The Big Picture

America's Cup challenger gets a wing

Gilles Martin-Raget photo

A huge new wing, built in part in Anacortes, has replaced a sail on the Anacortes-built trimaran which is the American challenger for the America's Cup.

BMW ORACLE Racing, the American challenger for the 33rd America’s Cup, earlier this week installed an almost 190-foot airplane-like hard wing sail and completed the first short test sail of the team’s latest technology on San Diego Bay.

Big Picture: Halloween treats downtown


A little one gets some candy from an employee at Island Home Collection on Commercial Ave. as downtown merchants welcome kids to trick-or-treat on Saturday afternoon.

Big Picture: Adopting a low-carbon diet

(Vince Streano photo)

More than 100 participants in the Anacortes Cool Climate Cafe hold up signs supporting the International Day of Climate Action. The 350 is what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Participants in Saturday's Cool Climate Cafe at the Anacortes Senior Activities Center learned how to cut back on their carbon footprint, in other words how to reduce their dependence on carbon-based products. The 2 hour program was sponsored by Skagit Beat the Heat.

During the meeting, residents broke into teams with the goal of encouraging each other to continue to work toward reducing carbon usage.

Two years ago, after leading climatologists observed rapid ice melt in the Arctic and other frightening signs of climate change, they issued a series of studies showing that the planet faced both human and natural disaster if atmospheric concentrations of CO2 remained above 350 parts per million.

Big Picture: Fidalgo Bay trestle burns


Firefighters battle a fire on the trestle across Fidalgo Bay Thursday. The fire was first reported around noon on the trestle portion of the Tommy Thompson Trail. The isolated location meant firefighters had to run hoses from a land side fire truck out across the half-mile long trestle. The fire attracted onlookers all along Fidalgo Bay. 

Few turn out for Candidates' Forum


Robin Pestarino, President of the League of Women Voters of Skagit County, introduces Wednesday night's Candidates' Forum, with fewer than 50 people, including candidates, in the City Council chambers.

Oyster Run 2009


Thousands of motorcyclists convered on Anacortes Sunday for the annual Oyster Run. One prediction said to expect 25,000 cyclists.

The Sea, Within by Lin McJunkin


The Sea, Within, a 98" tall fused glass and steel sculpture by Lin McJunkin of Conway, is located at Commercial Ave. at 32nd St. in Anacortes. Like all art in the new Commercial Ave. public art series, it is for sale. Part of the proceeds will benefit the city. Fifth in a series.


Old Growth by Micajah Bienvenu


Old Growth by Micajah Bienvenu of Friday Harbor. This sculpture is in front of Windermere Real Estate near 32nd St. & Commercial Ave. Like all the sculptures chosen by the Anacortes Arts Commission, this sculpture is for sale. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Anacortes Arts Commission. (Fourth in a series)

Eve by James Lapp


This wire sculpture, Eve by James Lapp, can be found at the corner of 14th St. & Commercial Ave. in Anacortes. The artist told me the name is "Eve, as in Adam and Eve," but conceded it looks like an upside-down wine glass. And, it's in front of Compass Wines.