The end of the run for Lummi Island ferry?

The end of the run for Lummi Island ferry? »Play Video
LUMMI ISLAND, Wash. -- People who live on Lummi Island may soon be left high and dry.

After 15 months of talks between Whatcom County and the Lummi Tribe, there has been no agreement reached on the use of a ferry landing on the reservation.

So the tribe is ordering the county to stop service within 60 days:

There are 39 trips every day between Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island. It's the only way to get from one place to the other.

But now there's this official tribal letter saying end service in 60 days

Jennifer Wright, who works on the island, is worried. If the ferry runs are canceled, Wright said, "I wouldn't work on the island anymore."

If you think it's tough for those who go to the island to work, think of the 816 who live here.

"My wife works. She's a nurse and has to be in town every day," said island resident Pete Swaen. "It's going to be stressful. It's going to change our lives. He goes to school. What are we going to do for the kids? They don't have a plan for none of this."

The appeal of the island is peace and quiet. It's a place apart. Many came here for their house on the hill.

That includes government retiree Ricardo Camarillo. But one of his joys is going to town to watch his granddaughter's basketball games.

"I couldn't go see the games. I'd have to sell my property and maybe move to Ferndale," said Ricardo Camarillo.

We found Camarillo at the Island store. Here could be bad news for the kids and everyone else.

"It's going to be hard to get groceries in the store, because you don't have any way to get groceries in the store," said Deborah O'Malley.

Unless something happens soon, there's going to be a new meaning to island, like isolation.

Whatcom County owns the ferry.

The county says it will continue to negotiate for a new use agreement but it cannot afford to meet the tribe's demand for road improvements.

The clock is now ticking, and ferry service could end in early april.