Looking Back

April 19, 2021

Texaco Safety Sasquatch

Who remembers “Sasquatch,” the safety awareness mascot from the former Texaco Puget Sound Refinery? He is pictured here at a Kids R Best Fest in Anacortes. Safety Sasquatch visited schools and represented the refinery at many community events, often bearing gifts ranging from coloring books to pogs.

April 16, 2021

Tall ships draw a crowd: August 2002

I don’t remember details, but I do know these three tall ship replicas drew big crowds on a visit to Anacortes in August 2002. Among the ships are the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain, which is reportedly being sold by the non-profit that operates it and the Lady Washington. The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport […]

April 15, 2021

Food Pavilion open house: October 1998

State Senator Harriet Spanel and Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell were among guests at the October 1998 open house hosted by the Food Pavilion grocery store on Commercial Avenue. Were you there? (Now The Market at Anacortes)

April 14, 2021

City court once at City Hall

I found these photos in a file. City Hall council chambers once served as Anacortes Municipal Court. Pictured here are Judge David Svaren, attorney Steve Mansfield and a court clerk whose name I cannot recall.

April 13, 2021

Tulip Festival 2017

In recognition of the 2021 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, this image from 2017. Effect allows the viewer to “see” the flowers in any color he or she imagines…

April 11, 2021

Airport Open House: 2014

This event was fun! The Port of Anacortes hosted an open house at the airport, featuring a full schedule of options ranging from static displays to live music, food and a wildlife show. Perhaps again someday?

April 9, 2021

Eagle stationed at Canoe Pass: 2013

This bald eagle’s white head against the South Fidalgo bluff wall caught my attention. He was perched on a snag over Canoe Pass, a snag that has since snapped in half. I haven’t seen an eagle in this location since.

April 8, 2021

Tulips inspire painter: 2008

A photo from my transparency files, 2008. April is officially Skagit Valley Tulip Festival month.

April 6, 2021

Car Show: Waterfront Fest 2015

I’m looking forward to the day we see community events such as this once again. These photos were taken at the Car Show held in conjunction with the 2015 Anacortes Waterfront Festival. I hope everyone has tucked away contact information so we can put community festivals and events back on the calendar again soon.

April 3, 2021

Tulips and snow geese: 2015

It was mid-March 2015 when blue skies and the promise of seasonal images drew me over the bridge from Fidalgo Island to the Skagit Valley. I was not disappointed. One of these shots features not only tulips, but a huge flock of snow geese in the background. Gotta love Spring!

March 31, 2021

Jake Locker: Prayer breakfast 2018

Former UW and NFL football star Jake Locker served as keynote speaker at the annual Skagit County Community Prayer Breakfast in May 2018. Locker, now retired from football and raising a family in Whatcom County, spoke of leadership in a presentation featuring humor, scripture and even a flip chart. “Fear,” he said, “leads to despair. […]

March 21, 2021

Beneath the bridges: 2014

Sometimes I drop off of Highway 20 to take in the view from underneath the Duane Berentson Bridge. This shot is from the east side of the Swinomish Channel, February 2014.

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