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Last update: November 1, 2021

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The Samish Island website is owned and operated by the Samish Island Community Center (SICC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Skagit County, Washington, USA. SICC collects no data or information about users of this site. Welcome all.

Island Weather Stations.

Did you know there are four weather stations on the island? Check them out on our Links page. We also have Robert Lord's rainfall charts for the past two years. 11/1/21

November ShoreLines Newsletter

The November Shorelines is posted today. Enjoy these nice November days, as our storms will arrive soon enough. 11/1/21

Community Garden Donations this year...

Samish Island Acres Community Garden is pleased to report that 4000 pounds of fruits and vegetables were delivered to neighborhood food banks this year! Thanks to EVERYONE who contributed to our efforts this season. 11/1/21

October ShoreLines Newsletter

The October ShoreLines is posted online today. There is also a useful addendum about the Tsunami Warning Signal and emergency preparedness. 10/1/21

Rainfall for 2020-2021

Robert Lord, our local rain recorder, posts this rainfall record for the year, ending September 11, 2021. We had 33.12 inches of rain this year, compared to 38.833 inches last year. Amazing how much we missed those 5.71+ inches! 9/23/21

Samish Island Community Club Board meeting

The board meeting has been rescheduled to September 23, at 7pm at the community center. All island residents are members of the community center, and are welcome to attend, especially of you have a concern, or an idea for an activity you would like to bring to island residents. Call Linda Knapp-Strobel (president) to know you would like to add something to our agenda. 9/8/21

September ShoreLines Newsletter

The September ShoreLines is on the web and on the email group today. Enjoy the beautiful month of September. 9/1/21

Community Hall Rentals

With the newest outbreak of the Covid-19 Delta variant in Washington State, the governor has issued a Public Health notice that all persons wear face masks when in public. This applies to all rentals of the community hall, beginning today. 8/20/21

Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

If you find a wounded or injured wild animal along the road, your yard, or in nature, calling Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a compassionate action. They are located on San Juan Island, but have volunteers in our area who can retrieve animals. Call right away: 360-378-5000. They don't check email regularly. 7/15/21

Community Center Rentals

The Community Center will again be available for scheduling after August 1. Rental for island residents is $100. Off-islanders may schedule, with an island sponsor, $125. View the rental guide and current schedule for additional information.

We are very glad to return to normal operations, scheduling, and use of our center, and are grateful for our SICC board members who have made good decisions this past "Covid year," to protect our community. Enjoy re-meeting at the September potluck, the Holiday Kickoff, and perhaps schedule a family party or other gathering. 7/3/21

Samish Island Guest Houses, 2021

If you have visitors this year with limited room at your house, there are 19 guest houses on Samish Island. Most book through AirBNB and VRBO; some have their own websites. The list is available as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF file. Prices were accurate as of May 21, 2021. Each guesthouse is linked to its booking page. Report incorrect information to samishisland@gmail.com.

All guest houses have "house rules" which include no access to neighboring properties, docks or boats, no parties or events, and quiet hours. Owners might consider giving neighbors their text# to report any issues. 5/22/21

Samish Neighbors Email Group

Island residents and property owners who would like to join the Samish Neighbor's email group may join here. 2/1/21

Articles about Herons and Eagles

You might enjoy reading these recent articles about our local herons and eagles: The Bird That Builds Nests Right By Its Worst Enemy, in the Atlantic magazine; and a similiar story in the Hakai magazine. Thanks to Fred Miller for drawing our attention to these articles. 1/26/21

Camp Samish Closed to All

The Camp is closed to all visitors for the duration of Covid-19 restrictions. This is a decision of the Community of Christ World Church regarding all their church and camp properties. 3/30/20

Complaint form for Tanker off-gassing odors (Northwest Clean Air Agency)

If you smell noxious gas odors from tankers in Samish Bay, during the spring and summer, fill out the online form below, to report it. Some days it goes beyond bad, to completely unhealthy and unbreathable air, putting residents and pets at risk. Community meetings are being planned, exploring some form of action, whether county, legislative, or legal action. More info..

Complaint Form: http://nwcleanairwa.gov/forms/complaint-form/. You can also call the Northwest Clean Air Agency and leave a phone message: 360-428-1617.

Tanker Air Polluters

You can find out which tankers are in our bays on this real-time site, called Live Ships Map. Ships in Samish Bay, are destined for March or Cherry Points. It helps if you can pinpoint which ship is off-gassing when you make a report.

Samish Island shoreline photos

You can see various years of Samish Island shoreline photos, taken by the State Department of Ecology, from 1976 to 2017 at this Shoreline Photo Viewer.

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