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From left to right: Eric Pryne, Wendy Noble, Don Wolczko, Tom Langland and LeeAnn Brown are sworn in as commissioners of the Vashon Health Care District by King County Councilman Joe McDermott (center) at the Vashon Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Dec. 4 (Kevin Opsahl/Staff Photo)

Vashon Health Care District board of commissioners meet

The first meeting, held Dec. 4 at VCA, included changing the district’s name and job training

 

Hospital District commissioners meet for first time

“It’s the first step in a long journey. We have an awful lot to do.”

 

The news in brief

Weather pushes back park project completion; road crews finish Dockton Seawall work early

  • Dec 5, 2019

 

Snapdragon Bakery & Café listed for sale

Adam Cone and Megan Hastings have owned the business since 2006.

Fire along Twisp River Road in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest in 2018. Courtesy photo

Wildfire response: State unveils funding legislation proposal

Last year, Department of Natural Resources responded to record number of wildfires.

Fire along Twisp River Road in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest in 2018. Courtesy photo

Islanders consider next steps for Tramp Harbor dock

At a public forum last week, many hoped for an obvious path forward that was not immediately clear.

Vashon-Maury Island election results finalized

The King County Elections office released new totals on Nov. 26.

Real estate agency sponsors Toy Drive

John L. Scott is accepting toys now through Dec. 20 at various dropoff locations.

Van Redeker Band will play benefit once more for Land Trust

The Van Redeker Band performs original songs as well as songs by some of music’s greatest songwriters

  • Dec 4, 2019
The members of the board of commissioners for the Vashon-Maury Island hospital district are (left to right): Eric Pryne, LeeAnn Brown, Don Wolczko, Wendy Noble and Tom Langland.

Hospital district commissioners to meet next week

On Dec. 4, board members will be sworn in, talk about staffing, district name and train for the job

The members of the board of commissioners for the Vashon-Maury Island hospital district are (left to right): Eric Pryne, LeeAnn Brown, Don Wolczko, Wendy Noble and Tom Langland.
Kelly Keenan/Vashon Nature Center Photo
                                One of the J Pod orcas, named Hy’Shqa, swims in the Puget Sound last week with Mount Rainier in the background.

Orcas spotted off coast of island last week

22 J Pod members were spotted in Puget Sound on Nov. 25 and 26, sparking excitement among islanders

Kelly Keenan/Vashon Nature Center Photo
                                One of the J Pod orcas, named Hy’Shqa, swims in the Puget Sound last week with Mount Rainier in the background.
Demonstrators from La Resistencia protest Amazon’s involvement with ICE. Photo courtesy of La Resistencia

How will the U.S. respond to climate refugees?

Business as usual has been harder borders, are there other ways to address climate migration?

Demonstrators from La Resistencia protest Amazon’s involvement with ICE. Photo courtesy of La Resistencia

County updating snow removal plan

Augments the county’s existing designated snow routes in rural and urban unincorporated areas.

Safe drug consumption sites have been recommended by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force. Pictured is a safe consumption site in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge

What’s been happening with safe injection sites?

There hasn’t been much coverage this year compared to the last couple years.

Safe drug consumption sites have been recommended by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force. Pictured is a safe consumption site in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge
File photo of a pothole

King County approves roads, bridges funding

The capital projects funding is significantly less than previous years.

File photo of a pothole

Just let it glide: Vashon artist designs large pen for work

By Andy James For The Beachcomber Editor’s note: This is the first in The Tools of the Trade, a series of articles about the tools… Continue reading

  • Nov 27, 2019

Island salmon spawning delayed

If the autumn rain doesn’t arrive on time, salmon migration stalls, opening them up to predation.

Teen council teaches students about relationships and health

Acting as resources, students provide information to peers on important subjects.

  • Nov 27, 2019
A “notice to vacate” sign was placed in the middle of a homeless encampment in Federal Way by FWPD officers before the encampment was cleaned in January 2019. Sound Publishing file photo

King County, Seattle could create joint homelessness response agency

It would be a unified agency and the overarching authority on addressing homelessness in the county.

A “notice to vacate” sign was placed in the middle of a homeless encampment in Federal Way by FWPD officers before the encampment was cleaned in January 2019. Sound Publishing file photo

Venus, Saturn, ISS could be visible next month

By Christopher Phillips For The Beachcomber Greetings, stargazers. We begin the month of December with the moon passing through its first quarter phase. As we… Continue reading

  • Nov 27, 2019