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Articles from the August 9, 2022 edition

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 By Ken Stern    Community    August 9, 2022

Hagan and county incumbents ahead after first week’s vote counts

Danny Hagen is handily winning his primary race for Skagit County Assessor, replacing his boss, Dave Thomas, who is retiring. The Shelter Bay resident, running as an independent, leads Republican Karie Storle by almost 3,000 ballots and over nine...

 

Nelson family brings out large Pioneer Picnic crowd

Old memories were shared while new ones were made at the 118th annual Pioneer Picnic on Thursday, August 4. The traditional summer event, organized by the Skagit County Pioneer Association, brought...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2022

Washington votes with 100% mail-in ballots

Everyone who has lived in Washington for the past decade knows all about mail-in voting, now a very familiar part of our civic way of life. The Weekly News hoped to show the vote counting process, complete with volunteer observers representing the De...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 9, 2022

Court rules Navy failed to consider Growler jet noise damage

A federal judge ruled Aug. 2 that the U.S. Navy’s environmental review process for expanding Growler jet use on Whidbey Island illegally failed to analyze the noise impacts of low-flying jets on classroom learning and birds, did not properly...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 9, 2022

Open government for all

What was going to be a standard and straightforward story extolling the integrity of the vote counting process by staff at the Skagit County Office of Elections and open government with the attendant citizen volunteer Democrat and Republican...

 

Items on his mind

I seldom struggle to find subjects about which to write, but right now most of the subjects give us a fright! They sometimes cause us to kick, scratch and bite, we all seem to be a bit quick to turn our differences into a fight! Roe vs Wade, Trump...

 

Fire story poor journalism

I found the burn ban article (Weekly News Aug. 3) to be poor journalism. Although you admitted professionals "will not speculate," you named a local family and all but accused them of arson. Everything from the title of the article to the...

 

Musings – on the editor’s mind

McCoy could not wait for happy hour at the Tav – and the bar did not have reduced prices anyway. Though he almost never called his friend, he did now. Hatfield had not gotten through hello when McCoy jumped in. “That Bubba Smith, you won't be...

 

Community Action of Skagit County makes original efforts to add housing

For years – decades, actually – folks in La Conner have talked at length about the community’s housing crunch. In the 1980s and 1990s, when in-filling vacant lots was proposed as a preferable remedy to zoning changes that would...

 

Recalling bombing of Hiroshima

The first week in August, 1945, I was downtown in Seattle when it was announced that Japan had surrendered following the dropping of the atom bomb. Seattle’s streets were filled with people going wild with joy. People were jumping on police cars an...

 

William Jay Thorp

On Saturday, July 9th, 2022, the world lost an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend. Jay, William Jay Thorp, passed away peacefully at his home on the beautiful La Conner waterfront, with...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    August 9, 2022

Town tax revenues set records for July totals

The Town of La Conner collected $53,917 in sales tax revenue in July, the highest July total ever, 3.6% above 2021’s previous high. It is the third straight month above $50,000 collected, as last year. The $375,917 generated for 2022 is the...

 

Swinomish National Night Out brings public and police together

Sirens blared and lights flashed at John K. Bob Ball Park Tuesday, Aug. 2, the sure signs of a big bust. However, no crime occurred. Instead, this was a planned event at the Swinomish outdoor...

 

La Conner Rotary auction honors Terry Brazas

Terry Brazas will be recognized by the Rotary Club of La Conner with its 2022 Paul Harris Recipient at their annual auction fundraiser Aug. 27 for his years of supporting the chapter. Brazas, a...

 

County makes August month for breastfeeding education, support

Skagit County Commissioners have designated August as Breastfeeding Month in the county. The Skagit County Breastfeeding Coalition made a presentation to them July 26, highlighting the health benefits of breastfeeding for both baby and parent, while...

 

Buy planter boxes built from scraps of new library

Those looking to spice up their garden are in luck. On Saturday, Aug. 20, the La Conner United Street Fair will have hand-crafted cedar planter boxes for sale. The new La Conner Swinomish Library...

 

Police Blotter: July 31-August 5, 2022

Sunday, July 31 7:15 p.m.: Fender bender – Two vehicle non-injury collision. One vehicle was following too close and crashed into the rear of the other vehicle when it braked suddenly. Best...

 

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