Natalie Johnson

School district moves forward on plan to update sex education

Vashon’s school board has unanimously approved a plan to update sexual health education at the Vashon Island School District, including providing condoms at the high school.

After delay, VAA to begin construction of arts center in April

With a building permit in hand, adjusted construction plans and a loan in place, Vashon Allied Arts (VAA) will begin construction of its new arts center next month.

New kind of paddling takes off on Vashon

Last Thursday’s cool temperatures and light rain didn’t stop islander Reed Nichelson from taking a group of friends out on paddleboards in Quartermaster Harbor.

Vashon firefighters climb for a cause

Nearly a dozen responders from Vashon’s fire department put their legs to the test and raised money to fight cancer when they climbed the Columbia Tower in Seattle earlier this month.

New water taxi to be christened, begin service

Vashon’s new water taxi, the Sally Fox, will sail to the island this weekend for a dedication ceremony and is expected to begin service on the Vashon to downtown Seattle route in early April.

State will pull buoys to make way for more orderly harbor

After years of planning and outreach around its effort to clean up Quartermaster Harbor, the state is poised to pull nearly 50 private mooring buoys at Burton to clear the way for a field of new environmentally friendly buoys.

Local bookkeeper charged with additional island thefts

An island bookkeeper who was charged last year with stealing from The Country Store was recently charged with stealing from an elderly couple she worked for as well.

Fire department will ask public to help plan for the future

A major construction project at the north-end ferry dock will mean traffic changes and possible ferry delays for nine months beginning this summer.

Construction will cause traffic changes, potential delays at dock

A major construction project at the north-end ferry dock will mean traffic changes and possible ferry delays for nine months beginning this summer.

K2 plans environmental testing at former factory

The K2 Corporation is moving forward in the process to get its property on Vashon declared either free of pollution or cleaned to state standards.

Park board will discuss, take comment on closing Tramp Harbor dock

Vashon Park District’s board of commissioners will discuss the Tramp Harbor dock’s poor condition and may decide whether to close the dock at its meeting next Tuesday.

Farmers market remodel is explored

The Vashon Island Growers Association (VIGA) is on the road to revamping the farmers market, starting with help from local architecture students in redesigning the Village Green.

Vashon buses to be replaced with hybrids

Vashon’s small fleet of King County Metro buses will soon be replaced with new hybrid models.

Dock at risk amidst a lease dilemma

Vashon’s only public fishing pier may soon close, as the Vashon Park District considers a new report that the aging dock is unsafe and vets a state demand to replace it with a more environmentally friendly structure.

Susan Sullivan remembered as an enthusiastic, caring volunteer

Susan Glover Sullivan, an islander known for her years of community activism, died last week at age 70.

Weathering crisis, center holds fast to a mission to help families

One drizzly morning last week, a group of young women sat in a circle in a warmly lit room at the Playspace. As they took turns discussing parenting young children, toddlers sometimes wandered in from a playroom next door for a few moments of attention from their mothers before running off again.

Developer to begin construction of vacation lodges this month

With permit in hand, a Seattle developer plans to break ground on a 16-unit vacation retreat behind Vashon Village this month.

Longtime accounting firm bought by North Carolina CPA

Williams & Callan, a local accounting firm with about 600 clients, has changed hands.

Eric Gill, architect who worked for school district, dies at 62

Eric Charles Gill, a local architect and capital facilities director at the Vashon School District, died on Tuesday, Jan. 20, after a battle with cancer.

New series brings hip hop to Vashon

Last Friday more than 100 people filed into the Open Space for Arts & Community, where four performers filled the cavernous performance hall with hip hop and rap.