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May 30, 2020

This big one is a virus
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 helpless, without power or water or transportation access.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020


On ending the lockdown
If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, if the light is coming from an oncoming train, you can’t enter the tunnel until the train goes by.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Helen Price Johnson for state senate
We have an exceptional candidate running this year for state senator for the 10th LD: Helen Price Johnson. If I were to list the qualifications I would want in a senator representing our district, she would fulfill each and every one.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Suzanne Woodard for state senate
Our state is in the middle of one of the greatest challenges we have ever faced. Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic will require real leadership in our legislature that will effectively advocate for our families and communities. I am thrilled that we have just that kind of leader in Suzanne Woodard, running to represent our district in the State House. 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Honor student voices,concerns
Recently, the La Conner School District administration decided to not renew the contract of one of our beloved teachers. This decision was not only damaging to student morale but also detrimental to student learning. In direct defiance of a petition containing the signatures of 73 high school students and letters of support from other staff members, our principal and superintendent chose to let go of the only math teacher in the high school. A dedicated, hard-working teacher who loved La Conner and gave countless hours of her free time to help her students will no longer be working at LCHS next fall. 
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Stay at home to be safe
As your local Fire Chiefs we have been working closely together to ensure the safety of our first responders and citizens during this crisis. We would like to thank all of you for helping keep our first responders safe. Your commitment to staying at home, social distancing and minimizing travel has allowed the number of COVID-19 cases to stay relatively low. We know also that our local businesses have paid a huge price by having to sacrifice the Tulip season.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

One Fish Two Fish
One of the joys of owning a small business is you become friends with the people you serve. The only sorrow is that COVID-19’s impact causes us to feel we are rearranging financial deck chairs on the Titanic. Handling the rising waters is easier some days than others.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Support Johnson for state senate
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Open new doors to prayer
Both Sacred Heart Catholic Church and La Conner Methodist Church have signs on their doors reading “Church Closed.” Most of us recognize that is a sensible decision: large gatherings are just what we do not want at the moment. The loving thing right now is to keep our distance, lest we transmit the virus. So if we cannot gather because of the coronavirus, can we still offer Eucharist – thanking God as a gathered community?
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Thank you La Conner community
Thank you La Conner community
Being one of the many retailers in La Conner, a major thank you goes to the La Conner Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Add your data to solve COVID-19
Would you like to help the scientific community improve their (and our) understanding of the transmission and impact of COVID-19? There are easy (and anonymous) ways to do that by answering a few simple questions about how you feel each day and adding your information to that of thousands of others. The broader the participation in these crowd-sourcing data activities, the better our understanding of the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 in our local communities and in the general population:
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hi Ken,
Hope everyone at the La Conner Weekly News is well. Just wanted to tell you (perhaps you already know) that when I dropped by my shop Friday I found a little glass jar/vase with some lovely flowers in it and a blue colored, heart shaped note card that said “We’re Blue without You.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

COVID curve considered
I was impressed by the insightful and timely article, in the April 15 edition of the La Conner Weekly News, reporting on the rate of Covid-19 virus infection in Skagit County. We are all learning, or should be learning, more every day about the spread of the disease, and the correlation with good health and sanitation practices, and the ever present health risk from human interaction. I was never sure of what exponential growth meant. This, too, we have learned: The epidemic “doubling time” is the rate or time it takes for a disease to infect twice the number of people. It is a measure of exponential growth. In explaining and exploring this concept, you did a nice job of illustrating the “doubling time” for the number of new infections to double. As you reported, from February 21-March 18 it took only about four days for the number of new cases to double.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Humor and irony
Ken,
I enjoyed your photo this last week; “This Is What Stay At Home Looks Like”. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Covid 19
Covid 19
It is not a war. 
It is a health care crisis. 
A nationally mismanaged healthcare crisis.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Politicizing the COVID-19 pandemic
In the past hundred years, our country has faced a number of crises of a world-wide dimension, including the Great Depression and World War II. There was Republican push-back to FDR’s economic and social solutions to help us get out of the Depression, and there was isolationist opposition to entering WW II. But as we look back on those times, one of the characteristics that has become most memorable is the sacrifice that the average American demonstrated then. People united and proudly pulled together.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wear masks in public
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Construction is "essential"
On March 25 Gov. Jay Inslee decreed that construction is not “essential activity” shutting down residential and commercial building projects, leaving some with unfinished houses.

The order allows construction on government projects, but takes away thousands of private-sector jobs, with builders and contractors forced to cancel orders. Inslee’s mandate kills many trades, hurting families and the economy. Now some construction companies, roofers and others may have no choice but to leave the state to find work.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Lucky readers
In this COVID-19 nightmare, several newspapers in our state have ceased publication – they rely on the advertising dollars from stores that are shuttered right now. 

Readers of La Conner Weekly News are very fortunate they still have a community newspaper.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Laughter is good
A “musing” on my part led me to thoughts of words – words from paper mail, words from emails, words from twitter, words from articles and warnings on the internet, words from Facebook, words from texts. Our minds are overflowing with words, and these days; they are mostly about Covid-19. In the early days of social-distancing confinement, I spent hours pouring over words that might help me keep the invisible monster at bay. Some words were helpful; some were horrifying; some were infuriatingly false. Some of them were blessedly funny.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

"Just come back"
Being members of the group likely to suffer the most from our current health crisis, Barb and I have been trying to practice “social distancing” during our day to day activities, and in most instances we have succeeded.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020


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