Cooke's Steelhead Farm Permit Approved
Cooke Aquaculture Pacific has been granted a five-year permit to farm steelhead in Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea...Cooke's Cypress Island permit may be renewed. [Read more]

Egil Krogh, Leader Of Nixon 'Plumbers' Dies
"They would later be bad guys in Watergate, but Ehrlichman and Krogh were in large part responsible for a notable act of environmental conservation. They were the lawyers who turned back a massive aluminum smelter proposed for Guemes Island, just north of Anacortes...Guemes Island remains sleepy to this day, subject only to debate over whether it is or is not part of the San Juan Islands. "My wife and I have been looking at some potential property on Guemes Island, and just discovered from dad that the very property area would have been part of the aluminum smelter project that he helped fight with Ehrichman and (law partner Jerry) Hillis."  [Read more]

County Rejects GIPAC Water Proposals
"Responding to the increasing threats of limited groundwater and of seawater intrusion in wells, members of the Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee proposed amendments to relax regulations on using rainwater as a domestic water source, and to enforce existing code that requires pre-approval to dig new wells...County policy on rainwater catchment systems requires review from an engineer [which] can add at least $5,000 to the cost of a system and isn’t necessary to ensure the safety of a system." [Read more]

Water Issues Before Planning Commission
Advocates of changes to water policy on Guemes Island spoke Tuesday evening [January 21] during a public hearing in front of the Skagit County Planning Commission. [Read more]

Video Of Planning Commission Meeting
Discussion of P-1 and P-2 begin at 16 minutes into the video and runs until 44 minutes.

Remembering John Savage

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

Notice of Development Decision: Windward Group

Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 12.30.19

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