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Last update: January 6, 2015


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

Samish River

Samish River height today 10:45, and going down. High yesterday was 11.81. View the real time heights or set alert levels at USGS. No flood level has been established for the Samish yet. 1/6/15

January Shore Lines

Happy 2015. The current newsletter is online today, and will be in your newspaper boxes this week. This is the month we ask for your $10 dues to help support our community center and other island activities. Fill out the attached form, and send it in soon to be in the 2015 directory. 1/5/15

December Shore Lines

The current island newsletter is online tonight, and will be in newspaper boxes by Wednesday. Happy Holidays. 12/8/14

Snowy Owl spotted on Samish Island

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


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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 will be used on the recently-constructed 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.11/12/14

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, 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). 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.