Articles from the September 23, 2020 edition

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Broadband for all: students and adults

I recently read in a brochure from the La Conner School District that the District is providing laptops to those children without. While that is an important and vital step, it is only a first step – as I’m sure the District knows. After...

 

Census Bureau team visits Swinomish

The countdown is still on. After having announced in August that it would end its data collection efforts on Sept. 30, the Census Bureau is sprinting to the finish line to complete its constitutional...

 

Search continues for missing Anacortes woman

Two weekend searches northwest of La Conner for a woman missing since Sept. 10 were not successful, but family and friends of Laynee Westbrook have not given up hope. “The searches this past...

 

Patterson La Conner mural hung in Maple Hall

On a morning when La Conner remained shrouded in wildfire smoke and haze, it was still possible to get a clear picture of the town. Of course, you had to go indoors to do so. The colorful, much...

 

Curtis W. McCauley

Curtis W. McCauley of La Conner, Washington passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle from complications following a stroke. Curt was born on June... Full story

 

Our “Freedom to Read”

Encouraging reading is a good idea 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The Weekly News champions “Find Your Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week 2020!” That is the theme of this year’s Banned Books Week, celebrated across the country Sept....

 

Musings – on the editor’s mind

My friend Sherry Chavers encouraged me to reflect on Ruth Bader Ginsberg in this column. The world has changed so much since Ginsberg graduated at the top of her class from Columbia Law School in 1959. No New York City law firm would hire her as a...

 

Growler jets fuel poor air quality

The smoke blanketing western Washington from devastating fires here, in California and Oregon has forced residents to remain indoors with widows closed. For those of us who live in proximity to these fires – and grapple with their long-term hea...

 

Thanks to first responders: life saved

The evening of August 22nd I saw my beloved partner Sam stricken with cardiac arrest. Thankfully, training from years ago spun me into action and I began chest compressions immediately while calling 911. Minutes later help burst through the door...

 

Culp not qualified

When the Loren Culp campaign signs first started showing up I was more than a little surprised that the state Republicans could not find a better candidate. Aren’t people aware that Culp does not have anything close to the knowledge or skills to...

 

Not voting for unmasked Republicans

The audacity of 400 maskless people gathering, cheek to jowl and no social distancing! I was disturbed to learn that 400 Skagit Republicans had the audacity to gather indoors, without masks or social distancing for their annual gala! If these people...

 

Children in cages: Obama vs. Trump

Regarding the letter writer (Mike Morrell, Sept. 16)) who “set the record straight” on the fact that President Obama built the cages at the southern border and used them: His information is correct, with his added note that his information was...

 

GOP candidates at fundraiser ignore science

People who are pro-business wear masks so our COVID-19 case rate is low enough for us to safely open more businesses, open schools to in-person learning, and much more. The Sept. 17 Skagit Valley Herald had another great article by Brendan Stone but...

 

Navy training needed for ready response

As we have done for decades, your U.S. Navy conducts critical military readiness activities in the Pacific Northwest, and we are reapplying for authorizations to continue this training and testing for the next seven years, as our current...

 

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office POLICE BLOTTER

Tuesday, September 15 10:37 a.m.: On the Road – Abandoned vehicle complaint. Deputies contacted the owner who said it had broken down and he would be making arrangements to remove it. Road St., La Conner. 11:23 a.m.: Summer’s last roar...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    September 23, 2020

Crowd honors Ginsburg, rallies for future

As they did all across the country, women, their daughter and sons, and men gathered Saturday evening to pay tribute and recognize the ground breaking importance of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader...

 

Summer Squash Pasta

There are different ways to create pasta or noodles out of summer squash. I used a vegetable spiralizer purchased from Pampered Chef. The small amount of olive oil and fresh garlic cloves transforms...

 

Skagit River Poetry Festival postponed

If you’re looking for poets next weekend, don’t come to Maple Hall. Or the Methodist Church. Or the Seafood and Prime Rib House. Or the Tavern. Or the La Conner Country Inn. Or any of the usual...

 

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