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White Swan residents present several issues to visiting Gov. Inslee

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WHITE SWAN, WA - Governor Jay Inslee stopped by White Swan to hear about issues the community feels need to be addressed. A number of issues were mentioned by the community, and the overall focus of today was to start creating change to help the youth growing up in White Swan.

Everyone gathered in the high school gym and a group of four people presented Inslee with issues they see in the community. Two of those people were high school students, and they talked about health and safety being a concern. They say the community needs access to more medical providers because there is only one clinic with one practitioner. 

In regards to safety, they say there is a lack of law enforcement in the town and that brings up the question of how safe everyone really is.

We asked one of the students if she believes the issues mentioned will be addressed.

"Now that we have someone big here we may," said Alyssa Garza, 11th grader at White Swan High School. "I feel that there will be, but a lot of people - seeing as they are adults, they've been through so many things - they probably feel that there won't because they've lived through so many things and things have only gotten worse."

Garza, who has lived in this area her entire life, says she feels like not much gets done because everyone forgets about White Swan.

A few other topics mentioned were free lunches for students in need and resources for homeless children.

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