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In the News

August 4, 2022

New look almost daily

Exterior finish work continues at the Commercial Avenue site of what will ultimately become a mixed-use building with apartments and office space, including the Anacortes office of Kelli Lang Re/Max Gateway, project owner. This site was once the home of Pilgrim Congregational Church, built in 1926 and demolished in 2021. Among many structural issues were […]

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August 1, 2022

Right on cue: Arts Festival!

Here it comes! Anacortes Arts Festival, with something for everyone, from art to food and music. Opens Friday, the 5th, runs through Sunday. Click here to visit the festival website.

July 30, 2022

Gallery hosts 7th annual “Little Gems” show

Scott Milo Gallery in downtown Anacortes will host the 7th Annual “Little Gems” Small Works Show featuring Plein Air Washington artists August 5 – 27, 2022. The show features 72 small works by Plein Air Washington members. The group offers many styles and mediums. Paul Kratter is the juror for the awards. Also on display […]

July 25, 2022

Anders Men take to the sky

Heritage Flight Museum was founded in 1996 by William “Bill” and Valerie Anders. The museum’s vintage aircraft collection began with the P-51 Mustang “Val-Halla” and has steadily grown. In 2014, HFM moved to Skagit Regional Airport in Burlington, Washington. The museum currently houses 15 aircraft, several antique military vehicles, a library and many artifacts donated […]

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Looking Back

July 26, 2022

Downtown arch May 2005

Superstructure of Downtown Anacortes Arch, Spring 2005.

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July 25, 2022

Samish Elder Laura Edwards: 1983

This portrait 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 event, attended by several dozen Samish tribal members including elder Laura Edwards. According to Leslie Eastwood, “Laura was the […]

June 30, 2022

Shell announces Anacortes decision: July 1953

It was 69 years ago next month that Shell Oil Company announced it would build a $75 million refinery in Anacortes. The decision represented a critical shot in the arm to the local economy, winning enthusiastic response from community leaders and citizens. A second refinery built by Texaco, followed with March’s Point operations beginning in […]

June 10, 2022

Majestic expansion past: 2013

Heavy equipment operators do their thing on the property lying between the Majestic Inn & Spa courtyard and the site of the inn’s new, 30-room addition. It’s fun to have such a high visibility construction project in town, and the added rooms will be a community asset. (Note: Yet another expansion to this downtown hotel […]

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