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County missed the mark on pot regulation

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

King County seems to want to bend over backwards to push through a change in their zoning rules that will allow an energy-intensive, huge indoor grow at K2.

Attitudes should evolve

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

What an interesting turn of events. In October 2013, The Beachcomber waxed hopeful about marijuana grow businesses on Vashon. “We hope islanders don’t dissuade those...who might go into business.” Open minds would allow tasteful and respectful businesses to start up, create new jobs, and invest in local economy, they said

On a finite island, we must act accordingly

  • Mar 4, 2014 at 12:40PM

The blunted rays of flannel-gray February daylight melt into the mirror-still harbor, unbroken sky-gray and harbor-gray split by a jagged band of misty black firs and skeleton maples on the far shore.

County pot regs look bad for small business | Editorial

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

When The Beachcomber first began to report on potential legal marijuana businesses on Vashon, we spoke with Shango Los, an islander attempting to gain traction with his new group, the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance

King county voters to decide on transportation funding

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

Proposed cuts to Metro bus service may be averted because of a fare increase approved by the county council and a funding measure that King County voters will decide on in April.

Study confirms concerns about poor health of harbor, sheds light on causes

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

During a break between rain showers Monday, a crew of young people from the Washington Conservation Corps tended to a wide patch of Oregon grape, snowberry and hawthorne recently planted at Raab’s Lagoon.

VYFS sees continued demand for services, leap in numbers in 2013

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS), the island’s largest social service provider, served nearly one-third more people last year than it had the year before, an increase that is part of a multi-year trend.

VHS musicians will open for Seattle indie-pop band

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Feb 28, 2013 at 10:40PM

Vashon High School students Maya Krah and Maria Gilmour of Two Dime Icebox, plus Kate Atwell & Mallory Breen, will open the show for the Seattle acoustic indie-pop Lucy Horton Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron

Award-winning author will give a talk on stories

  • Feb 27, 2014 at 9:48AM

Join Dr. Charles Johnson, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Washington and a National Book Award winner, for an evening of conversation, called The Power of Story, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at The Blue Heron.

Arts & Humanities will present lecture on Isamu Noguchi

  • Feb 27, 2014 at 9:47AM

If you’ve ever paid a visit to Seattle’s Volunteer Park, then you’ve probably caught a glimpse of the Space Needle through the hole in Isamu Noguchi’s doughnut-shaped onyx sculpture, “Black Sun.”

Islander offers art classes for disabled students

  • Feb 27, 2014 at 9:42AM

Over, under and through — that’s how islander Deborah Anderson instructs parents of children with disabilities to help their children discover and connect with their inner strength, the part, she said, that is not challenged

Premiere trumpet soloist will play at the Blue Heron this weekend

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 2:33PM

Vashon Allied Arts will bring the classical sound of the trumpet with piano accompaniment to the Blue Heron at 4 p.m. Sunday with a concert by Raymond Deleon.

Author of birds book to read at bookshop

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 2:28PM

Those who have an interest in avian life on Vashon have probably heard of the islander with a reputation as a regional bird expert who happens to share his last name with a bird: Ed Swan. Swan will talk about the new edition of his book on local birds, “The Birds of Vashon Island” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Vashon Bookshop.

The stars will shine on Vashon

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 2:10PM

Grab your boa and a gown from Granny’s or a top hat and tails and head out to the Vashon Theatre to walk the red carpet. It’s time once again for the Vashon Oscar Night party sponsored by the Vashon Film Society. The festivities will begin 4 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon Theatre.

Vashon wrestlers take 7th at State, Wickman earns championship

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 2:04PM

For the first time since 2009, the Vashon wrestling team cracked the top 10 in team points, finishing seventh overall at the state competition last weekend at the Tacoma Dome. What makes this performance all the more significant is that all the points were earned by just four wrestlers.

County moves forward on pot plan after mixed meeting

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 7:00PM updated Feb 26, 2013 at 12:53PM

King County is moving forward with a proposal that would allow marijuana business at the K2 building after hearing mixed reactions to the plan at a public meeting attended by hundreds on Vashon.

Pirates’ play takes them to regionals this weekend

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 4:47PM

This past week was another busy one for the Pirate basketball team as it marched deeper into the playoffs. The Pirates went 2-1 last week, beating The Northwest School and Seattle Christian, but losing to Cascade Christian. Despite the loss, the Pirates are moving on to regionals, which will take place this weekend in eastern Washington.

More people working on Vashon would bring benefits

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 4:44PM

I can remember a time when the K2 building was a bustling place of employment — somewhere working class people could go on Vashon to support their families. Our community was more diverse, more vibrant and a lot less precious back in those days. That’s why I’m excited that a company has come along that wants to produce a legal and highly regulated product ther

Carbon footprint is too high for proposed operation

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 2:00PM updated at 4:37PM

Many thanks to Joe Yarkin for making intelligible the environmental harm that an indoor marijuana growing business at the former K2 could cause. In his Feb. 29 letter to The Beachcomber, energy-expert Yarkin pointed out: “My calculation, based on carbon footprint data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, is the carbon footprint for the indoor lighting at K2 would be 23,900 tons of CO2 annually.”

High-energy project should be reconsidered

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 2:00PM updated at 4:36PM

NPR had an article on lighting this last week that stated, “The Environmental Protection Agency says that if every household replaced just one incandescent bulb with an ‘Energy Star’-rated LED or CFL (compact fluorescent), Americans would save close to $700 million per year in energy costs.”

Public process for ferries worked in our favor | Editorial

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

The ferry proposal we learned of last week is drastically different than the one first proposed by the state last year. Rather than overhauling the north-end schedule, the new proposal seems to reflect the community’s desire for even better service on the triangle route, which has frequent delays. We hope state lawmakers will now follow suit and approve the funds that will make this plan work.

Park district charts course for the future

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

At the Vashon Park District, we are past the election and have our new commissioners on board, as of Jan. 1. Some things are the same: We still have wonderful parks, and we have islanders participating in all kinds of active sports, including hiking, soccer, horseback riding, softball and skateboarding. And some things are different: We have a refined and redesigned accounting system, a general manager with a professional background in finance; we are playing on some bright new ball fields; we have survey results that tell us what you think, and we have two new commissioners, Scott Harvey and Doug Ostrom. Thanks for re-electing me, as well

Voice of Vashon gets approval to start an FM radio station

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 4:29PM

Voice of Vashon has been granted a permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to start an FM radio station on the island

State proposes only slight ferry schedule changes, improvements at dock

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 6:00PM

After proposing sweeping changes to the north-end ferry schedule last year, Washington State Ferries (WSF) has put forward a more limited schedule rewrite that would only eliminate one run on the triangle route

Patients, providers report mixed success with Affordable Care Act

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 4:09PM

Island artist Pam Ingalls signed up for health insurance earlier this year with the help of a local volunteer, one of many who assisted hundreds of islanders with the enrollment process when the state’s health insurance exchange opened in October.

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