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Transient charged with rape

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 3:40PM

Douglas James Holt was charged with one count of third-degree rape in King County Superior Court last week.

Archaeologists to offer expertise on Vashon

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 3:39PM

This weekend islanders will have two opportunities to learn more about Vashon’s native people through the clues found by archaeologists during the past century.

Musician fundraises to record her music

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 3:32PM

Allison Shirk, a singer/songwriter and co-founder of Vashon Events, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording and distribution of her debut country-rock album. The album, “Break My Heart,” will be comprised of Shirk’s best original songs written over the last decade and will tell the story of her life, centered around the experience of living in a small town.

Barnworks collective reunites in a new venue

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 3:21PM

When the collaborative gallery Barnworks shuttered its doors at the end of 2012, it left a significant hole in the Vashon art scene. For over 30 years the barn situated in the field behind Sharon Munger’s house held biannual art shows, retreats, weddings and parties and became the site for sewing the annual Vashon Allied Arts community quilt. Yet while the venue may be gone, the spirit behind the artist collective remains. The group will hold a reunion show at The Hardware Store Restaurant, opening on Friday, Aug. 1, during the First Friday Gallery Cruise

County thins trees for health of popular forest

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

Last week King County Forester Bill Loeber and Dave Warren of the Vashon Forest Stewards stood at the edge of what at first glance appeared to be a large logging operation in the heart of the island.

Nearing construction, VAA works to keep momentum on arts center project

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

On a warm July afternoon, Bruce Morser stood on Vashon Highway drawing. While Morser, a professional artist, has done work for such clients as Starbucks, Rolex and National Geographic, that day he and his daughter were drawing with Sharpie markers on the side of an old building.

Respect leash laws

  • Jul 22, 2014 at 4:38PM

As a dog owner who often walks her two rescued foster dogs in Dockton Forest, I respectfully ask other dog enthusiasts to please keep their animals on a leash while enjoying the trails

Island lure brings far-flung visitors to Burton

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

Do you know where Tasmania is? Of course you don’t. No one does. Except maybe Tasmanians. It’s like Narnia: a fictional place maybe somewhere on our globe or maybe only in our imagination. Maybe, like me, you have a vague sense that it’s somewhere south of Australia. But is there anything south of Australia other than the South Pole? I have no idea. I wasn’t that good at geography.

Let’s separate latest K2 news from its pot history | Editorial

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

The time K2 was almost purchased by a marijuana edibles company is fast becoming a memory for Vashon, as other cities with legal marijuana business take over news headlines. But when the topic of EdiPure and K2 does come up, either as the butt of a joke or in serious conversation, memories of the divisiveness the issue brought to our island community can still feel fresh.

Granny’s Attic awards grants to wide range of island health services

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

Now in its second year of funding community health programs, Granny’s Attic recently awarded several grants intended to address a range of health-related needs on the island.

Constantinople to close its doors this summer

  • Jul 22, 2014 at 4:30PM

After more than 20 years outfitting women in downtown Vashon, Constantinople will close this summer.

Former Country Store bookkeeper charged with stealing from business

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

A former employee of The Country Store and Farm has been charged with theft for allegedly embezzling more than $30,000 from the business over two years.

K2 enters state’s Voluntary Cleanup Program

  • Jul 22, 2014 at 4:26PM

K2 Sports has taken the first step in obtaining a No Further Action (NFA) determination from the state regarding environmental contamination at its former factory on Vashon Highway.

Islanders disagree on best approach to pesticides and bees

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

Customers who walk into Kathy’s Corner and look up in the boughs of the sprawling willow tree there will see a thriving bee hive strapped to a branch high off the ground.

Cupcakes found outside business not believed to contain marijuana

  • Jul 18, 2014 at 5:31PM

A spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office said there is no evidence that cupcakes found Friday on Vashon were laced with marijuana.

K2 enters state's Voluntary Cleanup Program

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 5:34PM

K2 Sports has taken the first step in obtaining a No Further Action (NFA) determination from the state regarding environmental contamination at its former factory on Vashon Highway.

Teens head to Junior Olympics

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 3:16PM

Two island sophomores will compete in national Junior Olympic competitions later this month.

Funk and soul will fill the Bike Friday

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 3:15PM

Get ready for the funk and soul sound of the seven-piece band Soul Senate, which will play its high-energy rhythm and dancing tunes beginning at 9 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.

Publish The Quest returns to Vashon

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 3:10PM

Publish the Quest, a band with deep Vashon roots that has made a name for itself worldwide as both a musical and philanthropic force, is coming home to play during the Strawberry Festival. It will play a concert at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Red Bike.

Drama Dock pulls of ‘Gypsy’ with comic flair

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 3:06PM

Who’d a thunk that a play about a stripper could be a family show? But “Gypsy” is and has been since its Broadway premiere in 1959. Drawn from the memoirs of famed burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical with Jule Styne tunes, Stephen Sondheim lyrics and an Arthur Laurents story is all about family with a focus on Mom.

Shirts will be for sale at the Strawberry Festival

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:54PM

Responding to a call for making a “cool” island T-shirt and with the aim of visually capturing what they call the quirks Vashon, two island artists — Ellen Parker and Megan Minier of Cowbelle Industries — launched a series of Vashon T-shirts last year at Strawberry Festival. The duo plan to return to a vendor booth this weekend to sell the distinctly Vashon T-shirts at Strawberry Festival.

Tickets for Vashon Opera’s 2014-15 season are online

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:44PM

Vashon Opera’s sixth season kicks off in September with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Tickets for the 2014-2015 season are on sale now, with individual tickets for “Don Giovanni” going on sale in August.

Visitors could ‘eat 20 miles of strawberries’ on Vashon

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:34PM

Echoing Clara Peller’s famous statement in a Wendy’s commercial from the 1980s, “Where’s the beef?” islanders have been asked as we celebrate the annual Strawberry Festival, “Where are the strawberries?”

In the summer, it's best to be a pool rat

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:16PM

A laugh track bleats from a TV down the hall while five-fingered maple leaves wave listlessly in mid-July afternoon heat. Our children are bundled up in the cool shade of the TV room, watching an insipid teen comedy while I’m seated at a computer, working from home after a week’s vacation.

Construction begins on 9-11 memorial in town

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:14PM

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue’s 9-11 memorial has gone from plan to reality, as the first of its pieces was set in place on Thursday

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