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Shedding light on lighting the Rainbow Bridge


December 16, 2020

IT’S A WRAP: EARLY COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PRESENT – Friday the official, your-governments-at-work lights on our landmark Rainbow Bridge came on at dusk. Like everything else in 2020, it was a quiet, isolated event: no crowd, no ribbon cutting, no speeches, no applause. The lights now simply brighten our night. Reports are they can be seen from SR 20. – Photo by Nancy Crowell

Lighting Rainbow Bridge and brightening a local holiday season marred by the COVID-19 pandemic involved more than merely flipping a switch.

Much more, in fact.

“This story goes back quite a few years with a promise I made to Don Scott,” Mayor Ramon Hayes told the Weekly News last Saturday.

Scott, a longtime La Conner business owner, had for years led a private effort to light the much photographed arched span, which is owned by Skagit County. It has helped define the community since its dedication in 1957.

But beset with liability concerns, county officials issued Scott a cease and d...

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