Articles from the July 5, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 5, 2023

July Fourth parade in La Conner a blast for all

Nothing in life is perfect, but the annual July Fourth Parade in La Conner Tuesday came close. The weather, which more than once has been wet and chilly here on Independence Day – hence, the local... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 5, 2023
Gem Targaglia and Felicia Value play kazoos in the La Conner parade.

Recently relocated "Kazookies" duo lent flair to July Fourth parades here

The Fourth of July parade in La Conner always has something for everyone and often makes memories to last a lifetime. Yet few have had as much of a blast at the downtown summer serpentine as the... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 5, 2023

School board reviews bare bones budget

La Conner School Board President Susie Deyo called the panel’s annual six-hour retreat last Wednesday an opportunity for reflection. It was also a time to look ahead. And while the view going forward can be murky at best, board members and school o...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 5, 2023

Town Council grants reprieve to fish slide

Give peace a chance was a popular refrain coined in 1969 by John Lennon. Now, La Conner’s Ollie Iversen has put a new spin on Lennon’s famous anthem of the anti-war movement. Iverson’s version is “Give Pisces a Chance.” Pisces is the...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 5, 2023

Flooding, summer heat of concern

The La Conner Emergency Management Commission is wading through short-term options to mitigate flood threats on the La Conner waterfront and in low-lying residential neighborhoods, embracing a multi-tiered plan of attack ahead of next winter’s...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 5, 2023

June another dry month

June was another dry month in an increasingly dry year, with a total of 0.7 inches of rain. The half inch of rain June 9-10 was two-thirds of the month’s total. The other 0.24 inches of rain came June 18-20. Rainfall has been below average every...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 5, 2023

Could 44 tiny condos find home behind grocery?

Greg Ellis sees big things ahead for La Conner by going small. The Shelter Bay resident and Braves Club after-school program volunteer, who submitted plans for seven full-sized homes behind Pioneer Market in 2021, now proposes constructing tiny...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 5, 2023

Eagle habitat may affect plans for Pioneer Park tree removal

America’s national bird may stump part of a tree-thinning project at Pioneer Park. The Town of La Conner has been advised by an urban forestry services consultant that more than 40 trees in the park, a popular trail hiking and public events venue...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 5, 2023

From the editor -- Free, independent and together

Yesterday was July 4th, the 247th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, the colonies splitting from the most powerful country on the planet. Read again the Declaration of Independence. Start at the beginning.... Full story

 

Musings – on the editor's mind

It is a strange business with an odd purpose, newspaper publishing. It is a business and earns its profits by selling the interest and purchasing power of its readers to advertisers. It attracts its readers with the news of the day, but that is more...

 
 By Glen Johnson    Opinion    July 5, 2023

A citizen's view -- The sweet sounds of music drifting around

Music, what’s it to you, does it shiver your timbers, does it cause you to snap your fingers and tap your toes or make you breathe more easily through your nose? Certainly, one person’s music is another person’s noise, yet even in rip tearing...

 
 By Greg Whiting    Opinion    July 5, 2023

Technological advances of solar panels, EV batteries improve efficiency, cut costs

Just 20 years ago, a kilowatt of new photovoltaic solar panel electric generation capacity cost more than a hundred times as much as a new kilowatt of natural gas capacity (although the difference...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 5, 2023

Town council will prepare for retreat

The La Conner Town Council will hold a special meeting 5 p.m. July 11 to prepare for a six hour retreat July 24. That starts the creation of a preliminary SWOT analysis BERK Consulting will use to shape the retreat, Town Administrator Scott Thomas...

 
 By Anne Basye    School    July 5, 2023

Lori Buher looks back on a 27-year career with La Conner Schools

Lori Buher retired in June after 27 years with La Conner Schools and even longer as a La Conner School parent. Her long career can be divided into three chapters. In Chapter 1, she joined the La... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 5, 2023

Coach Marble to get Spirit Award at Pioneer Picnic

Retired La Conner High School championship volleyball coach Suzanne Marble has netted some impressive awards including induction into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame and national coach of the year recognition. One...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 5, 2023

School board retreat reflects on district's gains

While budget woes have gotten much attention at La Conner Schools lately, those concerns were balanced by a long list of district celebrations cited at the school board’s summer retreat last Wednesday. Second-year superintendent Will Nelson cited...

 
 By Cora Thomas    Community    July 5, 2023

Skagit River Poetry Foundation fans raise $35,000 at auction

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation held its third annual auction June 24 at Hillcrest Park Lodge in Mount Vernon. One hundred and twenty five supporters gathered to raise funds for their mission of cultivating literacy and changing lives through the...  Website

 

Native author Matika Wilbur to visit Seaport Books Thursday

Matika Wilbur will visit Seaport Books from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 6, to discuss and sign her book, “Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America.” She is back from a national tour....

 

Skagit Pioneer of Year Family member Duane Berentson a key public official

In his many roles as an educator, lawmaker, state official and in private business, the late Duane Berentson was hailed as a team player. And family man. The well-documented devotion to service and...

 

Aqiimuk's Kitchen -- Red Currant Jelly

Red currants are in season and friends are harvesting their red currant bushes. What better way to prolong the delicious richness of flavor, than making jelly. They remind me of the wild high bush...

 

Community Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Sea, Trees & Pie Bike Ride. July 8, 9:30 a.m. starting in Coupeville. Register online at wclt.org. Skagit Valley Highland Games. July 8-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon.Purchase tickets at c...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    July 5, 2023

Grass fire burns Swinomish field Saturday

Looking through Gilkey Square at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, it seemed a boat was on fire. Tourists and locals gathering at the boardwalk railing saw a brush – more properly, a grass – fire just west of...

 

Police Blotter: Skagit County Sheriff's Office

Sunday, June 25 10:29 a.m.: What noise? – Report of subjects playing loud music outside, disrupting the neighborhood. Deputies did not hear anything. Beaver Marsh Rd., Greater La Conner. 10:29 a.m.: What truck? – Report of a stolen truck from...

 
 By Chris Omdal    Community    July 5, 2023

Marina Moorings: Port of Skagit

What a week! We have been so busy for the past few weeks I did not think we could be busier, but the 4th has set a new high water mark. We had to turn away dozens of reservation requests for G dock an...

 

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