Anacortes Today Blog

November 25, 2009

PBY returns to Whidbey

> Son-in-law Brian Tyhuis shot this video while I captured “stills” of the September 18, 2009 return of a PBY Catalina aircraft to Oak Harbor. The U.S. Navy flew such patrol aircraft out of NAS Whidbey in Oak Harbor during … Continue reading

November 20, 2009

Whidbey Scenic Isle Way

> A new sign went up this week at the edge of Pass Lake on Highway 20, on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park. Fellow photographer/blogger Ryan Mahoney reports that there is also a sign on the … Continue reading

November 20, 2009

Note to U.S. senators

>In regard to the tentative plan for a Saturday night Senate vote on health care legislation I respectively submit: Too much (too expen$ive), too fast (have you REALLY read this bill and answered to your satisfaction any questions you might … Continue reading

November 17, 2009

Downtown arch retrospective

> It seems like only yesterday that I was grabbing my camera for a July 4 photo op at the “new” arch erected on Commercial Avenue to welcome guests to downtown Anacortes (note copper columns, shining in the sun BEFORE … Continue reading

November 17, 2009

Wise Abe

>We have all heard of President Abraham Lincoln’s “Honest Abe” moniker, but I have read several quotes recently to remind me he was a wise man as well. The following observations are timeless: “You cannot help the poor by destroying … Continue reading

November 16, 2009

Web cam at Ship Harbor

> Watch regularly-refreshed web cam images of the terminal at Ship Harbor in Anacortes, thanks to the Washington State Ferries (WSF) division of the state Department of Transportation: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/cameras/index.cfm

November 16, 2009

Underground weather forecast

> Interested in weather? Get the LOCAL news about currrent weather conditions as well as an “underground” forecast from the following link, provided courtesy of Vince Streano and friends: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=98221

November 15, 2009

Veterans Day tribute

>Anacortes resident Scott Thomson, pictured above, spent the early morning hours of Veterans Day 2009 composing the following tribute:I’m just a regular guy livin’ here in the NorthwestLeadin’ a pretty regular life, trying to do my bestI’m just a regular … Continue reading

November 10, 2009

Booshoot draws Martha’s attention

>Jackie Heinricher of Lake Campbell recently drew national attention as the winner of a small business award from Martha Stewart. Heinricher launched a business called “Booshoot” in 1998. In 2004, she and Booshoot senior scientist Randy Burr, “cracked the code” … Continue reading

November 10, 2009

Recalling the Wall

> International news on November 9 recalled the anniversary of the “fall” of the Berlin Wall. The names Gorbachev and Reagan come to mind, as does the fact that the wall was “pushed” into that pages of history. “General Secretary … Continue reading

November 5, 2009

Train blast from the past

> This photograph from my archives captured a moment during an early Eighties “experiment” that placed Tommy Thompson’s narrow gauge train on Commercial Avenue. Thompson (center, in conductor’s hat) dreamed of a railroad route leading from downtown Anacortes (the historic … Continue reading

November 2, 2009

Up and away

> This brief video clip represents an experiment on my part following a recent adventure on the shoreline of Fidalgo Bay. Noise in the background is traffic on nearby Highway 20. Next step is to successfully eliminate unwanted tree frames … Continue reading