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Airlift Northwest to pay visit to Sunrise Ridge this weekend

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Sep 27, 2016 at 10:31AM

On Mother's Day one year ago, islander Pete Welch celebrated with his family by having breakfast out and taking a trip to Tacoma to play laser tag, but the day ended in an unexpected way — with an emergency helicopter flight off the island to a Seattle hospital.

Dig Nursery property up for sale

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Sep 27, 2016 at 10:13AM

Sylvia Matlock says she loves to drive around the island and look at all of the trees that once occupied her nursery, but have been planted over the past 20 years.

Proposed paramedic plan moves ahead

  • Sep 23, 2016 at 11:27AM

County emergency medicine officials will return to the island next week and present a revised plan regarding combining Vashon's paramedics with those of South King County Medic One.

Island coyotes: Expert will share insights to keep livestock, pets safe

  • Sep 23, 2016 at 11:26AM

The island's animal predators have received considerable attention this summer, and next week islanders will have a chance to learn more about living with some of those predators — coyotes — at a presentation by an expert from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Event bars islanders from forest, should be rethought

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Sep 23, 2016 at 11:26AM

It is once again time for the pilot hunting program at Island Center Forest (ICF) to commence and I believe it is time to rethink this. This forest is a valuable island resource used by a wide variety of enthusiasts and is closed for two weeks every year to all but hunters — most of whom come from off island.

Proposed paramedic plan moves ahead

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 1:00PM updated Sep 22, 2016 at 9:15AM

County emergency medicine officials will return to the island next week and present a revised plan regarding combining Vashon’s paramedics with those of South King County Medic One.

Island coyotes: Expert will share insights to keep livestock, pets safe

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 1:00PM updated Sep 22, 2016 at 9:15AM

The island’s animal predators have received considerable attention this summer, and next week islanders will have a chance to learn more about living with some of those predators — coyotes — at a presentation by an expert from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Vashon Pool ends swim season over budget, minor repair work set to begin this fall

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 1:00PM updated Sep 22, 2016 at 9:14AM

Officials at Vashon's park district say the Vashon Pool is projected to be $9,000 over budget ahead of the start of multiple projects that will bring it up to current accessibilty and safety codes.

Whales are returning to the sound

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:13AM

While the Salish Sea and the inland waters of Puget Sound are home to a vast array of aquatic species, nothing identifies the Pacific Northwest quite like its resident orcas. But if the last few years are any indication, the beloved Southern Residents will be sharing these waters once again with whales that were on the verge of extinction 50 years ago.

Arts center celebrates prestigious award and 2016 art auction

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:12AM

It's been a big year for Vashon Center for the Arts. The grassroots organization turned 50 in 2016, opened the doors to its $20 million arts center in April and will hold its art auction, "Come Together: Celebrating 50 Years," in the new facility this weekend. But the icing on the artistic cake came when Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Arts Commission recently awarded the community nonprofit one of five Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards.

Short documentary about islander premiers in Port Townsend film festival

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:12AM

An award-winning short documentary about islander Phil Volker, "Phil's Camino," will be shown at the Port Townsend Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Seattle band plays covers from 1920s to present

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:12AM

The Seattle band Super Krewe will play a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.

Football: Pirates battered by Rams at home, 49-12

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:12AM

Vashon took the worst pounding of its early season last Friday when the Pirates played a non-league game against the Mount Douglas Rams from Victoria, B.C., losing at home 49-12.

VHS girls’ soccer ties two, wins one

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:12AM

The first home game for the Vashon High School girls' soccer team was an intense matchup against Everett High School on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

EDITORIAL: Wrapping up an important, busy summer on Vashon

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:11AM

Summer ends tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 22, which means not just an end to warmer, sunny weather, but also an opportunity to look back at a busy summer on Vashon that saw many significant changes that will shape the island's future.

COMMENTARY: Keeping Vashon neighborly

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:11AM

After a recent trip to Seattle, I sat on the ferry feeling as though I had visited the moons of Jupiter, or at least been witness to the Northwest equivalent of the bar scene in Star Wars. I didn't recognize Seattle and she didn't recognize me. My favorite city had become an alien place, one where my beloved personal landmarks were disappearing, where my old neighborhood was unrecognizable and where folks on the street and in their cars found me too slow and in the way. And for the first time while in downtown Seattle, I felt underdressed. Farm attire has no place in Pacific Place.

COMMENTARY: Vote for the greater good, not the lesser evil

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:11AM

Once again, America's two major political parties have nominated candidates for president who will drive many progressive voters to the lesser of two evils. However, it is possible to vote for a truly progressive candidate and not risk helping Donald Trump become president.

Reminiscing on the Vashon of 50 years ago

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:09AM

Fifty years ago my parents were able to afford home on the beach in Paradise Cove. I started first grade at Burton Elementary. As a 7-year-old child, I didn't want to leave Mercer Island, thought I'd miss my friends. I was wrong, Vashon was magical.

All islanders should know ahead of time when motorcycles will come

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:08AM

Why do the organizers of Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts (VME) try to keep the date of their Isle of Vashon TT event a secret? It obviously doens't work. The only people they are keeping it a secret from are the people who are most affected by it.

Use park district survey to voice support of off-leash dog park

  • Sep 22, 2016 at 9:08AM

I recently rescued a border collie puppy and have a difficult time getting him enough exercise.

Neighborcare clinic set to open Monday

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 1:23PM

eighborcare Health at Vashon was a hive of activity on Monday morning with workmen on ladders, staff tucked behind computers and medical assistants preparing exam rooms.

Island preparedness groups offer many opportunities to volunteer

  • Sep 14, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 1:40PM

As part of the campaign for National Preparedness Month, people across the country are being urged to become involved in their communities and prepare for emergencies and disaster through service.

Islanders urged to take park district survey to gather community input

  • Sep 14, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 1:00PM

The Vashon Park District is asking islanders to participate in a survey that will serve as the first step in the district's creation of a strategic plan to address long-term finances and projects.

Initial fundraising goal met, clinic to open Sept. 26

  • Sep 14, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 12:07PM

Neighborcare Health recently announced it will open the island's new medical clinic on Monday, Sept. 26, while islanders involved in the fundraising effort say they have exceeded their goal but will continue to raise funds for additional clinic needs.

Governor’s office announces support for Neighborcare Health clinic on Vashon

  • Sep 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Sep 14, 2016 at 10:10AM

Neighborcare Health's effort on Vashon received a boost today with the news that Gov. Jay Inslee had approved a request for $100,000 for the organization, which is set to open its new clinic on Vashon later this month.

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