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Embracing tourism helps our island thrive

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:46PM

When you bring up the word “tourist” to an islander, you learn a lot about them by how they react to that word. Some people get angry — they fear tourists and the effect they have on the island, going as so far as to sport bumper stickers that call for the outlaw of tourism on Vashon.

Readers can contribute to out pages each week | Editorial

  • May 28, 2014 at 6:00PM

What do you do when you want your thoughts made known? If you’re like many people today, you grab your computer or smartphone. Posting on social media means your friends and connections see your thoughts soon and can respond. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Facebook, an internet phenomenon that has vastly altered how we communicate and who we communicate with.

Natural health clinic moves to new office

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:37PM

After a decade located in an old farmhouse south of town, Vashon Natural Medicine is moving to the former veterinary clinic of Larry Glickstein, who retired last year.

Tennis stands up to league opponents

  • May 22, 2014 at 5:00PM

The VHS girls tennis team wrapped up its season on a beautiful tennis day with the Nisqually League tournament at Charles Wright on Friday.

Track athletes qualify for District meet

  • May 22, 2014 at 4:48PM

With regular season complete, each Pirate track athlete entered the two-day League Championship at Eatonville High School with a spot at the Tri-District meet on the line.

Boys lacrosse team wins division title, has high hopes for playoffs

  • May 22, 2014 at 4:41PM

The boys high school lacrosse team finished its regular season last week with a dominant victory over South Kitsap, 19-1.

Fast-pitch, in fourth, aims for playoffs

  • May 22, 2014 at 1:12PM

Last week the Pirates fast-pitch softball team played two games, one league and one non-league. The league game against Eatonville was a crucial game for the Pirates’ playoff hopes. Vashon rose to the occasion, beating the Cruisers 12-3.

Seattle comedian to headline Comedy Night at the Bike

  • May 22, 2014 at 1:09PM

Comedy Night will return to the Red Bike at 8 p.m. Friday, when another night of laughs will be hosted by local funny man Steffon Moody. Seven comedians will join Moody on stage for the event, dubbed the Memorial Day Comedy Discount Show.

High school students roll out a disco musical

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:56PM

Another Greek myth rolls into the Vashon High School theater, this time in the form of the pop-rock roller-disco musical “Xanadu.” For the next two weekends, VHS students will don roller skates to give this Broadway hit some amusing wheels.

VHS awarded large grant for public art

  • May 22, 2014 at 1:01PM

Vashon High School recently received one of the largest state-funded grants for K-12 public art in the history of the Washington State Arts Commission, recieving a $125,000 award for original artwork to be installed at the newly constructed school.

Navy dentistry is not a Carnival Cruise

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:49PM

A mass casualty drill held here on the island a few months ago reminded me of my own experience with emergency training.

Three happenings honor service men and women

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:47PM

This holiday weekend islanders will have ample opportunities to pay their respects to service men and women with the traditional Monday ceremony, a photography exhibit and a quilt show.

New columbariums at cemetery double space for urns

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:40PM

Running out of space for cremated remains, the Vashon Cemetery recently installed two new columbariums.

Blooms & Things for sale as owners retire

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:38PM

The owners of Blooms & Things are retiring and selling their popular floral shop in Vashon town.

Agencies should cooperate to move foward at the pool | Editorial

  • May 21, 2014 at 6:00AM updated May 22, 2014 at 12:34PM

Just as we thought the Vashon Park District was beginning to come out from under the fields debacle, the agency finds itself in another tough situation. The Vashon Pool, operated by the park district but located at the high school, is now in need of a fix that could cost tens of thousands of dollars. It’s not clear who is responsible for the problem, and now neither the school district nor the park district, which is hurting for money, wants to take the bulk of the responsibility for paying for it.

School, park districts disagree on who should fund pool fix

  • May 21, 2014 at 6:00AM updated May 22, 2014 at 9:21AM

The Vashon Pool is slated to open next month, but the island’s school and park districts are disagreeing about who is financially responsible to remedy the drainage problem there, a situation that could lead to litigation and the pool not opening this season.

Strong soccer season ends at playoffs

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:44PM

The most challenging games the VHS boys soccer team has faced were in the last week of the regular season. The varsity squad started with a subdued performance and ended with a great upset over the Nisqually League leaders.

Crew sends record number to Nationals

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:46PM

Coach Richard Parr has been tuning the Vashon junior crew for a peak performance at the Northwest Regional Championships for the entire spring season, and last weekend the team did not disappoint. Junior crew sent a record 10 boats and 18 rowers on to the National Championships to be held at Lake Natoma in Sacramento next month.

New county plan won’t prevent Metro bus cuts on Vashon

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:37PM

A new King County plan to allow cities to buy back Metro bus service will likely not prevent bus cuts on Vashon, according to Chad Lewis, a spokesman for the county executive’s office.

UW helps rethink local agriculture

  • May 21, 2014 at 6:00AM

A group of University of Washington students is putting the finishing touches on several proposals — from revamping the Farmers Market to forming an island farmers co-op — in an effort to strengthen Vashon agriculture.

Donations are still needed to fund top priorities for schools

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:13PM

We would like to thank all the donors who supported public education on the island with a donation to the Vashon Schools Foundation during the recent GiveBig event.

Subject would be out of luck without the Red Bike’s grease

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:12PM

Thanks to The Beachcomber for the nice biodiesel article (“Some run cars off of restaurants’ leftover grease,” May 14).

Those in power aren’t leading society in the right direction

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:10PM

I am convinced that there is no system of government, no economic system, no constitution, no set of laws that will produce a free and just society if those who acquire power over others do not themselves believe in freedom and justice at the core of their being.

Corporations are not people

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:09PM

We are now gathering signatures for I-1329, an initiative to allow Washington voters to decide whether our state will support a resolution to pass the 28th amendment to the US Constitution that would state that corporations are not people and that money is not equivalent to free speech.

Flying high at Point Robinson

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:00PM

Sunshine and steady winds made for perfect kite flying weather on Saturday, which was Kite Day at Point Robinson. “This year’s conditions were as ideal as I think they could be,” said Captain Joe Wubbold, president of the Keepers of Point Robinson, which puts on the annual event. And it showed, as around 500 people made their way to the point throughout the day to fly kites, relax on the beach, enjoy live music and tour the lighthouse

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