Articles from the January 13, 2021 edition

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 By Ken Stern    News    January 13, 2021

Inslee starts COVID-19 ‘Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery’

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the “Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery” proclamation he introduced last week on Monday, Jan. 11. The plan uses a two phase and regional approach to evaluate progress in reducing the coronavirus pandemic and opening the...

 

Elementary students will be in class Feb. 1, maybe

La Conner students have done plenty of homework this year, due to the remote learning format adopted to curb spread of COVID-19. School officials have been loaded with homework, too. Their assignment:...

 

From holiday sales to 2021’s hopes

The Weekly News asked several merchants how they fared in December and what they expect in 2021. Sales varied widely. The Vintage La Conner store the Soroptimists own was hampered by too few...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 13, 2021

Where our loyalty lies

Loyalty. What and who are we loyal to? The U.S. Constitution is the bedrock document upon which everything within the United State of America stands. Elected officials, from the president, through the Congress, down to this and every district’s s...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    January 13, 2021

Musings – on the editor’s mind

A catechism is a set of, typically, religious instruction framed in the form of questions and answers to instruct the young, to win converts, and to testify to the faith. A Trumpian catechism follows. Why do you support President Trump? The...

 

Trump’s life a long con

The Republican Party used to stand for strong American values. The character and morality of their candidates was important to voters. I ask you to compare John McCain to Donald Trump. John McCain was a war hero and an honest man. He understood...

 

Response to insurrection

Today I was asked to share my feelings about the events in our nation’s capital this past week. As I thought about the behavior of those involved in the movement that led to the insurrection on what has always been a traditionally honorable event i...

 

The gift of Jesus

I am remembering and reflecting on Christmas, 2020. There is only One whom I care to mention in this letter. He is Immanuel, God with us. I met Him personally, that is I put my full trust in Him as my Savior and Lord at the age of 22. So He is my...

 

Trump-ed up: Assessing the president’s words and motives

To the editor: For the first time in American history we have not had a peaceful transfer of power after a presidential election. Because on Jan. 6, 2021, a career conman, who, to our lasting shame, happens to be president of the United States,...

 

Let’s work together for jobs, opportunity and progress

My focus for the 2021 session is simple: how can we help families, schools and businesses recover from this pandemic? It is critical that we support a sustainable economy that allows all members of our community to thrive. The Legislature and our sta...

 

Security increased for Legislature’s opening day

Washington State Journal OLYMPIA — Increased security was deployed around the Capitol building in Olympia on Jan. 11 for the start of the 2021 Legislative session. The decision to add security follows the storming of the Capitol Building in...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 13, 2021

Policing, racial injustice, governor’s power on Legislative agenda

Washington State Journal OLYMPIA — This year’s legislature will not just be about numbers and budgets: it will explore social inequities, the proper role of policing and just how much authority the governor is due. Gov. Jay Inslee said his b...

 

Covid-related relief tops state budget priority list

Washington State Journal OLYMPIA — Desperately needed COVID-19 relief is a top priority for this year’s Legislature, and Republicans and Democrats generally agree it will be necessary to get that aid out as soon as possible. The parties are s...

 

School sports calendars again revamped

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, high school sports schedules have changed again and again. Still more changes were announced last Wednesday. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) executive board, in response to new pandemic...

 

Friends of Skagit Beaches lecture series resumes on-line

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the tide of public forums to on-line sessions. For Friends of Skagit Beaches, a local group in its second decade highlighting life in and around shoreline and marine ecosystems of the Salish Sea, that is the case...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    January 13, 2021

Spokane’s 1910 free speech battles

How cold has your family been? Hopefully, they are not suffering in this pandemic year, or even your lifetime, but reflect on your family however many generations they have been in America, or perhaps throughout your family’s history: For how long h...

 

Island Hospital hosts COVID-19 vaccine briefing

ANACORTES — The Island Hospital Foundation and Island Hospital are hosting a free, online community briefing on the COVID-19 vaccine 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 with a panel of Island Hospital providers and senior leadership. The types of...

 

1970 album preserves La Conner Rotary Club history

These days news is often shared via platforms and messaging networks that are ephemeral in nature. Think Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, as examples. They are literally here today, gone tomorrow formats. But there is still room – on...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Monday, Jan. 5 11:37 a.m.: Went which way? – Report of a speeding vehicle. Deputies conducted a patrol check. Maple Ave. / Morris St., La Conner. 12:18 p.m.: Not left behind – Report of an abandoned truck towing an RV. Deputies tagged...

 

Town cashes in on cell tower extension atop Pioneer Park

Lighting Rainbow Bridge has created a welcome nighttime glow in La Conner this winter. But another new look, atop Pioneer Park, is intended to refract rather than transmit light. It is the 20-foot...

 

Fire Cider

My first taste of Fire Cider was almost in a moment of desperation. I had a lingering cold virus, stuffy nose and hacking cough. We all know that feeling. Back, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a cold...

 

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