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Alliances might keep your Vashon torch lit

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 4:49PM

At my house, we’ve been watching a lot of “Survivor” lately (don’t judge), and we have learned something important: Ozzy is super hot. That and a $1 million prize, a national audience and forced dehydration makes people mistrust everybody and want to vote them off the island.

When bees are in trouble, so are we | Editorial

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00AM

In a place that values local sustainability — and, simply put, food in general — we should pay close attention to what’s happening to bees.

Islanders should unite to save honeybees

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00AM

This is a call to action in response to Bob Dixon’s intelligent letter regarding the chemicals that are killing the bees (“Consider the impact of chemicals that kill bees,” June 25).

Thriftway has crossed a line with gun owners

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 9:00AM

Thriftway is now a “no weapons, no drugs” zone. What in the world? Vashon is a small community with a thriving Sportsmen’s Club, many hunters and many longtime residents who carry concealed. I just can’t think why Thriftway needs this sign other than to jump on the bandwagon of “think with your emotions” anti-gun sentiment.

Several preserves grow with a flurry of land purchases

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00AM

Vashon’s land trust and King County recently announced a series of purchases that officials say expanded existing nature preserves and will allow aging structures that threaten local habitat to be removed.

Naturopath moves clinic to former dental office

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 4:34PM

Nicole Maxwell, ND, opened her doors this week at her new clinic location, the former dental office of Dr. Ann Mayeda.

Islanders start petition to Group Health regarding Catholic hospitals

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00AM

A group of islanders concerned about access to health care at Catholic hospitals is seeking signatures they will submit to Group Health Cooperative (GHC) for a resolution they hope will be voted on this fall.

Third species survey will continue gathering data on Vashon’s natural life

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 4:31PM

Vashon naturalists and other volunteers are gearing up for the island’s third 24-hour species survey. The Bioblitz, an annual event held by the Vashon Nature Center, will be from 3 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday at Lisabeula Park and several surrounding properties.

Fourth on the water

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 4:25PM

Quartermaster Harbor was a busy place this Fourth of July, as boaters from Vashon and surrounding areas dropped anchors in the bay to enjoy the water and watch the annual fireworks display.

From hydros to dogs, responders see a number of holiday incidents

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00AM

Officials responded to a number of holiday-related emergencies over Fourth of July weekend, including an accident during the annual hydroplane race around the island.

Artist paints images of coffee with coffee

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 7:00AM updated Jul 3, 2014 at 9:05AM

For island artist Wendra-Lynne, coffee is much more than a caffeinated drink. It is a sensory experience with an intoxicating aroma and comforting warmth. It is the heart of an industry that connects different communities and ties global cultures together. It is also a medium she sometimes uses for painting. Works of art from her series “Paintings Done in Coffee about Coffee” will be on display for a week at Café Luna.

The PlaySpace needs our support

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 6:00AM

It broke my heart to hear of the PlaySpace having to cut its programs due to loss of funding. I’m hoping there are angel donors out there that will support this vital program to families with small children

Fishing trip provides good chance for rowing

  • Jul 1, 2014 at 3:27PM

The other day I was at my favorite watering hole when the conversation turned to fishing. It got me to thinking that I should impart some of my hard-won fishing wisdom to The Beachcomber faithful, specifically how not to do it.

VIFR sees the complexities of island medical response | Editorial

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 6:00AM

Islanders should pay close attention to possible changes coming at Vashon’s fire district, as they could affect who shows up at your door in an emergency.

Comedians promise to tickle funny bones at the Red Bike

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 8:00AM

Let a group of island comics and a Seattle headliner tickle your funny bone during Comedy Night, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike.

All types of speedboats have skimmed around the island

  • Jul 1, 2014 at 12:05PM

As Vashon prepares for another early-morning Fourth of July hydroplane race around the island, it is worth remembering that the hydroplanes are not the only light and fast boats that have skimmed around Vashon. In the 1960s the Boeing Company used the waters off Vashon Island to test the cutting-edge hydrofoils they were developing for both military and civilian use.

Paper misused apostrophe

  • Jul 1, 2014 at 11:54AM

On page 18 of the June 18 Beachcomber, we were informed that Meaghan Connor received a Bachelor of Art’s. I have to know: How many bachelors does Art have? Does Art routinely award his bachelors to people, or is it stiff competition to receive one?

Consider fire risk this holiday

  • Jul 1, 2014 at 11:51AM

Vashon enjoyed its third year of injury-free fireworks usage last year; however, there was a fire on July 4. Initially it was thought that a sky lantern had ignited the house, but an investigation revealed that the cause was a spark from yard work activities.

Waterfront cabin burns in nightime fire

  • Jul 1, 2014 at 11:44AM

A fire last week did significant damage to a small house on Quartermaster Harbor.

Park district looks ahead, hopes to pass two-year financial plan

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 6:00AM

Vashon Park District commissioners will vote next week on a financial plan that provides a path the district could take to build a reserve and end its reliance on borrowing money each year

Council passes town plan amendment to allow marijuana business in town

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 7:00AM

Months after a controversial Vashon Town Plan amendment to allow marijuana business in town was first proposed, the King County Council passed the amendment last week.

VIFR looks to bolster its medical response

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 6:00AM

Vashon’s fire district is considering merging its paramedic services with south King County’s, a move some say could provide the island with better emergency response capabilities.

Forgetting cancer at camp

  • Jul 1, 2014 at 11:24AM

After a funding crisis put Camp Goodtimes’ future at risk, last week a troupe of young cancer patients, survivors and their siblings again arrived in Burton for a week of fun, support and “a chance to be kids,” according to Rodney Gibson, a counselor at the camp. Another staff member called the camp “the only thing that doesn’t suck about cancer.”

Contestants vie for unofficial mayor title

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 11:00AM

Several islanders are vying for the position of Vashon’ unofficial mayor and are raising funds for local nonprofit organizations as part of this annual election.

Master rowers see success at weekend regional competition

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 2:43PM

After months of steady early morning workouts along a 2,000-meter course on Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island Rowing Club’s (VIRC) masters women and men finally got to put their conditioning to work with great results last weekend at the 2014 Northwest Masters Regional Championship in Vancouver, Washington.

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