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- posted Jul 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM— updated Aug 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Katiana Taylor, a 2011 graduate of Vashon High school, died Sunday evening while swimming with friends in Lake Nawatzel in Mason County.
- posted Jul 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM— updated Jul 31, 2013 at 1:51 PM
A concert featuring critically acclaimed composers from Vashon and Seattle will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Open Space for Arts & Community.
- posted Jul 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM
People are apparently living without permission and possibly against building codes in the former Vashon Family Practice office after plans to transform the space into a residence fell through, according to Sjardo Steneker, who owns the building.
- posted Jul 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM
Quartermaster Harbor beaches have been closed to recreational shellfish harvest because diarrhetic shellfish poison (DSP) has been found at unsafe levels. Last week, Public Health – Seattle & King County posted advisory signs at beaches along Quartermaster, warning people not to collect shellfish, including clams, oysters, mussels, geoducks and scallops. DSP is an emerging health threat for Washington, public health officials say, and anyone who eats DSP-contaminated shellfish is at risk for illness. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, with diarrhea being the most commonly reported symptom. Symptoms may appear within minutes of eating contaminated shellfish or may take several hours. Naturally occurring algae produces the toxin, which is not destroyed by cooking or freezing. Additionally, people cannot determine if DSP toxin is present; it can only be detected by laboratory testing. Because beaches can be closed because of rising levels of DSP at any time, harvesters are advised to call the Department of Health Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or visit the Biotoxin Website before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Puget Sound.
- posted Jul 30, 2013 at 6:46 PM
At first glance, this week’s Beachcomber almost seems like one big business section
- posted Jul 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM
When I first moved to the island not so very long ago, the state was still clear-cutting timber in Island Center Forest; Maury Island Marine Park was a sea of scotch broom, and a controversy was stirring over a place called the “Lonestar Mine.” The name would become Glacier Northwest, then CalPortland — but now it’s a King County park
- posted Jul 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM— updated Jul 30, 2013 at 7:55 PM
On Friday as Captain David Wilson prepared the Issaquah for an 8:45 a.m. sailing from Fauntleroy to Southworth, he noticed a large barge approaching from the south.
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM
Washington state is under close scrutiny. Vashon may make the news — seriously. The nation is watching us and carefully following our choice to legalize marijuana and see what the outcomes of this choice will be at the state and local levels.
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM
A wild weekend of music is in store for islanders, with four very different shows scheduled to raise the rafters at venues around town.
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Landlocked and bordered by Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina, Paraguay is one of South America’s most isolated countries. Plagued by a long history of war, poor governance and widespread poverty, it’s not a place where most would choose to spend their time. Vashon native Ian Crozier just spent 28 months there.
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM
As Voice of Vashon volunteers and board members work toward creating Vashon’s first official FM station, they are getting closer to fulfilling a dream on which the organization was founded, according to board member Rick Wallace.
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Open Air, an outdoor aerial festival, will launch its third annual presentation at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, on the grounds of Open Space for Arts & Community.
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:11 PM
An islander’s concerns about herbicide use at the Maury Island Marine Park have prompted changes in the use of chemicals in King County’s restoration efforts there.
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM
It’s not easy to get to the bottom of allegations against George Brown, the Assistant Chief of Operations at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue. If members of the firefighters union, which recently cast a vote of no confidence in Brown, are to be believed, then Brown has shown a serious lack of leadership and management abilities and has treated department employees so poorly that it has created an unpleasant work environment for some at the station
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM
Several public officials will be on Vashon next week, seeking input on proposed zoning regulations that will govern marijuana-related businesses that arise in the wake of Initiative 502
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) has launched an investigation into allegations against Assistant Chief George Brown after the local firefighters’ union issued a vote of no confidence in him
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM
Cutting in the ferry line seems to be more acceptable today than in years past. On festival weekend, I experienced this twice, both times by islanders that know better. Coming on to Vashon from Fauntleroy, I had a woman driver cut in front of me. I reported this to the ferry worker at the head of the dock. His response was, “Yeah, she does it all the time.”
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM
HUB070, a new office space in Vashon town, offers an opportunity for individuals, small businesses and organizations to learn from one another while sharing an office space, says its founder, Carolyn Amick
- posted Aug 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Have you been for a walk at Maury Island Marine Park lately? It’s time to go. The weather is great, the mile-long unspoiled beach beckons, and you know you need the exercise.
- posted Aug 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM
The difficult news came in to The Beachcomber office on Saturday: An islander in his early 20s had ended his life the night before. In a year when too many of the island’s young people have died, it is yet another enormous loss. And for his loved ones, we imagine it is painful beyond measure
- posted Aug 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM— updated Aug 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM
The sun sank low in the sky last Friday evening while families with young children cast their lines in the water at Manzanita Beach, and several men sat on a log, watching for a sign that pinks were swimming by.
- posted Aug 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Last Saturday’s Farmers Market was the last day as manager for Johanna Guevin. Long time islander Jordan Beck will be taking over the position for the rest of the season, after which, the VIGA board will go through a more formal hiring process.
- posted Aug 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM— updated Aug 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM
On the small hill above KVI Beach, a modest sign on the green door of stately house reads Puget Sound Zen Center (PSZC) and marks the building’s most recent incarnation as a Zen Buddhist temple.
- posted Aug 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM— updated Aug 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM
For six years, the vegetable garden at Vashon Community Care (VCC) presented volunteer Julia Lakey with a problem.
- posted Aug 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM
I don’t blame anyone for not going to Vashon Park District meetings. Witnessing that toxic environment is a lousy way to end a work day.