Articles from the June 28, 2023 edition

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Sunny weather and events aplenty here last weekend

Halloween was in the air on summer solstice weekend, which goes to show all things are possible in La Conner. It was a truly spellbinding weekend here – perhaps best embodied by upbeat witches'...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    June 28, 2023

9 La Conner homes sold: $795,000 median price

May was a good month to sell a home in Skagit County, especially in the Anacortes and La Conner markets. In Anacortes $845,000 was the median price for the 32 homes that closed. In the La Conner area, $759,000 was the median price for the nine homes...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    June 28, 2023

Construction started on La Conner Heights homes

Construction of the first two homes on La Conner Heights began at the start of June. The structures are visible on the property residents long called Snapdragon Hill east of Whatcom Street and south...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 28, 2023

The people behind the Weekly News

Probably not even the most loyal reader of the Weekly News noticed that this issue is volume 10, issue 11. Every week the issue number advances one and on the paper’s birth-anniversary date the volume increases one. This is the 312th issue under... Full story

 
 By Greg Whiting    News    June 28, 2023

100% renewable electricity means hydropower in Washington

First, a clarification: Last week’s headline said we can expect 100% solar and wind energy on the grid in the future. Although that’s likely to become feasible within the next 20-30 years, I...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 28, 2023

La Conner Schools hires new counselor

La Conner School board members did something Monday night that they haven't done in a very long time: They approved hiring a new counselor for the middle and high school campus. Eric Crinklaw, most recently with Bonney Lake High School in the Sumner...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    June 28, 2023

If I ran the zoo

Women, women everywhere. I noticed more women recently in places where we hadn’t seen them before, such as covering men’s sporting events on television and serving as governors and in the police...

 

CORRECTION

Business license renewals are now renewed on the anniversary date of the original license application with the Washington Department of Revenue. The anniversary date renewal was incorrectly stated in the June 14 issue....

 

Notice of meeting cancellation

Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 is canceled. The next scheduled meeting is on July 18th, 2023....

 

Yeah, All I Wanna Do is Dance

Oh dear god it’s almost all I wanna do, to hear music that makes my body move, yeah, like it’s in a smooth groove. Some might see me in my trance, moving from a slide to prance, jumping and gliding like a bird, from branch to branch. Yeah, all I...

 

Barbara Birkeland Hulbert

Barbara Birkeland Hulbert died peacefully at home in La Conner on June 17. She was 96. "Barb" was born March 25, 1927, in Fort Benton, Mont., to Ingolf and Elizabeth (Flagler) Birkeland. She was one... Full story

 

James "Jim" Henry Foster

09/12/1939 - 05/25/2023 Jim Foster, beloved husband, father, and friend, has died. He was born in Seattle, Washington to John Henry Foster and Viola Mae Foster. Jim spent his childhood years in Greenwood and remained in the greater Seattle area his... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 28, 2023

Ellie Marble is state girls' 2B senior athlete of year

A major sports website has confirmed what La Conner fans have known for months. That being Ellie Marble, who just graduated from La Conner High School and will attend Central Washington University on...

 
 By Anne Basye    School    June 28, 2023

Juli Olson retires from school office

After 20 years, Juli Olson is finally graduating from middle school. The La Conner middle and high school administrative assistant retires at the end of June after working under six principals and through a school remodel and a pandemic. Besides...

 

County Stewardship Program Watershed Group seeks members

Skagit County seeks two residents for two-year terms on the Voluntary Stewardship Program’s advisory watershed group. This group of local producers, partner organizations and county staff advises VSP staff for best operation of the Voluntary...

 
 By Jean Markert    A & E    June 28, 2023

Library Happenings

Summer is going to “bee” busy at the library. Summer reading is now in full swing, and we have fun weekly events coming up all summer long. Our theme this year is “All Together Now;” the honeybee is our mascot – because they work together a...

 
 By Bob Hamblin    Community    June 28, 2023

Bird births, lives, longevity and mortality

The wandering albatross has the longest wingspan of all living birds at over nine feet. This species may live to be 40 years old and start breeding at eight years old. They only lay one egg every two years and it can take up to two years to raise a...

 

July 4th parade Tuesday, 12 p.m.

The Town of La Conner’s annual July Fourth parade will march up First Street at 12 p.m. Tuesday. Staging starts at 11 a.m. on State Street, at the La Conner Marina south basin parking area. Liability waivers are needed to participate. At 5 p.m.,...

 

Saucy Salsa

These fresh ingredients create a saucy salsa. I used vine ripened tomatoes. A Roma tomato has a thicker pulp if you prefer a thicker salsa. Just three Serrano hot peppers, with the seeds, gives this...

 

Police Blotter 6/18-6/24

Monday, June 19 3:12 p.m.: Car accident – 2 car motor vehicle accident. Driver 1 was stopped at the intersection and started to travel eastbound and did not see driver 2 and collided with driver 2....

 
 By Chris Omdal    Community    June 28, 2023

Marina Moorings

The guest docks have been slammed this week. We have been docking boats and fielding reservations left and right. And yet, even as the summer rush is upon us we generally still have space available...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    June 28, 2023

Residents' input on comp plan update sought

Town officials are charged with regularly updating La Conner’s comprehensive plan, the document that determines community goals and aspirations going forward. But the plan’s new verbiage won’t consist of their words alone. Residents are having...

 

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