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Vashon Theatre hopes to appeal with new programming, starting with Shakespeare

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 1:00PM

Imagine watching the Royal Shakespeare Company perform the Bard’s high-spirited romantic comedy “The Two Gentelmen of Verona” in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. How about seeing Benedict Cumberbatch play Frankenstein at London’s National Theatre or the Bolshoi Ballet — the world’s oldest dance company — execute its classical repertoires. Now picture viewing these stellar international shows without leaving the island. That’s the idea behind Vashon Theatre’s lastest cinematic series of live, world-class performances rebroadcast on Vashon’s silver screen.

Is it wise to encourage the presence of coyotes on Vashon?

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

About 25 years ago, my daughter and I were horseback riding in Yellowstone National Park. It was early morning, fresh and cool. We were on a trail that opened into a large meadow when suddenly from the rocks above us a pack of 10 or 12 coyotes appeared

Step up and speak out this weekend about climate change

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

If I told you that the first step toward saving civilization as we know it and derailing a headlong gallop into a horrible future for our grandchildren was to spend an afternoon standing with the rest of the world, one afternoon, would you do it?

More activity would improve learning and create healthier students

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 7:00AM

As the first weeks of school descend and my son begins his adventures at McMurray, I am stunned to see that his time for recess has gone from almost an hour a day at Chautauqua to practically zero at the middle school. Sixth-graders are required to take only one semester of P.E.

Shine light through the cracks

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” These beautiful lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” were invoked by Mary Kay Rauma in her Sept. 10 article “When the world seems dark, light can get in.”

Island roads: We are all responsible for safety

  • Sep 16, 2014 at 4:35PM

The moment islanders dread hearing about came last week: a serious injury along the roadside.

District should consider its role in student sleep | Editorial

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

he new Vashon High School building, unveiled this year, was built with learning in mind. Classrooms have more computers in them. Teachers can amplify their voices with new sound systems to ensure that everyone hears. Study areas throughout the school encourage student collaboration and group studying. Even the chairs in classrooms were chosen intentionally — they roll on wheels, something that has been shown to improve concentration during class. In many ways science informed what the new school would look like. Now the latest science suggests that many teens are sleep deprived, and the Vashon School District should take note and consider whether it could realistically change school start times.

New director hired to lead ferry system

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

After several months of interim management, Washington State Ferries will soon be under the direction of Lynne Griffith, who will serve as the assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division.

Woman seriously injured when car spooks horse

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

A West Seattle woman spent a week in the hospital after falling off her horse in an incident on Vashon’s west side, where she says a car came close to her horse and revved its engine

Some hope island will go 'Salmon Safe'

  • Sep 16, 2014 at 4:27PM

In the coming week, representatives from the environmental organization Stewardship Partners will visit the island twice with information about their Salmon Safe certification program, part of an effort to get more island farms and other organizations to consider their environmental impact, not just on the island’s salmon streams, but on Puget Sound in general.

Group explores new route for local economic development

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

A group of islanders is exploring the idea of creating a public development authority on Vashon, something they say could stimulate economic growth and possibly lead to the development of the K2 building.

Man arrested after firing gun in suspected drug house

  • Sep 15, 2014 at 12:00PM

A Vashon man was booked into jail last weekend and could face charges after shooting a gun in a suspected drug house.

Native artist will speak about Coast Salish art and culture

  • Sep 12, 2014 at 4:46PM

Contemporary Northwest native artist Shaun Peterson is slated to give a free presentation about Coast Salish art and culture for the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s (VMIHA) ongoing exhibition about Vashon natives, at 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Penny Farcy Center next to the museum.

Local author launches new mystery series

  • Sep 12, 2014 at 4:44PM

On a windy knoll behind a prehistoric walled settlement in beguiling and enigmatic West Penwith, England, an American archeology team makes an unnerving discovery. Beneath a Stone Age burial quoit, at the site of an Iron Age village, a single, skeletal finger sticks up out of the soil.

Help Save the salmon: Two bands perform for free at the Bike

  • Sep 12, 2014 at 4:43PM

In an effort to raise awareness about the potentially tragic plight of the Northwest’s wild salmon, Vashon’s Fendershine and the Seattle band Big Dirt will play a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike

Man hit by car, seriously injured near KVI

  • Sep 9, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Sep 11, 2014 at 9:03AM

A man who was run over by a car near KVI beach early Tuesday suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Harborview.

Five island women put their best feet forward for company challenge

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:20PM

Twelve weeks ago, JP Morgan Chase issued a challenge to its employees: team up with coworkers and try to walk up to 10,000 steps per day, and the company will donate up to $5 million to charities that fight hunger all over the world.

Char Phillips wins award for volunteer efforts

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:15PM

Longtime Vashon Island School District employee and community volunteer Char Phillips was recently named the Doors of Opportunity award winner for 2014.

Islanders to gather for Suicide Prevention Day

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:13PM

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, islanders are invited to attend a candlelight gathering this evening in town or light a candle in their homes.

A ride with hills and attitude draws hundreds

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:10PM

It’s been called arduous and grueling. “It almost killed me,” one person said. But for a fourth year, cyclists from all over the state and even the country will pay for the chance to burn their legs on Vashon’s — and perhaps the region’s — tallest and most strenuous hills.

Making an opera: A set takes shape

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:00PM

The stage is set. Chandeliers aglow with candlelight hang from the rafters in a room adorned like a 17th-century palace in Seville. A concrete statue stands in a stately courtyard, while a brick and mortar gate marks the entrance to the underworld.

A walk at Raab's Lagoon holds sea life, history and more | Meanderings

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 2:09PM

Meanderings is an occasional series on local walks by author and naturalist Ann Spiers.

There is hope for those who struggle

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 1:10PM

With the suicide death of my friend Kirsten, I am reminded of my own struggles with depression. Since the age of 17, I have battled depression, leading to days and weeks contemplating ending my life. I want to share with you a message of hope. No matter how far down you are, there is help, a way out of the seemingly endless darkness.

When the world seems dark, light can get in

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 1:09PM

This summer I tried to take a break from network news. I was mostly successful, choosing to read the news with my filter on, not missing flashy edit jobs and graphic images. Then it was back to school day (back to reality day for some of us), and I decided to buck up and turn on the six o’clock news.

Coyotes can thrive here if we keep them wild | Editorial

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:51PM

Vashon Islanders have learned to live with the island’s resident wildlife. We watch for deer on the roads and put fences around our gardens to keep them out. We know an unprotected flock of chickens or trash left out overnight could draw raccoons. Now it appears we’ll have to adapt to another animal: coyotes.

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