Anacortes Today Blog

February 28, 2011

Anacortes born USA 17 arrives in San Fran

> Posted here are photos I took in September 2008 of the BMW Oracle at Lovric’s boatyard. Click on link below to see latest news on this America’s Cup winner with roots in Anacortes.

February 23, 2011

Anacortes "weather station"

This was the scene in my back yard Wednesday morning. During weather “adventures” such as this it’s nice to have a sense of what might lie ahead. Fortunately, we have a live “weather station” at Anacortes Middle School. Click on … Continue reading

February 16, 2011

Stormclouds over NAS Whidbey’s P-3 community

> Congressman Rick Larsen made official this week rumors that the Navy has decided to send new P8-A “Poseidon” aircraft to Hawaii and Florida rather than Whidbey Island. Larsen said in a press release that he “is not happy” with … Continue reading

February 5, 2011

Investing in the future

> There was a genuine sense of excitement in the air Friday as Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell hosted a groundbreaking event at the city water treatment plant in Mount Vernon. This $56 million project, which will take about two years, … Continue reading

January 14, 2011

Cornet cowboy’s book published

>His is not an Anacortes story — but he’s only a bay away!I haven’t read the book yet, but I learned today of the release of “The Singin’ Salmon Man,” an autobiography by Arnie Deckwa of North Whidbey Island.I first … Continue reading

December 23, 2010

Sweet sympathy

> Take three sheets of construction paper, add love and creativity, and you’ve got a pair of sympathy cards Hallmark could never rival. It’s been a couple of weeks now since my knee replacement surgery, and there have too many … Continue reading

December 6, 2010

Shell Firemen a Hit at Parade

Once again this year, giant inflatable “firemen” from Shell Puget Sound Refinery were a hit among children attending the Anacortes Christmas Parade. Emergency response equipment and personnel from Anacortes and surrounding fire districts also contribute to the Historic Downtown Parade. … Continue reading

December 4, 2010

Merchants parade through town

Numerous merchants from Historic Downtown Anacortes joined together on a horse-drawn trolley to participate in the 2010 Christmas Parade. Free trolley rides are offered on Saturdays. See for details, and don’t forget to “Buy Close By.”

December 4, 2010

Community kicks off Christmas season

This city by the sea kicked off Christmas season 2010 Friday, December 3 with a Community Christmast Tree event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. In a star-studded evening that included visits by Town Crier and Santa, local school students … Continue reading

November 23, 2010

Tis the season

> What a wonderful surprise tonight to arrive at mom’s and discover her “in production,” creating the delicious ethnic delight known as lefse. This tasty treat is most often on the menu around the holidays, and this year will be … Continue reading

November 19, 2010

McNeil prison headlines spark memories

> News today that the state Department of Corrections will close McNeil Island Corrections Center brought back memories of my days as press secretary as Uncle Duane Berentson sought the Republican nomination for governor in 1980. I didn’t make many … Continue reading

November 2, 2010

Skagit County election results

> Initial election results from Skagit County will be posted at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, November 2. Because ours are mail-in ballots, final vote tallies won’t be available for a couple of days. It is not uncommon in local elections … Continue reading