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Atmosphere caused by harassment is damaging, painful

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

I was able to join a carpenters union in 1979 because of affirmative action (Title IX). The other carpenters made it clear from the start that women weren't wanted on the job site. The harassment started immediately.

Cascadia Rising not enough to prepare for major quakes

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

Washington is one of multiple states participating in next month's Cascadia Rising exercise, a disaster drill aimed at preparing emergency response agencies from the federal government to local organizations for a large-scale earthquake and tsunami. But while the exercise will prove useful for the agencies and help improve communication among them, the exercise does not address the underlying fact that Washington is behind when it comes to earthquake policies and legislation.

Vashon Nature Center presenting ED Talks this weekend

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 17, 2016 at 9:43AM

From mussels in Quartermaster Harbor, to forests, island waste and shoreline preservation, the Vashon Nature Center's second annual ED Talks on Sunday will bring together high school students with professional scientists to discuss environmental issues on Vashon.

Island musician releases new single to help the many

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 12, 2016 at 7:46PM

Three years ago, island singer-song-writer Sarah Christine had an intention to do more than dabble with her music. Last week, she released her new single, "We Are One," realizing both her intention and a greater wish for her music to become a vehicle for good.

Vashon High School student is future of music industry, thanks to island mentor

  • May 12, 2016 at 3:03PM

Islander Bob Moses feels the weight of a broken industry on his shoulders. A long-time audio engineer, pioneer of the digital music era and current executive director of the 14,000 member Audio Engineering Society (AES), Moses has seen, and been directly involved in, incredible innovation on the technical side of the music industry. But that innovation has also led to an unforeseen disaster for the artistic side, as people stopped buying record albums and started downloading — legally and otherwise — their music one song at a time and sharing it with their friends. Record stores went out of business, and, according to Moses, 90 percent of the income dropped out of the industry. The previously existing infrastructure, essentially, collapsed.

Letter Carrier's Food Drive this Saturday

  • May 12, 2016 at 3:02PM

The Vashon Maury Community Food Bank is asking islanders to load up donation bags with non-perishable foods and place them by the mailbox on Saturday morning.

Vashon High School student is future of music industry

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00PM updated May 12, 2016 at 11:27AM

Islander Bob Moses feels the weight of a broken industry on his shoulders.

Local nonprofits come up short after Give BIG fundraising

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 12, 2016 at 11:20AM

More than 20 Vashon nonprofits raised roughly $230,000 during the Seattle Foundation's annual GiveBIG fundraising campaign last Tuesday and Wednesday, despite difficulties with the giving website that caused it to crash.

Islanders work to fill health care void

  • May 10, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 11, 2016 at 10:16AM

A group of islanders stepped forward last week and indicated they are working to prevent a health care crisis on Vashon, following the news that the Franciscans plan to close the Sunrise Ridge clinic this summer.

Closure of clinic is symptom of health care system

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:52AM

The unfortunate closing of the health center should not be blamed on Franciscan, its practitioners or staff. The culprit is our health care system. Primary care has razor thin profits, or none at all. Those who accept Medicare or Medicaid subsidize the practice, or go out of business. Franciscan has very deep pockets and even they were unable to financially sustain a full practice, because reimbursements don't cover the cost of providing care. And, Vashon is not unique, in rural areas, 10 percent of the nation's doctors see 25 percent of the population. Sadly, there is no mandate that requires access to health care at all.

Growing up in segregated south: new book tells it like it was

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

Lois Watkins met Dr. Martin Luther King not once, but twice. Her sister went to school with the Little Rock Nine students. As a child, she could not drink water from the public fountain in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. Watkins, 72, grew up as a black child in segregated America.

Anything Goes: High school presents classic musical

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

It's been seven years since Vashon High School's theater arts produced a classic American musical for its spring performance. This weekend will interrupt that trend when students perform Cole Porter's classic and popular musical, "Anything Goes." The show opens Friday and will run for three weekends.

Islander aims for the triple crown

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

Since the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) gained notoriety through the 2014 movie, "Wild," people have flocked to hike the PCT. Others have hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) and some have hiked both, but few have achieved the pinnacle of hiking by also traversing the third and most difficult trail, the Continental Divide (CDT).

Vashon Opera: Two shows in one performance

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

It's been a year in the works, but when tickets for "Pagliacci Palooza" went on sale, the two performances slated for Friday and Sunday sold out in a flash. Fortunately, there are still tickets available for today's dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. at Vashon Center for the Arts' Katherine L White Hall.

Workshop offered with world-renowned Bulgarian singer

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

When world-renowned Bulgarian singer Valya Balkanska holds a vocal workshop on Vashon, the recorded sound of her voice will be orbiting the earth aboard two Voyager spacecraft. The workshop, sponsored by Balkan Echoes, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Vashon High School band room.

Poetry Well for May presents teen poet laureate

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by former Vashon teen poet laureate Lily Robinthal.

EDITORIAL: As clinic closes, island needs to do what it does best

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

Friday's announcement that Vashon's primary health care clinic will close its doors in August sent shockwaves through the island. But while the majority of the island's 11,000 residents were scrambling for answers and wondering who to blame, a quiet group of islanders, who call themselves the Vashon Maury Health Collaborative, kept their heads and vowed to work to fill the void.

COMMENTARY: Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

Throughout the month of May, parents, professionals, politicians and others are joining together to celebrate Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal is to raise public awareness of the prevalence of maternal depression, its impact on families and communities and the importance of screening and early intervention for all postpartum women.

School faculty, staff need community’s support

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

We would like to express our support for the administrators and staff of our school district that have been named and accused in the recent lawsuit. We know them to be talented, hard working individuals who have proven themselves dedicated to providing an enriched educational experience inclusive of all students.

Lawsuit shows examples of community-level bullying

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

What does bullying look like on the community level? We get it on the individual level. Bully (person with social power) picks on victim (person without social power) while bystanders (the source of social power) watch silently. But, what about community-level bullying?

Fixing drug, alcohol problem on Vashon begins with small steps

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

I would like to challenge the citizens of Vashon to work together for healthy drug-and-alcohol-free community events. As a start, I urge the Vashon Chamber of Commerce to change the venue of its award ceremony for the Unofficial Mayor contest from the Strawberry Festival Beer Garden. A major focus of this weeks' Beachcomber was the dangerous amount of drug and alcohol use on Vashon. On it's front page, "Three drunk-driving deaths in year's time cause concern" gave an in-depth look at the problem, what's being done and not being done about it.

Girls’ lacrosse: Team ends season undefeated

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Valkyries are coming of age. Coming off a 6-5 record last year, the five-year-old team just completed an undefeated season.

Boys lacrosse begins playoffs

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Vultures high school-age lacrosse team is into the playoffs. The team has one regular season game left, but the league standings are set.

Vashon rowers place at Windermere Cup

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

Seattle's Opening Day festivities kick off with masters, juniors and collegiate sprint races at the University of Washington's Montlake Cut rowing venue. With another weekend of "summer in May" weather, thousands of spectators basked in the sunshine to cheer on their crews which were invited from as far away as Russia to join in the event.

Boys’ soccer beats Bellevue Christian, advances in post-season

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon High School's boys' soccer team has been guaranteed a playoff spot, but the team had one regular season game left to play against Bellevue Christian.

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