News

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.

School district, support staff continue contract negotiations

Last week on Wednesday, members of one of the island’s unions stood on the corner of Vashon Highway and Cemetery Road with signs declaring what… Continue reading

Journeymen to hold fundraiser, help island boys grow

In American culture, some boys and young men tear themselves down to fit a mold that promotes single-mindedness, repression, dominance and the belief that violence… Continue reading

New dog daycare and boarding business opens near south end

After a two-year hiatus, islander Tammy Thomas is back in the Vashon pet-care business with Pampered Paws Boarding Kennel and Doggie Daycare. Thomas previously operated… Continue reading

Fire department buys new aid car

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has purchased a new ambulance, which will soon be put into service as the first-out aid car for many of… Continue reading

Land Trust to celebrate Bill Fisher, his gift to the island

The Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust will host Bill Fisher Day at Fisher Pond from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday. Twenty years ago, Fisher donated… Continue reading