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District democrats, local alliance endorse two for senate seat

Earlier this month, the 34th District Democrats endorsed two of the 11 candidates running for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Sharon Nelson,… Continue reading

Shannon Braddock (Courtesy Photo)

SCENE & HEARD: Values embodied

Each year, Harbor School students award commendations to six of their peers, each of whom represents a particular cornerstone value so strongly as to be… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

Fire risk set to ‘high’ as July 4 nears

This spring was warmer and dryer than normal, and officials at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue continue to encourage islanders to be cautious with fire.… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

Island Artists Help Celebrate Fisher Pond

On July 7, 19 years and 364 days from the day that Bill Fisher put pen to paper and signed the deed that conveyed his… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018
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                                Crews work north of Center last Friday.

Highway paving project is underway — expect delays on the road, and possibly the ferries

For months, islanders have been hearing about the big paving project set for this summer and had their first experience with it last week, when… Continue reading

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                                Crews work north of Center last Friday.

Fire chief faces park district over interlocal agreement

At the most recent park board meeting on June 12, Vashon Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert stood from his seat and delivered a rebuke of the… Continue reading

Aspidistra store targeted by thieves ahead of opening

Thieves stole more than $15,000 worth of fine jewelry and other belongings reported missing last week from Aspidistra, a new gallery and shop set to… Continue reading

Longtime islander announces bid for unofficial mayor

John Browne, a Vashon musician, farmer and local icon, has entered the crowded field of candidates vying to become the next unofficial mayor of the… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

Islander fulfills lifelong dream of joining the Peace Corps

Fifty-seven years after she was inspired by President Kennedy, former teacher is ready to volunteer

After Seattle’s controversial employee head tax was repealed, King County Executive Dow Constantine wants to bond against existing tax revenues to generate $100 million for affordable housing. Photo by Joe Mabel/Wikipedia Commons

County executive proposes $100 million affordable housing bond

The money was already coming, but Constantine wants to speed up the process.

After Seattle’s controversial employee head tax was repealed, King County Executive Dow Constantine wants to bond against existing tax revenues to generate $100 million for affordable housing. Photo by Joe Mabel/Wikipedia Commons

Arts center answers a $6 million question

Years after cashing in trust thought to be earmarked for sustainability, VCA explains why.

Chautauqua third graders tackle food waste and recycling issues

As global crises of all kinds are coming to a head for humanity, students at Chautauqua Elementary School have taken matters into their own hands,… Continue reading

Zombiez sold to island family, menu is not expected to change

After six years in business, Zombiez has changed hands. As of last week, the new owners are Matt and Jennifer Harvey of Vashon. The sale… Continue reading

Park board member resigns over wage plan

Scott Harvey abruptly resigned as commissioner and vice chair of the Vashon Park District at the board meeting on Tuesday, June 12, citing a plan… Continue reading

Fire department cancels ‘Your Call’ program, sees worsening fire protection rating

Fire district officials recently announced two changes that may affect some islanders financially. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) has discontinued its membership program, Your… Continue reading

Effort underway to connect licensed caregivers with those who need services

In recent weeks, an effort has taken root on the island to find families and individuals who may qualify for caregiving services paid for by… Continue reading

Vashon High School class of 2018 graduates

Vashon’s class of 2018 graduated in the gym last Saturday evening, with a spillover crowd watching the ceremony via a live feed in the theater.… Continue reading

VIFR Explorerers wrap up season with a real fire

Vashon Explorers, above, brought their year to an end with a live burn at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue last week. Students in the Explorer… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018
The bunkhouse barge and African Queen, 1981. (Jim Burke Photo)

Time & Again: Remembering Vashon’s African Queen and bunkhouse barge.

When islanders drove across the Judd Creek Bridge in the 1980s, the African Queen and bunkhouse barge were fixtures of the Judd Creek estuary. The… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018
The bunkhouse barge and African Queen, 1981. (Jim Burke Photo)

Seattle and King County officials want a safe injection van

The mobile project—an alternative to permanent sites—still doesn’t have a defined timeline.