Wednesday, February 22, 2012

in the Feb. 22, 2012 issue

Photo by Adrian Sharpe
Touching myth in stone and spirit
By Adrian Sharpe
Sculptor and La Conner resident, Tracy Powell has carved out a reputation for creating exquisite stone and wood sculptures. Inspired by mythology, Powell has created one-of-a-kind pieces that represent the universal themes of nature and spirituality.
 “I look for the universal things we all share,” said Powell when describing how he picks a myth to be embodied and etched into wood or rock. 
Photo by Kirsten Morse
Guerrilla Art -- A tree on the "dog beach" north of Pearle Jensen Road is turning into a sculpture, thanks to the sea and the creative hands of many passers by.

Moore Clark property to be artist housing?
     It doesn't seem too likely right now.
     But a concept to turn the 3-acre Moore Clark property in La Conner into an art center will be unveiled Saturday in a public meeting at the Garden Club from 1 to 3 p.m.
     Vetting the concept in public is part of the feasibility study for the development of low-income artist housing the town is working on with the non-profit group Artspace, which specializes in such developments.
     Read all about it in today's paper.

Saving up for the next dredging crisis
By the time the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers finally agreed to pony up $2.3 million to dredge the Swinomish Channel, a group of local people were already scrambling to come up with the money fund the dredging on their own.
In all, pledges totaling $650,000 came in from entities who stand the most to lose should silt accumulation in the channel make the waterway impossible for boaters to navigate. Even though the feds are stepping up this year, the money already pledged locally won’t necessarily go to other purposes.  The Port of Skagit has already determined that the $400,000 it pledged will go into maintenance fund for future dredging. 

Smelt Derby on Saturday
Starting at 8 a.m. with pancake breakfast at Maple Hall
Fishing derby with great prizes
Raffle with more great prizes, including $750 cash
Final raffle drawing around 3 p.m.
Hot dogs, hot drinks in the Bank of America parking lot

From the Police blotter:
9:57 a.m.: Burglary – A guest at a La Conner lodging establishment reported that earrings had been stolen from her room. She told deputies she had placed the earrings in a glass of water when she left the room. Upon her return, the glass and earrings were gone. The cleaning staff insisted they had not removed a glass of water with earrings in it, so the woman was going to go through her luggage just to make sure she hadn’t misplaced the earrings. Really!

Read Damski today -- The intrepid Zookeeper will probably have town in an uproar by tomorrow regardless of anyone's views on gay marriage.
And read Mickey's Nuggets for a surprising take on what is not considered underwear in Norway.
Jim's back this week, too, with shocking news: his birthplace was not preserved as an historical monument.

Read it all in today's paper. On sale in the usual spots or coming to a mailbox near you! 466-3315 to start delivery.

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