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Local economy finding ‘balance’

January 30, 2019

Economist Matthew Gardner motioned his outstretched hand horizontally through the air. “Balance,” he said. “That’s what we’re trending back to.” Gardner was addressing some 250 people during an economic forum Friday, Jan. 26, at the Camano Center. After nearly 20 years of volatility in the housing market — the early 2000s boom, the Great Recession […]

2019 Economic and Housing Forecast

December 30, 2018

What a year it has been for both the U.S. economy and the national housing market. After several years of above-average economic and home price growth, 2018 marked the start of a slowdown in the residential real estate market. As the year comes to a close, it’s time for me to dust off my crystal […]

Real Estate Forecast 2019

December 14, 2018

Nationally Recognized Economist, Matthew Gardner, Secured as Keynote Speaker for Community Forum in January   Windermere Real Estate Camano Island & Stanwood has secured nationally-recognized, expert chief economist, Matthew Gardner, as keynote speaker for Real Estate Forecast 2019, a community forum scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Camano Center. The forum, which will […]

Super bowls: Chili’s and chowder’s compete at Camano cook-off

November 21, 2018

  Palmer’s chili won Best Chili for the third time in the past four years at the Chili & Chowder Cook-Off on Camano Island. The contest marked its 23rd year Nov. 10. Twenty-four contestants competed for the titles of Best Chili and Best Chowder on Camano. A record-breaking 1,761 people — including this reporter — […]

We Are Stanwood Camano Giving Tree

November 19, 2018

Windermere Stanwood and Camano Island Prepares “We Are Stanwood Camano Giving Tree” to Support Neighbors in Need During Holiday Season   CAMANO ISLAND, WA (November 16, 2018) – Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Windermere Real Estate has put up its “We Are Stanwood Camano Giving Tree” at its Terry’s Corner office located […]

Free swim lessons making a big splash

November 1, 2018

Students are gleefully diving into a new effort to teach water safety — one third-grade class at a time. The Make a Splash program, in its first year in the Stanwood-Camano area, provides a week of free swimming lessons to all third-grade students in the district. Twenty-three boys and girls in Sandi Meier’s class at […]

Local Law Enforcement Group Honors Heagles

October 10, 2018

Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation last week awarded Randy and Marla Heagle with its inaugural Citizens of the Year award. The Heagles have supported the group’s efforts for several years in a row, along with providing a space for the organization’s main annual fundraising event. The foundation raises money to help Island County deputies and […]

This quirky century-old schoolhouse is yours for $695,000

August 31, 2018

The two-acre property on the Stillaguamish River in Silvana includes a replica Old West town. SILVANA — The old schoolhouse here and the quirky property it sits on, complete with a Wild West-style town in the back yard, is up for sale. The asking price is $695,000. The school was built around 1907, part of the […]

Letter: Thanks to neighborhood, Camano’s National Night Out was a success

August 20, 2018

Dear Editor: Camano neighbors gathered Aug. 7 at the Utsalady Ladies Aid Building for a giant block party to celebrate a night out against crime. Along with food and fun, information was available from local resource groups for making the community and neighborhoods on Camano Island safer places. Participating groups were: Camano Island Fire and […]

Curbed Seattle

August 17, 2018

1906 schoolhouse—plus a saloon and a chapel—listed for $695K Like your own little old-timey town! View the Listing Details Whether you’re looking to open an event venue or just for some unique digs, here’s something for you: a two-acre property in Silvana, a Snohomish County town with a population of 90 or so people, featuring a […]

Rotary announces parade winners

August 7, 2018

Seventy-six entries in this year’s Stanwood Camano Community Parade marched west through downtown Stanwood for about hour on Saturday, Aug. 4. Dan Sailer, chair of the parade committee, said kids, teens and adults came ready to see a grand parade with entries from all over the area competing for top honors. The parade, hosted by […]

Camano Island community made Soap Box Derby track possible

July 14, 2018

Letter to the Editor These past weeks, I have been repeatedly reminded of why my wife, Marla, and I chose to make the Stanwood-Camano community our home. During our recent efforts to raise funds and construct the new Soap Box Derby Headquarters and Track at our Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island, we were greeted time […]

Stanwood-Camano community made soap box derby move possible

July 9, 2018

Dear Editor: These past weeks, I have been repeatedly reminded of why my wife, Marla, and I chose to make the Stanwood-Camano community our home. During our recent efforts to raise funds and construct the new Soap Box Derby Headquarters and Track at our Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island, we were greeted time and again […]

Gravity-Powered Fun

June 19, 2018

Mattea Black sat in her soap box derby car grinning ear-to-ear while waiting for her race. “It’s just so much fun,” the 10-year-old Stanwood Elementary School student said. “I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to race.” Black, who would go on to finish fourth in the Super Stock Division, was one of 72 kids […]

Brand-new track, permanent Camano home for Soap Box Derby

June 18, 2018

Races involving 73 cars are on Saturday at a converted ranch where striped pavement belongs to kids. CAMANO ISLAND — The cars sat in rows inside a big red barn, recently renovated. It was quiet at the ranch-turned-racetrack last week. It won’t be on derby day. The cars were built by drivers ages 7 to […]

Photo Gallery: Stanwood Camano Soap Box Derby, 6.16.18

June 16, 2018

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Watch: The biggest soap box derby on the West Coast

June 15, 2018
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On your mark, get set … roll!

June 11, 2018

The need for speed hits this weekend. More than 70 young speedsters square off Saturday during the 11th annual Windermere Stanwood-Camano Soap Box Derby, taking place for the first time on the new track at Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island. Defending champion Braddock Johnson — the 8-year-old son of Megan and Scott Johnson of Camano […]

Stanwood supported Skagit STEM event

May 23, 2018

Dear Editor: Skagit STEM hosted nearly 400 girls in grades 7-9 from Skagit County public and parochial schools Tuesday, May 15, at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon to gain exposure to the variety of opportunities in STEM-related careers as well as careers that require computational thinking/computer science. Several Stanwood-Camano individuals and businesses supported the event. […]

Popular, private Freedom Park seeking financial support

May 19, 2018

CAMANO ISLAND — Mike Nestor likes to think of how many children have become friends on the playground at Freedom Park, and how many parents get to talking at the picnic tables. He doubts any of the families who frequent the park realized it was at risk of foreclosure and could have gone to auction, […]