>Good Attendance. Considering the prediction of snow, it was good to see the chairs filled at the Illahee Community meeting on Wednesday (2/23/11), and to realize the 12 signs placed throughout the community continue to inform residents who are not on Illahee’s email lists.
>Weekend High Tides. This is the second round of high tides this year with the next 5 days being 13.0 and above. The times are early in the morning beginning on Friday (2/18) at 5:15 am, Saturday (2/19) at 5:44 am, Sunday (2/20) at 6:16 am, Monday (2/21) at 6:49 am, and Tuesday (2/22) at 7:25 am, so there may not be much daylight until Monday and Tuesday. We are getting our information from the tide chart put out by the shipyard for Bremerton, Sinclair Inlet, and Port Orchard so what we actually observe in Illahee could be a few minutes off.
>Squid Fishermen. Just about every evening during the winter months squid fisherman can be seen at the Illahee community dock jigging their lures, such as we photographed here on a cold winters night. We like to check in with them every so often to see what they are catching, and to see if they have caught anything unusual (one time someone caught a nice mackerel and didn’t want it so we took it home and ate it). That question regarding unusual catches is when we found out about someone catching a lobster which we will describe in a future Update.
Illahee Preserve Rain Garden Thefts. While getting ready for Saturday’s work party at the Illahee Preserve, we noticed that 3 logs and a rock had been taken from the rain garden. We have attached a photo that shows where the rock and one log were. This is disappointing as it takes lots of volunteer coordination and volunteer work to make the Preserve and the Rain Garden special and some are wondering if we can install a video camera to cover the parking lot. If anyone has any ideas or expertise in this area, please let us know.
>Emergency Culvert Cleanout. The Illahee Creek culvert under Illahee Road received an emergency clean-out on Tuesday (12/21/10).
3 Plus Miles of Shorelines in Illahee. The Illahee Community has just over 3 miles of shoreline that runs from the north end of the Cheney Estates (or 30th Street) to University Point (see attached).
>Orca Sightings in Illahee. About 9 am today (12/15/10) we received a call that some orcas were going north through Illahee. By the time we looked out they had disappeared. Then later in the day we were notified there were several out front. We grabbed a camera and got some video as they passed by. It wasn’t until we looked at the video tonight that we realized there were two adults and a young one.
>Problems In Previous Update (12/5/10). The previous update had a comment regarding horses in the Illahee Preserve, along with a picture of two horses that were in the Preserve on Sunday. The comment read as follows:
>Guard Rail Work. Many were surprised on Thursday to see guard rails being installed along Illahee Road at about the middle of the one mile long Illahee hill. The guard rail on the west side is 135 feet long and the one on the east side is 150 feet long. Next will be a 300 foot long guard rail just north of the big rock near the top of the hill, and in the vicinity of where a vehicle crashed into the trees at Illahee Shores a few months ago.
>Illahee Preserve Dedication on Tuesday Morning. The Illahee Preserve will have its official dedication on Tuesday morning at 9:30 am in the Almira road parking lot. The Preserve is the largest tract of land in Illahee at about 560 acres with the addition of Rolling Hills. It is significantly larger than the 75 acre Illahee State Park, and represents roughly one third of Illahee’s total land area. If all of the planned acquisitions and conservation easements were to materialize, the total acreage would be close to 40 percent. Despite it’s size, the preserve is a unique part of Illahee that has not yet been discovered by many residents, and this will be a great opportunity to learn about the preserve and it’s establishment. The official press release for the dedication is attached below.