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Last update: December 1, 2019


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.

December is Here! New Shore Lines Newsletter.

The December Shore Lines is posted online today, and on the e-groups. Note Holiday and Christmas events on your calendar. 12/1/19

Holiday Special: Community Center Rentals

The hall rental rates will increase, beginning January 1, 2020. The new 2020 rates are $100 for islanders, $125 for non-residents with sponsorship. If you plan to use the hall in 2020, and can book and pay for your dates before the end of December, you'll get the "Holiday Special" - that is all rentals booked for 2020 that are booked and paid for (rental fee, damage deposit & all paperwork completed) by December 31, 2019, will receive this year's rates ($75, $100). Check the Hall Calendar and book your 2020 event now. Final date: December 31. 11/24/19

Upcoming Dates of Interest

Holiday Kickoff, Sat, Dec 7, 10 - 2pm, at the Community Center. Samish Island hats and other gifts, visiting with neighbors, wreath-making, coffee and cider, etc.

Christmas Program, Sat, Dec 14, 5-7:30pm at the Community of Christ Church.

Community Annual Potluck & Meeting - Sun, Jan 4, 5-7pm at the Community Center.

November Shore Lines

The Samish Shore Lines newsletter for November is online today. Mark your calendars for dates that interest you. Don't forget the Holiday Kick-off at the Community Hall, Saturday, Dec 7, 10am-1pm. Buy your Samish Island gifts then! 11/1/19

Fire Department Request: Vegetation Along Driveways

I have observed that many Samish Island homes have overgrown vegetation and trees along their driveways.  This has become a growing concern due to the twelve foot tall by twelve foot wide clearance needed for the new Samish Island fire truck.  Our new fire truck has traded a shorter wheel base in exchange for a taller profile.  It will slow down our response if your driveway has branches hanging in the way of our fire crews as they drive down your driveway to your emergency.  Please check your driveway clearance and remove branches that could impede our quick response.  While you are outside check that your house numbers are clearly visible from the road in both directions and on your house.  10/29/19

October Samish Shore Lines Newsletter

The October newsletter is online today, to download and print. Share a print copy with new neighbors who may not be on our e-groups yet. Attend some of the interesting community meetings coming up, and enjoy our fall colors! 9/30/19

Hunting season on the Samish flats

It will soon be fall - with the sound of hunters' guns in our area. Migratory waterfowl (ducks) season will begin soon - Oct 12-30, and November 2-January 26. There are hunt clubs on Alice Bay for migratory birds. Upland Game (pheasants, grouse, quail, etc) are hunted at the "West-90" area (Discover Pass needed), or private landowner permission, September to December. Check requirements page for best info. 9/22/19

Marine Biotoxin Closure Zones

These areas, which include all of Samish Island and all islands nearby in the Salish Sea, and along Washington's Pacific Coast are still in effect on September 22. 9/22/19

Invasive Species

Here is a list of declared invasive species (pdf), from the Skagit Land Trust, that might be useful to home gardeners or islanders. 9/18/19

Burn Ban goes off on Wed, Sept 11

Ok to burn with fires 4'x4' or under. More info: Skagit County Fire Marshall burn guidelines. 9/9/19

Shore Lines for September

You can find the September Samish Shore Lines Newsletter here. Depending on your browser, you can read or download the pdf to your computer. Find past editions here. 9/1/19

Samish Shore Lines Newsletter

The August Shore Lines is on the web page today, to download or print. 7/31/19

Edison Celebrates 150th (from Next Door e-group)

Edison's Sesquicentennial this summer. A few members of Edison's community are organizing the 150th celebration that will be on August 24. There is a Facebook page (Edison 150th Celebration) for anyone interested. 7/31/19

Community Garden

If you enjoy growing food for personal use and helping others, consider joining the Samish Island Community Garden, at the end of Blue Heron Road. Cost to join is $25 for individual, $50 family. Members harvest for themselves, and the garden contributes weekly to the Food Bank Distribution Center in Sedro Woolley, for those in need. Contact: Linda Larson 766-6600 for more information. 4/25/19

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. This summer, community meetings are being planned, exploring some form of action, whether county, legislative, or legal action. More info..

Complaint Form: You can also call the Northwest Clean Air Agency and leave a phone message: 360-428-1617. 3/31/19

Tanker Air Polluters

You can find out which tankers are in our bays on this real-time site, called Live Ships Map. Destinations for 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. 3/31/19

Walking on the island

Many islanders walk for pleasure, enjoying the "east loop walk." Camp Samish, owned by the Community of Christ Church, allows islanders to walk the far east side of the camp property (off the far end of Scott Rd), as long as no camp residents are disturbed, and dogs are leashed and cleaned up after. See the Camp Samish Walking Guidelines here. 3/29/19

Staying in Touch through e-Groups:

We have two groups sponsored by SICC: The first - and most popular - is for neighborly sharing, borrowing stuff, selling stuff, asking questions, reporting various problems, and emergency island information, called Samish Neighbors.

The second e-group is for people who don't want a lot of neighborly info, just essential and emergency information (like floods, road conditions, emergency weather conditions, and also The Shore Lines Newsletter). This Group is called Samish Info. You can join either group by clicking on Groups (on the site index above left), then click on E-Groups and read instructions. If you need help, contact our webmaster, 1/4/19

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. 10/31/18

Community Center Rentals

Have a gathering planned that's too large for the size of your home? Consider using the community center for your event. Islander/Member daily rate: $75. Off-Islanders with an island sponsor daily rate: $100. The Community center holds 100 people for meetings, less for sit-down dinners.. More info..