Skagit Valley Herald An Anacortes couple was arrested over the weekend and booked into the Skagit County Jail for investigation of criminal mistreatment of the woman’s young child as well as drug charges. About 4:45 a.m. Sunday, Anacortes police were called to the 800 block of 23rd Street for a welfare check, where they found the couple…More
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The Associated Press A Coast Guard boat and helicopter are searching the waters near Anacortes for a man who failed to return from crabbing. A spokeswoman in Seattle, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer, says 48-year-old Dean Harvey of Bremerton was last seen Tuesday morning when he and his brother left Anacortes in separate 18-foot fishing…More
By Evan Marczynski / Skagit Valley Herald MOUNT VERNON — A 33-year-old Anacortes man has been charged with first-degree attempted assault after police said he purposefully struck a friend with his pickup after the friend demanded payment for several weeks’ worth of work making candies and caramels in the man’s kitchen, according to documents filed by…More
There will be no federal criminal charges in connection with the April 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes that killed seven employees. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a lengthy investigation into possible violations of federal environmental and worker-safety laws concluded no crime had occurred. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said the evidence reviewed “does not reach…More
The Associated Press SEATTLE — Ferry riders can expect long waits on some Puget Sound routes as the ferry system shuffles boats and changes schedules in response to vessel problems. The ferry Tacoma has been out of service for repairs since Tuesday when it lost power on the busy Seattle-Bainbridge Island route. A ferry was shifted from the…More
The Associated Press ANACORTES — The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office says three oil-train protesters have been arrested for blocking the railroad tracks at the Tesoro refinery near Anacortes. About two dozen people were taking part in the demonstration Monday morning when deputies arrived. Most agreed to leave, but three remained locked to each other on the tracks. The…More
The Associated Press ANACORTES — The fire chief in Anacortes says a 40-foot boat that caught fire in the Anacortes Marina is expected to be a total loss. The Skagit Valley Herald reports that Fire Chief Richard Curtis said nearby boats were moved to a safe location. Officials said the boat was unoccupied when the fire started Monday. Firefighters attacked the…More
By Russell Hixson Skagit Valley Herald ANACORTES — A new 85-foot yacht that capsized in Anacortes during its maiden launch has been put upright in the water as officials investigate what caused it to tip over Sunday with six people on board. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama with the U.S. Coast Guard said an incident management team is…More
By Kera Wanielista
Skagit Valley Herald (MCT)
ANACORTES — A longstanding Anacortes Eagles No. 249 fundraising tradition has officially been canceled, Anacortes School District Superintendent Mark Wenzel said Thursday.
The event, which sees donkey riders facing off against each other in a basketball game, was scheduled to take place at Anacortes Middle School’s gym on Saturday.
Due to concerns and an uproar of negative feedback, the event, put on by Donkey Sports Inc., was canceled, Wenzel said.
The proposed event drew feedback and criticism at the local, state, national and even international level, Wenzel said. The district had been “inundated” with phone calls and emails, some from as far away as Australia.
“I think, regardless of where folks stand on this issue, the controversy isn’t good for Anacortes,” Wenzel said. “It took our focus away from student learning this week; we were inundated with emails and phone calls. So I think if we can avoid more controversy by not having a protest on the news on Saturday, it’s probably good for the community.”
Mike Gourley, trustee with the Anacortes Eagles No. 249, confirmed the event was canceled.
“And that kind of sucks,” Gourley said. “I used to ride for eight years, and the only people that got hurt was us, not the donkeys.”More
ANACORTES (AP) — A Skagit County man who is a Mexican national is suing the federal government over the way he was treated after a traffic stop in Anacortes. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Gustavo Vargas Ramirez spent two months in detention under threat of deportation for failing to signal before a left turn. He is…More