The Anacortes Schools Foundation’s first “Celebrate the Season” event was a hit.
The two-day event featured gingerbread house making, photos with Santa, handmade Christmas gift and poinsettia sales, crafts and games, holiday performances and food and beverages. The signature event of the celebration was the “Dream It Dinner” Saturday night.
Vicki Stowe, event co-chair, said preliminary numbers have the foundation bringing in about $50,000 from all sources, including tickets, marketplace sales, the auction, donations and sponsorships.
Washington’s naturally occurring king tides started this month, and the Washington Department of Ecology is inviting the public to share their photos.
James English was appointed to fill an alternate position on the Civil Service Commission, according to a city memo. The term expires in December 2016.
The Anacortes City Council last week OK’d entering into a contract with Makers Architecture & Urban Design to help the city with its 2016 comprehensive plan update.
Work will be performed on a time-and-materials basis and will not exceed $199,840, according to the contract. The price is based on an estimated level of 1,420 hours and travel estimated at $4,100.
The city is required to periodically update its comprehensive plan as required by the state Growth Management Act. Anacortes must adopt an updated plan by June 30, 2016.
The Anacortes City Council recently approved a library reciprocal borrowing agreement with five other area libraries. The agreement makes the pilot program more permanent.
The Anacortes Public Library reciprocal program began in 2009 with Burlington, Mount Vernon and La Conner. In 2010, it added Upper Skagit and Sedro-Woolley. The agreements were renewed in 2011.
The Skagit County Elections Department certified the general election results Nov. 26.
Anacortes had a voter turnout of 68 percent — 7,510 ballots were returned from the 11,001 registered voters in the city.
Countywide turnout was about 53 percent — 35,847 ballots were returned from the 67,429 registered voters.