In the News

June 20, 2017

Judge Rickert to retire

Skagit County’s longest serving Superior Court Judge, Michael E. Rickert, will retire June 30 after more than 24 years of service. An open house celebration in his honor will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, in courtroom two of … Continue reading

June 19, 2017

Port announces staff additions

Several new additions have been made to the Port of Anacortes staff, including John Dumas as Director of Operations. Dumas comes to the Port from marine terminal tenant Cortland Puget Sound Rope, where he served in a number of roles … Continue reading

June 17, 2017

Painting a stack

Painting projects abound during the summer months, but this one is a bit out of the ordinary: a stack at the Anacortes wastewater treatment plant off 4th Street. Intended to blend. Mission accomplished.

June 12, 2017

Hospital to seek funds from voters

Island Hospital board members voted unanimously to seek a 31-cent increase in the Public Hospital District 2 Maintenance & Operations (M&O) levy. The request to hospital district voters will be on the ballot in August. Click on photo for link … Continue reading

June 12, 2017

Judge vacates penalty against Tesoro

According to the Skagit Valley Herald a judge has vacated a $2.4 million penalty leveled against Tesoro Refinery by the state Labor & Industries Department. The proposed order must still be approved by the state Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals. … Continue reading

June 11, 2017

Tesoro race results

Thanks to Skagit Runners for posting results from the June 10 Tesoro March Point Run/Walk. Click on photo to go to link, look to fourth line down from top of page.

June 3, 2017

Tesoro to change name August 1

Tesoro announced yesterday (June 1) that it has acquired another company, Western Refining, and that Tesoro will change its name to “Andeavor” effective August 1. The purchase of Western Refining adds assets including three refineries. In a statement, Tesoro President and … Continue reading

June 2, 2017

Schools Foundation awards 74 scholarships

The Anacortes Schools Foundation (ASF) this week awarded 74 scholarships with a combined total of $160,000. Click on photo (photographer Gary Miller) to see details.

May 29, 2017

Veterans Memorial Plaza

I was pleasantly surprised to learn Monday that the school district opens the Anacortes High School Veterans Memorial Plaza to the public six days a week. U.S. Army veteran and 1981 AHS graduate Brett Moody (pictured) serves as the district’s … Continue reading

May 29, 2017

Vets at Memorial Day event

These are portraits of a few of the military service veterans gathered today at Grand View Cemetery for a Memorial Day event hosted by American Legion Post #13. Acknowledged by Legion officer Walter Garland were 14 WWII veterans from Anacortes … Continue reading

May 13, 2017

Home exhibit opens

“At Home in Anacortes” exhibit opens today at the Anacortes Museum, with an opening reception from 1-4 in the Carnegie Library. An excerpt from the museum newsletter reads: “Over the past 127 years, Anacortes has gone through several cycles of … Continue reading

May 11, 2017

Ready to launch

Exciting times for Island Adventures Whale Watching! This new vessel, built in LaConner, arrived by barge to the Anacortes waterfront today. Launch is scheduled tomorrow from the Dakota Creek Industries synchrolift. According to the Anacortes company’s website, “Island Explorer 5 … Continue reading

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