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 By Mel Damski    Opinion    November 30, 2022 

If I ran the zoo

Okay, are you sitting down? You are about to be very surprised by what this progressive liberal is about to say. I am very much in favor of the death penalty for murderers who are absolutely guilty of...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    October 26, 2022

If I Ran the Zoo

Talk about mixed emotions: My close friend, Father William Treacy, died last week at the amazing age of 103, and I will miss him so much, but I will also join in the joyous celebrations of his...

 

If I Ran The Zoo

Remember the Birdman of Alcatraz? I am introducing you to the Birdman of Shelter Bay. I'm buying a house in Shelter Bay with different feeding areas, including a bird watering hole. I'm converting...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    August 31, 2022

If I Ran The Zoo

Being a caffeine addict, I was excited to welcome La Conner's new Beaver Tales Coffee & Tea and indigenous gift shop and what I found was so much more than another excellent local outlet to...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    March 29, 2022

If I Ran the Zoo

I was blown away this winter by the number of birds that I passed by as I drove all around Skagit Valley, including fields filled with snow geese and eagles in trees being photographed by many birdwat...

 
 By Anne Basye    Opinion    February 9, 2022

Farmers faced with farmland tree planting as way to save salmon

For farmers evaluating Governor Inslee’s Salmon Recovery bill, the devil is in the details. Details like what exactly constitutes a Riparian Management Zone and whether the riparian buffers proposed in the now withdrawn HB 1838 will not just target...

 

Pat Paul discusses indigenous people in international lecture

Pat Paul knows her history. She also knows the history of indigenous people throughout the Americas, enough of it that Paul took part last week in a major online global biennial conference addressing their plight. A La Conner attorney and Alaska...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    August 25, 2021

If I Ran the Zoo

I lost my wallet. I had no idea where, it just wasn’t in my pocket or on the top of the dresser where I leave it at night. Big hassle. Canceling and replacing credit cards and ID cards and my...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    July 28, 2021

If I ran the zoo

I recently said goodbye to my Uncle Harry Rosenfeld. Three weeks ago, when our part of the world was experiencing record high temperatures, I flew across the country to Albany, New York to visit my...

 

If I ran the zoo

I know the suspense is killing you if you read my piece last week about whether to fly or not to fly to California to have Thanksgiving dinner with my sister and her extended family. Wisely, I listene...

 

If I ran the zoo

Call me crazy (or call me meshugganah, as I am writing this on the most solemn Jewish day of the year, Yom Kippur), but the pandemic does have a good side. Believe me, I am devastated as the numbers o...

 

Honey Chicken

Use cooked cubed chicken breast. Add the vegetable of choice. This recipe cooks quick, so use a quick cooking vegetable. I used sugar snap peas we grew. Ingredients Chicken breast , 2 cups, cooked...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    August 26, 2020

If I Ran the Zoo

My Uncle Harry Rosenfeld turned 91 years old this month. His is a remarkable story that constantly reminds me why I value the message of the Statue of Liberty so much. Harry was born in Berlin,...

 

Prawn Pasta

Aqiimuk's Kitchen Food Editor [email protected] A quick meal to prepare with cooked prawns. I am using whole wheat spaghetti. I used a wok in the preparation of this dish. If you love pasta, this...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    July 29, 2020

If I ran the zoo

A priest and a rabbi are sitting together in the back seat of a taxicab on the way to an ecumenical event. The taxi gets side-swiped, jumps the curb and comes to a grinding halt. The priest and rabbi...

 

Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Aqiimuk’s Kitchen Food Editor, [email protected] The varieties of salads that can be created from our garden are amazing! You might be tempted to immediately eat these peas as you pick them....

 

Steamed Manila Clams

When Swinomish tribal members dig clams, it’s called clam jamming. They get a tribal permit and follow the regulations as to location and times. I, for one, have not participated in tribal clam...

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    June 24, 2020

If I ran the zoo

Dear Sir Donald, I am writing to you as a fellow New Yorker. Okay, we grew up a little differently but we are both very tough and very proud people. We both avoided fighting in Viet Nam. I failed my...

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

You know all those flavored carbonated water drinks available in the market? Why don’t they make one for strawberry/rhubarb? It is, after all the best combination for early summer baking and...

 

Zucchini Casserole

This is a cool weather recipe, as the casserole bakes for an hour at 350 degrees F. Ingredients Zucchini, 3 to 4 cups, peeled and cubedTomato, 1 medium, dicedCheddar cheese, ¾ cupButter,...

 

Apple Pancakes

Apple Pancakes. Small cubed fresh apple chunks are a great addition to pancake batter. This batter recipe is remarkably easy to follow. Plus good use of two apples that are beginning to turn soft....

 
 By Mel Damski    Opinion    May 27, 2020

If I ran the zoo

Ah, life during a pandemic. This is usually my favorite time of year. Mostly sunny but not too hot. Flowers blooming. Great golf weather. Start of the major league baseball season. My solution to...

 

Crab and Prawn Salad

Due to COVID-19, the Blessing of the Fleet, was a quieter affair in the Swinomish Tribal Community. Part of the celebration was held last week. Tribal members, lined up in their cars, drove by the...

 

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad is a wonderful treat and will be quite tasty when our local strawberries come in season. Use the same fresh lemon for the zest and juice. When we enjoyed this salad for...

 

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings is one of those ultimate comfort foods that brings to mind your childhood. The butter makes these dumplings delicious. Cooking tip: do not overcook the dumplings as they will...

 

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