In the News

July 16, 2020

City closes ‘Open Streets’ plan

The City of Anacortes has cancelled an “Open Streets” event planned this Friday and Saturday. The event was intended to “stimulate economic recovery” by opening more outdoor areas to city businesses, especially restaurants. A city statement read: “Based on a surge in the COVID-19 cases the Skagit County Public Health Department has directed the City […]

July 15, 2020

North Basin, Cap Sante Marina

Always beautiful, particularly so on a summer morning like today: the North Basin at Cap Sante Marina. The popular Rotary Park paved path runs along the base of Cap Sante to a gazebo near the marina breakwater. There is also a nice stretch of public beach.

July 14, 2020

The first Anacortes refinery

Marathon Refinery on March’s Point, as viewed through the trees Monday evening from south Anacortes. This refinery, built by Shell Oil Company starting in 1953, marks 65 years of operation this summer. The refinery next door, operational since 1958, was originally built and operated by Texaco but is now owned by Shell.

July 12, 2020

Classic cars cruise Commercial

It was exciting Sunday afternoon to stumble onto a gathering of classic car/truck owners on Commercial Avenue. They rallied in front of historic Anacortes Marine Supply & Hardware, leaving at 3 p.m. to cruise south on Commercial, around the Highway 20 roundabout and back downtown. Good stuff.

July 11, 2020

Under the sea (at Rosario)

I encountered two groups of divers Saturday at Rosario Beach. I thought the first diver I spotted was a seal, and in fact he and two others were later joined by a curious seal. Pacific Northwest waters are renowned among divers. Lots of color, both plant life and underwater creatures.

July 10, 2020

Gallery hosts NW Pastel Society

Scott Milo Gallery welcomes back the Signature Members of the NW Pastel Society for their 9th show, July 3 – August 4. This year the gallery is spotlighting the work of 30 members, all of whom have won awards for their work in juried shows. “Come see 56 beautiful original pastels and consider adding them […]

July 9, 2020

Marathon conducts spill response exercise

Marathon Refinery is conducting a spill response exercise this morning, July 9, in the area around its wharf (top left in photo). This exercise, which includes representatives from the state Department of Ecology, is a regularly scheduled drill. In this case, the event will include deployment of some containment boom around the wharf.

July 8, 2020

Osprey doing what ospreys do

Go Seahawks! I had a treat today at Ship Harbor when I discovered six ospreys gliding over Ship Harbor at low tide. One of them went into “hover mode,” then dove successfully for lunch. Two of these beauties headed east, four toward the wetlands west of the ferry terminal.

July 8, 2020

Bowman Bay recreation

Summer sunshine draws people outdoors, as evidenced here on a recent visit to Bowman Bay on south Fidalgo Island. Anacortes Kayak Tours is operating again with restrictions, and area parks including Deception Pass State Park are open. Good to get out of the box!

July 7, 2020

Lovely Lottie Bay

Add this hike to your to-do list of summer adventures! Lottie Bay, accessible on a well-marked trail from Bowman Bay on south Fidalgo Island. If you’re up to it, a trail offshoot leads to Lighthouse Point.

July 4, 2020

4th of July on the water

Many folks enjoying the wonderful weather of Independence Day 2020 opted to spend time on or near the water. These photos show activity on Bowman Bay, Rosario Bay and Heart Lake.

July 4, 2020

Ship yard wonders

I never cease to be amazed when I visit the perimeter of Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) ship yard on the north shore of Anacortes. It is so impressive to ponder the design and manufacturing skills reflected in these images of tugboats under construction. From flat pieces of steel to this! Kudos to all who work […]

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