Remembering Win Anderson
"Returning to writing in his spare time, he edited the island church’s newsletter, The Little Candle. In 1995, Win and Elaine began publishing The Evening Star, a newsletter for the island and kept producing it until 2016 ...and he rapidly went to work building a store for the island. Anderson’s General Store opened in 1997 and quickly enveloped their lives until 2013 when the family sold it...." [Read more]



Ferry Peak Fares In Effect May 20
No Peak Season Ferry Schedule

"The peak season sailing schedule will not go in to effect on May 20. The Guemes Island Ferry will remain on the non-peak sailing schedule through September 30." [Read more]

Ferry Manager Explains Schedule and Fare Changes
"In addition, the 10-trip punch cards, sold at the non-peak rates, currently do not expire. So, those who purchase 10-trip punch cards pay the non-peak vehicle and driver fares during the peak season." [Read more]

Remembering Jim Dugan
Jim was upbeat and good natured and spoke easily to everyone and loved to share his life experiences and always had a ready smile for all he met. He was honest to a faullt, always wanting to do the best he could for those in the community and the ones he loved. [Read more]

Ferry Tales: Share and Share Alike
Guemes has its share of  privately owned tidelands (150) and has had for decades.  It is almost impossible to walk Guemes’ shoreline without crossing private property. There are very few “no trespassing” signs posted, however, that are strategically placed and visible from the beach. Neighbors recognize neighboring private tidelands. Neighbors  appreciate, beyond measure, the generosity afforded by being allowed to walk those beaches. To deny neighbors to walk through a private beach is unorthodox by Guemes standards. [Read more]

Warning: Property Owner Asserts Beach Rights With A Gun
Skagit County Deputy Sheriff Marty Steiner has received numerous calls  and email complaints from persons walking Clark Point beaches. [Read more]

Remembering Jose Villalba-Lopez

2020 Ferry Fare Revenue Target Report
"The 2019 fare box revenue [$1,172,643] fell short of the revenue target by $129,729...Vessel replacement surcharge brought in $241,721...Public Works is recommending a 15 percent fare increase take effect on October 1, 2020."  The Report

A Response To Guemes Ferry Fare Increase Proposal
"...increase the comment period from ten days to thirty days because of the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic guidelines which do not allow for public meetings at this time...The $124,000 shortfall that triggers the fare increase proposal is based on increased costs which are not all directly part of the normal operation and maintenance expenses...I am particularly concerned about the inclusion of $256,208 in outside consultant fees listed in the O&M expenditures..." [Read more]

Ferry Committee's Response To Fare Increase Proposal
"The proposed 15 percent proposed fare increase has been applied to the current total fares, which includes the surcharge.... the proposal in effect raises the surcharge from $2.00 to $2.30..." [Read more]

Martin Taylor's Proposal
Resident and non-residents should pay different rates. [Read more]

Skagit County COVID-19 Cases
Now, May 29, 430 cases, 50 in hospital, 15 deaths, 280 recovered....Skagit County Board of Commissioners declared a public health emergency on COVID-19..." [Read more]

Meals For Guemes and Fidalgo Island Children
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any child ages 1-18 (and any child receiving special education services up to age 21) living on Fidalgo Island and Guemes Island.

State Department of Health Daily Bulletins

Order Wish You Were Here! Postcards
Two great sunrise photos, both taken by Laura Ferguson, have won the 2020 Wish You Were Here! Postcard Photo Contest. Postcards are now available to order: Made By Guemes Store

Between Eden and Oz
Life On Guemes Island 1990-2010
246 pages with photos and illustrations. Introductory price of $19.95. Proceeds benefit LineTime and other Island organizations. "Reading this brought me pleasure and an education. I learned a great deal about people both familiar and unfamiliar to me, and about the island’s history and culture. And there is some very good writing in here." —Nick Allison 
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Skagit County Announces Ferry Dock Repairs
"Phase 2, is expected to go to bid in June 2019, with construction anticipated to start in September 2019. This project will address a number of items on both docks, including the repair of the apron gusset plates, and replacement of the counterweight cables and sheaves, apron hinge pins, and headframe handrails, among other items." [Read more]

Again At The Bottom Of The Bridge Report
Skagit County Public Works recently released the 2019 Bridge Report. Despite assurances last year that repairs would be made, once again the Guemes Ferry Docks (both sides) are the lowest rated structures ("structurally deficient") in the County. Both have a rating of 24.1 out of 100.
The Baker Creek Bridge is the only lower rated structure at 20.9 and the next lowest is at 48.6. The concern for the dock on Guemes is the apron gusset plate which is badly worn and designated "failure critical", that is "a steel load path member in tension...whose failure would probably cause a portion or the entire bridge to collapse." -Bridge Report. Mr. Randall-Grutter explained that Skagit County has allowed both ferry docks to deteriorate due to "insufficient funds". Public Works says "hopefully next year." [2018]2019 Bridge Report

Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 4.9.20

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