Seventy-four years ago this week more than 120 Japanese-American islanders were forced to leave Vashon, bound for Seattle and then on to Tule Lake Concentration Camp in California later that summer.
The two families suing Vashon's school district, alleging their children's repeated bullying and harassment was not addressed by the district, are asking for at least $31.5 million in damages plus attorneys' fees, according to documents released by the school district.
Editor's Note: This is the second story in a series profiling new and young farmers on Vashon. Young farmers are rare, with the USDA reporting the average age of farm operators nationwide is 58. The average age of a farmer in Washington is 59.
Some 40 years after it was built, the Vashon Pool is in need of architectural, electrical and mechanical upgrades, according to a recent evaluation conducted by a team of aquatic center experts who evaluated the facility.
The building that most recently housed Vashon Island Realty was torn down on Monday, five years after being deemed unsafe.
Several King County officials will host a public meeting Wednesday evening and provide information about a wide range of issues.
With the closure of the Franciscan medical clinic coming this August, members of state and county governments have said they will support the island in whatever ways they can, while agencies in Vashon's broader health care community are making plans for a medical services landscape that soon could be dramatically changed.
Island, county, state and federal agencies will come together with National Guard soldiers during the second week of June to participate in Cascadia Rising, a major, region-wide disaster exercise based on the potential full-margin rupture of the Cascadia Subduction Zone that would create an earthquake and tsunami.
A group of islanders stepped forward last week and indicated they are working to prevent a health care crisis on Vashon, following the news that the Franciscans plan to close the Sunrise Ridge clinic this summer.
Vashon's school district announced last week that it will contract with an educational service organization to craft a plan to address racial awareness and equity within the district.
A gray whale seen swimming injured through Puget Sound for about two weeks likely died from a collapsed lung or infection that trapped air in its body and prevented it from diving, experts from the Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) say.
Islander Bob Moses feels the weight of a broken industry on his shoulders. A long-time audio engineer, pioneer of the digital music era and current executive director of the 14,000 member Audio Engineering Society (AES), Moses has seen, and been directly involved in, incredible innovation on the technical side of the music industry. But that innovation has also led to an unforeseen disaster for the artistic side, as people stopped buying record albums and started downloading — legally and otherwise — their music one song at a time and sharing it with their friends. Record stores went out of business, and, according to Moses, 90 percent of the income dropped out of the industry. The previously existing infrastructure, essentially, collapsed.
Islander Bob Moses feels the weight of a broken industry on his shoulders.
More than 20 Vashon nonprofits raised roughly $230,000 during the Seattle Foundation's annual GiveBIG fundraising campaign last Tuesday and Wednesday, despite difficulties with the giving website that caused it to crash.
Ferry commuters should expect delays on the triangle route through mid-June while the Issaquah is out of service and replaced with a smaller boat.
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CHI Franciscan Health announced late last week that it will close the clinic at Sunrise Ridge in August because of financial reasons.
Four island humans and a sheep have announced their run for Vashon's unofficial mayor, carrying on a long-standing annual tradition that uses the election as a platform to raise funds for nonprofits.
When a young woman was killed in a crash on the north end last December, she was the third islander to die on Vashon in slightly more than a year while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Dozens of islanders beat the heat on Sunday and helped the Vashon Park District break in the pool by participating in the May Day Splash Down.