Looking Back

October 13, 2010

Samish Tribal leader Laura Edwards

> This portrait, among my favorites, was taken on September 24, 1983 at the dedication ceremony of the “Maiden of Deception Pass” story pole at Rosario Beach. I was commissioned by tribal leader Ken Hansen of Anacortes to photograph the event, attended by several dozen tribal members including elder Laura Edwards. According to current Samish […]

October 11, 2010

On the stump for GOP candidates

> It was a surprise last week to turn to the Anacortes American editorial page to find a late Fifties photograph of 2nd District Congressman Jack Westland, young Michigan Congressman Gerald Ford and Buehl Berentson (my father). The three, all since deceased, were photographed at an Anacortes service club meeting where Ford was campaigning on […]

October 9, 2010

Mayor’s annual budget message

>Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell, pictured above speaking to a Chamber of Commerce audience, this week delivered a 2011 city budget preview. Elements of the balanced budget include a water treatment plant expansion billed as “the largest public works project in city history.” The mayor’s budget statement concludes in part: “This current economy has been most […]

October 6, 2010

Advertising classics

> This advertisement, or poster, was among five dozen or so U.S. “classics” I enjoyed this week, courtesy of msn.com. No details, but I would guess the poster dates to the days of fuel rationing running up to/through World War II. And I thought Hitler references in today’s campaign season were a new concept: “Want […]

September 28, 2010

Climber’s body recovered after fall

>The body of 71-year-old Dallas Kloke of Anacortes was recovered Thursday, September 30 near Mount Larrabee in the North Cascades. Kloke, pictured here (left) on an April 2008 climb on Mt. Erie, was climbing with a group on September 25 when a rock gave way and he fell approximately 300 feet. Weather and terrain prohibited […]

September 15, 2010

Amazing Anacortes Wildlife Exhibit

http://predatorsoftheheart.com/index.php Dave Coleburn’s “Predators of the Heart” of Anacortes has been captivating and educating audiences since 1998. The USDA licensed and insured organization has presented to audiences of all sizes, from small student groups to a festival audience of more than 40,000. Click on the URL above to visit the Predators of the Heart website. […]

September 14, 2010

Singer urges "…turn off this song…"

Anacortes native John VanDeusen, lead singer in The Lonely Forest, urges his listeners to “Turn Off This Song and Go Outside.” Click on the link above to see an MTV video produced to promote this song. You will recognize not only band members VanDeusen, Tony Ruland, Eric Sturgeon and Braydn Krueger, but scenes from Anacortes […]

August 18, 2010

Winners move on to general election

Anacortes resident Kristine Lytton, pictured here (center) in the Anacortes Fourth of July parade, moves on to the general election after Tuesday’s primary vote count. She is seeking to capture the state House seat of retiring incumbent Dave Quall of Mount Vernon. Also pictured from an August 2008 visit to Anacortes is Dino Rossi, who […]

August 4, 2010

Muralist featured on KING 5 Evening Magazine

Click on “play” arrow below to see a seven-minute KING 5 Evening Magazine report featuring Bill Mitchell, creative genius behind the city’s historic mural collection. The Mitchell segment of this TV project was done by Darrell Benedict, an Anacortes High School alum from the late Sixties. Condensed video compliments of Darrell!

August 3, 2010

Port publishes newsletter

> The Port of Anacortes is a public entity, supported in part by tax dollars. Each month the Port publishes a newsletter, distributed primarily via email. Printed copies are available at locations including the Port Office, the Cap Sante Boat Haven Harbormaster’s Office, City Hall, City Library, Anacortes Senior Center and the Chamber of Commerce. […]

July 30, 2010

Chamber publishes city profile

I had the privilege of working with the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and data compilation expert Kirk Kennedy to produce an updated “Community Profile,” available online on Chamber and Port of Anacortes websites. In addition to Kirk’s charts, graphs and tables, I added a couple of dozen local images to the document.

July 29, 2010

Whale watchers return to Anacortes port

Whale watching adventures out of Anacortes are a significant contributor to the local economy. Among several local vessels is the Mystic Sea, pictured here returning to Cap Sante Boat Haven in the early evening from a weekday jaunt to the islands. Already tied up next door after a beautiful day of whale watching is the […]

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