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. This history of Guemes Island is compiled primarily from The Guemes Island Environmental Trust Newsletter, The Evening Star and [Read more]  •  Order from Amazon


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The First Electric Ferry In The US
Alabama's Gee’s Bend Ferry was built in 2004 and converted last year from diesel-powered to a battery-powered electric vessel with a $1.09 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, re-entering service April 2019. The ferry carries 24 cars ($3/car and driver fare) and 150 passengers ($1 fare) for it’s 30 minute round trip.

Remembering Thelma Palmer
Thelma and Darrell moved from Anacortes to Guemes Island in the early 1980s, and Thelma took the ferry in to work each day until she retired early from teaching in order to embark in earnest on her career as a poet and writer. With her friend and editor Delphine Haley, she started Island Publishers to produce her first book of poetry, [Read more]

Deer Hunting Seasons
Archery: November 27-December 31. Any deer.
Muzzleloader: November 27-December 15. Any deer.
Modern Firearm: October 12-31, November 14-17. Any deer.
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Shellfish Harvest Closed On All Skagit Beaches
All Skagit County beaches are closed to the recreational harvest of all shellfish species - clams (including geoduck), oysters, mussels, scallops and other invertebrates such as the moon snail. but not shrimp. Crabmeat is not known to contain the PSP toxin. Cooking shellfish does not prevent Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.

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

Notice of Decision: Holiday Hideaway Association Permit

Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 9.19.19

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