Photos by Tag: berentson

December 5th, 2019

Under wraps, but not for long

Soon to be “unwrapped” is a whole new look for, celebrating 16-plus years since its inception as a photo journal for this island community. An exciting season. Eager to share sometime in the coming days.

January 19th, 2011

Heading east

This was the view heading east toward Mount Vernon this morning. Traffic was light on Berentson Bridge (actually two spans, built several years apart). Back home in time for lunch.

November 20th, 2010

McNeil prison to close

Thirty years ago McNeil Island prison, then a mothballed federal facility, was in the headlines as Governor Dixy Lee Ray prepared for a re-election bid. Uncle Duane Berentson (pictured above left in 1980 during his campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination) was a nine term legislator from Burlington. He advocated opening the facility as a […]

November 19th, 2010

Twin spans

Deception Pass Bridge and Duane Berentson Bridge have common characteristics, other than the obvious transportation functions they serve. First, each provides a critical link to and from Fidalgo Island. Second, each “bridge” is actually made up of twin spans. While Deception Pass spans were completed together (Canoe and Deception) in 1935, locals will recall that […]

February 18th, 2009

Berentson biography

Now available at the Anacortes High School (AHS) library is a book about Duane Berentson, Class of 1947. Uncle Duane, of Swinomish Channel Bridge fame, was interviewed by long-time friend Nancy Talbot Doty, who then wrote a biography titled “Duane Berentson: Life as a Team Player.” Duane said of his childhood in Anacortes: “…as difficult […]

February 8th, 2009

Sailing the Swinomish

My son and I spotted this sailboat heading down the Swinomish Channel, so we pulled into the county launch area under Berentson Bridge to shoot this image of the sailboat and a commercial boat tied up on the Fidalgo side of the channel.

January 21st, 2009

Krienen accepts role

Sue Krienen participated in the “passing of the gavel” ceremony Thursday afternoon at the annual Skagit County United Way campaign wrap-up event at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon. Krienen, manager of Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes, takes over 2010 board president responsibilities from outgoing president Dan Berentson (right). Campaign total this year was $972,651, […]

August 4th, 2007

All-class reunion

Crowds in Anacortes this week were drawn by at least one event other than the Arts Festival. Hundreds gathered at Anacortes High School Saturday afternoon for a the 2nd annual All-Class Reunion sponsored by the Anacortes Schools Foundation. Among old friends reunited at Williams Gym were Gib Moore (left), Ken Moore (center) and Jim Berentson.

April 18th, 2007

Island access

This was the view looking east Wednesday morning toward Berentson Bridge, one of two bridges linking Fidalgo Island with the mainland. The other is the colorful “Rainbow Bridge” in LaConner. A third bridge links Fidalgo and Whidbey islands at Deception Pass (actually twin spans, as in the case of Berentson Bridge).

September 19th, 2006

Berentson Court

This was the view Monday afternoon from Berentson Court looking north in the newest phase of Rock Ridge residential community. Dad and Mom began purchasing property in this area back in the Sixties, accumulating property and ultimately sharing their dream with partner Tony Malo. Many Rock Ridge lots lie adjacent to city forestland near Little […]

February 21st, 2006

Little Chicago

Details about the origin of this photo are sketchy, but it comes from the Berentson Family collection. Dad, who was born here in 1925, has the photo of the area known as “Little Chicago” framed in his home. Little Chicago was the nickname of a shanty town located where the North Basin of Cap Sante […]

July 13th, 2005

Beauty beneath the bridges

Many people don’t even realize Anacortes is on an island. A small public boat launch beneath the Duane Berentson Bridge (actually twin spans) offers the opportunity to step to the shores of Swinomish Channel, the ribbon of water separating Fidalgo Island from the Skagit mainland. If you don’t have a boat, pack a food basket […]

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