Anacortes Today Blog

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

October 24, 2010

Wonders of Technology

Seems like only yesterday I was spending time at the library, often in the reference section where I could access expensive collections such as encyclopedia sets. Today I sit in my car outside of the Anacortes Public Library. I have … Continue reading

October 23, 2010

Weekly newspaper reports daily via Internet

> Part of the community newspaper’s ongoing battle for readers includes efforts to take advantage of options presented by the Internet. I encourage those of you who spend time on the Internet to include on your favorites list (above: … Continue reading

October 13, 2010

Samish Tribal leader Laura Edwards

> This portrait, among my favorites, was taken on September 24, 1983 at the dedication ceremony of the “Maiden of Deception Pass” story pole at Rosario Beach. I was commissioned by tribal leader Ken Hansen of Anacortes to photograph the … Continue reading

October 11, 2010

On the stump for GOP candidates

> It was a surprise last week to turn to the Anacortes American editorial page to find a late Fifties photograph of 2nd District Congressman Jack Westland, young Michigan Congressman Gerald Ford and Buehl Berentson (my father). The three, all … Continue reading

October 9, 2010

Mayor’s annual budget message

>Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell, pictured above speaking to a Chamber of Commerce audience, this week delivered a 2011 city budget preview. Elements of the balanced budget include a water treatment plant expansion billed as “the largest public works project in … Continue reading

October 6, 2010

Advertising classics

> This advertisement, or poster, was among five dozen or so U.S. “classics” I enjoyed this week, courtesy of No details, but I would guess the poster dates to the days of fuel rationing running up to/through World War … Continue reading

September 28, 2010

Climber’s body recovered after fall

>The body of 71-year-old Dallas Kloke of Anacortes was recovered Thursday, September 30 near Mount Larrabee in the North Cascades. Kloke, pictured here (left) on an April 2008 climb on Mt. Erie, was climbing with a group on September 25 … Continue reading

September 15, 2010

Amazing Anacortes Wildlife Exhibit

> Dave Coleburn’s “Predators of the Heart” of Anacortes has been captivating and educating audiences since 1998. The USDA licensed and insured organization has presented to audiences of all sizes, from small student groups to a festival audience of … Continue reading

September 14, 2010

Singer urges "…turn off this song…"

Anacortes native John VanDeusen, lead singer in The Lonely Forest, urges his listeners to “Turn Off This Song and Go Outside.” Click on the link above to see an MTV video produced to promote this song. You will recognize not … Continue reading

August 18, 2010

Winners move on to general election

> resident Kristine Lytton, pictured here (center) in the Anacortes Fourth of July parade, moves on to the general election after Tuesday’s primary vote count. She is seeking to capture the state House seat of retiring incumbent Dave Quall … Continue reading

August 4, 2010

Muralist featured on KING 5 Evening Magazine

>Click on “play” arrow below to see a seven-minute KING 5 Evening Magazine report featuring Bill Mitchell, creative genius behind the city’s historic mural collection. The Mitchell segment of this TV project was done by Darrell Benedict, an Anacortes High … Continue reading