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Last update: January 3, 2018


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.

January Shore Lines Newsletter

Time to start the fresh new year with the January Shore Lines. Happy New Year to all our island friends and neighbors. This file may not pop open, but will download to your "download folder" or another folder you may have specified earlier. 1/2/18

December Shore Lines

The Dec 2017 issue is online today! This newsletter will download to your computer - often your download folder. 11/29/17

Holiday Kickoff, December 2 at the Community Center.


Visit the Holiday Kickoff between 10am and 1pm at the Samish Island Community Center. Snap up some fun gifts for the holidays: Samish Island cups, hats, and other fun crabby items. Make bows & wreaths if you'd like someone to walk you through it the first time (this pdf will download to your computer). Have coffee and hot cider, visit with friends. Enjoy the holiday spirit together! Brought to you by the Edgewater Garden Club of Samish Island. 11/26/17

Raptor Classes begin in February

If you are fascinated by the eagles, hawks, falcons, harriers, and other raptors who watch your daily return to the island,  you can learn a lot more about them from local expert Bud Anderson and the Falcon Research Group.

Classes begin at Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center on Tuesday February 2. The class is a 5-class course on Tuesdays, ending March 6.  The course includes presentations, field trips, Q & A, and much other useful information.  Cost: $175.  11/30/17

December Holiday Program, December 15

If you love to sing, can even read music a bit, and enjoy choral experiences, we will encourage you to share your lovely voice on Dec 15th at the Annual Samish Island 
Holiday program held at Community of Christ on Scott Rd. at 6pm. Contact Charlene Day ( to sing in the choir, or please SAVE THE DATE for our annual holiday Celebration gathering! Practice dates: Sat. Dec 2, 1 - 2:30 pm, Community of Christ, Scott Rd.-- Sat. Dec 9, 10 - noon, Community of Christ, Scott Rd -- Fri.  Dec 15, 5 pm Community of Christ, Scott Rd.(prior to the program). 11/11/17

November Shore Lines

The November Shore Lines (pdf) is posted today, November 1. Thanks to Charlene Day, editor of this month's issue. 11/1/17

June 10, 2017- The Blue Heron Heronry - Abandoned

Great Blue Heron, by Terry FooteThe second largest blue heron nesting area in Washington state, located on Samish Island, has been abandoned by the Great Blue Herons. This is the first time in most islander's experience or memories. This is upsetting to many. Investigations by the Skagit Land Trust, and other environmental organizations are underway.

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, 2017

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)

E-Groups on Samish Island - you can join.

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

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: $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). More info.. 1/7/14.