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TOWN RESIDENT – Raccoons are involved in a local scandal. A La Conner man stands charged with a crime for springing two of these masked critters from traps. – Photo by Don Coyote

A crime of compassion By Mel Damski A La Conner man could face jail time or a hefty fine for his efforts to rescue two trapped raccoons. Benjamin B. Bado, 36, was cited by officers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for “unlawful interference with fishing or hunting gear,” a misdemeanor, after he and a friend released two captured raccoons and didn’t return the cages. On Jan. 19, Bado’s friend, Victoria Dyer, was walking by a bridge in town, when she heard strange sounds — high-pitched cries. Dyer discovered two raccoons cable locked in two cages on the small footbridge over a slough off North Third Street. She said the raccoons had no food or water, and, “I thought it was the work of some kids.” Dyer, an animal lover, rescues horses, has a rescued donkey and two rescued dogs. “My whole world and life has been and will always be about helping animals in everyway I can,” she said. For the next two days, nobody showed up to feed the raccoons, and their cries became more insistent. She called some animal rescue organizations in the area. She was told the humane thing to do would be to release the animals because raccoons are considered nuisance animals and state law requires them to be euthanized when they’re trapped. Bado used a lock cutter to sever the cable that attached the cage traps to the bridge. He then took the cages to the edge of town, opened them, and the raccoons headed into the wilderness. Bado left the cages at his house when he went to his job as a caretaker for a woman who

called Fish and Wildlife and gave them a piece of her mind, also revealing Bado’s identity. On Jan. 24, Bado got a phone call from an Officer Jeff Lee of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police informing him that the cages belonged to a trapper who had been hired by the Town of La Conner to do away with the pesky raccoons. Lee left a message on Bado’s phone, saying that if he returned the cages, he could avoid a criminal charge. Lee wrote in his report that when he arrived at Bado’s house to retrieve the traps, Bado refused to hand them over, and said he wanted to call La Conner Mayor Ramon Hayes for advice. Hayes advised Bado to cooperate with the officer. According to the police report, Fish and Game Sgt. Richard Phillips joined Lee at Bado’s residence and persuaded Bado to return the traps, and Lee issued Bado a citation. The town’s first raccoon complaint came from La Conner resident Jeanne Johnson, who reported to the town that her house on Caledonia Street was overrun with raccoons. Johnson had built a pond in her back yard and stocked it with fish. “Last year, I was invaded with raccoons, and they killed all of my fish and frogs,” said Johnson. “I’ll tell you how brazen they are, they will tear the shingles off the roof, the siding off the wall, they’ll come into your house.” Johnson was given the name of an exterminator, who brought cage traps to her house, and 10 raccoons were caught. It cost Johnson $600. “I’m a poor, old lady and live off a very small amount of Social Security,” she said. After hearing rodent complaints

from other residents, on a motion from council member Dan O’Donnell, the Town Council voted 4-0 in September to hire an exterminator to get rid of the rats and raccoons, although the town staff had advised against it. “This is a private matter, and the staff recommended that the town not take this action,” said Town Administrator John Doyle. “The staff and the Public Works director felt this is a private issue that residents should be handling themselves as long as they do it within the law.” Councilman O’Donnell said he voted in favor of the resolution on behalf of the residents who made complaints. (Continued on Page 7)

related grant covering $25,000. Due to the project’s cost, a fire sprinkler system was required by the city of La Conner. This new system is now installed on five floors, basement to attic, in the museum. Work started January 2, and isn’t expected to finish for another three to five weeks. The museum will open February 14, but some rooms may be closed due to renovation during that time. While shuffling everything for this project, the museum staff uncovered a hidden detail. The ornate, ceramic tiles on the fireplaces were long believed to be imported from Italy, but cleaning them proved otherwise: staff found the tiles were actually from an American company — Beaver Falls Art Tile Co.

A La Conner Middle School student, who threatened to bomb the school, launched an investigation by deputies and school officials on Tuesday. Skagit County Sheirff’s Sgt. Bill Wise said that a boy was “having an argument with one of his teachers and made a threat to blow up the school and kill all the students.” At about 2:30 p.m., Wise said, school officials and deputies had determined there was no actual bom, and the students were in no immediate danger. Though there was a law enforcement response, there was no school lockdown necessary, Wise said.

Presidents’ Day Monday, Feb. 18

Banks: Closed Monday. Buses: Regular schedule. Schools: Closed Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday. Town Hall: Closed Monday. County government offices: Closed Monday. Library: Closed Monday. Trash: Regular schedule. Post Office: Closed Monday. La Conner Weekly News: Closed Monday.

trying to find an alternative spot this year. Marci Plank, the chamber’s executive director, said the tribe can’t allow the show to be lit off from the beach across the channel from the town anymore because the tribe’s Chevron station and the hat pavilions built in 2011 don’t leave enough clearance for safety. The big shells used in professional shows require a clearance of more than 400 feet away from structures and trees. Plank said officials with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community are also helping in the search for a new launching spot. Town Administrator John Doyle said that on this side of the channel there is no place in town that meets the clearance criteria.

School bond passing The $20.7 million school renovation bond sought by La Conner School District was sailing to approval in early ballot results in Tuesday’s election. About 69 percent of the voters in the La Conner district approved the new bond, which essentially replaces a previous school construction bond that will be paid off in 2014. The new bond will fund a school improvement plan that calls for demolishing portions of the elementary school and rebuilding it to become the new middle school. The elementary school would then be moved across the street to the existing middle school campus. There will also be upgrades to the high school. Of the 1,338 ballots counted so far, 923 were for the new bond, and 415 were against. The election will be certified on Feb. 26.

Developer offers money for new park The Osberg Family Trust of Seattle has offered $50,000 in matching grant money for the town to develop its new waterfront park. Last year the La Conner Parks Commission won approval from the Town Council to develop a 600-foot stretch of grassy, shady waterfront west of Pioneer Park for public use. The town-owned land had previously been leased to private businesses and was the site of an old fish processing plant on Conner Way south of the Rainbow Bridge. Commission chair Brian Scheuch said plans for the park include landscaping, picnic facilities with barbecues, a children’s wading area, play equipment for kids, restrooms, a floating dock and other

amenities. Scheuch said the commission expects the improvements to cost more than $300,000 and will have to be done in phases. “We agree to match all donations made specifically for the project on a dollar-for-dollar basis during the year of 2013,” stated a letter signed by Allan F. Osberg and John W. Osberg, the developers who established Shelter Bay in the 1960s. That means to take full advantage of the $50,000 offered, the town will have to come up with matching funds. Scheuch said he and commissioners Bo Miller, Linda Seales, Tom Winn and Richard Wisniewski will be soliciting donations, seeking grants and perhaps holding fundraisers to raise the cash.

FEATHERED FRIENDS – Chickens and other avian types were out strutting their plumage in Edison on Saturday for the Edison Bird Festival. Above, the 4-H Super Chickens are held by Janie Kness, left, Jake Jaquith, Jackie Edmonds and Brylee Ney. Below, the big chicken driving an antique vehicle, is Tom Sheahan, who in that getup bears little resemblance to his daughter, Skagit County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jenny Sheahan-Lee, commander of the La Conner Sheriff’s Station. – Photos by Don Coyote

Gaches glams up for Valentine’s By Alexander Kramer The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum is busy finishing interior renovations in time for a Valentine’s re-opening this Thursday. During this round of renovations to the historic Gaches Mansion, where the museum is housed, floorboards were replaced, lighting fixtures fixed, wiring replaced, wallpaper reapplied, and a new fire sprinkler system installed. “We had to almost completely empty the building for contractors,” said Liz Theaker, the museum’s executive director. “We had to move a tremendous amount of furniture, paperwork, all the computers, and our permanent collection off-site.” The project budget is just over $90,000, with a historical sites-

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013

Did we outgrow the fireworks? Development along the west shore of the Swinomish Channel has put La Conner’s annual Fourth of July in jeopardy. La Conner Chamber of Commerce, which has arranged the fireworks show every year with donations from local businesses and individuals, is

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in Pennsylvania — in the late 1880s. On Thursday, the museum’s next exhibit “Color, Design & Inspiration” will open to the public until March 24. The exhibit focuses on famous fabric artists Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably. “We are excited to get the exhibit open,” said Theaker. “We think visitors will enjoy seeing the process, and our donors will appreciate seeing how we are using their contributions.” Due to closure and public response for the upcoming show, the museum has changed its schedule. Rather than being open Wednesday through Sunday, it will now remain open seven days a week until March 24. For more information call the museum at (360) 466-4288.


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King Features Weekly Service

• OBITUARY •

February 11, 2013

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Life on the Ridge

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At its inspiring testament to her own the side of our motor home that and I have to agree. That journey controls was a 21-year-old pilot. extraordinary determination became our life’s mission from was life altering. If you ask me, Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape and the power of believing in then on out: “Don’t get so busy life is just one big road trip. pulled up on the bomber’s tail – a oneself. making a living that you forget to German Messerschmitt fighter. have a life.” Worse, the German pilot was an We came home two years ace, a man able to destroy the later when the money ran out. American bomber in the squeeze That trip reset all our priorities of a trigger. What happened next as we had previously both been would defy imagination and later workaholics. As the saying be called the most incredible goes, “No one ever said on their encounter between enemies in deathbed, ‘I should have spent —3— World War II. This is the true more time at the office.’” Samantha Weaver story of the two pilots whose lives The number one thingBy I learned collided in the skies that day — from that trip was don’t work if the American — 21 2ndtoLieutenant ARIES (March April news that could cause you you• don’t haveBritish to. Really, there make hats) at one time used It was author Brown, a former 19)Charlie Congratulations, Lamb.farm to reconsider a recent deciare books out there written about Oscar Wilde who made the mercury to cure the felt they boyend from West Virginia, The of the month bringswho sion. But don’t make a move living simpler lives. Americans needed for the hats. Longfollowing sage observation: came to captain a B-17 — and good news in the workplace, before consulting a trusted are so consumption based they term exposure to mercury “Some cause happiness the German 2nd efforts Lieutenant adviser. need to keep working to pay for thanks to all— the wherever they go; others causes madness, hence the Franz Stigler, a former airline all their stuff. you’ve made to get your SCORPIO (October 23 • Barbour: English Outerwear whenever they go.” pilot from Bavaria, who sought It was amazing to me we were phrase “mad as a hatter.” projects the ground andWar to November 21) You might to avoidoff fighting in World • Those study MartinTools Van Buren was ••Garden able to live who for two yearssuch with running. feel pressured to reveal a II. things say we that needed if you drink the first president everything inside • Specialty Books & Giftsto be TAURUS (AprilWhitney 20 to by colleague’s secret. 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From Whitney’s earliest SAGITTARIUS reinforcing your self-confi(Novemthe computer centerthey forwere what eggs in 6 minutes, 40 secwood, but in fact, days singing the church choir to ber 22 to December 21) That dence, and noinone and nothlocal telephone onds. Soroptimists International of was madethenofthe hippopotamus her rapid ascent to the pinnacles ing can stop you. pesky situation is still creatcompany, Contel. La Conner honors La Conner ivory. • The Open femaleDaily long-tailed of music stardom, from string ing GEMINI (May 21 toher June problems. But you are It was a job Iawas responsible High School senior Hilary • In 1900, prairie dog shrew gives birth exactly Phone OrderstoTaken oneresponses hits to her topping for 24/7, and I burned out far too 20)of number Positive to moving ahead with it, and colony was found in Tex- one litter of pups in her the Hollywood box office, Cissy Edwards as its February Student young. (360) 466-4836 lifeI made more money than a recent workplace move soon it should be successas. That’s not surprising time — and promptly dies. recounts her daughter’s journey to Volunteer. ever dreamed I could, but for 111Our Morris • La Conner should giveone youofadded assurresolvedPeters in yourand favor.Steve I— becoming the most popular fullyDarlene prairie dogs are fairly • modern word what purpose? Edwards are Hilary’s proud Except Consignment ance that you’re on the right CAPRICORN (December and successful artists of all time. common outI could Westblow — but I guess so it all “salary” comes from the and the to whom track. Celebrate the good 22parents to January 19)people A spate of this colony was unique. Latin “salarium,” or “salt on a motor home trip that taught she attributes her desire to give news with family and/or indecision leaves you susResearchers say it was the money.” Salarium was the me some valuable life lessons back toto the community. friends. ceptible doubt. But you’llShe largest colony ever discov- monthly wages given to that have stuck with me ever began volunteering by helping in CANCER (June 21 to July soon regain your emotional ered, like: providing a home to Roman soldiers in ancient the community as a small child since, 22) There’s still a little emo- sure-footedness and be back • People don’tprairie always believe million dogs times — paid in salt. serving at community events —3— at 400 tional fuzziness you have to leading the way, as usual. what you say, but they25,000 always church and in the Swinomish and stretching over work through before you can AQUARIUS (January 20 *** believe Indian Tribal Community. square what miles.you do. None of feel really certain about your to February 18) Love rules me when At school she is the chair of my• employees Thought for the Day: If you’ve believed read “Alice in recent decisions. But you’re thetheweek with All newColors romances said I was going to quit and hit Calling group, IWonderland” “Politicians and diapers or seen any of road, but when I showed up have one thing in comon the right track. Stay with it. favored for single Aquarians an inclusive group that invites the the numerous adaptations on my last day, there mon. They should both be LEO (July 23 to August looking for Recent partners. Cupid speakers. topics have inofanit,RV you doubt. probably know was no more 22) You’re tempted by an also combeentargets drug renewed abuse prevention changed regularly, and for about the Mad Hatter. • The best part of any tripBut just and University of Washington offer that seems close to mitment for wedded Water the same reason.” — Jose did you ever wonder why college admissions. Currently may well be the journey, not the what you’ve been looking Bearers. We accept he was mad? It seems that I always appreciated Maria de Eça de Queiroz she is the chair of the Emma for. 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With mortgage interest rates remaining low, people who buy a home this spring may be lulled into accepting the rates they’re offered, certain that whatever they get is a good deal compared to previous years. Without looking closely at all the details, however, additional factors can come into play that make a low interest rate not much of a bargain after all. Go Banking Rates (www. gobankingrates.com) offers four things to watch for when signing up for a new mortgage. Length of the loan: While 30-year fixed rate mortgages have been the most popular for years, new options allow some consumers to stretch their mortgage out for 40 years or even 50 years. At first glance, this extra 10 to 20 years brings the monthly payment down and may

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insurance for the lender in case of default. Not only is PMI expensive (1/2 percent to 1 percent of the total loan), but the cost, when added to monthly expenses, could keep a consumer from qualifying for a home in a particular price bracket. PMI is supposed to be cancelled when the home reaches an 80 percent loanto-value ratio. In truth, PMI is very difficult to get rid of, as lenders will change the requirements. Overvalued property: Municipalities don’t change their tax assessments every year, so a property may still be listed at a higher rate, even though property values have dropped. Appeals to the property tax board should be done quickly, if there’s any doubt about whether the assessment is current. Refunds often are limited to only the prior year. Refinancing: Even if refinancing at a lower rate, there might not be any real savings. The reason is that the old loan is being retired and a new loan generated — with all the typical costs of a brandnew home mortgage. Be sure to find out in advance what each of the fees and closing costs will be. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally

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How many reasons are there for an entertainer to change his or her name? Here’s an uncommon one: when your name is that of the father of relativity. Actor and director Albert Brooks started out in life named Albert Einstein. His brother, David Einstein, also changed his name to become a celebrated daredevil – to “Super Dave” Osborne.

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BUILDING SUCCESS – La Conner High foes had trouble dealing with a Drye wall during Regional mat action last weekend in Sedro-Woolley. La Conner junior Amber Drye, above, pinned Lynden’s Thalia Veliz en route to a second place finish in the tourney’s 170pound class. Lady Braves’ teammate Frances Zeimantz was also the top runnerup in her division. Both advance to this weekend’s State Mat Classic XXV at the Tacoma Dome. – Photo by Karla Reynolds 

Lady Brave wrestles with pain, still grabs hold of State berth By Bill Reynolds Frances Zeimantz has wrestled all year with a tweaked ankle. But that hasn’t stopped the La Conner High sophomore from having a leg up on much of her competition during the stretch run of the 2012-13 mat campaign. Such was the case again last weekend, both for Zeimantz and her Lady Braves’ teammate Amber Drye. Both placed second in their respective weight classes during Regional trials in Sedro-Woolley, earning spots in this weekend’s big Mat Classic XXV event at the Tacoma Dome. Drye, a junior, won twice by pins in the 170-pound division, making fast work of Lynden’s Thalia Veliz and Sedro-Woolley’s Erika Lindholm. There was little suspense in either match, though Veliz extended hers into the second round. Zeimantz, meanwhile, won twice by points in the 190s. The Lady Brave grapplers were coming off a strong subRegional showing the previous

week, in which Drye took top honors while Zeimantz was her bracket’s runnerup. And, if present trends continue, the best is yet to come. Drye moved up a rung four straight times in meets held over the past month. She was fourth at an earlier Sedro-Woolley tourney, then placed third the following week at Burlington-Edison. Then came a second place finish at Mill Creek before she captured the sub-Regional crown. Zeimantz has enjoyed similar recent success. After placing fifth twice, she won bronze at Mill Creek. She followed up with a silver medal effort at sub-Regionals. “The neat thing,” says Loraine Drye, of the Lady Braves’ staff, “is that both of the girls are improving each time out.” The duo was so good at Regionals, in fact, that their combined point total clinched an eighth place team finish for La Conner out of a 33-school field. All of which bodes well

looking ahead to the State meet this Friday and Saturday in Tacoma. La Conner High will also be well represented under the dome by its boys’ squad. Three of coach Barry Harper’s charges advance to Tacoma from last week’s Regionals at Chief Leschi. Dahlton Zavala will represent the Braves in the 160-pound class. Wil James is a State qualifier at 195 pounds, while William Zeimantz will compete at Tacoma in the 285s. Zeimantz finished second at Regionals, while Zavala and James each placed third. Ben Harper likewise travels to Tacoma as an alternate in the 138pound division after finishing fourth at Chief Leschi. Another potential State entrant, Jimmy Brooks, was sidelined this season by a shoulder injury sustained during La Conner High’s deep football playoff run. State competition gets under way with a four-hour Feb. 15 session starting at 10 a.m.

Braves ready to get back to work By Bill Reynolds They’ve been idle for nearly two weeks, but La Conner High basketball teams now have their work cut out for them. On several levels. The local hoopsters are part of a post-season era in which only eight teams — half the previous number — qualify for State Tournament play. “It’s so hard to make it to State anymore because of the eight-team format,” veteran La Conner head coach Scott Novak acknowledged Monday. “And

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make hats) at one time used mercury to cure the felt they needed for the hats. Longterm exposure to mercury causes madness, hence the phrase “mad as a hatter.” • Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born a citizen of the United States. • To earn a world record, a woman named Sonya Thomas ate 65 hard-boiled eggs in 6 minutes, 40 seconds. • The female long-tailed shrew gives birth to exactly one litter of pups in her lifetime — and promptly dies. • Our modern word “salary” comes from the Latin “salarium,” or “salt money.” Salarium was the monthly wages given to Roman soldiers in ancient times — paid in salt. *** Thought for the Day: “Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.” — Jose Maria de Eça de Queiroz © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

La Conner defeated TB 46-32 in December, but Novak said his team wasn’t about to look past the Lady Crusaders. “We don’t take anything for granted,” he stressed. “We know that anything can happen on a given night.” The La Conner-Tacoma Baptist winner advances to a Thursday, Feb. 14 night pairing at secondseeded Bear Creek. Win there, and the Lady Braves would play Saturday at Chief Leschi for a Bi-District crown and automatic Regional berth. Thursday’s loser would also play Feb. 16, with a final Regional bid on the line. The Braves, meanwhile, return to action Friday night at Landy James Gym opposite either Auburn Adventist or Seattle Lutheran. Tipoff depends on which of those two clubs advance. A La Conner-Seattle Lutheran matchup would get underway at 7 p.m. Auburn Adventist, should it defeat Seattle Lutheran, would have to play earlier on Friday due to religious guidelines. The Braves enter post-season with a 19-1 mark, having defeated Concrete Feb. 1.  “There’s always a concern when you have this long of a layoff,” said Novak, who coaches both the boys’ and girls’ teams. “You never know if it will help you in terms of resting players and getting over nagging injuries, or if it’ll hurt you by letting some rust set in.” History says the former, rather than the latter, should be the case. “The time off usually doesn’t hurt us,” said Novak. “And we’ve had a really good week of practice.” Should the Braves win Friday, they would advance the next night for a Bi-District title shot at Chief Leschi. All in all, it could be a very eventful week. One in which Novak and his players hope hard work will produce dividends.  

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you can get to a point where you’re in a single elimination situation. “That,” he said, “ really makes it tough.” The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association made the move from 16- to eight-team State tourneys a few years back in light of budget constraints and the demands of managing extended four-day events. The Lady Braves, in fact, faced a losers’ out scenario late Tuesday when they hosted Tacoma Baptist.

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High team and later served By Bill Reynolds They say as years go by, all on the school district’s board things can change so fast, though of directors. His uncle, Gary nothing sets off a heartbeat Nelson, played on the 1973 La Conner team that placed third in like the return to one’s past. And for nearly a century, with State, a feat matched by the ‘87 plenty of rhyme and reason, La club. Anthony Williams is also Conner High has had its heart in tied to two previous generations basketball. Perhaps no more so than this of La Conner players. His year, when all seven seniors on grandfather, Ron Williams, was both varsity hoop teams have a member of the 1964 and 1965 direct family links to previous La teams. Two great-uncles, Rick and Ray Williams, also played Conner High School players. for the Braves beginning in “It’s definitely a unique Please let situation,” says La Conner head 1968. His dad, Harold Williams, was a member of the 1992-94 know. coach Scott Novak, whous has editions Novak and Nate paced the hardwoodSend here for achanges address to usunder at: DuChesne. quarter century. “There’sP.O. a lot Box 1465, of history and traditionLaConner, with this WA Alyssa 98257 McCormick bears a name senior group.” or call: 466-3315that is synonymous with Few value history and tradition La Conner basketball. Her greatas much as Novak, who has grandfather, Bruce McCormick, compiled an exhaustive list of played on the 1948 Braves that earned a spot in the La Conner playersLOST dating& to FOUND the team ADS State bracket at HecEdmundson 1920s and oversaw development ARE FREE! Pavilion. A great-uncle, of a wall of honorCALL insideLWN Landy AT 466-3315 Darryl McCormick, was a James Gymnasium, an arena appropriately named for one of fixture on La Conner teams in the mid-to-late 1960s. Her dad, the school’s all-time greats. Much of the gym’s lobby area Shawn McCormick, was on is devoted to team photographs DuChesne’s ‘94 and ‘95 clubs. going back several generations. Two uncles, Leonard Ikebe and This year’s La Conner squads ZebGrossglass, played for La have literally brought that history Conner in the 1990s as well. Twins Jamall and Taysha to life. “I believe,” Novak said James date their La Conner Monday, “this is the first time lineage to the man for whom where all our seniors have had the building in which they play is named, their late grandfather, direct ties to the wall.” That includes Novak’s son, Landy James, who after leading Spencer, whose great-great- La Conner to the 1947 and 1948 State tournaments uncle Thomas Smyth played for Getting blown went on to play collegiate football and baseball La Conner High in 1924. away Coach Novak’s research has at Washington State. by high During the war years, he was also turned up the following able to play varsity basketball nuggets. prices! from the seventh grade on. Coach Jonah Cook is linked to two Try our (un) generations, starting with his James returned in 1970 to take classifieds only helm of various sports at La grandfather, Marvin Wilbur, Sr., thefor Conner $7.00 a weekafter a highly successful a stellar player in the mid-1950s, stintout at ofMead BUY IN (and town!)High in Spokane. who went on to playBEST at Skagit The James’ dad, Loran, now Valley College. His momCall and466-3315 two uncles also played basketball a member of the La Conner coaching staff, was a standout at La Conner High. One of those uncles, Mike player at his alma mater between Wilbur, provided one of the great 1983 and 1985. Their uncle, Dr. moments in Braves basketball Wil James, was likewise a threehistory, when he clinched a 1981 year letterman, from 1981-1983. Their great-uncle, Charles State tourney berth with a lastsecond jumper in District play at James, played for La Conner High in 1937 and came back Coupeville. Tyler Howlett’s grandfather to work at the school in the Robert “Bob” Nelson was a 1970s as an instructional aide in member of the 1939 La Conner the Industrial Arts Department.

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An older brother, also named Landy James, was a superb player on the 2009-2012 Braves’ teams and is now making his mark for the Everett Community College Trojans. None of this, insists coach Novak, is lost on the current group of La Conner High seniors, which he says is not only aware of — but also relishes — its collective history. “These are kids,” he notes, “who when they were younger, would sit behind our bench to watch the games. They’ve literally grown up with La Conner basketball.” 

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

By Janet Saunders

COMING UP

Wednesday Feb 13

11:30 am – Women’s Lunch: “The Heart of a Woman” health luncheon features two cardiologists speaking about heart disease in women. McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon. $15. To register: 360-814-2424 or 360-629-6481. 5 pm – Library Board Meeting: La Conner Regional Library Board meets at the library. Open to the public. 6 pm to 9 pm: “Hello Dolly”: SVC Music Dept. holds auditions in one-hour blocks at 6, 7, 8 and 9 pm in Ford Hall, room 101. For info, contact Dr. Diane Johnson, diane.johnson@skagit.edu

Thursday Feb 14

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! 9 to 11 am – Computer Class: Explores very basic use of the mouse, navigating files, and how to copy and paste. Designed for people with little or no computer experience. Class size is limited to six; pre-registration required. Stop by the La Conner Library or call 466-3352 to sign up. 11 am to 5 pm – Museum Reopens: La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum is open again after restoration work. New exhibit: “Color, Design, & Inspiration: Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably” through March 24. More info: www.laconnerquilts. com

Friday Feb 15

10:30 am – Story Time: For all preschool ages (babies, too!). Sing, move, listen to books, dance, interact with your child, and pop bubbles! At La Conner Regional Library.

Saturday Feb 16

11 am ­ – Pruning & Training Young Fruit Trees with Ani Gurnee at Christianson’s. Reservations required: 466-3821. $5 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com

Sunday Feb 17

1 pm – Growing Giant Pumpkins: Learn from a pumpkin weigh-off winner! Seeds available. Reservations required: 466-3821. $5 class fee. www. christiansonsnursery.com

Monday Feb 18

9 am – Friends of the Library invite you to their meeting at La Conner Retirement Inn. Featured speakers: Noah Bannister & David Conover of LC Boy & Girls Club. Refreshments. 2 to 3 pm – Food Bank: La Conner Sunrise Food Bank is located behind the Methodist Church on S. 2nd Street on the hill. All are welcome: those who need groceries and those with food to share.

Tuesday Feb 19

1 to 2 pm – Exclusive Art Tour: See the new show at Gallery Cygnus: “In the Spirit of Our Grandmothers” with Maggie Wilder as guide. La Conner Senior Center. 6:45 to 8:15 – Veggie U Class: “Growing Cool-Season Vegetables.” Free. Anacortes Library, 1220 Tenth Street. More info: 293-1910 x21.

Wednesday Feb 20

8:30 am to 6 pm – Flower Buses to NW Flower & Garden Show in Seattle leave Christianson’s Nursery on Feb. 20, 21 & 22. Ticket + bus cost is $52.

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The Poet’s Place Ish Dish

By Bob Skeele While thousands of football fans gathered in New Orleans for the Super Bowl, and a hundred million more watched the game on television, sixty fans of poetry  gathered in the town of LaConner excited by what was before them in the Ish Dish. So named to honor Robert Sund, the Ish River Poet, the poetry fans,  unlike the footballers, sat quietly, letting their ears and eyes do all the jumping, their minds racing to keep up with the action before them, the deft and dazzling offense, spread four wide, filling the air with value-laden words, tossed out there with care and caught with sharp intakes of breath. The defense, often dark and menacing, never  had a chance, unless it is thought that love, unconditioned by the game, possesses no lasting power and grace is but a woman’s name.

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ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group meets Thursday Feb 21 6:45 to 8:15 pm – Veggie U Class: at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1 “Raising Chickens in Your Urban p.m. on the second and third Mondayth of each Backyard,” presented by Linda Zielinski. month. The church is located at 9 and M Free. Anacortes Library, 1220 Tenth Avenue in Anacortes. Call (360) 299-9569 for information. Street. More info: 293-1910 x21. BILLIKEN LADIES: La Conner’s Billiken 9 to 11 am – Computer Class: Learn Ladies meet at noon the second Monday of how to surf the Internet, find and utilize each month. Contact Barbara Sanford at 466info on the Internet, do e-mail, and use 3483 or Dorothy Dalan at (360) 707-0536. DAR: The Daughters of the American the library’s website. Class size is limited to six; pre-registration required. Stop by Revolution, Ann Washington Chapter, meets La Conner Library or call 466-3352 to at the Good Shepherd Hall, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 1511 East Broadway at sign up. 11:30 am. For information, (360) 629-9937 or Friday Feb 22 (360) 466-3430. DRAGON BOAT CLUB: The North Puget 10:30 am – Story Time: For all preschool ages (babies, too!). Sing, Sound Dragon Boat club, dedicated to cancer move, listen to books, dance, interact awareness, fitness and fun through paddling, with your child, and pop bubbles! At La meets monthly at the Skagit Valley College Oak Harbor Campus and goes paddling Conner Regional Library. every Saturday. New members and visitors are always welcome. For information contact Saturday Feb 23 8 am to 4 pm – Women in Ag: Cathie Harrison, (360) 678-9003. FIDALGO ISLAND QUILTERS: Fidalgo Conference on Women in Agriculture at WSU Extension Research Center, Island Quilters Guild meets the first Monday of each month at the New Hope Community 16650 SR 536, Mount Vernon. For info, Church, 1319 35th St., Anacortes. The Suns call 428-4313. afternoon group meets at 12:30 p.m. and the Stars evening group meets at 7 p.m. For more Monday Feb 25 2 to 3 pm – Food Bank: La Conner information go to www.fidalgoislandquilters. com. Sunrise Food Bank is located behind the GARDEN CLUB: La Conner Civic Garden nd Methodist Church on S. 2 Street on the Club meets each month at the garden club hill. All are welcome: those who need building on South Second Street. Visitors are groceries and those with food to share. always welcome. Call Susie Deyo at 4664:30 pm – Photo Contest Deadline: 3258 for more information. GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: The Skagit Entries due for Winter Gardens Photo Contest. Entry forms & more info at Valley Genealogical Society meets 7 pm fourth Christianson’s Nursery 466-3821 or Tuesday of each month at the Burlington Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., www.christiansonsnursery.com Burlington. For more info, call 360-424-4427, or email: genealogy0715@gmail.com or visit Tuesday Feb 26 9:30 am to 4 pm – Hearing Test: Free www.rootsweb/ancestry.com/~wasvgs . GOP WOMEN: The West Skagit County hearing screening at Island Hospital, 1211 24th St., Anacortes. Appointments Republican Women’s Club will NOT be having a regular meeting the month of required; call 299-1367. January or February; however, they will 12:30 – Where We Go From Here: be doing the decorations for the Skagit Let’s talk about our plans & wishes! Until County Party Lincoln Day dinner. After that, 2 pm. La Conner Senior Center. regular meetings will resume on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am at the Thursday Feb 28 6:45 to 8:15 pm – Veggie U Class: San Juan Lanes in Anacortes. More info: call Pat Essig at 293-3483 or Pat Stowe at 293“Growing Warm-Season Vegetables” 4147. with Becky Stinson. Free. Anacortes EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOC: Library, 1220 Tenth Street. More info: Come join our group and meet others 293-1910 x21. with the same passion for flying and other related activities such as building and flying Friday Mar 1 experimental aircraft. Meet on the second 10:30 am – Story Time: For all Saturday of the month at the Skagit Regional By Samantha preschool ages (babies, too!). Sing, Airport Weaver at 10 am. For more info, contact Cheryl move, listen to books, dance, interact Andrade at: 360-630-5545. with• your pop bubbles! At La make HARMONY It child, was and British author hats) NORTHWEST at one timeCHORUS: used The Harmony Northwest Chorus, which sings 4Conner Regional Library. Oscar Wilde who made the mercury toand cure the felt they part harmony barbershop style, rehearses following sage observation: needed the hats. 7 to 9:30 for pm each MondayLongat the Mount Vernonexposure Community Center, at the corner of ANACORTES COMMUNITY THEA- term “Some cause happiness to mercury Clevelandmadness, and Hazel. For information TRE (ACT): “Steel Magnolias” runs Jan. causes wherever they go; others hence the call Judy at (360) 707-2895. 25whenever thru Feb. they 16. Show times: Thurs.: go.” phrase “mad a hatter.” KIWANIS: Theas Kiwanis Club of La Conner 7:30 pm, Fri.: 8 pm, Sat.: 8 pm, Sun.: 2 • Those who study such • Martin VanWednesday Buren atwas meets 7:50 am each La Conner pm. Tickets: $18. For more info: www. Retirement Inn, 204 N. 1st St. Community things say that if you drink the first president to be acttheatre.com or 293-6829. members are welcome to attend and enjoy a 100 of coffee row, born a citizen of the United LA cups CONNER QUILT in&a TEXTILE free breakfast. For information call Secretary it’s likely toexhibit kill you. MUSEUM: New – “Color, Design, States. Garry Cline at 466-1071. • You might Fassett have &heard ToCONNER earn a ROTARY: world record, & Inspiration: Kaffe Brandon • LA The La Conner Club meets at 6 pm Sonya every Monday Mably,” a collective project featuring aRotary that George Washington’s woman named at the Farmhouse Inn at Highway 20 & La both quilts and knitting through March dentures were made of Thomas ate 65 hard-boiled Conner Whitney Road. 24. Located in in thefact, historic 1891were Gaches eggs wood, but they in 6 minutes, 40 secLIBRARY FRIENDS: The Friends of the Mansion, 703 S. Second St. Open Wed. made of hippopotamus onds. La Conner Regional Library meets the third to Sun.: 11 am to 5 pm. For more info: Monday of each month at the 9 am at the La ivory. • The female long-tailed www.laconnerquilts.com or 466-4288. Conner Retirement Inn. to exactly • In 1900, a prairie dog shrew gives birth MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART: LIONS CLUB: Burlington Lions meet at 7 colony was found litter ofand pups her life-of each Winter Exhibitions – Jan.in12Texto Mar one pm on the first thirdin Wednesday surprising of time andFarmhouse promptly chas.1: That’s “Eduardo not Calderón: Portraits month— at the Inn dies. on La Conner Rd. Callmodern Rock White atword 755-1362 or 20—Northwest prairie Artists” dogs and are “Black fairlyand Whitney • Our Jerry Hedbomcomes at 757-0107. White Color Study Permanent common out from Westthe— but “salary” from the LIONS CLUB: Mount Vernon Lions meet Collection.”  Open Sun. Mon. - noon Latin this colony was& unique. “salarium,” or “salt to 5 pm; Tues. to Sat. - 10 am to 5 pm.  at 7 pm the first and third Thursday of each Researchers say it was the money.” Salarium wasatthe month at Denny’s Restaurant 300 East Located at 121 S. First St. For more info: College Way, Mount Vernon. For information, largest colony ever discovmonthly wages given to www.museumofnwart.org or 466-4446. call Robert Foster at 424-1888. ered, providing to Roman soldiers in ancient SKAGIT COUNTYa home HISTORICAL SEA SCOUTS: Winter meetings of the 400 million prairie — paid in salt. MUSEUM: Featured exhibit dogs through times Sea Scouts are held at the W. T. Preston and28:stretching over April “Skagit Sets Sail:25,000 A Maritime Sternwheeler in Anacortes on Tuesdays at Scout schooner Rejoice is History of Skagit square miles.County.” Open Tues. to 5 pm. The Sea*** now back in La for Connerthe tied up to her old Sun.: 11 am to 5 pm. Located at 501 S. Thought Day: • If you’ve read “Alice in moorage. Call Skipper Jim Taylor for more Fourth St. at the toporofseen the hill. Forof more “Politicians and diapers Wonderland” any information: (360) 299-9040. info: www.skagitcounty.net/museum or have one GUILD: thing The in comthe numerous adaptations SEWING La Conner call 466-3365. Neighborhood of the both American TheyGroup should beSewing of it, you probably know mon. Guild meetsregularly, monthly. For and information for call about the Mad Hatter. But changed Gale Thomas, 466-2027, or Sue Donaldson, VOLUNTEER MoNA why – Free the same reason.” — Jose did you everATwonder 466-3032. training to become tour leader for pre-K Maria de Eça de Queiroz he was mad? It seems that SOROPTIMISTS:  The La Conner through elementary school groups. Next Soroptimist International club meets 5:30 pm haberdashers (those who © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. training date: Thurs, Feb. 21, 9 am to 4 the second Wednesday of the month at the pm at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 Swinomish Yacht Club, 310 N. First St.  For S. First St. More info: contact Jasmine club information, please contact President at 466-4446, x106 or jasminev@ Ellie Baugh at (360)420-9448. SURFACE DESIGN ASSOCIATION: The museumofnwart.org new Surface Design Association of Skagit and Whatcom counties meets at 6:30 pm the fourth Monday of each month at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center, 12636 Chilberg Road, La Conner. Everyone interested in fiber or textile arts is welcome. For information, for Tuesday, February 19 call Diane S. Learmonth, (360)588-8594, or Country Fried Steak Susan Lenarz, (360) 422-8187. Mashed Potatoes TOPS: La Conner TOPS (Take Off Pounds Country Gravy Sensibly) meets each Thursday from 9 to Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. 10 am at the Hope Island Fire Station. For at the La Conner Senior Center at information call, (360)293-7347. WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS: Skagit Maple Hall. Donation is $3 to $5 Widowed Support Services, a group for those for seniors 60 and over, and $6 who have lost a spouse, meets regularly to socialize. Prospective members are always for younger folk. welcome. For information call Zerma, 4663525. For more info, call Mary at (360)8481872 or check our website SkagitWSS.org

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thousand a year. You can’t live on that, not even here. And he’s got a good job.” He was silent for a moment. “They get desperate. Especially the young people. They take a chance.” Is ecotourism an alternative to desperation? Can the people of Isla Nena pull together to take advantage of the island’s physical beauty and cultural heritages and build a green and sustainable economy that will provide a living wage to its workers? There’s reason to think they can. A row of cabanas lines Caracas Beach. In the one next to ours, a dozen Viequenses are having a weekend beach party. Lots of laughter, food, and beer. Another carload of friends arrives. The cabana is overflowing. We’ve had enough sun (yeah, I know) and gather our things to leave. Anne walks over to our neighbors and in her excellent Spanish offers them our cabana before someone else grabs it. One of the women laughs and says, “Gracias. But we love each other so much, we want to be all together.”

By Jim Airy Four thousand miles from La Conner, a thousand miles southeast of Miami, past the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, lies the island of Vieques. Twenty-one miles long, four miles wide, it mirrors the shape of Puerto Rico itself; hence its nickname, Isla Nena, little sister island. Anne and I are here on vacation (yeah, I know). We’ve been coming here for 23 years, ever since a Puerto Rican business colleague told me Vieques was like Key West in Hemingway’s day — undiscovered, unspoiled, moving to its own rhythms. Vieques is a Puerto Rican municipality, similar to a county. Its capitol is Isabella Segunda, a town of 2,000 people, named after the Spanish queen who championed Christopher Columbus. On his second voyage in 1493, Columbus sailed past Vieques but didn’t come ashore. So much New World, so little time. About 9,000 people live here. High velocity Spanish is the local language, although everyone speaks at least some English; it’s a required subject in Puerto Rican schools. The island is blessed with pristine white sand beaches, an intensely beautiful bioluminescent bay, and an easygoing lifestyle. Semi-wild horses amble along the roads, going nowhere in particular very slowly. Tropical flowers bloom year-round. The average temperature is 82 degrees. At the top of the hill overlooking the town, you’ll find an historical museum, this one housed in the last fort built by the Spaniards in the New World. Scattered about the island are the studios and galleries of a serious artist community. It was inevitable that tourism would become a major part of the economy. By the mid-1980s, it had. Not every Viequense was pleased. Like La Conner, Vieques struggles to define itself economically and culturally in a sociallynetworked, 24/7 world. It has a vague strategy, hardly more than a single word: ecotourism. Attempting to turn that word into programs and actions, the local government, businesses, and residents face familiar problems: lack of funds, resistance to change, competing priorities and problems including unemployment, poverty, deteriorating infrastructure, drugs and crime. From our room the other night, we heard gunfire — bop, bop, bop. Bop, bop, bop, bop. A particular sound, one I remembered. The next morning, we learned a local small-time drug dealer, 22 years old, had been murdered with an AK-47 along the beachfront street. The killers apparently came over from the main island by boat and escaped the same way. I talked with the young Puerto Rican manager of our hotel about the shooting. He nodded toward his gardener and maintenance man, trimming a palm tree. “He’s working all day in the sun for seven-fifty an hour. Fifteen

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news that could cause you to reconsider a recent decision. But don’t make a move before consulting a trusted adviser. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel pressured to reveal a colleague’s secret. But you can rely on your strong Scorpion sense of rectitude to help you continue to do the right thing. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That pesky situation is still creating problems. But you are moving ahead with it, and soon it should be successfully resolved in your favor. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A spate of indecision leaves you susceptible to doubt. But you’ll soon regain your emotional sure-footedness and be back leading the way, as usual. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Love rules the week with new romances favored for single Aquarians looking for partners. Cupid also targets renewed commitment for wedded Water Bearers. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A surge of creativity keeps you happily busy through the week. But leave some quiet time to share with loved ones. Some long-awaited news finally comes through. BORN THIS WEEK: People rely on you whenever they need someone they can trust to be caring, considerate and also discreet.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Congratulations, Lamb. The end of the month brings good news in the workplace, thanks to all the efforts you’ve made to get your projects off the ground and running. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Don’t let yourself be cowed into thinking you’re not up to the challenge you’ve taken on. Keep reinforcing your self-confidence, and no one and nothing can stop you. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Positive responses to a recent workplace move should give you added assurance that you’re on the right track. Celebrate the good news with family and/or friends. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) There’s still a little emotional fuzziness you have to work through before you can feel really certain about your recent decisions. But you’re on the right track. Stay with it. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You’re tempted by an offer that seems close to what you’ve been looking for. But before you pounce on it, see if you can coax out some added perks to sweeten the deal. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your efforts to settle a volatile situation should prove successful. Now could be a good time to analyze what might have created the problem in the first place. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A once-close associate re-emerges with

10:30 am to 3 – Sharp Tools? Bring your pruners, loppers, lawnmower blades, shovels, hoes to be sharpened on-site at Christianson’s. Info: 466-3821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com 1 pm – Problem Trees? Learn about hazardous trees & how to keep them safe & healthy at Christianson’s. $5 class fee. Reservations required: 466-3821. www. christiansonsnursery.com 7:30 pm – “What the Chelm”: Lively, danceable world music! Maple Hall. $15 & $17. Advance tickets at Next Chapter Bookstore: 466-2665. Sponsored by LC Institute of Performing Arts.

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Reference Number: 200903090108 Grantor: Tammy McKenzie, who acquired title as Tammy Henriksen and Alan McKenzie, each as their separate property Grantee: Whidbey Island Bank Legal Description: Lot 677, “SURVEY OF SHELTER BAY DIVISION 4, Tribal and Allotted Lands of Swinomish Indian Reservation” Tax Parcel Number: 5100-004-6770000 (P84674) Pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington, Chapter 61.24: I NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Trustee (the “Trustee”) will on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., at the main entrance of the Skagit County Courthouse, located at 205 W. Kincaid Street, Mount Vernon, State of Washington, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the followingdescribed real and personal property, situated in the County of Skagit, State of Washington: Lot 677, SURVEY OF SHELTER BAY DIVISION 4, according to the survey recorded July 8, 1970, in Volume 48 of Official Records, pages 627 through 631, under Auditor’s File No. 740962, records of Skagit County, Washington. Situated in Skagit County, Washington. TOGETHER WITH all existing or subsequently erected or affixed buildings, improvements and fixtures; all easements, rights of way, and appurtenances; all water, water rights and ditch rights (including stock in utilities with ditch or irrigation rights); and all other rights, royalties and profits relating to such real property, including without limitation all minerals, oil, gas, geothermal and similar matters; and TOGETHER WITH 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) for any sale or other disposition of the property; and TOGETHER WITH all of the Grantor’s right, title, and interest in and to all leases, rents and profits of all of the real property. All of the above is collectively referred to as the “Property”. The tax parcel number and abbreviated legal description are provided solely to comply with the recording statutes and are not intended to supplement, amend or supersede the Property’s full legal description provided herein. The Property is subject to a Deed of Trust recorded March 9, 2009 under recording no. 200903090108, records of Skagit County, Washington, (the “Deed of Trust”), from Tammy McKenzie, who acquired title as Tammy Henriksen and Alan McKenzie, each as their separate estate (“Borrower” or “Grantor”), as grantor, in favor of Chicago Title Company as initial trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of Whidbey Island Bank (the “Beneficiary”) as beneficiary. The Deed of Trust secure the obligations (as defined in the Deed of Trust), including but not limited to all of Borrower’s obligations under that certain Promissory Note (“Note”) dated March 6, 2009, in the principal amount of $300,000.00, executed by Borrower as maker in favor of Beneficiary as payee. The Beneficiary is the owner and holder of the Note and the other obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and is entitled to enforce same. Unless otherwise specified in any subsequent notice from Beneficiary or the Trustee under the Security Instruments, any Trustee’s sale held pursuant to this Notice of Trustee’s Sale and any subsequent Notice of Trustee’s Sale will be a unified sale of all of the Property, real and personal, pursuant to RCW 62A.9A.604(a)(2). II No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust in any Court by reason of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust. III The defaults for which this foreclosure is made are as follows. Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: Currently due to reinstate as of November 26, 2012 Amount (a) Principal and interest payments $ 9,080.00 (b) Late charges on above payments 454.00 Total 9,534.00 Charges, costs and fees (a) Attorneys’ fees (lawsuit) $2,181.00 (b) Advances by Beneficiary 0.00 (estimated) (c) Trustee’s fees 1,750.00 (d) Trustee’s sale guarantee 506.38 (e) Service/posting of notices 160.00 (estimated)

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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT IN THE SUPERIOR COURT (f) Postage/copying has the same rights to cure the default OF WASHINGTON OF WASHINGTON expense 255.00 and repay the debt as is given to the FOR SKAGIT COUNTY FOR SKAGIT COUNTY (estimated) grantor in order to avoid the trustee’s SKAGIT FARMERS SUPPLY, Inc. In Re the Estate of (g) Recording fees 100.00 sale; (3) the Guarantor will have no Plaintiff DAVID ALLEN LINDE, (estimated) right to redeem the property after vs. Deceased. Total charges, the trustee’s sale; (4) subject to such OLIVE KIRK, as her separate No.: 13-4-00041-5 costs and fees $4952.38 longer periods as are provided in property; AND ALL PERSONS NOTICE TO CREDITORS (estimated) the Washington Deed of Trust Act, 1. The Personal Representative UNKNOWN CLAIMING ANY Total estimated chapter 61.24 RCW, any action named below has been appointed INTEREST IN THE SUBJECT amount as of brought to enforce a guaranty must as personal representative of this REAL PROPERTY November 26, 2012 $14,486.38 be commenced within one year after estate. Defendants (estimated) the trustee’s sale, or the last trustee’s No. 13-2-00076-1 2. Any person having a claim The foregoing amounts will increase sale under any deed of trust granted to against the Decedent must, before SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION with the passage of time. You should secure the same debt; and (5) in any the time the claim would be barred THE STATE OF WASHINGTON contact the undersigned Trustee for action for a deficiency, the Guarantor by any otherwise applicable statute TO: OLIVE KIRK; AND TO a current reinstatement amount. If will have the right to establish the of limitations, present the claim in ALL PERSONS UNKNOWN any other events of default under the fair value of the property as of the the manner as provided in RCW CLAIMING ANY INTEREST Deed of Trust exist at any time prior date of the trustee’s sale, less prior 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing IN THE SUBJECT REAL to reinstatement, they must also be liens and encumbrances, and to limit to the Personal Representative or the PROPERTY: cured in order to reinstate the Deed its liability for a deficiency to the Personal Representative’s attorney You are hereby summoned to of Trust. difference between the debt and the at the address stated below a copy appear within sixty days after the IV greater of such fair value or the sale of the claim and filing the original of date of the first publication of this The sum owing on the obligations price paid at the trustee’s sale, plus the claim with the court. summons, to wit, within sixty days rd secured by the Deed of Trust is: interest and costs. 3. The claim must be presented after the 23 day of January, 2013, Principal $287,412.61, together with DATED December 3, 2012. within the later of: (1) Thirty days and defend the above entitled action interest as provided in the underlying /s/ Michael D. Bohannon after the Personal Representative in the above entitled court, and loan documents and such other costs MICHAEL D. BOHANNON, served or mailed the notice to the answer the complaint of the plaintiff, and fees as are due under the Note and Trustee creditor as provided under RCW and serve a copy of your answer the other loan documents and as are For further information please call 11.40.020(3); or (2) four months after upon the undersigned attorney for provided by statute. (360) 779-6665 the date of first publication of the plaintiff at his office below stated; V STATE OF WASHINGTON ) notice. If the claim is not presented and in case of your failure so to do, The above-described Property : ss. within this time frame, the claim is judgment will be rendered against will be sold to satisfy the expense County of Kitsap ) forever barred, except as otherwise you according to the demand of the of sale and the obligations secured On this day personally appeared provided in RCW 11.40.051 and complaint, which has been filed with by the Deed of Trust as provided before me MICHAEL D. 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to the clerk of said court. by statute. The sale will be made BOHANNON, to me known to be claims against both the decedent’s The object of this action is to quiet without warranty, express or implied, the individual described in and who probate and nonprobate assets. title to certain real property, located regarding title, possession, or executed the within and foregoing Date of filing copy of Notice to in Skagit County, Washington, and encumbrances on March 15, 2013. instrument, and acknowledged that Creditors: February 6, 2013. described as follows: The defaults referred to in Paragraph he signed the same as his free and That portion of the South 1/2 of the Date of First Publication: February III must be cured before March 4, voluntary act and deed, for the uses 13, 2013. Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 2013, to cause a discontinuance of and purposes therein mentioned. Jean Linde, Personal Representative of Section 5, Township 34 North, the sale. The sale will be discontinued GIVEN under my hand and official Presented by: Range 4 East, W.M., described as and terminated if at any time before seal this 3rd day of December, 2012. Michael A. Winslow SWBA follows: March 4, 2013, the defaults as set /s/ Melissa S. Colletto Beginning at the point of #13901 forth in Paragraph III are cured and Printed Name: Melissa S. Colletto intersection of the South line of the Attorney for the Estate the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. NOTARY PUBLIC in and for the 1204 Cleveland Avenue said Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest The sale may be terminated any time State of Washington 1/4 with the East line of the Pacific Mount Vernon, Washington 98273 on or after March 4, 2013, and before Residing at: Poulsbo, WA Highway, as the said highway Phone: (360) 336-3321 th the sale by the Borrower, Grantor, My Commission Expires: 10/19/13 Published in La Conner Weekly existed on December 14 , 1956; any guarantors, or the holder of any Published in La Conner Weekly News, February 13, 20 and 27, thence North along the East line recorded junior lien or encumbrance News, February 13, 2013. of the said highway right-of-way a 2013. paying the entire principal and distance of 8 feet, more or less, to an interest secured by the Deed of Trust, existing fence, said point being the plus costs, fees, and advances, if any, Southwest corner of a tract conveyed SUPERIOR COURT OF THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE made pursuant to the terms of the to Joe Barnutek, et.ux., by instrument STATE OF WASHINGTON, STATE OF WASHINGTON, obligation and/or the Deed of Trust, recorded on January 9th, 1957, under COUNTY OF SKAGIT COUNTY OF SKAGIT and paying all other amounts owing Skagit County Auditor’s File No. CASCADE RIVER CASCADE RIVER on the obligations secured by the 546221; COMMUNITY CLUB, a COMMUNITY CLUB Inc., a Deed of Trust. thence East along the said existing Washington nonprofit Washington nonprofit VI fence, a distance of 400 feet; corporation, corporation, A written Notice of Default was thence South a distance of 8 feet to Plaintiff, Plaintiff, transmitted by the Beneficiary or the South line of the said Northwest vs. vs. Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4; LANCE K. ZIMMERMAN & RENE MACIAS-ORTIZ, at the following addresses: thence West along the said South SHARON L. ZIMMERMAN, as her separate property Alan G. McKenzie, aka Alan line to the point of beginning h/w, if married, McKenzie and Tammy L. EXCEPT that portion lying Easterly Defendants. Defendant. McKenzie, aka Tammy McKenzie of a fence that existed on January Cause No.: 12-2-00204-8 Cause No. 12-2-00709-1 and Tammy Henriksen 9th, 1957, as conveyed to Claude SHERIFF’S PUBLIC NOTICE SHERIFF’S PUBLIC NOTICE 876 Kalispell Drive Dahlman, et.ux., by deed recorded OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY on January 9th, 1957, under Skagit La Conner, WA 98257 To: LANCE K. ZIMMERMAN & To: RENE MACIAS-ORTIZ, as her County Auditor’s File No. 546204. Shelter Bay Company SHARON L. ZIMMERMAN, separate property if married, 1000 Shoshone Drive DATED: January 14, 2013. h/w, Judgment Debtors Judgment Debtor La Conner, WA 98257 CRAIG SJOSTROM #21149 The Superior Court of Skagit The Superior Court of Skagit Occupant Attorney for Plaintiff County has directed the undersigned County has directed the undersigned 677 Muckleshoot Circle 1204 Cleveland Ave. Sheriff of Skagit County to sell the Sheriff of Skagit County to sell the La Conner, WA 98257 Mount Vernon, WA 98273 property described below to satisfy property described below to satisfy Shelter Bay Company (360) 848-0339 a judgment in the above-entitled a judgment in the above-entitled c/o Larry E. Kibee Published in La Conner Weekly action. The property to be sold is action. The property to be sold is News, January 23, 30 and February Registered Agent described as: described as: 468 Nez Place 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013. Assessor’s Parcel/Tax ID Number: Assessor’s Parcel/Tax ID Number: La Conner, WA 98257 P63973 / 3872-000-100-0007 P63728 / 3871-000-178-0006 U.S. Department of the Interior Legal Description: Lot 100, Legal Description: Lot 178, Bureau of Indian Affairs IN THE SUPERIOR COURT “Cascade River Park Div. No. 3”, “Cascade River Park Div. No. 1”, 911 NE 11th Avenue OF WASHINGTON as per plat recorded in Volume 9 of as per plat recorded in Volume 8 of Portland, OR 97232 FOR SKAGIT COUNTY by both first class mail and certified Plats, pages 22-24 inclusive, records Plats, pages 54-59 inclusive, records In Re the Estate of of Skagit County, Washington. mail on November 2, 2012, proof of Skagit County, Washington. DAVID ALLEN LINDE, The sale of the above-described The sale of the above-described of which is in the possession of the Deceased. property is to take place: Trustee; and on November 2, 2012 property is to take place: No.: 13-4-00041-5 Time: 10:30 AM Time: 10:30 AM the written Notice of Default was NOTICE TO CREDITORS Date: Friday, February 22, 2013 Date: Friday, February 22, 2013 posted in a conspicuous place on the 1. The Personal Representative Place: Skagit County Courthouse, Place: Skagit County Courthouse, Property described in paragraph I named below has been appointed Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Washington. above, and the Trustee has possession as personal representative of this Washington. The judgment debtor can avoid the of proof of such posting. estate. The judgment debtor can avoid the sale by paying the judgment amount VII 2. Any person having a claim The Trustee whose name and address sale by paying the judgment amount of $3,901.35, together with interest, against the Decedent must, before are set forth below will provide in of $4,114.00, together with interest, costs and fees, before the sale date. the time the claim would be barred writing to anyone requesting it, a costs and fees, before the sale date. For the exact amount, contact the by any otherwise applicable statute statement of all costs and fees due at For the exact amount, contact the sheriff at the address stated below. of limitations, present the claim in th sheriff at the address stated below. Dated this 9 day of January, any time prior to the sale. the manner as provided in RCW th Dated this 9 day of January, 2013. Michael D. Bohannon, Trustee 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing th 2013. Will Reichardt, Sheriff 19586 10 Avenue NE, Suite 300 to the Personal Representative or the Will Reichardt, Sheriff By: Amy L. Stoddard, P. O. Box 2326 Personal Representative’s attorney By: Amy L. Stoddard, Civil Assistant Poulsbo, WA 98370 at the address stated below a copy Civil Assistant Skagit County Sheriff’s Office (360) 779-6665 of the claim and filing the original of Skagit County Sheriff’s Office 600 South Third Street VIII the claim with the court. Mount Vernon, WA 98273 The effect of the sale will be to 600 South Third Street 3. The claim must be presented 360-419-3436 deprive the Grantor and all those who Mount Vernon, WA 98273 within the later of: (1) Thirty days Published in La Conner Weekly hold by, through or under the Grantor 360-419-3436 after the Personal Representative Published in La Conner Weekly News, January 23, 30 and February of all their interest in the aboveserved or mailed the notice to the News, January 23, 30 and February 6 and 13, 2013. described Property. creditor as provided under RCW 6 and 13, 2013. IX 11.40.020(3); or (2) four months after Anyone having any objection to the the date of first publication of the sale on any grounds whatsoever will notice. If the claim is not presented be afforded an opportunity to be heard claim is not presented within this time within this time frame, the claim is SUPERIOR COURT OF as to those objections if they bring a frame, the claim is forever barred, forever barred, except as otherwise WASHINGTON FOR lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant except as otherwise provided in RCW provided in RCW 11.40.051 and SKAGIT COUNTY to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. In the Matter of the Estate 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to such a lawsuit may result in a waiver This bar is effective as to claims claims against both the decedent’s of of any proper grounds for invalidating against both the decedent’s probate probate and nonprobate assets. ALAN A. SAVAGE, the Trustee’s Sale. and non-probate assets. NO. 13-4-00025 3 Date of filing copy of Notice to X Date of first publication: February Creditors: February 6, 2013. PROBATE NOTICE NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR 6, 2013. TO CREDITORS Date of First Publication: February TENANTS CATHY L. SAVAGE (RCW 11.40.030) 13, 2013. The purchaser at the trustee’s sale is The personal representative named Personal Representative Jean Linde, Personal Representative entitled to possession of the Property below has been appointed as personal SKAGIT LAW GROUP, PLLC Presented by: th on the 20 day following the sale, as representative of this estate. Any person By: BRIAN E. CLARK, Michael A. Winslow against the Grantor under the Deed of having claim against the decedent WSBA #9019 WSBA #13901 Trust (the owner) and anyone having must, before the time the claim would Attorneys for Personal Attorney for the Estate an interest junior to the Deed of Trust, be barred by any otherwise applicable Representative 1204 Cleveland Avenue including occupants who are not statute of limitations, present the claim P.O. Box 336/227 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273 th tenants. After the 20 day following in the manner as provided in RCW Suite B Phone: (360) 336-3321 the sale the purchaser has the right to 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Published in La Conner Weekly evict occupants who are not tenants to the personal representative or the Published in La Conner Weekly News, February 13, 20 and 27, by summary proceedings under personal representative’s attorney at News, February 6, 13 and 20, 2013. 2013. Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant- the address stated below, a copy of occupied property, the purchaser shall the claim and filing the original of provide a tenant with written notice in the claim with the court in which the accordance with RCW 61.24.060. probate proceedings were commenced. XI The claim must be presented within Subscribe to NOTICE TO GUARANTOR the later of: (1) Thirty days after the (1) The Guarantor may be liable for personal representative served or LA CONNER WEEKLY NEWS a deficiency judgment to the extent mailed the notice to the creditor as for only $30.00 the sale price obtained at the trustee’s provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); sale is less than the debt secured by or (2) four months after the date of a year in county! the Deed of Trust; (2) the Guarantor first publication of the notice. If the

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SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of ELIZABETH J. HANSEN, Deceased. No. 13 4 00015 6 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below, a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of first publication: February 6, 2013. M. STEPHEN HANSEN Personal Representative SKAGIT LAW GROUP, PLLC By:_________________________ BRIAN E. CLARK, WSBA #9019 Attorneys for Personal Representative P.O. Box 336/227 Freeway Drive, Suite B Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Published in La Conner Weekly News, February 6, 13 and 20, 2013.

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR THE COUNTY OF SKAGIT In the Matter of the Estate of DEAN R. HENRY, Deceased. Case No. 13-4-00020-2 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.020, 11.40.030 The Personal Representative named below has been appointed and has qualified as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim, and filing the original of the claim with the Clerk of the Court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(3); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice or within four months after the date of filing a copy of this notice with the Clerk of the Court, whichever is later. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the probate assets and nonprobate assets of the decedent. DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS WITH CLERK OF THE COURT: 1/29/13 DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: 1/30/13 Ted A. Henry Personal Representative Attorney for Personal Representative: FELICIA VALUE WSBA No. 27635 PO Box 578 La Conner, WA 98257 (360) 466-2088 Published in La Conner Weekly News, January 30, February 6 and 13, 2013.

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Kathleen Moles has resigned as the Museum of Northwest Art’s interim executive director and curator of exhibitions.  Phil Serka, president of the board, said, “Kathleen has been a dedicated and valued curator for the museum.  We appreciate all her hard work and expertise.” Lisa Young has been appointed, by the board, as interim curator of exhibitions.   “Lisa has been the curator of the Permanent Collection/ registrar and brings 10 years of museum experience to the position,” Serka said. The board will conduct a search for a new executive director.

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was unanimously approved by the state Senate. Bailey gladly upheld the Senate tradition that calls for a senator who makes his or her first speech in the Senate chambers to then distribute token gifts from back home. “Since I could not take my fellow senators on a field trip to see the beautiful 10th District in person, I presented each of them with the next best thing: a gift bag that amounts to a virtual tour of our district’s key industries, local producers and idyllic features.” The gift from Bailey to her colleagues contained: smoked salmon from Seabolt’s Smokehouse Seafood and Deli in Oak Harbor; fresh tulips from Mount Vernon’s Washington Bulb Company; a coffee mug and umbrella from the Angel of the Winds Casino in Arlington; a bag of coffee from Camano Island Coffee Roasters; red potatoes from Smith and Morrison Farms in Mount Vernon; and a Whidbey Island ferry ornament from Oak Harbor Wal-Mart.

Salmon meetings

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced they are seeking project proposals for the Pacific Salmon Habitat Improvement Partnership to assist with restoration of habitat and improve water quality for salmon in the Puget Sound.  The service will work with federal, state, and local governments, tribes, and non-governmental organizations to identify willing landowners on working lands.  The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will be holding two informational sessions to provide an opportunity for prospective partners and tribes to ask questions and interact directly with staff, before submitting proposals. The first meeting will take place on Feb. 19 from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Mt. Vernon Service Center, located at 2021 E. College Way in Mount Vernon, in the downstairs conference room. The second meeting will be held on Feb. 22 in Olympia. For questions, call joins Rick Note: “The Spats” Noble, area conservationist, 360704-7782 or Sherre Copeland, partnership liaison, 360-7047758. – The briefs column is compiled by Karla Reynolds

Raccoons . . . Although O’Donnell said he did not realize the raccoons would be killed, he said he still supports his decision, and he feels that a consensus of La Conner residents would agree. Under direction from the council, Brian Lease, Public Works director, hired state certified trapper Marsee Wilson to capture the raccoons. Wilson, who said he has been trapping nuisance animals for 20 years, delivered cage traps to Public Works, which would then place and set them where raccoons were spotted. Wilson says when he gets a call from Public Works department of a captured animal, he responds within an hour and euthanizes the raccoon with gas. Sometimes he buries the animal, and sometimes he sells the pelts. “The habitat is absolutely saturated with raccoons” says Wilson. Once a captured raccoon is released, he said, the animal will learn from the experience and never be captured again. They will try to join up with other bands. The state Fish and Wildlife website lists several diseaseds that raccoons are said to spread, including canine distemper and raccoon roundworm. But animal rescue groups dispute the notion that raccoons carry diseases. “I think they should be released,” said Mayor Hayes. “But in any case, they should be treated humanely.”

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Once the trapper sets the trap, the town Public Works personnel place the traps where raccoons are sighted, and they are obligated to check the traps at least once a day. Dyer first spotted the cages over the long Martin Luther King holiday weekend, when no town employees were working and nobody was around to check the traps. “Obviously that is something that the town has to look at, because leaving the animals in cages is not something that is acceptable,” said Mayor Hayes. “If that’s on us, we need to fix it.” Bado says that when Officer Lee showed up at his house, he invited him in, and when Lee asked for Bado’s driver license, Bado said, “I’m not comfortable with this,” and Lee went out to his car and issued Bado a citation. Mayor Hayes accompanied Bado to the preliminary hearing last week. Bado’s next court appearance is set for Feb. 19. “I had an innocent heart, it wasn’t with malicious intent,” said Bado. “I didn’t realize it was a Fish and Wildlife thing. We just thought they were torturing raccoons.”

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Aqiimuk’s Kitchen By Patricia Aqiimuk Paul, Esq. Perhaps you know how a photo of a particular dish of food will capture your imagination, and when you read the ingredients, it sounds even better! What challenged me the most was the ingredient of ground pork being the main protein. Growing up, in Alaska, on lean wild game – moose – it’s taken a great many years to adapt my taste buds to other varieties of meat, including beef. But the more I read the recipe, I resolved to purchase any ingredients needed. The fresh ground pork I purchased at The Market in Anacortes. The recipe called for Italian sausage, hot or sweet, with the casings removed. I had recently purchased some very spicy hot links, so I substituted, chopping whole. The recipe called for crushed red pepper flakes, and I substituted with my favorite chili garlic paste (I always keep a small jar in my refrigerator. The result was outstanding with my husband, Kevin, remarking that he liked the “heat” of the dish. I also helped cut the grease from the cooked pork sausage by draining between two pieces of paper towel, before adding to the rest of the ingredients. I generally keep up to 10 varieties of fresh vegetables on hand and use them in whatever I am preparing, and in this case, it was kale. The recipe did not call for kale, but I added one-half of a large leaf, with the stem removed and chopped. I often ask Kevin what was the favorite thing I cooked for him in the past week, and this was his choice!

Pork Ragu Over Pasta

Ingredients Onion Carrot Celery Garlic, minced or cloves Parsley, fresh or dried Oregano – substitution of Italian seasoning Crushed red pepper flakes – substitution of chili garlic paste Canned tomato products, whole or diced Tomato paste, small can Water Olive oil Italian sausage, hot or sweet, or substitute 1 pound ground pork Pasta – penne is suggested Fresh parmesan cheese Salt & pepper Preparation I prefer to cook in stages, preparing the fresh vegetables first. You can use a food processor to chop your vegetables, but I chop them all by hand and set aside until ready to add to pan. I used an enameled cast iron Dutch oven pan to heat the olive oil and browned the ground pork until well done. Chop the sausage and cook with the ground pork. You can add the salt, but I prefer to season after the meal is prepared. When the meat is fully cooked with no pink, drain between paper towels. In the same pan, on a higher heat, I added the fresh vegetables and watched them carefully, stirring often, until they were cooked. Next the tomato paste is added with one cup of water and again heated to a high temperature, then reduced to simmer. While simmering, add the garlic chili paste and other seasonings. Last, the meats and canned tomatoes are added. I chose diced tomatoes to skip the step of cutting up whole canned tomatoes. When everything is assembled, you will simmer for at least one hour, up to four hours. It will be a little soupy from the addition of water, but the fluid helps cook the meat.

The Plant Lady By Sue Phillips Foggy, frozen mornings, clear, chilly afternoons, a little rain and lots of wind make me feel like winter is never going to end. Being a fair weather gardener, the cold does not entice me outside to work in the garden very often. However, I do like bundling up and taking long walks to see what my neighbors’ gardens look like this time of year. I am constantly inspired by the beauty of stately evergreens and the incredible shapes of leafless deciduous trees and shrubs as they are silhouetted against the sky. Even now, when it is so cold, the frozen earth releases signs of spring, as bulbs poke their heads out of the sodden ground and primroses clamber for attention. Naked branches burst forth with new life, as buds swell in anticipation of a new spring. As I stroll around my neighborhood, I always look for the branches my grandma and I collected on our winter walks. Every February my randma gathered the naked branches of the Pussy Willow and brought them into the house to bloom. Proudly displayed in a vase of water, the pussies were free to open, and she would recite this poem: I know a little pussy, her coat is silver grey, She lives down the meadow, not very far away. Although she is a pussy, she’ll never be a cat, For she’s a pussy willow, now what do you think of that? The genus Salix, Willow, is in the Salicaceae family, the Willow family. The family is comprised of around 400 species of fast-growing, weakwooded, short-lived deciduous trees and shrubs. They are found primarily in moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They leaf out early in the spring and hold their foliage late. All willows have abundant

watery bark sap, which is heavily charged with salicylic acid. They have slender, pliant branches and large fibrous, often runner-like or stoloniferous roots. The roots are quite remarkable in their toughness, tenacity and ability to live. I used to cut willows to use as garden fence posts, only to discover that they would vigorously take root and sprout new leaves and branches. The leaves of willows are typically elongated and range in color from green to yellowish or bluish. Some may be round to oval with serrated margins. Buds are distinguished by the single scale covering them. Willow flowers are dioecious, meaning there are male and female plants. The flowers are in the form of catkins, dense clusters of scale-like flowers. These catkins are produced early in the spring before the leaves are formed or just as the new leaves

PUSSY WILLOW, Salix discolor

– Photo by Sue Phillips

start to open. In the case of Salix discolor, Pussy Willow, the silky silvery catkins form before the leaves. This North American native can be found in all our neighborhoods. Like my grandma, I, too, cut the branches to use indoors as harbingers of spring. Pussy Willow grows 15 to 25 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide. It has slender red-brown stems and bright green 2- to 4-inch leaves with bluish undersides. The soft, silky pearl gray male catkins are 1½ inches long. Salix Hookeriana, Hooker Pussy Willow, is a much showier species than Salix discolor. This coastal willow species ranging from Alaska to northwest California was named for the British botanist William Jackson Hooker, 1785-1865. They have stout fuzzy twigs bearing glossy, 7- by 3-inch dark green leaves with thick felt on the undersides. The male catkins are as much as 4 inches long and supremely showy as pussies in February. In the Seattle area, Hooker Willow can be found growing

30 feet tall and wide, with trunks a foot thick. It is planted more for ornament than the other native pussy willows but is far less common in the wild. Wild species are usually near salt water and always in sunny places. Cultivated species are almost always all male, and for some reason so are most wild species in the Seattle area. According to an old Polish legend, many springtimes ago, a very sad mother cat sat by the bank of a river and cried for her drowning kittens, who had fallen into the river while chasing butterflies. The willows at the river’s edge longed to help her, so they swept their long, graceful branches into the raging waters to rescue the tiny kittens. The kittens gripped on tightly to their branches and were safely brought to shore. As the legend goes, each springtime since, the willow branches sprout soft fur like buds at their tips where the tiny kittens had once clung for life. Each spring I, too, cling to the promise of new life the pussy willows bring. The promise of a purrrfect spring to come…

La Conner Rotary 48th Annual Historic

SMELT DERBY FESTIVAL Saturday, Feb. 23rd 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

• 8-10 AM: Pancake Breakfast - Maple Hall ART TUB – Jasio Burousinski tries out a bathtub sofa, one of the many art pieces auctioned during the La Conner Co-Op Preschool art show on Saturday. – Photo by Don Coyote

Skagit Co. Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER Monday Feb. 4

12:15 p.m.: Civil matter – A writ of execution was served to recover a vehicle located in the 10200 block of March’s Point Road.

Wednesday Feb. 6

12:36 p.m.: Missing item – A resident in the 200 block of N. 1st Street in La Conner reported an item missing from their home. There had been several people in and out of the residence, and no signs of forced entry. There is no suspect at this time.

Thursday Feb. 7

4:05 a.m.: Path-finder – The driver of a 1997 black Nissan Pathfinder may have been trying to create their own path when they struck a fence, a tree, and then the front porch of a residence in the 900 block of Maple Ave. in La Conner. But they didn’t stop there. The driver then attempted to drive away from the scene and hit a stair railing, causing the vehicle to become stuck. When officers arrived, the vehicle was still on scene, but the driver had fled. The homeowner said she

had seen a man walking near her yard while she was checking out the damage to her residence. Deputies contacted the owner of the Pathfinder, and the Anacortes resident said she has lent the vehicle to a 26-year-old Conway man. 10:50 a.m.: Power-steering – Deputies were called to help a guest of Maple Hall in La Conner. The guest thought her car’s battery was dead, but it turned out that her key was not turning, because her steering wheel was locked. After careful manipulation of the steering wheel, the key was able to turn and the car started. 1:18 p.m.: Bouncer — A La Conner store had a problem with a bouncer. Not your typical bar bouncer, but the illegal type, the kind who bounces checks. The female check writer was contacted and has been making payments to the business for the several returned checks she had written to them last year. 2:37 p.m.: Homeless – Deputies made contact with a man in the 16000 block

of Beaver Marsh Road near Washington Bulb Company. The man appeared to be homeless and said he lives in his car. He has also been contacted several times in the west Mount Vernon area by law enforcement.

had tried to dial 9 for an outside line, then held the 1 down too long, while attempting to make a long distance phone call.

Sunday Feb. 10

8:52 p.m.: Suspicious – Report of a vehicle parked at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with no outside lights on, but the dome light was on. Deputies checked the area, but were unable to locate a vehicle.

Monday Feb. 11

9:42 a.m.: Hang up – Deputies contacted the La Conner School District office after 911 received a hang-up call from that location. Officers discovered that someone

• 8 AM to 2 PM: Fishing Derby • 11 AM to 2 PM: Derby Day Dog Kids Meal, Bank of America parking lot • Face Painting & Fish Printing, Maple Hall

La Conner Institute of Performing Arts presents

Friday Feb. 8

1:56 p.m.: No need-for-speed – A resident in the 13000 block of Dodge Valley Road east of La Conner reported that the same vehicle keeps speeding through the area, and the resident believes it is being done intentionally as a form of harassment. Deputies are looking into the matter.

• 10 AM: 5K/10K Symphony Walk/Run, starts La Conner Middle School

What the Chelm plays danceable world music on

Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Maple Hall.

The musicians perform lively Yiddish tunes, fast-tempo gypsy music and compelling dance rhythms. Reserve tickets by calling The Next Chapter Bookstore: (360) 466-2665. Tickets: $15 - $17. Tickets also available at the door. Youth (under 18) admitted free.


February 13, 2013  

La Conner Weekly News Vol. 5, No. 43

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