In the News

August 2, 2017

Levy approval in lead

As of Tuesday evening, the proposed levy increase for Island Hospital holds a slight lead with 51.01 percent of the 5,115 ballots counted. “Yes” votes number 2,609; “No” votes 2,508, or 48.99 percent.

August 1, 2017

Tesoro today “Andeavor”

Tesoro today became “Andeavor.” The purchase of Western Refining by the San Antonio-based corporation adds assets including three refineries. In a recent statement, Tesoro President and CEO said, “…we now have 1.1 million barrels of refining capacity, 13,000 employees, more than … Continue reading

July 31, 2017

Arts Festival announces awards, purchases

The Anacortes Arts Festival announced awards and public art purchases of $12,00 at the Opening for the Arts at the Port Fine Art Exhibition last Saturday night. The evening was attended by Juror Pablo Schugurensky, many of the participating artists … Continue reading

July 14, 2017

Ballots go out for hospital levy

Voters interested in learning details about the proposed Island Hospital levy increase on the August 1 ballot are invited to open community forums at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 18 and 25, in the City Council chambers, 904 Sixth St. Information: Dennis … Continue reading

July 12, 2017

Ribbon-cutting at new jail

Skagit County officials including First District Commissioner Ron Wesen celebrated the completion of the new, 400-bed jail facility Tuesday in south Mount Vernon. The new jail is called the Skagit County Community Justice Center. It will open sometime in the coming weeks … Continue reading

July 6, 2017

Fort Wooding unit on parade

Tanks again (I know. Bad.) to Bill Wooding and his “Fort Wooding” unit for their participation in the Anacortes Fourth of July parade. You’d be hard pressed to find another community parade with this colorful feature! (That’s Bill in the midsection … Continue reading

July 6, 2017

Photos from the Fourth!

Anacortes Fourth of July parade 2017. A wonderful crowd, exciting entries. Community in celebration!

June 26, 2017

Summer schedule takes effect

Washington State Ferries’ summer sailing schedule went into effect Sunday, June 25. Schedule highlights include increased service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, two trips to Sidney, B.C., and increased service between Mukilteo and Clinton. Click on photo for … Continue reading

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