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October 23rd, 2010
Weekly newspaper reports daily via Internet
> Part of the community newspaper’s ongoing battle for readers includes efforts to take advantage of options presented by the Internet. I encourage those of you who spend time on the Internet to include http://www.goanacortes.com/ on your favorites list (above: Rikki Swin photo of part of a Friday Harbor mural illustrates a blog entry by reporter Elaine Walker. The art is by Annie Howell-Adams).
This site, managed by the Anacortes American, features almost daily news items and updates on stories researched by the editor and staff. On Friday, for example, editor Jack Darnton put together a brief report about retired publisher Wallie Funk’s efforts to raise money for tech school scholarships.
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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