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 By Joan Cross    Opinion    January 31, 2024

Community businesses endangered

Bravo for last week’s articles and letters regarding the pharmacy benefit managers and the unfortunate closure of La Conner Drug Store, which is such a tangible example of rural America being at the mercy of big money and corporate capitalism. I too...


Always think solar

The Skagit Valley Clean Energy Co-op ( is ramping up our Solarize Skagit Campaign which will start in early March 2024. SVCEC’s Solarize Campaign connects Skagit homeowners and small businesses with solarizing their homes and b... Full story

 By Joan Cross    News    November 29, 2023
Old black and white photo of people from La Conner posing by waterfront.

Grace Hubbard helped birth a sister city

Grace Hubbard's 100th birthday celebrated last week in the Weekly News reminded me of the sister cities project we worked on together in the early 1980s. Grace has an excellent memory, which helped...

 By Joan Cross    Community    April 5, 2022

La Conner’s ‘Tulip Pedal’ launched Tulip Festival

Decades ago, each March as the northwest mystic sky started to show the sun through cracks in the clouds, we were tempted to get on our bikes and pedal around the farm roads to see how the daffodils,...


We can slow climate change now

As I write this, my eyes are burning from the smoke of west coast fires, my daughters are planning evacuation routes in the Portland area and COVID-19 is taking a huge toll on our health and psyches. It is hard to imagine the pain of people losing...


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...


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