Over the years, Vashon Island Audubon President Randy Smith has gotten phone calls from birders wondering how they could snag a copy of Ed Swan’s book, “The Birds of Vashon Island.” Printed in 2005, all 750 books sold quickly, and it was a rare day that a used copy appeared on a bookstore shelf.
The other night, as I was sitting on the water taxi on my way home to Vashon, I struck up a conversation with a couple from Cambridge, England, who appeared to be headed to the island for a visit. As it turned out, they didn’t plan to set foot on Vashon. They were simply taking a sunset cruise on the water taxi. A ride on the King County-owned catamaran, they noted, was as lovely as a cruise on one of those big, tourist-filled commercial boats and a lot less expensive.
A Texas lawyer who sued three Vashon women, saying he was defamed by their high-profile efforts to dislodge him from the board that owns the historic Mukai Farmhouse, has asked a judge to dismiss his lawsuit.
Decades ago, some scientists believed the oceans could absorb much of the carbon dioxide the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy was spewing into the atmosphere. The oceans, early studies suggested, would serve as a so-called carbon sink, drinking up that carbon and storing it for perpetuity.
When Will Macdonald goes before a Boy Scouts’ review panel and is asked to name the biggest challenge he faced in completing his Eagle Scout project, he has no doubt how he’ll answer.
It’ll be the time the materials for his project disappeared.
The Vashon Park Dis-trict’s new general manager, in what she called an effort to rebuild the agency’s credibility, has empaneled a citizens’ committee to oversee construction of the fields project north of town.
A customer last Friday afternoon told Kathy Wheaton, owner of Kathy’s Corner, that he was interested in one of several Japanese maples she had for sale. When he came back Saturday morning and found that the one he’d had his eye on was gone, he asked her why she had sold it.
Far fewer homes on Vashon and Maury island will be eligible for a publicly funded yard cleanup program after a new state analysis indicated arsenic contamination in the region is not nearly as extensive as officials originally believed.
A 51-year-old man was arrested on the 9500 block of S.W. Gorsuch Road late Sunday afternoon for possession of methamphetamine and other alleged violations, King County sheriff’s deputies report.