Swinomish honor annual sobriety award recipients


BIG SMILES FOR BIG ACCOMLISHMENTS – Kurt Bassford and Holle Edwards were blanketed for receiving Swinomish sobriety awards. Bassford was recipient of the 2022 Swinomish Elders Inspirational Sobriety Recognition Award. Edwards received the 2022 Joe Dunn Memorial Inspirational Sobriety Recognition Award. Bassford received the Joe Dunn award in 2008. – Photo courtesy of Taysha James-Sherman

Kurt Bassford quietly goes about his business each day – whether at work, tending to family obligations or lending a hand to friends and relatives – but his example doesn’t go unnoticed at Swinomish or in La Conner.

A 1976 La Conner High School alum who works for Dunlap Towing and as a commercial fisherman, Bassford twice has received honors voted by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community for his commitment to maintaining a healthy and sober lifestyle. His plaques are displayed at the tribal gymnasium.

He was the initial recipient in 2008 of the Joe Dunn Memorial Inspirational...

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