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Vashon freshman raising money for social justice border trip

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 14, 2016 at 1:26PM

As the presidential debates continue to spark conversations and controversy about immigration, a local high school freshman is tackling the subject head-on by travelling to the Arizona-Mexico border to learn about the issue.

Vashon Friends of the Library looking to build on success, growth

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 14, 2016 at 1:25PM

More than 50 volunteers last year helped the Vashon Friends of the Library put on its fundraising events, a huge improvement over the seven members that sat around the organization's meeting table a couple years ago.

Current exhibit spotlights islander who made art for history’s sake

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 14, 2016 at 1:24PM

In its current special exhibit, the Heritage Museum is showcasing the craft of former islander Marshall Sohl, who told the history of Vashon and its people by rendering it meticulously through wood burning and painting.

Friday night house fire in Spring Beach neighborhood extinguished quickly

  • Jan 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 13, 2016 at 11:45AM

The fire department responded to a house fire Friday night in the Spring Beach neighborhood on Vashon's south end and extinguished it before there was extensive damage to the home.

Woman pleads guilty to stealing sign advertising gun sales

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 10:53AM

An island woman has pleaded guilty to two charges in connection with the disappearance of a sandwich board sign in town that was advertising gun and ammunition sales.

VHS girls’ basketball team falls to Seattle Christian after close game

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:08AM

The Vashon High School girls' basketball team visited the Seattle Christian Warriors on Jan. 8 for their first league contest of the season.

EDITORIAL: Warm, sunny weather helps fight winter blues

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:07AM

A couple of months ago, a Beachcomber editorial outlining the symptoms and potential cures for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) reported the effects of darker days and colder temperatures on the human mind and body.

King County Sheriff’s Office representatives to hold public meeting on Vashon this week

  • Jan 12, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 13, 2016 at 8:09AM

Two representatives from the sheriff's office will hold a public meeting on Vashon Wednesday night with the goal of increasing communication and building relationships with islanders.

COMMENTARY: Vashon Farmer’s Market looking for new ideas, vendors

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Joe and I created Sun Island Farm out of the blackberry and Scotch broom patch that was our land; we lived in a shipping container for three and half years while we built our house and then slowly developed our home garden into a farm that generates the majority of our family in­come.

VHS wrestling team continues to battle through injuries in latest matchups, looks forward to league action and returning squad members to kick-off the second half of the season

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

This year, Vashon Pirates wrestlers are so busy learning valuable lessons about adversity and resiliency that there aren't many of them left to actually compete.

LETTERS: Gun sign that has been being removed was code violation

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

When an ugly black sandwich board sign advertising guns and ammunition ("Gun seller should be able to advertise with no harrassment," Jan. 6) disappeared from the corner of the main intersection in Vashon, my wife and I debated whether it was in response to the type of merchandise being purveyed or an act of public service in the interest of aesthetics not unlike the one performed by people who walk their dogs when they use a plastic sack to remove from the sidewalk their canine companion's calling card. If the latter, it's unlikely anyone would take issue with this gesture toward beautification.

LETTERS: Gun sales on Vashon a scary, bad idea for all

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

An open letter to those who believe in the wisdom of exercising the right to sell firearms to the residents of Vashon Island:

VHS boys’ basketball: Pirates defeat Seattle Christian in first league game of season

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon High School Pirates boys' varsity basketball team kicked off Nisqually League play Friday night with a win in SeaTac against the Seattle Christian Warriors.

Choral group celebrates Scottish poet with song and spirits

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The 18th century bard of Scotland, Robert or Rabbie Burns, made his mark as a lyricist, pioneer of the Romantic movement and as Scotland's national poet. Since 1802, six years after his death, the Burns Supper has been held to celebrate the man who penned the New Year's song "Auld Lang Syne" and, Scotland's unofficial national anthem, "Scots Wha Hae." The celebration is marked by toasts and ample servings of haggis.

B-52s tribute band will play at the Red Bike.

  • Jan 11, 2016 at 12:55PM

The Seattle tribute band Hot Lava will bring the sound of the 1970s band the B-52s' party and dancing music to the Red Bike at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Concert presents classical music by Nordic composers

  • Jan 11, 2016 at 10:56AM

Vashon Allied Arts' Classical Concert series will present a program with music by several Nordic composers at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Heron.

County animal control officials investigating Sea Breeze Farm

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Jan 8, 2016 at 9:24AM

One day before the conclusion of a community fundraiser to help save Sea Breeze Farms' pastureland, King County Animal Control officers and sheriff's deputies descended on the farm's restaurant and began an investigation into the welfare of the farm's animals.

Representative McDermott announces retirement after 26 years in Congress, will not seek re-election at end of year

  • Jan 7, 2016 at 9:52AM

After 26 years representing Washington State's 7th District in Congress, Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA 7th District) on Monday announced his retirement.

Chip Parker to perform at Blue Heron

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Jan 7, 2016 at 9:52AM

Performing jazz, ballads and blues for capacity Seattle audiences since 2009, Chip Parker is a beguiling crooner whose warmth and joy is expressed in song and music.

Island woman who died in car crash last week remembered as vibrant lover of animals

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

A single-vehicle crash on Vashon's north end claimed the life of islander Molly Adams last week, and those closest to her say it is not just the people of the island who have suffered a loss, but the island's animals as well.

Vashon HouseHold's new affordable housing project moves forward

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

More than a decade after Vashon HouseHold purchased land on Bank Road to build affordable housing, the nonprofit agency is moving ahead and hopes islanders interested in purchasing a home there will contact them soon.

Vashon will honor Martin Luther King’s vision with event next week

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

Vashon's annual recognition of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. is slated for next week and will include several guests from the island who will speak about their experiences and ideas for creating the kind of world King envisioned more than 50 years ago.

Island dog in running for World Dog of the Year, will travel to Los Angeles this weekend for show taping

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

The most recent development in a story the world is not forgetting any time soon is that island dog Tillie is in the running for World Dog of the Year.

Step out for art on gallery cruise slated for second Friday

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

Galleries and art spots will open on Friday, some with new exhibits, while others will be showing work held over from December.

Early music festival opens sixth season on Vashon

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will launch its 2016 season with the concert “Trios for Guitar, Flute & Viola” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at Bethel Church.

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