Looking Back

August 26, 2021

Samish host Canoe Journey: 2005

It was late July 2005 when tribes from around the region participated in a traditional Canoe Journey that on this occasion led to the shores of Fidalgo Island. The Samish Indian Nation hosted this summer event, welcoming guests to their Weaverling Spit gathering place.

August 24, 2021

Mitchell mural admirer: 2010

“Let’s get a closer look at that truck!” Checking out the Bill Mitchell mural of Dennis Mapes outside the front entry to the Anacortes Post Office.

August 21, 2021

Trail hike past: 2007

This photo is from August 2007. I believe it is a trail running along the edge of wetlands at Sharpe Park.

August 17, 2021

Sea battle: August 2008

Staging a “sea battle” on the waters between Fidalgo and Guemes islands were the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain (firing cannon). August 9, 2008.

August 9, 2021

Ship Harbor partners: 2006

Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve (SHIP) on the northwest side of the city was created thanks to dozens of individuals and organizations working together to protect the wetland and marine ecosystems at this historic site. The Gilbane Development Company purchased the site and donated it to the City of Anacortes, which designed and developed an interpretive […]

August 6, 2021

Public art: 2003

Many visitors to the 2003 Anacortes Arts Festival took advantage of an opportunity to express themselves in paint, contributing their talents to the creation of a colorful mural. The 2021 Arts Festival opens today!

August 5, 2021

The Enchantress, Mt. Baker: 2006

Before a major environmental cleanup, there was the Enchantress, an abandoned work boat that was leaking fluids into Fidalgo Bay. On the uplands, and into the bay were remains of a plywood mill. Today the area serves as one of the popular spots along the Tommy Thompson Trail in Anacortes.

July 31, 2021

Salvation Army honors Bill Berry: 2005

It was the summer of 2005 when Bill and Lynn Berry, owners of KLKI AM Radio, hosted a Chamber of Commerce “after hours” function. Berry was pleasantly surprised by Anacortes Salvation Army Corps officer Michael Paugh, who took the opportunity to present him with the non-profit organization’s “Media Award” for contributions to the community. Bill […]

July 30, 2021

Commercial boats at Cap Sante: 2002

Commercial fishing boats at Cap Sante Marina, 2002. Pictured are the Nancy Rose, Voyager and Dolphin.

July 21, 2021

Arts Festival will be back!

This scene is from the 2017 Anacortes Arts Festival. After falling victim last year to COVID-19, this popular festival will be back this year! Mark your calendar for August 6-8. For more information, click here.

July 20, 2021

Jazz Festival on wharf: 2007

A scene from the 2007 Anacortes Jazz Festival, featuring artists including Marc Seales, Michael Powers and the Yellowjackets. The Chamber-sponsored festival was held at Curtis Wharf.

July 16, 2021

The rest of the story…

It was fun to see 1957 Anacortes Marineers Pageant Queen Judie Lewis Zersen in the recent 4th of July parade. Following the parade, however, I found out her driver/escort was none other than her grandson, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal John Malquist, age 20. Smiles all ’round!

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