A motorist fueling his vehicle at the same gas station as an Anacortes police corporal Jan. 15 was found to be in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.

Women, immigrants, people of color and all others facing oppression were at the forefront of the speeches, signs and calls to action at the third annual Anacortes candlelight Women’s March Jan. 19, just like thousands of others across the nation.

Several property owners on Sunset Avenue and Grady Lane have written the city in opposition to the loss of wildlife habitat that would occur if 20 condominiums are developed as proposed on Ferry Terminal Road south of Charlie’s Restaurant.

More sleep for students, a bus schedule that works and minimal impact on families are all top priorities for the Anacortes School District as it looks at the possibility of starting all schools later next year.

Port of Anacortes Commissioner Kathy Pittis has been appointed to serve on the Washington Public Ports Association’s Executive Committee.

The Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center board of commissioners is offering naming rights to help raise half the cost of the estimated $28.4 million needed to build the proposed center. The rest would be raised through a bond proposed for the February 2020 ballot.

Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center District commissioners will get an update on the capital campaign for the proposed new aquatic and fitness center when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the center, 1603 22nd St., Anacortes.



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Law enforcement officers used a drone’s thermal-imaging camera to find a domestic violence suspect hiding under a pier near the Swinomish Casino & Lodge shortly after 1 a.m. Jan. 12.

An Anacortes man escaped serious injury but was arrested for DUI early Jan. 5 after his van went off the road and rolled over near the Heart Lake trailhead parking lot.

After almost 10 years on the Anacortes School Board, Karl Yost recently announced his resignation.

CORRECTS the length of time the appointed replacement senator will serve. The vacancy will be filled in 2019 by appointment. Then in November 2019, a special election will be held to elect a person to serve the last year of Ranker’s term, through 2020. 

A proposed law requested by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Department of Health would raise the minimum legal age of sales for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21.

Five new Anacortes firefighter-paramedics were sworn in at Monday’s City Council meeting. Three more firefighters were promoted to lieutenant.

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The yellowed, fragile pages of Anacortes American newspaper editions from over a century ago are too delicate to simply browse, but public access to the oldest editions is opening up with the launch of a project that has been under way for more than a year.

On the first day of 2019, an officer stopped a bicyclist just after 9 p.m. on 15th Street for having improper lighting at night, running a stop sign and riding on the wrong side of the road. The 66-year-old Anacortes man was confrontational with the officer, and investigation revealed he was…

The U.S. Coast Guard has cleared the $75 million America’s Finest vessel to fish in U.S. waters, the final hurdle builder Dakota Creek Industries needed to move forward, according to a news release Thursday from U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen’s office.

Sarah Minton, a real estate agent with 27 years of experience in the Skagit Valley, joins the team at RE/MAX Gateway in Anacortes.

Some Christmas gifts never made it beneath their intended trees this year.

Jonn Lunsford started taking care of Anacortes parks as a teenager and college student for summer work. While his first career didn’t lead him to parks, he returned to serve 17 years as operations and forest lands manager for the Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department.

The Anacortes Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on its third draft of development regulations & design standards update at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Anacortes City Council Chambers, 904 Sixth St.

Following strong winds Thursday, many Anacortes residents were without power through the day Thursday, overnight and into Friday.

Students may be getting an extra half hour of sleep next year as the Anacortes School District weighs the pros and cons of later start times at the middle and high schools.