Articles from the July 26, 2023 edition

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A group of Native American paddlers arrive in a traditional canoe

Welcome, friends

A group of Native American rowers on the Paddle to Muckleshoot arrive to a warm welcome at the Swinomish Reservation on Tuesday. Canoe families from Washington and British Columbia are paddling...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Tight budget with tough choices for La Conner Schools

Beset with declining student enrollment and the loss of federal emergency pandemic funding, La Conner Schools officials are bracing to adopt what finance chief David Cram has termed a “bare bones” budget July 31. A 9 a.m. public hearing in the cam...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Swinomish gain federal internet service grant

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is one of two tribes in the state that will receive $500,000 grants to secure high-speed, affordable internet service. The Swinomish and Makah Tribes each received grants through the U.S. Department of...

 By Anne Basye    News    July 26, 2023

After 20 years of Tulip Festival, Verge reflects on her time

After promoting the Valley's most famous flower gardens, Cindy Verge is looking forward to tending her own backyard. Executive director of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for 20 years, Verge will...

 By Kurt Batdorf    News    July 26, 2023
Bollards block vehicle access to a fire lane

Channel Cove residents voice concerns over management

Emotions ran high during a July 18 meeting of the Home Trust of Skagit board, its director and residents of its Channel Cove community. Home Trust of Skagit Executive Director Jodi Dean invited...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023
La Conner Weekly News Publisher Ken Stern stands beside a newspaper sales box.

Radio story on Weekly News heard nationally

The plight of independent community newspapers has become a national story. And last week that story's dateline was LA CONNER, WA. A five-minute segment crafted by Jeanie Lindsay, statehouse reporter... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023
UPS driver Hector Soltero sits behind the wheel of his delivery truck

Council honors longtime area UPS driver

Hector Soltero has made countless deliveries in La Conner during his years as a United Parcel Service driver. Now it is his turn to be on the receiving end. And in a big way. The La Conner Town... Full story

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Planning Commission hears high-density housing options

Tiny houses were a big topic at the La Conner Town Planning Commission meeting July 18. Planning Director Michael Davolio shared a revised draft proposal that would amend Town regulations to allow high density residential development as a conditional...

 By Ken Stern    News    July 26, 2023

Housing sale prices hold steady in June

The median price of the 137 homes that closed in Skagit County in June was $560,000, almost unchanged over the four months since March. Fewer homes closed in most of the county’s nine markets than a year ago but the number was about the same as s...

 By Bill Reynolds    School    July 26, 2023

Student-built tiny home delivered to Burlington

When given a real-world assignment last school year, La Conner High School students nailed it. Both literally and figuratively. The school’s construction class, taught by Daniel Castillo, built a tiny house as part of career and technology c...


Library Happenings

Summer is quickly coming to a close, but we still have lots of exciting things happening at the library. We have several weeks of summer reading to keep everyone busy. Keep buzzing through those books so you can turn in your completed packet for a...

 By Bill Reynolds    News    July 26, 2023

Pioneer Picnic honors La Conner coach and Benson/Berentson family Aug. 3

La Conner High School championship volleyball coach Suzanne Marble, a member of two separate state-level halls of fame, is about to add another honor to a thick resume. Having retired after 30 years from the coaching ranks and on a leave of absence,...

 By Chloe Peterson    News    July 26, 2023

Viva Farms opens for free tour

“I just think food people are the best people,” said Danielle Halstead, Viva Farms development manager, when asked about her favorite thing about working with the organization. “People who grow food in the dirt are authentic and inspiring and anythin...


Anacortes Arts Festival starts Aug. 6

The 62nd Anacortes Art Festival starts Aug. 4-6 on Commercial Avenue, stretching to the Port dock. Along the way are artist booths; music on main, jazz and waterfront stages; three beer and wine gardens; food trucks and vendors; a kids discovery...

 By Ken Stern    A & E    July 26, 2023

Theatre review: 'The Tempest' is stormy, but ends well

By Ken Stern Two outstanding performances of two fantastical characters are sound reasons for blowing into the Rexville Blackrock Amphitheater to see Shakespeare Northwest’s production of “The Tempest.” It is not an island but the outdoor theat... Full story

 By Kurt Batdorf    A & E    July 26, 2023

Enjoy movies from the seat of your car

Should you want to watch a first-run movie or two (or possibly three) from the comfort of your own car as Americans did decades ago, you'll need to hit the road for the Blue Fox Drive-In, just south...


La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show Aug. 5

Like classic cars or classic boats? Hit the La Conner Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Annual La Conner Classic Boat & Car Show at the La Conner Marina Aug. 5. Cars from almost all the decades of the past 100 years will fill the parking lot behind the S...


Shelter Bay elects new board officers

Rod Proctor is the new president of Shelter Bay board of directors, elected at the board’s special July 5 meeting. The officers are: Vice President Rick Parnell, Secretary Monte Hicks, Treasurer Jan Paul and Secretary Pro Tem Nancy Shimeall. Paul t...


Town hydrant flushing weekdays in August

The Town of La Conner Public Works Department will be performing its annual fire hydrant flushing and valve exercising during the month of August from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you notice any discolored water, please run your cold water...


La Conner Planning Commission Meeting Notice

La Conner Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, Lower Maple Center, 104 Commercial St., La Conner. By Zoom:, meeting ID 875 8860 5640, passcode 993636....


Testify on state plan for refinery safety

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries invites the public to attend hearings in Bellingham and Anacortes on updates to Process Safety Management requirements for petroleum refineries. Six workers at an Anacortes oil refinery died in 1998 in...

 By Chris Omdal    Community    July 26, 2023

Marina Moorings

We count “boat nights” as a measure of how busy the marina is over any given time period. Each boat that spends a single night on one of our guest docks counts, so a boat that is here for a week will...


Police Blotter

Sunday, July 16 5:47 a.m. Backyard intruder, maybe – Reporting person called in for the homeowner after learning that someone may have been walking on her property behind her house. Deputies arrived but did not locate anyone. This may have been a p...

A glass is filled with watermelon lime juice

Aqiimuk's Kitchen: Watermelon Lime Juice

This is a refreshing juice made with fruit and no added sugar. Often someone will reflect on my recipes about their simplicity. They appreciate the short list of ingredients and the simple...


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