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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.

Arts around town

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

Popular musician plays outdoor show

Junior crew fares well at summer regatta

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

While our country's best rowers are competing on a somewhat windy lake in Rio, our local Vashon crews had their own summer regatta over at Green Lake in Seattle this past Saturday, and for the most part, if the rowing wasn't quite as fast, there was still plenty of competition and good results for island crews.

Duo play free classical guitar concert

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

Local guitar master Matt Klassen and Spanish virtuoso guitarist Juan Carlos Lorenzo will perform an evening of classical guitar at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Methodist Church.

Register for the chorale’s winter concert

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon Island Chorale will offer registration for its winter concert of Handel's "Messiah" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Windermere Real Estate's south office building behind the coffee stand, and from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Vashon Library meeting room.

Rising star of reggae comes to Open Space

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

Event producer Debra Heesch and Open Space for Arts & Community will welcome Mike Love and his six-piece reggae band to the island at 8 p.m. Saturday at Open Space, with doors at opening at 7 p.m.

School board revisits bond projects, plans for cheaper second attempt

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

After a failed attempt to pass a $26.9 million bond in February that would have paid for repairs to and replacement of some athletic facilities at Vashon schools, the school board has received new, less expensive estimates for the projects.

Former junior rowers, now at different colleges, compete in regatta together

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

A Sooner, a Lady Volunteer and a Hurricane walk into a regatta … and unlike any joke that you might be tempted to make, this scenario saw three poised and focused young women skillfully representing the Vashon Island Rowing Club recently on an international stage.

Coffee and community: new book about popular island locale

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

What makes Vashon unique? Over the years that question has provoked the imagination of many island writers, poets, photographers and artists. For Terry Donnelly, a professional photographer well known for capturing the ephemeral beauty of landscapes, his answer began with photographing islanders at work and ended with his newly released book, "Coffee & Community The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie in Words & Photos," published by Chatwin Books. Donnelly will discuss and sign the book at 6 p.m. Friday at the roasterie.

Ferry officials: Long lines, delayed sailings expected to continue through summer

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

After a week of long lines and frequent delays, ferry officials say island commuters are in for more of the same in the coming weeks.

Cougars spotted repeatedly on Vashon

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 12:07PM

A cougar who likely swam to the island from the Kitsap Peninsula has been spotted at least four times in the last two weeks.

Clinic closes, new provider starts preliminary work

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 12:08PM

Neighborcare Health — the medical network that will soon administer the clinic at Sunrise Ridge — plans to reopen the medical facility next month, initially offering primary care and expanding services after learning more about islanders' needs.

DoVE Project begins Teen Council program at high school

  • Aug 10, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Aug 11, 2016 at 9:16AM

With help from Vashon's domestic violence awareness organization, six Vashon High School students are taking on the responsibility of educating their peers about sexual health and relationships through a Planned Parenthood program called Teen Council.

Island’s only marijuana dispensary closes

  • Aug 16, 2016 at 10:27AM

Island Cure Collective, Vashon's only marijuana dispensary, has closed after the owner received a warning letter Saturday from the county's prosecuting attorney directing him to close his business or face civil or criminal action.

Inside and out: plenty of arts events around town

  • Aug 17, 2016 at 1:30AM

Country band performs on outdoor stage

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Island organization brings books to Indonesian village

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


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 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.

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