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There’s good reason they should hate us

  • Aug 4, 2015 at 11:59AM

Much adieu lately about how we can trust the Iranian nuclear agreement when they hate Americans.

Poor condition of track puts athletes at disadvantage

  • Aug 4, 2015 at 11:57AM

I’d like to voice my strong support for building a new track at Vashon High School. The track is our only athletic facility that completely fails to meet basic standards for safety and competition.

Private institutions benefit at expense of local elected officials

  • Aug 4, 2015 at 11:55AM

On June 23 the U.S. Senate voted to “Fast Track” the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP).

Scientists blame the 'Blob' for warmer Puget Sound water

  • Aug 4, 2015 at 11:50AM

It's not just people who are feeling the unusually hot temperatures. Puget Sound is recording record-breaking temperatures, too.

VARSA granted nonprofit status

  • Aug 4, 2015 at 11:48AM

Completing a process that began in the fall of 2013, the Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse (VARSA) recently received its designation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

All of Vashon now closed to shellfish harvesting

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 5:00PM

In an update to last week's closure of Quartermaster Harbor, the Washington Sate Department of Health has now closed the entire island to shellfish harvesting

Vashon deputy to be fired for sleeping on the job

  • Jul 30, 2015 at 11:00AM updated at 2:26PM

Joel Anderson, a longtime King County sheriff's deputy on Vashon, will be out of a job as of August 1 .

Public safety a concern as plan for paramedics moves forward

  • Jul 22, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Jul 29, 2015 at 9:40AM

A year after Vashon’s fire board approved an overhaul of the island’s paramedic program, the changes have not yet happened and there are growing concerns that the plan might compromise public safety.

Longtime librarian turns a new page

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 9:29AM

Though some may think of librarians as stern, bookish and bespectacled, this is not the case with Jan Riley, head of the Vashon Library. Even as she is set to retire this Friday, Riley has exemplified the new model librarian, devoted to public service, adept with the latest technology for information gathering and flexible.

Local band brings its blend of bluegrass, blues and country to the Bike

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 3:25PM

The island band High and Lonesome will play a show at the Red Bike this Friday starting at 8:30 p.m.

Author to read from historical fiction that focuses on queens in man’s world

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 3:24PM

Island author Rachel Bard will read from her third historical novel, “A Reed in the Wind: Joanna Plantagenet, Queen of Sicily,” at 6 p.m. tomorrow, July 30, at the Vashon Bookshop.

Performers will fly high at Open Air

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 3:23PM

The high-flying aerialist spectacle “Open Air” will return to the Open Space for Arts & Community once again at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.

Quartermaster Harbor closed to shellfishing

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 3:01PM

Due to high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) in the water, Quartermaster Harbor is now closed for shellfish harvesting.

Under new ownership, liquor store moves down the street

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 6:00AM

Vashon’s liquor store has a new owner and has moved to the southern edge of town.

Project is product of doomsday worries

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 2:56PM

That the north-end ferry dock is to be crippled for a year at the cost of $15 million to make it “more earthquake resistant” is a tribute to the power of the doomsday prophets.

Watch out for internet scams

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 2:54PM

Over the last 10 months, I have seen a number families and businesses hit by some dangerous new scams on the Internet.

Commissioner defends vote to complete VES Fields work

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 2:52PM

I would like to follow up on the article in last week’s Beachcomber titled “Park district benefits from last-minute effort to curtail fields costs.”

Former junior crew rower wins big at world championships

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 10:00AM

After a successful year rowing for California’s NCAA crew team, Vashon High School graduate Mia Croonquist took two gold medals last weekend at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Just a year out of high school, she has now been a part of a U.S. national team four times.

For young actors, a musical’s message packs a punch

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 12:00PM

This weekend, a troupe of more than 40 youth thespians, ages 11 to 23, will take the stage to perform “Carrie: The Musical” — a show that offers a powerful message wrapped in a spooky story and show-stopping song and dance.

School district approves $19M budget

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 12:00PM

Vashon’s school board recently passed a no-cuts budget for the upcoming school year that includes modest teacher raises, the elimination of some fees and added funding for some school programs.

Warm summer contributes to pool’s success

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 6:00AM

At the public pool one morning last week, water polo players repeatedly sprung up from the deep end and threw balls to their coach, who drilled them in the sport’s basics from the sidelines. As their practice ended, other islanders — mostly seniors — arrived to walk in the shallow end or take part in a deep water aerobics class. Later, the lifeguards would string the lanes for lap swimmers and then open the pool for the heart of the day — open swim, frequented by families and children looking to cool off in what has been a remarkably hot summer.

Two events will feature classical singer from L.A.

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 12:37PM

Acclaimed classical singer Natalie Mann will visit Vashon this week to debut her new music video and give a small private concert.

Island needs more education, not changes at providers

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 12:07PM

The Vashon Health Collaborative has provided islanders with several observations and conclusions (“Attempts to support island health care so far,” July 8 and “Strengthening island health care will require cooperation,” July 15 letter to the editor).

Writer’s block a sign of changes at the paper

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 12:04PM

About once a month, I hear a voice from the back room of The Beachcomber that yells, “Austin! Write something!” That drill-sergeant-esque tiding tells me there is a big white spot in the paper and I need to put ink on it.

For five years, it’s been an honor to tell your stories — A final note from an editor

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 11:56AM

This issue of The Beachcomber is a bittersweet one for me — it’s my last. After five years as both a reporter and editor at the newspaper, I’m moving on.

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