Paul Rowley

Gun safety coalition seeks to begin dialogue at festival

Months of community organizing have led to the formation of a broad coalition intended to promote gun safety and suicide prevention on Vashon, but as… Continue reading

Island Points acupuncture opens in Vashon Studio Lux

Island Points, a new community acupuncture clinic, has opened on Tuesdays in Studio Lux on Vashon Highway from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Owner Laurel… Continue reading

Vashon Park District seeks new commissioner

The Vashon Park District is seeking to fill the board vacancy left by former commissioner Scott Harvey, who resigned last month over differences stemming from… Continue reading

Island relay swim team to tackle English Channel for environmental cause

Warming up with pastries, hot soup and coffee after a frigid, overcast afternoon plunge in Vashon’s Paradise Cove, an island relay swim team of two… Continue reading

Fire chief faces park district over interlocal agreement

At the most recent park board meeting on June 12, Vashon Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert stood from his seat and delivered a rebuke of the… Continue reading

Aspidistra store targeted by thieves ahead of opening

Thieves stole more than $15,000 worth of fine jewelry and other belongings reported missing last week from Aspidistra, a new gallery and shop set to… Continue reading

Park board member resigns over wage plan

Scott Harvey abruptly resigned as commissioner and vice chair of the Vashon Park District at the board meeting on Tuesday, June 12, citing a plan… Continue reading

With new book, island chef chronicles farm life and food

Kurt Timmermeister has never been afraid of trying new things, but when digital photography overtook traditional film, the author, dairy farmer and former restaurateur of… Continue reading

Aspidistra gallery, shop to open June 30

History, art and literature of the ages will soon flourish in Vashon Village with the grand opening of Aspidistra, the new gallery, shop and library… Continue reading

Realities of policing Vashon, a place with “a state of mind”

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Seth Moore recently brought a Beachcomber reporter along while on duty, a day that included monitoring drivers as they left the… Continue reading

Island brewing company opens Community Pub

Islander Cliff Goodman’s Community Pub, an outgrowth of his Vashon Brewing Company, opened on May 19 at its location in Vashon Village. The pub is… Continue reading

Therapy dog enters contested race for island’s unofficial mayor

Goliath, the gentle giant and 6-year-old Newfoundland therapy dog who has delighted islanders, seniors and Vashon Community Care residents, will run for unofficial mayor according… Continue reading

County proposes extensive conservation program

Legislation King County Executive Dow Constantine presented to the King County Council last Wednesday to preserve more than 65,000 acres of land was informed by… Continue reading

Funeral director announces bid for state senate seat

Lisa Devereau, director of Vashon Island Funeral Services, has filed to represent Legislative District 34 and fill the seat outgoing state senator Sharon Nelson (D-Maury… Continue reading

Island choir has songs for threshold between life and death

Since 2005, the Vashon Threshold Choir has met islanders as they face the end of their lives, entering the rooms of the dying to sing… Continue reading

Third candidate for unofficial mayor announces run

“Ms. Ladda Lucy,” a spirited fixture of historical Vashon, will represent the Heritage Museum as the third candidate for unofficial island mayor. The character will… Continue reading

Nature Center BioBlitz event returns to catalogue island wildlife

After taking a hiatus last year from hosting a BioBlitz, the Vashon Nature Center will lead the 24-hour wildlife survey across a swath of Ellisport… Continue reading

State capital budget funds salmon recovery amid orca population decline

The state capital budget, passed by the Legislature earlier this year after a delay, allocated more than $11 million for the protection of shorelines in… Continue reading

Governor moves to protect endangered orcas

Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order last Wednesday appointing state agencies, tribal leaders, local governments, federal partners and other stakeholders to a new task… Continue reading

From both sides, islanders face complexities of gun violence

Margy Heldring and her dinner guests thought of their young grandchildren a few nights after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012.… Continue reading