This version of the story corrects the time of the Wednesday, Oct. 26, meeting. It begins at 6 p.m. at McMurray Middle School.
Two weeks ago, on a cool and cloudy Northwest fall day, 19-year-old islander Nate Weston was helping his father pick apples for the island's annual CiderFest celebration. The following week, he was in the Mediterannean sunshine with 17 of the world's best free runners and parkour practicers (called traceurs), running, jumping, flipping and spinning over the iconic white domes of Oia in Santorini, Greece.
When weather forecasters last week announced the remnants of Pacific Typhoon Songda would slam into the Pacific Northwest Saturday, bringing excessive rain and wind gusts potentially up to 60 mph, islanders began to prepare for the worst.
Vashon's fire board last Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve a plan to combine Vashon's paramedics with those of the South King County Medic One system.
Vashon's emergency preparedness organization and fire department are monitoring two storms expected to make landfall tonight and Saturday and bring with them high winds and rain.
Last week, King County officials presented a plan to integrate Vashon's paramedics into those of those of South King County Medic One as early as the beginning of next year, and fire commissioners say they will study the proposal and hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
The Vashon Island School District has been gradually increasing its water consumption over the last 20 years, according to Water District 19's Bob Powell, leading the water district to consider raising the school district's rate.
Vashon High School principal Danny Rock said he received the first anonymous tip of the school year about sexting recently. Now, he and vice principal Alanah Baron are working to determine what the school's role is in starting conversations about digital safety, sexting, consent and the legal ramifications of such behavior.
Islanders will have an opportunity to help shape Vashon's future next week, when King County officials present a range of ideas at a meeting regarding the island's new Community Service Area Plan, currently being developed.
Ferry officials, including Lynne Griffith, who heads the ferry system, will be on Vashon Oct. 26 as part of a three-community listening tour.
Consignment stores have long been a vital part of Vashon's fabric, and one of those stores is now under new ownership.
A 20-year-old island man was arrested on Vashon on Thursday, Oct. 6, and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of second degree assault.
As racial tensions continue to flare around the nation, two speakers coming to Vashon this month are hoping to use historical events to start discussions about race and social justice.
Once again this Saturday, about 200 acres of Island Center Forest will close to everyone but permitted deer hunters for the last two weeks of October.
Crews will begin work along Vashon Highway S.W. near the Cunliffe Road intersection at 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Their work will include removing a building foundation and re-sloping the hillside. During the construction, lanes will be shifted to make room for equipment and vehicles. Travelers should expect traffic delays and plan for additional time to get to the ferry terminal. Crews expect to finish at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28.
Four months after a West Seattle couple began an attempt to breathe new life into the Burton Inn and opened its doors to overnight guests for the first time in years, the inn is closed again.
A deceased man found near an overturned kayak off Point Robinson on Saturday afternoon has been identified, according to the King County Medical Examiner's Office.
It has been a banner year for island fruit crops, and Vashon will celebrate the bounty of the season this weekend with CiderFest.
The Neighborcare Health clinic opened on Sept. 26 to hundreds of phone calls, and providers there saw more than 200 patients during the first week.
Wildlife experts told a crowd of nearly 100 islanders last week that the number of coyotes living on the island is expected to keep increasing for some time.