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How They Voted: Human remains composting among bills before state lawmakers last week

This week, the House and Senate passed more than a dozen bills in their first round of full floor action this session. The topics included composting of human remains, state unemployment compensation for federal workers during government shutdowns, mandatory insurance for motorcycles, workmen’s comp


Man dies in Anacortes house fire

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified the body of a man found dead after a fire destroyed his home Thursday in Anacortes. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Rev. Dwight Woodruff of New Hope Christian Fellowship died in the blaze.


Whidbey Island resident files lawsuit over water contamination

An Oak Harbor resident who says her well was contaminated with chemicals from firefighting foam used at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court.


Washington Earthquake 2019 Today Strikes Olympia

ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A Washington earthquake 2019 today has hit moments ago. The Washington earthquake today began outside Olympia. Damage assessment is pending. USGS indicates to news that a 2.8 magnitude quake started outside Shelton with a moderate depth. The quake was 24 miles from Olympia. It wa


New WA bill aims to prevent an Electoral College revolt in 2020

For a brief window between November and December of 2016, a handful of presidential electors thought they might be able to change the course of history. Donald Trump had just won the presidential election, yet some members of the Electoral College still hoped to keep the brash Republican businessman


Island County Sheriff’s Office: Car hits school bus; report of someone shooting at a sea lion

Island County Sheriff’s deputies received these calls:. A boater on the water reported that someone was digging at the state park when no one should be there. A welfare check was sent to South Camano Drive after a call came in. The call taker could only make out the woman’s words, “Help me.” A man’s


Recent white supremacist activity in Washington is not new

This is the second in a two-part series on white supremacist activity in the Northwest. Read part one here. When a group attacked a DJ at a Lynnwood bar last December, it surprised some that the assault was carried out by a gang of white supremacists.


Just One Washington Restaurant Gets AAA 5-Diamond Rating

WOODINVILLE, WA - AAA has released its exclusive five-diamond list of restaurants and just one restaurant in Washington made the cut. The list, released Thursday, includes just 67 restaurants in North America and only three new restaurants were added this year.


Number of measles cases in Washington rises to 60

SPOKANE, Wash. - Health agencies across the state are keeping a close eye on the measles outbreak in Washington. 60 cases have now been reported in the state, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Clark County has 59 confirmed cases and King County has one confirmed case. According


A pregnant harbor seal was shot in the head and lost an eye. Now she’s going home.

A pregnant seal, now without its left eye after being shot with a pellet gun, is heading home to the San Juan Islands Sunday after successful surgery and nearly a month of recovery away from the sea.


Fire victim identified as Anacortes pastor

ANACORTES — The body found in a house destroyed by fire Thursday has been identified as that of the Rev. Dwight Woodruff of New Hope Christian Fellowship. The fire at 2205 13th St. was so intense when firefighters arrived in the early hours of the morning that they couldn’t enter the house, Fire Chi


Aberdeen teacher arrested in Marysville child rape

MARYSVILLE, Wash. - Officers arrested an elementary school teacher in Aberdeen Thursday who’s a suspect in a child rape in Marysville. Ryan Harless, 35, is a P.E. teacher at McDermoth Elementary in Aberdeen, according to the Aberdeen School District.


Pope Francis defrocks former Cardinal McCarrick, archbishop of Washington over sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.


Lawsuit alleges Arlington police ‘radically escalated’ encounter with distraught 17-year-old girl before shooting her

A federal civil-rights lawsuit filed Thursday alleges two Arlington police officers used excessive force when they shot and critically injured a suicidal 17-year-old girl who refused to get out of her car and held a 3-inch pocketknife to her throat.


Olympic Game Farm denies animal mistreatment

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — The Olympic Game Farm has denied allegations of mistreatment of the approximately 300 animals at the roadside zoo in response to a federal lawsuit filed late last year by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.


Body found in hallway of house destroyed by fire

A body was found this morning in the hallway of a house that was destroyed by fire shortly after midnight on the 2200 block of 13th St. in Anacortes. Anacortes Fire Chief Dave Oliveri said the discovery was made by Fire Marshal Jack Kennedy and a crew member after they returned to the scene to inves


Loving the Snow -- and our readers!

Anacortes American readers shared over 200 photos with us of the February snow event affecting Fidalgo Island and all of Skagit County. Click on the collection to the left and scroll through to see the amazing sights of our snow-covered island.


News Files: Snow, freezing temps lasted for weeks in February 1929 and 1989

EARLY HISTORY: In 1909, J.H. Ferguson added a line of cigars, tobacco, confectionery and soft drinks to his establishment in the Tolin Building, opposite the post office in Stanwood. He also had Edison, Victor and Star phonographs.


Winter storms keep first responders busy

Winter storms during the past two weeks caused an increase in emergency calls in Skagit County for everything from vehicle collisions to power lines downed by wind. Skagit 911 records show this week’s snowstorm resulted in dozens of calls about collisions, abandoned vehicles, traffic hazards and dow


Mat Classic: Lopez one of 16 area wrestlers to reach quarterfinals

TACOMA — Burlington-Edison's Isaac Lopez took his first two steps Friday toward a second state boys' wrestling championship. The senior won his first two matches at Mat Classic to move into the quarterfinal round of the Class 2A state tournament's 120-pound weight class.