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March 18, 2019

Our Civic Duty
On Monday La Conner’s Rotary Club hosted their annual Farmers and Merchants night, providing dinner to these business owners and managers and a platform for area leaders to share accomplishments, hopes and plans for 2019.
Last Wednesday mostly different speakers: Mayor Ramon Hayes, Town Administrator Scott Thomas, School Superintendent Whitney Meissner and Chamber Executive Director Heather Carter, spoke to 20 faithful citizens, most of them the usual suspects of community volunteers and activists, providing a similar summary.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Musings - on the editor's mind
Finally, early Saturday afternoon the weather cracked: not a dramatic break to spring warmth but a glimmer that winter is releasing its unusually strong and prolonged grip on the Skagit Valley. This year snow was no brief treat but for a month a near weekly reality, making for great photos and stories, including perhaps the tragedy of the loss of this year’s daffodil crop.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

We are running out of time to protect the orca
During the summer of 2018 the world watched as a mother orca swam 1,000 miles with her dead calf draped across her back. For 17 long days we waited – helpless to stop her pain and worried about how long she could sustain her journey. People worldwide began to wonder if it was possible to die from a broken heart. 
It is eight months later, and I still cannot erase the images of Tahlequah’s “tour of grief” from my memory. This is not the reason our state should garner the international spotlight. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A tragic flaw in our nature
Our current public discussion on a variety of issues reveals a flaw in our nature. It’s not a new revelation. The flaw is that we are willing to benefit ourselves individually at the expense of others. While this is not new, it does have a new urgency. It is compounded by its reflection in our democracy. Philosophers, scientists, writers and politicians have been debating this for centuries. Unfortunately, the results of not attending to the “flaw” have come home to roost. 
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Flying into the future
One can be realistic and not realize his or her dream. Brett Smith, head of Propeller Airports, was praised to the skies for his leadership in bringing commercial air traffic to Everett’s Paine Field to fruition. What an accomplishment: major airlines flying 24 times daily to places people want to go.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Reporting, analysis, corrections and clarifications
The story on the American Council on Historic Preservation’s letter to the Secretary of the Navy last week, reported as “urged to put on hold” plans to add 36 Growler Jets at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, brought a Council response for a correction, that the letter urged accepting and carrying out the Council’s recommendations but not a hold on the expansion.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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