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Winterfest returns with tree lighting, parade

  • Dec 4, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Dec 6, 2013 at 10:04AM

Vashon will kick off the holiday season this weekend with activities for all ages.

Housing authority purchases local low-income apartment complex

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 11:04AM

The Vashon Terrace apartments, an apartment building that serves low-income families, has been purchased by the King County Housing Authority (KCHA), ensuring that it will continue to serve islanders in need.

Spinning and plucking, an island show heads to Seattle

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 6:00PM updated Dec 11, 2013 at 1:55PM

It isn’t unusual to hear the twang of guitars or throbbing of drums from a backwoods studio or garage on Vashon. But the music that emanates from Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann’s studio, at the end of long dirt road in Burton, sounds like none other.

Angst over marijuana on Vashon is hypocritical

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 6:23PM

I find the hand-wringing over growing marijuana on Vashon pathetically hypocritical or, at best, terribly misinformed. We welcome wineries, beer breweries and a distillery with front-page celebrations, despite the fact that alcohol causes carnage on our highways, lingering deaths due to liver failure and untold numbers of domestic violence incidents.

We could have a say in new pot operations, profits

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 6:24PM

The potential of growing legally sanctioned marijuana is a mixed bag for our community. Yes, seemingly usable commercial space is going to be put to use, some more shekels will trickle down into the community and we’ll get a kilo of new party jokes. That said, recent history of legally sanctioned growing operations in Puget Sound has a back story of additional crime — some of it violent.

Officials tell concerned ferry riders they’ll look to remedy situation at Fauntleroy

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 6:19PM

Nearly 100 islanders showed up at a Washington State Ferries meeting last week, largely to express concern over a state proposal to rewrite the north-end ferry schedule.

Franciscans, others worked well to provide local care

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 6:25PM

A note to praise our Vashon community, particularly the Vashon Health Center and our pharmacy. Our daughter Bria came home for Thanksgiving break from her senior year at college with a cough and fever and feeling really lousy.

Orca decline not due to commercial fishing

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 6:26PM

A remarkable trait among salmon is their ability to rebound from temporary environmental disasters. A severe flood or drought that disrupts their up- or downstream migration may decimate one year’s run, but if spawning and forage habitat remain healthy, a recovery can occur in as little as one life cycle.

New VAA building should be closer to town

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 6:30PM

Vashon Allied Arts should reconsider the location for the new Center for the Arts. When I go out to a show, I would prefer to park once, enjoy the shops and food in town and then walk leisurely to a performance rather than hop back in the car and drive to a show. No one wants to be concerned about having that extra glass of wine. Locating the new center at Cemetery Road as planned would take away from this “do the town” experience.

We can do better than pot at the K2 building

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 7:00AM

It’s been a while since I’ve written, dear reader, but last week’s front pager about a new plan for K2 got me sort of worked up. I had several simultaneous reactions.

Loud conversations don’t belong on ferries or planes

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 7:00AM

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced recently that the use of cell phones during flight is being considered. The best evidence of that being a really bad idea was noted by those of us on a 5 p.m. Fauntleroy boat last week

Islanders have been heard in ferry schedule rewrite | Editorial

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 7:00AM

Last week on Vashon we saw the public process work well. Officials from Washington State Ferries, after hearing wide concerns about the rewrite of the north-end ferry schedule, seemingly changed their tune.

Peek into studios on second weekend of tour

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 2:12PM

In the early 1980’s, several Vashon potters and the artist collective at Barnworks invited the public into their studios during the first two weekends in December. This weekend that tradition continues, when dozens of island studios and art spots will open their doors to visitors for holiday shopping and a peek into where art is made.

Kids bring a Charlie Brown classic back to life

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 2:32PM

Of the many Christmas classics, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” remains a perennial favorite. Beloved Charlie Brown, in his inimitable bumbling fashion, helps recover the true meaning of Christmas buried beneath the commercial focus around him.

Basketball season tips off with two victories

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 2:33PM

The high school basketball has officially begun. On Nov. 30, the Vashon varsity team played a pre-season jamboree at Chief Sealth High School, where they defeated Sultan High School and Evergreen High School.

An artist says thanks to Vashon with a free event

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 2:26PM

On Saturday night, stone sculptor Anthony Kaufmann will hold a special event of gratitude for the community at his 3000BC Studios. At 5 and 6 p.m., Japanese Butoh dancers Jyl Shinjo Brewer and Katrina Wolf will perform dances inspired by Kaufmann’s art and philosophy, weaving their way around his sculptures, ankle deep in autumn leaves.

Pirate grapplers start season strong

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 2:35PM

The Vashon Pirate wrestlers started their season off with two strong showings right out of the gate.

Group addressing teen substance use continues struggle with VYFS

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 3:42PM

The volunteer group working to tackle teen substance abuse on Vashon is again in conflict with Vashon Youth & Family Services, and this time the dispute is leading some to worry that the VYFS PlaySpace is at risk.

Many reasons to be thankful for the care center

  • Dec 11, 2013 at 6:00PM

I recently read a letter here from Phoebe and Tom who live at Vashon Community Care (VCC) (“Residents are happy here,” Nov. 13). I agree with all they wrote to you, which inspired me to write too.

Holidays help us to reflect on the gift of life

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 12:20PM

A main point of holidays and holy days alike is to find moments of wholeness. Holidays are intended to break the march of common time and interrupt the surface flood of details and distractions in order to turn to things that are deeper, greater and more enduring. Not just things that are more wholesome, but that are also more holy

Seattle man charged with island thefts

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 12:23PM

The man implicated in a home burglary and the theft of several students’ bags from the Jensen Point boathouse last September has been charged with the crimes.

We need to consider all the facts about marijuana

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 12:12PM

As a long time islander, I would like to weigh in on an off island growing operation moving to Vashon. I applaud Kevin Joyce’s witty article highlighting the conundrum with the K2 building (“We can do better than pot at the K2 building,” Dec. 11)

Marijuana could help island thrive

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 12:07PM

Our island needs two things: increased industry of export goods and a thriving city center that serves the local community.

Unexpected whale watching

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 12:00PM updated Dec 19, 2013 at 9:35AM

Ferry riders were in for a treat on Saturday afternoon as a pod of orcas passed through the north-end ferry lanes, coming close to the ferries. Passengers crowded onto the car decks and pickle forks to get a glimpse of the whales, which one ferry worker estimated to be a pod of about 20.

Pampas grass does not belong here

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 12:09PM

I suspect that Washingtonians in general, and the inhabitants of Vashon Island in particular, consider themselves to be more environmentally conscious than most Americans.

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