Articles from the August 23, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 23, 2023
Cyclone fencing blocks off a parking lot

Construction fence blocks parking spots

Good fences make good neighbors. That adage is being put to the test – at least for the short term – at the 306 Center St. construction site, where safety fencing installed ahead of mandated soil rem...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 23, 2023
Smoke blocks the sun as it sets under the Rainbow Bridge

Thick, smoky haze gives eerie weekend sunsets

A hazy blanket hovered above La Conner last weekend as smoke from multiple wildfires in north central Washington and southern British Columbia drifted into the area, shrouding typical summer views of...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 23, 2023
A woman shows off her Tom Robbins' book covers

La Conner to honor Tom Robbins' wit, wisdom Sept. 2

La Conner is taking a novel approach when it comes to celebrating the best things in life. The town will be the scene for "Tom Robbins Day" Sept. 2, an event designed to promote fun, friendship, wit,...

 

Obituary: Robert LeRoy Hunt

Robert LeRoy Hunt died on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Mount Vernon, Washington, at the age of 85 surrounded by his children. Born on the family farm in Gunn Hill in Lenox Township, Pennsylvania, on...

 

Girls' soccer coach already a winner

Maddie Huscher has swapped out her rock-climbing boots for soccer coaching cleats this fall. Huscher, the reigning Northwest Region Teacher of the Year and who has sponsored the middle school climbing club, will spend the next few weeks on flat...

 

From the editor: The publisher and the politician

Finally. A witch hunt exposed, captured on the front page of newspapers all across the country and blaring from TV screens. Yes, corrupt law enforcement staff exist, backed up by a law-breaking judge willing to bend the law to punish those nipping...

 
 By Kurt Batdorf    News    August 23, 2023

Police raid of Kansas newspaper condemned

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into how and why Marion County sheriff’s deputies and local police raided the Marion County Record newspaper office and the homes of its owners and the town’s vice mayor Aug. 11. Police seized com...

 

Boys' soccer season has promise with depth

A year ago, the best offense for the La Conner High School boys’ soccer team was a good defense. That script will flip in 2023, however, as a deep roster with plenty of playmakers will be more aggressive on the offensive side of the pitch. Blessed wi...

 
 By Katryna Barber    News    August 23, 2023

Library Happenings

Our summer reading program, All Together Now, has officially ended, but please don’t stop reading. Make sure to turn in your reading log so you can get your reward for all your reading during summer vacation. We hope you read some terrific books a...

 

'Small Expressions' at Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

Atlanta, GA – The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) announces its 2023 annual juried exhibit of small works: Small Expressions. Featuring 35 contemporary small-scale artworks by artists from 18 states and 2 countries, Small Expressions will t...

 

Apply for town tourist tax grant funds

Nonprofit organizations promoting La Conner tourist activities beyond Skagit County can apply for Town of La Conner Hotel/Motel tax distributions for 2024. The deadline is 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, for proposals to be received at Town Hall, 204...

 

Saturday events to consider

First, today, Aug. 23: Roger Small’s opening for his paintings at La Conner Brewing Co. on First Street is 5-7 p.m. The Skagit Community Band Summer Concert is at 2 p.m. Aug 26 in Gilkey Square. Bring your chair. The La Conner Rotary Club 2023 H...

 
Four jars of peach jam

Spicy Peach Jam

Yum! Longtime friend Roxanne Wilbur offered to bring us peaches from her travels over the mountains. From a case of peaches, I made three batches of jam, a galette and a peach cobbler. This recipe...

 

Community Calendar

NOT TO BE MISSED The Skagit Community Band will play a free concert in Gilkey Square in La Conner at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Head to Oak Harbor on Saturday, Aug. 26, and cheer on special-needs kids and their gravity racers. Teams will take the...

 

Police Blotter

Tuesday, Aug. 15 10:07 a.m. Roasted RV – Fully engulfed RV fire at N. First and Morris. Driver stated they believed it had started near the refrigerator unit and they were unable to put it out before it was out of control. A deputy and Swinomish P...

 
 By Chris Omdal    News    August 23, 2023

Marina Moorings, Port of Skagit

The smoke from fires across the western U.S. and Canada is across the sky, and with it we have people coming in who cannot get home due to the fires in their home areas. We have had a family from...

 

Legal Notices

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of Hazel Cherry Monahan, Deceased. Cause No. 23-4-00420-29 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The Personal Representative named below has been appointed...

 

A citizen's view - Affordable housing or short-term rentals?

Affordable housing is the issue nearly every city and county in our region is struggling with, including La Conner. And, with the town considering new code changes, it seems the situation may only get worse. Over the past few years, I’ve attended m...

 

Letter to the editor: Biden's Afghanistan failure

I am at this moment (early August – ed.) watching these heartbroken Moms testify about their beloved sons and daughters who lost their lives, needlessly, at the hands of the U.S. Government. They are asking for the truth about who made the decision t...

 

Letter to the editor: Beware door-to-door sales

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, a young, seemingly likable, fast-talking fellow knocked on our door to pitch his pest control services. My wife and I listened for a short while and I went back indoors since I was busy. He kept talking to my wife and wanted to...

 

Letter to the editor: Short-term rentals damaging

What is it like to use a short-term rental? Simple. You look for a mega corporation site (VRBO or Airbnb or similar – one that advertises units in a location you wish to visit and then sign up for a rental of choice. (They are usually expensive o...

 

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