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October 16, 2018

Council sets 2019 grants
In the longest Town Council meeting in at least a couple of years, democracy was both patient and in action Sept. 25. Mayor Ramon Hayes laid out a firmer 2019 budget that included significant reductions in hotel-motel tax grants. The Town will use $40,000 from that fund to repair the Maple Hall elevator, estimated at $155,000. Funds are also budgeted for shoreline restoration at the waterfront park.
The La Conner Chamber of Commerce’s allocation was reduced to $43,000 from 2017’s $74,000. By the meeting’s end, $17,000 was restored.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Todd Wood steers food co-op to a larger future
The Skagit Valley Food Co-op opened in a Presbyterian church basement in Mount Vernon in 1973. When newly transplanted University of Michigan graduate Todd Wood arrived in 1975 the store was at Second and Pine. He was soon volunteering. In 1978 he became one of three part-time staff members. For most of his 40 years at the co-op he has been its general manager. This co-op, and Wood, embody “Cooperatives – the Future,” this year’s international co-op month’s theme.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

'Side Show' gals seek love on Lincoln stage
Nothing is more normal than twin sisters having different points of view. And almost all of us want love and to be loved. A lucky few of us are talented singers and attractive. Almost none of us, however, are joined at the hip, literally, with our twin.
Daisy (Ireland Woods) and Violet (Sophia Price) Hilton are. 
This true-life story, told through the 1997 musical “Side Show,” is Theater Arts Guild’s fall production at the Lincoln Theatre.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

'Surge' opens at MoNA: Artists portray climate change studies from scientist partners
COAL HAS FUELED OUR PAST – Well over 200 people flowed into the Museum of Northwest Art last weekend for the exhibit “Surge 2018.” Speaking to 76 people at the opening were Dr. Jon Riedel, National Park Service, and Roger Fuller, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, describing changes in estuaries, flood risk, glaciers and sea levels. Carol MacIlroy, director of Skagit Climate Science Consortium, the exhibit’s co-host, discussed SC2’s relationship with MoNA. Photo: “Image 6, Teddy Bear Cove” (inserted photo: migrated coal pieces, collected while on site), one of six in the series, “Ecological Drift, 2017-2018,” inkjet prints (24” x 24”) by Barbara Miller and Dimitri Katsaros.       – Photo by Ken Stern
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fire District 13, Tribal Police to hold quake drills
Fire District 13 and Swinomish Tribal Police are on the same page.
They will team up Oct. 18 to staff a unified command post at the fire district’s SneeOosh Road station as part of the 10th annual global Great ShakeOut earthquake and tsunami awareness event.
For four hours, starting at 10 a.m., fire and law enforcement personnel will drill on emergency responses to earthquakes and tidal waves – and much more.
“It’s also for other major events, like large wildfires,” says Fire District 13 Captain Ted Taylor. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

County charter proposal debated at Dewey forum
Millions were glued to their televisions the past couple weeks, tuned into the Kavanaugh confirmation drama.
But perhaps a more representative example of American democracy took place before a dozen people at the Dewey Beach Community Hall Thursday night.
That’s when members of Home Rule Skagit, including greater La Conner resident Rick Shorten, and Skagit County Commissioner Ron Wesen outlined respective arguments related to Proposition 1 – the bid to establish a charter form of government in Skagit County.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Folks go in barn for blacksmith demonstration at Festival of Family Farms
MAKING A TOOL ON THE FARM – Farmers still make things as well as grow crops and raise livestock. Adair Orr, blacksmith, was celebrating his art for an attentive audience at Gordon Skagit Farms Saturday, part of this year’s Festival of Family Farms.  – Photo by Ken Stern
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Civil discussion on homelessness in Skagit County
Joining with the League of Women Voters of Skagit County and the Skagit County Dispute Resolution Center, the Oct. 6 culminating day of the 2018 Civil Discourse series was made possible by support from Skagit County Board of Commissioners, EDASC Foundation and Skagit Publishing.
Led by independent dispute resolution professional Mary Dumas the fifty-person group explored the topic of homelessness in Skagit County. Participants explored the many ‘tracks’ in our community which need to be involved in the development of effective sustainable policy – including government, social service organizations, business, private citizens, faith community, advocates, research/training/educational institutions and funders – all interconnected and brought together by media/public opinion.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Whipple takes bite to stop crime at Pioneer Market
There was a bit of excitement Saturday morning at Pioneer Market. Manager Barry Whipple scuffled with a shoplifter. She did not go quietly into the Sheriff’s vehicle. Whipple was bit on his left bicep before she was subdued.
The call came into the 911 office at 8:32 a.m. A Skagit County Sheriff’s SUV with lights flashing and siren on soon pulled into the market.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

LUX shines with first art show for season's last Art Walk
It is a rainy, Sunday afternoon. The sky is the color of metal but there is one place along Morris street that stands out, lit up with its colorful pots of cheerful flowers and its turquoise trimmed porch. It is The LUX, the new arts center at 603 Morris Street. Rebecca Strong, its creative director, is getting ready for a new art opening. 
She assists the two local artists, Janet Laurel and Barbara Silverman Summers, hang their paintings for their opening this weekend with the year’s last Art Walk.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


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