Articles from the August 11, 2021 edition

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 By Ken Stern    Community    August 11, 2021

Maple Field development has August start date

The Landed Gentry property that will become the 10 home Maple Field subdivision is an empty grassy field today, but that will soon change. By the end of August site and utility construction will begin and by the end of October it will look like a...

 

State agency oks permit for fish farm off Hope Island

Steve Edwards is known for his soft-spoken, consensus-building approach. But the Swinomish Tribal Senate chairman has taken a more strident stance in response to recent authorization by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for Cooke Aquacul...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 11, 2021

Town council and containing communities

Concerned letter writers are again sharing both frustrations and hopes for involvement and for influencing decision making in the La Conner community. Are residents adequately informed by government staff and elected officials? Are citizens brought...

 

Zoom meeting safety

Open letter to Mayor Hayes: On July 13 I pleaded for the restoration of Zoom to town meetings in part because of the WHO announcement (July 13th) about the danger of the delta variant. I said this to you, the council, and a crowd of 45 mostly...

 

Perpetuity: Eternal, forever

Our town administration agreed with the Hedlin family on a restricted covenant on the Maple Avenue property it bought. The covenant states a 24,000 square foot park in perpetuity. When does “in perpetuity” begin? Wouldn’t a rational person say,...

 
 By Bob Raymond    Opinion    August 11, 2021

Basing decisions on clear public benefits

Last week’s paper closed the chapter and maybe the book on the Maple Avenue ballfield controversy. It is now in the past. Or is it? (“The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” William Faulkner.) The Town’s decision has permanent effects and it may...

 

KEITH “JOEY” WARREN

Joey Warren passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 30th. Joey Warren passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 30th. He was looking forward to the newest chapter in his life, which included meeting... Full story

 

Lavone Newell Reim

Skagit Valley artist, instructor and hostess of the Barn Show, Lavone Newell Reim, passed away peacefully on July 29 at home, with her family at her side. Newell Reim lived most of her life in the Skagit Valley area. She taught art for more than two... Full story

 

Lorraine Loomis

Commenting on the death Aug. 10 of Lorraine Loomis, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairman Steve Edwards said, “It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of our beloved elder, Lorraine Loomis this morning. Lorraine was not only the d... Full story

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 11, 2021

July totally dry

The half-inch of rain Saturday, along with 0.23” Friday does not change the fact that Skagit County was declared in drought July 8 by the U.S. National Integrated Drought Information System. The r...

 

Senior center open Tuesdays

After a 16-month absence, the Senior Center at La Conner’s Maple Hall reopened in early July. Although indoor fitness programming is still not allowed, favorite and familiar activities are back on the schedule. Every Tuesday folks pursue a variety o...

 

La Conner girl hoopsters play in Phoenix

An abnormally dry summer here didn’t stop the Pacific Northwest Rain from descending on the Valley of the Sun. The Rain, an area girls’ travel team, took top honors in their high school age div...

 

Charlie Edwards promoted to head Braves football coach

After sustaining heavy graduation losses from its NW2B football title team, La Conner High School will likely sport a youthful lineup this fall. It only made sense, then, that the school district would tap someone with past success developing young...

 

International fiber exhibit here till Aug. 22

The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. 2021 exhibit of small works: “Small Expressions,” debuted in July at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum. “Small Expressions” is an annual juried exhibition showcasing contemporary small-s...

 

Camp Korey a charity partner at New York City Marathon

Camp Korey has been named an official charity partner for the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon, celebrating its 50th running Nov. 7. Camp Korey will be among the more than 400 official charity partners providing thousands of runners the opportunity...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    August 11, 2021

Blue Heron canoe family camps in La Conner

The Blue Heron Canoe Family camped at the former Maple Avenue ballfield in La Conner last week, a stop on their Healing Waters 2021 journey to Lummi Island. The Willapa Spirit canoe accompanied it....

 

Skagit County Police Blotter

Wednesday, August 4 10:39 a.m.: Another IRS call – Caller reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and demanding personal information. She did not give out any of her info and reported the call to the...

 

Butter Pie Crust with Lattice Top

This recipe is mixed in a food processor. I plan to mix this up when the house is cool and wait to preheat the oven to make a pie, after creating the pie dough. To cut the lattice and lift it, I use...

 

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