News

Vashon Center for the Arts chooses new executive director

Kevin Hoffberg has been officially named the new executive director of Vashon Center for the Arts. In March, Hoffberg stepped down as a board member… Continue reading

New regional homeless count shows 4 percent increase

The spike in the unsheltered population in the 2018 count is driven primarily by an increase of people living in cars, RVs, or vans.

`Ed Talks’: Documenting nature in Puget Sound

By KATHRYN TRUE For The Beachcomber “This is your job?” a high school biology student asked incredulously, knee-deep in Shinglemill Creek, as she helped Maria… Continue reading

  • Jun 1, 2018
Developed by Seattle & King County Public Health, the FLASH sex education high school curriculum is used by every district in the county. Photo courtesy King County

King County wins sex ed funding case

Officials are “ecstatic” that the court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to withhold research funds.

Developed by Seattle & King County Public Health, the FLASH sex education high school curriculum is used by every district in the county. Photo courtesy King County

Sheepdog trials expected to draw thousands

Now in its ninth year, the Vashon Sheepdog Classic is set to begin next week, showcasing the art of sheepherding in the rolling field of… Continue reading

  • May 30, 2018

Vashon honors fallen veterans

Many islanders marked the recent holiday at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Vashon Cemetery. The event included several traditional elements, including the Color… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2018

Field Notes: Calendar of nature-related events

Wed. May, 30 and Sun. June 3 Cliff-Bird Nesting Observation Training Help Vashon Nature Center scientists document the use of beach cliffs by nesting birds,… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2018

Island brewing company opens Community Pub

Islander Cliff Goodman’s Community Pub, an outgrowth of his Vashon Brewing Company, opened on May 19 at its location in Vashon Village. The pub is… Continue reading

FIELD NOTES: Bird of the season, invasive species

Swainson’s Thrush The quintessential summer soundtrack in Vashon’s forests is the unmistakable swirly whistle of the Swainson’s thrush. According to Ed Swan’s book, “The Birds… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2018

SCENE & HEARD: Broad shoulders, big heart

Nancy Vanderpool, of the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness, recently received the Jean Bosch memorial Broad Shoulders, Big Heart Award from Vashon HouseHold. Bosch, who… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2018

County to host town hall next week

King County officials will host a meeting on Vashon next week, where island residents will be able to hear from county representatives and ask questions… Continue reading

Therapy dog enters contested race for island’s unofficial mayor

Goliath, the gentle giant and 6-year-old Newfoundland therapy dog who has delighted islanders, seniors and Vashon Community Care residents, will run for unofficial mayor according… Continue reading

County proposes extensive conservation program

Legislation King County Executive Dow Constantine presented to the King County Council last Wednesday to preserve more than 65,000 acres of land was informed by… Continue reading

King County considers buying 65,000 acres for conservation

The proposed plan would protect forests, trails, shorelines, and farms.

Some King County elected leaders want to spend $180 million on maintenance upkeep at Safeco Field in Seattle. Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr

King County leaders want to allocate $180 million to Safeco Field

But once councilmember thinks funding for affordable housing and the arts should come before subsidizing stadium maintenance.

Some King County elected leaders want to spend $180 million on maintenance upkeep at Safeco Field in Seattle. Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr

Funeral director announces bid for state senate seat

Lisa Devereau, director of Vashon Island Funeral Services, has filed to represent Legislative District 34 and fill the seat outgoing state senator Sharon Nelson (D-Maury… Continue reading

After success under the dome, pool opens Thursday for the summer

The Vashon Pool opens for its early summer season May 24 after five months under its new dome, which created winter and spring swimming possibilities… Continue reading

Island business news

For Sale Currently, there are several commercial buildings for sale on Vashon. The most recent addition is the Red Bike, which was listed last week… Continue reading

Unifying for Democracy

Nearly 50 people turned out at a meeting on protecting democracy last Saturday, where Sen. Sharon Nelson; Shaun Scott, field organizer for Rep. Pramila Jayapal,… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2018

BioBlitz marathon shows island’s diverse ecology

From the microscopic water bear to a 6-foot long harbor porpoise, island species were counted as part of a 24-hour citizen science marathon last weekend.… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2018