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Affordable housing presentation set for tonight (Thursday)

Vashon HouseHold is ready to present its next potential affordable housing project to the community. Earlier this year, King County’s Department of Community and Human… Continue reading

Quartermaster Harbor closed to recreational shellfish harvesting

The Washington State Department of Health closed all Quartermaster Harbor beaches to recreational shellfish harvesting last week after unsafe levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP)… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2018

Island’s property values up 13 percent this year

The King County Assessor’s Office has begun the annual process of mailing valuation notices to over 700,000 property owners, including on Vashon, where property values… Continue reading

Neighborcare spells out financial challenges, listens

It was as a standing-room only crowd at the health care meeting last week, when Neighborcare Health officials shared information about the clinic and its… Continue reading

Park district selects new commissioner

Last week, the Vashon Park District board selected islander Hans Van Dusen to be the new commissioner who will serve the remainder of former commissioner… Continue reading

County targets stockpiles of asphalt millings

Weeks after the summer’s paving of the island’s main highway ended, King County has opened seven code enforcement cases regarding the stockpiling and use of… Continue reading

Volunteers needed for island senior assistance program

Neighbor to Neighbor, a program of the Vashon Senior Center intended to help island elders remain in their homes, needs additional volunteers. Currently, the program… Continue reading

Nguyen wins primary, but Braddock wins with islanders

The final results of the August primary election show that Joe Nguyen, candidate for state senate, finished ahead of his closest competitor Shannon Braddock by… Continue reading

Ferries, health care meetings this week

Two meetings are happening this week regarding essential services to islanders: ferry service and health care. At 7:30 this evening, Aug. 29, the Vashon Ferry… Continue reading

Water District 19 seeks new commissioner

Water District 19, which services the center and east side of Vashon from SW 160th Street to Portage, a small area of Maury Island and… Continue reading

Renovations underway at Mukai Farm

A variety of construction and restoration projects are underway at the Mukai Farm and Garden, where the Friends of Mukai are spearheading the effort and… Continue reading

Backbone takes center stage in response to current affairs

On Saturday, the Backbone Campaign led an effort to create a human mural of an orca at Lisabeula Park, honoring the southern resident orca who… Continue reading

New executive director in place at Vashon Community Care

Transforming Age elected a new executive director at Vashon Community Care last month. Mike Schwartz, who has worked for the Bellevue-based nonprofit for more than… Continue reading

FIELD NOTES: The myriad benefits of native plants

Native Plants After a summer spent exposing the evils of invasive species, it’s time to focus on their antidote — native plants. I could list… Continue reading

  • Aug 29, 2018
Some islanders contend that air traffic noise has become so severe in recent years that something must be done, but not everyone is convinced. (Don Wilson photo)

Islander takes on plane noise, hoping for quieter skies

Islander David Goebel is collecting signatures for a petition that he will deliver to the Port of Seattle Commission, urging them to add two noise… Continue reading

Some islanders contend that air traffic noise has become so severe in recent years that something must be done, but not everyone is convinced. (Don Wilson photo)

Human “orca mural” planned for Saturday

NOTE: The location of this event has changed since it was first announced. It will be at Lisabuela. The Vashon-based Backbone Campaign, an advocacy organization,… Continue reading

  • Aug 23, 2018

Neighborcare officials will attend community health care meeting next week

Neighborcare Health officials will discuss Vashon clinic operations and challenges, and field questions from islanders at a public meeting next week on Thursday. The Vashon-Maury… Continue reading

Draft versions of new schedule options for the triangle route as proposed by WSF. (Courtesy Photo)

WSF seeks comment on new draft schedules

In preparation for a change to the triangle route schedule next June,Washington State Ferries presented two draft options last week, one of which would substantially… Continue reading

Draft versions of new schedule options for the triangle route as proposed by WSF. (Courtesy Photo)

K2 building sells: New owners say community interest will shape its future

The K2 building, for sale for more than a decade after once serving as a manufacturing hub on the island, has been sold. Public records… Continue reading

Vashon wastewater treatment plant honored

The Washington State Department of Ecology recently honored King County’s Vashon Treatment Plant with an “Outstanding Performance Award” for operational excellence after perfect compliance with… Continue reading

  • Aug 22, 2018