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January 26, 2020

Delivering the local news to you weekly
The weekly newspaper was delivered today, Wednesday, and through the end of this week around La Conner, as has been the case every week for 141 years, since 1878. Hopefully it is your local and weekly newspaper. To the subscribers in the greater La Conner region, the 98257 and 98273 zip codes, thank you. To expatriates in Seattle, Portland, California and beyond, thank you. To grown children and parents who have bought gift subscriptions for family members so those far away are kept up to date and reminded weekly of the goings on in the community in which they grew up and are perhaps temporarily removed from, thank you. And to all those others, buying the paper with coffee or groceries or out of a red metal box, thank you.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Dreams, hopes, needs and programs at Swinomish
Dear Friends and Neighbors –
I am pleased to be able to share a few thoughts about the current activities of the Swinomish Tribe.
Swinomish has grown in the past 20 years from approximately 500 to 1,000 tribal citizens. Our governing body, the Swinomish Senate, continues to be committed to improving the lives and well-being of our tribal members by providing the very best governmental services we can, including health and social programs, affordable housing, financial services, cultural programs, education (from early childhood through higher education), job placement, economic development, environmental programs and natural resource protection. Our economic ventures support much of this work, while the jobs we create make us one of the largest employers in the Skagit Valley.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

We all follow the salmon
It is hard to have an Eagle Festival without eagles. If the eagles don’t flock upriver, to the headwaters of the Skagit River at the dawn of the new year, people – birders, families, retirees and folks with free time on their weekends – will not follow. This January they have not. Neither eagles not tourists have been kind to the Skagit’s upriver communities.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Looking back, and ahead, to years and tears
In reading the Jan. 2 Weekly News, I couldn’t help but be filled with emotion. Every article kind of cut to the quick, from Tim Johnson’s state of the Salish Sea, to the stories of the sailing adventure of friend Linda Rumbolt, to Ken’s concern about our loss of community, to John’s discussion about our ever-changing personal landscape, to the town attempting to create affordable housing, to the great work of community activists, the pieces instilled a touch of both sadness and ecstasy to my soul. 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2020 vision too rich and too troubling to resist
Looking at the calendar, long ago this early January editorial on 2020 vision was scheduled. The metaphor is too good to pass up. Getting past the cliches and rhetoric is worth the challenge.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Loss and found
As I grow older, loss has become a more frequent and personal experience. While I never expected to grow old in the first place (a common youthful trait), it did not occur to me that growing older would include a fairly constant grieving process.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

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