Looking Back

February 24, 2010

From family archives

> I could have titled this entry “From family album,” but hey, let’s be honest: April 1958 was a long time ago! This photograph, taken on North Beach at Deception Pass State Park, features me (left, age 6) and an unknown friend/relative striking a pose in the midst of our beach adventure. I’m not sure […]

February 18, 2010

Candidates ‘start their engines’

>Anacortes School Board member Kris Lytton, pictured here at summertime all-class reunion at Anacortes High School, has announced she will run for the state House of Representatives position being vacated by Democrat Dave Quall of Mount Vernon. Lytton joins former county party leader Tom Pasma of Bow on the list of Democrats pondering a 2010 […]

February 17, 2010

5th Avenue view

This stretch of shoreline at the end of 5th Street overlooking Fidalgo Bay is one of my favorite spots … and now the cul de sac features a pair of benches placed in memory of the late Dean Allen. In addition to a great view of Mt. Baker, this location offers opportunity to watch boat […]

February 10, 2010

Trestle repair fundraising continues

> Shell Puget Sound Refinery gave the Tommy Thompson Trail trestle repair fund a boost recently with a $10,000 donation. Pictured here are Anacortes School Board President Kris Lytton, Shell PSR Manager Sue Krienen, campaign leader Michelle Pope, City Council member Brad Adams and Parks Foundation member David Hall. Photo by Jody Barnett. About $180,000 […]

February 5, 2010

New state tourism logo

Distributed at a February 4 tourism marketing event in Anacortes was this small lapel pin (still posted on delivery card) featuring the state’s new tourism logo: “Washington The State.” A couple of years back the tagline “Say WA” survived only a few months. What do you think of this idea? I’m thinking maybe a series […]

January 28, 2010

Eagle on rock

> I’m not sure why, but this photo of an eagle on a large rock in Fidalgo Bay is one of my favorites. This shot dates back to the golden days of film, and I think I used a 135 mm fixed lens. This rock, located near the Tesoro refinery wharf, “comes and goes” with […]

January 26, 2010

The Old Man

> It has been several years since I shot many photos of this heron over the course of a two-day stay at Chatterbox Falls in British Columbia. Fellow adventurer James Stover, captain of Autumn Light, one of two sailboats in our little “fleet,” nicknamed him “The Old Man.” Chatterbox is located just a few miles […]

January 25, 2010

Greg Laurie visits Northwest

> I spent a wonderful Saturday in Mountlake Terrace with about 1,500 other men at a Christian men’s conference featuring a number of inspiring speakers including Greg Laurie. Laurie, who hails from southern California, has been compared to evangelist Billy Graham. He is a full-time preacher, too, but his outreach ministry now dates back 20 […]

January 15, 2010

Cap Sante Boat Haven past

> I don’t have a date for this photo, which features the commercial fishing fleet docked at what is now Cap Sante Boat Haven. That’s Commercial Avenue on the far right. The oval track at lower right is the location of today’s Safeway store. Work continues to clean up the Fidalgo Island shoreline on which […]

January 9, 2010

Plywood in Anacortes history

> Hundreds of families made their living at plywood mills in past decades. My grandfather and father were among shareholders who owned Anacortes Veneer, a cooperative. The mill was then owned and operated by Publishers, but in the early Eighties, became a cooperative again when local shareholders purchased the mill from Publishers. This photograph illustrates […]

January 8, 2010

Charlie Byrd was here

>I don’t have a date with this photo, but I recall spending a fascinating couple of hours in downtown Anacortes listening to jazz/classic guitarist Charlie Byrd. I believe he was playing at “Cannery Row.” Write to me if you have details. See allaboutjazz.com for details about Byrd, who was born in 1925 and died in […]

December 24, 2009

Home for Christmas

>If one can successfully stay focused in the midst of the noise and hurried pace of the Christmas season, it is a great time to spend time with friends and loved ones who are otherwise “out of the loop” during the course of the year. It’s been a great week of such “visits,” with more […]

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