Wednesday, November 9, 2011

in the November 9, 2011 issue

Posted by Sandy Stokes
Election results will be updated as we get them.
Updated 4:30 p.m. 11/9



Town of La Conner
Mayor
Ramon Hayes*...........................210
Stuart Welch.................................97
Council Position 1
Marna Hanneman........................156
Jacques Brunisholz*....................142
Council Position 5
Dan O’Donnell............................172
Don L. Wright*............................131
Fire District 13
Allen (Skip) Cooper*...................573
Doug Avery..................................586
Port of Anacortes
Bob Eberle...............................3,348
Chuck Davis.............................3,239
Port of Skagit
Steven Omdal..........................7,443
Jerry Kaufman*........................6,420
*indicates incumbent

 
Mayor stays; other elections up in the air
Based on unofficial election results, La Conner is likely to keep its current Mayor and might replace a 30-year Councilman while the hotly contested Fire District 13 race and several others are just too close to call.
Right after the polls closed on Tuesday, Election Day, the Skagit County Auditor’s Office released the vote counts of ballots that were received before Tuesday.
Ballots cast yesterday in the by-mail election will be tallied later in the week, election officials have said. The counting will be finished and the election certified by Nov. 29.
La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes was challenged by Town Councilman Stuart Welch. Early returns had Hayes ahead with 66 percent of the vote to Welch’s 34 percent.
Also, the results showed former Councilman Dan O’Donnell leading Councilman Don Wright 56 to 44 percent.
Former Fire District 13 Battalion Chief Doug Avery, who was fired in April and incumbent Commissioner Skip Cooper, who voted to fire him, were only 8 votes apart in a very close election.
Also in the early count just six votes separated La Conner Councilman Jacques Brunisholz and his challenger, Marna Hanneman.
Bob Eberle of Shelter Bay and Chuck Davis of Bow are likewise in a very close race for the Port of Anacortes Commission Position 3.
In the Port of Skagit election, incumbent Commissioner Jerry Kaufman had 46 percent of the early votes compared to his challenger Steven Omdal, who captured 54 percent.
Preliminary results based on ballots received by the County Auditor’s office before Tuesday.
Town of La Conner
Mayor
Ramon Hayes*...........................158
Stuart Welch.................................80
Council Position 1
Marna Hanneman.......................120
Jacques Brunisholz*....................114
Council Position 5
Dan O’Donnell............................135
Don L. Wright*............................105
Fire District 13
Allen (Skip) Cooper*...................449
Doug Avery..................................457
Port of Anacortes
Bob Eberle...............................2,569
Chuck Davis.............................2,562
Port of Skagit
Steven Omdal..........................5,979
Jerry Kaufman*........................5,099
*indicates incumbent

Art's Alive! in La Conner
The annual show held over the weekend drew artists from throughout the Northwest, especially the La Conner talent. 
Photo by Don Coyote
Courtney Finkbonner of La Conner with her artwork, titled “Frog Mask,” during the Art’s Alive! show last weekend. Behind her is Nicolette Harrington’s steam roller print, “Path In A Cedar Forest.” 

Photo by Don Coyote
Well known La Conner artist Tracy Powell with his sculpture “Siren,” made of white Italian marble. 

Photo by Don Coyote
Artist Margo Grothe of Mount Vernon with her "Fog Women" mask.
Chowder feed
There couldn't be art in La Conner without some Northwest soul food -- hot savory bowls of chowder.
 La Conner Kiwanis held their yearly Chowder by the Channel cookoff competition on Saturday. Fidalgo Care Center was voted best tasting.
But check out the "Best Dressed" chefs from Swinomish Casino, which also won a yummy chowder award.
Photo by Don Coyote

Photo by Don Coyote
Rowdy columnists this week!
Mel Damski takes down an anonymous and mean-spirited blog poster in If I Ran the Zoo.
Jim Smith's day at Dean's house, where he spends a lot of time, will make you giggle at Notes From Pull-and-be-Damned.
Honestly, if these two are willing to sign their names to what they write, nobody in this town has any business being anonymous. 

From the Police Blotter:
12:01 p.m.: Arrest – A man stopped by the Sheriff’s Office in La Conner to pick up his lost identification card and wound up getting arrested on an outstanding warrant. 

Pick up the paper for all the goodies inside -- we even ran the right crossword puzzle this week.  Mickey's Nuggets from Norway column talks about stark differences in banking between the U.S. and Norway. And of course, we have Richard's movie reviews from the gas station. 


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