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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…

 

DOVE to offer Green Dot ‘bystander training’

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

 

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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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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Normal ferry service returns to island after disastrous holiday

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

Backbone Campaign launching Solutionary Rail effort Saturday

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

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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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Vashon Energy employees recovering, temporary office to open

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

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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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Panel makes minor recommendations for long-term community plan

The panel of islanders working on issues related to land use, housing…

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End of year brings three new purchases for Land Trust

Every December, the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust completes multiple conservation purchases, and…

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Islanders revive effort to pay off student school lunch accounts

The list of local needs that islanders can contribute to has recently…

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Take an island senior to lunch

Vashon resident, author and host of the monthly Continuing Conversations discussion series,…

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Metro announces transportation alternatives to begin by spring

King County officials announced last week that they are moving ahead with…

180 acres of harbor open to shellfishing

After eight years of work to fix faulty septic systems leaking sewage…

Islander hopes song will unite community

Islander and singer-songwriter Ike Harmon (aka Harmon Arroyo) has written a song…

VYFS receives holiday matching grant opportunity, seeks donors

Vashon Youth & Family Services is seeking island support for a surprise…

School board seeks public input on approved bond plan

Members of the Vashon school board have approved a $10 million bond…

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Island teen’s collection showcased at museum

On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese bombs fell out of a clear blue…

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Panel may seek zoning changes for more affordable housing, faces criticism

King County officials have made several changes to the agenda of Thursday’s…

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Washington State Ferries seeking volunteers for triangle route task force

Nearly two months after Washington State Ferries officials held “listening meetings” in…

  • Dec 13th, 2016
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