In the News

February 21, 2020

Two of six Navy tugs

  Currently under construction at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) are tugboats for the U.S. Navy. Two of six tugs under order are pictured here, with another photo of a pilot house that will ultimately be lifted into place. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., these 90-foot tugs will be used by the Navy to perform ship-handling […]

February 20, 2020

Arts Festival deadlines ahead

Applications for 2020 Anacortes Arts Festival booth artisans, juried fine artists, food vendors and food trucks are now online. Deadlines are: Booth Artisans, March 4; Juried Fine Art, April 1; Food Applicants, April 23. See website for details.

February 18, 2020

Bridge arch under wraps

What almost appears to be white bandages is a protective “catch fabric” spread beneath Canoe and Deception Pass bridges during an extensive repair and paint project. This photo of Canoe Pass Bridge was taken from the North Beach area of Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island.

February 16, 2020

Sea kayakers take on waves

I was surprised to find dozens of people at Deception Pass Park beaches on a cold, windy day. So you can imagine my shock when I discovered four sea kayakers PURPOSELY headed into choppy waters between Whidbey, Fidalgo and Deception islands. It turns out the Bellingham foursome was made up of experienced kayakers including Junior […]

February 14, 2020

Watery wonderland

Water levels are very high at the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve adjacent to the state ferry terminal. Rainfall runoff flows from surrounding highlands to the wetland below, with much of the water ultimately feeding into the saltwater harbor. A beautiful season to enjoy the wooden boardwalk that meanders through wetlands. Already there are signs of […]

February 11, 2020

Senff reaches coaching milestone

Anacortes High School Boys Basketball Coach Brett Senff made local history last week in winning the final home game for the 2019-2020 Seahawks. Senff, himself an AHS basketball alum, broke the coaching record with his 213th win. The previous record of 212 wins for Bill Taylor had been in place since 1960! “Hard work will […]

February 10, 2020

Goldeneye and friends

Some migrate, some stay, some are visitors here for just a season … but where there is water you will always find birds! I believe one of the seabirds here is a Common Goldeneye. Not sure about the other. Both were paddling around just offshore at Seafarers’ Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon. Get out, bring […]

February 4, 2020

‘Boat City’

This photo from 38th Street in south Anacortes demonstrates how important boating is to this community. Among marinas visible here on the shore of Fidalgo Bay are Cap Sante Marina (950 slips, approx. 100 transient), Fidalgo Marina (55 slips) and Anacortes Marina (466 slips). Also visible are upland storage facilities, some offering marine services. Other […]

February 2, 2020

Windy winter day

What an amazing afternoon at Rosario Beach, the Fidalgo side of Deception Pass State Park. The powerful combination of wind and sea are always impressive. 

February 1, 2020

Arts Festival poster reveal next Friday

The Anacortes Arts Festival is unveiling its 2020 poster by local artist Jessica Lynch of Slow Loris at the Anacortes First Friday Gallery walk on February 7. The reveal event will take place at Johnny Picassos, 501 Commercial Avenue from 6 – 9 p.m. Posters will be available for purchase and the artist will be […]

January 31, 2020

High school celebrates new spaces

I had the privilege of taking a tour of new spaces at Anacortes High School, instructional spaces ranging from choir and band rooms to shops and exercise rooms. Tour guide Bob Knorr pointed out that in addition to traditional classes, new facilities will present opportunities for students to get a jump start on practical skills […]

January 30, 2020

‘Let’s put on a show’ — coming soon

Construction crews will work through the weekend and into next as they put the finishing touches on several Anacortes High School project elements including Brodniak Theatre. The theatre, located adjacent to Williams Gym, opened in 1976. This renovation is the most dramatic of several updates since then, with elements including new lobby, sound, lights, curtains, […]

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