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Vashon Household seeks information about islanders’ housing needs

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon HouseHold, a nonprofit agency dedicated to affordable housing on Vashon, is conducting a survey of residents in an attempt to assess the island's most pressing housing needs, the organization announced this week.

New designs are nothing like original design from the UW students

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

I'm confused by the July 27th article on the farmers market subtitled, "Ideas based on concept created by UW students" ("Public input sought on potential Village Green, community farmers market building designs," July 27). The two proposed market buildings on the front page don't look anything like the drawings the UW team gave us last year. Many islanders gave input during that design process, and the proposed buildings were interesting and seemed to preserve more grassy area on the Village Green.

Bernie supporters still need to support Democratic Party to defeat Trump

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

I would like to make a plea to my friends who supported Bernie the past few months. We believed in his vision of the United States and worked to make that vision a reality. I would say we were quite successful. Our progressive values are thoroughly integrated into the Democratic platform, and it now falls on us to work equally hard to see those values carried forward.

Content of DNC emails, not source, is what matters

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

The mainstream media is overly focused on whether Russia was behind the leaks of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) emails, instead of the big issue of what the DNC was doing all these months during our so-called "democratic" process to choose a candidate.

EDITORIAL: Participate in discussion about high school field

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

The school board last Thursday listened to a presentation from an engineer at a Seattle athletic field architecture firm about the pros and cons of natural grass versus artificial turf at Vashon High School's athletic field, and it is urging the public to join the conversation.

COMMENTARY: Reimagine the Village Green and help preserve farmers market, local economy

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

Let's talk market: the Vashon Farmers Market. Let's talk about a new shelter, one that can house a winter market, one where vendors don't have to cancel in the rain, one that can be opened up entirely in the summer and makes the Village Green a beautiful town center. But before we go there, let's talk about the market and why we should care about it.

Actors to perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ outside

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

Off Road Shakespeare Company actors will perform William Shakespeare's beloved and popular comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Saturday at the Katherine L White Hall.

Arts around town

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

Art and Architecture series reveals the life of Francisco Goya

August Poetry Well features Vashon’s current poet laureate

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by current Vashon Poet Laureate Lonny Kaneko.

Second annual festival will raise money to fund school music education programs

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

After a successful event last year that netted more than $5,000 to fund music programs for underprivileged students at island schools, the Chautauqua Music Festival is happening again this weekend.

Motorcycle accident claims life of longtime ferry worker

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:47AM

Mark Willmes, a chief mate who served on Vashon's north-end ferry route, died Saturday in a motorcycle accident in Kittitas County.

One or more cougars make a visit to Vashon | Updated

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:39AM

This story was updated to reflect an additional cougar sighting on Aug. 1.

Seattle Fire Department taps talents of local volunteer

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:58AM

Tucker Lazare credits the Vashon fire department with saving his life as a baby, and after volunteering there for the last 10 months — tending to islanders facing their own emergencies — he is moving on, having earned a coveted spot with the Seattle Fire Department.

Three islanders partnering in plans for Vashon Landing Building

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:58PM

The historic brick Vashon Landing building at the corner of Bank Road and Vashon Highway has been sold to a real estate agent and is being leased by three island partners with restaurant experience.

Natural or synthetic: School board talks high school field turf

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 12:59PM

A turf expert addressed Vashon's school board Thursday night and laid out the benefits and drawbacks of synthetic turf and grass for the Vashon High School field.

Local teens participate in 2016 Canoe Journey to Nisqually

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 12:59PM

Islander Anne Higuera's two sons ended a nearly two-week long canoe journey on Saturday after paddling 186 miles from Birch Bay to Olympia as part of this year's annual Native Canoe Journey.

Colorful, creative art featured during August First Friday

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Aug 4, 2016 at 9:05AM

Café Luna will show island photographer Peter Ray's new show, "Vashon by Night," for the month of August. Ray's new work is a compilation of digital photographs taken in the early hours, capturing familiar island spots in unfamiliar light. There will be an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Senator Jayapal leads Congressional District 7 primary election

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Aug 8, 2016 at 9:56AM

Preliminary primary election results show Senator Pramila Jayapal is leading the nine-way race for Washington's 7th Congressional District seat with 42 percent of the vote, double that of runner-up Brady Piñero Walkinshaw.

Humpback whale dies near Fauntleroy ferry dock

  • Aug 9, 2016 at 10:35AM

A juvenile humpback whale stranded itself early Sunday morning near the Fauntleroy ferry dock, drawing scores of whale experts, volunteers and members of the public.

Lobby representatives to pass Alzheimer’s legislation

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

Fellow Washingtonians who attended the recent Alzheimer's Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. tell us it's encouraging to know we are making progress in the fight against this disease and other dementias.

Roaming cougar, dead whale reminders of our place in world

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

At least four cougar sightings have been reported on the island in the past two weeks, and over the weekend, a young humpback whale died on the familiar shore just off the Fauntleroy ferry terminal. Both situations have islanders talking, being fearful and respectful of the cougar and mournful of the whale.

Whichever surface is chosen, it should be organic

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

I read with great interest the article and editorial about the Vashon High School's new playing field debating synthetic or grass. I found it interesting that the synthetic chemical nature of the artificial turf was mentioned, but not the chemicals which would be applied to grass, if that were the chosen surface.

The Olympics: An alternative distraction to the internet’s cat videos

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted. As the media, both social and what passes for news these days, bombard us endlessly with both the worst of humanity and latest attention-grabbing but not-worth-your-energy political tidbits, it's getting harder and harder not to turn to internet cat videos or daydream of becoming Grizzly Adams just to stay sane.

Care center hires new administrator

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

Weeks after its newest administrator resigned, Vashon Community Care has hired a new person to take his place.

Island woman swims around Maury

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

Islander and longtime open water swimmer Wendy Van De Sompele on Saturday swam from Tramp Harbor to Portage, making her the first known person to swim around Maury Island.

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