Natalie Johnson

County slowly cracks down on septic systems polluting local beaches

When Rhoni Grimshaw and her husband rented a home on outer Quartermaster Harbor a year and a half ago, they were happy to find a place on the water and didn’t think much about the home’s sewage. But now, according to Grimshaw, they’ve moved out because they could no longer handle a septic system they found to be unpermitted and smelly.

Local artist works to keep Native traditions alive

At the Vashon Forest Stewards lumber yard last Friday, a group of second graders crowded around two 11-foot totem poles in the making. Shuffling their feet in wood chips and occasionally touching the colorfully painted poles, the Chautauqua students peppered the totems’ creator, acclaimed Native artist Odin Lonning, with questions.

Victim in December accident was driving under the influence

The young woman who died in a single-car accident on Vashon last December was intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to a report recently released by the King County Sheriff’s Office

Mukai dispute continues, with open house a backdrop to fight in court

The legal battle over the Mukai Farm and Garden continues, as Texas resident Mary Matthews works to prevent a group of Vashon activists who recently won in court from taking control of the historic property.

Islanders seek reelection to other boards, but some seats unfilled

While Vashon’s park board and school board will see races this fall, several islanders filed last week to run unopposed for positions on other public boards.

Three school board seats to be contested in fall election

Three seats on the Vashon School District’s board of commissioners will be contested in the November election.

Saxophonist wins state competition

A Vashon High School musician has been named one of the top saxophonists in the state.

Lodges under construction, will open soon

In recent days, the north end of Vashon town has been buzzing with activity as construction for The Lodges on Vashon has begun.

A mystical anniversary: VIA celebrates five years with spirit

Vashon Intuitive Arts (VIA) will mark five years on the island with an all-day celebration including a psychic fair and concert this Saturday.

Survey says teen drinking and drug use have declined

Teen drinking and drug use on Vashon — once far above state averages — have declined, according to the latest Healthy Youth Survey.

High school again recognized as one of the top schools in the state

Vashon Island High School has again received a Washington Achievement Award and has been recognized as one of the top 5 percent of schools in the state for 2014.

600 yards later, state will give update on effort to address Asarco pollution

After sampling dirt from more than 600 island properties, state officials will visit Vashon next Wednesday to update the public on their project to test and clean yards contaminated by the historic Asarco smelter plume.

Local neurologist leads in unearthing the medical benefits of marijuana

Last week the grange hall was packed for a lecture by Dr. Ethan Russo. The standing-room-only crowd was silent as Russo, a neurologist, flipped through a PowerPoint presentation packed with charts, graphs and molecular diagrams, and easily rattled off scientific terms. Only the occasional mention of cannabis or picture of a leafy green plant revealed to the untrained listener that Russo’s lecture was all about marijuana.

Construction of arts center begins

After tearing down the old McFeeds building last week, Vashon Allied Arts has begun construction of its new performing arts center, which is now expected to cost nearly $20 million.

Mukai activists win in court, secure historic farmhouse

The local activists seeking to take possession of the Mukai Farm and Garden won in court earlier this month, when a judge ruled that they legally control the historic property.

Mukai activists win in court

The local activists seeking to take hold of the Mukai Farm and Garden won in court last week, when a judge ruled that they legally control the historic property.

Tax would fund new emergency radio network

Vashon voters are being asked to approve a modest property tax increase to replace the region’s aging emergency radio network.

Tile artist joins interior designer in new showroom

Local tile artist David Blad has partnered with kitchen and bath designer Judith Neary to open a small joint studio and showroom in town.

‘Prolific’ home burglar charged

A man who has admitted to burglarizing more than two dozen homes on Vashon to support his drug habit now faces burglary charges.

Bus driver in fatal accident had passed out, will not be charged

The driver of the bus that hit and killed a young woman on Vashon Highway last September will not face criminal charges.