Looking Back

November 30, 2009

Anacortes coin hits Seattle news

This community’s “Anacortes coin” drew the attention of Seattle’s King5 television station recently, resulting in the kind of holiday shopping exposure most local merchants can only dream about. A great promotion, and a great “lead” (opening) by reporter Rob Piercy!

November 25, 2009

PBY returns to Whidbey

> Son-in-law Brian Tyhuis shot this video while I captured “stills” of the September 18, 2009 return of a PBY Catalina aircraft to Oak Harbor. The U.S. Navy flew such patrol aircraft out of NAS Whidbey in Oak Harbor during World War II. According to James Vannice (USN, retired), the amphibious aircraft played a critical […]

November 20, 2009

Whidbey Scenic Isle Way

> A new sign went up this week at the edge of Pass Lake on Highway 20, on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park. Fellow photographer/blogger Ryan Mahoney reports that there is also a sign on the road to the Port Townsend ferry in Coupeville. A great tourism marketing idea. I’m thinking […]

November 20, 2009

Note to U.S. senators

>In regard to the tentative plan for a Saturday night Senate vote on health care legislation I respectively submit: Too much (too expen$ive), too fast (have you REALLY read this bill and answered to your satisfaction any questions you might have?). P.S. Please pass this note on to your peers on the House side of […]

November 17, 2009

Downtown arch retrospective

> It seems like only yesterday that I was grabbing my camera for a July 4 photo op at the “new” arch erected on Commercial Avenue to welcome guests to downtown Anacortes (note copper columns, shining in the sun BEFORE the elements toned them down). Last weekend the arch was “completed” with a “Thank You” […]

November 17, 2009

Wise Abe

>We have all heard of President Abraham Lincoln’s “Honest Abe” moniker, but I have read several quotes recently to remind me he was a wise man as well. The following observations are timeless: “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about […]

November 16, 2009

Web cam at Ship Harbor

> Watch regularly-refreshed web cam images of the terminal at Ship Harbor in Anacortes, thanks to the Washington State Ferries (WSF) division of the state Department of Transportation: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/cameras/index.cfm

November 16, 2009

Underground weather forecast

Interested in weather? Get the LOCAL news about currrent weather conditions as well as an “underground” forecast from the following link, provided courtesy of Vince Streano and friends: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=98221

November 15, 2009

Veterans Day tribute

>Anacortes resident Scott Thomson, pictured above, spent the early morning hours of Veterans Day 2009 composing the following tribute:I’m just a regular guy livin’ here in the NorthwestLeadin’ a pretty regular life, trying to do my bestI’m just a regular guy trying to expressWhat’s goin’ on inside my heartI’ll let my song say the restI’ve […]

November 10, 2009

Booshoot draws Martha’s attention

Jackie Heinricher of Lake Campbell recently drew national attention as the winner of a small business award from Martha Stewart. Heinricher launched a business called “Booshoot” in 1998. In 2004, she and Booshoot senior scientist Randy Burr, “cracked the code” on bamboo tissue culture, enabling Booshoot to supply wholesalers with more than one million plants […]

November 10, 2009

Recalling the Wall

> International news on November 9 recalled the anniversary of the “fall” of the Berlin Wall. The names Gorbachev and Reagan come to mind, as does the fact that the wall was “pushed” into that pages of history. “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern […]

November 5, 2009

Train blast from the past

This photograph from my archives captured a moment during an early Eighties “experiment” that placed Tommy Thompson’s narrow gauge train on Commercial Avenue. Thompson (center, in conductor’s hat) dreamed of a railroad route leading from downtown Anacortes (the historic Depot) to the state ferry terminal. Ultimately Thompson’s dreams were not realized, and the train was […]

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