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Last update: March 16, 2015


The Samish Island website is owned and operated by the Samish Island Community Center (SICC), located in Skagit County, Washington, USA

Rob Martin is featured in Sunday's Skagit Valley Herald.

Rob, a Samish Islander, is the CEO and founder of Chinook Enterprises. Since its founding in 1980, the organization has helped more than 1,000 people with disabilities find jobs. The organization also maintains several divisions where it hires its own workers, including areas devoted to manufacturing, cable assembly and grounds maintenance. Read more... 3/16/15

Samish Island author, Ted Rempel's book

Our local author, and humorous contributor to Samish Neighbors e-group, has published a brief history of his family during the period of the Russian Revolution. Read a review... 3/10/15

The March Shore Lines is online

The newest news for Samish Island has been posted today. Enjoy the late winter, lighter evenings, and spring flowers. Past issues can be accessed on the Shore Lines page. Thanks to both Charlene Day and Nancy Liggett for their work on all our newsletters. 3/8/15

Community Garden

Planting is underway for the 2015 season. Our next meeting is on March 23rd green/irish potluck 6:30 pm at the Scott Rd. church, meeting about 7:10pm. There is also a work party at the garden, about 10am, Saturday March 28. Join us if you love garden-fresh food, and want to participate. 3/8/15

Save the Date

The Samish Island Arts Festival 2015, will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 10-4 pm. Put us on your calendar now.3/8/15

Composting Handouts

Callie Martin gave an informative talk on composting at the recent Edgewater garden club meeting. If you missed a handout or would like to share it with others, you can find those handouts here. 3/7/15

Five Stops to Make on Beautiful Chuckanut Drive

A KOMO news article extols the virtues of our beautiful neighborhood. 3/6/15

Want to work on trails?

The Skagit, Whatcom, Island Trail Maintenance Organization, SWITMO needs volunteers. Enjoy working in the woods or other beautiful areas of northwestern Washington.

Read more.... (pdf)

Padilla Bay Newsletter

What's happening this Spring 2015, at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.2/19/15

February Shore Lines

The February Shore Lines is posted today, and in your newspaper boxes soon. It's not too late to pay your $10 dues to be in the directory. 2/10/15

Dead Raptors

According to Bud Anderson, of the Falcon Research Group, there is a avian flu virus (H5 N8 strain), that is attacking wild birds in our area. Bud asks that if we find dead raptors (hawks, eagles, falcons, harriers), to report them to the WA state Department of Wildlife 800-606-8768. A dead raptor is rare, but important.

Also, the Falcon Research Group can use our help monitoring wild raptor nests this spring and summer. If you know of any Bald Eagle and/or Red-tailed Hawk nests and are willing to check them for occupancy this spring, please contact him at 2/11/15

Snowy Owl spotted on Samish Island

Kamriel Welty took these shots of a Snowy Owl on Samish Island on a bright Sunday morning.


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Community Garden

The community garden was the recipient of a generous donation of quality interior and exterior paint, from Karl's Paints. The paint is now on the new community garden shed. Many thanks to Dale Ragan, paint expert at Karl's, and the many community members who helped on all the projects related to the garden.

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. 8/31/14

Fire Fighters Wanted

Samish Island Fire is currently recruiting firefighters. District 5 is the largest geographic fire district in Skagit County encompassing Allen, Edison, and Samish stations and we periodically train and respond together. No experience necessary. However, the county requires members be over 18, have a valid driver’s license, and pass a background check.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend Skagit County Fire Academy and/or EMT training within the first two years of service. Interested parties should be willing to climb ladders, haul hose, drive apparatus, operate power equipment and respond to medical emergencies at all hours of the day or night. There are no assigned shifts. If you are on the island, you are on call. It’s hard work and the pay stinks, but it is a great way to serve your community and make life-long friends.

Prospective volunteers can contact Assistant Chief, Tom Miller at (360) 424-2221 or attend a weekly meeting at the Samish fire hall any Monday at 7:00PM. 8/9/14

Samish Island Passages, 2015

Jim Caudill, 1939-2015; Dan Squires, 1946-2015; Betty Chowka, 1915-2015; Rita Mersereau, 1919-2015; John Hopley, 1930-2015;

Samish Island Passages, 2014

Sue Ellen Heflin, 1955-2014; Jim Kunzmann, 1948-2014; Dick Nevitt, 1938-2014; Rick Moore, 1952-2014; Frank Donato, 1917-2014; Betty Donato, 1922-2014; Lupe Dailey, 1924-2014 (island family resident); Maury Diane Sharp, 1950-2014. 6/27/14

Hall Rentals

Have a gathering planned that might be too much for your home (preparation, serving, cleanup, etc?). Think about 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 things. It doesn't have tv or wireless distractions. Real interactions and conversation can happen here. Call to reserve your event day, 766-8202. You can rent the video projector or sound system if needed (additional fee). 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 Publications 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 the Samish Neighbors e-groups.