Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson is a founding member of the Rainshadow Journal collective. He retired to Port Townsend after 30 years of journalism at the Seattle Times.

Puget Sound Crab Populations are Flourishing

Why are crab prospering while salmon aren’t? No one knows for sure.

A Fascinating Explosion of Puget Sound Plankton So Big It was Seen from Space

“Puget Sound is to plankton what Florida is to oranges, what Iowa is to corn, and what the Cascades are to Douglas fir.”

A Life in the Air: Flip Wingrove’s Joyful Flight

Flip spent much of his life flying airplanes and helping design and test the Boeing jetliners that changed the world. He loved to fly.  And, with his trim Clark Gable moustache and sparkling blue eyes, he certainly looked the part.

Fixing Fort Worden: The Thing about Port Townsend’s Arts Campus

To some townsfolk, the new plan looks like rearranging the deck chairs aboard the Titanic.  But insiders believe that, at least in the short run, they can make it work.

We Regret the Error: 100 Years of Seattle Times Editorials

If, in retrospect, our editorial stances were so frequently dead wrong, then why write them in the first place? 

America’s Guidebooks: The Way We Were

The guidebooks themselves provided a unique survey of Americans at a pivotal point in their history – a state-by-state, town-by-town glimpse of a growing nation that was emerging from the Great Depression, and about to plunge into a world war that promised to change everything. 

Walking On Sunshine

It’s comforting to know my morning coffee is being brewed by sunlight. And I’ve become addicted to the app that tells me our excess rooftop electrons are flowing back to the Jefferson PUD, which promises to return the favor, watt for watt,  when the sun migrates south next winter.

Protection Island: One Small Fire, Thousands of Seabirds at Risk

Biologists have barely begun to assess the damage from last week's fire, but the toll will eventually be measured in biological terms –- just another step backward in our collective effort to preserve the Puget Sound ecosystem.

Round and Round We Go

Expect flak. When traffic engineers briefed local officials and taxpayers on the idea last year, drivers howled.  “Stupid idea,” wrote one local critic. “I’ve yet to hear one person who thinks it’s a good idea.” 

What You Learn from 30 Years Tracking Seagulls on Protection Island

Over those years, the genial, soft-spoken Michigan professor and researcher has spent two months each summer living in a rustic, three-room cabin on the island, observing the mating rituals, nesting, egg-laying, and the hatching and fledging of the glaucous winged gulls that breed there by the thousands.

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