Deer Harbor, WA

Western Front

BRIEF: Meet the candidates running for state senate in the 42nd district

In the northwesternmost corner of Washington state, campaigning has begun for the competitive and valuable state senate seat representing the 42nd district. The seat had long been held by Republican Doug Ericksen, who died in December 2021 after testing positive for COVID-19. Ericksen was re-elected in 2018 by just 45 votes.
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Mayor rides shotgun on vintage firetruck

It was exciting to see the city’s vintage 1924 American LaFrance fire engine motoring up Commercial Avenue with Mayor Matt Miller riding shotgun. Thanks, Lions Club, for hosting another great Independence Day parade in downtown Anacortes!. About Photographer Steve Berentson. A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved...
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July 4th events

4th of July Parade: sponsored by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. 10:30 a.m. With the theme, “United We Stand,” this year’s parade will salute heroes, helpers and essential workers. The parade will begin toward the top of spring street and make its way down to First Street in Friday Harbor. Grand Marshalls will be Lin and Pam Pearson, who ran the parade for over 17 years. What a great way to thank them for their years of service and devotion to our community. Honored citizen will be Vicky Thalacker, who has also been instrumental in serving our community –through the leadership of Vicky, a local pilot and the local Soroptimist chapter, the San Juan Eagles were organized in 2002 to fly cancer patients to mainland cancer treatment centers on a voluntary basis. Our community is definitely a better place because of Lin, Pam and Vicky. The chamber encourages all of those interested to gather your creative crew and begin plans on your costumes, floats and themed entries. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories-Best Use of Theme Float, Best Use of Theme Non-Float, Best Use of Theme- Children/Youth, Best Costume Group, Best Animal/Animal Group, Judges Choice, Best Off-Island Entry, and Best Vehicle. To participate in the 2022 Friday Harbor Independence Day Parade, please email: for an application or download it at or come pick an application up at the Chamber Office, 165 1st Street S.

37-year-old Vincent T Englert killed after a motorcycle crash in Bellingham (Bellingham, WA)

Authorities identified 37-year-old Vincent T Englert, from Blaine, as the man who lost his life following a traffic collision on Thursday evening in Bellingham. The fatal motorcycle crash took place on I-5 at about 8:23 p.m. According to the investigation reports, Vincent T Englert was riding his 2003 Honda VTX1800R northbound on I-5 approaching Lakeway Drive when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road and went into the median. After that, the motorcycle crashed into a guardrail, went over a cement barrier and fell onto Lakeway Drive below.

Hatchett staying home, commits to Washington

FERNDALE – After over a year of college visits, Ferndale’s highly-coveted 2023 offensive lineman Landen Hatchett has made up his mind. On Wednesday, June 29, Landen announced his commitment to the University of Washington. He will join his brother Geirean Hatchett in the trenches of the Huskies’ interior offensive line.

Bellingham woman convicted in death of boyfriend’s daughter

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A jury has found a Bellingham woman guilty of homicide by abuse in the death of her boyfriend’s three-year-old daughter. Kamee Nicole Dixon claimed the girl, Hazel Homan, had choked on some food when she was taken to the hospital on November 27th, 2019. But...

37-year-old man dead after a motorcycle crash in Bellingham (Bellingham, WA)

On Thursday, a 37-year-old man lost his life following a single-vehicle accident in Bellingham. As per the initial information, the fatal motorcycle crash was reported at approximately 8:20pm on Lakeway Drive under the I-5 overpass. The early reports showed that the 2003 Honda VTX1800R motorcycle was northbound on Interstate 5 when the rider failed to negotiate a curve and the motorcycle went into the median.

Pet of the Week, meet Bagel

Submitted by the Animal Protection Society Friday Harbor. In honor of Cat World Domination Day, June 24, we have chosen Bagel as our Pet of the Week. He is one to take over your heart and your home. Bagel would prefer to be the one and only ruler of the house, as he does not want other cats getting in the way of his conquest. Bagel is, unfortunately, FIV+, but is otherwise in great shape and expected to live a long, healthy life if given the right indoor environment. He loves his people and will demand endless amounts of pets and affection. Despite his age, Bagel is still quite spry and young at heart. He loves to play with a variety of toys that challenge his quick reflexes. This regal mastermind has a beautiful tuxedo coat that sports an abstract smile on his back and is sure to bring one to your face!

Blaine man killed in motorcycle crash on I-5

BELLIGHAM, Wash. – An overnight motorcycle crash claimed the life of a Blaine man. The Washington State Patrol said 37-year-old Vincent Englert was riding on I-5 northbound near Lakeway Drive on Thursday night, June 30th, when he failed to negotiate a curve. Englert drove into the median and hit...
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Free Tooth Extraction Clinic

Dr. Triplett’s dental office at 445 Madrona Street in Eastsound is reserving Tuesday, July 19 for free tooth extractions for Orcas, Shaw, and Waldron residents in financial need. Services are limited to both routine and surgical extractions (including wisdom teeth). To make an appointment and receive additional information, call...