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Hunting at public forest is a good alternative | Editorial

  • Oct 29, 2014 at 6:00AM

Hunting is one of those topics that incites a range of opinions on Vashon. Some don’t mind hearing bullets split the air outside their homes, while others understandably would like to see hunting limited to more remote places.

Pirates stay determined in Homecoming loss

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 5:01PM

The highly anticipated match-up between the Vashon Pirates’ and Nisqually League powerhouse Cascade Christian took place last Friday in an ark-worthy deluge on the Pirates home field. A sparse Homecoming crowd saw the Pirates lose the game by a final score of 56-16.

Soccer team heads to league playoffs

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 4:55PM

The Vashon High School girls’ soccer team played two hard-fought matches last week in its final week of Nisqually League play.

Farmers Market moves indoors for the holiday season

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 1:59PM

With a new space and an earlier move indoors, the Farmers Market is looking at past attendance patterns to improve its Holiday Market success this year.

New minister leads Unitarian fellowship

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 6:00PM

Following the departure of Rev. Carmen McDowell, the Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship (VIUF) has welcomed a new minister, Rev. Heather Christensen.

Katie Konrad joins women’s health center

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 5:00PM

Katie Konrad, a nurse practitioner with a long history on the island, has joined the staff of the Vashon Women’s Health Center.

Decades later, landmark fishing rights decision still makes sense

  • Oct 29, 2014 at 6:00AM

Forty years ago, a decision by federal judge George Boldt interpreting Indian treaties from the 1850s sent shock waves through the fishing communities of Western Washington. The Boldt Decision addressed many legal questions about the fishing rights of local tribes, but at its heart was the ruling that tribes had a right to take up to half the salmon that passed through their traditional fishing grounds. In 1994, another federal judge extended that right to shellfish. These decisions and their impacts have been extensively and often bitterly debated over the intervening years.

Halloween on Vashon: Costumes are diverse as the treats

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 5:00PM

At parent-teacher conferences last week, both of our twins’ teachers mentioned that there are a lot of new families on Vashon this year. In each class, they’ve got four or five new kids. Parents looking for a safe place to raise their children might be drawn to Vashon for the same reasons we’re here — good schools, strong community. And it helps if you like to ride boats.

Six tennis players earn all-league status, advance to districts

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 1:29PM

The Vashon boys’ tennis team wrapped up its regular season last Friday with the league tournament at Charles Wright Academy. Vashon sent two doubles teams and two singles players to the tournament, and they all advanced to the district tournament to be held this Thursday and Friday at the Lakewood Racquet Club in Tacoma.

President of Me moves to downtown Vashon

  • Oct 29, 2014 at 3:00AM

After more than a year selling her line of clothes at the Old Fuller Store, Rebecca Wittman is moving her shop into the heart of town.

Birthday bash to raise funds for nonprofits

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 1:22PM

Joe Wubbold — known to many islanders as Captain Joe — will be feted and roasted this Saturday for his 80th birthday celebration, also a community fundraiser.

Vashon, Maury post offices change with the times

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 1:18PM

The fundamental story of Vashon during the 20th century is a shift from a collection of isolated water-based communities to a single island-based community.

State begins replacing contaminated yards

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Oct 26, 2014 at 11:03AM

Mary Martin is getting a new yard. Last week, Martin looked out her kitchen window at a large excavator and explained how just days before, contractors had staked out the yard outside her modest Maury Island home and carefully scraped off a foot of topsoil. They left behind a giant mound of dirt and a wide hole to be filled and topped with sod.

Experts, Oso residents will speak at forum about landslides on Vashon

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Oct 23, 2014 at 10:39AM

Islanders can learn about local landslide risk and preparing for landslides at a special Vashon Be Prepared meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at McMurray Middle School

Rowers have strong showing at Boston's Head of the Charles

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Oct 23, 2014 at 10:31AM

The 50th anniversary of the largest rowing regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles, Vashon’s junior, masters and recent alumni crew members posted best-ever results.

Grassroots group sows seeds of health

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Oct 23, 2014 at 10:30AM

After three years as the founder and director of Shape Up Vashon, I have turned the reins over to my successor, Laura Wishik.

Show at Giraffe marks Day of Dead and store anniversary

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 11:20AM

Giraffe will celebrate its eighth anniversary and the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos with a gallery opening of Day of the Dead artwork by Gregory Reyes-Herbold at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Eastern Washington poet will read at workshop

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 11:14AM

The novelist Salman Rushdie once said a poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.

DoVE hosts evening of comedy for serious cause

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 11:18AM

Seattle’s first lady of comedy Peggy Platt will headline the DoVE Project’s second annual comedy night “Laughter is the Best Medicine” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

What's Happening: Entertainment Briefs

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 11:10AM

The Vashon Theatre and Island GreenTech will bring Sir Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film adaptation of “Hamlet” to the silver screen for a free showing at 7 p.m. Saturday. The movie was the first British film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Voters should keep Fitzgibbon in the House | Editorial

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 10:45AM

Joe Fitzgibbon, the incumbent who is being challenged for his seat in the House, is the clear best choice for Vashon and for the 34th District.

Fitzgibbon opposed by newcomer who wants state to fund private schools

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 10:42AM

Joe Fitzgibbon, who has represented Vashon in the state House or Representatives for four years, is challenged this fall by a political newcomer running on the platform that the state should solve its education funding problem by indirectly funding private schools.

County says amendments dropped in 2012 were not ready for town plan

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 10:37AM

King County did not move forward on amendments submitted by Vashon’s Town Plan Committee in 2012 after the amendments came in at the last moment and weren’t all suitable for the town plan, according to John Starbard, director of the county’s Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER)

At The Little House, an island icon bids farewell

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 10:36AM

After nearly 39 years as the owner of The Little House, Bettie Edwards has announced she will close the shop at the end of this month.

Long-awaited skate bowl to be built in Burton

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

Almost four years after the Vashon Park District received a King County grant to build an outdoor skatepark, commissioners have voted to move ahead with the project, and construction of a skate bowl at the Burton Adventure Recreation Center (BARC) is expected to begin soon

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