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- Dec 25, 2013 at 6:00AM
The Pacific Northwest boasts the largest diversity and numbers of sea stars on Earth, but by all accounts, our population is experiencing a sudden, precipitous decline due to something called sea star wasting syndrome, which quickly turns these iconic creatures into puddles of goo.
- Dec 25, 2013 at 6:00AM updated Dec 27, 2013 at 9:52AM
When islander Ken Garrison fell in his garden a few months ago, island medics took him by ambulance to Virginia Mason, where doctors examined and released him. But back at home the next day, he began to have trouble speaking. When the medics arrived this time, they thought he might be having a stroke and determined that heading to Seattle in a helicopter gave him the best chance for a full recovery.
- Dec 25, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Dec 27, 2013 at 10:06AM
Ring — and dance — in the new year with the big band sound of an old-time Vashon favorite, Loose Change, at The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31
- Dec 25, 2013 at 9:00AM
When island writer Stephen Silha first met poet, filmmaker and spiritual visionary James Broughton, little did he know how that chance encounter would change his life. Fourteen years later, Silha’s directorial debut “Big Joy,” a documentary chronicling the life of Broughton, will be shown at the Vashon Theatre on Jan. 3 as the first film of the year for the Vashon Film Society’s monthly Art Film Series.
- Dec 30, 2013 at 10:35AM
Here is the thing: The Vashon Island Soccer Club fall soccer season is now complete. On top of the many volunteer hours put in to run the club, a lucky few had the honor of coaching a team and got to spend several hours a week with the kids, doing what they love to do.
- Dec 30, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Jan 2, 2014 at 10:37AM
An unexpected partnership is about to breathe new life into struggling culinary landmark Sound Food, as the island’s well-attended soup club Meat & Noodle finds itself a permanent home.
- Dec 30, 2013 at 10:33AM
I recently toured the new high school building and was very pleased with what I saw.
- Dec 30, 2013 at 10:36AM
I want to thank all the volunteers who trained, took the test and became navigators to help our island friends and neighbors sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We collectively signed up more than 350 households, of which about 80 percent qualified for Washington Apple Health, the free health coverage.
- Dec 30, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 2:08PM
High school students commemorated their last day ever in the old Vashon High School building by leaving their mark, literally, on the school. On the last day of the term, Friday, Dec. 20, most teachers allowed and even encouraged students to write and draw in the classrooms and hallways
- Dec 31, 2013 at 7:00AM
It was an alarming year with typhoons, NSA boys gone wild, Obamacare and then the Seattle Times started charging for online access. We could depress you by reviewing more world events, but we noticed our neighbors fail to collect their Beachcomber promptly from their mailbox. So we decided it was time to turn our attention back home and review events that happened here.
- Dec 31, 2013 at 2:22PM
The Pirates are undefeated so far and are ranked number one in the Nisqually League.
- Dec 31, 2013 at 1:49PM
After more than a decade of planning and a year and a half of construction, the new Vashon High School building will open to the public this weekend.
- Dec 31, 2013 at 2:15PM
Vashon guitarist and singer-songwriter Ian Moore has played music with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and ZZ Top to large audiences across the U.S. and Europe. On Vashon, Moore and The Lossy Coils will play a show with limited seating (100 tickets) at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike. Moore’s music contains elements of folk, rock ‘n’ roll, world music and blues
- Dec 31, 2013 at 2:27PM
The Vashon Pirate roundballers notched their first win of the season on Dec. 18 in a home game against the Auburn Adventist Falcons. The Pirates grabbed an early lead that they never surrendered on their way to a 32-16 final score.
- Dec 31, 2013 at 2:24PM
The Vashon Pirate wrestling team made a good showing at the prestigious Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Dec. 20 and 21.
- Jan 1, 2014 at 6:00AM
The new year on Vashon will bring a new learning opportunity to islanders both young and old in the form of a self-defense course based on the American Kenpo Karate style.
- Jan 1, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jan 2, 2014 at 9:52AM
What is it about an island with a small population that produces such a large number of artists? For Vashon native and cinematographer Nicholas Wiesnet, 25, it’s all about observing nature, color and the randomness of light.
- Jan 1, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jan 2, 2014 at 10:49AM
For a writer with a reputation for penning books about ordinary people living through extraordinary times, Seattle author David Laskin hit the jackpot when it came to his own ancestors
- Jan 1, 2014 at 6:00AM
Vashon's largest water purveyor is poised to change one of its policies, allowing a developer to move forward on plans to build a multi-unit hotel in Vashon town.
- Jan 1, 2014 at 7:00AM
When John Martinak signed up for the Vashon Nature Center’s Salmon Watchers Program last fall, he wasn’t convinced he’d actually see a salmon. A busy stay-at-home dad of two boys, he enjoyed the forced downtime that visits to his “watching spot” along Judd Creek afforded him
- Jan 1, 2014 at 7:00AM
Putting out a newspaper in a place as lively and quirky as Vashon Island is a job that’s fun, certainly challenging and always rewarding.
- Jan 1, 2014 at 10:00AM
The King County Ferry District, which provides Vashon’s water taxi service, has selected the Bellingham-based All American Marine to design and build two new water taxis to replace its pair of 25-year-old leased vessels.
- Jan 7, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 3:41PM
More than 1,000 islanders flooded through the new Vashon High School last weekend, getting a first look at the spacious and modern building that students began classes in on Monday.
- Jan 14, 2014 at 1:49PM
Ruffle your feathers with the funky, bugaloo and soul jazz sound of the Rippin’ Chicken at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi.
- Jan 7, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jan 8, 2014 at 1:59PM
When Veronica Jannetty went to summer camp at age 13, she had been diagnosed with leukeumia the year before. The camp — for kids affected by cancer — gave her the chance to both connect with others facing the same struggle and simply be a teenager at summer camp