Looking Back

April 12, 2010

Tesoro to curtail operations

> Tesoro announced Monday afternoon (April 12) its intentions to curtail operations at the Anacortes Refinery in the wake of the April 2 incident that resulted in the death of six employees and serious injury of one other (Tesoro spokesman Lynn Westfall in San Antonio said that Lew Janz of Anacortes died at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 13 at […]

April 12, 2010

Sonny Sixkiller visits Skagit

> A pleasant surprise for many attending the 2010 Tulip Festival Parade in LaConner on April 11 was a sighting of legendary UW quarterback Sonny Sixiller (left, above). In 1970 Sixkiller took a disastrous Husky football team which only won one game during the ’69 season and made them winners. To this day he still […]

April 9, 2010

Tug takes shape at Dakota Creek

> Sunny skies often draw me to the Fidalgo Island shoreline. A Thursday morning trip included a quick visit to the fenceline at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI), a beehive of industrial activity at an otherwise difficult time for many American businesses. For news about this vessel, click on the link below. DCI’s website is a […]

April 7, 2010

Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Survivors Fund

>(Click URL below to make online donation)https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/ExpressDonation.aspx?ORGID2=911572414&vlrStratCode=HQp8mQpb%2bn3U%2fHsF2ezI%2bruh%2bgYtCugBXiWblMdIX2xIWg6fyglTfb7gY9AO1iMf In honor of the seven employees and families affected by the April 2, 2010 tragedy at Tesoro Anacortes refinery, Tesoro in cooperation with the Skagit Community Foundation has established the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Survivors Fund. Donations received will be divided equally among the seven employees or their estates. The […]

April 6, 2010

Union sets up Tesoro Incident Family Fund

>United Steelworkers Local 12-591 has set up a “Tesoro Incident Family Fund.”This fund has been established to help affected families in the wake of the April 2 incident in which five died and two suffered life threatening burns. This fund is not part of the Tesoro Corporation, and all donations will go directly to the […]

April 5, 2010

Websites for Tesoro fire victims Gumbel and Janz

>Two men, Lew Janz of Anacortes and Matthew “Matt” Gumbel of Oak Harbor, remain at Harborview Medical Center in the wake of last week’s fire at Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes. Both sustained life threatening injuries in the incident that resulted in the death of five co-workers. Websites have been established to provide status updates and opportunity to […]

April 4, 2010

Tesoro establishes memorial fund

In the wake of a Friday, April 2 fire that left five dead and two in critical condition, Tesoro announced Saturday, April 3 that they will provide grief counseling and establish a memorial fund. “We are providing grief counseling and support to all affected Tesoro employees and their families, regardless of their location,” read a company […]

April 3, 2010

Obama invests in fortune cookies

> Imagine my surprise when I discovered a message from the U.S. Census Bureau in my Chinese takeout fortune cookies! As you can see in the photo above, one side of the “fortune” delivered a traditional silly message (“You will have a happy adventure soon.”). The surprise came on the other side, where we were encouraged […]

April 2, 2010

Tragedy at Tesoro Refinery

> The website below has been launched by Tesoro to provide updated information about the April 2, 2010 Anacortes refinery incident that resulted in the death of five employees. Those who died were Daniel Aldridge, Matt Bowen, Darrin Hoines, Kathryn Powell and Donna Van Dreumel. Two others injured in the incident, Matt Gumbel and Lew Janz, remain […]

March 31, 2010

Anacortes Salmon Derby 2010

> More than 1,100 contestants and sponsors fished for what proved to be the largest class of late-winter salmon yet seen during the four years the Anacortes Salmon Derby has been in existence.Ralph Thomas of Tacoma anxiously watched as his 27.48-pound Chinook salmon, which led all fish caught on Saturday, March 27, remained atop the […]

March 18, 2010

One year since P-I stopped printing

>Today (March 18) marks the one-year anniversary of the “online only” edition of the Seattle P-I. I read a blurb in the Seattle Times this morning, then discovered this commemorative issue of the last printed P-I on my desk beneath some other incredibly valuable stuff (Yes, I am something of a packrat). I read that […]

March 15, 2010

Reflections from an SR-71 Blackbird pilot

>Last July I had the opportunity to tour the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. My friend and “tour guide” Jim rolled us through at a pretty good clip, but I did get this shot of the “Blackbird.” Today I received an email about the amazing aircraft, featuring excerpts from a book by Major Brian […]

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