Natalie Johnson

Island fishermen awarded for heroic rescue in Alaska

Two local fishermen recently received prestigious national awards for a harrowing at-sea rescue they helped carry out two years ago off the coast of Alaska.

As groups plan prevention programs, data shows fewer suicides in 2014

As local organizations begin suicide prevention programs, new data shows the suicide rate on Vashon apparently dropped last year after a small spike in 2013.

Man charged after ramming patrol car, fleeing from police last weekend

A Vashon man was charged with four crimes on Wednesday after what court documents call an “utterly bizarre rampage” last weekend, when he allegedly rammed a patrol car and another car with his truck, was shot at by police and broke into a home to hide out.

Misty Isle Farms estate put back on the market

Misty Isle Farms, the 500-acre estate once owned by the late Tom Stewart, was put back on the market last month, listed with a high-end international real estate broker for $43 million.

Heritage association buys home for use as education center

Vashon’s heritage association has purchased the historical home next door to its museum, closing on the sale last week for $383,000.

Local merchants give mixed reports on holiday shopping

Two days before Christmas, Kronos was bustling with people. Shoppers filled the small gift shop, perusing jewelry, candles and coats and standing in line to purchase last-minute gifts.

New gallery, shop to open in town

A local couple is opening a new art gallery and gift shop in the storefront formerly occupied by Raven’s Nest.

Young woman killed in single-car accident

A young woman, Sierra Marie Pedrin-Linden, was killed in a single-car accident near the north end on Wednesday night.

One person killed in single-car accident on Wednesday night

A woman was killed in a single-car accident near the north end on Wednesday night.

A Star sighting for Seahawks fans

Hundreds of people descended on the Vashon Thriftway last week for a chance to meet Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Superbowl MVP Malcolm Smith.

Schools begin wide effort to prevent suicide

Vashon, the school district is beginning a three-year project to increase suicide prevention efforts in island schools.

Fire department passes a ‘lean’ budget for 2015

The board of Vashon’s fire department has approved what officials there call a lean budget for next year.

Land trust to preserve former strawberry farm

Vashon’s land trust is poised to buy a swath of land that for decades held a strawberry farm, a purchase that would be the nonprofit’s first-ever farmland preservation project.

Legal pot grow begins business

Vashon’s first retail marijuana is nearly ready for harvest.

Vashon’s history museum hopes to reach a wider audience with expansion

Vashon’s heritage association hopes to expand its reach in 2015, beginning with the purchase of a historical building next door to the heritage museum.

County purchases will expand Island Center Forest by 30 acres

Island Center Forest will grow by nearly 30 acres with two upcoming land purchases by King County.

VIFR budgets for change as it looks to the future

Vashon’s fire department has balanced its budget for next year with funds set aside to see it through a major transition in its paramedic program, which could happen as soon as next summer.

King County considers water taxis’ unsustainable future

As King County takes measures to reduce the cost of running its two water taxis, officials say they will still have to raise taxes to sustain the service past 2016.

Islanders say stormy weather means time to get set for winter

Last Friday as temperatures dipped toward freezing, Spring Beach residents donned their coats and headed to one neighbor’s home. On the agenda for the evening was to discuss what they would do should the wintery weather take a turn for the worse.

Island Center Forest sees record number of registered hunters

About 70 hunters registered at Island Center Forest during last month’s 21-day deer hunt, a record for the pilot hunting program.