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- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM
It’s been a while since I’ve written, dear reader, but last week’s front pager about a new plan for K2 got me sort of worked up. I had several simultaneous reactions.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced recently that the use of cell phones during flight is being considered. The best evidence of that being a really bad idea was noted by those of us on a 5 p.m. Fauntleroy boat last week
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM
The volunteer group working to tackle teen substance abuse on Vashon is again in conflict with Vashon Youth & Family Services, and this time the dispute is leading some to worry that the VYFS PlaySpace is at risk.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Last week on Vashon we saw the public process work well. Officials from Washington State Ferries, after hearing wide concerns about the rewrite of the north-end ferry schedule, seemingly changed their tune.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM
Nearly 100 islanders showed up at a Washington State Ferries meeting last week, largely to express concern over a state proposal to rewrite the north-end ferry schedule.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 6:23 PM
I find the hand-wringing over growing marijuana on Vashon pathetically hypocritical or, at best, terribly misinformed. We welcome wineries, beer breweries and a distillery with front-page celebrations, despite the fact that alcohol causes carnage on our highways, lingering deaths due to liver failure and untold numbers of domestic violence incidents.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 6:24 PM
The potential of growing legally sanctioned marijuana is a mixed bag for our community. Yes, seemingly usable commercial space is going to be put to use, some more shekels will trickle down into the community and we’ll get a kilo of new party jokes. That said, recent history of legally sanctioned growing operations in Puget Sound has a back story of additional crime — some of it violent.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 6:25 PM
A note to praise our Vashon community, particularly the Vashon Health Center and our pharmacy. Our daughter Bria came home for Thanksgiving break from her senior year at college with a cough and fever and feeling really lousy.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 6:26 PM
A remarkable trait among salmon is their ability to rebound from temporary environmental disasters. A severe flood or drought that disrupts their up- or downstream migration may decimate one year’s run, but if spawning and forage habitat remain healthy, a recovery can occur in as little as one life cycle.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Vashon Allied Arts should reconsider the location for the new Center for the Arts. When I go out to a show, I would prefer to park once, enjoy the shops and food in town and then walk leisurely to a performance rather than hop back in the car and drive to a show. No one wants to be concerned about having that extra glass of wine. Locating the new center at Cemetery Road as planned would take away from this “do the town” experience.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 6:58 PM
It isn’t unusual to hear the twang of guitars or throbbing of drums from a backwoods studio or garage on Vashon. But the music that emanates from Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann’s studio, at the end of long dirt road in Burton, sounds like none other.
- posted Dec 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM
The Vashon Terrace apartments, an apartment building that serves low-income families, has been purchased by the King County Housing Authority (KCHA), ensuring that it will continue to serve islanders in need.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM— updated Dec 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Vashon will kick off the holiday season this weekend with activities for all ages.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Unless it finds a new source of funding, Vashon Youth & Family Services’ (VYFS) basic needs program could be at risk.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM
The Vashon Park District will vote on its 2014 budget at its board meeting next week. The public is invited to attend.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Over the years, Vashon Island Audubon President Randy Smith has gotten phone calls from birders wondering how they could snag a copy of Ed Swan’s book, “The Birds of Vashon Island.” Printed in 2005, all 750 books sold quickly, and it was a rare day that a used copy appeared on a bookstore shelf.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Several thoughts came to mind on reading the Beachcomber story on childhood trauma (“History of childhood trauma high on Vashon,” Nov. 20).
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Thank you for your clear and insightful article, “History of childhood trauma high on Vashon,” Nov. 20.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM
What a weekend for island arts. Not only is this weekend the beginning of the Holiday Art Studio Tour, but islanders can begin their art perusing by taking to town Friday evening for the First Friday gallery cruise. Most galleries are open 6 to 9 p.m.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I declare, with the deepest appreciation and gratitude, that Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is the mental health and human services lifeline in our community.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM
It comes as no surprise that someone has applied for a license to grow marijuana at the K2 building. Aside from the fact that rumors on the topic have been swirling for months, it seems an ideal location for such an operation
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Since I came to our house on Vashon Highway in 1965, the speeding has never stopped. Nasty tempered drivers doing 50, 60, 70 miles per hours and more up and down this 22-foot wide road like it’s a freeway.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM
After a local farmer’s barn burned to the ground in a large fire that also destroyed thousands of dollars of tools and equipment, islanders turned out in droves to help the longtime Vashon man handle the scene left behind.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM— updated Dec 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM
If an off-island company’s plans pan out, the K2 building could one day hold a large marijuana growing operation.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Our oldest boy turned 13 a couple of days ago. My wife Maria and I have heard that parenting teenagers can be pretty challenging.
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