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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

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, […]

Crews pave soap box derby track on Camano

May 18, 2018

Nearly 1,000 feet of fresh, smooth asphalt awaits young racers at Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island. The ranch — across Arrowhead Road from the entrance to Utsalady Elementary School — will host the 11th annual Windermere Stanwood Camano Island Soap Box Derby on June 16 at 615 Arrowhead Road. A trial run will happen May […]

New program will offer all area 3rd graders free swim lessons

May 15, 2018

Every third-grader can get free swim lessons next school year. Local Windermere agents, owners and the Windermere Foundation raised $10,000 to pay for Make a Splash, a new initiative started by the USA Swimming Foundation which aims to save children’s lives through swimming lessons. The program, already adopted by several YMCAs in Washington state, will […]


Soap Box derby rolls onto Camano

April 11, 2018

After 10 years on a Stanwood street, race gets new track The Stanwood Camano Island Soap Box Derby is on the move. After 10 years racing down 800 feet of 276th Street NW in Stanwood, kids will now cruise down a nearly 1,000-foot new track at Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island. “We’ve been watching this […]