the COVID-19 pandemic would once again restrict MoNA’s annual art auction. The traditional in-person...

 

UPDATE: Anacortes chlorine supply now adequate for water treatment plant

UPDATE: ANACORTES — The City of Anacortes’ supply of sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) to its regional water system is now stable, the city announced in a news release June 23. Chlorine was delivered Wednesday and Thursday putting the water trea...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    June 23, 2021

Lights were out on First Street Thursday

Thursday was picture perfect weatherwise in La Conner, but not so for businesses on South First Street till mid-afternoon. An animal got in the guts of a South First Street Puget Sound Energy pole around 7 a.m. Businesses on First and Morris...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 23, 2021

Masks off but precautions here to stay

Next Wednesday, June 30, Washington state will fully reopen under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery plan for public health and economic guidelines to protect residents during the coronavirus pandemic. If 70% of residents 16 and older have...

 

No good deed goes unpunished

For over 65 years, the Hedlin play field has been enjoyed by multiple generations of local residents playing little league baseball, softball, soccer and many other activities. It was the only venue in La Conner configured to accommodate little...

 

Eric Day for FD 13 commissioner

I have known Eric Day for several years. He is humble and has a servant’s heart – working with young people, teaching cultural ways, helping to feed people in the community, standing and speaking for justice and serving as a senator of the...

 

Summer adventure camp for school kids

Concerned about student participation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the La Conner School District is holding a summer adventure camp to help students re-engage with in-person learning. Rather than concentrate on academics alone, the district is...

 

‘Music Man’ exhibit at Skagit County history museum

“Hugo Helmer: Skagit’s Own Music Man” is the Skagit County Historical Museum’s new exhibit, now open. It celebrates accomplished accordionist Hugo Helmer, featuring his life and legacy. Helmer instructed hundreds of children throughout the...

 

Informational bar codes coming to town’s historic buildings

La Conner is one step closer to having some of its historic buildings don a more modern look. The Town Planning Commission voiced support last week for placement of small reader bar codes that when accessed would provide anecdotal and historical...

 
 By Jared Fair    Community    June 23, 2021

Your library this summer

Summer Reading Program Your World in Color: Summer Reading 2021 at the La Conner Regional Library started this week. It is open to anyone under 18 who has access to a La Conner Library card. Our theme this year is Color! Think of all the ways you...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 23, 2021

La Conner girls’ basketball team starts summer tourney today

There truly is no rest for the weary. The La Conner High girls’ basketball team, which after playing five games in a week against top competition – the Lady Braves won four of those, losing only to 2A Burlington-Edison – and now coach...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 23, 2021

La Conner School District bids farewell to retirees, departing staff

Saying goodbye is never easy. Because of that, La Conner schools softened the departures of those retiring or leaving the district for other jobs with a two-hour farewell celebration heavy on humor at the elementary campus Thursday afternoon....

 

Cantabile Chamber Choir performing live again

With the elimination of most COVID restrictions, Cantabile Chamber Choir, a fixture of Skagit Valley’s live music scene since 2006, is looking forward to resumption of in-person rehearsals in September. “It’s no surprise on-line rehearsals...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Tuesday, June 15 2:23 a.m.: Left with chargers – Deputies responded to a report of a cold theft. The caller said a male walked into the store and stole a handful of phone chargers. La Conner Whitney Rd., Greater La Conner. 6:51 p.m.: Known...

 

Swinomish member returns to provides food for thought and nutrition

Anna Cook is getting back to her roots on many levels. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community member, a La Conner high school alum who went on to earn a degree from The Evergreen State College in...

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling

Enjoy the strawberries and rhubarb you harvest or buy in early summer, into the winter months. A well-established rhubarb plant in your garden, produces enough stalks to create several tasty dishes....

 

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