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The park district needs us to support its levy

  • Jan 6, 2015 at 1:37PM

The dawning of the new year brings with it some thoughtful consideration for the taxpayers of Vashon and Maury Islands as we approach an important decision regarding the Maintenance and Operations Levy for the Vashon Park District.

A newspaper’s dreams for the new year on Vashon | Editorial

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 6:00AM

It’s the beginning of January, the time of year when many of us look back at the past 12 months and reflect on what we’d like to see happen in the coming year. On Vashon, 2014 was a mixed bag. The year brought some positive things as motivated islanders continued to find ways to serve the community and worked to make Vashon a good place to live. For many, however, 2014 was also a difficult year, as several tragic deaths rocked the island.

Speak out in support of Amanda Knox and against legal corruption

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 6:00AM

It’s been some time since Amanda Knox was in the headlines, but the West Seattle native’s struggle with the Italian legal system is not over yet. Knox’s supporters are now pushing for final justice to be served in Italy, where a young woman’s murder was mishandled by officials.

Vashon visitors appreciate island hospitality

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 6:00AM

I would like to take a few minutes to offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the residents of Vashon and Maury Island. I belong to a very small group of blacktail deer hunters who have been treated so well by residents that words alone are insufficient to express our gratitude for you hosting us each year.

Islanders enjoy the freedom to express themselves

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 6:00AM

In regard to the two letters to the editor: “Schools should stop teaching evolution,” (Dec. 24) and “Evolution: The subject is one of the most important for schools to teach,” (Dec. 31).

Rescuers do good work

  • Jan 7, 2015 at 6:00AM

Baahaus Animal Rescue Group provides an important service to our rural community (“Couple creates a sanctuary for farm animals,” Dec. 31).

Heritage association buys home for use as education center

  • Jan 6, 2015 at 1:22PM

Vashon’s heritage association has purchased the historical home next door to its museum, closing on the sale last week for $383,000.

Pirate hoopsters keep on winning

  • Jan 6, 2015 at 1:16PM

The Pirate boys’ basketball team travelled to Phoenix Dec. 26 to 31 to participate in the Cactus Jam high school tournament. Teams from all over the United States were in the field.

Girls’ basketball team drops two in tough losses on the road

  • Jan 6, 2015 at 1:10PM

The Vashon High School girls’ basketball team took their two-game winning streak on a double-ferry trek to Whidbey Island to play the Coupeville Wolves on Dec. 29.

Man who rammed patrol car, fled police arrested Sunday morning

  • Jan 4, 2015 at 8:18AM

A man who fled from police on Saturday after ramming a patrol car with his truck and being fired at by police was arrested early Sunday morning on Vashon.

Local merchants give mixed reports on holiday shopping

  • Dec 31, 2014 at 6:00AM

Two days before Christmas, Kronos was bustling with people. Shoppers filled the small gift shop, perusing jewelry, candles and coats and standing in line to purchase last-minute gifts.

Couple creates a sanctuary for farm animals

  • Dec 31, 2014 at 6:00AM

Current research is proving what islanders Karen Eliasen and Glenda Pearson have known for at least 20 years — that farm animals have personalities, attachments and feeling

Vashon schools benefit from Chevron campaign

  • Dec 31, 2014 at 6:00AM

Nearly 20 teachers at the island’s public schools received Christmas presents of their own earlier this month when they learned they will receive nearly $40,000 worth of free supplies.

Local support helped the paper thrive in 2015 | Editorial

  • Dec 31, 2014 at 6:00AM

Putting out a newspaper on Vashon is a job that’s interesting, challenging and always rewarding. Here at The Beachcomber we count ourselves lucky to get to know our community so intimately and bring you the news and information you’ve come to count on each week

Goodbye to award-winning year on Vashon

  • Dec 31, 2014 at 4:00AM

If you are a sapiosexual, a person attracted to intelligence, this column may not be right for you. But if you interested in glitzy awards, keep reading because this year we are awarding the first ever 10 awards for the Top 10 Stuff that Could Have Been Done on Vashon in 2014 Awards. Did we say there are 10? That’s because there are 10 categories. So let’s get started:

Supporting the organization supports students who need help

  • Dec 31, 2014 at 5:00AM

People read The Beachcomber to stay current on the issues affecting Vashon Island. Issues we’ve seen too much of include suicide, concerns over violence in schools and the impact of drug addiction on our community. I want to encourage people who care about these things to support Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) this winter because their work makes a difference in these issues.

Evolution is one of the most important subjects a school should teach

  • Dec 31, 2014 at 5:00AM

In response to Peter Thalhofer’s letter (“Schools should stop teaching evolution,” Dec. 24), I would like to say that evolution is one of the most important subjects that can be taught in school.

The crimes the U.S. committed were cruel, violent and pervasive

  • Dec 31, 2014 at 5:00AM

A recent big news item is the release of a highly redacted government report on the tortures that we committed in Iraq and other black sites around the world. The administration’s spin on the release of this report, which is being mirrored in the mainstream media, is that the most important thing about this is that it will endanger Americans when so-called terrorists learn what we did to so many of their friends and relatives. Actually, they already have a pretty good idea.

Cruise galleries and art spots twice in January

  • Dec 30, 2014 at 12:51PM

First Friday will happen twice in January. The first cruise will take place on Friday, Jan. 2, with two galleries and several businesses remaining open. On the following Friday, Jan. 9, a second gallery walk will take place, with other galleries and art spots participating.

Documentary portrays life and times of a yogi

  • Dec 30, 2014 at 12:43PM

The Vashon Film Society will present “Awake,” a documentary about the swami who brought yoga to the West, at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Vashon Theatre.

New Year's Eve Events

  • Dec 30, 2014 at 12:36PM

Long time favorite Vashon band Loose Change will welcome in the New Year with non-stop dancing tunes at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Red Bike. Leader and vocalist Troy Kindred will be joined by two female singers and backed by a tight 10-piece band that includes keyboards, lead guitar, bass, drums and a dynamic three-piece horn section.

Vashon wrestlers make team history

  • Dec 30, 2014 at 12:28PM

The Vashon wrestling squad qualified a record number of wrestlers for the Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and ended up placing 19th out of 72 teams.

Pirates earn second win on the road

  • Dec 30, 2014 at 12:15PM

he Vashon High School team traveled to Green River Community College on Monday, Dec 22, to play the Rainier Christian Mustangs for a non-league contest. The Pirates had their best offensive output of the season and easily handled the Mustangs of the 1B Seatac League by a score of 65-28.

Boys' basketball team remains undefeated

  • Dec 30, 2014 at 12:13PM

The Pirate boys basketball squad, off to a stellar start to their season, are continuing their winning ways.

Local artist paints all sides of life

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Dec 26, 2014 at 11:05PM

Sitting at a tall table by the window of The Hardware Store Restaurant, Pam Ingalls recently talked about the oil paintings that hang throughout the popular eatery, including those in the back gallery.

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