Looking Back

August 23, 2020

Hospital Open House: 2007

On August 30, 2007 Island Hospital proudly hosted a community open house featuring facility additions, renovations and new equipment.

August 20, 2020

Looking down on the avenue: 2007

View of downtown Anacortes from the roof of the New Wilson Hotel, September 2007.

August 19, 2020

Marina ‘hole’ to be filled: 2015

Cap Sante Marina hasn’t always looked like it does today, as evidenced by this November 2015 image from Cap Sante. The “hole” in the harbor was filled with new floating concrete docks. Many other improvements have been made to this beautiful public facility by the Port of Anacortes in recent years.

August 18, 2020

Sailing back in time: May 2006

This was a wonderful evening. I set up on the rocks at the end of 5th Street. Then the parade of sailboats got under way, Mt. Baker providing the perfect backdrop. Seems like only yesterday!

August 15, 2020

Downtown welcome, Summer 2006

One can only hope that our local businesses are able to remain healthy under the restrictions prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Who would have ever guessed such circumstances in the Summer of 2006?

August 12, 2020

Seeding the bay with oysters: 2006

Volunteer teams gathered in August 2006 to plant oysters in the bay area beneath the old Burlington Northern Railroad trestle on Fidalgo Bay (part of Tommy Thompson Trail). The Puget Sound Restoration Fund organization presided over the transport and planting of thousands of seed-bearing oyster shells. After dropping bags of shells one afternoon, crews arrived […]

August 10, 2020

Keith Shugarts Playground: 2003

Volunteers work on new Keith Shugarts Playground at the Anacortes Library in this 2003 photo. Shugarts was a teacher and P.E. specialist at Fidalgo Elementary. He died in 1984 at age 41 from ALS. This playground and associated picnic tables are located at the intersection of 10th Street and “N” Avenue.

August 7, 2020

Steam & music: 2004

One of my favorite “days gone by” events was the Steam Engine Show held for a number of years in downtown Anacortes. These photos are from September 2004. Included is an action shot of Anacortes musician Frank Orr, who has brought many a smile to his listening audiences over the years. Yes, and a bit […]

August 6, 2020

Legacy of love for the game: Coach Anderson

Loren “Coach” Anderson of Anacortes passed away Sunday, August 2 at the age of 84. What a legacy he left behind! Anderson discovered sports early in life and excelled at several including baseball and basketball, which he played at Seattle Pacific College (he graduated with 13 scoring records). Just out of college, coach/mentor Les Habegger […]

August 4, 2020

Motoring Deception Pass: 2018

Sailboat “Cutty Sark” motors past hikers on shore of Fidalgo Island at Deception Pass, winter 2018.

August 1, 2020

AHS Class of ’60: 2010 reunion

It was 10 years ago this month that the AHS Class of 1960 hit the street in front of Gere-a-Deli for this reunion photo. Look carefully and you might find a guest from the AHS Class of 1941.

July 31, 2020

Sentimental journey to Summer of ’05

This 2005 photograph of the late muralist/historian Bill Mitchell takes on added emotional significance as those of us who love the Anacortes Arts Festival like Bill did come to grips with the fact that there will be no artists in the street this year. Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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