Saturday Nikki Hamilton, a friend of mine from church, died of the COVID-19 virus. She was a member of the Skagit Valley Chorale, which made the decision to practice earlier in March. That decision was based on public health guidelines. Now the group of 60 is a “cluster” and Skagit County Public Health has found that “more than half of attendees who were at this gathering are now confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19.” Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Timothy Eagan wrote a book titled “The Worst Hard Time.” I have been thinking of my mother’s journey and the hard times that shaped her.
My mom, born in 1920, would have been 100 in May. She was nine in 1929 and a child of the Great Depression and, at 20, not old enough to vote for Roosevelt in the 1940 election. Wednesday, March 25, 2020
If Part I was before the virus, we are now in the second phase, living and hunkering down with it. None of us wanted a role in this play but now we are all on stage with it, with La Conner restaurants and tourist-focused retail some of the main players. This is a tragedy in the making. Wednesday, March 18, 2020
To our valued citizens during these unprecedented and uncertain times: Although town hall is closed to the public until further notice, your local government will continue to operate and provide essential services. Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Out local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) leaders have been advising for years that families prepare for the Big One by assembling 72 hour emergency kits of food, water, flashlights and much more, but certainly toilet paper. No one will know when an earthquake, tsunami or volcanic eruption will leave us cutoff, without power or water or transportation access. No one ever expected the big one would come ashore as a virus, whether in the dark of night, or not. And, if we are not devastated, we are afraid. The shelves empty of hand sanitizer and the run on toilet paper –toilet paper! – are proof of our fears realized, run amok. Wednesday, March 11, 2020
It’s been a short, but busy 60-day session. Legislators have debated hundreds of bills, refining them as they move through the legislative process. With budget negotiations on track to be finalized, this short session should come to an end tomorrow. Wednesday, March 11, 2020