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- Feb 25, 2014 at 2:00PM updated at 4:37PM
Many thanks to Joe Yarkin for making intelligible the environmental harm that an indoor marijuana growing business at the former K2 could cause. In his Feb. 29 letter to The Beachcomber, energy-expert Yarkin pointed out: “My calculation, based on carbon footprint data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, is the carbon footprint for the indoor lighting at K2 would be 23,900 tons of CO2 annually.”
- Feb 25, 2014 at 2:00PM updated at 4:36PM
NPR had an article on lighting this last week that stated, “The Environmental Protection Agency says that if every household replaced just one incandescent bulb with an ‘Energy Star’-rated LED or CFL (compact fluorescent), Americans would save close to $700 million per year in energy costs.”
- Feb 25, 2014 at 4:44PM
I can remember a time when the K2 building was a bustling place of employment — somewhere working class people could go on Vashon to support their families. Our community was more diverse, more vibrant and a lot less precious back in those days. That’s why I’m excited that a company has come along that wants to produce a legal and highly regulated product ther
- Feb 25, 2014 at 4:47PM
This past week was another busy one for the Pirate basketball team as it marched deeper into the playoffs. The Pirates went 2-1 last week, beating The Northwest School and Seattle Christian, but losing to Cascade Christian. Despite the loss, the Pirates are moving on to regionals, which will take place this weekend in eastern Washington.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 4:29PM
Voice of Vashon has been granted a permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to start an FM radio station on the island
- Feb 25, 2014 at 6:00PM
After proposing sweeping changes to the north-end ferry schedule last year, Washington State Ferries (WSF) has put forward a more limited schedule rewrite that would only eliminate one run on the triangle route
- Feb 25, 2014 at 7:00PM updated Feb 26, 2014 at 12:53PM
King County is moving forward with a proposal that would allow marijuana business at the K2 building after hearing mixed reactions to the plan at a public meeting attended by hundreds on Vashon.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 6:00AM
The ferry proposal we learned of last week is drastically different than the one first proposed by the state last year. Rather than overhauling the north-end schedule, the new proposal seems to reflect the community’s desire for even better service on the triangle route, which has frequent delays. We hope state lawmakers will now follow suit and approve the funds that will make this plan work.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 6:00AM
At the Vashon Park District, we are past the election and have our new commissioners on board, as of Jan. 1. Some things are the same: We still have wonderful parks, and we have islanders participating in all kinds of active sports, including hiking, soccer, horseback riding, softball and skateboarding. And some things are different: We have a refined and redesigned accounting system, a general manager with a professional background in finance; we are playing on some bright new ball fields; we have survey results that tell us what you think, and we have two new commissioners, Scott Harvey and Doug Ostrom. Thanks for re-electing me, as well
- Feb 26, 2014 at 2:04PM
For the first time since 2009, the Vashon wrestling team cracked the top 10 in team points, finishing seventh overall at the state competition last weekend at the Tacoma Dome. What makes this performance all the more significant is that all the points were earned by just four wrestlers.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 2:33PM
Vashon Allied Arts will bring the classical sound of the trumpet with piano accompaniment to the Blue Heron at 4 p.m. Sunday with a concert by Raymond Deleon.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 2:28PM
Those who have an interest in avian life on Vashon have probably heard of the islander with a reputation as a regional bird expert who happens to share his last name with a bird: Ed Swan. Swan will talk about the new edition of his book on local birds, “The Birds of Vashon Island” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Vashon Bookshop.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 2:10PM
Grab your boa and a gown from Granny’s or a top hat and tails and head out to the Vashon Theatre to walk the red carpet. It’s time once again for the Vashon Oscar Night party sponsored by the Vashon Film Society. The festivities will begin 4 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon Theatre.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Feb 28, 2014 at 10:40PM
Vashon High School students Maya Krah and Maria Gilmour of Two Dime Icebox, plus Kate Atwell & Mallory Breen, will open the show for the Seattle acoustic indie-pop Lucy Horton Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron
- Feb 27, 2014 at 9:42AM
Over, under and through — that’s how islander Deborah Anderson instructs parents of children with disabilities to help their children discover and connect with their inner strength, the part, she said, that is not challenged
- Feb 27, 2014 at 9:47AM
If you’ve ever paid a visit to Seattle’s Volunteer Park, then you’ve probably caught a glimpse of the Space Needle through the hole in Isamu Noguchi’s doughnut-shaped onyx sculpture, “Black Sun.”
- Feb 27, 2014 at 9:48AM
Join Dr. Charles Johnson, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Washington and a National Book Award winner, for an evening of conversation, called The Power of Story, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at The Blue Heron.
- Mar 4, 2014 at 12:40PM
The blunted rays of flannel-gray February daylight melt into the mirror-still harbor, unbroken sky-gray and harbor-gray split by a jagged band of misty black firs and skeleton maples on the far shore.
- Mar 4, 2014 at 1:00PM
The Pirate basketball season came to an end on Saturday with a 60-70 loss to Okanogan High School at the regional championships. Okanogan came into the game boasting a 23-0 record while Vashon came in with an impressive 20-5 record.
- Mar 4, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Mar 5, 2014 at 11:40AM
A free seminar for islanders concerned about aging will take place this weekend and cover a variety of issues, ranging from retrofitting a home to making end-of-life decisions.
- Mar 4, 2014 at 1:00PM updated Mar 5, 2014 at 4:52PM
The Jensen Point boathouse buzzed with activity early Saturday as coach Richard Parr mixed masters and junior rowers into the same shells to make this year’s masters and juniors scrimmage a competitive one
- Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM
The Vashon community has not had enough time to assess wastewater disposal and potential pollution of our ground- water by Bakkhos Holding.
- Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 8:39AM
Three rocking mostly string bands will get people dancing Sunday when two island groups, RISK and RISK Jr., open for the Seattle fiddle-driven trio, The Onlies. This is a benefit performance for the RISK scholarship fund, which supports music lessons and instrument rentals for low-income children.
- Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM
I have been amazed and somewhat disillusioned at the apparent worship of the Seattle Seahawks since their Super Bowl victory. It does cause me to wonder if those who create idols of NFL players read the news related to the NFL’s weak-kneed approach to the epidemic of brain injuries caused by concussions and lifetime disabilities caused by broken and torn bodies
- Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM
After Vashon voters have congratulated themselves for approving the latest school levy, it might be worthwhile to reflect that Washington state’s taxation system is the most regressive in the nation.