Superior Court Judge Mike Rickert (left) had the honor Tuesday (December 23) of swearing in seven of the county officials elected or re-elected to terms that start with the new year. Among those returning to their jobs are those pictured here: Jeanne Youngquist, Auditor; Katie Jungquist, Treasurer; Daniel Dempsey, Coroner; Will Reichardt, Sheriff (Anacortes native). Sworn in individually were Mavis Betz, Clerk; David Thomas, Assessor and Lisa Janicki, Commissioner (District 3).
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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