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Ferry Advisory Committee tells WSF: Improve service at Fauntleroy

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:26AM

After a difficult summer of ferry travel, people in and outside of the ferry system are seeking improvements to the triangle route, including state Sen. Sharon Nelson and members of the Vashon Ferry Advisory Committee.

VHS alumna volunteers in Louisiana as extreme flooding continues

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:15AM

As rain continues to fall in southeastern Louisiana and the national media's interest in this country's worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy remains fleeting, one former islander offers a first-hand account of the devastation and her involvement in the area's relief efforts.

With no financial reserves and growing ridership, future of water taxi hinges on council approval of county budget

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 8:10AM

King County's water taxi system is running on the last of its financial reserves and is awaiting the approval of a budget that could bring in the funds necessary to preserve service.

Outdoor burn ban in effect amid August’s hot, dry weather

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:09AM

The King County Fire Marshal on Friday announced a fire safety burn ban is in effect for all unincorporated areas of the county, meaning only small outdoor fires are allowed until the ban is lifted.

Group works to provide weekend meals to island students in need

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:09AM

Nearly 25 percent of Vashon Island School District students qualify for free or reduced meals, and now a group of islanders is stepping in to make sure these students are fed on the weekends.

Sing-along event aims for fun

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:08AM

The Vashon Senior Center on Friday afternoon will be filled with the iconic voices of musical legends Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole as islanders sing along to classic musical tunes.

VYFS funding is great, but doesn’t answer question of why organization can’t retain funds

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

The report of new emergency funding received by Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is wonderful news; however it cannot possibly reverse the agency's funding problems ("Amid staff cutbacks, VYFS receives 'emergency funding' from county," Aug. 17).

Selling tickets to cars in line at Fauntleroy should not be a stretch for technology, WSF staffing

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

Regarding the possibility of ferry workers at the Fauntleroy dock selling ferry tickets to cars in line to speed up traffic flow: The Beachcomber's Aug. 10 story quotes Washington State Ferries spokesman Brian Mannion as saying, "We can't speculate if it is viable from staffing, technology or funding standpoints …" ("Ferry officials: Long lines, delayed sailings expected to continue through summer," Aug. 10).

Many scientific studies prove no health, safety concerns associated with synthetic turf and crumb rubber infill

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

Given current discussion regarding installation of a new natural grass or synthetic turf field at Vashon High school, I wanted to lend some scientific perspective to the conversation to clear up any misconceptions ("Natural or synthetic: School board talks high school field turf," Aug. 3).

Something needs to be done about the ferries, and soon

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

A dock that is too small, boats that are too old, a schedule that asks too much. Washington State Ferries (WSF) officials say there are plenty of reasons for the wait times and ensuing mess that is the Fauntleroy ferry dock, but potential solutions always seem to be too far out of reach, or too complicated.

COMMENTARY: Village Green is not to be built on, needs to be preserved for all island activities

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

I've lived on Vashon for 44 years. I've seen a lot of changes — some of them not so pleasant. The traffic has become awful — the influx of people on the weekends is mind-blowing. Thank goodness the ferry dock is nearly finished.

One with the bicycle: Riding the Passport to Pain without gears

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

*Editor's Note: This story is the second in a series that will profile unique people and groups participating in the Passport to Pain ride this September.

Film society celebrates 10 years with free outdoor movies

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Film Society will present its 10th annual Outdoor Movie Night at the Vashon Theatre on Saturday.

Arts around town

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

Seattle band plays free outdoor concert

Island artist achieves ambitious goal: 100 paintings in 100 days

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

If you were challenged to create the same thing for 100 consecutive days, what might that be? For island artist and longtime resident Jeffrey Zheutlin, the answer was obvious: paintings. The artist set his goal in April and met it on July 7. Now, all 100 paintings will be exhibited in a solo show at Lapis and Luxe, opening at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, and running through the month.

Local artist paints locally, shows internationally

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

To see the beguiling portraits and landscapes of island artist Olivia Pendergast, chances are you'd need to book a flight to Nairobi or Dubai. Those are the two cities where galleries show her internationally recognized work. And then there's Vashon.

Island organization brings books to Indonesian village

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:29AM


Amid staff cutbacks, VYFS receives funding from county

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:14AM

Weeks after Vashon Youth & Family Services was forced to cut back staff hours due to financial issues, the organization has received $80,000 from King County to help fund its behavioral health programs.

Longtime islander loses van to fire

  • Aug 16, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Aug 17, 2016 at 10:14AM

Thick black smoke billowed up from the parking lot of Seattle Distilling on Saturday evening as a Volkswagen van was engulfed in flames.

Island women, rowing partners ready themselves for Passport to Pain’s 50-mile course

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 1:30AM

*Editor's Note: This story is the first in a series leading up to the Passport to Pain event in September that will profile unique people and groups in the ride.

Vashon Rock Riders collect blue ribbons

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 1:30AM

Members of the Vashon Rock Riders 4-H Club acquitted themselves well at the King County Fair in Enumclaw, coming home with a myriad of blue ribbons.

New pot law ignores medical, recreational differences

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 1:30AM

Despite its "Weed Island" reputation, Vashon has nowhere to legally purchase marijuana. The island's only place to buy pot — a medical dispensary that opened in 2014 —closed on Saturday when the owner received a cease and desist letter from the King County Prosecutor. The shop had been operating illegally for more than a month due to new legislation that requires him to be licensed the same as a recreational pot shop.

COMMENTARY: Simple steps to improve your digestion

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 1:30AM

Do not underestimate the power of healthy digestion on your overall health. Hippocrates said, "All disease begins in the gut." You may or may not believe that, but it is true that if you are not digesting your food, then your body is not getting the nutrients it needs to function. Digestion is a complex process that is essential to good health. When something goes wrong, you fail to absorb the nutrients you need. Everything from minerals, vitamins, fats, protein and carbohydrates are vital to keep your body working properly.

County pledges to support immigrants, islanders work to settle Syrian family

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 1:30AM

King County officials announced last week that the county will create a permanent Immigrant and Refugee Commission to assist foreign-born residents.

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