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Guerrero gives artists a voice with podcasts BY KIRK BOXLEITNER


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Vol. 123, No. 15


ARLINGTON — Mixedmedia artist Monica Guerrero found her home in Arlington a year ago in October, and she aims to create a haven for her fellow artists not only within the geographic boundaries of her new hometown, but also online through her ongoing podcasts that spotlight the stories of artists and inventors. “I stated the podcast in 2007, when I was living in California, because I grew up in a family of artists, and I saw a number of very talented people put everything they had into their art, and they still got almost no recognition,” Guerrero said. “I wanted to create a way to give creative people a voice, because art has more than a mere monetary value, but our culture doesn’t seem to recognize the value of art until it’s monetized. Our culture is healed by art, but if

artists are struggling to receive recognition or compensation, then that makes it difficult for them to produce more art.” To that end, InspiringPeopleR began as Guerrero’s means of allowing artists and other creative people to tell their own stories five times a week, although she’s had to cut down her podcasts to twice a week since February, every Monday and Thursday from 9:30-11 p.m., from her guest bedroom and her artist’s studio at the Arlington Municipal Airport. “I spoke for two hours to a pilot who had cancer, and while he didn’t discuss having cancer directly, he talked about appreciating the time that we have, because you never know when you’re going to go, and about how flight is about letting go of your fears,” said Guerrero, SEE INSPIRE, PAGE 2

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Arlington artist Monica Guerrero loads up the production clips for her ‘Inspiring People Radio’ from her artist’s studio at the Arlington Municipal Airport.

Arlington City Council races remain close BY KIRK BOXLEITNER

ARLINGTON — As of Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4:46 p.m., at least two of the Arlington City Council races remained extremely close. In the Position 1 race, challenger Jesica Stickles’ 1,246 votes, or 49.9 percent of the votes, were narrowly edging out incumbent Steve Baker’s 1,235 votes, or 49.46 percent of the votes. Neither candidate had returned phone or email requests for interviews as of press time. In the Position 2 race, incumbent Chris Raezer and challenger Shery Christianson were tied in the deadest of heats, with each candidate receiving 1,206 votes, or 49.73 percent of the votes.

When asked how he might have campaigned differently in retrospect, Raezer said, “Perhaps knocked on even more doors,” although he expressed pride in the level of doorbelling that he achieved in this election, which he said allowed him to listen to the voters’ concerns and answer their questions directly. If Raezer retains his seat, he already knows what his primary priorities will be before he enters his next term. “Our fire department has aging equipment that is making it more difficult for them provide the level of service our community expects and deserves,” Raezer said. “But to pay for it, we need to keep pursuing economic development.” By contrast, Raezer admitted that he wasn’t sure what his next step

would be if he lost his seat. “There are numerous ways to serve Arlington, but I haven’t thought what those might be,” Raezer said. In the meantime, Raezer expressed his gratitude to the community for its support to date, which he pledged not to let down. “If I’m re-elected, I’d thank the people for their confidence in me, for allowing me to serve you all for another four years on the City Council,” Raezer said. “I am committed to doing my best for Arlington. If I’m not reelected, I’d thank them for allowing me the honor of serving you all for the past eight years. My time on the City Council reinforced what I already knew, which is that Arlington is a very special community.” Looking at her performance so far,

Shery Christianson acknowledged that she likely benefitted from the name recognition of her father-inlaw, Howard Christianson, the former mayor of Arlington whose deeds on behalf of both the city and the surrounding community were sufficient to earn him the Stillaguamish Senior Center’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. “He’s been involved in this town for 60 years, so I’m sure that helped,” said Shery Christianson, who believes she’s developed a rapport with her hometown community over the years as well. “I went to school here, and I’ve worked for Boeing, so I’ve gotten to know a lot of familiar faces too.” Regardless of whether she gets SEE RACES, PAGE 2

Arlington Times, November 09, 2013