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October 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Candies, caramels lead to altercation, assault charges

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…

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August 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM

No criminal charges in 2010 Tesoro refinery fire that killed 7

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…

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July 31, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Anacortes to Sidney, B.C., ferry canceled for today, Friday

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…

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July 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

3 oil-train protesters jailed for blocking tracks to Anacortes refinery

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…

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July 7, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Anacortes boat fire: Chief expects total loss

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…

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May 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Yacht pulled upright; sinking cause unknown

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…

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January 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Donkey basketball fundraiser in Anacortes draws ire, called off

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.”

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January 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Skagit County man suing over alleged immigrant abuse

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…

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January 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Sexual predator sting operation leads to arrest in Skagit County

Skagit Valley Herald ANACORTES — A man was arrested by Anacortes Police and booked into Skagit County Jail late Tuesday night. Police have requested charges from the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office for communication with a minor for immoral purposes, possession of child pornography and attempted second-degree rape of a child, said officer Doug Liddle. The arrest stemmed from…

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November 14, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Guilty plea in beating death of Anacortes man

The Associated Press MOUNT VERNON — A man accused of beating his girlfriend’s step-grandfather to death pleaded guilty Wednesday in Mount Vernon to first-degree murder. The 33-year-old, Ashlee Smith, faces a minimum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 27 in Skagit County Superior Court. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Smith and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Ami…

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