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April 15, 2024

AFD honors for 2023 achievements

An April 12 Anacortes Fire Department awards event included special recognition of several individuals for exceptional service in 2023. Among those honored were: Sharon Swan, Chief’s Excellence Award; Chris Byer, Fire Officer of the Year; Tristan Lucas, Firefighter of the Year; Alexa Bowen, EMS Provider of the Year. Also part of the event was the […]

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April 13, 2024

Access limited at Park: West Beach

Washington State Parks notes that “Your visit to Deception Pass State Park will look a bit different this year as park staff steward its recovery from winter storms.” In January 2024, the West Beach parking lot was damaged in several areas and littered with large debris. Ahead of the park’s busiest seasons, park staff is […]

April 10, 2024

Morning cruise

Pleasure boat “Honey Badger” passes in front of Mt. Baker on a beautiful Wednesday morning in Anacortes. A Nordic tug, I believe.

April 5, 2024

Color among cattails

A scan of wetlands at Ship Harbor often stops with the flash of red among cattails. The redwing blackbird. Beautiful, with a distinctive “language.”

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Looking Back

April 6, 2024

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival flies high: 1985

It was Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 1985, when hot air balloons filled the sky near the Skagit River and downtown Mount Vernon. Meanwhile, Roozengaarde began to attract crowds — crowds that have never stopped growing. Initially the Festival was a two-day event. Today it is celebrated during the entire month of April.

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March 20, 2024

Inaugural event, Breazeale Interpretive Center

It was a day of dignitaries in 1980 when Edna Breazeale took center stage at an inaugural public event at the new Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Skagit County. Evidence of the significance of the Breazeale Family contribution to this reserve was attendance (and speeches) by elected leaders including Governor John Spellman, U.S […]

March 13, 2024

Early morning sentinels

Cormorants perched in early morning light, Fidalgo Bay, September 2006.

February 21, 2024

Heritage Flight, ‘Hog Wild,’ 2021

Looking back to 2021, when grandson Jake took a number of photos at Heritage Flight Museum including these great shots of vintage aircraft “Hog Wild Gunner.” As noted in graphic, the museum’s 2024 Fly Day schedule is pending. Can’t wait …

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