DNR Prepares Tsunami Hazard Maps
This modeling indicates the first tsunami waves will reach the Anacortes/Bellingham areas about 1.5 hours after the Cascadia earthquake, with inundation depths as high as 18 feet and current velocities in excess of 20 knots. [Read more]


Remembering Norm Prewitt
Norm was a supportive husband and father – always there when he was needed to fix what was broken, teach a new skill, patch up a skinned knee, help build a go-cart, coach a soccer team, or tune up your bike. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Guemes Island Community Church, 7611 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes. [Read more]


Modified Burn Ban In Effect
A modified burn ban for all residential and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County is in effect. Skagit County will no longer issue permits for these activities and existing permits are suspended. Recreational and cooking fires, limited to 3 feet in diameter and two feet high remain allowed within enclosures and when safety precautions are followed.


Islanders Profile: Eugene Gwost, Droning On
Eugene Gwost grew up on Guemes with a tight group of friends - hours in the woods with his buddies, working and repairing boats with his dad, fishing, music, and video games. A long way from unmanned sailing drones in the Pacific. [Read more]


How Do You Feel About Fireworks On Guemes?
After a discussion of legal and illegal fireworks use on Guemes Island, we realized we didn't really know how most folks felt about it. We decided to ask. Now you can tell everyone here what you think about fireworks on Guemes Island. The survey has closed at 100 responses. 
Current Results


The First Ferry Running On Batteries
"The first zero-emissions ferry, called the MF Ampere, started sailing between the villages of Oppedal and Lavik along the Sognefjord in 2015. Operated by Norled AS, it’s made of light aluminium, runs on 10 tons of lithium-ion batteries and carries up to 350 passengers and 120 cars. After each 20-minute journey, it recharges for 10 minutes..." [Read more]


New Ferry Surcharge In Effect August 1
Commissioners voted Monday, June 18 to add the surcharge to take effect August 1. Expiration of vehicle punch cards extends from 90 to 120 days and the fee for bicycles is eliminated. [Read more]

Surcharged Fare Schedule [pdf]


Marine Survey Of Guemes Ferry
Issued March 2018. "However, after inspection of subject vessel, we are of the opinion that it has had continued superior maintenance and upgrading and has resulted in a 13-years or 32.5% Remaining Useful Life..."  Marine Survey of Guemes Ferry  [PDF]


Ferry Lines, Parking and Ticketing Report
"The result of the queuing analysis yielded an average queue of 62.9 vehicles in the [year] 2060 peak hour at the Anacortes Terminal…The estimated additional parking stalls required to meet the 2060 peak hour demand at the Anacortes Terminal in the 2060 Peak Hour is 59 stalls…At the Guemes Island Terminal, the required additional parking stalls to meet the 2060 peak hour demand is 96 stalls…." Guemes Island Ferry - Land Facilities Impact Study  (pdf)


New Ferry: 'No Significant Adverse Impact'
"The lead agency for this proposal has determined that it does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment..." [Read more]


Again At The Bottom Of The Bridge Report
Once again the Guemes Ferry Docks (both sides) are the lowest rated structures in the County. Nothing seems to have been done to address those issues last year due to "insufficient funds”. "We have received federal funding through the Federal “Ferry Boat Program”...The County’s intentions are to start repairing or addressing these issues starting in 2018 and finishing up in 2019." [Read more]


Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 7.5.18

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July 4, 2018. Photo by Michael Farley