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- posted May 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM— updated May 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM
The body of a missing Vashon woman was found Wednesday evening in Burton.
- posted May 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM— updated May 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM
Vashon leaders, stunned by the recent death of a 2010 Vashon High School graduate, the fourth such tragedy in recent months, have organized an event they say they hope will help the community heal.
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Several Vashon merchants are taking measures to improve security at their businesses following a string of commercial break-ins earlier this month.
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM
As Island Landmarks, the nonprofit that owns the Mukai Farm and Garden, finished a weeklong open house at the historic site last week, the organization was dealt another blow by its critics.
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:47 PM
In February, an editorial in this very spot in the paper reflected on how Vashon had been hard hit by three recent deaths of young people — Palmer Burk, India Castle and Ryan Krug. It’s hard to believe that just three months later, we’re adding another name to that list. While the death of 20-year-old Samantha Burkart is certainly a tragedy in itself, many islanders are noting that it also seems to cap a shocking and inexplicable string of deaths of islanders in their teens or 20s.
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM
Bank of America’s Vashon branch will close this fall after serving the island for 35 years, the company recently announced.
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM
The prospect of a Vashon Health Center controlled by Franciscan Health System calls to mind the significance of the Reformation and the Enlightenment in freeing individuals from religious tyranny. The Reformation claimed the right of people to read and interpret scripture for themselves; the Enlightenment established our freedom to reject religious authority and to base our conduct on our own moral reasoning, rather than the dictates of a central authority.
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM
In the past week, two incidents involving island children have gotten considerable attention on Facebook and an online community bulletin board; in both instances, family members close to the situations have said they believe there was an intent to harm or abduct a child.
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:49 PM
On left-leaning Vashon, one would be hard pressed to find a fan of big banks. This is why we suspect this news that Bank of America will close in the fall was met on the island with mixed reactions last week.
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:53 PM
In the March 27, 2013, Beachcomber, there was an article titled “Two Vashon fisherman honored for heroism.”
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:54 PM
I encourage all islanders to go online today and make a pledge or donation to Vashon’s public schools through the Vashon Island Public Schools Foundation (vashonschoolsfoundation.com).
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM
With the Northwest’s dry season approaching, the Vashon Park District has applied for a permit for a water right at the Vashon Fields Project, and a public comment period on that permit request is set to begin soon.
- posted May 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM
As I’m nearing the end of my two-plus terms on the Vashon Park District board, I urge good-hearted, intelligent and hard-working islanders to consider running for a seat on one of our elected island boards. The school board, the park board, the fire board and a patchwork of other island districts have positions open for the fall 2013 election.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM
The Vashon Schools Foundation has extended its fundraising deadline, hoping to raise at least $100,000 more in order to stave off painful cuts at the school district.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Following a decision by the Vashon Park District’s board of commissioners, two parks employees must choose between keeping their jobs and remaining in their homes.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM
To the men manning a vulgar “Impeach Obama” stand in front of our post office on Friday, May 10: Besides the fact that you are abusing your First Amendment rights by your defamatory portrayal of the president of the United States as Hitler, it is obvious that you have no knowledge of the process of impeachment.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Book the talent. Write press releases and text for the website. Design the posters. Set the lights. Welcome the audiences. Dress up for the auction. And once a year, roller skate through town, leading Vashon Allied Arts’ delegation in the Strawberry Festival parade.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM
Last October, the Washington Department of Ecology conducted an oil spill drill on the west side of Blake Island, just north of Vashon.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM
Earlier this week, I wrote to Bank of America CEO Bryon Moynihan to express my dismay at the bank’s plan to close its Vashon branch due to “a decline in the number of customers who do their banking in-person.”
- posted May 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM
It is very disheartening when one is the victim of theft, and the recent break-in at Pandora’s Box has left us here at Ferret Shelter Northwest supremely disappointed. Very little was taken because they leave no cash in the register at night, and money was apparently what the burglar sought.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM
Last spring a large group of islanders spent 24 hours at the Neill Point Natural Area photographing bugs, live-trapping animals, listening for bird songs and scouring the shoreline at low tide to see what sea creatures were unveiled.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM
Islanders are justified in expressing their concern about the recent health care merger. They are entitled to their opinions about Catholicism, and the Franciscans ought to be able to give satisfactory answers about what “Catholic health care” means. Unfortunately, a majority of people misunderstand Catholic beliefs.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM— updated May 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM
Several islanders threw their hats into the political ring last week, filing with King County Elections to run for various elected posts on Vashon
- posted May 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM
After months of challenges and difficult news from the Vashon Park District, the commissioners recently changed a policy, and now two men have the unenviable task of choosing between their jobs and their homes.
- posted May 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM
I need to cancel my column this week. Our family has been really busy with basketball, ballet, a bout of some sort of barfing flu, and the grass is growing again.