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July 4, 2020

4th of July on the water

Many folks enjoying the wonderful weather of Independence Day 2020 opted to spend time on or near the water. These photos show activity on Bowman Bay, Rosario Bay and Heart Lake.

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July 4, 2020

Ship yard wonders

I never cease to be amazed when I visit the perimeter of Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) ship yard on the north shore of Anacortes. It is so impressive to ponder the design and manufacturing skills reflected in these images of tugboats under construction. From flat pieces of steel to this! Kudos to all who work […]

July 3, 2020

Anacortes celebrates the Fourth: 2005

They’re all great, when it comes to Anacortes parades, but this 2005 Fourth of July parade was special. It opened with a flyover of two “Prowler” jets from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Grand Marshal was Wallie Funk, my newspaper mentor and dear friend. The copper columns on the Downtown Arch were shiny and new. […]

June 30, 2020

Reuniting with nature

Brief jaunts from my Anacortes home in recent days show evidence that Northwesterners are beginning to inch their way back to “normalcy” as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause restrictions on free travel. These scenes range from a young woman fly fishing Pass Lake to kids enjoying a makeshift teeter totter at West Beach, Deception […]

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Looking Back

July 5, 2020

EMP: 2001

Wow. Almost 20 years ago now since my son and I made a visit to the new Experience Music Project (EMP) in downtown Seattle. The EMP, which opened in 2000, was designed by Frank Gehry with the late Paul Allen providing the bucks. Fascinating photo opportunities, inside and out.

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July 3, 2020

Flying the colors: 2016

Looking back today to 4th of July 2016, when Town Crier Richard Riddell led a contingent of Boy Scouts up Commercial Avenue to start the Lions Club Independence Day parade! Memories, sweet memories.

July 2, 2020

Flashback photos, Fourth of July

I am saddened, here on Independence Day Eve, to come to grips with the reality that there will be no parade or related gatherings in our community this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. In an effort to ease the pain of this loss, I spent some time in photo archives gathering photo memories of […]

July 1, 2020

City’s 125th birthday: 2016

A new twist on an old American tradition was a July 3, 2016 celebration at The Depot in downtown Anacortes, celebrating not only the Fourth of July but the City’s 125th Anniversary. The family friendly event featured patriotic music, a “cry” by Town Crier Richard Riddell, fun and games and a brief review of American […]


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