‘I like going fast’: Camano soap box derby racer keeps collecting trophies

By Mazey Servin-Obert |  October 20, 2020     Ronan Johnson wasn’t immediately good at soap box derby racing. The 9-year-old Camano Island boy was eliminated in his first two rounds at the old Stanwood course in 2011. It didn’t matter. He was hooked. “I like going fast, and the Stanwood track was perfect for […]

83rd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby – CANCELED

83rd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby – Canceled. Attention Derby Nation! Officials of International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) are canceling the 83rd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby scheduled for Saturday, July 25, at Derby Downs here. Mark Gerberich, ISBD’s president and chief executive officer, said the cancellation of the championship race is in an abundance […]

Camano girl makes USA Luge’s Junior National Team

By Evan Caldwell | Tuesday, May 12, 2020     Addison Inman and her father pose at the Team USA training facility in Lake Placid, New York, in December.   Addison Inman has dreams of Olympic gold.  The Camano Island 13–year–old was recently selected to join Team USA Luge‘s Junior National Team. “I was excited, pretty happy and […]


2020 WINDERMERE STANWOOD CAMANO SOAP BOX DERBY CANCELLED Randy and Marla Heagle| Friday, May 1, 2020     Owners of the Arrowhead Ranch, Randy and Marla Heagle, announced today that the 2020 Windermere Stanwood-Camano Soap Box Derby would be canceled due to the extended lockdown and social distancing regulations. “Arrowhead Ranch is a place for […]

Green light for another soap box derby season

By Evan Caldwell | Tuesday, March 3 2020     Scenes from the 12th annual Windermere Stanwood-Camano Soap Box Derby on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island.   Soap box derby racing is gaining momentum. Last year, more kids and their families were involved in the process from start to finish — […]

A ticket to glide: 2 local girls picked to try out for USA Luge

By Evan Caldwell | Wednesday, December 18, 2019   Molly Gustin and Addison Inman didn’t quite know what they signed up for back in May. “I had never heard of luge,” said Molly, a 12-year-old from the Conway area. “I thought it would be a good thing to try.” She and friend Addison were among 40 [...]

Weekends in Washington with Jamie Petitto

Carefree Camano Island | Weekends in Washington Join host Jamie Petitto as she escapes her busy work life for a weekend of axe-throwing, zip-lining, sipping craft beverages, tasting homemade scones and finding out how easy it is to relax and unwind on the paradise that is Camano Island, Washington. This episode is the pilot for [...]

Camano Island’s Arrowhead Ranch Welcomes Katie Shrock

Skagit County’s “Macaroni Kid” publisher Katie Shrock is the newest member of the Arrowhead team.   CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. (Oct. 30, 2019) - Skagit County’s “Macaroni Kid” publisher Katie Shrock joined the Arrowhead Ranch team this fall. Shrock will lend her social media skills and community knowledge as an administrator and community engagement specialist as [...]

‘Axe-citing’: Area’s first axe-throwing venue opens on Camano Island

By Evan Caldwell | Tuesday, September 3, 2019   A bout 150 people were very “axe-cited” Saturday, Aug. 31. They descended on Camano Island’s Arrowhead Ranch to try the area’s first axe-throwing site. “With people already flocking to our area for unique outdoor and recreational opportunities, we thought that offering an axe-throwing venue would add to our […]

Thousands Watch Record 93 Racers in Soap Box Derby

By Evan Caldwell | Monday, June 17, 2019   CAMANO ISLAND — Addison Inman sprang out of her soap box derby car, twirled, cartwheeled and fist-pumped the sunset-tinged sky. The 12-year-old Stanwood Middle School student won the super stock division Saturday at the 12th annual Windermere Stanwood-Camano Soap Box Derby at Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island — where she […]