In the News

May 5, 2018

Classic Car Cruise-in draws beauties

Friday evening drew some beauties at the first of a summer-long “Cruise-in” series at San Juan Lanes in Anacortes. These photos represent just a fraction of the cars and trucks lined up for the show.

May 1, 2018

Ship Harbor neighbors, plus one

We encountered a number of “residents” on a Sunday stroll at Ship Harbor. Challenge for the day: Identify the alien.

April 24, 2018

Former U.S. Rep. Swift passes away

Al Swift, a broadcaster turned congressman from Washington’s Second Congressional District, died April 20, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. Since he retired from Congress in 1995, Swift had lived and worked as a lobbyist in Virginia. He is pictured here at … Continue reading

April 19, 2018

New Chamber member directory

Recently distributed to Chamber of Commerce members was the 2018 edition of the business organization’s Membership Directory. This 52-page publication represents just one of many benefits for Chamber members. The four-color glossy magazine is teeming with information including contact information … Continue reading

April 12, 2018

Shannon Point songbirds

What a beautiful morning, not only for shoreline sights – but for a “concert” presented by songbirds at the perimeter of the parking lot at Ship Harbor’s state ferry terminal. In addition to the birds shown here, I saw Canada … Continue reading

April 11, 2018

School project on schedule

Reports from contractor and school district say the Anacortes High School project is on schedule. Crews work here on the northwest corner of the new building. See more information:

April 9, 2018

County posts “Lidar” maps

New Lidar maps reveal fascinating details about area geology. With Skagit County’s new Lidar story map and data, you can see all the way to the bare earth – to the complex, sometimes weird, and fascinating geologic features that make … Continue reading

April 9, 2018

Hospital records go fully electronic

Island Hospital is implementing a new electronic medical-record (EMR) system that will be operational beginning May 1. When patients register for any service on or after May 1, staff will be diligently reviewing medical-record information with each client, which may … Continue reading

April 7, 2018

Jobs at Port Pier 2

Shipments of petroleum coke are an important part of the Port of Anacortes revenue stream. The Otago Bay is currently taking on a load of pet coke at Pier 2 on the Guemes Channel. Shipment of this product, a byproduct … Continue reading

April 3, 2018

Former Northern State facility on cusp of change

This summer the Port of Skagit will assume ownership of all but about seven acres of the historic campus now known as the SWIFT (Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow) Center, according to a report in the Skagit Valley Herald. Local ownership … Continue reading

March 30, 2018

Looking back to first Tulip Festival

It is always a trip down Memory Lane for me when tulip season erupts in the Skagit Valley. It was my privilege in 1984 to play a role in the inaugural festival by designing the first Tulip Festival brochure and … Continue reading

March 26, 2018

Kukutali Preserve

Thanks to a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Kukutali Preserve (Swinomish for “place of cattail mat”) in Similk Bay near La Conner opened to the public on June 16, 2014. A Washington Trails Association … Continue reading