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Last update: July 22, 2017


The Samish Island website is owned and operated by the Samish Island Community Center (SICC), a 501C3 non-profit organization, located in Skagit County, Washington, USA.

Chuck Davis honored on King-5

King-5 had a special feature on Chuck late yesterday, very beautifully presented. View it here. 7/22/17

Community leader dies

We are all grieving the loss of our dear friend and a pillar of our community, Chuck Davis. We know that at a time like this, we all want to do something to ease the pain of Catherine and family. Marlene Davis-Schuck will be happy to receive your generous offerings of salads, casseroles, desserts, etc, at her house,  9213 Samish Island Road.
Those can be dropped off whenever it's convenient.
Thank you for your heartfelt concern. Cindy & Mike Collins.

Shore Lines - July issue

Click the July Shore Lines and it arrives in your "download folder." The Arts Festival Poster for the July 29 event is also attached to this month's Shore Lines - as a separate pdf. Thanks to Linda Larson, this month's Shore Lines editor. 7/2/17

Fourth of July Information

Here is some information about celebration on Samish Island, where to park, etc: Samish Island Fourth. 6/26/17

June Shore Lines

The June Shore Lines is delivered today via the web page, the e-groups (Samish Info, Samish Neighbors, and Samish Island Next Door). Let us know if you have trouble opening it or can't read it for some reason. We can send it as an email attachment direct to you. 6/2/17

Bill Dewey Follow up from Dept of Ecology - Natural Gas odor

Bill contacted the Dept of Ecology in case there was pollution in the water affecting shellfish beds in our area. Here was his post on the e-group from Ecology. 6/7/17

Natural gas or petroleum smell, Friday June 2

Many people reported a heavy petroleum or chemical smell in the air at around 4:30 on Friday afternoon. It was particularly intense on the south side of the island and many other places on the island, too. 23 people registered a complaint with the Northwest Clean Air Authority or the Coast Guard.

It turned out to be a release of gas from one of the crude oil tankers present in Samish Bay at the time. There was an eye witness to the release.

NWCAA does not have authority over marine issues, so be sure to contact the Coast Guard for these types of events, 800 424-8802. To know the name of the ship involved, please check this site which shows all live marine traffic in our vicinity.

Coast Guard does not know at this time if it's in the water as well as the air....the Coast Guard is following up. (see Bill Dewey report above)

The Samish Island Arts Festival needs YOU!

The 21st Annual Arts Festival is Saturday, July 29th.  There are many opportunities for volunteers to be involved in the festival this year.  If you help out, you will receive a $5 voucher for use at any of the 40 vendors, including food.  Activities include:

For more information on these tasks and to volunteer please contact Linda Larson (766.6600 or This is a GREAT Samish Island event. Come and be a part of the fun! 5/31/17

Island Passages

A good friend and islander Michael Bell passed away on Sunday, May 14. The family requests your presence at his memorial service to be held Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. in Sedro Woolley at North Cascade Christian Fellowship, 118 N. Ball Street. Sign the guest book, leave the family a message, and read Mike's obituary at Kerns Funeral Home website. 5/26/17

Make Comments Proposed changes to anchorages in our area.

Visit this page for making comments by May 11, 2017. You can also see comments by Samish Islanders here also. 5/8/17

May Shore Lines

The May Shore Lines is posted here today. Thanks to Linda Larson for this month's issue. 5/3/17

April Shore Lines

Read the April Shore Lines here. Thanks to Charlene Day for this month's issue. 4/1/17

Save the Dates - Mark your calendar:

Community Garden planning & potluck, Monday April 17th, 6:30. Join us if you like food production, enjoying the produce, and donating excess to the food bank. At the Community of Christ Church social hall.
Camp Kirby Weekend, April 22-23: Work Party, Saturday, Apr 22. 1-4pm, Open House, Sunday, Apr 23, 2-5pm, followed by Spaghetti Dinner ($5), 5pm.
Garden Club, "The World is My Garden; travels with gardens and birds", Thursday, April 27, 10 am.
Disaster Preparedness on the Island, Sunday, April 30, 5pm at the community center.
Edison Artist Studio Tour, Sunday, April 30, 10am-5pm
Samish Island Potluck, Sunday May 21, 5pm at the community center;
Samish Island Garage Sale Day
, Saturday, June 24, 9am to 2pm; look for the pink flamingos!
Samish Island parade and festivities
, July 4, 1pm;
Samish Island Arts Festival
, Saturday July 29, 10-4pm.

March Shore Lines

The Shore Lines newsletter is published online today. Thanks to Linda Larson for this month's issue. 2/28/17

European Green Crab - one of the "worst invaders"

A potentially destructive invader of Washington salt marshes and estuaries is the European Green Crab.

Identify by these characteristics:

• 5 spines (or marginal teeth) to the outside of each eye.
• Up to 4” across the carapace (or back shell)

If you suspect you have found one along the beach or in your crab pot this summer, email photos and detailed location information to Leave the crab where you found it. More info ... 2/5/17

February Shore Lines

The February Samish Shore Lines newsletter is published online today, thanks to Charlene Day for this month's issue. 2/1/17

Samish Island Open House

The Open House at the SICC on Sunday, January 29, was very successful. Between 50-60 people were there and information was exchanged on all sorts of topics. One participant said this:

"Participating in the Open House at the Community Center on January 29th was an amazing experience.  It was exciting to see the large number of Samish Islanders to turned out to learn more about and support our community.  The warmth of the interaction between newcomers and lifers was palpable, making it clear that we are all ready to unselfishly help others should the need arise.  It was also exciting to see the range of talents and interests in SI organizations, from studying and protecting our precious natural environment to cooperating to make our Island a safer and more beautiful."  

Here is the report from the Ann Reid and Nurith St Pierre, summarizing the various topics under discussion. 2/6/17

January Shore Lines

Read and print the January Shore Lines here, and also print the dues card and survey. Bring your dues and survey form to the potluck on January 15, or mail it to P.O. Box 268, Bow, 98232, by the directory deadline of January 31 please. 1/4/17

Herons, Alice Bay

©Therese Ogle, 12-2016

E-Groups on Samish Island - you can join any

There are currently 355 members of the Samish Info group, and 238 members of the Samish Neighbors Group. If you would like to join any of the e-groups on the island, visit the Samish Island E-Groups page for a description of the group, and how they differ from each other, plus how to join. There is also a new e-group that is more "facebook-like" (includes advertising), called Samish Next Door. Contact Julie Judy if you would like an invitation to this group.

There are also several e-groups on the island for dues-paying members (garden club, community garden).

It is a good way to be in touch with your neighbors and friends on the island.

The Samish Farms Water Association

SFWA has a new website as of July 2016. Any alerts, upcoming events, or pertinent informaiton will be posted on this website. You can also contact the association by email, There is a rate increase of 10% on the July bill, due to PUD increases (8%), and upgrading Mercer and Wallen road to state requirements (2%). Water rate for existing customers is now $3.69 per 100 cf. The price of a new share is now $12,137.00, due to PUD system development cost increase. 8/8/16

Little Free Library

There are over 30,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world. We have one here on Samish Island, located at 11044 Blue Heron Rd, thanks to Jenn. Take a book, leave a book - enjoy reading every day. 8/17/15

Ships and Tankers

You can find out which tankers are in our bays on this interesting real-time site, called Live Ships Map. Many have Cherry Point as their destination.

Hall Rentals

Have a gathering planned that's too large for the size of your home? Consider using the community center for your event. Islanders' or members' rate: $50 for 5-hr or less, $75 one-day rental. Everyone loves the hall: it's open, spacious, has lots of tables and serving utensils. It doesn't have tv or wireless distractions. Real interactions and conversation happen. Call to reserve your event day, 766-8202. You can also rent the video projector or sound system if needed (additional fee). Non-islanders rate: $100 per day. More info.. 1/7/14

Past Shore Lines

All Shore Lines newsletter are online since 2003. Back issues from that date forward are available on the Shore Lines Page.

Email Groups

If you'd like to receive important/emergent information that informs all islanders, join the Samish Info e-group (2-3 emails a month). For those who like a little more neighborly sharing (10+ emails a month), join both Samish Info and Samish Neighbors e-groups.