Paul Rowley

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

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

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

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

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

Droid duo emerge as joint candidates for Vashon unoffocial mayor

BB-8 and R2-D2, acclaimed far and wide for their service and loyalty to the Resistance and Rebel Alliance causes in the Star Wars realm, have… Continue reading

Longtime islander’s home to benefit land trust, broader Vashon community

The forested, gravel driveway of the Kneeshaw House crosses bubbling Judd Creek and diverges into a clearing where, on Saturday, volunteers busily cut away at… Continue reading

Drug problems persist on island, VYFS to offer treatment soon

Island authorities continue to monitor locations on Vashon where illicit drug activity is thought to occur, and many of those involved feel a difference is… Continue reading

New gaming group hosts inaugural meeting at senior center

Natural 20 Gaming, a new social group for table top game enthusiasts and newcomers alike, held its first meeting at the Vashon Senior Center last… Continue reading

Chamber Health and Wellness Fair will feature island practitioners Saturday

The Vashon Health and Wellness Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and Chamber of Commerce executive director Jim… Continue reading

At Matsuda Farm, produce grows for food bank, community

Standing behind a field mottled with sprouts of crimson clover at Matsuda Farm last week, Caitlin Ames guided a hose over dozens of neatly arranged… Continue reading

Park District opposes dog park at BARC after public input

At the April 24 meeting of the Vashon Park District, organizers from the group Vashon Unleashed were on-hand to continue advocating for a fenced dog… Continue reading

Golf & Swim Club sells development rights to King County

Sparing the Vashon Golf & Swim Club property in the event of the club’s closure, board members recently sold the course’s land development rights to… Continue reading