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PHOTOS: Vashon Energy fire

Firefighters from Vashon’s fire department were joined by others from North Highline,…

  • Dec 7th, 2016

 

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PHOTOS: Islanders ring in holiday season with Winterfest

Islanders lined the streets of downtown Vashon on Saturday night for the…

  • Dec 6th, 2016

 

New island group to take action on climate change

A dozen islanders gathered around a table at the Vashon Library last…

 

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Washington State Ferries director announces retirement

Lynne Griffith, the leader of the state’s ferry system, announced her retirement…

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Islander selected for fire chief position at VIFR

After an extensive search for a new fire chief, fire district commissioners…

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Fire district commissioners approve 2017 budget

Vashon fire commissioners approved the department’s 2017 budget last week, a $3.6…

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Coming home: House-sitting invitation brought islander here

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories about…

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UPDATED: Investigation into Vashon Energy fire closed, cause ruled accidental

King County fire investigators have closed the investigation into the cause of…

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Islanders turn out, raise funds for refugee effort

A crowd of 130 people filled the social hall at the Presbyterian…

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Treasure Island moves to former clinic building near IGA, Granny’s

Treasure Island, which sells a variety of antiques, collectibles and jewelry, is…

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Fleet Feet: Pirates run the Seattle half marathon

Four Vashon Pirate cross-country athletes participated in the Seattle Half Marathon on…

  • Nov 29th, 2016
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Land Trust opens trail named after islander

A crowd of about 20 people gathered in the forest near Fern…

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Seals begin talks with park district to cover pool amid budget discussion

Commissioners overseeing the Vashon Park District are poised to approve a $1.25…

Land Trust submits proposal to buy Chen property at south end

Following the owner’s recent withdrawal of an application to log 100 acres…

Organic waste collection staying at transfer station

Due to a successful, year-long pilot project between King County Solid Waste…

Man encounters cougar in Dilworth woods

A Vashon man’s weekend encounter with the cougar has not prompted change…

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TIME & AGAIN: Photography on Vashon

The earliest photographs we have of Vashon were taken in the 1880s,…

  • Nov 29th, 2016
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Annual holiday toy drive seeks gifts, cash donations for island children

The annual holiday toy drive, sponsored by John L. Scott, is underway,…

VYFS loses important funding

In the midst of a financially difficult year for the social service…

County approves 2017-18 budget, raises water taxi levy, fares to sustainable level

* The original version of this story contained an error about the…

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Island animal owners struggle with predator population

One or more roaming predators killed or injured at least seven animals…

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Affordable housing project on Gorsuch Road moves ahead, seeks funding

One year after islander Mike Masi secured water shares for an affordable…

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                                Nancy (left) and Trudy Soriano hold a flier for commissioner Chris Branch.

In Okanogan County, islanders help change land use trends

Donald Trump may have won the presidency, and islander Nancy Soriano is…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016
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                                Nancy (left) and Trudy Soriano hold a flier for commissioner Chris Branch.
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Island activist co-authors book about electrifying nation’s railroads

Vashon’s own Bill Moyer, executive director of the Backbone Campaign, has co-authored…

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Future of Vashon Forest Stewards still to be determined

With King County’s agreement to purchase the Mukai barreling plant and, in…

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Five candidates vying for Vashon fire chief position

The public is invited to attend a gathering Friday evening to meet…

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Logging proposal withdrawn

The property owner who hoped to log 100 acres of his property…

School board narrows options for April bond election

Vashon’s school board has decided that it will bring voters a bond…

Second DOVE safety forum meeting Wednesday

The DOVE Project will hold a second forum this afternoon around the…

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VHS students walk out, protest Trump

A Vashon Island High School student on Monday afternoon read aloud a…

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Body of man found near town on Halloween identified

The body of a man found in the woods behind Pandora’s Box…

Public comments on community planning process now available

King County recently released the comments more than 100 islanders made late…

Islanders aim to bring refugees to Vashon soon, Friday fundraiser set

The Vashon Resettlement Committee, which formed last winter to bring refugees to…

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Battleground states: Islanders’ stories from front lines of election

Editor’s Note: The Beachcomber talked to six islanders who volunteered with the…

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Ferry system releases comments from triangle route meetings

Last week Washington State Ferries compiled and released more than 400 comments…

Community group partners with VARSA to host gun safety forum

Community group partners with VARSA to host gun safety forum

Forum to address affordable housing on Vashon

Vashon Household, which works to provide and preserve low and moderately priced…

Women’s self-defense class offered this weekend

The DoVE Project is offering a self defense class this weekend for…

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Uber service now available on Vashon

Vashon residents and visitors looking for another way to get around the…

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DoVE Project to hold safety forum Wednesday evening

A public forum on making the island and its bars safer, especially…