The Big Picture

Big Picture: Trestle repair work advances


A crew is working on installing new trusses along the part of the trestle across Fidalgo Bay that was damaged by a fire last October. Installation of new decking could start as early as a few days from now.


Big Picture: America's Cup trophy welcomed here


A crowd estimated at over 1,000 people welcomed the America's Cup to Anacortes as two gloved handlers carried the trophy into the Port's Transit Shed during an event Saturday night that could be one of the single biggest events the town as seen in recent times.


Big Picture: "Whiskey Plank" ceremony


Members of OARS get ready to turn their new boat, the 27-foot Island Star, over to celebrate completion of the hand-made planked hull Friday in the Emerald Marine boat shed. The ceremony was dubbed a "Whiskey Plank" ceremony because, well, some boat builders celebnrate with whiskey to mark the end of construction of the hull. With the boat turned upright, construction will begin on the frame inside the hull.

Big Picture: Dean's Bench


When Dean Allen was alive, you could frequently find him with a mischievous smile at this spot at the end of Fifth St. in the Cap Sante neighborhood. After he died last December, his friends got together and paid for two benches to honor him.

BIg Picture: Wallie Funk gets UW degree...finally


Local historian and former newspaper publisher Wally Funk attended the University of Washington in the 1940's, but was finally presented his degree at Thursday night's School Board meeting by School Superintendent Chris Borgen as School Board President Kris Lytton enjoys the scene.


Big Picture: Trestle demolition started


Working from a barge, a crew from Culbertson Marine started work Thursday on removing pilings and timbers damaged in an October fire on the trestle across Fidalgo Bay. 

Big Picture: New pocket beach park

2010-0115_o_avenue_park-big.jpgWorkers put the finishing touches on a new pocket beach park at the north end of O Ave. The park project by the Port of Anacortes involved removing 103 creosote pilings, an old concrete bulkhead and other rubble.

Big Picture: Roundabout good for traffic


Looks like the roundabout at Commercial Ave. and Highway 20, shown here in a state DOT aerial photo, has been good news, traffic-wise. No accidents since the roundabout opened last summer.