In the News

April 2, 2020

Marathon earns top EPA ‘partner’ award

Marathon Petroleum Corporation reported this week that the company has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, the highest honor among ENERGY STAR awards. MPC is the only fuels manufacturing company to earn the award, which recognizes the company for sustained, top-tier energy efficiency […]

March 31, 2020

Marathon donates masks, other protective equipment

Marathon Petroleum Company has contributed in a major way to efforts to provide vital personal protection equipment (PPE) to hospitals and emergency service providers nationwide, including Skagit County. The contributions were made in response to the international COVID-19 pandemic. Skagit County Department of Emergency Management is one of 45 U.S. organizations to receive a donation […]

March 29, 2020

Eagles old school: black & white

An encounter with two immature eagles on a Fidalgo Island beach prompted me to put together this small collection of images in black and white. Grateful to spend a few minutes in their world.

March 28, 2020

No recreational fishing, shellfishing

Beginning at midnight, March 25 and lasting until at least 5 p.m. on April 8, the state of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife has closed recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide. This action was taken in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s order to ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy,’ aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus. To […]

March 27, 2020

Guide to social distancing on city trails

Click for guide to social distancing on city forest trails.

March 26, 2020

State parks closed due to pandemic

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25. The closure is in response to Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Entrance […]

March 25, 2020

Papa’s pizzas – curbside pick-up

If your goals for these challenging days include delicious food as well as support of local businesses, check out online/curbside pick-up options offered by Jeff D’Angelo and crew at Papa Murphy’s on Commercial Avenue. Order online and call when you arrive for curbside delivery (360-299-2299). Open daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Friday […]

March 25, 2020

Port holds ‘virtual’ meeting

In response to meeting guidelines established during the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioners and staff from the Port of Anacortes met “remotely” at their March 19 meeting. Commissioners logged on to the session using technology that allowed each to hear and speak in the livestream session. Port Executive Director Dan Worra was on site at the Port […]

March 24, 2020

Fidalgo roadside scenes

On Monday, just a few hours before the governor of Washington issued his sweeping “Stay Home” decree, I climbed behind the wheel of the car for a relaxing spin around Anacortes. All of these photos were taken from the car at locations ranging from March’s Point to Heart Lake.

March 23, 2020

Old growth, new picnic tables

A partnership of park staff and volunteers is responsible for the addition of several dozen new picnic tables at Deception Pass Park. Table design gives a nod to the Civilian Conservation Corps design of the mid-30s, when Deception Pass State Park was established. Some table inside of shelters built by the CCC are constructed of […]

March 22, 2020

Fresh air, safe distance

Throughout the island, Fidalgo residents are getting outside for some fresh air amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are not in the high risk category and choose to do so, please take care to protect yourself and others by maintaining a safe distance. Do not touch common surfaces such as railings and the faces of […]

March 21, 2020

Feathered friends of Fidalgo

A few photos of feathered friends, collected in the past couple of sunny days right here on fantastic Fidalgo Island! Get outside if you are able, keep your distance from fellow adventurers.

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