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With few houses on the market, buyers find options limited

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 6:00PM updated Feb 27, 2015 at 5:49PM

Missing life in the countryside, Seattle artist Emily Browne has been looking to relocate to Vashon since last fall, but like many others hoping to buy a home on the island, her progress has been slow because the number of homes on the market is near a record low.

Navy captain to visit Island Quilter

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Feb 27, 2015 at 5:48PM

A former leader of the military trauma hospital located in Kandahar, Afghanistan, will be on Vashon next week to recognize American Hero Quilts and those who have supported it.

Catching a ride on Vashon: Islander works to expand local transportation options

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 5:00PM updated Feb 27, 2015 at 5:48PM

In an effort to increase transportation options for islanders, Doug Skove is working to recruit local drivers to contract with ride share companies and provide on-demand rides.

Farmers market remodel is explored

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Feb 27, 2015 at 5:48PM

The Vashon Island Growers Association (VIGA) is on the road to revamping the farmers market, starting with help from local architecture students in redesigning the Village Green.

Officials warn low vaccine rates put Vashon at risk of measles outbreak

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Feb 27, 2015 at 5:43PM

As the number of measles cases rises around the country, public health experts say that Vashon’s low vaccination rate puts the island at risk of an outbreak of the disease, which is highly infectious.

Sale means the loss of a special place on Vashon

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 5:00AM updated at 5:03PM

I’m not a quilter. I don’t know the owners of Island Quilter. But I love color and light. And who doesn’t? Especially during the gray days of fall and winter. How wonderful it is to drive or walk by the large, wide-eyed windows in town to take in the many colors and designs and all the light!

Forgotten Hawaiians remembered in Kanaka celebration

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 1:00PM updated at 3:44PM

The rich but nearly forgotten legacy of Hawaiians who once settled in the Pacific Northwest will be remembered in a celebration of the Kanaka at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

Around Town

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 1:53PM

The Vashon band Bill Brown & The Kingbees has been playing gigs in the Northwest since 1986 and will bring its energetic and entertaining show to the Red Bike at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Flamenco dance and music come to the Grange

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 1:49PM

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes will bring her latest show “La Primavera, Flamenco en Vivo” to the Vashon Grange Hall at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Building’s sale should be reconsidered

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 5:00AM

When is it really too late? The implications of the sale of the building housing Island Quilter are staggering. As stated in the article in last week’s Beachcomber, the shop draws customers from all over the world, bringing business to other places on the island.

Famous shop brings many tourists to the island

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 5:00AM

Over and over again, we hear about the struggle of our local island retailers and we are encouraged to support them with our business. But the sale of a building is forcing one of our retailers, Island Quilter, to move off island, and for what?

Shop is an important part of our community

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 5:00AM

Our family was very saddened to hear of the circumstances that are forcing Island Quilter to relocate. With all the current conversations around the need to create community places, welcoming places, customers for island businesses and something for teens to do, this amounts to a tremendous loss in all of these areas.

Potholes and potting soil present a perennial springtime mystery

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 9:11PM

You may have noticed that it’s pothole season again here in the Northwest. Everywhere else, as near as I can tell, is still under snow.

News of store's move is depressing

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 5:00AM

Your front-page story on Feb. 18 (“Quilt shop to move off-island as building sells”) is the most tragic, depressing real estate story ever read

Consider the tragedies prevented by vaccines

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 11:00PM

I remember waking up as a little girl because my sister was crying. I did what twins do, crawled into bed with her, and I noticed something was wrong.

State should partner with us to keep dock around | Editorial

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

The Tramp Harbor dock is a beloved and iconic spot. Extending far into the water, it’s Vashon’s only public fishing pier. Without a boat, it’s one of the best spots on the island to drop a line or a crab pot. It’s also a place where tourists go for a view of the water and some local flavor.

Wickman repeats as state champ

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 8:58PM

Vashon’s wrestling wunderkind Chase Wickman capped a perfect season and took home his second state championship last weekend at the Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome.

Vashon grapplers take eighth at state competition

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 8:55PM

The newly platinum-coiffed Pirate wrestlers finished the two-day Mat Classic state championship last Friday and Saturday in the Tacoma Dome with a highly respectable eighth-place finish.

Pirate hoopsters head to Regional competetion, aim for State tournament

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 8:51PM

The Pirate Boys Basketball team finished off a 19-1 regular season as the Nisqually 1A League champions and went into the District 3 tournament as the #1 seed. Teams in the tournament included Vashon, Charles Wright Academy, Cascade Christian from the Nisqually league and Chimicum, Coupeville and Klahowya from the Olympic League.

Vashon buses to be replaced with hybrids

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 1:00PM updated at 5:57PM

Vashon’s small fleet of King County Metro buses will soon be replaced with new hybrid models.

Dock at risk amidst a lease dilemma

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

Vashon’s only public fishing pier may soon close, as the Vashon Park District considers a new report that the aging dock is unsafe and vets a state demand to replace it with a more environmentally friendly structure.

Quilt shop to move off-island as building sells

  • Feb 18, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Feb 19, 2015 at 5:39PM

Island Quilter hummed with activity last Friday morning as a group of women bent over sewing tables in the front of the store, caught up in a class, while a steady stream of customers came to shop.

Vashon native writes novel about child soldiers

  • Feb 18, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Feb 19, 2015 at 5:38PM

When David Hartness graduated from Vashon High School in 2001, he worked for three months as a volunteer teaching English in a small rural village in Kenya.

VAA launches a lineage of island songs

  • Feb 19, 2015 at 5:32PM

What would happen if 11 of Vashon’s musicians all played the same guitar? What might come from a seriously playful effort to create a lineage of songs born from that the one guitar?

Vashon Film Society hosts annual Oscar Night

  • Feb 19, 2015 at 5:27PM

Vashon Film Society (VFS) will roll out the red carpet for its 18th annual Oscar Night at the Vashon Theatre on Sunday.

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