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Police Blotter, August 13-18, 2017

An Anacortes Police Department Auxiliary Patrol car used by volunteers was ‘crushed’ when it was struck by an errant motorist.

Summer Entertainment

  • Polecat @ Riverwalk Thu. Aug 24, 2017 6:00 pm Formed in Bellingham, Washington in Spring 2010,  Polecat has traveled all over Northwest U.S., performing over 400 shows in four years. Their unique instrumentation enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, reggae, and world music into their sound. ...
  • Chris Eger Band at Seafarers Fri. Aug 25, 2017 6:00 pm Very few musicians are said to be extraordinary examples of excellence in any one genre of music. Even fewer can be called exceptional across multiple. When considering Chris Eger fits into the latter category as both a guitarist AND vocalist, it is no doubt an especially rare gift. From Rock and...
  • Hot Damn Scandal @ Heart of Anacortes Sat. Aug 26, 2017 6:00 pm “Hot Damn scandal performs music that seems to be carved out of the broken heart of the American dream… you feel like you have heard these songs all your life. These are your favorite boots, your lucky hat, your Saturday night shirt, Your old dog that disappeared after the rain” – Sc...
  • Johnny Bulldog @ Riverwalk Thu. Aug 31, 2017 6:00 pm Johnny Bulldog is comprised of four seasoned musicians that perform as an acoustic act featuring the music of The Beatles. In the second set, when dancing is called for, they plug in and rock with tunes from Creedence, Wilson Picket and other legends. They draw crowds wherever they go. At Riverwa...
  • Stacy Jones Band @ Heart of Anacortes Sat. Sep 2, 2017 6:00 pm Stacy Jones Band continues to blow fans away with their high-energy, genre bending performances. Amazing vocals, incredible musicianship, outstanding songwriting and powerful, dynamic arrangements – it’s easy to understand why Stacy and her band are captivating the crowds and gathering new fa...

Recent Blog Posts

Park Recycling Being Re-thought - a brick, really?

Recycling: a great idea, and an inherent part of our culture the past couple of decades, right?

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Demolition is under way Monday morning on the old Packard House, built in 1929 at 101 Fifth St, in the Cap Sante neighborhood. A 2005 survey of historic homes in Cap Sante done for the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, called this home, "One of the city's most significant properties."

The home's first occupant was Charles Q. Adams, the great-grandson of President John Q. Adams. Charles Adams died the day he and his wife moved into the home. Lyle and Doris Packard, both now deceased, lived in the home from 1948 until 1999.

The prime view lot was subdivided for the construction of other homes, leading to some community opposition. Brent Morrison, an Anacortes High School alum and 2002 Dartmouth grad, led an effort to look for other options than demolition.

One neighbor opined, "While some might wish that it could have been possible to save this historic house, unfortunately the previous owners allowed it to deteriorate so far that it was a health and safety hazard and could not feasibly be saved or moved.  Demolition is the only reasonable option at this point, and will make the site available for new development of an appropriate scale."

Another neighbor watching the demolition Monday morning said, simply, "Finally!"

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Free Food and Networking: Apply for Our Diversity Mentorship Program at ONA

by Hannah Birch In March, we published what we’re doing in 2017 to foster diversity, both at ProPublica and within investigative journalism. In support of those goals, we’re pleased to...