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December 16, 2018

Growing in our community together
Dear valued longtime readers and new subscribers: Thank you for wanting to have the La Conner Weekly News come to your home. Thank you for supporting this newspaper, your community newspaper. Subscribers, new and old, thank you.
The last two weeks have been quite a surprise and even a bit amazing at the newspaper office. The Saturday after the paper provided envelopes, 20 subscriptions were in the paper’s mailbox. The next Tuesday the combined total was 50.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Musings - on the editor's mind
In the old days I would have gotten telephone calls, but in our modern age I received texts that Dixie Otis had passed. The news is everything that happens, isn’t it? Beginnings, endings, life, death, the pulse of the community, the good, the bad, the sad.
Technology changes but the need to share and connect is a constant in humanity. The tools we use to stitch ourselves to each other are different from our parents’, but the need to be woven together is the same.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hands across the water and other divides
Who remembers this picture? October 1983. The cold war was churning with Ronald Reagan at the helm, but Mikhail Gorbachev was not yet on the scene.
I had returned from the Peace Corps a decade before, but the international spirit was still alive in me. Tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States were high, threatening mutual nuclear annihilation. I was a new mother with a two-year-old and pregnant with a second child. I didn’t want to see my babies grow up in a world saturated with fear and tension of war. I was not alone.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Getting out in the community
Last weekend was more than full in La Conner: Friday the girls basketball teams were home against Anacortes, the Library was shaking the branches of its tiny trees raising money for the new building and a roomful of locals landed in the social hall of the Methodist Church to discuss the “plane truths” of the coming 36 Growler jets expansion at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ghost of Great Wolf
Many La Conner School District voters and most of its students live in homes on land that the district does not tax. We were told the so-called Great Wolf Lodge decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in 2013 is why more than 930 homes, mostly in Shelter Bay, were removed from the county tax rolls in 2015.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Attention to government, small and large
Being a high functioning, participating citizen is so much work. Damn democracy. And yet, we are too far along in history to put up with kings; anyone hankering for the authoritarianism of fascism is certainly in the wrong century. So, it is participate or perish.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018


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