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Articles from the August 31, 2022 edition

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 By Ken Stern    News    August 31, 2022

Work to remove sunken Aleutian Isle continues

The Aleutian Isle remains in about 200 feet of water on the west side of San Juan Island near Sunset Point. Monday, Aug. 29, salvaging it was about to begin, after a boat and crew from Global Diving...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 31, 2022

Jared Fair now ex-director of La Conner Library

Jared Fair is no longer the director of the La Conner Regional Library. His employer, the Library board of directors, announced Fair’s departure Friday, Aug. 26. Hired in early 2020 with the mission to build and open La Conner’s new library build...

 
 By Ken Stern    Community    August 31, 2022

Bidders were high and glad to be at La Conner Rotary Club auction Saturday

Inflation? What inflation? Recession? Not here. The only thing moving up in price at the La Conner Rotary Club auction Saturday evening in Maple Hall was live auction bids. The only thing low that eve...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    August 31, 2022

When laborers work together

Monday is Labor Day, a holiday unique to the United States It is a day set aside to honor America’s laboring masses, a term – like class – that is out of favor. The rest of the world unites in solidarity May 1st, May Day, International Workers...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 31, 2022

Clarifying 2022 comprehensive plan amendment process

When the Town of La Conner considers amendments to its Comprehensive Plan this year, it will be lookinng at only one request, from the Port of Skagit, Planning Director Michael Davolio wrote in a summary Aug. 25. No others were received in the two...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    August 31, 2022

If I Ran The Zoo

Being a caffeine addict, I was excited to welcome La Conner's new Beaver Tales Coffee & Tea and indigenous gift shop and what I found was so much more than another excellent local outlet to...

 

An insider's guide to our energy transition

Unpredictable gasoline and heating costs. Reliable electricity. Wars in the middle east and Ukraine. Energy independence. The environment. And more. The energy industry affects almost everything,...

 

Who's in charge here?

The Port of Skagit and Town of La Conner propose happily to move ahead on the Port's elaborate proposal based on a few, token, public meetings and little-to-no community understanding of the near and long term implications of the project. There is...

 

La Conner aims so small when so much is possible

Dear town residents. The La Conner Municipal Code is in need of major revision. Current practice here is to have the planner suggest piecemeal items for the planning commission and town council. He has spent interminable mind- numbing time on sign...

 

Last chance for free U.S. COVID-19 tests

Friday is the last day to order free at-⁠home rapid antigen COVID-⁠19 tests from the federal government. The COVID.gov website has a banner reading “Ordering through this program will be suspended on Friday, Sept. 2 because Congress hasn’t...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 31, 2022

Comment on possible new airport in Skagit County

Is a commercial airport in Skagit County possible to relieve pressure on SeaTac, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Washington State’s Commercial Aviation Coordination Commission has identified two county sites on their list of 10 possible...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 31, 2022

Town wins grants for wastewater treatment, CDBG planning

The Town of La Conner is in line for state funds to help with long-planned upgrades to its nearly half-century old wastewater treatment plant. Town Administrator Scott Thomas told council members at their hybrid meeting Aug. 23 that La Conner’s...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    August 31, 2022

Astound increases fees $18.50+

Customers of Astound Broadband will see price increases of up to $22.44 starting Sept. 28, the company notified the Town of La Conner by email Aug. 25. Fees for services will increase by at least $17.50, with an additional $1 monthly for telephone...

 

Pat Paul reappointed tribal court judge

The honorable Patricia Paul was reappointed as a tribal court appeals judge with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, in Grand Ronde, Oregon in July, her fourth two-year appointment. She is a member of the Inupiaq Tribe. Paul received her law...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 31, 2022

Town council announcements

At the La Conner Town Council Aug. 23: Planning Director Michael Davolio presented a draft of a proposed impact fee ordinance for review. This would raise funds toward priorities such as acquisition of a fire boat and ladder truck and/or support for...

 

Blood donors needed today

There is an urgent need for blood donations heading into Labor Day weekend. Donating blood takes about an hour. Encourage a friend to book an appointment with you. Appointments, masks, and photo ID required. A pop-up blood drive is today, Aug. 31, 9...

 

New La Conner Schools administrator has open door policy

New La Conner Schools administrator Tanya Houle is fond of hats. Good thing, too, since she will be wearing several in her dual role as La Conner Middle and High School assistant principal and career...

 

La Conner volleyball team banks on rich state title tradition

Great Expectations. It is not just a famous Charles Dickens novel. It is also the mantra of the La Conner High School volleyball program, winner of six state crowns in the past 20 years, including 2019 and 2021. Only the pandemic stood in the way of...

 

School Board hears program, sports updates

Data was the name of the game – along with a fall sports update – when the La Conner School Board met Aug. 22 in a 90-minute hybrid session on campus. Director of Special Programs Andy Wheeler and Teacher and Learning Director Beth Clothier took...

 

Library closing Sept. 1 begins transition

The La Conner Library will close Sept. 1in order to transition to the new La Conner Swinomish Library building at 520 Morris Street. The Library will reopen in October. We are very excited to be moving to the new location and look forward to...

 

Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest reads at Lincoln

Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest reads her poetry Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre. A generative poetry workshop with audience participation follows. Salmon, and its cultural impact on the peoples of the Salish region,...

 

Pasta with Pesto

I was recently gifted pesto on two occasions. One from Jane Stephens, who lives in town and one from Ann Maroney, who works in town. The balsamic vinegar is a bit overpowering in flavor and color....

 

Skagit PUD needs you to reduce water usage

Due to seasonal low water flow conditions in the Skagit River, the City of Anacortes and Skagit Public Utility District water customers are asked to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 10%. The Washington State Department of Ecology has...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    August 31, 2022

Tommy Thompson Trail fire Tuesday morning

The Swinomish Police Department responded with two vessels Aug. 30 to assist the Anacortes Fire Department with fighting a blaze near the center of the Tommy Thompson Trail trestle, Anacortes Police Department Community Service Officer Brent...

 

Police Blotter: Aug. 21-26, 2022

Sunday, August 21 4:30 p.m.: Tesla technology – Report of a dog locked inside a Tesla. The Tesla was set to “Dog Mode” which means the AC was on. 1st St., La Conner. Monday, August 22 9:13...

 

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