0227 Looking Back

The 1968-69 Seahawks — from the left, Dirk Lunsford (31), Jim Sullivan (22), Matt Peterson (34), Mark Flickinger (32), Larry Miner (21), Mark Peterson (35), Richard Haugland (42), Greg Summers (23), Alan Johnson (41), Kim Nibarger (33), Ray Wilbur (25). Missing: Gene Ferrario (24).

Feb. 27, 1919

The city council as a committee of the whole has been busy all the spare time it could afford during the last week trying to work out a proposition for the purchase of the water system that would be acceptable to the water company and that would be suitable for consideration by the council at its meeting next Tuesday night.

Both the amount to be allowed for recent improvements above the purchase price named and the identity of the property that would be acquired by the city are in question. The members of the council Tuesday night spent the entire evening on the problem in the clerk’s office with J.M. Morrison representing the water company, but no definite conclusion was reached. The council met formally in adjourned session at 10:24 o’clock and immediately adjourned.

Feb. 28, 1929

Tidelands on the shore lines of Deception Pass State Park and shore lands of Lake Cranberry, on Whidby island, and Pass lake, on Fidalgo island, are now part of the state park lands, following the transfer made recently by Land Commissioner Clark V. Savidge.

Previous to this action the tidelands belonged to the state and were subject to sale upon the application of private individuals. A committee consisting of W.V. Wells, George A. Anderson, Douglass Allmond, Ben Driftmier, and W.A. Lowman, from Anacortes, and Mrs. Wanamaker, state representative from Island county, recently appointed by the Chamber of Commerce, procured resolutions from all the civic bodies on Whidby island, Anacortes and Mount Vernon, and made a trip to Olympia for a conference with Mr. Savidge.

The Deception Pass State Park comprises 1,900 acres on Fidalgo and Whidby islands.

Feb. 24, 1949

Spearheaded by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce industrial committee, two meetings between shingle weavers of the city and the chamber committee were held this week in the interest of determining some means whereby the Corbett Shingle Mill could be kept in operation in Anacortes.

Charles Peters, present manager of the Corbett Mill company, stated that it was the intent of the owners of the mill, the M.A. Wyman Lumber Company of Seattle, to junk the plant if it could not be sold …

The saving of the Corbett Mill operation in Anacortes will mean the continuation of some six thousand dollars weekly payroll.

Feb. 26, 1959

Skagit County residents asked that Swinomish Channel be deepened and that a hazardous rock obstruction be removed during a hearing conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers yesterday in LaConner.

Fred Cartwright, representing the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, said this city looks to the channel as the main water highway to Anacortes “and we’re anxious for its improvement.”

Feb. 27, 1969

An end to the two-month-old strike at Anacortes refineries seems probable this week, with union workers at Texaco scheduled to vote throughout the day Wednesday on ratification of the company’s contract offer.

Members of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union bargaining committee for Texaco Unit met Monday with a Federal mediator and company spokesmen in what may be the last of a series of contract talks …

Shell Oil Company officials and union representatives met late into the evening Tuesday, then recessed until Thursday when contract talks are scheduled to resume.

Feb. 28, 1979

A county effort at satisfying “protectors” of an Anacortes beach apparently did not meet its goal last week.

Skagit County engineer Jack Rafter Wednesday night presented, during an Anacortes Planning Commission study session, a revised plan for a new and relocated ferry dock on the Fidalgo Island side of the county ferry run to Guemes Island.

However, a delegation of local residents concerned about the proposed dock’s impact on a local private beach was also present at the meeting, and voiced continued dislike for the county plans …

New docking facilities, to be constructed of reinforced concrete and steel, are planned by the county in the vicinity of 6th Street and J Avenue. The new dock is planned in conjunction with the new and larger ferry which will in April assume service for the present outdated county-operated vessel.

March 1, 1989

Because the planned $28 million secondary sewage treatment plant cannot accommodate their industrial wastes, local fish plants must find alternative methods of pre-treatment and disposal if they plan to continue operating in Anacortes, city officials have said.

And this new development may mean at least a scaling back of those operations, fish company spokesmen said this week, with a resultant loss of jobs.

Public Works Director Dave Ford said that the present design configurations of the treatment plant cannot accommodate the amounts of waste water that would be generated by Trident Seafood Corp., Nelbro Packing Co., and Shannon Point Seafoods. And even if the plant could process their waste water, the cost would be prohibitive, Ford added.

March 3, 1999

Just hours before the South March Point annexation took place, Anacortes city council members approved a $456,000 sewer-line design plan that calls for a December 1999 construction start.

The $3 million sewer line will extend from the city’s 35th Street to slightly east of Reservation and South March Point roads. In this first phase, service will extend along a narrow strip that hugs Highway 20 and north to South March Point Road. It also will include the Sharpe’s Corner commercial district.

Although city council members questioned why the sewer plan should be on a fast track, city planning director Ian Munce said a chance to secure state funding as well as tie the project with water-line and road upgrades meant a quick response. Munce said he should know in about six weeks whether $1 million in state grants and low-cost loans will be forthcoming.

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