The First Electric Ferry In The US
Alabama's Gee’s Bend Ferry was built in 2004 and converted last year from diesel-powered to a battery-powered electric vessel with a $1.09 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, re-entering service April 2019. The ferry carries 24 cars ($3/car and driver fare) and 150 passengers ($1 fare) for it’s 30 minute round trip. www.geesbendferry.com


Deer Hunting Seasons
Archery: September 1-27, November 27-December 31. Any deer.
Muzzleloader: September 28-October 6, November 27-December 15. Any deer.
Modern Firearm: October 12-31, November 14-17. Any deer.
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Shellfish Harvest Closed On All Skagit Beaches
All Skagit County beaches are closed to the recreational harvest of all shellfish species - clams (including geoduck), oysters, mussels, scallops and other invertebrates such as the moon snail. but not shrimp. Crabmeat is not known to contain the PSP toxin. Cooking shellfish does not prevent Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.


Ferry Tales: Survey This!
Harsh words have been said and written regarding the need for a new ferry. Friendships have been strained because of differences in opinion on the subject. Both public and private meetings have been held ad nauseum. Island organizations have endorsed and opposed a new ferry, losing valuable members because of controversy. Editorials written and ignored...[Read more]


Condition and Value Survey Of M/V Guemes
Completed in March 2019, the survey of the ferry's condition finds: "The remaining useful life of the hull structure is estimated at 20-years…The recent maintenance and renewals completed by the current owner has added approximately 10 years to the vessel’s serviceable life in its current condition." [Download Report] 5.7mb


State Attorney General Sues Navy Over Increased Whidbey Jet Flights
[UPDATE 9.8.19]
The Navy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under pressure from state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, will take another look at the effects on the marbled murrelet of an increasing number of  EA18-G Growler training flights out of Air Station Whidbey Island...[Read more]

The Navy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), under pressure from state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, will take another look at the effects on the marbled murrelet of an increasing number of  EA18-G Growler training flights out of Air Station Whidbey Island….The number of airfield flights would increase to nearly 100,000 annual take-offs and landings, for an estimated 30 years. [Read more]


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


Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 9.9.19

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