Natalie Johnson

Sunken tugboat emerges with a story

Thomas Donovan has always been fascinated by The Murph, an old Navy tugboat that sank in Quartermaster Harbor in 2007.

Unable to settle, Mukai activists prepare for trial

The legal battle over the Mukai farmhouse continues, as the island group attempting to take control of the property was unable to reach a settlement with its current owner, despite an offer from King County to purchase the house.

Locals find success in a tricky island hunting scene

For years Phil Volker left the island to hunt deer, usually heading east of the mountains. But about a decade ago, Volker said, he realized hunting was just as good right on Vashon, a place he can hunt in his own backyard and where meat is flavored by the apples and gardens deer feed on.

Arts center supporters mark groundbreaking

As heavy rains fell on Saturday, islander Kay White, clad in a long, blue rain poncho, sunk a shovel into a patch of turned-up dirt just outside the Blue Heron.

Katie Konrad joins women’s health center

Katie Konrad, a nurse practitioner with a long history on the island, has joined the staff of the Vashon Women’s Health Center.

State begins replacing contaminated yards

Mary Martin is getting a new yard. Last week, Martin looked out her kitchen window at a large excavator and explained how just days before, contractors had staked out the yard outside her modest Maury Island home and carefully scraped off a foot of topsoil. They left behind a giant mound of dirt and a wide hole to be filled and topped with sod.

Fitzgibbon opposed by newcomer who wants state to fund private schools

Joe Fitzgibbon, who has represented Vashon in the state House or Representatives for four years, is challenged this fall by a political newcomer running on the platform that the state should solve its education funding problem by indirectly funding private schools.

County says amendments dropped in 2012 were not ready for town plan

King County did not move forward on amendments submitted by Vashon’s Town Plan Committee in 2012 after the amendments came in at the last moment and weren’t all suitable for the town plan, according to John Starbard, director of the county’s Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER)

Vashon’s first FM station goes live

On Monday morning there were cheers and tears as Voice of Vashon took to the airwaves on 101.9 FM, realizing what has been a dream of some in the organization for over a decade.

VAA to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new arts center

After years of planning and fundraising, Vashon Allied Arts (VAA) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its multi-million dollar arts center next week.

Council hopes to update town plan, past changes found unsuccessful

Vashon’s community council is kicking off an ambitious effort to update the Vashon Town Plan, beginning with an informational meeting with county officials next week.

Island Center Forest to close again for hunting

Island Center Forest will close beginning Saturday for a 20-day deer hunt.

Local property values up again

For the second year in a row, Vashon property owners are seeing a slight increase in their property values.

VARSA attempts to turn a new page in prevention

With a new sponsor for its grant, new leadership and new plans for how it will spend over $100,000 a year, a group of local volunteers say they are ready to get back to trying to reduce youth drug and alcohol use on Vashon.

Local winery draws accolades

Last week Andrew Will Winery was bustling. Grapes had recently begun arriving from the east side of the state, meaning it was go time for the small winery. After some morning rain on Friday, a sweet, pungent smell filled the air as grapes were pressed in an open-sided building and deep purple juice was already fermenting in stainless steel vats.

Investigation into fatal crash to take 3 months

An investigation into the fatal bus accident on Vashon Highway last month will likely take about three months, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office

Islanders work to respond to recent deaths

Michael Meade travels throughout the country to work with people struggling with death and violence. But recently, the author and mythologist said, he’s seen this struggle more than ever in his own community.

Young woman killed in accident remembered as bright, caring

Katie Chale seemed full of potential. Described by those who knew her as bright, confident and a leader who was mature beyond her years, many say the 22-year-old who recently graduated from college had everything going for her.

Driver in fatal spring accident will not be charged

A woman who hit and killed a motorcyclist near the north end last spring will not be charged with a crime for the accident.

Revised ferry schedule now in effect

The fall ferry schedule, which began on Sunday, has slightly fewer sailings than the previous fall schedule and changes to sailing times throughout the day on the north-end route.