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Pirates defeated in Homecoming clash

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 4:42PM

All roads seemed to end at the Vashon High School stadium as enthusiastic Pirate fans poured in for the annual Homecoming celebration. The football game was the centerpiece of the week’s festivities, which included a pep rally, chamber of commerce-sponsored parade, powderpuff football game and the traditional awarding of the Homecoming court

Six say they can bring needed change at the park district

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 4:00PM updated Oct 16, 2013 at 9:32AM

Only three can be elected in a race that has gathered significant public attention. Candidates for the board of the Vashon Park District spoke at a public forum last week and talked with The Beachcomber about why they believe they would be an asset to the struggling agency. Watch next week’s paper for information on the race for Water District 19

Soccer keeps up the momentum

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 4:39PM

The Vashon High school girls varsity soccer team continued its successful run through league play last week, vanquishing Cascade Christian at home, 7-0, Tuesday night and coming away with a 2-2 draw at Charles Wright on Thursday

A chamber music series will boast top classical players

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 4:32PM

A new season for the Vashon Chamber Music Series will debut on Friday with a concert of music by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Brahms.

New group is aiming to make a buck under new law

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 6:00PM

The Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance represents yet another group of opportunists with dollar signs in their eyes trying to reinvent the wheel on Vashon. (“Islanders consider Vashon’s future as pot producer,” Oct. 2.)

Vote ‘no’ and keep government small

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 6:00PM

In response to the “Vote Yes on I-522” op-ed in The Beachcomber recently, (“Know what’s in your food, vote ‘yes’ on I-522,” Oct. 9) who could possibly be against better labeling and consumer information? I’m not a big seed or chemical company, and I don’t work for one, but I can think of a few reasons to vote no on I-522

Islanders instrumental in shutting Tacoma smelter down

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 6:00PM

Reading the article in last week’s Beachcomber about the state of Washington’s effort to test and clean up 700 Vashon-Maury Island homes, (“State begins wide soil cleanup effort, Oct. 9”) caused me to reflect on the debt of gratitude we owe three heroic islanders who made this all possible.

Changes are needed to ensure smooth sailing

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 6:00PM

The ferry system for Vashon won’t change until some things are changed.

Dock operations must become more efficient

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 6:00PM

I agree with Greg Beardsley that the limited through-put of the Fauntleroy ferry dock is a major reason for problems with the triangle route serving Vashon and Southworth. (“Islanders must speak up soon for quality service,” Oct. 9.) However, hiring an officer to direct traffic is just one possible solution. Why not install a traffic light at the end of the dock so that offloading traffic has priority? This would have the bonus of protecting pedestrians crossing busy Fauntleroy Way.

Vashon rowers rake in the gold at American Lake regatta

  • Oct 15, 2013 at 8:00PM

Ringed by beautiful homes dating to the founding of Weyerhauser Corporation, American Lake was also festooned with colorful maples on Sunday, and in sharp contrast to last fall’s regatta there, it provided a smooth rowing venue for Vashon’s crew team

County plowing reductions could affect island in a snowstorm

  • Oct 16, 2013 at 5:00AM

Vashon could see less snowplowing service this winter, as county budget cuts mean road workers from the mainland can no longer back up Vashon’s small snow removal crew during a widespread storm.

Zombiez has been hit by drop in business, unexpected costs

  • Oct 16, 2013 at 6:00AM

fter only a year in business, Zombiez has fallen on hard financial times, and the owners are cutting back the restaurant’s hours and looking to the community to help keep its doors open.

A show keeps it weird with cosmic Americana

  • Oct 16, 2013 at 6:00AM

A night that organizers say will be “rooted in traditional American music, warped by the modern American experience and elevated by existential cosmic energy” will take place at 8 p.m. Friday at Red Bicycle Bistro.

A new sketch comedy troupe offers up stories, songs and laugh

  • Oct 16, 2013 at 6:00AM

A new island comedy ensemble, the Vashon Hysterical Society, will present an afternoon of sketch comedy and original songs at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon Theatre.

Ferries to add staff after cancelled sailings

  • Oct 16, 2013 at 6:00AM

More than 30 trips on Vashon routes were missed one day last month

Island group localizes election issues, campaigns for I-522

  • Oct 16, 2013 at 7:00AM

As islanders prepare to vote on local and statewide measures, a group of residents is working to educate voters on food-related issues and is encouraging them to vote yes on Initiative 522.

Park district contenders share their views

  • Oct 22, 2013 at 9:00AM updated at 1:35PM

With election season at hand, the races for three seats on the board of the Vashon Park District — an agency that has had considerable financial trouble and drawn public criticism — is drawing particular attention. The Beachcomber recently asked the six candidates for the park board to answer a few questions each about why they should be elected. We have printed their answers as they sent them to us, with only minor editing.

Emergency services hang in the balance with Medic One levy

  • Oct 22, 2013 at 1:08PM

A failure of the Medic One levy on this November’s ballot would leave Vashon’s fire department with a gaping hole in its budget and officials scrambling to fund emergency medical services on the island, according to department officials.

Loggers cut down the Pirates, 35-15

  • Oct 22, 2013 at 1:53PM

Nestled against the backdrop of Whitehorse Mountain, the Pirates took on the Loggers in Darrington Stadium Friday night under crystal clear skies. A large contingent of Vashon fans made the three-hour journey north to cheer on their Pirate team. Despite the enthusiastic crowd, the Loggers pulled away early with 14 points in the first quarter, paving the way to a victory in a game that was plagued by frequent turnovers by both teams.

Ferry service changes are really coming this time | Editorial

  • Oct 22, 2013 at 1:24PM

It’s been said that Vashon’s ferry advocates — a small group of islanders who campaign for sustained ferry service — seem to “cry wolf.” Annually these volunteer ferry watchdogs warn us that state budget cuts could cancel sailings if residents don’t make their objections known. And annually the Legislature comes up with 11th-hour funding for the ferries, avoiding the proposed cuts and leading to a laissez-faire attitude among islanders.

County seeks feedback for strategic planning

  • Oct 22, 2013 at 1:16PM

As part of its strategic planning process, King County will hold a public forum on Vashon next week to hear feedback on county governance

Acclaimed family musician will entertain this weekend

  • Oct 22, 2013 at 3:00PM

A new season of Vashon Allied Arts’ family series will kick off this Sunday with a performance by Seattle entertainer Linda Severt.

The Edwards era will continue at The Little House this holiday season

  • Oct 22, 2013 at 4:00PM

Island merchants are gearing up for the holiday season, including one merchant who had planned on the Christmas season of 2012 being her last in business.

Candidates address Vashon’s water future

  • Oct 22, 2013 at 7:00PM updated Oct 29, 2013 at 3:25PM

Two islanders are vying to join the board of Vashon’s largest water purveyor, providing fresh leadership on a small commission with wide influence over the use of island water resources.

BARC skatepark ends supervised sessions, opens for free skating

  • Oct 23, 2013 at 7:00AM

Vashon’s skateboarders and inline skaters will be able to skate for free starting next month, when Vashon’s indoor skatepark switches from its pay-to-skate model to daily, unsupervised skating at no charge.

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