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Tall ships to return to Vashon’s quiet waters

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:57AM

More than a dozen tall ships, with masts up to 115 feet tall, will spend the night in outer Quartermaster Harbor before setting sail southward in a Parade of Sails at 8 a.m. on July 3.

Vashon's Café Luna to screen 1984 version of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:14PM

Directed by British filmmaker Michael Radford, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” — the second film adaptation of the famous George Orwell novel — is set during April 1984 in post-atomic war London, the capital city of the repressive totalitarian state of Oceania, ruled over by dictator Big Brother. Oceania is permanently at war, though the opponent changes from Eurasia to Eastasia and back again. Tele-screens watch your every move and pump out propaganda 24 hours a day.

Grammy-winning blues guitarist John Hammond to play Vashon Theatre

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:15PM

John Hammond, a Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist and a long-time icon of the music industry, will play at a special benefit concert at the Vashon Theatre at 7:30 Thursday, July 31.

Singer Ian Moore to bring band to Vashon for first time

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:17PM

Ian Moore and his Lossy Coils come to the Red Bicycle at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 28, for a performance that marks the first time the renowned singer has brought his full band to the Island.

Vashon author North to read from new novel June 27

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:18PM

Vashon Island author Will North will read from and sign his book “The Long Walk Home,” recently issued in paperback, and share excerpts from his new novel to be released next spring, “Water, Stone, Heart,” at Books by the Way.

Plenty to do at Vashon Allied Arts for kids 3 and up

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:19PM

Kids ages 3 and up can find plenty to do this summer, thanks to an array of camps provided by Vashon Allied Arts (VAA).

Eric Horsting stepping down after run as arts editor, sports editor, reporter...

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:25PM

Last August, after a brief vacation, I returned to The Beachcomber with a gift for Eric Horsting, who had steered the ship in my absence. It was a smooth, pale-gray rock with a poem on it, and it seemed the perfect token for this man who loves poetry and is rock solid and dependable.

Abundant Vashon deer could be profitable if domesticated

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:27PM

The pea sprouts are about 10 inches high now. Noticing this, I decided I’d better patrol the perimeter of the deer fence that was erected after one summer when we got home to find the deer had eaten every single pea plant down to the nub.

Summer can be mischevious, dangerous time for Vashon kids

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:28PM

Kids are rejoicing. Parents who work outside of the home are scrambling to piece it all together. And a new energy has already, it seems, come to the Island.

Fern Cove’s cobbles make for hard walking, but it’s well worth it

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 11:02AM

Mud then cobbles and more cobbles, the hike from Fern Cove south to Cove on Colvos Passage tours Vashon’s best beach forms. The first wonder is Fern Cove’s delta, then Peter Point’s salt marsh and finally the big rock before Cove.

Vashon mother considers miracle of new baby

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:31PM

On March 28, with six weeks to go until my due date, my midwife worried that the baby’s growth had slowed. She ordered an ultrasound. The technician started out chatty as she squirted goo on my tummy and flashed grey blobs on the screen. Then she fell silent. The doctor, too, looked gravely at the screen and didn’t say anything. They sent me straight to the hospital, sheet of indecipherable medical jargon in hand.

Famous photographer grandson presents raffle prize | Photo

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:45PM

Big biz could trample little guys on Vashon | Letters to the Editor

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:21PM

Great idea to bring Allstar Fitness to K2 Commons. And a great idea to buy out the locally owned and operated Vashon Athletic Club.

Amidst the chaos, Loren Hill fostered a love of learning

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Loren Hill strolled leisurely across the front of the classroom, thumbs in his belt-loops and shoulders thrown back, “moseying” for his third-grade class at Chautauqua Elementary School.

School board votes to close high school campus, ending senior perk

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon High School seniors will no longer be able to zip to Subway, take a quick trip home or run to the beach during their lunch period as a result of a decision made by the five-member board that oversees the Vashon Island School District.

New director to take helm at troubled county animal care program

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

A new acting manager has been named to lead King County’s troubled Animal Care and Control program, which has come under harsh criticism for the crowded conditions at the county’s main shelter in Kent.

Maury park could soon get a facelift

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

t A $7,500 grant will pay for signage, trail work and more.

Fire commissioners are close to selecting new chief from among six finalists

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

The board of commissioners at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has chosen six finalists in its search for a new chief to head the fire department and will likely select one of them to lead the agency in as soon as next week.

County takes over cost of foot ferry

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

King County this week assumed the cost of providing passenger-only ferry service between Vashon and downtown Seattle, a move that marks the beginning of the county’s eventual full operation of a route that for years has been provided by Washington State Ferries.

Former Obama delegate will work as page at national convention

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Laura Hicks, 18, made a remarkably strong political showing at the Washington state Democratic convention in June, energized by Barack Obama’s powerful promise to change the nation. She was one of 400 vying for 29 national delegate positions left, and made it to the final round of selections.

A car fire and a brush fire in two days

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

With the hottest months of the year upon us, Vashon experienced two fires last week, and Islanders are urged to use common sense this Friday around fire and fireworks.

Vashon master rowers earn medals at NW Regionals in Vancouver

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

The Vashon Island Rowing Club scored on multiple fronts at this year’s NW Masters Regional Championships in Vancouver, Wash., June 20 to 22.

Sail through the dog days of summer

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

This summer, the 18th season of sailing programs, co-sponsored by Quartermaster Yacht Club and the Vashon Park District, still has a few places open for young sailors.


  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Quartermaster closed July 3


  • Jul 2, 2008 at 12:00AM

Brown Bag Story Time at the Vashon Library will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, July 2 to Aug. 6, for ages 6 to 10.

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