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Landslides close 103rd near ferry dock, Quartermaster Road

A landslide has closed 103rd Ave. S.W. near the ferry dock parking…

 

Island group still working to settle refugees on Vashon

Refugees have been much in the news since President Donald Trump’s recent…

 

Repair cafes coming to Vashon

The Vashon Tool Library and Zero Waste Vashon have partnered to bring…

 

Off the Rock and under the radar Feb. 8 – 15

The Beachcomber offers this weekly collection of stories from everywhere but Washington…

Islanders organize multi-day program to get people talking about death

Tired of talking about politics? Tired of trying to avoid talking about…

Public meeting set to address affordable housing, community plan

King County will host a public meeting on affordable housing next week…

Police: Road rage led to Friday crash

A woman driving a blue minivan crashed into a tree near the…

Ferry Hiyu to begin life as event venue

Washington State Ferries announced Monday the sale of its smallest retired ferry,…

  • Feb 7th, 2017

Number of islanders without power drops, more than 500 still waiting

As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, 525 islanders were without power after Sunday’s snow,…

Youth-adult dialogue event tonight

For the first time in six years, youth-adult dialogues will return to…

VPD renegotiating contract with school district amid bond finalization

The Vashon Park District voted in an emergency meeting last week to…

New head of Ferries ready to tackle system’s issues, build relationships

The new head of Washington State Ferries has been on the job…

VYFS’ Playspace for sale, Vashon Children’s Center will close

Vashon Youth &Family Services placed its Playspace building up for sale earlier…

Off the Rock and under the radar Feb. 1 – Feb. 8

The Beachcomber offers this weekly collection of stories from everywhere but Washington…

Telling the truth in an alt fact world

When lies and manufactured claims coming from the highest office in the…

  • Feb 7th, 2017

Island employers: Housing expenses out of reach for many employees

The cost of Vashon rental housing has climbed in recent years while…

Coming Home: River-guiding, West Seattle natives found rural paradise

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series about the interesting…

From the community: Island Beach Watcher program launches as part of larger Salish Sea restoration

On several cold, wet nights this winter, while most islanders cozied up…

  • Feb 7th, 2017

Two island students celebrate major extra-curricular accomplishments

With graduation five months away, Vashon seniors are beginning to think about…

Letters to legislators requested regarding ferry service, budget

The head of Vashon’s Ferry Advisory Committee is urging islanders to write…

High school principal’s lawyer claims Wright suit is retaliation

Ten months after islander Kelly Wright filed a lawsuit against Vashon’s school…

Thousands without power after heavy Sunday night snowfall

Islanders woke to a thick blanket of snow on Monday morning, many…

Off the Rock and under the radar Jan. 25 – Feb. 1

Well, that was quite a week, wasn’t it? The Beachcomber offers this…

Investigators point to human error as cause of Vashon Energy fire

The December Vashon Energy fire was caused by an employee repairing a…

School district settles one lawsuit, depositions begin with other

The Vashon Island School District has agreed to pay $20,000 to an…

Planning advisory group puts forth two proposals for denser zoning

In a contentious public meeting last week, the Community Advisory Group working…

County, Neighborcare Health officials address expected repeal of Affordable Care Act

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order mandating the “swift repeal”…

School board further narrows bond options

The Vashon school board on Thursday discussed the $10 million bond proposal…

Long in coming, paramedic transition complete, new firefighters hired

Nearly three years after questions arose about best practices for Vashon’s paramedic…

Massive education cuts possible as state Senate ponders bill, school districts wait

As Vashon’s school board works to finalize a proposal for a $10…

County sheriff says deputies will not ask about immigration status

King County Sheriff John Urquhart joined a chorus of other city and…

Volunteers count 77 Vashon homeless during revamped county-wide effort

For three, chilly pre-dawn hours last Friday morning, local volunteers combed the…

Off the Rock and under the radar Jan. 18 – 25

The news we’re reading this week that hasn’t made the big headlines:…

Volunteers sought for IFCH programs

Meal program The Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness is continuing its nightly…

PHOTOS: Around the nation and state, islanders march

From Washington, D.C to Seattle and Vashon, islanders participated in marches on…

  • Jan 24th, 2017

Vashon’s Teen Council in Olympia for Teen Lobby Day

Five members of Vashon’s Teen Council, along with facilitators Kyle Britz and…

  • Jan 24th, 2017

From D.C. to Seattle and Vashon, islanders march against Trump, for human rights

Hundreds of islanders helped make history last Saturday, when they lent their…

Preparedness forum, CERT class to be offered next month

VashonBePrepared will offer a free seminar focusing on household preparedness next week,…

Standing Rock elder coming to Vashon to speak about spirituality, religion, unity

A leader of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock will come to…

South-end ferry workers recognized for actions during captain’s medical emergency on Dec. 24

Three crew members of the Chetzemoka were honored Friday morning for their…