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Was article about tragedy necessary?

  • Jun 2, 2015 at 12:08PM

I would like to address two young women mentioned recently.

The country is in bad shape

  • Jun 2, 2015 at 12:07PM

Mark A. Goldman, you and I are brothers. You were spot on in your letter about our government and how it operates. (“The government continues to deny our rights and freedoms,” May 27.)

Father-daughter night out makes for memorable moments

  • Jun 2, 2015 at 12:06PM

I’m standing in a crush of commuters crowding the ferry dock, searching for our youngest daughter in the steady stream of bobbleheads disembarking the 4:35 p.m. from Vashon. I spot her in a gaggle of grade-school kids skipping down the concrete-and-steel apron, and as they frolic past, I reach for her hand. We embrace awkwardly in the swirling tide of impatient commuters

New book heralds the ABCs of beloved Vashon landmarks

  • May 27, 2015 at 10:00AM updated May 28, 2015 at 11:26AM

In a whimsical and colorful celebration of place, a new book, “V is for Vashon,” is the collaborative effort of three islanders working in the arts. The paintings are by Pam Ingalls, words by Tom Conway and design by illustrator and book designer Annie Brulé. The creative trio will read and sign copies of “V is for Vashon,” published by Chatwin Books, at 6 p.m. Friday at the Vashon Bookshop.

New teen center aims to be resource for sexual health

  • May 27, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 2:42PM

Island teens with questions about relationships, sex and sexuality now have new resources for answers: DoVE’s Teen Centre and its confidential texting line.

Park district hopes to offer camp for teens and tweens this summer

  • May 26, 2015 at 9:00PM updated May 27, 2015 at 2:42PM

In recent years, some islanders have criticized the Vashon Park District for cutting its program offerings, but this summer, the district hopes to serve island families by offering a summer camp for youth ages 11 to 15.

Pirate baseball player named league MVP

  • May 27, 2015 at 2:40PM

Vashon senior Josh Hruska Myer was named the Nisqually League MVP for baseball for the 2015 season.

Lacrosse Vultures end season at top of division

  • May 27, 2015 at 2:35PM

The Vashon High School boys’ lacrosse team ended its season last week after a loss in the playoffs to powerhouse Juanita High School.

Three Pirates head to state track and field competition this week

  • May 27, 2015 at 2:29PM

The West Central District III Championships meet at North Mason High School served up equal helpings of exultation and frustration for the eight Pirate track and field athletes who tested their skills in 11 different events there last Friday and Saturday. The top two finalists in each event move on to compete in the WIAA State Championship meets this weekend.

Musical puts playful spin on classic movie for kids

  • May 27, 2015 at 2:25PM

In a playful spin on the popular Dreamworks movie “Shrek,” Vashon Allied Arts’ youth production of “Shrek Jr. The Musical” will call into question the nature of true love in two performances slated for this weekend.

Seattle group plays Vashon fundraiser

  • May 27, 2015 at 2:19PM

In a benefit concert for the Vashon group Rock Island String Kollective (RISK), the Seattle band The Onlies will bring their original and fiddle-driven music to Havurat Ee Shalom from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle performance artist joined by local talent

  • May 27, 2015 at 10:52AM

Spoken word, live music, narrated memoir with cartoons, photos and maps, personal objects given away — let’s just say performance art is the name of the game beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Hastings- Cone Gallery.

Local artist works to keep Native traditions alive

  • May 26, 2015 at 10:00PM

At the Vashon Forest Stewards lumber yard last Friday, a group of second graders crowded around two 11-foot totem poles in the making. Shuffling their feet in wood chips and occasionally touching the colorfully painted poles, the Chautauqua students peppered the totems’ creator, acclaimed Native artist Odin Lonning, with questions.

Victim in December accident was driving under the influence

  • May 26, 2015 at 8:18PM

The young woman who died in a single-car accident on Vashon last December was intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to a report recently released by the King County Sheriff’s Office

Garden information sheets point to safe practices and products

  • May 26, 2015 at 10:00PM

Islanders concerned about the effects of lawn and garden products can now get updated information at several local stores to help them choose options that are people, animal and earth friendly.

High school recognized with architecture award

  • May 27, 2015 at 5:00AM

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Washington Council recognized the new Vashon High School and its design team at Integrus Architecture with its highest award for civic design at an award ceremony earlier this month.

At the park district, important questions must be asked and answered

  • May 26, 2015 at 9:00PM

In a prior life, I spent millions on television advertising and Sunday coupons to convince Americans to dedicate a greater share of their stomach capacity to the consumption of salty snacks, a karmic crime for which I must atone in many future lives. Remarkably, recent news coverage about fields, the pool and docks brings back a vivid memory.

We can play a part in preventing drunk driving | Editorial

  • May 27, 2015 at 6:00AM

It was difficult to report news this week that a young woman who died in a single-car accident last winter was driving under the influence when she crashed along Vashon Highway. The woman was just 22, and she was well-loved on the island.

Support student journalists

  • May 26, 2015 at 7:03PM

We are writing on behalf of Vashon High School’s student newspaper, asking you to help send our editorial staff to journalism camp this summer.

Sex education should go beyond sterile descriptions of relationships

  • May 26, 2015 at 7:02PM

Thank you, Dr. Elizabeth Archambault, for the conversation starter.(“Don’t be hesitant to start the conversation about sex,” May 5). Let’s lay the full picture of sexuality before young people. Young friends know this: Love is central to sexuality. Lifelong engagement with one person will enrich you more than is imaginable. For the sake of your joy, do not settle for anything less.

Levy passage was hardly a victory

  • May 26, 2015 at 6:59PM

To quote Mr. Ameling as he took issue with The Beachcomber’s adjectives: “Did it barely pass? Or did it kick butt 60-40?” (“County certifies final park district levy vote,” May 20).

The government continues to deny our rights and freedoms

  • May 26, 2015 at 6:58PM

The current attempt by this administration and others to pass a trade bill, which was conceived and negotiated in secret, is further evidence that freedom itself is on its death bed in America. It is evidence that the U.S. government is not designed or intended to serve the interests of most citizens, but rather is designed and dedicated to serving the interests of an elite few who have no real interest in seeking or preserving other people’s basic rights, freedom or justice for all.

Mukai dispute continues, with open house a backdrop to fight in court

  • May 20, 2015 at 6:00AM

The legal battle over the Mukai Farm and Garden continues, as Texas resident Mary Matthews works to prevent a group of Vashon activists who recently won in court from taking control of the historic property.

Citing problems at the park district, islanders file to run for board

  • May 20, 2015 at 6:00AM

Seven candidates, including two incumbents, have filed to run for three positions on the Vashon Park District board.

Two high school seniors recognized for achievement, leadership

  • May 19, 2015 at 12:08PM

Two students from Vashon recently earned the distinction of being named National Merit Scholarship finalists, an honor awarded to academically talented students.

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