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Vashon Beachcomber Letters to the Editor | July 30

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 1:00AM updated at 2:31PM

I have been asked, “Why should I bother to vote in the primary? None of our legislators have opposition.” We all need to take the time and effort to vote in the Aug. 12 primary election for several reasons.

Vashon superintendent: Improved facilities critical to stronger, safer, better schools

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 1:00AM updated at 2:30PM

Vashon Island School District (VISD) is at a critical juncture. We are in the midst of major changes that will affect student achievement over the next few decades. These changes are inspired by the strategic plan that the school board adopted last fall. This plan provides a roadmap for making Vashon one of the top districts in Washington state.

Vashon Island school board passes $15M budget

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 1:00AM updated at 1:59PM

After several weeks of tweaks, cuts and financial wizardry, the Vashon Island School District — closing a deficit that at one point reached a staggering $800,000 — put forward a $15 million spending plan that won unanimous approval by the five-member school board last week.

Vashon Islanders of all ages play on asphalt at Spokane Hoopfest

  • Jul 29, 2008 at 1:04PM

During the last week of June, 35 families from Vashon traveled to the biggest basketball tournament in the world, Spokane’s Hoopfest.

Sudanese refugee, with Vashon’s aid, helps his mother return home

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 2:00PM

There’s a small but bright piece of news among those on Vashon who pay attention to the tumultuous world of Sudan: Jacob Acier’s mother has returned to her home village in the southern grasslands of her small, war-torn country.

Versatile Biondo named ‘hub’ of Vashon's O

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 2:00PM

Karen Biondo, an Islander who has been active in the cultural, charitable and culinary life of Vashon, has been named as the chief administrator of O, Vashon’s Open Space for Arts & Community.

Administrative law judge says Glacier’s dock plans adequately protect marine life

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 6:00PM updated Jul 29, 2008 at 1:22PM

Glacier Northwest’s plans to build a new barge-loading dock extending from its property on Maury Island include enough measures to protect juvenile salmon, herring, surf smelt and other fish that linger in the eelgrass beds off the shores of Maury, a state administrative law judge said in a ruling issued last week.

A return to Island life reminds us of its richness

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

A perfect storm took my wife and me off Vashon in early 2002 — some kind of collective response to Sept. 11, loss of a parent to cancer and the opportunity to make change in a neighboring community long suffering from civic neglect.

Parks serve the Island in many ways

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

For years I’ve wanted to do something in the public arena, but there was never enough time or the right opportunity. I walk regularly and often found myself in the woods of Vashon. Given my business background in the timber industry, those woods gave me the idea of becoming involved with the Vashon Park District (VPD).

Battling Glacier: The fight’s far from over

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Let me state as emphatically as can be conveyed in newsprint: The fight to protect Maury Island is not over. And far from being a last-gasp fight, our battle remains a strong one.

Anti-Semitism on Vashon: Not on our watch

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

When members of the Island Jewish community arrived at the Havurat Ee Shalom for their Shabbat Torah study, they found their place of worship desecrated. Graffiti was scrawled on the wall of their small synagogue on the Westside Highway. It was a hateful act — directed towards one of our Island’s minority groups.

A winning photo

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Mark Wells’ solo work at Luna

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Mark Wells’ solo work at Luna

Urban soul in Ober Park

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Keyboardist Darrius Willrich will play urban soul at a free, all-ages Ober Park concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7.

A rare hometown concert for O’Keefe at winery

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Danny O’Keefe, an acclaimed songwriter and singer who lives on the Island, will play a rare hometown concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at Vashon Winery.

Unusual media at 070

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Gallery 070 will present “Kenneth Adkins: New Work” with an opening from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

Ian McFeron brings his ‘earthy yet sophisticated’ sound to the Bike

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Ian McFeron will bring his band to the Island to play a show at the Red Bicycle Bistro at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2.

Take time for tile clocks at The Little House

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Irene Otis will exhibit ceramic tiles and “timeless” clocks at The Little House, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

Music festival will open with Brazilian beat

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon Allied Arts hosts its annual world music and dance festival at Camp Burton’s outdoor amphitheater Saturday, Aug. 9. Four groups will take the stage, beginning at 5 p.m.

Blue Heron shows contrasting works

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

The Blue Heron Gallery will present the work of artists Joey Katzer and Jennifer McNeely in an exhibition opening from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1. The reception will feature live jazz music by horn player Richard Person, pianist Jim Hobson and bassist George Heidorn.

Arts briefs

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

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  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Permaculture: making choices for a sustainable world

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

As the costs of petroleum increase, many people are contemplating the long-term sustainability of our way of life. Are you interested in learning how to create a sustainable world? Permaculture — a combination of the words “permanent” and “culture”— is an exploration of how humans can make choices that support their lives while respecting the rights of all beings to meet their needs to exist indefinitely on this planet. 


  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Chamber hosts party


  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

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