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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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).
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]