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Shedding light on lighting the Rainbow Bridge

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 desist orde...


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