Commissioner Candidates Respond
LineTime asked several questions of the two candidates for Skagit County Commission, District 1, incumbent Ron Wesen and challenger Mark Lundsten. These questions hit two areas of great concern to Guemes Islanders - water and ferry.

Ron Wesen Responds  • Mark Lundsten Responds

Remembering Jacqueline Haddon-Bohn

Ferry Terminal Maintenance and Repair
Work on the Anacortes dock will begin June 29 (was June 24). Work on the Guemes Island dock will take place July 10 through July 30. Construction is scheduled to take place entirely outside of normal operating hours; therefore, regular ferry service should not be interrupted. However, after-hours emergency response between the docks with the car ferry will not be possible during most of the construction phase.* This project will address a number of high priority repair 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]

*Terminal Project After Hours Emergency Response
During the time that the maintenance work is being carried out on the Ferry Terminal Ramps, GIFD has worked with the Anacortes Fire Department (AFD) to develop the following plan to provide emergency medical services to the residents of Guemes Island: The “Down Time” landing craft will be available to transport patients from Guemes Island to Fidalgo Island for handoff with the AFD medic crew. [Read more]

UW Medicine operates Airlift Northwest (, an emergency medical helicopter transport (nine minutes to Guemes from Bellingham), insurance for which costs $60 a year. If you have to use it and don't have the insurance, cost can be above $50,000.

Guemes Island Fire Chief Position Open
Chief Francis has retired from the fire service effective June 30, 2020, and the Guemes Island Fire Department is currently looking to fill the position of Chief. [Read more]

Islanders' Favorite Recipes
LineTime is inviting the citizens of Guemes to send in their favorite recipes, with photos, if you can. We've gathered four to start things off. [Read more]

Everyone Must Wear Masks In Public
June 23: Governor Inslee announces new statewide requirement that all residents wear masks in public.

County Moves To Phase 2 Of Safe Start Plan
Continue to wear a mask in public, avoid large group gatherings, and use physical distancing.

Skagit County COVID-19 Cases
Now, July 15, 644 cases (+17), 63 in hospital, 17 deaths, 471 recovered. July 11 - 13, 46 new cases....Skagit County Board of Commissioners declared a public health emergency on COVID-19..." [Read more]

State Department of Health Daily Bulletins

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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Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 7.8.20

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