Elizabeth Shepherd

Addressing Grievance, New Talks Planned Between Union, Fire Chief

Negotiations will determine a new leave policy for Vashon firefighters exposed to COVID-19.

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Marvin Charles Benham: Oct. 24, 1926 – Dec. 29, 2020

The islander’s death marks the second occasion that an islander has died of COVID-19 related causes.

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Counting Birds on a Rainy Day

Vashon Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count took place on Sunday, Jan. 3.

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Local Artist Brings Wit and Talent To Beachcomber

We are proud to showcase Moody’s inspired, imaginative artwork in The Beachcomber.

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A Year Like None Other: A Pandemic Changes Everything on Vashon

In January, reports began circulating about an illness in China. Here’s what happened after on Vashon

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Thomas “Tommy” Brooks Sudduth, Feb. 4, 1956 — Dec. 7, 2020

A longtime islander, Sudduth became Vashon’s first confirmed fatality linked to the coronavirus.

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Fire District Grapples With Grievance From Local Union | UPDATED

A grievance charged unfair pay practices during an incidence in September of COVID-19 exposure.

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Arts Center Offers Two Sweet Holiday Treats

Another holiday offering is the ‘White Christmas’ show.

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Islanders Rally, During One Pandemic, to Remember Another

Third annual Vashon World AIDS Day event focuses on inspirational stories of activism and courage.

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Island Kids Make a Joyful Noise, Thanks to Local Nonprofit

Users of the island’s instrument library have doubled in the past year.

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Even in a Hard Year, Arts Center Celebrates the Season

Even in the quiet of the pandemic, staff members have stayed busy.

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A New Album Captures the Essence of Vashon in Song

The collection of songs by local musicians is the second volume of this annual project.

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Family Portrait: Parenting in a Pandemic

This new feature in The Beachcomber checks in with islanders who are parenting during the pandemic.

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For Two Businesses, Exploding Pandemic Got Personal

It’s been a period of intense worrying and waiting for the all-clear.

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New Children’s Book Celebrates Vashon, From A to Z

Author Barbara Gustafson once again has shared her love for her hometown.

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N95 Mask-Maker Coming to K2 site? Maybe.

The owners of the former K2 manufacturing site might be moving closer to signing a tenant.

A Beloved Coach Dies in Motorcycle Accident

The accident took place in Puyallup on the evening of Nov. 12.

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With New Restrictions, Island Businesses Must Pivot Again

Island business owners react to a sweeping set of new restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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School Board Meeting is ‘Zoom-bombed’ in Racist Attack

The discussion, prior to the attack, included a discussion of racial equity.

Officials, Experts Sound Alarm as COVID Cases Rise

Officials and health experts are stepping forward to urge increased caution in the coming weeks.