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Five island women put their best feet forward for company challenge

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:20PM

Twelve weeks ago, JP Morgan Chase issued a challenge to its employees: team up with coworkers and try to walk up to 10,000 steps per day, and the company will donate up to $5 million to charities that fight hunger all over the world.

Char Phillips wins award for volunteer efforts

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:15PM

Longtime Vashon Island School District employee and community volunteer Char Phillips was recently named the Doors of Opportunity award winner for 2014.

Islanders to gather for Suicide Prevention Day

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:13PM

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, islanders are invited to attend a candlelight gathering this evening in town or light a candle in their homes.

A ride with hills and attitude draws hundreds

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:10PM

It’s been called arduous and grueling. “It almost killed me,” one person said. But for a fourth year, cyclists from all over the state and even the country will pay for the chance to burn their legs on Vashon’s — and perhaps the region’s — tallest and most strenuous hills.

Making an opera: A set takes shape

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:00PM

The stage is set. Chandeliers aglow with candlelight hang from the rafters in a room adorned like a 17th-century palace in Seville. A concrete statue stands in a stately courtyard, while a brick and mortar gate marks the entrance to the underworld.

A walk at Raab's Lagoon holds sea life, history and more | Meanderings

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 2:09PM

Meanderings is an occasional series on local walks by author and naturalist Ann Spiers.

There is hope for those who struggle

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 1:10PM

With the suicide death of my friend Kirsten, I am reminded of my own struggles with depression. Since the age of 17, I have battled depression, leading to days and weeks contemplating ending my life. I want to share with you a message of hope. No matter how far down you are, there is help, a way out of the seemingly endless darkness.

When the world seems dark, light can get in

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 1:09PM

This summer I tried to take a break from network news. I was mostly successful, choosing to read the news with my filter on, not missing flashy edit jobs and graphic images. Then it was back to school day (back to reality day for some of us), and I decided to buck up and turn on the six o’clock news.

Coyotes can thrive here if we keep them wild | Editorial

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:51PM

Vashon Islanders have learned to live with the island’s resident wildlife. We watch for deer on the roads and put fences around our gardens to keep them out. We know an unprotected flock of chickens or trash left out overnight could draw raccoons. Now it appears we’ll have to adapt to another animal: coyotes.

Farmers Market wraps up a successful summer

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:49PM

The Vashon Farmers Market is looking ahead to autumn and its season of festivals, after a summer that saw fewer customers but better sales than last year.

Sheriff’s office will bring stolen jewelry to Vashon

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:47PM

The King County Sheriff’s Office hopes to reunite stolen jewelry with its owners through two jewelry viewing events next week on Vashon.

New water taxi to be named after ferry activist

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:46PM

Vashon’s new water taxi, set to hit the water in 2015, will be named the Sally Fox, after a late islander who advocated for Vashon’s passenger-only ferry service.

Coyote killings draw attention to local population

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:44PM

The killing of two coyotes at the Vashon Sheepdog Classic has prompted some to call for a community conversation about how to best live with the island’s increasing coyote population.

New administrator at Chautauqua

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Sep 8, 2014 at 3:44PM

Chautauqua Elementary School’s new assistant principal, Kathy Robinson, says she decided to come to Vashon because she enjoys working in small school districts.

Country Store adds U-Hauls, meeting room for community use

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Sep 8, 2014 at 3:43PM

The Country Store & Farm has two new services available now to islanders after recently contracting as a U-Haul moving equipment and supply dealer. It has also established a meeting room for community use on its upper floor.

Longstanding restaurant, Sound Food, closes its doors once again

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Sep 8, 2014 at 3:42PM

The Sound Food building once again sits empty, as both businesses that had been running there have closed because of a vandalism incident that occurred in early August.

Island dogs help artist forge a path

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Sep 8, 2014 at 3:42PM

Known best for her greeting card photos of Vashon dogs in cars, Rondi Lightmark is a consummate artist who has applied creativity to every aspect of her life.

Former Independent associate publisher dies

  • Sep 2, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Sep 4, 2014 at 10:42AM

Former associate publisher Lorraine May passed away on Aug. 31 in her home in Bremerton.

Renowned artists bring documentary to Vashon

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:24PM

A new documentary by Vashon artists Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby, “SEE: An Art Road Trip,” will be presented by the Vashon Film Society as its First Friday Art Film, following the gallery cruise. It will show at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Vashon Theatre.

What's Happening: Entertainment Briefs

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:14PM

Coming week holds variety of concerts, shows to entertain

Eating locally: The movement has its roots in the Napoleon era

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:11PM

In the Northwest and here on Vashon, we are increasingly embracing a locavore lifestyle, eating local foods to support the local economy and benefit the environment. But eating locally grown food is no modern notion. In fact, Napoleon Bonaparte and Clarence Birdseye forever changed the course of our culture and lifestyle.

Facing sorrow in the wake of tragedy

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:09PM

Wake. How is it that one word can have so many meanings? A celebration of one’s life now departed that involves festive remembrance. The stream of water that follows a boat or ship. To arise.

Forum on dementia to meet next week

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:05PM

The Vashon Social Service Network (VSSN) and the county’s Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services will host a forum on Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia on Friday, Sept. 12.

Two people arrested on Vashon

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:00PM

King County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and a woman on Vashon Monday, Aug. 25.

Saying goodbye to a beloved islander

  • Sep 2, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 9:44PM

Hopes that a missing island woman would return safely ended abruptly last week with news of her death, and islanders are now preparing to honor her life and fill the many holes her absence has left in the fabric of this community

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