Guemes Ferry Back In Service Saturday
"The Guemes Island Ferry was scheduled for sea trials today, Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Due to circumstances beyond our control, sea trials have been moved to Friday, October 24. It is anticipated that the M/V Guemes will return to service by Saturday, October 25. An exact time is unknown at this point. When more information becomes available, we will update this announcement. Passenger service will continue to be provided by Arrow Launch Services. Skagit Transit will provide shuttle service on Guemes Island until such time the car ferry returns. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; Skagit County realizes this extended outage has been challenging for everyone. As such, the expiration date on punch cards will be extended an additional two weeks for all car and driver punch cards. This means that all punch cards purchased prior to October 25, 2014, and stamped with an expiration date of September 24 or later, will have a 45-day extension on the expiration date.
Our top priority is getting the M/V Guemes back into service as soon as humanly possible. It is the intention of the Ferry Division not to return the vessel to service until all systems have been thoroughly tested and sea trials conducted to the satisfaction of the US Coast Guard." -Captain Rachel Rowe, Ferry Operations Division Manager
"The Coast Guard has mandated that all fire piping and sea water suction piping be replaced before the vessel goes back into service....The required piping replacement will add 8-10 days to the haul-out period...Therefore, it is anticipated that the M/V Guemes will not return to regular service before October 24, 2014" [Read more]
Questions Captain Rachel Rowe, Ferry Operations Division Manager, answers a few questions on the haul out extension and bidding process. [Read more]
Garbage Pickup Waste Management has scheduled a barge for 7 am Friday, October 24, for garbage service to Guemes Island.
Growing and Harvesting Wheat On Guemes
"Years ago, I was discussing pie crusts and bread making with an 80 year old psychology colleague who grew up in the Dakotas, “back in the day.” He chuckled and said that baking from scratch is fine, but think about times when people grew their own wheat and ground it into flour . . . now THAT is baking from scratch!..." [Read more]
Anderson's Store Response To Open Forum
"This is a follow-up as promised to the Community forum regarding Anderson's General Store on September 20th...." [Read more]
Guemes Ferry Trail Project Update
The Guemes Trail Committee...has gathered over 500 signatures of support from potential trail users as well as islanders who see this trail as a needed and worthy project... a formal proposal...was submitted June 2014. After a meeting with the county...plans and...a trail Inventory...were submitted in September... [Read more]
Guemes Ferry Haul-Out September 24 - October 14
The car ferry’s last run will occur Tuesday, September 23 at 8:30 pm. The vessel is scheduled to return to regular service Thursday, October 15 at 6 am... Arrow Launch will provide passenger-only service... [Read more]
Skagit Transit Service Schedule Skagit Transit will continue to provide shuttle service on Guemes Island until the return of the car ferry.
Ferry Haul-Out and Punch Card Expiration
"Due to the 30-day haul-out, the expiration dates on some vehicle and driver punch cards will be extended for 30 days past the stamped expiration date. The 30-day extension will apply only to vehicle and driver punch cards that are stamped with an expiration date of September 24, 2014, or later..." [Read more]
Parking "Please remember the parking lot at 6th Street and “K” Avenue has a 72-hour time limit, and the small parking lot inside the ferry terminal area has a 24-hour time limit. Oversize vehicles or vehicles with trailers are not allowed in either lot."
Alternate Car Ferry Transportation
Need to get a vehicle on or off-island during the haul-out?
Beware Telephone Fraud Attempts
"On 9-6-14, the victim had received a phone call from a male caller who advised he was from 'Windows" and he needed access to the victim's computer to fix it. The caller installed a virus on the victim's computer and then demanded $300 to unlock the victim's computer. There were two other Fraud cases from Guemes Island..." [Read more]
The Guemes Island Directory And Phone Book
Now you can make additions or changes to the Guemes Directory (online) or the Guemes Phone Book (print) through one form: Directory and Phone Book Changes
Leo Osborne has added a wonderful painting and sculptures to the shop.
LineTime has long wanted to celebrate and promote the artists and craftspersons of Guemes Island and we found a way that benefits them and island organizations. We will continue to add to the shop and add organizations to the donation list, so stop by often. [Made By Guemes]
Guemes Island Property Sales LAST SALE: 10.1.14