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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Three people were found guilty Tuesday of growing marijuana, but they also were exonerated of more serious charges in a widely-watched federal drug case in a state where medical and recreational marijuana is legal.
Ensconced in the pious robe of religion, the psychopathic, blasphemous Islamic State group has destroyed a selfless individual who represented the best of us. Islamic State insults all religions by such a godless act.
The Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation’s 12th annual Have a Heart for Kids dinner, held Feb. 23 at Il Granaio Italian Restaurant, raised more than $11,600 for the Children’s Therapy Program at Skagit Valley Hospital.
Incumbent Al Littlefield has been a Skagit County PUD commissioner since 1986, and many improvements have been made to systems and services, with several more either in the works or in the planning stage for the near future. Littlefield is to be commended for his many years of service and for his willingness to seek another term to see those projects through to completion.
The race for Skagit County coroner was almost not a race. Incumbent Daniel Dempsey intended not to run again and did not file in time to be on the ballot for the primary. But he changed his mind and entered as a write-in. Ultimately he garnered enough votes to earn a place on the ballot for the general election.
The job of assessor is one that has become increasingly public in recent years. From the impact of the Great Recession to water rights to taxation of property on tribal lands, the Assessor’s Office deals with much of the fallout.
In the races for county auditor and treasurer, we see no reason to unseat incumbents who are getting the people’s work done. Auditor Jeanne Youngquist is finishing her second four-year term, and Treasurer Katie Jungquist is in her 14th year.
Lisa Janicki and Kevin Loy are both civic-minded, valued Skagit County residents who have the best interests of this community at heart. We particularly like the approach we expect Janicki would take if elected in November to fill the seat being vacated by Skagit County Commissioner Sharon Dillon.
Last month, a group of 18 Anacortes School District teachers and administrators traveled to Seattle to participate in the inaugural meeting of Northwest TURN – Teachers Union Reform Network. This is an innovative group of educators who believe that by working together and focusing on student success, we can accomplish great things for children.
Imagine that a company could cut its energy consumption 60 percent by recycling its own waste products. Doesn’t that sound like a good thing all the way around? Shouldn’t we encourage companies to practice such environmentally responsible behavior?
It’s true. Sometimes “the holidays,” whatever they are, can seem contrived, commercialized and a bit overwhelming as we try to live up to expectations and make them as special as we believe they should be.