Leslie Brown

Langley Fine Gardens closes farm stand after $1,000 in plant starts are stolen

Langley Fine Gardens in Dockton experienced a spate of burglaries earlier this month, prompting the owners of the small, family-owned business to shutter their popular, street-side farm stand.

Chamber’s executive director to step down in August

Debi Richards, who's helmed the Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce for nearly two years, announced this week that she's stepping down from the demanding post.

Vashon’s basin steward: Healing the region, one project at a time

In 1995, Greg Rabourn had what Evening Magazine dubbed the worst job in the region.

Lawmakers visit after marathon session ends

The three lawmakers who represent the 34th Legislative District, which includes Vashon, West Seattle and Burien, attended the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting Monday night, where they talked about the lengthy legislative session that ended last week.

County shortens roadside stakes after Islanders voice concerns

After receiving a handful of complaints and a call from The Beachcomber, the King County Roads Division lowered the height of 84 iron stakes along Dockton Road on Tramp Harbor.

Islander appointed to top spot at ferry district

The King County Ferry District has hired its first full-time administrator to oversee the small transportation agency, which operates the Vashon and West Seattle water taxis.

Murder on Vashon? Not here, authorities say

A persistent rumor that one or two execution-style murders have occurred on Vashon in the last couple of months is not true, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Roadside stakes: Some think they mar the view

Eighty-four chest-high stakes were recently installed along the Tramp Harbor stretch of Dockton Road, raising concern among Islanders who see the iron posts as a visual blight marring one of Vashon’s most spectacular roadside views.

Island businessman sues inn’s owners

Armen Yousoufian, a well-known Islander and owner of the property that housed the Quartermaster Inn, has filed a lawsuit against the couple who leased the structure and ran a business there for the last three years.

Silverwood’s closure marks the end of an era

The Silverwood Gallery is known for its vibrant oil paintings, whimsical ceramic tiles and curvaceous copper sculptures. But as Eric and Margaret Heffelfinger shutter a business they’ve spent 17 years cultivating, they say they’ll miss the people who walked through their glass-fronted doors the most.

Real estate agent leases inn, but without a restaurant

Longtime Island real estate agent Jeff Lewis has signed a lease to operate the former Quartermaster Inn and hopes to begin booking guests into the four-room Burton establishment as early as next week.

County to unveil new strategy for outreach

Islanders will get a glimpse of King County’s new strategy for community outreach when several public officials visit Vashon next week to discuss plans for an Island-based community service area.

Sanders seeks a return to state Supreme Court

Vashon resident and former Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders announced that he’s again seeking a seat on the state’s highest court.

Granny’s undergoes a makeover, thanks to energy and vision of new manager

Men’s clothing is now next to the dressing rooms, dishes are in the same area as table linens, and colorful necklaces — an impulse buy for some — are displayed on a large board conveniently close to the cash register.

Island farms gear up to sell fresh produce to schools

Farmers at four Island farms are planting a few more rows of radishes, leeks, carrots and greens than usual this spring, now that a farm-to-school program is poised to come to fruition.

Silverwood Gallery closes after 17 years in the heart of Burton

Margaret and Eric Heffelfinger, owners of the Silverwood Gallery in Burton, shuttered their doors for good on Sunday — a move, they said, that will enable them to pursue other opportunities and dreams.

An era ends at a beloved clubhouse

For five decades, the South End Community Club was at the heart of a thriving neighborhood on the southern tip of Vashon.

Islanders push county to find funds for septic repairs

A handful of Islanders is pushing King County to find funds to help cover the costs of repairing failing septic systems along Vashon’s six Marine Recovery Areas.

Group conducts survey about teen substance use

A Vashon group working to address youth substance abuse is conducting an Island-wide survey of adults in an effort to assess community attitudes about teen drinking and drug use.

Nelson blames Senate Republicans for special session

Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-Maury Island) issued a statement Friday blaming Republicans in the Legislature for an 11th-hour budget stalemate that she said "will cost the people of the state of Washington both money and time."