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Editorial: A new cartoonist adorns the paper’s gray pages

  • Apr 1, 2010 at 10:18AM

This week’s Beachcomber features the third political cartoon by Islander Bill Jarcho. We thought it was perhaps time to introduce him.

PTSA auction offers a chance to give something back

  • Apr 1, 2010 at 10:14AM

In 1980, in a fit of passion, I left the Island to sit with Tibetan Buddhists in the Rocky Mountains. I returned home to Vashon Island six months later. If I had learned nothing else, I learned this: “When you do for yourself you tire easily; when you do for others you do not.”

Letters to the Editor: March 31

  • Apr 1, 2010 at 9:58AM

A universal truth: To grow, we need to be fully heard

  • Apr 1, 2010 at 9:55AM

A theme that has permeated every fiber of my being these past few weeks has been devoted to searching out answers from some of my students, fellow workers and friends as well as myself to some core questions: Is there a person who stands out as someone who has made a difference to you in your life, who has been a positive influence? How have they made a difference? What did they say or do that makes you feel this way?

Ball players win two, lose one, as season heats up

  • Apr 1, 2010 at 9:54AM

The Pirates varsity baseball team had a busy week, winning two games and losing one in three nearly back-to-back matches.

Pirates defeat the Eagles, 2 to 0, in a soccer mud fest on home field

  • Apr 1, 2010 at 9:51AM

Spring was in full swing last week, and the Pirate boys soccer fortunes were as changeable as the Northwest weather.

Junior crew rows to victory at Green Lake regatta

  • Apr 1, 2010 at 9:50AM

The Vashon Island Junior Crew team left Vashon Island at 4:50 a.m. on March 20 to join around 1,100 other rowers at the 2010 Green Lake Spring Regatta.

Green Power campaign gets under way on Vashon

  • Mar 31, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 5:38PM

A Vashon organization has joined forces with Puget Sound Energy in an ambitious campaign to increase the Island’s participation in a program that brings alternative energy into the power grid.

A Vashon exhibit features students' creative self-expression

  • Mar 31, 2010 at 5:38PM

This Friday’s gallery cruise will include a show featuring a collection of self-portraits by Islanders that reflects an astonishing diversity of styles and influence — from Picasso-esque renderings to bold abstract slashes of colors to brooding meditations.

Washington Supreme Court awards $371,340 for King County's delay to release public records

  • Mar 30, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Mar 31, 2010 at 3:28PM

The state Supreme Court, in a case that has had more twists and turns than an Olympics-style bobsled run, has issued what appears to be the final word on Armen Yousoufian’s 13-year crusade over King County’s failure to uphold the state’s public disclosure law.

Vashon school district selects a new principal for Chautauqua Elementary

  • Mar 26, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 4:24PM

Jody Metzger, a seasoned educator who has helmed two elementary schools, directed school choirs and taught second, third and fourth grade, has been hired to become the new principal at Chautauqua Elementary School.

Concerns mount over Vashon's Village Green

  • Mar 24, 2010 at 7:00AM updated Mar 25, 2010 at 10:56AM

The Village Green is a vibrant scene on Saturdays, when the Farmers Market draws hundreds of Islanders to the grassy patch in the center of town.

Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum to host genealogy class March 27

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Mar 24, 2010 at 3:01PM

Marian Spencer’s great-great-grandfather was “quite a scoundrel” — a man who used multiple aliases and even had one of his legs shot off in a confrontation with a sheriff. “He wasn’t a very nice man,” Spencer said. Though he wasn’t the most upstanding of relatives, Spencer was thrilled to learn about her great-great-grandfather, and several other of her and her husband’s ancestors, through genealogical sleuthing. She’s used computers, libraries and the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum as resources to learn about her predecessors and has traced her ancestors back many generations to pioneering families on Vashon. “You never know what you’re going to find in the closet,” Spencer said. “You have to have an open mind — it’s interesting what you dig up.” To help guide those new to genealogy, Spencer, a member of the Heritage Association, helped organize an introductory genealogy class that takes place this Saturday.

Vashon boys soccer shrugs off opening loss, beats Chimacum and Eatonville

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Mar 24, 2010 at 2:24PM

If the rest of the season goes like opening week, the Vashon High School boys soccer team will be strong this year.

Vashon JV baseball beats Mount Tahoma 9-3

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Mar 24, 2010 at 2:23PM

On Monday, March 15, the Vashon JV team played an exhibition game against Mount Tahoma. The Pirates broke into the scoring column early with a run in the first and never looked back.

Vashon Island Junior Rowing Club has a day full of strong finishes

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Mar 24, 2010 at 2:22PM

On Sunday, March 14, the Vashon Island Junior Rowing Club — composed of rowers in eighth- through 12th-grades — competed against Bainbridge Island Rowing Club and Orcas Island Rowing Club on Bainbridge Island, winning several races and putting in a strong all-around showing.

Vashon baseball takes two games, loses one

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Mar 24, 2010 at 2:22PM

The Vashon High School varsity baseball team played a trio of games last week, winning two by large margins but dropping one.

Maury Island Dem Nelson to run for State Senate; legislative aide seeks her House seat

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Mar 24, 2010 at 2:19PM

State Rep. Sharon Nelson, a Democrat from Maury Island, has decided to run for the state Senate, a position being vacated by her friend and colleague Sen. Joe McDermott.

School may start before Labor Day on Vashon

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Mar 24, 2010 at 2:18PM

Superintendent Michael Soltman has proposed that district schools start on Sept. 1 this fall — the Wednesday before Labor Day weekend.

The Harbor School restructures top administration

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Mar 24, 2010 at 2:17PM

The Harbor School, in an effort to tighten its belt, has decided to let go of its top administrator, turning the role over to one of its long-time teachers and its business manager. James Cardo, an English teacher who has taught at the private school for nearly a decade, and Caroline Matter, the business manager, will jointly serve as the head of school while maintaining their other duties, Matter said.

Massive search launched for beloved dog that went missing near Island Center Forest

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Mar 24, 2010 at 2:17PM

Amy Carey and Hamish Todd have launched a massive search for Isabelle, an 18-year-old shepherd mix with brown fur and blue eyes that disappeared into Island Center Forest last Tuesday.

The Dirt Yard closes after King County health inspection

  • Mar 24, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 2:15PM

The Dirt Yard, a commercial enterprise that took in construction debris and sold fill, has apparently closed after an inspection by King County’s health department found that the operation violated county codes.

A 2004 oil spill triggered change as well as worries

  • Mar 24, 2010 at 7:00AM

Amy Carey remembers vividly those early morning hours six years ago, when she hopped into a boat with two other Islanders to investigate news of an oil spill off of Maury Island’s rugged shoreline.

King County, District 19 to launch discussions over water moratorium

  • Mar 24, 2010 at 7:00AM

In a move that King County seldom takes, county officials will sit down with local commissioners next week to see if they can find a way to lift Water District 19’s 14-year moratorium on new water shares.

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