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Wrapping up another amusing year on Vashon

  • 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.

Hoopsters ranked at top of league

  • Dec 31, 2013 at 2:22PM

The Pirates are undefeated so far and are ranked number one in the Nisqually League.

New high school poised to open its doors

  • 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.

Ian Moore and his band return to the Bike

  • 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

Pirates defeat Falcons, fall to Cougars

  • 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.

Vashon grapplers strong at Idaho tournament

  • 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.

Self-defense classes for kids, adults to begin this month

  • 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.

Vashon’s beauty inspired international portraits

  • 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.

Acclaimed Seattle author will speak at the bookshop

  • 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

Water district considers changing share policy for new developments

  • 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.

Volunteers keep an eye on stream health

  • 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

The Beachcomber didn’t do it alone in 2013

  • 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.

Bellingham company will build two new water taxis

  • 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.

New high school is unveiled

  • 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.

Funk band will ‘rip’ up the Bike

  • 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.

Goodtimes supporters rally to keep camp running

  • 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

Join March for Life this month

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 1:54PM

Rejoice! God exists and He is with us. Every year on Dec. 28 the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Innocents – martyrs to Herod’s determination to eliminate male competitors. Herod committed lots of crimes against humanity, and this one is considered one of his lesser ones, since no one knows exactly how many boys under the age of 2 were murdered.

Islanders make a splash in the news

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 1:53PM

There has been a remarkable confluence of stories about Vashon people and phenomena in the media recently. It started off with an article in The New York Times about Kurt Timmermeister, cheese maker and former restaurateur (“A Table-to-Farm Pioneer,” Dec. 24) and the old Vashon property he has been cultivating for years

Icy roads lead to rollover accident Sunday

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 2:53PM

Two people were transported to a Seattle hospital after a rollover accident on Vashon Highway Sunday morning.

Pirate basketball drops two games

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 2:31PM

Vashon played the Life Christian Eagles and Seattle Academy Cardinals on back-to-back nights last week.

Students will ‘share the stage’ with indie band

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Jan 9, 2014 at 5:09PM

ust eight months before Seattle superstars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis topped the charts with their mega hit song “Thrift Shop,” the hip-hop duo headlined for Sharing the Stage, a community-building event designed for Vashon High School musicians to open for visiting bands. The seventh show in this dynamic concert series will feature the Seattle-based group Tangerine and will happen at 7 p.m. Friday at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi

Mukai case continues, sent back to lower court

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 5:00AM updated Jan 14, 2014 at 4:14PM

The legal battle over control of the Mukai house and garden will continue, as late last month a state appeals court considering the case sent it back to trial court.

Acclaimed author to speak at land trust

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 6:00AM

Investigative journalist and islander Jo Robinson will talk this weekend about her discoveries regarding restoring nutrients bred out of our food over thousands of years.

Hoopsters on hot streak

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Vashon Pirate boys basketball team played two games at the Yakima Sundome Shootout on Dec. 26 and 27, coming away with two wins, a 7-0 record for the season and a number-three state ranking in the 1A division.

Pirate wrestlers battle back hard for success

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 7:00AM

After closing out December with a lackluster team performance at their own Rock Tournament, the Vashon grapplers turned in an amazing effort at the massive Everett Classic on Saturday.

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