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VYFS restores substance abuse treatment services

Four years after Vashon Youth & Family Services closed its drug and alcohol treatment program, the agency is offering the services again, with its leaders… Continue reading

Senior center chooses new director

After a search that drew 21 applicants and included a rigorous selection process, the Vashon Senior Center board has chosen Catherine Swearingen to be the… Continue reading

Island choir has songs for threshold between life and death

Since 2005, the Vashon Threshold Choir has met islanders as they face the end of their lives, entering the rooms of the dying to sing… Continue reading

This petroleum refinery in Anacortes is run by Shell, one of the defendants in the suit brought by King County. Photo by Walter Siegmund/Wikipedia Commons

Can King County win its lawsuit against Big Oil?

Legal experts think past lawsuits against the tobacco industry increase the odds of a favorable outcome.

This petroleum refinery in Anacortes is run by Shell, one of the defendants in the suit brought by King County. Photo by Walter Siegmund/Wikipedia Commons

Governor and Secretary of State to fund statewide prepaid ballot postage

King County, however, won’t get any of that money.

Dungennes crab season won’t open in south sound this summer

Last year, many islanders who have crabbed off Vashon’s shores for years were dismayed by the lack of Dungeness crabs nearby and were concerned about… Continue reading

Weekend fundraiser meant to empower girls

A fundraiser on Saturday at the Open Space for Arts & Community will raise funds to send girls to empowerment camps this summer. The event,… Continue reading

Third candidate for unofficial mayor announces run

“Ms. Ladda Lucy,” a spirited fixture of historical Vashon, will represent the Heritage Museum as the third candidate for unofficial island mayor. The character will… Continue reading

Island group invites elected leaders to talk democracy

On the heels of its first community meeting, the islander-organized group Unifying for Democracy will hold a second meeting, this time with three state political… Continue reading

Leadership changes underway at DOVE

Vashon’s DOVE Project, the island’s domestic violence agency, is in the midst of transition, as Executive Director Betsey Archambault is stepping down this summer after… Continue reading

Neighborcare takes steps to firm up clinic’s financial state

Facing significant financial challenges less than two years after opening its clinic on Vashon, Neighborcare Health is altering its lineup of health care providers there,… Continue reading

PIE marks 30 years of supporting island education

Seventh graders at McMurray Middle School this year are traveling the island, learning from local historians and listening to guest speakers as a way to… Continue reading

Nature Center BioBlitz event returns to catalogue island wildlife

After taking a hiatus last year from hosting a BioBlitz, the Vashon Nature Center will lead the 24-hour wildlife survey across a swath of Ellisport… Continue reading

Zero Waste Vashon will hold second electronics recycling event

Due to the overwhelming community response to its event in April, Zero Waste Vashon will hold a second electronics recycling event next week. “Over the… Continue reading

King County adopts prepaid ballot postage

Designed to improve voter turnout, the measure was approved in time for the 2018 midterm elections.

TIME & AGAIN: Yacht club has long history on Vashon

Quartermaster Yacht Club was formed in 1948. The first facility was a short dock and float for landing boats and boarding passengers and a cook… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

State capital budget funds salmon recovery amid orca population decline

The state capital budget, passed by the Legislature earlier this year after a delay, allocated more than $11 million for the protection of shorelines in… Continue reading

King County Council approves pre-paying election postage

The King County Council has approved the budget request made by Executive Dow Constantine on behalf of Elections Director Julie Wise that will provide King… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

Governor moves to protect endangered orcas

Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order last Wednesday appointing state agencies, tribal leaders, local governments, federal partners and other stakeholders to a new task… Continue reading

From both sides, islanders face complexities of gun violence

Margy Heldring and her dinner guests thought of their young grandchildren a few nights after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012.… Continue reading