May 15th, 2020

American celebrates 130 years

Today, May 15, 2020, marks the 130th anniversary since the first issue of the Anacortes American newspaper hit the street. This proud community newspaper was established by Douglass Allmond and Frederick Boynton. It is now owned by Skagit Publishing, which also publishes newspapers including the daily Skagit Valley Herald. In a front page article this week, Editor/General Manager Colette Weeks wrote in part: “Just as in the beginning, our aim is ‘an honest, independent, aggressive newspaper’ that tells this community’s stories.” (Photo from 2015, 125th anniversary)

Steve Berentson

About Photographer Steve Berentson

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.

Photos are available for use as prints and online use. Please contact me for pricing.

$12 for 5 X 7 inch archival print, mailing included.

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