Articles from the June 30, 2021 edition

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Ready for reopening: Come on in!

Residents and businesses are released from all state imposed COVID-19 restrictions starting today, a decision Gov. Jay Inslee made in May for reopening statewide. This ends his Roadmap to Recovery restrictions. La Conner businesses and institutions...

 

Town’s restaurants close during record heat

The weather dealt La Conner another bad hand last weekend, three of a kind of daily highs over 90 degrees Saturday-Monday, recorded at the WSU Extension Research Center on Memorial Highway. These may be record high temperatures for Friday through...

 

Hedlin’s Ballfield scored points with parents and children alike

La Conner’s longtime field of dreams will soon become a field of memories, visible merely in the mind’s eye as the property becomes new housing and a yet to be defined public park covering a half-...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 30, 2021

We joined together in a ‘mutual pledge’

Our nation’s 245th anniversary is Sunday. But for many of us, this is not a happy birthday. The one issue of unanimous consent among us is that we are divided. There are two issues of agreement among the population. One is that we are divided. The...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    June 30, 2021

If I ran the zoo

In the summer of 1969, I was in the south of France, visiting my cousins, when Neil Armstrong took a stroll on the moon. The event blew my mind. I am not very technically savvy, so it was beyond my...

 

Submit nominations for governor’s Smart Communities awards

Gov. Jay Inslee invites nominations for outstanding work by local governments and their partners on community planning and development. The awards have been an annual event since 2006. Inslee is proud to sponsor the Smart Communities Awards to...

 

Council buys four traffic speed signs, discusses public safety

La Conner residents shared with Town officials a broad range of traffic and public safety concerns last Tuesday night. At the Town Council’s June 22 Zoom meeting, speeding motorists and discarded drug syringes were discussed at length. There is a...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    June 30, 2021

Pioneer Park death ruled a suicide

LA CONNER — The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday afternoon that the 19-year-old Whidbey Island man found dead in a car in Pioneer Park in La Conner in the early afternoon June 23 committed suicide. Tobin Meyer, chief criminal...

 

JOHN ALLEN CARR

John Allen Carr, of Carmel, CA and La Conner, WA passed peacefully from cancer of the liver in the comfort of his home on June 9, 2021. John was born in San Francisco and attended Menlo High School,... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 30, 2021

La Conner girls OT loss nets second place in summer state tourney

There was no state 2B Hardwood Classic in Spokane this year. But there was a state level tournament in Mount Vernon last week. And as was the case in Spokane in 2020, La Conner High’s entry advanced to the final round, earning top runner-up honors....

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 30, 2021

Football coach takes head job at 3A Stanwood

Jeff Scoma had a successful first season as a head football coach, guiding La Conner High to a 4-1 mark and the NW2B spring grid crown, its best showing in several years. Turns out, Scoma might have been too successful – at least as far as Brav...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 30, 2021

Gifford joins middle-high school administration

Mikki Gifford is looking forward to her new role with La Conner schools. Make that, roles. Gifford is the new combination middle school-high school assistant principal and athletic director, a dual...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    June 30, 2021

Businesses that expanded during pandemic

Some of the world’s best-known businesses started in depressions, recessions and other hard economic times. Three La Conner businesses followed their example last year, expanding their operations...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    June 30, 2021

Cooling center offered locals weekend relief

The Town of La Conner moved swiftly Friday to open a cooling center for area residents to take shelter from last weekend’s record high temperatures. The suggestion made by Robin Carneen earlier in the day was a reality by 6 p.m. June 25. The La...

 

Good family will be honored at Pioneer Picnic

A Good family that has had a great impact on the history and agricultural development of Fir Island and whose members have since been actively engaged in an array of public service projects will be...

 

Four Bean Salad

A refreshing summertime salad. This makes enough for a quart for your family, plus a pint for a friend and one serving size bowl to eat after it has marinated one hour. I have brought this to...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    June 30, 2021

Residents to Town: Honor Hedlin’s covenant for park

Parking has always been a thorny issue in La Conner, most notably on First Street parallel to the town’s popular historic waterfront. Now it figures in yet another flap, this time over joint use easements the Town signed with Landed Gentry the day...

 

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