Natalie Johnson

Woman seriously injured when car spooks horse

A West Seattle woman spent a week in the hospital after falling off her horse in an incident on Vashon’s west side, where she says a car came close to her horse and revved its engine

Group explores new route for local economic development

A group of islanders is exploring the idea of creating a public development authority on Vashon, something they say could stimulate economic growth and possibly lead to the development of the K2 building.

Man arrested after firing gun in suspected drug house

A Vashon man was booked into jail last weekend and could face charges after shooting a gun in a suspected drug house.

A ride with hills and attitude draws hundreds

It’s been called arduous and grueling. “It almost killed me,” one person said. But for a fourth year, cyclists from all over the state and even the country will pay for the chance to burn their legs on Vashon’s — and perhaps the region’s — tallest and most strenuous hills.

New water taxi to be named after ferry activist

Vashon’s new water taxi, set to hit the water in 2015, will be named the Sally Fox, after a late islander who advocated for Vashon’s passenger-only ferry service.

Sheriff’s office will bring stolen jewelry to Vashon

The King County Sheriff’s Office hopes to reunite stolen jewelry with its owners through two jewelry viewing events next week on Vashon.

New administrator at Chautauqua

Chautauqua Elementary School’s new assistant principal, Kathy Robinson, says she decided to come to Vashon because she enjoys working in small school districts.

Forum on dementia to meet next week

The Vashon Social Service Network (VSSN) and the county’s Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services will host a forum on Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia on Friday, Sept. 12.

Chautauqua families receive letters required by No Child Left Behind law

Parents with children at Chautauqua Elementary School will receive letters this week informing them that their child is attending a “failing” school, a result of the state losing its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law

Fire board approves change to island emergency medical system

Vashon’s fire district will move forward with a plan to incorporate its paramedic program into the south King County emergency medical system, a transition that could happen as soon as January of next year.

VIFR will hold public hearing on paramedic proposal

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday to answer questions and take feedback on proposed changes to its paramedic program.

A decade old, Engels show will feature more than cars

This weekend’s car show at Engels Repair & Towing will include a lot more than cars, with antique tractors, hydroplanes and a vintage semi-truck on display at the annual event.

Frequent ferry delays are expected to continue

Vashon’s north-end ferry route, which has been plagued by delays, had nearly 500 late sailings last month, more than twice the delays it had in July two years ago.

Shoreline permitting effort sees mixed response

In 2009, Rodney Hearne refaced his bulkhead at Sylvan Beach, something he said he and his family members have done many times since 1928, when his grandfather built their walk-in home.

VCC struggles with nurse shortage, seeks RNs

Vashon Community Care, facing a nurse shortage that administrators call concerning, has put out a call for local nurses to consider applying there.

Longtime consignment shop closes, another expands into its space

Wendy’s Weather’d Wear has closed its doors after 15 years selling clothing on consignment in Vashon town, and Luna Bella’s will expand into its former space.

Travel and Leisure names Thai restaurant one of country’s best

Travel and Leisure magazine recently named May Kitchen + Bar to its list of the best Thai restaurants in the United States.

Eyes are on local beaches as scientists study sea star die-off

When Rayna Holtz and Yvonne Kuperberg began monitoring a strip of west-side beach a few years ago, searching for dead sea birds as part of a citizen science project through the University of Washington, they soon realized they likely wouldn’t find any dead birds. So the two women, also Vashon Beach Naturalists, began recording other sea creatures they saw on their monthly walks, thinking it would be interesting to watch how their populations changed over time.

Vashon responders help battle state’s record wildfires

As the state sees record wildfires, some Vashon firefighters have aided in the effort to control the blazes in Central and Eastern Washington.

K2 enters state’s Voluntary Cleanup Program

K2 Sports has taken the first step in obtaining a No Further Action (NFA) determination from the state regarding environmental contamination at its former factory on Vashon Highway.