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Hinge Gallery owners buy Giraffe building, will move next month

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:33AM

In the latest development in Vashon's recent business shuffle, the owners of Hinge Gallery have bought the red house that has been home to Giraffe at the north end of town. The gallery, gift shop and frame shop will move in next month.

Former islander worked to pass new Washington law that brings suicide prevention activists, gun rights groups together

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:14AM

On March 31, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Education for Safer Homes Act into law after an unprecedented collaborative effort between suicide prevention and gun rights activists to craft the legislation and garner support from lawmakers.

Media coverage of new law falls disappointingly short | EDITORIAL

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:22AM

When it comes to the media, it's often what you don't see that is the most telling.

Boys’ soccer team is second in league

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 21, 2016 at 9:48AM

The Vashon High School boys' soccer team has played four games in recent weeks, winning three and tying one.

Sanders is best choice compared to Clinton’s neoconservatism

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

As someone who recognizes Bernie Sanders as the best candidate to represent my progressive beliefs and values, I want to be perfectly clear with those who try to bully, guilt or frighten me into supporting Hillary Clinton: I am not obligated to support any member of any party for president if I do not agree with the values he or she represents, or the judgment and experience he or she offers.

Lacrosse team falls to rival Klahowya in close game

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon's high school boys' lacrosse team played Klahowya last Wednesday in an important league game. Klahowya is the league leader with Vashon in second. Vashon keeper Duncan McMillan is ranked second in the league with a 58 percent save rate, while Klahowya's keeper is first at 60 percent. Next best to them is a distant 42 percent.

Lawsuit filed against district calls for restraint from public

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

With impassioned semantics to narrate dramatic events, lawsuits and legal papers have a way of wrapping people up and inciting strong emotions. These emotions cause many to jump to conclusions and assume that allegations made are a matter of fact.

With one home game left, baseball sits atop league

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Pirate baseball team entered this week still undefeated in Nisqually League play with an impressive 9-0 league record. With just three games to go in the regular season, all it needs to do is win one of them to take the league championship. Results of Monday's home game with Seattle Christian were after press time.

Boys’ soccer team scores a win and a tie

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

On Monday, April 18, the Vashon High School boys' soccer team played Cascade Christian at Bonney Lake High School and came away with the win.

‘Becky’s New Car’ is a convertible ride on a summer day

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

One recipe for a lovely night at the theater combines good material with excellent direction and an outstanding ensemble cast. Drama Dock's current co-production with Open Space — "Becky's New Car" — takes the cake on all counts.

Plans for Tacoma methanol plant cancelled

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

A proposal to build a $3.4 billion methanol production plant at the Port of Tacoma is no more after the company backing the project announced that it terminated its lease at the port.

Vashon Pool to offer free Sunday swim

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

The island's public swimming pool, typically open only during the summer months, will be open this Sunday for free lap and open swims.

COMMENTARY | May is Maternal Mental Health Month: Why should we care about the issue?

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

As a young mother of two, at times I felt like a portable dairy, but I almost always felt judged. I had my first baby in mid-Missouri — Bible Belt country — when I was too young to buy alcohol and I looked younger still. I struggled to trust my instincts as a mother because my own childhood hadn't provided good examples and the corporal punishment culture of my birthplace didn't resonate with my gut. I was 20 years old, feeling like an alien in a completely changed body and getting the stink eye everywhere I went for being a "teen mom." Needless to say, my mental health was not optimal.

Guest speakers, McMurray students address ocean pollution

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

In honor of Earth Day, McMurray Middle School Executive Council students and their advisors brought multiple guests to Vashon, including filmmaker and adventurer Alison Teal, to speak about plastic pollution in the Earth's oceans.

Around town: Upcoming events

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

Around town

Senior center event shows wide variety of islanders

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

Earlier this month was the monthly "Current Events Day" at the Vashon Senior Center. It is a gathering of the most politically and socially aware people on the island: the whole spectrum. I was astounded at the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience present.

Thank you to the community for years of support

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Friends of Mukai Board thanks The Beachcomber for its front page coverage and supportive editorial concerning our wonderful victory in finally gaining control of the Mukai House and Garden ("A big congratulations to the Friends of Mukai" April 13).

COMMENTARY | Repairing museum’s foundation ensures history education for years to come

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon is fortunate to have a local history museum. The building itself is an artifact. For 109 years the iconic church building and adjacent residence have stood side-by-side, reminders of our community heritage and pride.

Researchers: Whale found dead off Vashon was ‘normal occurrence’

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:01AM

A gray whale that was reported dead off of Vashon last week likely died of starvation, whale experts say, though it is not yet clear if there were additional causes that contributed to the animal's condition.

Photos: Unveiling the new arts center

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:02AM

Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) unveiled its new arts center, the Katherine L. White Hall, on Saturday. The event began at 10 a.m. with remarks by VCA Director Molly Reed and a ribbon-cutting by islander Kay White, 95, who donated the millions of dollars with which the project was largely funded. The public was then free to roam the entirety of the building and ask questions of the volunteers stationed throughout.

New arts center will make debut Saturday

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 28, 2016 at 4:36PM

It's been an all-out race to the finish line, and despite being the wettest winter on record, construction on the new Vashon Center for the Arts is wrapping up on budget and mostly on time. Last Friday, Sellen Construction, the general contractor for the project, turned over the keys to Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) Executive Director Molly Reed, one week before the promised opening of the building to the community at large at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Researchers work to determine what killed gray whale located near Vashon

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 29, 2016 at 10:20AM

Yesterday researchers concluded their necropsy of a gray whale found earlier this week off the west side of Vashon.

UPDATED|Lawsuit alleges harassment, discrimination at Vashon schools

  • Apr 22, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 29, 2016 at 10:21AM

The parents of two Vashon students are suing the Vashon Island School District, superintendent and multiple administrators on behalf of their children, alleging administrators failed to address and stop daily harassment and discrimination.

Election: More than 70 percent of voters approve school levy

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 3, 2016 at 11:11AM

The Vashon school district's technology and facilities levy passed with more than 70 percent of island voters in favor of the measure, according to King County Elections preliminary results.

Three drunk-driving deaths in year’s time cause concern

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

When a young woman was killed in a crash on the north end last December, she was the third islander to die on Vashon in slightly more than a year while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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