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Protesters attempt to slow work at Glacier's construction site

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 3:20PM

Protesters with their arms in long steel tubes created a human chain blocking the road that leads to Glacier Northwest's mine site Friday morning — the first act of civil disobedience to halt the mine's controversial expansion since it was proposed more than a decade ago.

Glacier protest planned for Sunday

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 12:47PM

At noon Sunday, Jan. 4, Preserve Our Islands and the Backbone Campaign will host a community flotilla and rally on water and land at Glacier Northwest's site on Maury Island.

Governor’s silence on Glacier troubles activists

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 7:00AM updated at 3:59PM

Over the last several years, as the drama over Glacier Northwest’s efforts to expand its gravel-mining operation on Maury Island has unfolded, a handful of the region’s key political leaders have stepped onto the stage.

Fire department orders new ambulance

  • Jan 1, 2009 at 10:00AM

Vashon will have a brand-new aid car by this summer. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue officials ordered an ambulance from Chehalis-based Braun Northwest yesterday, after the fire board approved the purchase at its Tuesday night meeting.

Troubled Vashon food bank gets a huge shot in the arm

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Dec 31, 2008 at 10:35AM

All told, the small food bank at Sunrise Ridge garnered a record $45,000 in cash donations in November, not to mention boxes upon boxes of non-perishable food — a show of support that food bank director Yvonne Pitrof called “overwhelmingly, beautifully heartwarming.”

Low-tide beach walk offers rare opportunity

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 7:00AM

If weather permits, the full moon will shine its silvery light on the wet stones and sand as the tide withdraws to a low of -3.1 feet at 9:25 p.m. In spite of cold and darkness, the winter low-tide beach is full of life. Though they are now periodically scraped, the dock pilings often host large sea stars, crabs and, in the depressions around the cement footings, barnacles, limpets, anemones and sometimes nudibranch.

Islanders to flex their lexicon at Feb. 8 spelling bee

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 7:00AM

Only two of 18 teams remained as the 2008 Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation Spelling Bee entered its sixth overtime round. For more than 15 minutes, The Beachcomber team squared off with Vashon Allied Arts, exchanging near misses over words such as “LEGERDEMAIN.”

Group of Islanders has 'Vision' for helping neighbors in need

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 7:00AM

The brainchild of Island activists Bill Moyer and Bob Spivey, Vision for Vashon is a volunteer collective with far-reaching goals.

Protesters say library should stay put

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 7:00AM

Several Islanders showed up at the Vashon Library Monday not to check out books or log on to the Internet but to ask the King County Library System to reconsider its decision to move the branch a mile down the road.

Island photographer fills out fairy float crew at Macy’s Day parade

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:41PM

A childhood dream has finally come true for Ray Pfortner. Pfortner, 59, recently returned from a trip to New York City, where he marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Anatomy of Home: dwelling fully on Vashon

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:17PM

Words have histories that are often revealing. The words “being” and “dwelling,” for example, have the same Germanic linguistic root: the word buan. So to say in German, “Ich bin,” or, “I am” also means, “I dwell.” What’s more, the Old Saxon word wuon, which is related to buan, adds a very important, if subtle additional meaning: that of “sparing” or “preserving”—that is, being in an actively caretaking relationship with the place where you live.

Let’s build a bridge for those students who follow

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:16PM

As we say goodbye to 2008, I thought it appropriate to talk about how far we’ve come as a school district this year and to touch upon where we want to go as stewards of tomorrow.

Care about ferry service? If so, it’s time to speak out

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:15PM

The Washington State Ferry Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Vashon next week to seek Islanders’ opinions on potential service cuts, pricing strategies and other proposals contained within the ferry system’s newly released draft long-range plan.

At The Beachcomber, we’re thankful for an Island filled with talent

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:15PM

But at a small community newspaper like ours, the staff is only part of the picture. The fact is, we rely to a huge degree on the community to help us fill our pages week after week — another group of dedicated Islanders who write for us, take photographs, send us news tips and provide news releases.

Editorial: The governor and Glacier

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:10PM

Arts briefs: Dec. 31

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:08PM

A passion for the past

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:01PM


  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:24PM

Island volunteers provide medical support

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:28PM

We recently caught up with Dr. Michael and Nancy Kappelman, a busy couple who volunteer for Vashon’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), the medical component of VashonBePrepared.

VoV Standing By worked hard to keep Islanders in the know during storm

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:27PM

Our recent winter storm proves once and for all that Vashon Island truly is at the center of everything. We’re centered between Seattle and Tacoma, centered between the mainland and the peninsula, and for “Winter Storm ’08,” we were centered between the worst of the wind and the worst of the snow.

Pirates squeak past Steilacoom Sentinels, 55-51

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:21PM

A physical, quick and athletic Steilacoom Sentinels basketball team gave the Vashon Pirate boys a scare last Saturday at Steilacoom. But the Pirates survived the see-saw battle, taking a 55-51 victory.

To quit, or not to quit? When kids stop playing sports, sometimes it’s adults who are to blame.

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 10:35AM

The act of quitting earns one an assortment of derisive labels — quitter, loser, wimp, chicken, slacker, loafer, backslider and even “scrimshanker,” a British word that somehow comes off worse than wanker.

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