Looking Back

June 13, 2024

Vets take part in parade: 2011

Local veterans got together in 2011 for the Anacortes 4th of July parade. Many of these veterans have since passed away. We are grateful for the sacrifices they made in service to their country.

June 4, 2024

Heron fly-by 2022

Great blue heron, Fidalgo Island shoreline, 2022.

May 16, 2024

Island Spirit: 2006

I’ve always liked this 2006 image of Seattle-based “Island Spirit” passing by the Lady of the Sea sculpture at Seafarers’ Memorial Park, Cap Sante Marina.

May 15, 2024

Harbormaster Dale, 2016

Longtime Cap Sante Marina Harbormaster Dale Fowler poses with a new Bill Mitchell mural created in his honor. Opening Day of Boating season, 2016.

April 30, 2024

Anthony’s under construction: 2010

In August 2010 Anthony’s Restaurant was constructed on the shoreline at Cap Sante Marina. Since that time an adjacent dining spot called “The Cabana” has been added. Both restaurants offer outdoor seating areas.

April 26, 2024

Artist works the street: 2009

Anacortes artist Al Currier creates a painting from a vantage point in the middle of Commercial Avenue, near Anacortes Marine Supply and Hardware. June 2009

April 6, 2024

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival flies high: 1985

It was Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 1985, when hot air balloons filled the sky near the Skagit River and downtown Mount Vernon. Meanwhile, Roozengaarde began to attract crowds — crowds that have never stopped growing. Initially the Festival was a two-day event. Today it is celebrated during the entire month of April.

March 20, 2024

Inaugural event, Breazeale Interpretive Center

It was a day of dignitaries in 1980 when Edna Breazeale took center stage at an inaugural public event at the new Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Skagit County. Evidence of the significance of the Breazeale Family contribution to this reserve was attendance (and speeches) by elected leaders including Governor John Spellman, U.S […]

March 13, 2024

Early morning sentinels

Cormorants perched in early morning light, Fidalgo Bay, September 2006.

February 21, 2024

Heritage Flight, ‘Hog Wild,’ 2021

Looking back to 2021, when grandson Jake took a number of photos at Heritage Flight Museum including these great shots of vintage aircraft “Hog Wild Gunner.” As noted in graphic, the museum’s 2024 Fly Day schedule is pending. Can’t wait …

February 17, 2024

Blue on blue: 2022

Great blue heron moves between pilings at Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve (SHIP) on the west side of Anacortes. February 2022

February 6, 2024

Leadership in athletics: AHS 2012

Among Anacortes High School graduates receiving diplomas in June 2012 were these three students, also named as recipients of the William “Bill” H. Taylor Award for leadership in athletics. Tom Thompson (left) was part of the selection committee that chose to honor (l. to r.) Alex Miller, Catherine Miles and Amanda Bessler with scholarships. The […]

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