Ferry Service Changes Due To COVID-19
"Fare collection is temporarily suspended effective Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice. Our ticket office will be completely closed, and no punch cards will be available for purchase....Friday, March 27, schedule changes will go in to effect as well as other minor operational changes. A reduction in service hours may become necessary as we evaluate staff availability..." [Read more]

Ferry Manager Clarifies That Statement
"As of today, March 24, 2020, we will continue to operate on our current sailing schedule. We’ll announce any future schedule changes at least one week in advance when possible." [Read more]

Order Wish You Were Here! Postcards
Two great sunrise photos, both taken by Laura Ferguson, have won the 2020 Wish You Were Here! Postcard Photo Contest. Postcards are now available to order: Made By Guemes Store

Governor Vetoes Aquifer Study Funding
Governor Inslee issued the following April 4, 2020: "Circumstances have changed dramatically since the 2020 supplemental operating budget was approved by the Legislature last month. The COVID-19 pandemic is having catastrophic effects on the health and welfare of Washingtonians. It will also have a major impact on the economic health of our state...I have vetoed...Section 302(33), page 323, Department of Ecology, Follow-up Analysis of Guemes Island Aquifer Study.

Legislature Funds Guemes Island Aquifer Study
The Washington Legislature approved a request from the Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee (GIPAC) for $80,000 to fund a US Geological Survey (USGS) study of Guemes Island aquifer recharge areas. [Read more]

Skagit County COVID-19 Cases
Now, April 7, 169 cases, 23 in hospital, 5 deaths, 37 recovered....Skagit County Board of Commissioners declared a public health emergency on COVID-19..." [Read more]

State Recommends Cloth Face Coverings
"Washington is currently experiencing significant asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19. Cloth face coverings can reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well...Face coverings are an extra level of protection but will not protect you by themselves. You must continue to follow hygiene and social distancing guidance. This new guidance is for cloth face coverings only. Individuals should not put increased demand on medical grade or surgical masks. "

Meals For Guemes and Fidalgo Island Children
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any child ages 1-18 (and any child receiving special education services up to age 21) living on Fidalgo Island and Guemes Island.

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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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

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