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Vashon applications lined up as state begins to issue pot licenses

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 4:53PM

As the state Liquor Control Board (LCB) begins to issue marijuana business licenses this week, several people are in line to start small marijuana growing and processing operations on Vashon

Scrimmage launches spring rowing

  • Mar 4, 2014 at 1:00PM updated Mar 5, 2014 at 4:52PM

The Jensen Point boathouse buzzed with activity early Saturday as coach Richard Parr mixed masters and junior rowers into the same shells to make this year’s masters and juniors scrimmage a competitive one

Free seminar on aging will provide information on range of issues

  • Mar 4, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Mar 5, 2014 at 11:40AM

A free seminar for islanders concerned about aging will take place this weekend and cover a variety of issues, ranging from retrofitting a home to making end-of-life decisions.

Chautauqua to host open house for incoming kindergartners

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 11:32AM

Chautauqua Elementary School will host an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, for incoming kindergartners and their families.

What's Happening: Arts Briefs

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 11:16AM

Several arts events will provide entertainment for islanders and guests this weekend.

Country music variety show comes to the Red Bike

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 11:13AM

The Pretty Good Opry — Vashon’s twist on an old-time country music variety show — is all about mixing comedy and music in three acts delivered in the format of a bygone country music radio show.

Art abounds on first Friday tour

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 11:11AM

Most galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Seattle band and Vashon orchestra team up

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 8:39AM

Three rocking mostly string bands will get people dancing Sunday when two island groups, RISK and RISK Jr., open for the Seattle fiddle-driven trio, The Onlies. This is a benefit performance for the RISK scholarship fund, which supports music lessons and instrument rentals for low-income children.

Pirates’ winning season ends

  • Mar 4, 2014 at 1:00PM

The Pirate basketball season came to an end on Saturday with a 60-70 loss to Okanogan High School at the regional championships. Okanogan came into the game boasting a 23-0 record while Vashon came in with an impressive 20-5 record.

12th Man should focus on real heroes

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

I have been amazed and somewhat disillusioned at the apparent worship of the Seattle Seahawks since their Super Bowl victory. It does cause me to wonder if those who create idols of NFL players read the news related to the NFL’s weak-kneed approach to the epidemic of brain injuries caused by concussions and lifetime disabilities caused by broken and torn bodies

State tax system needs an overhaul

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

After Vashon voters have congratulated themselves for approving the latest school levy, it might be worthwhile to reflect that Washington state’s taxation system is the most regressive in the nation.

Assessment of wastewater disposal plan is needed

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Vashon community has not had enough time to assess wastewater disposal and potential pollution of our ground- water by Bakkhos Holding.

County missed the mark on pot regulation

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

King County seems to want to bend over backwards to push through a change in their zoning rules that will allow an energy-intensive, huge indoor grow at K2.

Attitudes should evolve

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

What an interesting turn of events. In October 2013, The Beachcomber waxed hopeful about marijuana grow businesses on Vashon. “We hope islanders don’t dissuade those...who might go into business.” Open minds would allow tasteful and respectful businesses to start up, create new jobs, and invest in local economy, they said

On a finite island, we must act accordingly

  • Mar 4, 2014 at 12:40PM

The blunted rays of flannel-gray February daylight melt into the mirror-still harbor, unbroken sky-gray and harbor-gray split by a jagged band of misty black firs and skeleton maples on the far shore.

County pot regs look bad for small business | Editorial

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

When The Beachcomber first began to report on potential legal marijuana businesses on Vashon, we spoke with Shango Los, an islander attempting to gain traction with his new group, the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance

King county voters to decide on transportation funding

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

Proposed cuts to Metro bus service may be averted because of a fare increase approved by the county council and a funding measure that King County voters will decide on in April.

Study confirms concerns about poor health of harbor, sheds light on causes

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

During a break between rain showers Monday, a crew of young people from the Washington Conservation Corps tended to a wide patch of Oregon grape, snowberry and hawthorne recently planted at Raab’s Lagoon.

VYFS sees continued demand for services, leap in numbers in 2013

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS), the island’s largest social service provider, served nearly one-third more people last year than it had the year before, an increase that is part of a multi-year trend.

VHS musicians will open for Seattle indie-pop band

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Feb 28, 2014 at 10:40PM

Vashon High School students Maya Krah and Maria Gilmour of Two Dime Icebox, plus Kate Atwell & Mallory Breen, will open the show for the Seattle acoustic indie-pop Lucy Horton Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron

Award-winning author will give a talk on stories

  • Feb 27, 2014 at 9:48AM

Join Dr. Charles Johnson, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Washington and a National Book Award winner, for an evening of conversation, called The Power of Story, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at The Blue Heron.

Arts & Humanities will present lecture on Isamu Noguchi

  • Feb 27, 2014 at 9:47AM

If you’ve ever paid a visit to Seattle’s Volunteer Park, then you’ve probably caught a glimpse of the Space Needle through the hole in Isamu Noguchi’s doughnut-shaped onyx sculpture, “Black Sun.”

Islander offers art classes for disabled students

  • Feb 27, 2014 at 9:42AM

Over, under and through — that’s how islander Deborah Anderson instructs parents of children with disabilities to help their children discover and connect with their inner strength, the part, she said, that is not challenged

Premiere trumpet soloist will play at the Blue Heron this weekend

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 2:33PM

Vashon Allied Arts will bring the classical sound of the trumpet with piano accompaniment to the Blue Heron at 4 p.m. Sunday with a concert by Raymond Deleon.

Author of birds book to read at bookshop

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 2:28PM

Those who have an interest in avian life on Vashon have probably heard of the islander with a reputation as a regional bird expert who happens to share his last name with a bird: Ed Swan. Swan will talk about the new edition of his book on local birds, “The Birds of Vashon Island” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Vashon Bookshop.

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