Washington State Ferries (WSF) spokesman Justin Fujioka reports that ferry “Chelan” repairs are complete and the vessel returned to service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route last Friday. The Chelan was at an Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility before moving back to Anacortes last Thursday. WSF is still weeks, if not months, away from completing an internal investigation into what happened in the incident in which Chelan was damaged. Meantime, the ferry “Yakima” remains at Dakota Creek shipyard in Anacortes in dry dock. Ongoing work is an extension of planned dry dock work. The Yakima’s earliest return to service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route is expected to be around the end of this month.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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