Islander’s motorcycle trip across the country honors the past

From the time he was a boy, islander Chris O’Brien heard stories about his grandmother’s cousin Alan Bedell, who set a record crossing the country… Continue reading

Ciderfest draws a crowd

The Ciderfest celebration drew crowds of people to various events on Saturday. The Vashon Island Fruit Club pressed local apples and sold apple crisp at… Continue reading

  • Oct 10, 2018

Incarcerated and infirmed: How Northwest Detention Center is failing sick inmates

Inadequate medical care plagues immigrants at facility, but ICE claims otherwise

Orca proposals fall short with islanders

A lengthy draft of recommendations released by Gov. Jay Inslee’s orca task force last week aims to stem the decline of the beleaguered southern residents,… Continue reading

Woman reported missing last Thursday found safe

King County Search and Rescue was called to the island last Thursday to search for a missing 73-year-old woman, who, early the next morning, was… Continue reading

Vashon educator draws life’s work to a close

A decade ago, on 5 acres of old growth forest near the heart of Vashon, islander Erin Kenny started something rarely heard of at the… Continue reading

Cougar sightings reported, but remain unconfirmed

Two people reported separate accounts of seeing a cougar on the island last week, though presently their sightings are unverified. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, islander… Continue reading

FIELD NOTES: Bird migration: a phenomenon no one should miss

Bird migration is a creative evolutionary solution to a problem posed by a tilted planet. The earth’s axis is angled 23.5 degrees relative to its… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2018

Fire at transfer station a warning that conditions are still hazardous

On the morning of Sept. 27, Vashon Island Fire & Rescue responded to a brush fire at the transfer station, above. Assistant Chief Bob Larsen… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2018

Two island stores discontinue Roundup sales

The herbicide Roundup has been in the news recently for its potential to cause cancer. Last week, Island Home Center & Lumber created news of… Continue reading

County CSA grant appilication period is open

King County is offering $90,000 in Community Service Area Program grants for a variety of educational, cultural and environmental projects to benefit residents of unincorporated… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2018

Island beaches closed to recreational shellfish harvesting

Paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels along Alki Beach south to the Pierce County line as well as on all Vashon-Maury… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2018

Celebrate Ciderfest this weekend

Vashon will celebrate Ciderfest this weekend with activities throughout Saturday. Several groups are involved, ranging from the Vashon Fruit Club to the island’s cideries, with… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2018

VYFS offers bilingual playgroup

Vashon Youth & Family Services has recently received its third Best Starts for Kids grant from King County. This grant funded the creation of a… Continue reading

Transportation briefs: Ferries, roads

Ferries The Washington State Transportation Commission is asking ferry riders to join the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) before it sends out a survey asking… Continue reading

  • Sep 26, 2018

First Japan Festival draws a crowd

An estimated 800 guests attended the Vashon Japan Festival at Mukai Farm and Garden last Saturday, such a good turnout that organizers have already started… Continue reading

Islanders consider possible health-care services for Vashon

Community members make wish list for health care services

SCENE & HEARD: Journeymen raises money for program offerings

Last Saturday, the island organization Journeymen hosted a fundraiser adventure course at the Open Space to benefit a scholarship fund so their program for boys… Continue reading

  • Sep 26, 2018

Naturopathic clinic closes

After nine years working as a naturopathic physician on Vashon, Nicole Maxwell is leaving the island with her family for Boise, Idaho, where the cost… Continue reading

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                                A long line of traffic at Fauntleroy Dock is a frequent scene.

Researchers, islanders tackle problems facing ferries

Researchers from the University of Washington are taking a close look at the Fauntleroy dock, while at the same time some islanders have taken matters… Continue reading

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                                A long line of traffic at Fauntleroy Dock is a frequent scene.