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Boys’ lacrosse season ends with a loss to White River

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

Lacrosse season came to a close last Friday night with a hard-fought game between the Vashon Vultures and the White River Hornets at their place.

Baseball team racks up league awards

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

Capping a great regular season with a perfect league record of 12-0, a record number of Vashon High School baseball players and their coach received numerous Nisqually League awards.

Boys’ soccer season ends with losses to Klahowya, Port Townsend

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon High School Pirates met the Klahowya Eagles on Tuesday, May 10, at Silverdale Stadium, but came away with a loss.

Girls’ tennis team takes on district tournament this week in Tacoma

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon High School girls' tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a win on May 5, entering the Nisqually league tournament with a final season record of 10-5.

Workshop and concert showcase healing properties of the harp

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM


Island string collectives play at Bumpershoot

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM


Racism does exist on Vashon, the time to discuss the issue is now

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

The other day I went to Island Center Forest with some friends to walk our dogs. We entered at 188th Street. I used the porta-potty, and there above the urinal, written in bold marker, was a racist comment. I pulled out my phone, took a picture and showed my friends. This started a conversation on race and what race looks like on Vashon.

Dyeing with island plants offers chance to connect with sources, place

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

I am a backyard dyer. Plant a seed; give it water, warmth and light from the sun; a little compost for food; then watch. The day the first seed-leaves (cotyledans) push up from the soil is amazing. This is where I can sense the movements plants make, the life they have. Later in the summer when the flowers are full of bees and stalks grow tall, that is another satisfaction.

Scare tactics are not best way to raise awareness about impaired driving

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

I have some thoughts about the editorial calling for a mock crash event at Vashon High School ("Schools, community need to talk about drunk driving," May 4.) While I can completely appreciate the intention and desire behind hosting such an event, it's important to know that mock crashes fall under the category of scare tactics and are not best practice in drug and alcohol prevention.

High school’s subpar field robs soccer team of home games

  • May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM

Congratulations to the boys' high school soccer team, who placed second in league and earned a home playoff game! Their achievement marks months of sacrifice and hard work where they learned to work together as a team.

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.

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