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Rash of burglaries puts residents on alert

SNOOZING SANTA – When a tuckered-out Santa takes a break, the elves will play, as demonstrated in this Designing Women Doll Club’s window display at Fabric D’eva in La Conner. – Photo by Don Coyote

The story behind the ‘War on Workers’ sign

Holiday Deadlines

Our printer is taking the day off on Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan 1. We usually send the paper to the printer on Tuesdays and have it out in the newsstands and at the Post Office for delivery on Wednesday morning. To get the paper out on time during the holiday weeks, we have to send it to the printer early. Therefore, there is no “wiggle room” on deadline this week and next. Advertising copy, letters and items to be published in the Wednesday, Dec. 26 issue must be in hand no later than this Friday, Dec. 21. And for publication in the Wednesday, Jan. 1 issue, the deadline is Friday, Dec. 28.

Thank you for another year

ATTENTION GETTER – This big sign on La Conner Whitney Road has been turning heads for weeks. – Photo by Maximus

By Nicholas Damski La Conner residents heading in and out of town on La Conner Whitney Road may have noticed a big sign: “Stop The War on Workers.” That sign and others are the fruits of the Labor Democrat Work Group, comprised of self-described rank-and-file Democrats and members from 18 employee unions that have come together to address issues they say affect Skagit and Whatcom counties. They have erected 15 of the 4-by-8 signs and distributed 250 smaller signs, with messaging such as “Unions Support Working Families” and “Living Wage Jobs Equal Strong Communities,” across the two-county area. They say their goal is to put a sign in every union member’s yard.

Christmas Closures Tuesday, Dec. 25

Banks: Closing early Monday, closed Tuesday. Buses: Not running Tuesday. Schools: On winter break. Town Hall: Closed Monday and Tuesday. County government offices: Closed Monday and Tuesday. Library: Closing early Monday, closed Tuesday. Trash: No service Tuesday; pick-up a day late. Post Office: Closed Tuesday. La Conner Weekly News: Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Rich Austin, a Clear Lake resident and retired member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, hopes the group’s efforts will “get our side of the story out” and address what he calls “the big lie…that labor is greedy.” Austin is the host of “We Do The Work,” a 28-minute weekly radio program that will debut Jan. 8 on KSVR and feature guests including Steve Garvey, president of United Steel Workers Local 12-591, and Mount Vernon School District Superintendent Dr. Carl Bruner. The show’s producer, Janet McKinney, said the group supported the OURWal-Mart campaign on Black Friday and the Washington State Nurses Association at a rally last June. McKinney, a retired member of Operating Engineers Local 302, has lived in Alger since 1983 and said she is “concerned with the corporate takeover of our government, creating real participatory democracy, and in leveling the playing field so that everyday people have a fair and equitable life in work and at home.” She said the signs “are meant to prompt questions” and start a dialogue. Last week, Michigan became the 24th “right to work” state, when it passed legislation seen as weakening labor unions. The new Michigan law does away with the requirement that workers pay union dues in order to be employed in a particular trade or profession. Washington state has not enacted so-called “right to work” laws. Union officials defend the dues-paying requirement on the basis that all employees benefit from the union’s efforts. Austin, who last worked on the waterfront in late 2003, says he is “retired from the job, not the struggle.”

As La Conner Weekly News heads into its seventh year, we want everyone to know how much we appreciate you, our advertisers, readers and contributors, for making it all possible. In an economy that is eating small businesses alive, our advertisers have stood by us through even the leanest times. Thank you for the display ads, classifieds and legal advertisements. You help us pay the rent and the printer. With radio, TV and 24-hour news available on the Internet, our readers have stood by us, renewing their subscriptions or plunking down three quarters

every week to keep us in business. Thank you for reading La Conner Weekly News. We wouldn’t be here without you. And to our talented writers and photographers — who share their works for paychecks ranging from zero to minuscule — you are the reason people like us enough to keep us chugging along. We glow with pride at the awards you’ve brought this newspaper over the years. With gratitude at this holiday time, we wish the community that has shown us such loyalty and kindness a year that is filled with joy and prosperity. — Cindy and Sandy

GIVING TREE – Dozens of people anonymously gave presents that will bring smiles to about 100 children whose parents are struggling to provide for them this Christmas. The La Conner Kiwanis Club’s giving tree was located at KeyBank. Here, bank employees Brittany Orestad, Katy Mullin and Paige Conway show off some of the presents the Kiwanis will be loading into Santa’s sleigh for delivery to about 40 families. – Photo by Don Coyote

By Nicole Jennings A spike in burglaries at farmland homes between La Conner and Mount Vernon over the past year prompted residents to band together and form a crime-fighting block watch. With two of the suspected burglars arrested last month, it appears the worried neighbors’ efforts are paying off. “We have, in recent weeks, conquered and divided to bring a community together and keep ourselves safe,” Cheryl Bonsen, one of the founders of the neighborhoods’ block watch, told a cheering crowd at the latest meeting. Burglaries of houses, sheds, and businesses in the area known as the La Conner flats have been on the rise this year. Just last month, there were 12 burglaries, and six of them involved homes that were completely ransacked. These burglars do not just run into a house and take one item, explained Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt. Instead, they stay in a house for 10 or 15 minutes, looking through every drawer and tearing the place apart. Items like jewelry, electronics, and tools have been popular targets and have shown up in pawn shops as far away as Everett. Cheryl Bonsen, who works at Christianson’s Nursery, and Polly Welch, who works at Washington Bulb, started the unofficial block watch group with brothers Todd and Eddie Gordon of Gordon Farms in February, a month in which the homes and businesses of seven of their neighbors were burglarized. Their plan was to start an email chain to alert neighbors anytime there was a burglary nearby. The first meeting, held at the McLean Road Fire Station in February, drew 12 people; the second meeting in March attracted 15. The email chain, in the meantime, spread like wildfire; at the group’s get-together last week, the small fire station had standing-room only. Local resident Lloyd Jennings estimated the crowd size to be “almost 300 people.” Bonsen had a more modest but still impressive estimate of 180. The well-publicized meeting drew elected officials County Commissioners Ron Wesen and Ken Dahlstadt, as well as Sheriff Reichardt. The Sheriff and Sheriff Sgt. Jennifer Sheahan urged everyone not to hesitate in calling 911 when they see anything suspicious. “It’s OK to call 911,” Sheahan stressed. Added Reichardt: “If you’ve got that feeling that this just doesn’t fit, call us.” That’s exactly what helped

catch two of the burglars last month, after a Thanksgiving Day burglary on Barrett Road. Around the time of the burglary, neighbors noticed an unfamiliar blue van lurking around suspiciously. An hour later, the same van was stopped on Mountain View Road east of Mount Vernon, out of gas. Because people in that neighborhood also considered the van out of place, they called law enforcement. Sure enough, the van was the same one from the Barrett Road burglary and was found to be carrying stolen goods. Two local men were arrested on two counts of burglary each. One of them is still in jail; the other posted bail and was released last week. A third suspect, a woman, was selling the stolen items to pawn shops. According to Reichardt, one of the men claimed that when he gets out of jail, he would go back to stealing, because he has nothing to lose. “Since that arrest, it appears that things have slowed down,” Reichardt said. But the burglaries haven’t stopped altogether. More crimes have occurred, including a burglary at a house on Young Road just four days after the arrests. Even when some culprits are locked away, “There’s always someone to take their place,” Reichardt said. “Don’t let your guard down.” Reichardt said homes that sit back from the road, away from neighbors and with more than one exit, are especially at risk. Burglaries tend to happen during the day, when people are away from home. In some cases, burglars scope out a house to see when the owners usually leave. Having a watchdog doesn’t appear to help; one family at the meeting said that, in spite of having a dog, their home has been hit four times. In fact, the last time, the burglars baited the dog with something so toxic that the poor creature almost died. The burglars have been getting into homes by kicking in or breaking a back door. They tend to first make sure no one is home by knocking on a door to see if anyone will answer. Reichardt and Sheahan remind everyone to lock all house and car doors before leaving and to leave garage doors closed. Although the burglaries are not over, the residents are determined to protect their families and property. Law enforcement authorities credit the band of neighbors for making significant progress in stopping the wrongdoers.

BILLIKIN CHRISTMAS – The La Conner Billikin Club members, shown at their recent holiday luncheon, are wishing the town a joyful holiday and great new year. La Conner’s oldest service club was founded in 1909, and most of its members are descendants of the original Billikins, who named their group after a little figurine that became a fad more than a century ago. – Photo courtesy of La Conner Billikins


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The Battle of Lansing

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December 17, 2012

Nuggets from Norway

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CLOSING THE DEAL – La Conner’s Sid Lease pins an opponent in the 170-pound class during recent Braves’ mat action. La Conner High’s wrestlers split last week’s Double Dual match with Concrete and Darrington, then placed seventh overall at the Paul Rieman Tourney in Mount Vernon. – Photo by Karla Reynolds

La Conner wrestlers hold their own against big schools By Bill Reynolds La Conner High grapplers didn’t let teams from larger schools have the upper hand last week. The Braves turned in strong showings Saturday at the Paul Rieman Tournament in Mount Vernon, an area event that drew wrestlers from 2A through 4A programs. La Conner placed seventh overall, with William Ziemantz winning silver in the 285-pound division. Dahlton Zavala and Wil James finished third at 160 and 220 pounds, respectively, while Braves’ teammates Scott Gregory and Ben Harper each placed fifth in their weight classes. Gregory wrestled in the 106s. Harper represented La Conner at 138 pounds. Sid Lease rounded out the Braves’ scoring at Mount

Vernon with a sixth place effort at 170 pounds. “I think they’re doing real well,” La Conner head coach Barry Harper said of his charges afterward. “The neat thing is the younger kids are pushing to improve and the older kids are really stepping it up.” That’s pretty much been La Conner’s trademark under Harper, who guided the Braves to a Regional crown a year ago. La Conner tuned up for the Rieman matches with a Double Dual against Concrete and Darrington earlier in the week. La Conner edged Concrete 3930 and dropped a 45-30 verdict to Darrington. Gregory, Harper, Riley Morgan, and Ziemantz won by forfeit against the Lions. Zavala and James pinned their Concrete foes. Gregory and Ziemantz ac-

counted for forfeit wins again when paired with Darrington. Harper and Zavala pinned Logger wrestlers. La Conner is scheduled to hit the mat again tomorrow, Thursday, as part of the Seahawk Duals field in Anacortes, where the Braves will again face competitors from larger enrollment schools. After the Anacortes trip, the Braves grapplers will be idle until Jan. 5, though Harper plans scheduling a few workouts around his group’s holiday plans. Then they’ll attack the New Year as they have in the past — with an eye toward gaining a toehold in the post-season race. “We’re definitely starting to come together as a team,” Harper said Monday. “I really like what I’m seeing. I think we have a chance to do as well as we did last year.”

By Bill Reynolds Naselle threw a zone at La Conner High Friday night. But it was Lady Braves’ guard Katie Novak who was truly in a zone when the two teams met in non-league hoop action at Landy James Gym. Novak was nearly flawless from long range, burying six outside treys, while helping lead La Conner to a convincing 66-28 triumph. All of Novak’s game-high 18 points came from behind the arc as the Lady Braves adjusted to playing without versatile post Anna Cook, ruled out for the season with a severe elbow injury. Initial hopes were that Cook, who missed a significant part of last season with knee problems, would be able to return in about a Send month.address changes to us at: Those hopes, however, were P.O.week Box 1465, dashed last when the B severity of her latest was LaConner, WAinjury 98257 confirmed. (and or call: 466-3315 “Unfortunately,” Lady Braves STYLE POINTS – Lady Brave junior Katie McKnight was in head coach Scott Novak said, fine form last week. She scored in double figures to help leadC “Anna is out for the year. She’s La Conner to non-league triumphs over Naselle and Tacoma a big piece for us, someone who Baptist. McKnight also grabbed a half-dozen rebounds against can play inside and outside for Tacoma. She and the Lady Braves resume action Friday at home – Photo by Melissa Reynolds us at a very high level and pose opposite Darrington. matchup problems for other through a stretch in the third teams. LWN AT 466-3315 assists. CALL Katie McKnight and Alyssa quarter where we were outscored “This definitely changes the were prime 10-2, but other than that, we complexion of our team,” he McCormick stressed. “Now everybody’s got beneficiaries of feeds by Novak played pretty solid.” He will be looking for more to step up and take their games to and Kelley McClung, the latter of whom passed off for four scores. of the same when La Conner another level.” McKnight finished with 12 entertains league rival Darrington As Katie Novak did Friday against Naselle, making the Lady points, most from the perimeter. this Friday in a key early season McCormick chipped in matchup. Comets pay for using a sagging Junior varsity tipoff with the 10 tallies. zone defense. Aubrey Stewart made the most Lady Loggers will be a matinee Not only was the sophomore sharpshooter on target with the of extended minutes in Cook’s affair, slated for 4:30 p.m. Varsity half-dozen three-point jumpers, absence, hauling down a team- action is set to get underway at but she also dished out five best nine rebounds while helping 7:30 p.m. McCormick control play in the paint. McCormick picked up where she left off when La Conner downed visiting Tacoma Baptist points and pulled 10 caroms off 46-32 on Saturday, boosting the the glass. Howlett rang up 15 Lady Braves’ mark to 6-1. Getting blown tallies. McCormick paced the hosts Sean Hulbert turned in aaway with 14 points and eight boards. productive shift with eight points McKnight delivered 10 points by high and four rebounds. and six caroms. Cameron Sherman and Zavala Novak, meanwhile, hit three prices! had five rebounds each as La more treys for nine points, Conner dominated the boards Try our (un)and while McClung matched repeatedly denied Tacoma Baptist her playmaking effort against classifieds for onlyNaselle with another four second-shot opportunities. “These were two very solid assists. LOST & FOUND $7.00 a week games for us,” Braves head coach “I thought that overall we ADS are FREE! BUY (and out of ScottBEST Novak saidINafterward. “Intown!) played well,” coach Novak said addition toCall the 466-3315 rebounding, it of his team’s showing in the Call 466-3315 was encouraging to see us cut Tacoma Baptist clash. “We went down on our turnovers and show improvement at the free throw line.” La Conner is still rounding into shape, coach Novak noted, awaiting Cook’s return to full strength while working Braves football players into the rotation following their deep post-season run. So far, as would befit an undefeated team, the signs are encouraging. “All that’s lacking right now,” Novak said, “is consistency. Once these guys can put four Exp. quarters together, look out.” Dec., The Braves receive their next 24, test this Friday with a home date 2012 opposite longtime league rival Darrington. The Dec. 21 action gets Call 466-3315 underway with a 4:30 p.m. junior and SELL IT IN THE LWN! varsity tipoff. The varsity game Hardware & follows at 6.


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Braves take twin home basketball triumphs By Bill Reynolds With their Cook hobbled, the La Conner Braves have still managed to feast on a steady diet of wins. The Braves improved to 70 courtesy non-league victories at home last weekend over Naselle and Tacoma Baptist. La Conner, with 6-8 post Jonah Cook limited by a severely sprained ankle, still bested the Comets 71-36 Friday and downed

TB 54-32 the following night. Tyler Howlett, who fought injury problems a year ago, led La Conner with a game-high 25 points against Naselle. Howlett wore out the Comets with an array of deft post-up moves and mid-range jumpers, often scoring off nice feeds from Spencer Novak. Novak finished with six assists and pretty much filled the stat sheet.

The senior guard netted 16 points, grabbed seven boards, and recorded four steals. Hudson Zavala likewise caused heartburn for Naselle, matching Novak with four steals, while also snaring four rebounds. The Braves followed a similar script on Saturday. Novak and Howlett again finished in double-digit scoring. Novak poured in 17

BLOCK WATCH – Brave frontliner Tyler Howlett blocks a shot while defending the paint during last week’s busy non-league hoop slate at Landy James Gym. In addition to his work on defense, Howlett reached double digits in twin wins over Naselle and Tacoma Baptist. – Photo by Lauren Reynolds

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By Roberta Nelson This story is about a volunteer hard time finding a rat. When rodent exterminator, who came we said, “Rats, Bob,” he would to La Conner in the 1930’s. be gone quite awhile. He would He was banished from finally come back with a snake or Bellingham because he had a lizard. killed a cat. The cat was owned La Conner was kept free of rats by the sister of Anne Meeks, a ‘til Bob got run over and couldn’t By Samantha Weaver fisherwoman from La Conner perform his duties. and mother of Ralph Meeks, a La Bob lived with us until 1934, Conner legend. • It was Albert Einstein ditioned. In dad the sweltering when my died. He had a She offered didn’t want to live withSouth, who the following mere percent warm aspot in 5back of our old the rat exterminator anymore,lack explanation of relativity: that vital amenity. cooking stove, but I guess my so heyour camehand to La to live •mother “Put on Conner a hot stove Those and whoI weren’t study such the people with father, Moore, for amy minute andJack it seems likewhothings say that he wanted to be the with.wind was a fish wherepower an hour. Sitbuyer with alocated pretty girl average He inleftanour house huron the hill “Legends” for an hournow and stands. it seems like ricane is equivalent 1.5Hurley and moved in with to Nina My dad named this rattrillion a minute. That’s relativity.” That’s the on thewatts. waterfront. He had exterminator “Bob” after • In Singapore, one of the hissame amount aoflimp power that developed and couldn’t brother aka Vernon (R.V.)is generated colorfulBob, customs is training fully half chase rats by anymore, butofhe still Moore. birds for singing competi- thepreferred entire world’s to livegeneratnear his old Bob It’s wasnot a dedicated rat killer tions. always just a inghunting capacity. grounds on First Street. and foundthough; he was for located where • The hobby, some, Agatha Ninaworks kept himofwhere he wanted ait’s lot aofserious rats dwelt. Hecostly was a ratChristie — and been transto be forhave the rest of his life. terrier and very dedicated to hislatedBob — business. A single wellmore other wastimes such into a good rat catcher job. trained bird might sell for as languages than those anyrodents’ it took years beforeofthe In not too long a time, Firstother much as $60,000. author ingrew history. population to become the • If you’re an oenophile Many people seetoday. dogs as Street was clear of rats. All •nuisance they are — that’s an say aficionado heroic in tananyone had to was, “Rats,doing I’ve oftenwork thought a new rat of wine probably withshould law enforcement Bob,” and— offyou he went to bringdem terrier be one of the town won’ta rat. be surprised to learn and the military, butin they’re back crew members charge of that as passed, the costand of aBob wine the only animals put to Time had anotrodent control. goes up, so does a drinker’s such use. In Mozambique, appreciation of that wine. It sniffer rats are being used to seems that it’s not all about find unexploded land mines the quality of the vintage, so experts can disarm them. though: In a recent study, They’re known as Hertasters were offered two oRATs. samples of the same wine, *** but each sample was labeled Thought for the Day: “To with a different price. By TheSamantha Weaver tasters overwhelmingly be sure of hitting the target, preferred the more expen- shoot first. And, whatever It was Albert Einstein youditioned. thetarget.” sweltering hit, call itInthe sive• vintage. who theof following South, aBrilliant mere 5 percent • Onlyoffered one-fifth homes — Ashleigh of air-conrelativity: © 2012 lackKing thatFeatures vital amenity. inexplanation America are not Synd., Inc.

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” • In Singapore, one of the colorful customs is training birds for singing competitions. It’s not always just a hobby, though; for some, it’s a serious — and costly — business. A single welltrained bird might sell for as much as $60,000. • If you’re an oenophile — that’s an aficionado of wine — you probably won’t be surprised to learn that as the cost of a wine goes up, so does a drinker’s appreciation of that wine. It seems that it’s not all about the quality of the vintage, though: In a recent study, tasters were offered two samples of the same wine, but each sample was labeled with a different price. The tasters overwhelmingly preferred the more expensive vintage. • Only one-fifth of homes in America are not air-con-

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The world is going to end in two days, according to the Mayan calendar and the many metaphysicians who deal in these matters that are way beyond my comprehension. Considering we don’t have much time — if it ends at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, we are really scrambling here — there are some final thoughts I wanted to share with you in my final column in this incarnation. For me, it’s been a great and wild ride. I was assaulted by the National Guard during the March on the Pentagon during the Vietnam War, even though I was just there as a reporter for my college newspaper. I’ve gotten to play football against legends and sat at the press table at Madison Square Garden as a young sportswriter. I gave up a promising career in journalism for a very fulfilling thrill ride as a filmmaker. I’ve been nominated for Emmys and an Oscar and sat with some of the greatest stars of my era at the Academy Awards. I’ve loved and lost, loved and won, and raised five kids. I’ve been blessed with lots of wonderful friends, some of whom go back to grade school. If I had it to do over again, there’s not much I would do differently. There were some really dumb testosterone-driven behaviors that might have ended tragically, but somehow, I escaped relatively unscathed. My advice to all of you readers is to make sure you tell the people you love that you love them. If you have little kids, let them open at least one Christmas gift early. Tell them that Santa had to move up his schedule this year, and don’t trouble them with the details. If there is something that you really feel you need to apologize —21— for, go for it. Suck it up, and don’t make it an apology with an explanation — i.e., I did this because you really made me mad. Own up to it. I know we’re running out of time here, so I’m typing as fast

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Someone might make a surprising disclosure about © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. a trusted friend or workplace colleague. Stay cool and reserve judgment until you get more facts. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might think you’ve found what you’ve been looking for. But appearances can be deceiving. Don’t act on your discovery until you know more about it. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You’re no doubt anxious for that confusing situation to be cleared up. But don’t press for a quick resolution or you might overlook some vital facts. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Now that your holiday distractions are easing, you need to apply yourself to getting those unfinished tasks done so you can begin a new project with a clean slate. BORN THIS WEEK: People respect both your wisdom and your deep sense of loyalty and compassion.


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ing your perception about a decision. Best advice: Avoid commitments until that good Libran sense kicks back in. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A longtime friendship could take a romantic turn early in the new year. While this pleases your passionate side, your logical self might want to go slow. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Someone might make a surprising disclosure about a trusted friend or workplace colleague. Stay cool and reserve judgment until you get more facts. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might think you’ve found what you’ve been looking for. But appearances can be deceiving. Don’t act on your discovery until you know more about it. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You’re no doubt anxious for that confusing situation to be cleared up. But don’t press ing perception for ayour quick resolution about or youa decision. Best advice: might overlook some Avoid vital commitments until that good facts. PISCES 19in. to Libran sense(February kicks back March 20) Now that your SCORPIO (October 23 holiday distractions easto November 21) are A longing, you need to apply time friendship couldyourtake to getting aself romantic turnthose earlyunfinin the ishedyear. tasksWhile done this so you can new pleases begin a new project with a your passionate side, your clean slate. logical self might want to go BORN THIS WEEK: slow. People respect both your SAGITTARIUS (Novemwisdom and your deep sense ber 22 to of loyalty andDecember compassion.21)

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20) The clever Gemini will be quick to spot the telltale signs of workplace changes that could open up new opportunities for the right person. (And that’s you, isn’t it?) CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon Child’s post-holiday letdown soon lifts as you begin to get back into your comfortable routine. Someone from your past extends a surprise bid to reconnect. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You’ve been the ultimate social Lion over the holidays. Now it’s time to relax and recharge your energy so you can be at your best when you pounce on that new project. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A relationship could be moving in a direction you might not want to follow. Step back for a better overview of the situation. You might be surprised at what you see. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Emotions rule at the start of the week, affect-

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) It’s a good time for reunions with those very special people from your past. You could be pleasantly surprised by what comes to light during one of these gettogethers. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The new year gets off to an encouraging start for the Bold Bovine who takes that demanding workplace challenge by the horns and steers it in the right direction. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The clever Gemini will be quick to spot the telltale signs of workplace changes that could open up new opportunities for the right person. (And that’s you, isn’t it?) CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon Child’s post-holiday letdown soon lifts as you begin to get back into your comfortable routine. Someone from your past extends a surprise bid to reconnect. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You’ve been the ultimate ARIES (March 21 holito social Lion over the April It’sit’sa time goodto time days.19) Now relax forand reunions with those very recharge your energy so you canpeople be at your best your when special from youYou pounce onbe that new projpast. could pleasantly ect. surprised by what comes to (August lightVIRGO during one of these23get-to September 22) A relationtogethers. ship could(April be moving in a TAURUS 20 to May direction you might not want 20) The new year gets off to follow. Stepstart back antoencouraging forfor thea better overview of the situaBold Bovine who takes that tion. You might be surprised demanding chalat what youworkplace see. lenge by the (September horns and steers LIBRA 23 to it in the right October 22)direction. Emotions rule at GEMINI 21 toaffectJune the start of(May the week,

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By Bob Skeele

Loving and being loved, are there any greater gifts, any words more suited to be verbs in life’s sentence, or as apt for whatever songs we manage to sing, starting with the sharp, sweet note of the newborn’s first cry?

as I can. Do something wild and crazy tomorrow. Let the laundry pile up and let your freak flag fly. We all have things we’ve wanted to do and keep putting off. Hike up a big hill and take in this beautiful landscape that surrounds us. Smoke a joint if you’ve never tried it — it’s even legal, and President Obama declared that he’s not going to kill your buzz. Here’s what not to do. Don’t tell your boss to take this job and shove it. Don’t tell your significant other what really bothers you about them. Don’t tell your friends or your children that you never liked their spouse. After all, the Mayans could be wrong by a thousand years or so. You don’t want to wake up with a terrible hangover and a boatload of regrets on Friday morning. Okay, there are a lot of crackpots out there, who are dancing to very different drummers than you and I. Maybe we shouldn’t take these prophesies too seriously, but actually, I think it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the value of every minute we spend walking this Earth. Here’s the gospel according to the Zookeeper: we are going to wake up Friday morning, and there will still be rent or a mortgage to pay, we’ll still have our aches and pains, we will still have those extra pounds that we’d like to shed. Our economy will still be teetering on the edge of the Fiscal Cliff, and there’s that pile of laundry to attend to. The world is not going to end in less than two days. I’m sticking my neck out here, but if I’m wrong, who’s going to know?

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Trustee’s Sale SUPERIOR COURT of limitations, present the claim in Guarantee $1,339.52 OF WASHINGTON the manner as provided in RCW NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Service and Posting Fees $600.00 FOR SKAGIT COUNTY 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing Grantor: DLK Investments, LLC Recording Fees $250.00 In the Matter of the Estate to the Personal Representative Beneficiary: KeyBank National Statutory Mailing Costs $250.00 of or the Personal Representative’s Association Photocopies $250.00 RUTH C. THOMPSON, attorney at the address stated below Abbreviated Legal: Sunset Costs and Fees Deceased. a copy of the claim and filing the Industrial Subtotal: $6,189.52 NO. 12-4-00423-4 original of the claim with the court Park – S/P SW-01-03 BSP, Lot 10 TOTAL CURRENT PROBATE NOTICE in which the probate proceedings Tax Parcel ID No.: (P105295) ESTIMATED PAYOFF TO CREDITORS were commenced. The claim must 8003-000-010-0009 AMOUNT $478,143.93 RCW 11.40.030 be presented within the later of: Pursuant to the Revised Code of Note: The beneficiary’s failure The Personal Representative (1) Thirty days after the Personal Washington, Chapter 61.24 RCW: to include any existing default in named below has been appointed Representative served or mailed I. the foregoing list is not intended to as Personal Representative of this the notice to the creditors provided NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN constitute a waiver of such default. estate. Any person having a claim under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) THAT THE UNDERSIGNED The beneficiary reserves all rights against the decedent must, before four months after the date of first Trustee, Phillip J. Haberthur, will on regarding each and every default, the time the claim would be barred publication of the notice. If the claim Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:00 whether known or unknown to by any otherwise applicable statute is not presented within this time A.M. at the following location: beneficiary at this time. frame, the claim is forever barred, The main entrance to the Skagit The estimated additional except as otherwise provided in County Superior Courthouse, 205 amounts that will be due to pay off RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This W Kincaid, Mount Vernon, WA on January 7, 2013 (11 days before IN THE SUPERIOR COURT bar is effective as to claims against 98273, State of Washington, sell the sale date): OF THE STATE OF both the decedent’s probate and non- at public auction to the highest and Additional Estimated Arrearages WASHINGTON IN AND FOR probate assets. best bidder, payable at the time of Interest (October 10, 2012 – THE COUNTY OF Date of First Publication: December sale, the following-described real January SNOHOMISH 7, 2013): 12, 2012. property, situated in the County of $7,051.36 In re the Estate of Skagit, State of Washington, to wit: Additional Arrearages DORIS ROSALIND SPALDING Richard E. Thompson Personal Representative AS IN SAID DEED OF TRUST Subtotal: Deceased $7,051.36 Jack R. Wallace, WSBA 15439 AND DESCRIBED ABOVE. Case No.: 12 4 051262 2 Additional Estimated Attorney for Estate See attached Exhibits A and B PROBATE NOTICE Costs and Fees P.O. Box 372 Commonly known as: TO CREDITORS Additional Trustees’ Burlington, WA 98233 631 Sunset Park Dr. (RCW 11.40.030) or Attorneys’ Fees $1,500.00 Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 The personal representative 360/757-6153 Publication Costs $2,500.00 Published in La Conner Weekly The afore-described real property is Additional Costs and named below has been appointed as personal representative of this News, December 12, 19 and 26, subject to that certain Deed of Trust Fees Subtotal: $4,000.00 dated May 15, 2007, and recorded TOTAL ESTIMATED estate. Any person having a claim 2012. on May 16, 2007, under Auditor’s PAYOFF AMOUNT against the decedent must, before File No. 200705160077, records of As of January 7, 2013 the time the claim would be barred Skagit County, State of Washington (11 days before the by any otherwise applicable statute SUPERIOR COURT from DLK Investments, LLC as sale date): of limitations, present the claim in $489,195.29 OF WASHINGTON Grantor to Chicago Title as Trustee, the manner as provided in RCW IV. FOR SKAGIT COUNTY to secure an obligation in favor of 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing The sum owing on the obligation In the Matter of the Estate KeyBank National Association, the secured by the Deed of Trust is to the personal representative of Beneficiary. or the personal representative’s Principal of $449,170.97, together HOWARD L. WINNINGHAM, Phillip J. Haberthur was appointed with interest as provided in the attorney at the address stated below Deceased. Successor Trustee on August 9, Note and such other costs and fees a copy of the claim and filing the No. 12-4-00404-8 2012 under Auditor’s File No. as are due under the Deed of Trust original of the claim with the court PROBATE NOTICE 201208090055. in which the probate proceedings and as are provided by statute. TO CREDITORS II. were commenced. The claim must Of course, as time passes other (RCW 11.40.030) No action commenced by the payments may become due, and any be presented within the later of: The personal representative (1) Thirty days after the personal named below has been appointed Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is further payments coming due and representative served or mailed the as personal representative of this now pending to seek satisfaction of any additional late charges must be notice to the creditor as provided estate. Any person having claim the obligation in any court by reason added to the payoff payment. Any under RCW 11.40.020(2)(c); or (2) against the decedent must, before of the Borrower’s, Grantor(s)’ or any new defaults not involving payment four months after the date of first the time the claim would be barred successor-in-interest’s default on the of money that occur after the date publication of the notice. If the claim by any otherwise applicable statute obligation secured by the Deed of of this notice must also be cured in is not presented within this time of limitations, present the claim Trust. order to effect payoff. In addition, III. frame, the claim is forever barred, in the manner as provide in RCW because some of the charges can The defaults for which this only be estimated at this time and except as otherwise provided in 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This to the personal representative or the foreclosure is made are as follows: because the amount necessary to pay Failure to pay when due the off may include presently unknown bar is effective as to claims against personal representative’s attorney both the decedent’s probate and at the address stated below, a following amounts which are now expenditures required to preserve the in arrears: nonprobate assets. property, or to comply with state or copy of the claim and filing the Date of First Publication: December original of the claim with the court Principal Amount local laws, it is necessary for you to Loan Balance 12, 2012. contact the Trustee before the time in which the probate proceedings (Matured on Personal Representative: you tender payoff so that you may were commenced. The claim must May 5, 2012): $449,170.97 be advised of the exact amount you ANNE ELIZABETH LEOPARD be presented within the later of: Interest (As of Attorney for the Personal will be required to pay. Tender of (1) Thirty days after the personal October 9, 2012): $11,671.43 payment or performance must be in Representative: KEVIN COPP representative served or mailed the Principal and Address for Mailing or Service: the full amount by certified funds or notice to the creditor as provided Interest Subtotal: $460,842.40 cash equivalent to the Trustee whose 114 Second Ave. S., Suite 101, under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) Payment of 2011 and 2012 first- address is: Edmonds, WA 98020 four months after the date of first Court of probate proceedings publication of the notice. If the claim half general taxes of $8,880.45 were Phillip J. Haberthur and cause number: SNOHOMISH is not presented within this time not made pursuant to terms of the Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt Promissory Note secured by the Deed COUNTY, WA. 700 Washington Street, Suite 701 frame, the claim is forever barred, of Trust. The amount in arrears is Published in La Conner Weekly except as otherwise provided in Vancouver, WA 98660 $11,112.01, including penalties and News, December 12, 19 and 26, RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. V. interest as of October 8, 2012. 2012. The above-described real property This bar is effective as to claims $11,112.01 will be sold to satisfy the expense against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Parcel No. P105295 (8003-000-010- of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided Date of first publication: December 0009) by statute. The sale will be made 12, 2012. 2011 - $7,423.99 without warranty, express or implied, RENITA OVERHOLSER 2012 first-half - $3,688.02 Personal Representative **NOTE: 2012 SECOND-HALF regarding title, possession, or encumbrances on Friday, January SKAGIT LAW GROUP, PLLC TAXES IN THE AMOUNT OF 18, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. The By: JOHN T. BURKE, $3,125.41 WSBA #37952 ARE DUE OCTOBER 31, 2012** default(s) referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by Monday, January Attorneys for Personal Costs and Fees Got stuff just Representative In addition to the amounts in arrears 7, 2013 (11 days before the sale date), hanging around P.O. Box 336/227 Freeway Drive, specified above, you are or may to cause a discontinuance of the Suite B be obligated to pay the following sale. The sale will be discontinued the house? Mount Vernon, WA 98273 estimated charges, costs and fees to and terminated if at any time on or Make some quick cash before Monday, January 7, 2013 Published in La Conner Weekly pay off the Deed of Trust. (11 days before the sale date) the and SELL IT IN THE LWN! News, December 12, 19 and 26, Trustee’s or 2012. Attorney’s Fees $3,500.00 default(s) as set forth in Paragraph III are cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. 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by both first class and certified mail on August 9, 2012, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and on August 17, 2012 Borrower, Grantor(s), Guarantor(s) and any successor in interest were personally served with said written Notice of Default, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service and on August 17, 2012 the written Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in paragraph I above, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee. VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor(s) and all those who hold by, though or under the Grantor(s) of all their interest in the above-described property. IX. Anyone having an objection to the sale on any grounds whatsoever are afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington, Chapter 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s Sale. Service of process of any lawsuit or legal action may be made on Phillip J. Haberthur, Successor Trustee, whose address is 700 Washington Street, Suite 701, Vancouver, WA 98660. X. Notice to Occupants or Tenants: The purchaser at the Trustee’s Sale shall be entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the borrower and grantor under the Deed of Trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the Deed of Trust, including occupants who are not tenants, who were given all of the notices to which they were entitled under this chapter. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. XI. Notice to Guarantor: The Guarantor may be liable for a deficiency judgment to the extent the sale price obtained at the Trustee’s Sale is less than the debt secured by the Deed of Trust. In any action for a deficiency, the Guarantor will have the right to establish the fair value of the property as of the date of the Trustee’s Sale, less prior liens and encumbrances, and to limit its liability for a deficiency to the difference between the debt and the greater of such fair value or the sale price paid at the Trustee’s Sale, plus interest and cost. The Guarantor has the same rights to pay off the debt, cure the default, or repay the debt as is given to the Grantor(s) in order to avoid the Trustee’s Sale. The Guarantor will have no right to redeem the property after the Trustee’s Sale. Any action to enforce a guaranty must be commenced within one year after the Trustee’s Sale, or the last Trustee’s Sale under any Deed of Trust granted to secure the same debt (subject to such longer periods as are provided in RCW 61.24). XII. Notice of Application on Senate Bill 5810: Senate Bill 5810 became effective on July 26, 2009. Among other things, the Bill requires additional notices to be given to grantors of deeds of trust made from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2007 that are recorded against owner-occupied residential real property as defined by Senate Bill 5810. Deeds of Trust that are recorded prior to or after the above-referenced time period are exempt from these additional notices. In addition, commercial loans as defined are exempt. The Beneficiary categorizes the underlying loan as a commercial loan as defined by RCW 61.24.005(4). As such, the notice requirements of Senate Bill 5810 do not apply to this procedure. If you disagree with the categorization and you believe that additional requirements under Senate Bill 5810 apply, contact the undersigned at the address below, in writing, as soon as possible. DATED this 10th day of October, 2012. Phillip J. Haberthur, Successor Trustee Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt 700 Washington Street, Suite 701 Vancouver, WA 98660 For further information please call Phillip J. Haberthur at (360) 6947551. STATE OF WASHINGTON ) ): ss. County of Clark ) I certify that I know or have satisfactory evidence that PHILLIP J. HABERTHUR is the person who appeared before me, and said person acknowledged that he signed this instrument and on oath stated that he was authorized to execute the instrument and acknowledged it as SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE to be the free and voluntary act of such party for the uses and purposes mentioned

in the instrument. DATED: October 10th, 2012. Randi R. Higbie Notary Public in and for the State of Washington. My Commission/Appointment expires: 4/15/13. EXHIBIT “A” PARCEL “A”: Lot 10 of Binding Site Plan No. SW-01-93, Sunset Industrial Park, recorded in Volume 11 of Short Plats, pages 83 and 84, under Auditor’s File No. 9406100051, records of Skagit County, Washington, being a portion of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 23, Township 35 North, Range 4 East, W.M., and Tracts 14 and 15, SEDRO ACREAGE, according to the plat thereof, recorded in Volume 3 of Plats, page 35, records of Skagit County, Washington. TOGETHER WITH a nonexclusive easement for ingress, egress and utilities over, under and across Sunset Park Drive, as shown on the face of said site plan. Situate in the City of SedroWoolley, County of Skagit, State of Washington. PARCEL “B”: An appurtenant non-exclusive easement for ingress, egress and utilities, as shown on the face of said Binding Site Plan. Situated in the City of SedroWoolley, County of Skagit, State of Washington. EXHIBIT “B” DESCRIPTION OF COLLATERAL All of Grantor’s right, title and interest, now owned or hereafter acquired, in and to the following property and rights as described in the Deed of Trust: SECURITY AGREEMENT: FINANCING STATEMENTS. The following provisions relating to this Deed of Trust as a security agreement are a part of this Deed of Trust. Security Agreement. This instrument shall constitute a Security Agreement to the extent any of the Property constitutes fixtures, and Lender shall have all of the rights of a secured party under the Uniform Commercial Code as amended from time to time. Security Interest. Upon request by Lender, Grantor shall take whatever action is required by Lender to perfect and continue Lender’s security interest in the Rents and Personal Property. In addition to recording this Deed of Trust in the real property records, Lender May, at any time and without further authorization from Grantor, file executed counterparts, copies or reproductions of this Deed of Trust as a financing statement. Grantor shall reimburse Lender for all expenses incurred in perfecting or continuing this security interest. Upon default, Grantor shall not remove, sever or detach the Personal Property from the Property. Upon default, Grantor shall assemble any Personal Property not affixed to the Property in a manner and at a place reasonably convenient to Grantor and Lender and make it available to Lender within three (3) days after receipt of written demand from Lender to the extent permitted by applicable law. Personal Property. The words “Personal Property” mean all equipment, fixtures, and other articles of personal property now or hereafter owned by Grantor, and now or hereafter attached or affixed to the Real Property; together with all accessions, parts, and additions to, all replacements of, and all substitutions for, any of such property; and together with all issues and profits thereon and proceeds (including without limitation all insurance proceeds and refunds of premiums) from any sale or other disposition of the Property. Property. The word “Property” means collectively the Real Property and the Personal Property. Real Property. The words “Real Property” mean the real property, interests and rights, as further described in this Deed of Trust. Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 19, 2012.

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Lt. Governor Brad Owens presented Anne Dean and longtime La Conner resident Kelly Matlock with the Washington State Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Award at the annual state-wide Prevention Summit, held in Yakima on Nov. 5. Matlock and Dean work with the Jefferson County Community network and the Port Townsend Coalition to fight substance abuse. “Not only do they demonstrate a team approach to serving the community, they are known for reinforcing collaboration among all the providers in the community along the continuum of care,” the Lt. Governor’s Office said about Matlock and Dean. “They value the perspectives, opinions and thoughts of others and have developed robust partnerships that have helped maintain services and advance their work, despite financial challenges for services.”

Agricultural board seeks members

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners seeks interested people from District 1 (parts of north and west Skagit County) to serve on the Agricultural Advisory Board. The three-year term begins January 1. The board meets monthly to discuss current agriculturerelated issues with specific said Lot 1; thence North 83°04’34” interests in drainage, flooding,


SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY SKAGIT STATE BANK, a state-chartered commercial bank, Plaintiff, vs. SCOTT A. FARMER and DENISE M. FARMER, husband and wife, individually, and the marital community of them composed, 520 Morris St. • 360-399-1154 and ALL OTHER PERSONS Hours: OR PARTIES UNKNOWN $ Wed.-Sat.: 11-5 CLAIMING ANY RIGHT, TITLE, ESTATE, LIEN OR INTEREST IN Sun.: 12 - 3 THE REAL ESTATE DESCRIBED Donations of used books, STATEWIDE CLASSIFIEDS IN THE COMPLAINT, home furnishings, La Conner Weekly News participates in a Defendants. statewide classified ad program sponsored by garden items appreciated. Case No. 12-2-02381-9 the Washington Newspaper Publishers As(No clothing or electronics) SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION sociation, a statewide association of weekly THE STATE OF WASHINGTON newspapers. The program allows classified NEW ITEMS: advertisers to submit ads for publication in TO THE ABOVE-NAMED 2 Small Hardwood participating weeklies throughout the state DEFENDANTS: in compliance with the following rules. You YOU ARE HEREBY summoned Tables, 1 Futon may submit an ad for the statewide program to appear within sixty days after through this newspaper or in person to the WNPA office. The rate is $255 for up to 25 BLACKBIRD LANDSCAPING - the date of the first publication of this Summons, to wit, within sixty words, plus $10 per word over 25 words. Lawn mowing, pruning, bed care, days after the 19th day of December, WNPA reserves the right to edit all copy landscaping, paver walkways, 2012, and defend the above-entitled submitted and to refuse to accept any ad composting, garden chipping. submitted for the statewide program. WNPA, Tim Chomiak: (360) 421-1652. action in the above-entitled court, therefore, does not guarantee that every ad tfcn8/12 and answer the Complaint of the will be run in every newspaper. WNPA will, on Plaintiff, Skagit State Bank, and request, for a fee of $40, provide information serve a copy of your answer upon the on which newspapers run a particular ad withundersigned attorney for Plaintiff, in a 30 days period. Substantive typographiCraig E. Cammock, of Skagit Law cal error (wrong address, telephone number, Group, PLLC, at his office below name or price) will result in a “make good”, in which a corrected ad will be run the following stated; and in case of your failure week. WNPA incurs no other liability for errors so to do, judgment will be rendered in publication. against you according to the demand ATTEND COLLEGE online from home. of the Complaint, which has been Wed., Dec. 19th Medical, business, criminal justice, hospitality. filed with the clerk of said court. 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Unbeatable career opportuniSkagit County, Washington, lying ties. Trainee, company driver, lease operator, Southerly and Westerly of the lease trainers. (877) 369-7105. www.centralfollowing described line: Beginning BLUE SKY HELP WANTED - Driver - $0.01 increase at the Northeast corner of Lot 3 of per mile after 6 months and 12 months. said Short Plat No. 161-79; thence YARD MAINTENANCE Choose your hometime. $0.03 quarterly bo- Storm and gutter cleaning, pres- South 00°44’58” West along the nus. Requires 3 months recent experience. sure washing, chain saw work, East line of said Lot 3, a distance of 800-414-9569. pruning, planting, rototilling, 286.50 feet; thence North 72°13’02” DIVORCE - $155. $175 with children. No weeding, mowing and dirt, gravel West, a distance of 489.79 feet to the court appearances. Complete preparation. Inand back hauling. Senior dis- East line of the West 30.00 feet of cludes custody, support, property division and Lot 1 of said Short Plat No. 161-79; bills. 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SUBJECT TO a well • Dump Trucking protection easement over, under and • Crushed Rock through that portion of a 100 foot • Grading OFFICE: diameter circle lying Southerly of • Pit Run the above described line, the center 424-0258 • Flatbed Service of said circle is described as follows: ARNEST1044BW Beginning at the Northwest corner of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - Raven Group. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Social Services Bldg., 17311 Reservation Rd., La Conner. (360) 770-6169. tfn4/20

98005-2500, phone (425) 637-3693, where copies may be purchased as follows: Project Manual, including ½ sized drawings $60 (non-refundable) – in person $65 (non-refundable) – by mail Bidders and/or contractors are notified to examine thoroughly the bid instructions, proposals, the form of Contract, Drawings and Specifications. If there be any doubt or obscurity as to the meaning of same, intending bidders or contractors should ask the Engineers for an explanation before submitting their proposal and/or accepting their Contract. Each bid shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond, Cashier’s Check or Certified Check, made payable to the Town of La Conner Treasurer as indicated in the Instruction for Bidders. The three lowest bids may not be withdrawn for 60 days after the day of bid opening. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids or waive any informalities in the bidding. To request a planholders list or contract documents, contact CHS at phone 425-637-3693, FAX 425-6373694. The Project Manager is Evan Henke, P.E., extension 125, email LORRAINE TAYLOR, TOWN CLERK/TREASURER TOWN OF LA CONNER SKAGIT COUNTY, WASHINGTON Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 19 and 26, 2012.

East along the North line of Lot 1 and Lot 2 of said Short Plat No. 161-79, a distance of 199.80 feet; thence South 6°55’26” East, a distance of 119.91 feet to an existing well and the center of said circle. TOGETHER WITH that portion of Government Lot 8, Section 21, Township 35 North, Range 6 East, W.M., described as follows: Beginning at the Southeast corner of said Government Lot 8; thence North 00°47’32” East along the East line thereof, a distance of 299.10 feet to the point of beginning of this description; thence North 12°06’44” West, a distance of 221.21 feet to the South line of the South Skagit Highway; thence North 83°04’34” East along said South line, a distance of 49.85 feet to the East line of said Government Lot 8; thence South 00°47’32” West along the said East line, a distance of 222.31 feet to the point of beginning of this description. Situate in the County of Skagit, State of Washington. PARCEL “B”: Those portions of Lot 1 and Lot 2 of Short Plat No. 16179 as recorded in Volume 4 of Short Plats at page 57, under Auditor’s File No. 8003280008, records of Skagit County, Washington, lying Northerly and Easterly of the following described line: Beginning at the Northeast corner of Lot 3 of said Short Plat No. 161-79; thence South 00°44’58” West along the East line of said Lot 3, a distance of 286.50 feet; thence North 72°13’02” West, a distance of 489.79 feet to the East line of the West 30.00 feet of Lot 1 of said Short Plat No. 16179; thence North 00°47’32” East parallel with the West line of said Lot 1, a distance of 79.94 feet to the Northeast corner of said West 30.00 feet and the terminal point of this line description. TOGETHER WITH a well protection easement over, under, and through that portion of a 100 foot diameter circle lying Southerly of the above described line, the center of said circle is described as follows: Beginning at the Northwest corner of said Lot 1; thence North 83°04’34” East along the North line of Lot 1 and Lot 2 of said Short Plat No. 161-79, a distance of 199.80 feet; thence South 6°55’26” East, a distance of 119.91 feet to an existing well and the center of said circle. Situate in the County of Skagit, State of Washington. PARCEL “C”: That portion of Lot 3 of Short Plat No. 161-79 as recorded in Volume 4 of Short Plats, at page 57 under Auditor’s File No. 8003280008, records of Skagit County, Washington, lying Northerly of the following described line: Beginning at the Northeast corner of Lot 3 of said Short Plat No. 161-79; thence South 00°44’58” West along the East line of said Lot 3, a distance of 286.50 feet; thence North 72°13’02” West, a distance of 489.79 feet to the East line of the West 30.00 feet of Lot 1 of said Short Plat No. 161-79; thence North 00°47’36” East parallel with the West line of said Lot 1, a distance of 79.94 feet to the Northeast corner of said West 30.00 feet and the terminal point of this line description. Situate in the County of Skagit, State of Washington. DATED this 10th day of December, 2012. SKAGIT LAW GROUP, PLLC /s/ Craig E. Cammock, WSBA #24185 Attorney for Plaintiff 227 Freeway Drive, Suite B P.O. Box 336 Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Telephone: (360) 336-1000 Facsimile: (360) 336-6690 Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 19, 26, 2012 and January 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2013.

land use, agriculture economics, sustainability, and the critical areas ordinance. The board’s role is to inform and make recommendations to the county commissioners. Anyone interested in serving should send either a letter of interest to Linda Christensen, Skagit County, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or an email to Linda at lindac@ no later than Friday, January 4, by 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Christensen directly or call her at 360-419-7620.

Port Commission officers

The Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners elected new officers in 2013. The president will be Kevin Ware, District 1 commissioner. Vice president will be Steven Omdal, District 2 commissioner, and secretary will be Bill Schuler, District 3 commissioner. The port commissioners also serve as the board of directors for the Port of Skagit Industrial Development Corporation, which facilitates local economic development and employment opportunities within the port district. The Port of Skagit owns and operates three key facilities: the Skagit Regional Airport, the Bayview Business Park, and the La Conner Marina. Combined, these facilities are home to over 80 businesses that employ nearly 1,000 people.

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11:34 a.m.: Hit-and-Run – A man driving in the La Conner Post Office parking lot hit a parked car twice while he was backing up and then drove away. The woman driving the hit car wrote down the license plate number of the hit-and-run driver and called deputies, who tracked down the man. He hadn’t realized he’d hit the other car, and he exchanged insurance information with the woman. Striking another vehicle or property and leaving the scene is a crime, but because the driver did not know that he had struck the car, deputies did not issue a citation. 3:21 p.m.: Suspicious – A call was received from a resident on Dodge Valley Road near La Conner who noticed a suspicious vehicle in a neighbor’s driveway. 5:33 p.m.: Candle fire – Deputies responded to a 911 hang-up from a home on Caledonia Street in La Conner. The homeowner had a candle fire at her home, but she put it out herself. The fire department responded because there was smoke in the home.

Tuesday Dec. 11

3:12 p.m.: Warrant – Wenatchee investigators asked for assistance in arresting a 51-year-old woman on Maple Avenue in La Conner. The woman was arrested on warrants of theft and identity theft and booked into Skagit County Jail for extradition to Wenatchee. 3:27 p.m.: Civil – A resident on 2nd Street in La Conner asked deputies for help concerning a civil problem with a tree-cutting service. Deputies talked to both parties and fixed the problem. The tree-cutting service finished the job and the owner of the business was paid for the work.

Wednesday Dec. 12

5:04 a.m.: Alarm – An alarm went off at Pioneer Market in La Conner. 10:39 a.m.: Suicide Attempt – A 45-year-old man from

Blaine threatened to jump off the Deception Pass Bridge. Washington State Patrol troopers met up with the man on the bridge, and he was taken to the hospital for a mental health examination. 5:52 p.m.: Hang-up – A person on Chilberg Road near La Conner called 911 and hung up. It was found that the caller needed medical aid and not a law enforcement response.

Thursday Dec. 13

7:34 a.m.: Property Damage – The Public Works Department reported that graffiti had been sprayed on a rock next to the skateboard park in La Conner. 8: 07 a.m.: Drug Problem – A call was received about a drug problem at La Conner High School. There is no further information available. 8:45 a.m.: Found Property – A man’s wallet was found on the sidewalk of First Street in La Conner by three La Conner residents. The wallet contained $274 in cash as well as credit cards, ID, and personal items. The residents turned the wallet over to deputies, who located the owner, a 34-year-old Burlington man, and returned his wallet to him. 4:43 p.m.: Civil – A civil case was reported on First Street in La Conner. There is no further information available.

Friday Dec. 14

3:53 p.m.: Fender bender – There was a two-car accident near the La Conner Retirement Inn. No one was injured in the accident. 7:27 p.m.: Patrol Check – A Conway coffee business on Fir Island Road asked deputies to patrol the area around closing time. A suspicious vehicle that parks near the business at closing time had the female employees concerned for their safety. 8:49 p.m.: Lost Dog – A person from Fir Island Road near Conway reported a missing dog. The dog is a black Labrador wearing a pink collar.


Quick and thrifty gifts in La Conner


By Karla Reynolds

If you have to run out and buy a last-minute present, there’s no need to panic or even leave town. Find unique items that are sure to please, right here in La Conner, and at budget-friendly prices. Here are some ideas to help a rushed and harried Santa:

Can’t decide? Pick up gift certificates in any local restaurant. The Station House Bar & Grill, located at 315 Morris Street, has a gift certificate deal — $25 buys one worth $30. La Conner Pub & Eatery, La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House, Nell Thorn, La Conner Channel Grill, Waterfront Cafe, La Conner Brewing Co., El Gitano, La Conner Thai Garden, Seeds and Calico Cupboard are all on the favorite list with locals.

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Delight a child and be kind to the earth with Gathering a Garden, a fun, colorful and eco-friendly board game made with 75 percent recycled materials. It’s $18 at The Next Chapter Bookstore, 721 S. 1st Street.

Blow a diet but win a heart when you present someone with a dozen assorted truffles in a beautiful gift box; $21.50 at the La Conner Sweet Shoppe, 623 S. 1st Street.

Treat a dieter to something that looks scrumptious but won’t pack on pounds with hand-made cupcake candles available for $18 at Two Moon’s Gallery, 620 S. 1st Street. Wrap someone in a bear hug nightshirt for $24 and find lots of stocking stuffers at Skagit Valley Styles, 608 S. 1st Street.

By Patricia Aqiimuk Paul, Esq. This is our favorite holiday beverage and we begin enjoying this treat around the first of December all the way up til Christmas Eve.

A cool gift for teens and adults is a make-your-own pillowcase kit, available in a variety of fabrics and designs for $14.95 at Fabric D’eva, 612 S. 1st Street. SUNLABT088PL

or tied to a bottle of wine as a special hostess gift. $24.95 at Fairy Godmother’s Unlimited, 705 S. 1st St.

A barbecue grill master on your list would set a lively table with “Forked Up Art” salt and pepper shaker holders, original sculptures made of forks and spoons. They’re $28 at the Olive Shoppe & Ginger Grater, 604 S. 1st Street.

By Sue Phillips A very special time of year is approaching: Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ. We celebrate with reverence and ceremony and joyful, festive merriment. We literally “deck the halls with boughs of holly.” Many of us put up Christmas trees covered with lights and colorful ornaments. We string lights from the eves of our houses and put up nativity scenes. We haul out the good china, polish the silver and go through our recipes for all our favorite dishes to serve our family and friends. We send Christmas cards and reach out to people we haven’t contacted since last year. We tell our children about Santa Claus and eight tiny reindeer led by “Rudolf with his nose so bright.” We entice them to be good with stories of “naughty and nice” and Christmas presents coming down the chimney on Christmas morning. Christmastime is also baking time. I don’t bake all year long; however, during the Christmas season, everything changes. The cookie sheets come out, the bread pans are retrieved from their hiding place in the back of the cupboard, all the old traditional recipes are found and the fun in the kitchen begins. It’s time to

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How about a sparkling crystal brooch

Macadamia – Photo by Sue Phillips


(Prime Rib, Ham, etc.)

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5 to 7 p.m. includes a great holiday meal

We will be collecting cash and non-perishable food items for the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank instead of charging a fee!

Holiday Eggnog

Ingredients Eggnog 7-up or similar beverage Nutmeg (optional) Preparation Fill your glass half full of eggnog. Carefully add the 7-up and watch that it doesn’t bubble over the top. I grate up some fresh nutmeg, directly over the top of the beverage, and serve immediately!


make Christmas sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, Mexican wedding cakes, fruitcake and, of course, fudge. Not the traditional fudge with walnuts, however. I make fudge with macadamia nuts. These wonderful tropical treasures transform even the best fudge into chocolate bliss. Macadamia, in the Proteaceae Family, is a genus of nine species of flowering plants. They are all native to eastern Australia, New Caledonia, and Indonesia but grow quite happily in the Hawaiian Islands, where they were introduced in about 1881. In 1948 the Hawaiian Experimental Station named and introduced several promising selections which led to the modern macadamia industry in Hawaii today. Macadamia nut trees are fastgrowing, medium- to large-sized trees reaching 30 to 40 feet high and as wide, with heavy dark green foliage. The leaves develop in whorls of three or four. The leaves are a foot long or more in length, with blunt tips and edged with fine teeth. The petioles, or leaf stems, are about half an inch in length. The bark is rough but unfurrowed, brown and dark red when cut. There are two main species grown for nut production. M. integrifolia, with 8- to 11-inchlong leaves in whorls of three, and M. tetraphylla, with 20-inchlong leaves in whorls of four. The flowers are small, whitish in color, tasseled, and grow on long spikes arising from the axils of the leaves. The nuts ripen in either the spring and fall or sometimes both. Macadamia nuts have a very hard seed coat enclosed in

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a green husk that splits open as the nut matures. In the case of M. integrifolia, this seed coat is smooth and holds a creamy white kernel containing up to 80 percent oil and 4 percent sugar. When roasted, it develops a uniform color and texture. M. tetraphylla, often referred to as the rough shelled macadamia, has a seed coat that is rough and pebbled. The oil content ranges from 65 to 75 percent, and the sugar content ranges from 6 to 8 percent. These factors result in variable color and texture when the nuts from the two species are roasted under the same conditions. The highest-quality macadamia kernels are free of defects. They exhibit no insect or fungal damage and contain at least 72 percent oil. Kernels with less than 72 percent oil are usually immature and harder, and they become over brown when roasted. The kernel is the main product from the macadamia nut tree. After harvesting, the husks covering the nuts are removed. The nuts are dried, and the shells are cracked. The kernel is then removed to be oil-roasted or dryroasted. Kernels are commonly sold as snack nuts and made into chocolate covered candy. Ice cream manufacturers and the baking industry also use macadamia kernels as an ingredient. Duke’s restaurant on the island of Kauai serves a fabulous dessert called Hula Pie that is to die for! Its macadamia nut ice cream pie is truly my alltime favorite dessert. The shell and husk also have uses. Shells can be used as mulch, fuel for processing macadamia nuts, planting medium for anthurium culture, plastic manufacture and as substitute for sand in the media blasting process. Husks are used as mulch or composted for fertilizer. Oil is extracted from culled nuts. The cosmetic industry, especially in Japan, uses the oil in soaps, sunscreens and shampoos. Macadamia nut oil is the absolute best for cooking and salads. It is the most heartfriendly oil available. The oil is comprised of 80 to 85 percent monounsaturated oil. It contains vitamin E, Omega-3, Omega-6, oleic, and the monounsaturated nature of the oil lowers the LDL, or bad cholesterol. Using macadamia nut oil in one’s diet helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Besides it has a great buttery flavor. When you do your Christmas baking this year, try some macadamia nuts available at your local store and use them in your favorite recipe. You just might be more than pleasantly surprised. Jingle bells, jingle bells all the way…with cookies, fudge and oodles of macadamia nuts! Merry Christmas

For something scent-sational, give a lavish lavender fragranced “weekender” basket containing hand and body lotion, essential oil shampoo, body wash and mist spray; $31 at Pelindaba Lavender, 605 S. 1st Street.

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La Conner Medical Center Bryan Murray, MD Allen Horesh, MD Charles Kotal, MD David Brown, MD Marcy Shapley, P.A.-C Susan Hill, AR.N.P.

For the person nuts about her furry little Bichon Frisé, pick up some socks with the dog’s picture on it for $12.50 at Wags & Rags, 707 S. 1st Street.

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Make an art statement in the kitchen with this Egyptian cotton kitchen towel in many different patterns available for $15 at Wyman Park, 101 S. 1st Street.

Unleash the imagination of a fabric artist with beautiful hand-painted bulky merino wool yarn – one skein is plenty for a one-of-a-kind scarf or hat. The yarn is $24 at Jennings Yarn and Needlecrafts, 106 S. 1st Street.

Happy Holidays!

End of the World Party & Art Celebration

at J’s Gallery 101 N. First St., Space #1 Gilkey Square

Friday, Dec. 21st 6:00 p.m. to 12:01 a.m.

DRESS FUN! B.Y.O.B. & B.Y.O.P. (21 and over only)

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December 19, 2012 La Conner Weekly News Vol. 5, No. 35