Susan Riemer

Music library lends instruments for free

Islanders walking through downtown Vashon in recent weeks may have spotted something new in store windows: an array of musical instruments, all ready to be… Continue reading

Transition to new management underway at island’s care center

Vashon Community Care has been under new management since last month, and leaders with the new organization VCC is affiliating with say while the transition… Continue reading

Make a splash at the Vashon Pool, now open for swimming

After months of work from community members and Vashon Park District staff, the Vashon Pool opened on Monday for year-round swimming. Vashon Park District’s Kelly… Continue reading

Quick response, luck, keeps Christmas Day house fire damage minor

The fire department responded to a house fire on Christmas day, but there was little damage as firefighters were able to quickly control the flames.… Continue reading

New apuncture, massage practice opens in town

Two island women have recently joined together to create a space for acupuncture and massage in the heart of town. Acupuncturist Karin Nelson and massage… Continue reading

Luminarias at Fisher Pond lit longest night

Islander Karen Biondo and many “solstice elves” transformed Fisher Pond with 1,000 luminarias lining the footpath and glowing in the night last Thursday. Biondo, who… Continue reading

Vashon housing prices continue to climb, reflect regional trend

As housing prices escalate around the region, Vashon reflects the trend, with housing costs rising and people with moderate or lower incomes priced out of… Continue reading

Get set to swim: Dome project nearly complete at Vashon Pool

The long-awaited dome at the Vashon Pool was installed last week, and public swimming sessions are expected to begin shortly after the first of the… Continue reading

Dungeness crab population declining in south sound

The winter crabbing season is set to close at the end of the month, but several marine areas did not even open for crabbing in… Continue reading

State wildlife officials apprehend squid poachers at Tramp Harbor

State wildlife officers recently apprehended several squid fishers at the Tramp Harbor dock for breaking laws regarding limits and inspection of their catch. Sgt. Erik… Continue reading

With change in leadership, VYFS increases community outreach, expands services

By SUSAN RIEMER Reporter Vashon Youth & Family Services is heading into the new year with new leadership, and officials there say the agency is… Continue reading

VYFS offers free, safe-sleeping baby boxes, support to island families with infants

Islanders who welcome an infant into their family this year can receive a free new baby box along with baby supplies and a list of… Continue reading

After months of island effort, county passes Vashon CSA plan

The Metropolitan King County Council unanimously approved the 2017 Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area (CSA) Subarea Plan on Monday. The island plan is an update… Continue reading

Five island businesses fail liquor board checks

In October, five of 13 island businesses failed a state compliance check testing practices around selling and serving alcohol to underage customers. “It is not… Continue reading

Fire commissioners set to vote on 2018 budget next week

Vashon’s fire commissioners are poised to vote next week on the district’s 2018 budget, a $5.2 million spending plan that reflects a substantial increase in… Continue reading

Living with Predators: Nature Center releases livestock management guide

With the increase of predators on the island, the Vashon Nature Center has released a guide intended to highlight sustainable practices livestock owners can draw… Continue reading

Islander Dorothy Johnson, instrumental in shaping health care on Vashon, dies at 93

Dorothy Johnson, an islander whose efforts to bring health care to the island in the 1970s still influence its delivery today, died at her home… Continue reading

King County Council to hold hearing on CSA Plan next week

The King County Council will hold a hearing about Vashon’s Community Service Area Plan next Monday and will include time for public comment. The hearing… Continue reading

Recognizing volunteers, senior center looks to new year of service

Editor’s note: This story is the first in an occasional series looking at the work of island nonprofits and their volunteers. The Vashon Senior Center,… Continue reading

Fire damages north-end home

Vashon Island Fire Rescue responded to the call shortly before noon with seven firefighters