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Poetry Well for May presents teen poet laureate

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by former Vashon teen poet laureate Lily Robinthal.

EDITORIAL: As clinic closes, island needs to do what it does best

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

Friday's announcement that Vashon's primary health care clinic will close its doors in August sent shockwaves through the island. But while the majority of the island's 11,000 residents were scrambling for answers and wondering who to blame, a quiet group of islanders, who call themselves the Vashon Maury Health Collaborative, kept their heads and vowed to work to fill the void.

COMMENTARY: Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

Throughout the month of May, parents, professionals, politicians and others are joining together to celebrate Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal is to raise public awareness of the prevalence of maternal depression, its impact on families and communities and the importance of screening and early intervention for all postpartum women.

School faculty, staff need community’s support

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

We would like to express our support for the administrators and staff of our school district that have been named and accused in the recent lawsuit. We know them to be talented, hard working individuals who have proven themselves dedicated to providing an enriched educational experience inclusive of all students.

Lawsuit shows examples of community-level bullying

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

What does bullying look like on the community level? We get it on the individual level. Bully (person with social power) picks on victim (person without social power) while bystanders (the source of social power) watch silently. But, what about community-level bullying?

Fixing drug, alcohol problem on Vashon begins with small steps

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

I would like to challenge the citizens of Vashon to work together for healthy drug-and-alcohol-free community events. As a start, I urge the Vashon Chamber of Commerce to change the venue of its award ceremony for the Unofficial Mayor contest from the Strawberry Festival Beer Garden. A major focus of this weeks' Beachcomber was the dangerous amount of drug and alcohol use on Vashon. On it's front page, "Three drunk-driving deaths in year's time cause concern" gave an in-depth look at the problem, what's being done and not being done about it.

Girls’ lacrosse: Team ends season undefeated

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Valkyries are coming of age. Coming off a 6-5 record last year, the five-year-old team just completed an undefeated season.

Boys lacrosse begins playoffs

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Vultures high school-age lacrosse team is into the playoffs. The team has one regular season game left, but the league standings are set.

Vashon rowers place at Windermere Cup

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

Seattle's Opening Day festivities kick off with masters, juniors and collegiate sprint races at the University of Washington's Montlake Cut rowing venue. With another weekend of "summer in May" weather, thousands of spectators basked in the sunshine to cheer on their crews which were invited from as far away as Russia to join in the event.

Boys’ soccer beats Bellevue Christian, advances in post-season

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon High School's boys' soccer team has been guaranteed a playoff spot, but the team had one regular season game left to play against Bellevue Christian.

Baseball: Pirates bag two huge victories, team begins playoffs this week

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Pirates baseball team continued their winning ways, putting in two stellar performances last week. On Tuesday, May 3, they clobbered Kent's Kentlake High School 9-1, following that up with an impressive 10-3 drubbing of Olympia High School.

Ferry delays expected through mid-June

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

Ferry commuters should expect delays on the triangle route through mid-June while the Issaquah is out of service and replaced with a smaller boat.

Islander to film television show on Vashon

  • May 11, 2016 at 1:30AM

This weekend, the Vashon Theatre will be packed with actors, actresses and dancers hoping to nab a part in the pilot of islander Curtis Lee Fulton's television show: Vashon - A Mini-Series.

Financial difficulties prompt Franciscans to close island clinic

  • May 10, 2016 at 2:55PM

CHI Franciscan Health announced late last week that it will close the clinic at Sunrise Ridge in August because of financial reasons.

Vashon’s unofficial mayor race heats up, five running for title

  • May 4, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 9, 2016 at 11:23AM

Four island humans and a sheep have announced their run for Vashon's unofficial mayor, carrying on a long-standing annual tradition that uses the election as a platform to raise funds for nonprofits.

Franciscans announce plans to cease operations at local clinic, while islanders work to fill health care void

  • May 6, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 7, 2016 at 9:35PM

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Opera opens on new stage

  • May 4, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 6, 2016 at 11:15AM

The Friday and Sunday performances are sold out, but tickets are still available for the dress rehearsal slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. Tickets are $15 and sold at Vashon Bookshop and at

New history of island, what makes it unique

  • May 4, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 3:15PM

What makes Vashon unique? The answer to that short but loaded question is teased out in the engaging narrative of Bruce Haluman's new book, "A Brief History of Vashon Island."

Warm weather ushers in May Day swim

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Dozens of islanders beat the heat on Sunday and helped the Vashon Park District break in the pool by participating in the May Day Splash Down.

K2 clean up effort will address ground water pollution

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

More than six months after a report revealed contaminants in the groundwater under the former K2 site, the company's environmental consulting service has agreed to determine the scope of the pollution.

New administrator settles in at care center

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Some two and a half years after its former administrator left the organization, the care center hired a new leader, who has been settling in since March.

Islander begins effort to bring therapy robots to autistic youth, schools

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

An island father to a daughter with autistic tendencies is hoping to help others in the same situation by bringing therapy robots to Vashon.

EDITORIAL: Schools, community need to talk about drunk driving

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Every year around prom and graduation, students from hundreds of high schools throughout the country participate in dramatic crash reenactments and assemblies that address the issue of drunk and distracted driving.

Critically acclaimed indie film has local ties

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

It's the rare extended family that escapes the toxic reach of addiction. Who doesn't have at least one 'black sheep' who sucks up all the oxygen at family gatherings, inciting hushed whispers and wary glances?

May’s First Friday Gallery Cruise

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Island photographer Lori Kay will show her latest artistic photo images at Café Luna.

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