Anacortes City Council members Matt Miller and Ryan Walters are candidates for mayor on the Nov. 2 ballot. Current Mayor Laurie Gere is not seeking re-election. The mayor is elected to a full-time, four-year term and serves as salaried chief executive officer of this city of 18,000 people.

Anacortes City Council members Matt Miller and Ryan Walters are candidates for mayor on the Nov. 2 ballot. Current Mayor Laurie Gere is not seeking re-election. The mayor is elected to a full-time, four-year term and serves as salaried chief executive officer of this city of 18,000 people.

Suffering in this community from COVID-19 is real, and hospitals across this county are on the verge of a crisis, Island Hospital CEO Charles Hall said at a community briefing last week.

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The Port of Anacortes is moving toward renovations and modernization at its RV Park at Cap Sante Marina.

After a long absence from the Salish Sea, some Southern Resident orcas found salmon near the San Juan Islands last week before making a one-day trip farther south into the Puget Sound Sept. 7.

The Skagit County Fire Marshal has partially lifted the total burn ban, allowing for recreational fires after an increase in area fuel moistures.

The Skagit County Health Department has announced the closures of area shellfish harvesting following samples taken showing an increase in paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins.South Skagit, Similk Bay and Deception Pass are affected by the closures, as wells as other areas in Whatcom, Island…

After seven years, a Comprehensive Plan for the Anacortes Community Forest Lands will soon reach the City Council for possible approval.

The local jobless rate is currently low, but it doesn’t truly reflect pandemic economic recovery, according to information from a local economy expert who expects changes as schools reopen and unemployment benefits expire.

Monday evening, Virginia resident Lynn Salvo made her way across the Tommy Thompson Trail on bike, trailed by a group of people from Anacortes as she completed the first day of a cross-country ride.

 Students are back in Anacortes School District schools today, and among those finding their way around new schools are new principals at Anacortes and Cap Sante high schools.

Anacortes Police Department officers responded to a call about a prickly guest on a sailboat around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. Community Service Officer Zabrina Nybo and Sergeant Sam King heroically (and carefully) herded the porcupine into a dog crate as there were no other more suitable…

Skagit County has partly lifted its recreational burn bans as moisture levels have increased following two summer heatwaves, but only for unincorporated areas east of the Swinomish Channel, which excludes all of Fidalgo Island.

The Port of Skagit has new leadership after the retirement of longtime director Patsy Martin, who began her career at the Port of Anacortes and served the Port of Skagit for nearly 30 years.

Face coverings and some distance between students will again be part of the plan this school year, but things will still be a lot closer to normal than what district Superintendent Justin Irish has seen so far.

The Anacortes Police Department responded to 103 dispatches Aug. 20-24.These are some of them.Friday, Aug. 20• A caller reported a 14-year-old boy gave a 9-year-old boy a joint at the skate park. The teen claimed the boy had actually taken a cigarette from him and took a puff. He said he nev…

A surge of COVID-19 cases in Skagit County is putting a strain on area hospitals, and three of four COVID-19 deaths this month occurred within the last two weeks at Island Hospital.

A 49-year-old Anacortes man accidently shot himself in the leg while unloading a handgun Saturday, also striking the toe of another person in an apartment complex on 27th Court. The bullet entered the floor, but not into the apartment below, according to the Anacortes Police Department.Medic…

Skagit County is counting this month its third-highest number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since the pandemic began. And the month is far from over.

When Joey Hulbert was visiting family on Fidalgo Island this month, he saw exactly the thing he’s been collecting data on for nearly a year: populations of Western redcedar that are dying.