Articles from the August 9, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023
A woman speaks at a podium

Sun, salmon, memories brighten Pioneer Picnic

La Conner's Pioneer Park basked in sun, salmon and song last Thursday, a perfect combination for the 119th annual Skagit County Pioneer Association Picnic and Business Meeting here. Ideal conditions d...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023

Joyce Johnson feted as oldest at Pioneer Picnic

There was much to cheer about at the Pioneer Picnic in La Conner last Thursday. But the loudest and most heartfelt ovation of the afternoon was given to beloved local centenarian Joyce Johnson, who at 105-years-young was recognized as the oldest pers...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023
Senator Patty Murray meets with Swinomish Tribe leaders

Murray sees environmental work of tribe

When she first ran for U.S. Senate in 1992, Patty Murray described herself as a mom in tennis shoes." Her newest pair of New Balance footwear came in handy when the six-term senator, who serves as...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 9, 2023

Rain deficit increases as drought grows

August started with 100% of Skagit County in drought, the federal government reported. Severe drought hangs over the bulk of the county, 86%, while the borders – a slice of southern Fidalgo Island and southwestern Skagit Bay and the Cascade...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023
Six musicians from the 1950s gather for a photo

Ahead of their time, The Esquires keep rockin' decades later

A trained classical pianist, La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes has great appreciation for a variety of musical genres. He naturally keeps tabs on those playing keyboards. And one of his favorites is La...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023

Town seeks input on short-term rentals

The status of short-term rentals will get a long look as the La Conner Town Planning Commission seek public input while updating what has become a hot button topic in La Conner. During their discussion of the issue last week, commissioners endorsed...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023

Planning commission studies Kirkland for strategies on affordable housing

At first glance, comparing La Conner and Kirkland is akin to apples and oranges. But when it comes to affordable housing incentives, it is a comparison that might bear fruit. Planning department staff shared with the La Conner Planning Commission...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023

Town panel takes north end flood mitigation walking tour

Key steps were taken last week – both literally and figuratively – to mitigate saltwater flooding on La Conner’s north end. Public Works Director Brian Lease led members of La Conner’s emergency management commission on a one-hour July 25...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023
Aerial view of a barge and crane removing a derelict sailboat

Tribe and agencies join to remove abandoned sailboat

Less is more yet again. In this case, addition by subtraction involves the long-awaited removal of a 65-foot abandoned and partially submerged sailboat from nearby Similk Bay on Swinomish...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 9, 2023

Ramon Hayes earns honor at Rotary Club auction

Anyone can be a part of the La Conner Rotary Club 2023 Harvesting Hope annual auction and dinner at Maple Hall Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m. The theme this year is “Hope Springs Eternal.” Community participation is invited to support literacy and education...

 
 By Tony Harrah    A & E    August 9, 2023

Review: 'Small Mercies' offer a little hope

Over his long career Dennis Lehane has authored a dozen books and produced an impressive body of work for films and television. I believe that his latest novel, “Small Mercies,” is his best effort yet. Like most of his other work, “Small...

 

County to start Best Road chip seal project on Monday

Skagit County Public Works road crews expect to begin work on Monday to chip-seal Best Road between Calhoun Road and the Skagit River Bridge. The work will be done in phases. Travelers can expect some traffic delays when the base layer and gravel...

 

Food Co-op to celebrate 50 years

Today’s the party: The Skagit Valley Food Co-op’s Golden Jubilee at Skagit Riverwalk. Bring friends and family, lawn chairs and umbrellas. The Co-op provides local food, drinks, live music, amazing prizes and family-friendly fun: tie-dying with...

 

'Holler' with music, poetry, picnic Sunday

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation invites anyone who wants to howl to “Make Me Wanna Holler” a free event Sunday in Pioneer Park, 2-7 p.m. at the amphitheater near the Rainbow Bridge in La Conner. Music will be provided by the acoustic blues...

 
 By Adam M. Sowards    News    August 9, 2023
A view of preserved historic buildings on the Northern State Hospital campus

Keeping history alive at Northern State Hospital

To keep history alive, it must be tended like a garden. On Saturday, July 29, community members gathered at Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley to nurture memories of family members of patients...

 
A hot rod on display

Classic Car and Boat Show draws crowds

La Conner Chamber of Commerce's 23rd annual Classic Boat and Car Show on Aug. 5 at the Port of Skagit Marina attracted about 125 automobiles of all makes, models and eras, along with nine boats on...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 9, 2023
A man sits in his three-wheeled, pedal-powered velomobile

Velomobile makes street parking a breeze

Over the years, many ideas have been floated to solve La Conner's parking problem. An Anacortes man may have the best solution yet. At least it works for him. Michael Rudd rarely if ever has trouble...

 

Police Blotter

Sunday, July 30 3:47 p.m. Stuck in town – Subject called to report that he had lost his rental car keys and wanted to know if they had been turned in. No reports of found keys and still missing with Enterprise Rental tag on them. Douglas St., La...

 
 By Chris Omdal    News    August 9, 2023

Marina Moorings, Port of Skagit

The guest docks are full most nights this week. We have seen visitors from all over the area and up and down the west coast. We had three larger vessels that came up from Portland and they reported th...

 

Community Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED The Skagit County Fair runs Aug. 9-12, at the fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. See farm animals and pets, visit the carnival, check out entertainment on several stages. Info: skagitcounty.net/fair. The Lincoln Theatre presents BrewFest...

 

Pan Fried Salmon

I learned about frying food coated with cornmeal from visiting my sister, Mary Jane, in Arkansas. Eating out in Arkansas and Missouri, we ordered catfish. I enjoyed the crunchy coating of cornmeal on...

 

Legal Notices

SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY No. 23-4-00387-29 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) In the Matter of the Estate of Gunnar Pedersen, Deceased The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal...

 

From the editor: Why Richard Nixon resigned

Yesterday, Aug. 8, was the 49th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation as president is the United States. Why did Nixon resign? First for our youth, the ahistorical, those who forgot or cannot remember our 37th president, Nixon’s top White...

 

Musings – on the editor's mind

This really happened last week, though instead of it being on a TV or movie screen the set was the office of the Weekly News and the players were the real-life Rhonda, design and layout editor, and Kurt, production manager for the Weekly News. The tr...

 

Letter to the editor

Truth, Trump and democracy “Truth is on the march … . Those who are guilty do not want the truth to come out … . When truth is buried underground, it grows and builds up so much force that the day it explodes, it blasts everything with it. We...

 

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