Wednesday, June 1, 2011

In the June 1, 2011 issue...

Photo by Mary Evitt
Writer Mary Evitt was on hand Saturday when Swinomish Indian Tribal Community welcomed seven family canoes to conduct practice landings along the shore in preparation for the 2011 Canoe Journey, Paddle to Swinomish. The spectacular Native American event is expected to draw about 100 large canoes and thousands of visitors to La Conner and Swinomish. Shown in this photo are two of our "local" Swinomish family canoes.
 Fire siren silenced weeknights
After at least a half century of wails, the old 1950s air raid siren that calls out the volunteer firefighters in La Conner is going to be quiet four nights a week. Most locals have learned to sleep through the loud thing, but innkeepers say their customers wake up in a panic wondering if they're in for a tsunami or a nuclear attack when that thing goes off. So the Town Council and Fire Chief decided the siren can go to sleep Monday through Thursday nights, when firefighters spend the night at the station.

Town lobbies the other Washington
La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes and Town Administrator John Doyle are in Washington, D.C. this week to bend the ears of legislators and federal officials.
They left Monday as part of a Skagit County delegation of about a dozen county and city officials working to attract federal attention to local concerns including flood control and dredging of the Swinomish Channel.
Photo by Sue Phillips
The Plant Lady, writer Sue Phillips has an engaging story on how the Madrone tree native to our area got its name in the 1700s.

 Town's new marketing expert
Laurie Lyon, shown here with her furry friend Teddy, was chosen to fill the marketing position the Town Council created in February. Mayor Ramon Hayes said she was chosen from many candidates for the skills she brings as an expert in web design and video photography. She has many years experience in building websites and creating marketing materials.

From the Police Blotter:
10:39 p.m.: Burglary – An intrusion alarm went off at closing time at Pioneer Market in La Conner and deputies, Swinomish Police and a Mount Vernon K9 unit responded. Inside the market they found a 24-year-old man who is apparently a transient from the Bellingham area. The intruder told officers he was “just looking for something to drink.” He was provided with a beverage at Skagit County Jail, where he was taken after he was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

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