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Voting ‘yes’ to hospital district might have changed the picture | Letter to the Editor

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:14PM

I read with interest the concerns expressed by community members at the recent meeting held to discuss the impact of the proposed merger between Highline Medical Center and the Franciscan Health System on the Vashon Health Center. (“Islanders express skepticism over health care merger,” May 1) The reservations voiced by many appear to boil down to the desire to maintain community, organizational and individual autonomy and contro

Commissioners wanted for important work | Letter to the Editor

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:17PM

I am writing to encourage someone to file to run for the board of commissioners for Water District 19. I particularly encourage candidates with a balanced perspective on the need to protect our island’s precious environment and our need to develop responsibly and sustainably.

Puccini twofer is Vashon Opera’s next star-studded show

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:20PM

Vashon Opera’s production of two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini will bring both tragedy and comedy to the stage of Bethel Church next weekend.

The health care helicopter will not pick up everyone who needs it | Letter to the Editor

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:16PM

Christopher Davis, MD, sent you a particularly clear message on his attitude on the proposed involvement of the Franciscan Health System in the salvation of the Vashon Health Center managed by Highline Medical Center. (Letters to the editor, May 1) He felt that Vashon ought to ignore their (bishops’) directives and, rather, appreciate the benefits we’ll derive from their deep pockets. He clarified his point with a simple comparison: If you’re far out at sea and sinking and someone — the Franciscans or a Coast Guard helicopter — offers to save you, would you take the opportunity to harangue your rescuers with questions about their policies? His message is clear: Just be glad that the Franciscans are willing to take you on board.

New face on Vashon shares oil spill experiences

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

Expert will speak at showing of a telling documentary

Burlesque show heats up Open Space

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

The saucy soiree that is Burlesco Notturno will return to the Open Space for Arts & Community at 8 p.m. Saturday.

PTSA aims for another sell-out auction

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

Group hopes nautical-themed event will raise $50,000 for curriculum

Park district will likely discuss caretakers

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

At next week’s Vashon Park District board meeting, commissioners are expected to consider the issue of caretakers in Vashon parks, vetting whether the district should prohibit full-time maintenance workers from also serving as live-in caretakers. Two workers currently have this arrangement.

Pirates finish season with three consecutive wins

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

Vashon’s boys soccer season concluded last week, when the team won its final two matches, defeating Life Christian and Eatonville. The last three games of the season were all victories, which brought the Pirate record to dead even — eight wins and eight losses for the year

Park district elections: Consider running

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:00AM

Fresh perspective will help provide needed balance

Plan has created a chance to reach out to liveaboard | Editorial

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:00AM

As the saying goes, there are two sides to every story. A good newspaper strives to get both sides, but sometimes in reporting a story, one side can elude us. This is especially true when that side lives on the water.

Financial support for schools remains crucial

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:00AM

We’re raising money for the public schools. Again. But this year something feels different. You may be wondering why we still need extra money if, according to the recent State Supreme Court decision, our state government must now fully fund K-12 education. And certainly money couldn’t be a real issue because we’re building a beautiful new high school, right?

Baseball team goes two for two, heads to playoffs

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:00AM

During its last week of regular-season play, the Pirate baseball team took two wins, defeating both Chimacum and Life Christian

A Vashon girl dances back into town

  • May 8, 2013 at 10:00AM

Vashon Allied Arts long-running New Works series, which presents premiere works by local artists, will open a new season on Saturday, when island dancer Elise Ericksen brings her five-member PDX Dance Collective to a performance at the Blue Heron.

Body of missing Vashon woman found in Burton | Updated

  • May 8, 2013 at 9:00PM updated May 12, 2013 at 3:10PM

The body of a missing Vashon woman was found Wednesday evening in Burton.

Following another tragic death, a community event will focus on healing

  • May 13, 2013 at 12:00PM updated at 4:31PM

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.

Business owners respond to spurt of theft

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:22PM

Several Vashon merchants are taking measures to improve security at their businesses following a string of commercial break-ins earlier this month.

Mukai opens to public, dispute continues

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:30PM

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.

Healing as a community | Editorial

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:47PM

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.

Bank of America branch to close in September

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:24PM

Bank of America’s Vashon branch will close this fall after serving the island for 35 years, the company recently announced.

Vashon health services should align with our values

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:55PM

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.

Recent incidents prompt safety concerns for island children

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:38PM

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.

Big bank on a small island | Editorial

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:49PM

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.

We are lucky to have these brave men living among us | Letter to the Editor

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:53PM

In the March 27, 2013, Beachcomber, there was an article titled “Two Vashon fisherman honored for heroism.”

We all have a stake in helping the next generation get off to a good start | Letter to the editor

  • May 15, 2013 at 5:54PM

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 (

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