Wednesday, March 7, 2012

in the March 7, 2012 issue

Fire authority idea still percolating
An idea to combine La Conner, Fire District 13, Anacortes and Guemes Island fire departments into a single agency is moving along. Officials from the four fire departments have been meeting monthly to gather information from each other and from agencies that have successfully merged. Next they'll start talking about how to make a regional Fire Authority work, especially regarding how to pay for it. 

Very busy weekend
Photo by Marci Plank
There were several grand opening and ribbon cuttings in La Conner on Saturday, this one at Pelindaba Lavender. There are new art galleries in town, as well.

Photo by Don Coyote
The new Blackfish Gallery grand opening

Photo by Don Coyote
Several people braved the chilling morning to take a guided tour of the town's newly installed 2012 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Kelly Wynn, who chairs the Arts Commission, led the tour. Here glass artist Lin McJunkin stands with her sculpture, Kelp Totem, installed outside the Quilt Museum.  
Photo by Don Coyote
Artist Stephen Rock was describing his work to create Brush Pile, his sculpture of giant artist's brushes and a pen made of logs. This is installed near Town Hall near the town parking lot. 

New neighbors building a future in La Conner
Writer Adrian Sharpe interviewed our new neighbors and tells us all about the families who will be working on their new Habitat for Humanity homes in the Channel Cove development starting Saturday.
A duplex will be built with the new homeowners doing much of the labor. Jennifer and Roman Rodriguez and their three children will live in one of the duplex units; Salvio and Victoria Hernandez and their two children will live in the other.

Photo by Kirsten Morse
The driver of this car told Sheriff’s Deputies he was traveling at 10 miles per hour when he struck this pole off Chilberg and Hulbert roads near La Conner. Officers didn’t believe him. The 22-year-old driver, who is a La Conner resident, was not injured in the one-vehicle crash, but he was arrested for driving without a license and for a previous outstanding warrant for the same offense. 

From the Police Blotter:
3:23a.m.: Observant neighbor – A group of people were seen scaling a security fence on Dodge Valley Road, near La Conner. The group was seen removing something from the residence by a keen-eyed neighbor, who called the cops. But it was determined that the fence hoppers had permission to be there. They just didn’t have a key. The Sheriff’s Office does encourage neighbors to always call police about any suspicious activity.

Pick up a copy of the paper, which is already in the usual places and in the news stands today. Or subscribe and have it brought to you. 466-3315. 

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