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Looking Back

March 8, 2022

Evidence of one-time mental hospital

It has been six years since I took this photo of a building at the former Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley. Today the Port of Skagit is working with partners to revitalize the campus under the name: Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow (SWIFT). The campus was designed in 1912 by the same landscape architects who designed […]

March 2, 2022

AMS modernization, 1998-2000

Building remodels and new construction altered the skyline in the Anacortes School District in the Nineties and into the new century. Among them was the $11 million modernization/addition project at Anacortes Middle School. Contractor was Levernier Construction, architect Hutteball+Oremus. Superintendent was Dr. Tom Marrs. School board members were Jean Fantini, John Pope, Michael Stark, Ann […]

February 19, 2022

Olympic Peninsula: October 2004

I’ve gotta get back to this amazing place! It was October 2004 when a meeting of Washington State Boundary Review Board members took me to the Olympic Peninsula. I was with my parents so my opportunity to scramble around with the camera at Kalaloch was limited. Such a beautiful part of our incredible coastline.

February 16, 2022

Shaker Church: 2005

Old Shaker Church on Reservation Road, 2005.

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.

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