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Mike Cladoosby’s death mourned by Swinomish, La Conner communities

The Fourth of July will not be the same here anymore.

Nor will home basketball games at Landy James Gym.

Mike Cladoosby, the avid, longtime Swinomish fisherman and tribal elder who launched the famed Jughead’s Fireworks Stand in the 1970s and whose unyielding support of La Conner High sports teams resulted in a seating section of the school’s gymnasium being designated in his honor, died last Friday surrounded by family members.

He was 87.

Cladoosby’s “extended” family, of course, is rooted on both sides of Swinomish Channel, His tireless optimism and generous spirit was admired by all whom he...


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