Feb. 20, 1919

The Rev. Gustave Treunet has just received a letter from Robert Booth, Catholic chaplain of the 357th infantry, 90th division, in France, which pays a splendid tribute to the bravery and heroism of Harry Causland, who was killed in action October 25.

Harry Causland was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Causland of Guemes island, and was one of the most highly respected young men in the community. The letter is as follows:

“… as a fighting man he was one of our very finest; in fact with two others he was the best in our whole division, for to those three men alone was accorded the highest honor which the United States Government pays to its soldiers, namely, the Distinguished Service Medal.”

Feb. 21, 1929

Backers of the Deception Pass Bridge association, sponsors of a bill giving the state parks board permission to authorize the construction of a toll bridge from Island to Skagit county, were elated when word was received that the senate, Monday, has passed a house bill by Mrs. Pearl Wanamaker of Island county, authorizing the construction of a toll bridge from Island to Skagit county.

The bridge will span Deception Pass, joining Whidbey island, larger of the two islands of Island county, to Fidalgo island, a part of Skagit county already connected with the mainland. The bridge is estimated to cost $500,000.

Following the approval of the bill by the governor, it will then be the object to finance the project. At the time of the organization of the Deception Pass Bridge association, it was declared that a private concern was willing to finance and build the bridge on a toll charge basis.

Feb. 17, 1949

At least $100,000,000 in untapped resources in Northern and Western Washington will become productive with the construction of a north state highway, S.S. McIntyre, president of the North State Highway Association, said in Olympia this week.

McIntyre was in the Capitol this week in the interest of bills which would make a start on the new highway possible.

Two of the bills would amend the laws of 1937 to specify the route the new highway would take across the North Cascades from Mazama to Marblemount. The third bill asks that money be appropriated to complete the Loup Loup road between the Okanogan and Methow valleys.

Feb. 19, 1959

Washington cities’ attempts to gain additional revenue from state legislators will undoubtedly be met with strong opposition, Anacortes City Manager Archie French predicted today.

French said he gained this impression as a result of his attendance at City Officials’ Day in Olympia yesterday.

Municipal officials from throughout the state journeyed to the capitol yesterday to request passage of House Bill 296, which would give 10 percent of all present state-collected state and excise taxes to Washington cities. … He said, “I thought the trip was a success, as far as presenting our case, but I wouldn’t raise any false hopes that the bill will pass.”

Feb. 20, 1969

Subdivision of a privately owned section of Shannon Point dominated discussion at the regular meeting of the Anacortes City Council held Tuesday evening in city hall.

The issue … is continuing public use of the former railroad right-of-way between Ship Harbor and Sunset Beach. The strip was sold by the railroad to abutting property owners several years ago. One portion has now been purchased by developers whose plans for sub-division were approved by Planning Commission last week.

On the other side are supporters of the city’s long-range park plan, which shows a narrow-gauge scenic railroad line running along this waterfront route around Shannon Point. The railroad has been planned and partially constructed by Thomas G. Thompson of Anacortes.

Feb. 21, 1979

More than money is at stake when the City of Anacortes chooses to buck federal water pollution standards, city Manager Chuck Davenport told city council at a study session last week.

The state Department of Ecology, which enforces the federal regulations, has threatened to impose a fine of $5,000 a day for every day the city is out of compliance with the law, Davenport said, but even more of a problem could be the fractured relationship the city seems to be developing with that state agency.

“Those are the same people we will have to go through to get help on other important city projects, such as the secondary sewage treatment plant,” Davenport said. “This delaying action is just making things more difficult, if not impossible.” (The city is trying to obtain a waiver on construction of that secondary treatment plant.)

Feb. 22, 1989

The future of the Majestic is in doubt again.

The downtown lodging and dining facility, formerly the never-opened White Gull Inn, has been an on-again, off-again project almost from its inception. In the latest development, the current owners say that Interwest Savings Bank, from whom they purchased the inn, must now grant them financial concessions.

Lena Humber, who owns the facility along with her husband Vernon and partner Jeffrey Wetmore, said this week that the owners would ask the bank to pay for costs incurred in bringing the venerable building up to state fire code, which could run as high as $100,000. In addition, she said the partners would seek some sort of compensation for revenue lost by not being able to open in April 1989, as originally planned.

Feb. 24, 1999

Two Anacortes planning commissioners were not enough to scuttle the proposal to mine rock in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands following a 4-2 split that will see a detailed minority report delivered to City council members’ mailboxes.

But the commission as a whole did urge City Hall to direct the $1 million in projected revenues from the proposal into the forest-lands endowment funds, and not elsewhere.

“I would like to ensure the integrity of the (forest) endowment fund, and not see the city spending large portions of revenue for other purposes,” commissioner Mike Hasty said. Hasty, Clay Leming, Laurie Gere and Dave Welk recommended approval of the 16-acre mining proposal on forest land adjacent to Lakeside Industries’ rock quarry off Havekost Road. Betty Kuehn and Cynthia Richardson firmly opposed the measure.

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