Anacortes police officers investigated reports of a loud bang, possibly from a firework, near demonstrators supporting President Trump on 12th Street and Commercial Avenue Sept. 6.

It isn’t the first time that the ferry route between Anacortes and Sidney, B.C. faced a tentative future, but the cost of keeping the service going with the aging Washington State Ferries fleet could mean the end of the nearly century-old “auto highway” — at least a publicly funded one.

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As work progresses on the didgwalic Wellness Center’s second phase, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is already looking ahead to another expansion.

The air finally started to clear Tuesday, but the state Department of Ecology predicted that the smoke that has blanketed the area might linger a little longer before it’s completely gone.

The real estate market is strong in Anacortes, with increases in median closing prices, pending sales and homes sold compared to August 2019.

A total of 1,050 Skagit County residents have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus as of Monday, the Skagit County Public Health Department reported. The county death toll remained at 22 since the virus was first confirmed here March 10.

The Skagit County prosecuting attorney will decide whether a 33rd Street resident will be prosecuted for displaying a noose outside of a shed within view of a neighbor, who told police it appeared potentially threatening.

Reservations open Thursday for the next several months on the Washington State Ferries traveling to and from Anacortes.

Teacher assignments are going out to students and families who are gearing up to start their year with the Anacortes School District online.

A total of 1,017 Skagit County residents have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus as of Aug. 30, the Skagit County Public Health Department reported Monday. The county death toll remained at 22 since the virus was first confirmed here March 10.

Island Hospital continues to open up services and bring patients back to the hospital. As it does that, the administration needs to continue filling open positions and making sure there are enough people to run an increased number of services.

Whether they enroll for a hybrid education plan that will eventually bring them back to their school buildings or opt for the district’s new at-home education model, the roughly 2,500 students in the Anacortes School District will gear up for learning on Sept. 14.

A current state moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent is in place until Oct. 15, according to a proclamation from Gov. Jay Inslee.

The Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center is making changes to their gym’s hours of operation and continuing to navigate the new normal of operating the facility during a pandemic.

The rollout of the Anacortes fiber internet service is moving steadily forward with continued plans for expansion throughout the city.

Stephanie Hamilton, president and CEO of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, announced Friday that she is stepping down from her post, citing personal reasons.

District 2 County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt lost his bid for a sixth term Tuesday, finishing third in a field of three candidates in the primary election and failing to advance to the Nov. 3 general election.

In the five months since the retail and dining industries were rocked by sweeping restrictions made to reduce transmission of COVID-19, Anacortes businesses have adapted but hope there’s an end is in sight.

Another person has died in Skagit County from the COVID-19 virus, Skagit County Public Health reported Saturday.