Why Are the Trees Dying in Skagit County?

Wednesday, January 30 at 6 p.m.

Hillcrest Lodge

Did you miss last month's seminar on why the trees are dying in Skagit County? Kevin Zobrist, associate professor of forestry at WSU, will be back for a repeat lecture on Wednesday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at the Hillcrest Lodge.

Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout Skagit County and the rest of western Washington. Last year trees were particularly hard-hit, especially western redcedars, causing concern for many property owners. Learn why so many trees are dying right now and what property owners can do.

KNKX Connects to Skagit Valley

Thursday, January 31 from 3-6 p.m.

Resource Room

Come hear a LIVE Broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered" with host Ed Ronco and producer Geoffery Redick. Drop- in from 3 to 6 p.m. to hear a wide range of stories that reflect what makes the Skagit Valley unique. Listen to KNKX in Skagit Valley at 88.9 FM or  stream live at

Book Club

"The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See

Thursday, February 14 at 12:30 p.m.

Conference Room 

Summary: In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.

Genre: Asian American Fiction


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