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Report: Puget Sound salmon struggling

Half of Washington State’s 15 endangered salmon populations, including Puget Sound chinook…

 

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Wildlife officials set trap for cougar

State wildlife officials set a trap for the island’s cougar after it…

 

Seven Vashon buses will head to Seattle women’s march on Saturday

A local effort to charter buses for the Seattle Womxn’s March has…

 

Off the Rock and under the radar Jan. 11 – 18

The Beachcomber’s weekly offering of noteworthy, non-Vashon news stories from around the…

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PHOTOS: Islanders take to a frozen Fisher Pond

For the first time in three years, temperatures dropped to at- or…

  • Jan 18th, 2017
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Jean Bosch, long active in many facets of island life, dies at 68

By LESLIE BROWN For The Beachcomber During one of her last visits…

  • Jan 18th, 2017
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Thirteen members of Vashon’s Second Saturday Knitters club made pussyhats — hats made from pink yarn that will be worn by those marching in The Women’s March on Washington, Saturday and those supporting it from afar. The group is sending the hats to a collection site in Virginia and also making some for interested islanders. (Katie Bunnell Photo)

Islanders preparing for Saturday marches

With protest marches taking place this inauguration weekend in Washington, D.C. and…

Thirteen members of Vashon’s Second Saturday Knitters club made pussyhats — hats made from pink yarn that will be worn by those marching in The Women’s March on Washington, Saturday and those supporting it from afar. The group is sending the hats to a collection site in Virginia and also making some for interested islanders. (Katie Bunnell Photo)
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50 years of service: Fire department volunteer hits major milestone

As the flames at the Vashon Energy fire quieted last month, a…

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Flu reaches epidemic levels in Washington

The flu is affecting Washington residents in high numbers this year, and…

  • Jan 10th, 2017
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Off the Rock and under the radar

Welcome to The Beachcomber’s new weekly offering of noteworthy, non-Vashon news stories…

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The Vashon Sportsmen’s Club: A lasting island legacy

Down a long, winding road next to the Vashon Cemetery, nestled in…

  • Jan 17th, 2017
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Community Service Area Plan: County-led planning process moves ahead

The subcomittees working on developing recommendations to help guide development on Vashon…

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Island woman hikes nearly 8,000 miles to earn Triple Crown of Hiking

When islander Lizzy Corliss set out on the Pacific Crest Trail in…

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Kay White, pictured here at the opening of the Katherine L White Hall in April of 2016, died on Monday. (Len Wolf Photo)

Island philanthropist dies at 96

Katherine “Kay” White, an islander, longtime member of the Vashon Island Chorale…

Kay White, pictured here at the opening of the Katherine L White Hall in April of 2016, died on Monday. (Len Wolf Photo)

Neighborcare Health clinic expands to meet demand

Three months after the clinic reopened at Sunrise Ridge, Neighborcare Health officials…

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For the birds: Taking the annual Christmas count

Last week, on a day when many islanders were still welcoming the…

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State Supreme Court justice to speak at event honoring Martin Luther King

State Supreme Court justice Mary Yu, a former Vashon Island resident, will…

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Amerigas apologizes, works to meet customers’ propane needs after Vashon Energy fire

In response to a growing number of Vashon Energy customers who say…

Medical cannabis in Washington: Answers to some common questions

Medical cannabis has been legal in Washington since 1998, but the passage…

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Burton Inn open under new owner, aims to bring community back

It’s been 90 days since Burton Inn owner Deborah Kohler took over…

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Vashon Energy employees recovering, temporary office to open

One month after the explosion and fire at Vashon Energy, the two…

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Four businesses move from Vashon Village as development empties, owner plans for new tenants

Four former Vashon Village tenants have moved from the commercial park in…

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Backbone Campaign launching Solutionary Rail effort Saturday

More than one month after island activist Bill Moyer presented a book…

DOVE to offer Green Dot ‘bystander training’

Twice this month The DOVE Project will offer free trainings to help…

Normal ferry service returns to island after disastrous holiday

Ferry service on the south end of Vashon resumed on Saturday, restoring…

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Ringing in the new year at 2017 Polar Plunge

Dozens of brave individuals unfazed by the sub 40-degree air temperature and…

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After months-long search, longtime volunteer named VIFR chief

The process to bring on a new chief at the Vashon fire…

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Islander, WSF workers help island man survive after heart attack at ferry dock

A 72-year-old island man who suffered a heart attack and collapsed on…

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Health emergency, illness spelled long waits for holiday ferry travelers

Update: Washington State Ferries has announced that the Tahlequah-Point Defiance run is…

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Coming Home: Betty MacDonald interview drew Longhis from Chicago

Editor’s Note: This story is the second in a series about the…

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Southern resident orca found dead, sixth to die this year

A member of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population found dead…

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Solstice luminaries return after four-year absence, organizer plans for change next year

Last Wednesday evening — winter solstice — a 4-mile stretch of roadway…

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Park district audit shows progress, resolutions to previous negative findings

Washington State auditors say the Vashon Park District has taken steps to…

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Longtime island groomer to close

After 15 years of grooming many of the island’s pets, Tammy Thomas…

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Senior center trip to cannabis shop focused on reducing fear, stigma

By SARAH LOW Staff Writer The Vashon Senior Center offers programming that…

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Will Sing For Vashon event raises hundreds

Numerous island musicians turned out for Vashon Events’ fourth annual Will Sing…

  • Dec 27th, 2016
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UPDATED: After alpaca deaths, wildlife officials indicate they may try to trap island cougar

The island’s visiting cougar killed two alpacas at Vashon’s north end last…

Bob Goering with Loren Sinner on piano at Saturday night’s Holiday Piano Showcase and Toy Drive at Snapdragon. (Pete Welch Photo)

An evening of holiday music at Snapdrago

Island musicians gathered at Snapdragon on Saturday night for an evening of…

  • Dec 21st, 2016
Bob Goering with Loren Sinner on piano at Saturday night’s Holiday Piano Showcase and Toy Drive at Snapdragon. (Pete Welch Photo)

County funding sought for Creekside Village not awarded

An affordable housing project on Gorsuch Road dubbed Creekside Village has not…

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Get into the spirit: Island foodies on the perfect holiday meal

This time of year food often takes center stage, and in keeping…

  • Dec 21st, 2016
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