County Proposes 25% Fare Increase
And Ferry Tax On
Guemes Island Property
In the Ferry Operations' 2015 Draft Fare Revenue Target Report, Ferry Manager Rachel Rowe is projecting significant expense increases, a fare increase (car and driver from $8 to $10 on October 1, 2015) and the formation of a ferry taxing district to assess Guemes Island property owners a $0.75 per $1000 valuation tax 'for the ferry and ferry operations'.  [Read The Report]  [Send your comments]

Skagit County Ferry Community Meeting
Wednesday, August 5, 6 pm, Community Center. The Commissioners really, really want to hear how you feel about the Guemes Island Tax and fare increase.

Ferry Committee Works Out The Percentage Fare Increases
Ferry Committee Proposal On Fare Increase

Ferry Tales: Civics 101
For years Skagit County has declared the Guemes Ferry does not belong to citizens of Guemes but to the County as a whole. Seems as if the Commissioners have changed their tune...Do the Commissioners intend that ferry operations and ferry replacement be funded entirely by the riders and residents of Guemes Island? [Read more]

Guemes Ferry Haul-Out Dates Set
The 2015 ferry haul-out will take place from September 28 through October 25..Work to be done during the haul-out period includes hull blasting and painting, zinc replacement, UT shots of the hull, removing, re-conditioning and re-installing outdrives and propellers, replacing one of the vessel’s hull plates, replacing the bilge system piping and other maintenance items. In addition, the M/V Guemes will be inspected by the US Coast Guard for its required dry dock credit. - Guemes Ferry Manager

The Really Big One
The New Yorker:
"An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when...By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”"  [Read Article]

Remembering Mary McAdams Stapp
A memorial service will be held 2 pm, Sunday, August 9, Guemes Island Community Church.

The Shape of Guemes Island In 200 Years
This map shows those portions of Guemes Island less than 20 feet, or 6 meters, above the high tide line. That is the minimum amount of eventual sea level rise projected from 2 degrees Celsius (3.6°F) of global warming... but does not show other effects of sea level rise, such as the accelerated erosion of the sand bluffs along the west side of Guemes Island... [Read more]

Full Burn Ban In Effect County Wide
UPDATE: As of Monday, June 29:  "Due to the decrease in fuel moisture levels, the long range forecast for extended heat, available fire resources, and the proclamation by the State Governor, the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office is putting on a full burn ban. Campfires will be prohibited until further notice....Governor Jay Inslee has declared a State of Emergency for all Washington Counties due to the large fire potential. He also has strongly urged people to not use fireworks and find other ways of celebrating the Fourth of July holiday..." [Read more]

Guemes Trail Project Receives $2000 Grant
 "Good news for Guemes Island and Ferry Trail supporters. The Committee applied for and was awarded a grant from Anacortes Parks Foundation..."   [Read more]

Dog Island Dog Days Dog Show Returns
Saturday, August 15, Schoolhouse Park. Registration opens. [Read more]

Frontier Expands Broadband Service On Guemes
Frontier Communications is making broadband technology available to residences and businesses in the community of Guemes Island starting June 30... to deliver Internet speeds of up to 24 Mbps for residential customers...[Read more]

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: 6.24.15

4th of July Parade

Rakan AlDuaij posts his collection of photos of this year's parade. [View more]

From Our Island Organizations

At The Community Center

Saturday, August 22, 2015
8:00 PM
Saturday, September 5, 2015
10:00 AM
Saturday, September 12, 2015
11:00 AM