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March 21, 2019

Fridays for the future, everyday
La Conner students attended their classes last Friday. That’s not news. Better had they made news by taking to the streets and demanding their elders make news by seriously acting on the dire condition our planet is in. Maybe next time La Conner students will be a part of pushing adults past talking to taking significant action on climate change.
La Conner students attended their classes last Friday. That’s not news. Better had they made news by taking to the streets and demanding their elders make news by seriously acting on the dire condition our planet is in. Maybe next time La Conner students will be a part of pushing adults past talking to taking significant action on climate change.
Students in 125 countries and 1,000 locations, including Bellingham, Friday Harbor and, of course, Seattle, did march last Friday.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Preparation key opening college doors
Far from the hustle and bustle of the big city, our La Conner seniors are finalizing their post-graduation plans. While acceptance letters and emails have been delivered, families still await confirmation of financial aid before they will be able to make final decisions. Ninety percent of our 39 graduates will continue into programs at tech schools, community colleges and universities. Jobs, apprenticeships and the military are choices for their classmates.
Wednesday, March 20, 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


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