On Sunday, August 27th, the Birthday Boat will depart from Orcas Island to Patos at 7:45 AM! We will celebrate the 124th Lighthouse Birthday Party, this time in the AM…returning to Orcas by noon. Cost will be $50 per person for the boat.
Our intrepid docents have found backup rides out to Patos Island since State Park boats will not be able to take them out due to a potential state government shutdown.
Our docents will open the Lighthouse from Sunday July 2nd to the afternoon of July 4th
Thanks KOPL Lighthouse docents!!!!!!
Gov. Jay Inslee asked state parks to remain open Friday, as legislators have told the governor they will deliver a budget for him to sign that night.
State lawmakers and the governor are confident they will get a budget deal passed by the Friday night deadline in time to avoid a partial state government shutdown Saturday morning.
If legislators do not deliver a budget, state agencies will need to initiate a partial government shutdown. In that case, state parks will begin closing Saturday.
About 32,000 state employees would be laid off, effective Saturday morning, if the deal is not signed into law by midnight Friday.
Mike Sternback, assistant director of Washington State Parks, said closing the parks at 12:01 Saturday morning is not feasible.
All of the agency’s 850 employees would be laid off if the shutdown happens.
He said arriving campers would need to be turned away Friday and those already in the park would likely be told to leave Friday afternoon.
© 2017 KING-TV
We won’t know until Friday June 30th whether State Parks will be closing down due to lack of a budget decision in Olympia. We depend completely on State parks and employees to take our docent volunteers out to docent at the Patos Lighthouse. So no State Parks, no open lighthouse. How far the ripple effect of decisions or non-decisions of govt officials go.
Patos Island Lighthouse will be open for visitors this weekend…June 23/24/25! Drop in say “Hi” to our volunteer docents, hear the stories and climb the tower!
The lighthouse will be opened this weekend by docents going out on Friday and staying until Sunday afternoon. Thanks Lighthouse Docents!!!!
Lighthouse Environmental Programs has published a new Washington State lighthouse visitor’s guide. The free brochure includes five lighthouse loop routes, as well as maps and information to help residents and visitors learn about local and maritime history.
Besides providing travel information for lighthouse enthusiasts, LEP also organizes and manages funds and grants from specialty Washington lighthouse license plate sales.
Lighthouse license plates have provided nearly $150,000 in grants since 2009. Most of this money has been used for material costs involved in restoring or maintaining lighthouses or for obtaining historic expertise; labor is often donated by local businesses or performed by teams of dedicated volunteers.
The specialty lighthouse license plates can be used on cars, motorcycles, trailers or RVs. For each license plate sold and renewed, LEP receives $28, an amount that is tax-deductible for the driver.
To download a free copy of the new lighthouse guide, or to learn more about purchasing a lighthouse license plate for yourself or a loved one, go to: www.washingtonlighthouses.org