$10M New Ferry Grant Request Fails
Skagit County applied for a $10 million grant from the US Department of Transportation BUILD program to help in the construction of a new $22 million, all-electric ferry to replace the current m/v Guemes. The list of 2018 grant recipients was released Tuesday and we are not on it. Skagit County's BUILD Grant Application

Ferry Manager Rachel Rowe: Unfortunately, Skagit County was not awarded funding in this round of the BUILD grant program. However, the Guemes Ferry Replacement Project is still a priority for Skagit County, and we plan to move forward in 2019 with preliminary and contract design with Glosten. We will continue to seek funding and apply for future federal and state grant opportunities.

That Sign Indicating A Second 11:15 Run?
We asked: The sign that indicates a second 11:15 has been removed. Why? Will it be replaced with something else?  Rachel Rowe: "...the sign was causing more confusion. This quickly became apparent. Therefore, we will only hang a "no 2nd 11:15 a.m. sailing" on the days when we can't double - this will be consistent with what we were doing before, with the exception that we will have a sign visible by the webcam in addition to the signs we were hanging at the top of each dock.

Jessica Hunt: The Eagle Tree Symphony
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra commissioned me to write a symphony in honor of their 90th season. I wanted to honor the memories of my grandparents and the spirit of the island community, so my latest symphony, "The Eagle Tree," is both inspired by and in honor of Guemes Island. [Read more]  [Listen]

Ferry Committee/Public Works Meeting
Friday, December 21, 2-4 pm, Anacortes Public Library
. This is not the Ferry Committee’s 4th Quarterly meeting at the Guemes Island Community Center on December 15, 2-4 pm. The Department of Transportation must make BUILD Grant awards by December 18, so the result may be known by this meeting.

Ferry Tales: The Reason For The Season
Who in their right mind would schedule a haul-out and passenger-only service on the Strait Arrow into the most miserable weather of the year?...Rachel Rowe said, “May and August are typically not good months for the haul out because they are during our peak season and the wedding season for the resort...” [Read more]

GIPAC: 2018 Annual Meeting Report
Several years ago, Guemes Island Planning Advisory (GIPAC) Board members agreed that the most important issue facing our island was protecting and better understanding the aquifers that provide most residents potable water.  In 2018, as for the past several years, groundwater issues were the main focus of our efforts and they will remain so for 2019. [Read more]

Ferry Committee Quarterly Meeting Rescheduled
"We moved the Ferry Committee meeting from November 17 to December 15, 2 pm, in deference to Ansel Hyland’s memorial service."

Next Guemes Ferry Haul-Out Scheduled
The Guemes Island Ferry is scheduled to be out of service February 24 through March 18, 2019 for a haul out and maintenance period and required US Coast Guard dry dock credit. During the ferry shut down, passenger-only service will be provided by Arrow Launch Service. In addition, Skagit Transit will provide shuttle service on Guemes Island starting February 24... [Read more]

Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 12.5.18

From Our Island Organizations

Guemes Island Ferry Committee

Saturday, December 15, 2018
2:00 PM