Top Stories

Highway 20 repaving set for summer

Work will begin next month to repave SR 20 between Frostad Road and Sharpes Corner, followed by repaving of Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges later in the summer.

Recent Blog Posts

Springtime in Japan

Springtime in Japan

I traveled to Osaka, Japan for Spring Break to be immersed in Japanese culture and to witness the cherry and plum blossoms; they were remarkable.

Demolition begins on Packard house

2012-1203-packard-house

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!"

Add comment
  • No comments found

60.8°F

Anacortes

Clear
Humidity: 75%
Wind: South at 6 mph
Saturday

49°F/63°F
Sunday

52°F/65°F
Monday

50°F/63°F
KWeather is powered by Kaleidoscoop

Community Events

Crosscut

  • Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: DJ Riz Rollins and visual artist Rémy Coutarel. Moniker: Filter Given Name: Riz Rollins Other Aliases:...

  • Owls have captivated us for thousands of years, appearing in our art, informing our environmental understanding and living in our forests (even if we rarely see them). Local artist, author and naturalist Tony Angell has lived closely with owls for...

  • It is weird, the coffee in New York. We have plenty of desultory coffee shops here in Seattle, hiply desultory, and the coffee will follow that form. But the coffee in New York is terrible. It is like a cult...

  • By Ari Cetron Continue reading →

  • Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered a second-30-day special session to begin Friday in order to resolve sluggish talks on the 2015-2017 budget for Washington. And Inslee ordered that House Democratic and Senate Republican budget negotiators meet face-to-face daily in his...

Seattle Times

  • Poverty Seniors’ financial plans hurt by extra charges Editor, The Times: Jerry Large rightly observed, “Seeing poverty as an individual problem misses the root causes and creative solutions” [“Shedding light on complexities of poverty” Local News, May 28]. I suggest...

  • SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman convicted of killing six of her newborns and hiding their bodies in her garage will serve 49 years in prison before her first parole hearing. Utah Board of Pardons and Parole spokesman...

  • DETROIT (AP) — General Motors and Subaru are adding vehicles to the growing list of models being recalled by 11 automakers due to potentially exploding air bags. The U.S. government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the model information on...

  • CALEDONIA, Mich. (AP) — Strong tree branches may have saved two men from injury or death after their helicopter crashed late Friday morning in western Michigan. The men, contracted by Consumers Energy, were doing visual inspections of overhead power lines...

  • BOSTON (AP) — It’s disgusting enough to put you off snow cones for the rest of the summer. A Boston public works official says the towering piles of filthy snow left over from the city’s record-setting winter are even more...

Skagit Vallley Herald

Login

Registration is required only to post comments or events.