Articles from the July 21, 2021 edition

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 By Ken Stern    Community    July 21, 2021

Council discusses public safety, amends code and budget

July’s first town council meeting on the 13th gave the 45 residents attending plenty to discuss. There were two public hearings and a discussion on policing and safety. The latter brought Skagit County Sheriff’s Office staff Undersheriff Chad...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    July 21, 2021

Easement across park brings heated discussion

The first in-person town council meeting in 16 months brought some 45 people to Maple Hall July 13 Council was productive, passing three ordinances, but the public hearing on public safety and the...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    July 21, 2021

The Town of La Conner’s easement dilemma

To expand on the Maple Avenue property scorecard in last week’s Weekly News, for the record: 1. La Conner buys the Maple Avenue ballfield property from the Hedlin family. 2. La Conner creates a restrictive covenant protecting for the public “in p...

 

Council meeting in Maple Hall hard to hear

To be heard by our town administration, we were told by our town lawyer, Scott Thomas, to write to La Conner Weekly News. There seems to be a blocked pathway for citizens to reach our town administrators. Citizen letters of critical concerns go...

 

Town vision for public purposes

The future use of the Maple Ball field and the statutory warranty deed, restrictive covenant and the 4,000 square feet missing from the park are really important community matters. But, back up a bit to decisions on use of this valuable publicly...

 

Insist on good government

Dear Citizens, A contract was given to the council for discussion at the last minute last week so you are probably unaware of it. That is par for the town’s inability to provide transparency. Basically, the developer has proposed some outrageous...

 

Commissions updating parks section of Comprehensive Plan

Two Town panels have their work cut out for them as they address ways to enhance leisure time opportunities for La Conner area residents. Members of the planning and parks commissions on Tuesday jointly took initial steps toward updating the parks an...

 

Your role in legislative redistricting

The once-a-decade redistricting process is underway across the country. The Washington State Redistricting Commission needs your input. Every 10 years, after the federal census, congressional and state legislative electoral districts boundaries are...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    July 21, 2021

June Town sales tax totals good as gold

The Town of La Conner collected $55,900 in sales tax revenue in June, 10% and $5,000 above 2017’s $50,818, the previous highest June report. After six months, La Conner’s sales tax receipts are $283,565, 86% the amount budgeted for 2021,...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 21, 2021

La Conner V-ball team spreads net to collect for fundraiser

The two-time defending state champion La Conner High School volleyball team has had few close calls in recent seasons. But a clothes call is part of the Lady Braves game plan this summer. La Conner players are serving up a five-week “Clean Out...

 

Local hoop fans in Las Vegas for WNBA All-Stars game

The top talent in women’s basketball from around the world was in Las Vegas last week. So, too, were the sport’s best fans – including a contingent from La Conner. Cathi Bassford, Katie...

 

Tool time: Schools nail down support from building trades group

La Conner High School teacher Daniel Castillo believes in giving his students all the tools they need for success. And thanks to a major building trades organization, he will be able to fill their...

 
 By Anne Basye    Community    July 21, 2021

More food than ever to enjoy in La Conner

Since purchasing the Scone Lady bakery from Christie Eichler in January 2020, D.J. Gallegos and Keneisia Smart-Gallegos have gotten some puzzled looks. When customers ask Smart-Gallegos whether she is the Scone Lady, she politely says no, she is the...

 

Skagit pioneers made Good lives on Fir Island

There are about 200 families living full-time on Fir Island. The Goods, this year’s Skagit County Pioneer Family of the Year, were among the first of those to put down roots, arriving before Washington was a state. There have been Goods on the isla...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 21, 2021

Elks help those with disabilities get moving again

Recovering from serious injuries can be a rough road, full of bumps and unforeseen obstacles. But the Mount Vernon Elks Lodge is helping make that journey smoother. As part of its ongoing bicycle...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 21, 2021

Mount Vernon Elks Lodge to gift donated, repaired bicycles

September 11 is a date all Americans remember, obviously, in somber terms. But this year, at least in Skagit County, September 11 will also provide a positive spin. That is the day that the Mount Vernon Elks Lodge will gift donated bicycles, host a...

 

Washington in drought emergency

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee authorized the state Department of Ecology to issue an emergency drought declaration for most of the state July 14. A historically dry spring and summer, followed by a record-breaking heat wave have affected water...

 

Local women’s football team features La Conner talent

Local moms are tackling a sport once blocked to young women. La Conner High School alum Bobbi Carlson Crawford and former La Conner business owner Liz Vargas have suited up several seasons for the Mount Vernon Warriors women’s football team, whose...

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Monday, July 12 8:44 p.m.: Changed their minds – Report of three vehicles trespassing. The caller stated the subjects walked to the front porch, then abruptly left. Flats Rd., La Conner. 11:11 p.m.: 4th lingers on – Report of fireworks...

 

Eggless Cinnamon Cakes

This recipe makes two round eight-inch cakes. It is perfect for those with a sweet tooth and a wish for cake but you realize you are out of eggs. Some folks run to the store to buy a sweet treat. Or...

 

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