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Court documents: Families suing school district seeking more than $30 million

  • May 25, 2016 at 11:00AM updated May 27, 2016 at 12:35PM

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.

Open Space kicks off renovation with gala fundraiser

  • May 25, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 26, 2016 at 2:43PM

For the past three years, in a sunny office on the second floor of the Open Space for Arts & Community, co-founders Janet McAlpin and David Godsey have been putting their considerable creative talents toward a brand new act. Calling it a makeover from the inside out, the two performing artists are launching a $1.5 million renovation of the building with a kick-off gala event — The Big O — the first Sunday in June.

County demolishes failing north-end structure

  • May 25, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 2:38PM

The building that most recently housed Vashon Island Realty was torn down on Monday, five years after being deemed unsafe.

Young farmer ventures into field with humanitarian perspective

  • May 25, 2016 at 11:27AM

Twenty-eight-year-old Caitlin Ames never thought she would be a farmer. “I wanted to study social issues and actually came across agricultural colleges and would say, ‘Oh, heck no.’ In my head, a farmer is some guy in his 50s driving a tractor and smoking a cigarette. It was never something I could identify with,” she said during an interview with The Beachcomber, as she sat on a bench outside the office wearing a Pacific Crest Farm T-shirt and commenting about the dirt on her hands.

VHS girls’ tennis finishes second in district, sends one to state

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

Four members of the Vashon High School girls' tennis team qualified for the district tournament held on May 19 and took home a second-place trophy.

Rowing: Vashon juniors take regional championships by storm

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

The 2,000-meter course at Lake Vancouver along the Columbia River near Portland, Oregon, runs roughly north to south, and the crowds gathered at the calm finish line were oblivious to the "north sea" conditions piling up at the start through the afternoons of last weekend's Regional Rowing Championships.

VHS golf team sends one to state

  • May 24, 2016 at 11:15AM

Vashon High School's golf team wrapped up its regular season with a 2-5-1 league record and began the postseason last week by sending one golfer to state.

VHS Pirates heading to state final-four

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

On Saturday, May 21, on a soggy field in Castle Rock, Washington, the Vashon High School Pirate baseball team made school history, clinching a final four berth to the semi-final round of the state championships.

Track and Field: Four VHS athletes advance to state

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

Four VHS track and field athletes survived the gauntlet at the WCD III Championship (district) meet last weekend in Bremerton, advancing to the WIAA State Championships for 1A, 1B and 2B schools to be held in Cheney this weekend.

Arts Around Town

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

Island historian reads from new book about Vashon

Dancers prepare for June show

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

Director of Dance at VCA Center for Dance Christine Juarez, right, instructs students in a rehearsal for the dance school's spring performance of "Dancers at a Gathering" and "Cinderella." It will be the inaugural dance performance in the Vashon Center for the Arts' new Katherine L White Hall. Guest pianist, islander William Kirkpatrick, will play, on stage, Chopin selections to accompany the advanced students performing "Dancers at a Gathering," a non-narrative ballet. The second half of the program will be Prokofiev's "Cinderella," with all new choreography — including ballet, modern and tap — by five Center for Dance faculty. The show opens on Friday, June 3 and runs through the weekend, with matinees on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at VCA, Heron's Nest and

All Island Reads about racism, culture and white privilege

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

Islanders Lois Watkins and Janie Starr have each lived on Vashon for just over a decade, but they only met a few months ago. They share a passion for activism and a love of writing, and they grew up in segregated America in the Southeast during the late 1940s. But they could not have arrived on Vashon from two more different backgrounds. Watkins, black, and Starr, white, lived in vastly different worlds, and as they say, they came to their activism from flip sides of the race coin.

Volunteers begin construction on Dockton Forest bike trails

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

After months of community meetings and discussions with King County and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, construction work on mountain bike trails through Dockton Forest has begun.

Turn-key business opportunity available as Essentials 4 sells

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

Islander Kathleen Fitch is selling Essentials 4 — her office, school, travel and art supply store — after 14 years in business on Vashon.

Experts’ report shows wide range of work needed at public pool

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

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.

COMMENTARY: With trails like these, who needs video games?

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

There is a popular trend you've probably noticed over the past few years. It's a trend that confirms what many of us have intuitively known our whole lives: Spending time in nature is good for us. It's good for the brain, it's good for the body, it reduces stress, it slows us down, and it teaches us about our environment and our role within that environment.

COMMENTARY: VYFS can help families navigating the challenges of raising a disabled child

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

It is a sacred moment in life, expecting a child. Pregnant mothers and their partners spend hours rubbing the swollen belly, talking to the growing child inside and dreaming of the future. Parents who create their families through adoption ready themselves for the child who will arrive at an unexpected moment. We know our children will take us to new places and adventures.

Franciscan fees for medical records are in excess of what the law allows

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

You don't have to pay a per-page fee to get your medical records from CHI Franciscan Health. CHI states that I would have to pay 39 cents per page, after a complimentary 10 pages, to get a copy of my medical records. However, you have the right to ask for an electronic copy of your medical record, and CHI cannot charge you a per-page fee. CHI can charge you the cost of the CD or USB drive, the cost of postage for the records to be mailed and the cost of transferring the information from CHI's computer to the portable media. CHI can't include the cost of time to search for the records, just the hourly rate of the employee doing the transferring of data and the time it took that employee to transfer the information from CHI's computer to the portable media; the hourly rate must be reasonable. Alternatively, CHI can charge a flat fee that does not exceed $6.50.

Finding an alternative to suing would teach the best lessons to children

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

It is with great sadness that I read the letter recently distributed to parents of children in the Vashon Island School District that details the estimated $22 million per plaintiff for the lawsuit against the district.

Plaintiffs need to understand damage being done with expensive suit

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

As a Vashon resident with a child in the district school system, I would like to express my shock and outrage with the amounts that have been requested in the recent lawsuit that has been filed against the Vashon school district. These sums would be totally inappropriate even if the allegations were true (and that is a big if).

Schools need support of community to continue unique programs

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

What a glorious spring we're having. I'll bet you've seen tons of kids out and about, reveling in nature on our beautiful island. You'd be amazed by how much these kids know about their natural environment. A lot of that knowledge comes from their own adventuring, but think how much more children understand and appreciate the natural world when those outdoor adventures are paired with science classes at school.

Necessary restraint around lawsuit applies to social media

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

As more facts about the lawsuit filed by two families against Vashon Island School District are made public, the accompanying commentary on social media seems to gain fervor and anger.

Softball season wraps at the playoffs

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon High School girls softball season came to an end in the first round of playoffs last Friday at Sprinker Field in Spanaway.

County leaders hold open house, town hall meeting Wednesday evening

  • May 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 2:21PM

Several King County officials will host a public meeting Wednesday evening and provide information about a wide range of issues.

Celebrate beach and sky at annual Kite Day

  • May 20, 2016 at 5:14PM

Vashon Park District's annual Kite Day is set for Saturday, May 21, at Point Robinson. There will be music, food, tours of the lighthouse by Captain Joe and kites for sale in the Ship's Store and at Essentials 4. Festivities will run from 10 a.m. to at least 3 p.m. There will be parking on both levels, and the swing gate will be open for parking on the grass. The event itself is free, with the items for purchase available — and donations welcome.

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