In the News

July 7, 2004

City birthday

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the establishment of a post office under the name “Anacortes.” Among several birthday cakes offered at last weekend’s 4th of July celebration was a boat cake designed by Mike and Annie O’Brien. City founder Amos Bowman created the name Anacortes from his wife’s maiden name: Annie Curtis.

July 6, 2004

Independence Day music

No Fourth of July parade is complete without music, and due to the contributions of the Anacortes High School Marching Band and others, this community heard lots of patriotic songs last weekend. In addition to the high school marching band, music was provided by members of the Skagit Community Band. Music was interrupted periodically by […]

July 5, 2004

Politics on parade

As American as apple pie is the tradition of politicians on parade. Such was the case Sunday when efforts were made on behalf of candidates at all levels. A large contingent of spirited Democrats including several incumbent legislators marched behind a John Kerry for President banner. Legislators included State Sen. Harriet Spanel and state representatives […]

June 30, 2004

Irish restaurant opens

It was worth waiting for. PW Murphy’s, a restaurant and lounge located at the former home of the Harbor Restaurant, opened Wednesday night to a crowd impressed by an awesome downtown makeover. It’s a welcome addition to the downtown shopping area, with restoration touches ranging from exposed exterior brick to raised ceilings and hardwood floors. […]

June 26, 2004

Morning has broken

Lavender, honeybees and sun on my back. The second photo is a bee on a lamb’s ear plant. The third photo is a closeup of a sapphire blue sea holly blossom. Last is a crocosmia, a favorite among hummingbirds. What a glorious Saturday morning!

June 22, 2004

Local runners enjoy success

Several Anacortes men were among top runners in their age brackets at the 2004 Tesoro March Point Run (5K and 10K). Matt Tobey (bottom photo) won the 10K overall with a time of 34:7. Brother Jake (third photo) took first place in his age bracket, as did Brad Adams (photo two) in the 5K. Anacortes […]

June 22, 2004

Kids enjoy Tesoro Run

There are many highly competitive runners at the annual Tesoro March Point 5K and 10K, but the event is known for its focus on fun. Each year the day opens with the Kids’ Half-Mile run, a quick scramble around the grounds adjacent to the employees’ recreation building. Because the competition is split up into age […]

June 21, 2004

Fun at Tesoro Run

For the 10th year, Tesoro Refinery hosted the March Point Fun Run & Walk, drawing hundreds of runners from around the region. The Saturday event opened with the Kids’ Half-Mile, followed shortly thereafter by the 5K and 10K. Tesoro’s running event draws competitors at all skill levels, from children to runners in their seventies. A […]

June 21, 2004

Sk8 Fest under the sun

Boarders, families and friends gathered Saturday at Ben Root Memorial Skate Park for the annual Sk8 Fest celebration, an event that featured competition, live music, food and vendors. Dozens of skateboarders of all ages participated in the event, sponsored by the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department. Live music was provided by Axes of Evil. As […]

June 17, 2004

Strawberry Bay Coffee Co.

Anacortes residents Mark and Mary Kiser have embarked on a new adventure as owners of Strawberry Bay Coffee Company, a drive-through coffee shop at the corner of 21st Street and “R” Avenue. Just look for the bright, copper roof on a colorful shop featuring service windows from north and south lanes. Strawberry Bay offers Cafe […]

June 7, 2004

Exotic reminders

The reminders around me are many. These photographs of delicate new orchids blooming in our home are my way of saying “All is well” to my gardener friend while she is away.

June 6, 2004

D-Day: Sixty Years Ago

Today President George Bush joined dozens of other world leaders in France at a memorial service marking the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. I was fortunate within the past few days to witness a moving Memorial Day ceremony here in Anacortes, and a PBS documentary focusing on four veterans of D-Day. Each […]

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