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Health insurance industry thrives while health care lags

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

At the national level what passes as health care is something you buy insurance to get. The insurance industry is getting very well, while breast cancer prevention is getting nowhere. The administration hasn’t the stomach to crank health care 90 degrees, so there’s no hope.

Purchase is a boon to ongoing conservation on Maury | Editorial

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

Tonight at a public meeting on Vashon, officials from King County will discuss the development of a new plan for stewarding one of Vashon’s most popular public lands: Dockton Forest. While we expect most islanders won’t have comments on the specifics of this proposed plan, the significance of this step should not be lost on us either.

A brief request

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

Health care, not wealth care. Thank you. Donna Liberty

Step out for more Friday art

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

Art in the Alley Gallery will exhibit handmade tiles, glass bead jewelry, ornate lamps, mosaic mirrors and pottery. Pianist Jesse Hunter will be on board from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

It is in our interest to approve the school district levy

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

I’ve worked as a consultant in nearly 100 school districts in this country, including the Vashon Island School District, and in more than a dozen others on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

Annual spelling bee creates a buzz for local scholarship foundation

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation will host its hallmark annual spelling bee fundraiser, Spell It!, Saturday at Camp Burton.

VHS goes Greek with innovative play | Review

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Feb 6, 2014 at 10:24AM

Vashon High School thespians launched their new theater last Friday night appropriately and elegantly with American playwright Mary Zimmerman’s version of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” An ambitious work directed by Stephen Floyd, this play showcased a talented cast of 22 young actors who made each myth — 11 vignettes in all — leap from page to stage with well-rehearsed ease.

Three-car accident Wednesday night sends four to hospital

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 5:05PM

Four people were transported to a Seattle hospital on Wednesday night after a three-car accident on Vashon Highway, according to George Brown, assistant chief at Vashon Island Fire and Rescue.

Island food bank to move its farm to town this spring

  • Feb 11, 2014 at 8:00AM updated at 12:54PM

After three years of growing food on a plot of land in the southern reaches of Vashon, the food bank will soon move its farm to town.

County proposal would allow pot at K2 building

  • Feb 11, 2014 at 12:07PM

As community interest grows in the potential purchase of the K2 building by a marijuana company, King County has proposed an amendment to its comprehensive plan that would allow marijuana growing and processing at the property.

Basketball victories lead to new coaching record

  • Feb 11, 2014 at 1:07PM

The Vashon Pirate hoopsters went 2-0 last week with commanding victories over Bellevue Christian and Chimacum.

Wrestlers roll through sub-regionals

  • Feb 11, 2014 at 10:00PM

The Vashon Pirate grapplers made an impressive statement, winning their sub-regional tournament by more than 100 points last Saturday at Bellevue Christian High School.

Singers take off with saucy telegrams

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

On an island where fleece and muck boots predominate as everyday apparel, it’s hard not to be startled when you first spot two women decked out in false eyelashes, corsets, taffeta skirts and cocktail hats adorned with ribbons and marabou.

County purchases large swath at Shinglemill

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) has purchased a 67-acre property at Shinglemill Creek, preserving a piece of land that includes salmon habitat, mixed forest and one of the most popular hiking trails on the island.

Musicians sing for love and money on Valentine’s Day

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

This Valentine’s Day more than 40 local singers will pair up to croon about love at 8 p.m. at the Red Bicycle. And in the best tradition of the heart, all funds raised will benefit the Rock Island String Kollective (RISK), an organization that provides musical instruments and lessons for low-income children.

Now’s the time to speak up about marijuana at K2 | Editorial

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

Few things have gotten Vashon talking lately like the potential purchase of the K2 building by a marijuana company. Indeed, the transformation of the largest commercial property on Vashon into a facility for growing marijuana and producing pot-infused candy and other edibles would be a huge development on the island. On one hand, this legal marijuana company would make use of a large commercial building that has sat vacant for years. It could provide local jobs and could pump money into our local economy.

West Seattle man who pled guilty to Vashon thefts is sentenced

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

Sean Jeffery Jeardoe, 21, was sentenced in King County Superior Court last week to four years in prison and four years in community custody, an alternative program with many requirements, including substance abuse treatment.

Super Bowl: Let the Seahawks inspire us

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

Vashon was consumed by the Seahawks over the past several weeks, just as much if not more so, than the rest of the region, nation, world and universe. It was a fascinating and enthralling, all-encompassing vortex

Investigators unable to find proof of profiling after spring incident

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 6:00AM

A King County Sheriff’s Office investigation into alleged racial profiling on the part of two Vashon deputies has found insufficient evidence to prove or disprove a grievance filed by an African American man last spring.

Pirates end week with decisive victory

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 7:00AM

The Pirate girls basketball team played twice last week, dropping a close game at home against the Bellevue Christian Vikings on Tuesday before winning on the road versus the Chimacum Cowboys on Friday.

Vashon voters approve school levy renewal

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 4:56PM

Vashon Island School District’s Maintenance and Operations Levy passed this week, with more than 70 percent of those who cast ballots approving the measure.

Slow down the town plan change so the community can vet its implications

  • Feb 18, 2014 at 12:16PM

In a community our size, the location and scale of any given industry matter. We have before us the possibility of a large-scale marijuana manufacturing operation in the biggest building on our island and in a spot that could hardly be more high-profile. This is a watershed moment for our island. It’s important that we think hard about it. That we discuss it. That we vet the implications, the pros and cons, the full meaning of this.

County services set to move to town this week

  • Feb 18, 2014 at 12:39PM

The Vashon Rural Services Center, which offers county services on the island, will move into town this week.

This weeks marks a tragic day in history

  • Feb 19, 2014 at 6:00AM

President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked, “a date which will live in infamy.” But there is another, lesser known date that also lives in infamy because the two days are inexorably linked. The first led directly to the second.

County should hear out islanders before it moves on town plan | Editorial

  • Feb 19, 2014 at 6:00AM

It’s clear that a Vashon Town Plan plan change being considered by the county would be good for a group of three investors hoping to manufacture edible marijuana products on Vashon.

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