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Potential, current health care providers to meet Friday

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:54AM

The two health networks potentially interested in establishing a clinic at Sunrise Ridge are slated to meet with clinic providers this Friday, while the public meeting scheduled for that evening has been cancelled. Meanwhile, efforts remain underway to secure interim medical services for the island should they be necessary.

Photos: Quartermaster fireworks

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 3:19PM

The annual fireworks show in Quartermaster Harbor on Monday night drew hundreds of spectators to the shores of Jensen Point and the beach at Portage. Click here for a slideshow of photos from the pyrotechnic display.

Fire department extinguishes small south-end fire

  • Jul 12, 2016 at 11:05AM

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue responded to a southend brush fire last night just off the beach near the Tahlequah ferry dock.

Health clinic needs as much support as arts center, library, schools

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

With the health center in time of crisis, it's tempting to look around at our other community assets — a beautiful new high school; a capacious, modern fire station; a new, expanded library; extensive new athletic fields; a grand new arts center — and wonder how we, as a community, could let the health clinic, probably our most vital facility, sink so low.

In praise of bringing Japanese heritage, diverse culture back to Festival

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

With Mary Matsuda Gruenewald named Strawberry Festival Grand Marshal and Mary Mariko Ohno and her students performing multiple traditional Japanese songs and dances, this year's Strawberry Festival is showcasing Japanese heritage, returning the summer celebration to its roots after more than a century.

Schools do all they can for special needs students, but cannot talk about it

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

On the same day The Beachcomber published the 800-word "opinion" piece, "Island schools a very different place from perspective of special needs students," (June 29) Paula Cummings loaded a pickup truck with the office books, files and other artifacts of her multi-decade career as a proud professional in the field of education, culminating over the past five years as the special education director at Vashon Island School District (VISD). Her life's profession has been dedicated to advocating, supporting and caring for special needs students, their families and the teachers.

Support senior center with unofficial mayor votes for Bernie and Hilary

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

I just cast my votes for the Vashon Senior Center in the tight race for Unofficial Mayor of Vashon-Maury Island. I did so because I think transportation is one of the biggest issues facing islanders who have mobility constraints. I put my dollars in the Bernie and Hilary for Mayor bucket because these votes go to support two transportation programs designed with our elders' health in mind.

Blues-rock band returns to the Red Bike

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The JD Hobson Band will return to the Red Bike at 9 p.m. Friday to kick off Strawberry Festival events at the popular venue.

COMMENTARY: What’s wrong with Vashon health care?

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Almost 50 years ago, a few dedicated, ambitious volunteers founded Vashon Maury Health Services (VMHS) with two or three nurses operating a small clinic in a rented house in Burton. From that humble beginning, health services on Vashon grew as VMHS acquired a 30-year lease from the U.S. government; built, with grants, volunteer labor and private donations, the present health center on an old U.S. Army base; started an auxiliary organization called Health Center Volunteers (Granny's Attic) to help offset costs of operating a clinic; hired a medical staff, including Drs. Koch and Kappelman and actually operated the clinic for most of the past 40 years.

State seeking feedback on Maury cleanup plan

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

King County officials weeks ago held a public meeting to discuss an interim action plan to deal with ASARCO-contaminated soil at the former Glacier site (Maury Island Open Space), but islanders expressed discontent over the recommendation to close some unofficial trails and cap others with gravel. Islanders said capping the trails would be uncomfortable on the feet of animals and people.

Campsites open at Maury Island Marine Park

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Barely one week after Vashon Watersports and King County Parks officials presented a plan to islanders that outlined the establishment of six primitive campsites at Maury Island Marine Park, the sites are open for reservations.

Dog lost on July 4 remains missing

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Over the recent holiday weekend, Vashon Island Pet Protectors fielded calls for about 15 lost dogs, and one of those dogs is still missing.

Public art: new work by Vashon master carver

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Master carver and island resident Israel Shotridge is widely regarded as one of today's finest Tlingit carvers. Well known for both his traditional and contemporary artwork, Shotridge recently presided over the dedication of two pieces of his public art — native Alaskan artwork at Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus and a totem pole in Washington, D.C.

Rewind to the 1980s with Seattle cover band

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Travel back in time when the Seattle band Rewind plays a 1980s-inspired concert at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike.

New head of Harbor School keeps focus on kids

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Mark McGough, an educator and school administrator with three decades of experience across four continents, has landed on Vashon ready to take the reigns as the new head of school for Harbor School and Carpe Diem Primary.

Vashon youth musicians take to the Strawberry Festival stage

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

There's a new spot not to be missed at Strawberry Festival this year. The VARSA Youth Stage located in lower Ober Park will feature Seattle headliner and hip- hop musician Draze on Friday night, with opening acts by island youth musicians Intelligent Design & Baron 1, Max Moore, Ralph Reign and Colin Loch. The show will run from 7 to 11 p.m.

Island group works to help Syrian immigrant family find new home

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:28AM

Moved to action by the humanitarian crisis in Syria, a group of islanders is hoping to help immigrants, including refugees, settle on Vashon and is asking the community for assistance as they work to bring a family to the island soon.

Japanese heritage takes center stage at this year’s Strawberry Festival

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:30AM

Vashon's Japanese heritage is being recognized at this weekend's Strawberry Festival, bringing the celebration, which is now in its 107th year, back to its roots as a way to honor the Japanese-Americans and their strawberry farms that flourished on the island before World War II.

School district case could go to trial next fall, evidence-gathering underway

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:34AM

Court documents related to the case brought against Vashon's school district by two families alleging the district was negligent in addressing their children's harassment and bullying indicate the case could go to trial by September 2017.

Waste feasibility study to be conducted at Festival

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jul 14, 2016 at 9:38AM

As part of Zero Waste Vashon's goal to reduce waste through the use of anaerobic digestion and compost, the organization will support a feasibility study at Strawberry Festival conducted by the company Impact Bioenergy to see how much food waste is generated.

Likely solution found for health center

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jul 14, 2016 at 9:39AM

The Franciscan clinic is set to close in three weeks, and Dr. Gary Koch, the medical director there, announced on Monday that a solution has likely been found to keep the Sunrise Ridge clinic open.

Nearly 300 people do the Burby, raise money for scholarships

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

A total of 294 people completed a walk or run during the 36th Annual Bill Burby Inspirational 10K & 5K Fun Runs & 5K Walk on Saturday morning. From children to seniors, people walked and ran a loop near the north end of town and gave money — in the form of their registration fees — to fund the Bill Burby Wellness Scholarship.

EDITORIAL: Islanders not immune to, excused from race issues

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Ninety-four percent white. It's a statistic about Vashon that is known well by many islanders and, when combined with the notion that Vashon is an extremely inclusive community, leads many to believe that racism does not and cannot exist here.

Arts around town

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Popular band returns to the Bike

Summer Concerts in the Park series returns to Ober Park

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Enjoy live music performances that range from soul, to rock, country, reggae and big band when the Summer Concerts in the Park series returns to Ober Park on Thursday, July 28. The popular, free outdoor concerts — presented by the Vashon Park District and curated by Vashon Events — will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and continue through Thursday, Sept. 1.

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