‘New jobs needed’
February 15th, 2013

‘New jobs needed’

Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell reflected on the past at his “State of the City” presentation to the Chamber of Commerce Thursday, expressing his desire to see the community “encourage industry.” The photograph on display behind the mayor shows Maxwell as a boy, arriving in Anacortes with his family as his father prepared to start work at the second of two new Anacortes refineries.
In his “state of the city” presentation, Maxwell wrote: “Fifty-five years ago my father moved our family to Skagit County to take a job at a new business at March’s Point: the Texaco Refinery. Hundreds of other families came at the same time, eager to have a scarce job and for a place to call home. At the same time, the traditional Northwest resource-based industries, fishing and logging, were in serious decline. Reading about today’s high unemployment and watching as our manufacturing job base is moved overseas, it seems we face a similar time where we must do something to keep and to create manufacturing jobs here. The alternative is to just give up and accept that our children and grandchildren will have a lower standard of living.”

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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