Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Week of August 4th

Golf carts street legal in La Conner - Alexander Kramer
Residents can now drive golf carts in La Conner, provided they register with the town first. On Tuesday, July 20, the La Conner Town Council unanimously passed Ordinance 1050, which authorizes the use of golf carts within the town. This was spurred on by a state law that in June allowed municipalities to create golf cart zonez on roads in their control with speed limits 25 miles per hour or lower. Town Code Enforcement Officer Bill Stokes wrote the ordinance that was presented to the Town Council last week, after he spent a month researching and talking with other cities with golf cart zones.

On Kiket Island - Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire was on hand for the dedication of the state's newest park, which is co-owned by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Here Gregoire stans with Mike Cladoosby, and his son, Tribal Chairman Brian Cladoosby.
[Photo by Amylynn Richards]

Private ceremony marks dedication of Kiket Island - Amylynn Richards
Swinomish tribal officials treated about 200 guests including Governor Christine Gregoire to a seafood lunch on Kiket Island for Friday's dedication of the state's newest park. After two years of negotiations, which nearly fell through, the State Parks Commission's $14 million purchase of the 84-acre property has the land now co-owned by the state and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Now the island is part of Deception Pass State Park and is open for limited public access, with a permit issued by the tribe.

View from Kiket - Deception Pass Bridge, wearing a veil of fog, as seem from the beach on Kiket Island, the state's newest park purchase.
[Photo by Amylynn Richards]

Town and Fire District meet - Sandy Stokes
After months of tensions escalating with each letter going between the two agencies, the La Conner Town Council and Fire District 13 Commissioners will sit down to talk face-to-face next Tuesday. The two entities have been haggling over their operating agreement for the La Conner Fire Station, which is co-owned by the town and fire district, which surrounds the town. Fire District Chief Roy Horn said the Aug. 10 meeting will be held at the district's Snee-Oosh Road fire station. Initially, the town announced it as a 6 p.m. meeting.

Read the Town Council and District 13 letters in full here.

 New Pavilion at Swinomish - Alexander Kramer
Construction has begun on a welcoming pavilion and park for next year's Canoe Journey Landing, which will be at Swinomish. On the waterfront across from La Conner's Gilkey Square. the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is building a facility on 37 acres to accommodate 7,500 people and about 100 canoes from tribes throughout Washington and British Columbia. "The park and pavilion are a long-term goal," says Aurelia Washington, coordinator of Canoe Journey, Paddle to Swinomish 2011, to be held July 25 to 31. "Of course, we want to get as much done before next July for the Canoe Journey," she said. Construction on the pavilion is expected to start this November.

 Avid Walkers - La Conner residents Nina and Dick Dorsten stand in front of their Morris Street home where the garden is bright with summer blooms. The Dorsten's greet everyone in town on their daily walks, hand-in-hand.
[Photo by Marci Plank]

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