In the News

January 21, 2021

‘Hawk patrol’

Often on our drives from Anacortes to/from “the east side” we play a little game we call “Hawk Patrol,” counting hawks as we go. There are many hawks along the Highway 20 corridor, but even more when you travel into Skagit farm areas.

January 19, 2021

Wind damage at park includes large trees

For many, the extraordinary mid-January 2021 windstorm is in the rear view mirror. Not so for many public park crews including those on both sides of the Pass at Deception Pass State Park. A combination of rain-saturated earth and sustained high winds contributed to downed trees, limbs and branches. Winds knocked down trees on both […]

January 18, 2021

Pet coke ships from Anacortes

Petroleum coke being loaded Sunday at Port of Anacortes Pier 2 by a team composed of ship’s crew, longshoremen, LTI truckers and Port staff. Pet coke is a byproduct of the refining process at Shell Oil Refinery, one of the largest employers in Skagit County. The Port Marine Terminal consists of three centrally located piers […]

January 15, 2021

New construction strong in 2020, trend continues

Here are the stats for new construction issued permits in Anacortes in 2020: Single family homes: 57 Accessory dwelling units (ADU): 14 Multi-family buildings: 5 – Three 4-unit buildings – One 15-unit building – One 25-unit building Commercial Non-residential buildings: 2 – Two bedroom short term rental unit – 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse for Lopez […]

January 15, 2021

Birds of Anacortes

After the storm. Beautiful birds were about their business Thursday afternoon in Anacortes following a rough night of rain and high winds.

January 13, 2021

Ferry system up after storm delays

This report from WSDOT at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, January 13 All state #Anacortes/#SanJuanIslands vessels are now operating, following some weather-related cancellations and delays to start the day. #Yakima remains about 1 hour behind schedule. Some areas of Anacortes remain without power as of 9:50 a.m.

January 12, 2021

New panels tell ‘Maiden’ story

Four colorful new interpretive signs were installed recently at the “Maiden of Deception Pass” pole at Rosario Beach. The story of the Maiden is about the kinship of the Samish people and the sea. The pole was created by Fidalgo Island sculptor Tracy Powell. It was raised in 1983 by the Samish Tribe “to celebrate […]

January 11, 2021

East Cranberry dock to be replaced

Citing environmental and safety concerns, State Parks has plans to replace the existing pier, gangway and float at East Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park. This popular park asset was constructed using creosote timbers. The new facility, a bit smaller with 2,237 square feet of overwater coverage, will include steel grating materials.

January 10, 2021

Eagles all ’round

  How many eagle photos can one take? Never enough. Recent days in the outdoors have included welcome encounters with some beauties. This collection includes eagles from Fidalgo Island, North Whidbey Island and the western agricultural region of Skagit County. I really had to work hard for the photo of the pair, perched on a […]

January 9, 2021

Pilings planted at “T” Dock

The southwest corner of Cap Sante Marina is bustling with activity as Port contractor American Construction takes delivery and begins to install pilings and sections of new floating docks. Projections call for completion of the new “T” Dock by late spring.

January 6, 2021

Ruffled feathers

There was a break in rain, but strong morning winds and occasional gusts made life interesting for birds on the Skagit Flats Tuesday. It was interesting to watch birds of all sizes struggling to fly from Point A to Point B. I’m guessing they worked up quite an appetite.

January 4, 2021

The draw of Deception Pass

New Year rainfall let up on Sunday, January 3, a development that drew enthusiastic crowds to Deception Pass State Park: both Fidalgo and Whidbey sides. On this trip I ventured onto a trail that runs adjacent to the beach from the park amphitheater to the bridges. I have walked the same trail from the east […]

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