Articles from the July 19, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023

Citizen surveys to inform council during retreat

Because it’s never too soon to prepare for the future, La Conner Town Council invested an hour in a special session last week studying factors and strategies that could define La Conner decades from now. The 60-minute hybrid meeting, which...

 By Ken Stern    News    July 19, 2023

Skagit County drought worsens

The drought conditions for Skagit County? Not good. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s website’s weekly report lists almost the entire county in drought by area, 97.5%. Greater La Conner is in a small coastal slice of moderate drought, as is the...

 By Nancy Crowell    News    July 19, 2023
Four Master Gardeners gather under a shady tree

50 and fabulous

"I didn't realize Master Gardeners did so many things!" Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki said as she addressed the standing-room only crowd in the Sakuma Auditorium at the Washington State... Full story

 By Chloe Peterson    News    July 19, 2023
People sit at tables under portable awnings at the Skagit School picnic

History comes alive as relatives relive Skagit City School's glory days

Community members gathered around the Skagit City School Sunday, July 16, for the annual Skagit City School Picnic, hosted by the Skagit County Historical Museum.  Live music filled the air as a...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023

Second meeting approves Talmon Project infrastructure plan

It took a do-over, but the La Conner Town Council last week approved an infrastructure improvements plan for the construction site of a three-story, 19-unit condominium building on Center Street. The unanimous action – though some of the “aye...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023

Future fireworks seasons may be shorter

Patriotism, matching the hot weather, was at a feverish pitch this July 4. But not everyone had a bang on Independence Day – or in the days leading up to and following the holiday. For La Conner area firefighters, already grappling with extended...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023

Park pavilion will be done by 'end of the year'

A time-honored adage says no job is finished until the paperwork is done. For the Town of La Conner Parks Commission, the reverse is true when it comes to installing a much-anticipated pavilion at Conner Waterfront Park. The pavilion project, on the...


Council meets July 24: Retreat

Mayor Ramon Hayes called a special daylong meeting of the La Conner Town Council for Monday, July 24 for the purpose of holding a retreat with a discussion only agenda. The meeting will be held in person only. There will not be public comments or...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 19, 2023

Braves B-ball coach Woods leaves for Chinle, Arizona, job

The grass, they say, is always greener on the other side. In the case of C.J. Woods, that is even true of the Arizona desert. Woods, the youthful and personable La Conner High School boys’ head basketball coach and athletics director, has stepped...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 19, 2023

Summer Adventure Camp students take a bow at matinee performance

Summer school is all about enhancing student performance. And at La Conner Schools, student performance comes in multiple ways, shapes and forms and is not limited to pencil and paper drills....


Youth soccer season kicking off with online registration

La Conner is known for having goal-oriented kids. And many of them can be seen soon on local soccer fields. Registration is now open for children to participate, with the La Conner Youth Soccer Association planning to field teams in several age...

 By Ken Stern    A & E    July 19, 2023

Theatre review: Take on 'Shrew' is anything but tame at Rexville

The quickest way to step out of your everyday world this summer? Get tickets, bring your lawn chair, blanket and jacket and get thee to “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Rexville Blackrock Amphitheatre. It opened Friday, half of Shakespeare...

 By Robert Bryan    News    July 19, 2023
QR code links to drip irrigation information

Drip irrigation: Design, install, maintain it easily

Drip irrigation is a method of slowly delivering water to all types of plantings, from planters to gardens to greenhouses. In three not so difficult steps,you can design and build a drip irrigation...


Skagit Valley Food Co-op Golden Jubilee set Aug. 9

Mount Vernon – The Skagit Valley Food Co-op is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a Golden Jubilee on the Riverwalk! Golden Jubilee – a fancy way to say we’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary! And what better way to celebrate 50 years of...

 By Ken Stern    News    July 19, 2023

Solarize Skagit has 129 considering solar around La Conner

By Ken Stern This corrects the July 19 story headlined: “Solarize Skagit will power 129 homes.” That headline is incorrect. As the cooperative’s Vice President Mary Wohleb states in her letter on page 2 today: “A sign up’ means the...

 By Caitlin Andrews    News    July 19, 2023

Nonprofit buys Maine's largest newspaper group

The sale of the Portland Press Herald, and the rest of Masthead Maine’s newspapers to a national nonprofit puts to rest months of speculation about the papers’ fates. And it lines up with national trends that are seeing more media outlets get...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 19, 2023
A pickup truck is parked in front of the former COA Restaurant in La Conner

214 Maple Avenue restaurant development prospects?

Folks are asking what's going on at the former COA Mexican Eatery at Maple and Washington. Town of La Conner officials are wondering as well. Unspecified renovations are under way at the building,...


Police Blotter

Monday, July 10 9:56 a.m.: Road rage fight – Deputies responded to a fight in progress being reported by a SKAT bus driver. The physical altercation was the result of a road rage incident. Both involved drivers did not want to pursue charges....

 By Chris Omdal    News    July 19, 2023

Marina Moorings

The marina has been very busy. People love to visit La Conner! And it is not just boaters, although there is certainly a lot of them, but it is also the RV park. We have had several days this month...

 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 19, 2023

From the editor: Summertime, and the living is easy

Summer is well underway. It is hot, but not as hot as others have it around the country. It is not as hot – yet – as we experienced in 2021. We are fortunate that Skagit summers come with little humidity and cool evenings. For those of us who... Full story


Letter to the Editor: 129 thinking about solar

Thank you, editor, for your continued support of Skagit County Clean Energy Cooperative. I am compelled to correct some of last week’s front page article, “Solarize Skagit to power 129 homes.” Solarize Skagit had 129 homeowners sign up for the... Full story


Letter to the Editor: Opposes cluster munitions

I oppose the use of cluster munitions. Cluster munitions do not always detonate when deployed and civilians in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos have been killed and wounded by these explosive devices long after the end of the war. More than... Full story

 By Greg Whiting    Opinion    July 19, 2023

Do the math: Buying a new EV will cost less over time than maintaining your old car

About a month ago, I had to take my gasoline car into the dealer for routine maintenance. That cost about $2,000, and it needs more work. My car has been driven about 100,000 miles. It probably has... Full story


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