Looking Back

February 14, 2022

Junk company storefront now gone

Now falling into the “Days Gone By” category is this building that once stood behind Anacortes Marine Hardware and Supply. This business has roots dating to 1913. Efthemios “Mike” Demopoulos emigrated from Greece to the U.S. in 1906, ultimately settling in Anacortes. He scoured county roadsides for discarded items, expanding his business after saving enough […]

February 5, 2022

View of bridge from water’s edge: 2005

This photo was taken from the westside base of Pass Island at Deception Pass. Spring 2005

February 4, 2022

Anacortes port commissioners: late 80s

For decades after the Anacortes Port District’s establishment in the Twenties, elected leadership consisted of three board members (now five). Pictured here in the late Eighties are commissioners (l. to r.) Don Childs, Ben Root and Merrill Thibert.

February 3, 2022

AHS students make long-term contribution: 2006

It was the 2005-06 school year when Anacortes High School students in Victor Garcia’s Marine Science class worked with Anacortes artist Mike Stark to create 13 panels for the Dunes Interpretive Trail at Deception Pass State Park. The panels still serve today to enlighten trail walkers regarding the beach/dunes/forest/lake ecosystem.

January 18, 2022

‘Your Online Town Square:’ 1998

Waaay back in January 1998, Anacortes businessmen Chris Terrell and Keith Eyer put together a small team of collaborators to launch anacortes.net, a website conceived as an “electronic town square.” Among others on the team were Gael Morlan and Jef Morlan, one-time owners of a restaurant and coffee shop called The New Bohemian. Anacortes High […]

January 12, 2022

Light and texture: 2017

Maritime art. Curtis Wharf, downtown Anacortes, 2017.

January 8, 2022

Swans gather in the valley: 2009

Trumpeter swans off Beaver Marsh Road, Skagit Valley, Mt. Erie in the distance. February 2009.

January 7, 2022

Winter beach trip: January 2021

One year ago snow was not a factor at Deception Pass State Park. Beach walkers as viewed from bluff.

January 3, 2022

Pages from photo gallery: 2021

This collection features some of my favorite “gallery” images from 2021. AnacortesToday.com photo archives date back 18 years.

January 1, 2022

Cathy Pitts marks retirement with poem: 2012

This flashback photo is from June 2012, when Cathy Pitts (right) was among 13 school district employees who retired. Cathy is pictured here with her granddaughter and with Betty Adams. Click here for details, including a poem by Cathy.

December 30, 2021

Artists perform Chinese music: 2009

I don’t recall details, but I had to share these images from a music presentation at Brodniak Auditorium and February 2009. I was doing an article for the Anacortes School District “Currents” newsletter, but I couldn’t put my hands on the article for details. Beautiful clothing, instruments … and music!

December 28, 2021

New water treatment facility: 2011

Few Anacortesans had the opportunity to watch this impressive construction project as it took place off-island. A new Anacortes water treatment facility was built adjacent to the old plant at a Mount Vernon site on the Skagit River. These photos were taken in December 2011.

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