Paul Rowley

Realities of policing Vashon, a place with “a state of mind”

Realities of policing Vashon, a place with “a state of mind”

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Seth Moore recently brought a Beachcomber reporter along while on duty, a day that included monitoring drivers as they left the… Continue reading

Realities of policing Vashon, a place with “a state of mind”

Island brewing company opens Community Pub

Islander Cliff Goodman’s Community Pub, an outgrowth of his Vashon Brewing Company, opened on May 19 at its location in Vashon Village. The pub is… Continue reading

Therapy dog enters contested race for island’s unofficial mayor

Therapy dog enters contested race for island’s unofficial mayor

Goliath, the gentle giant and 6-year-old Newfoundland therapy dog who has delighted islanders, seniors and Vashon Community Care residents, will run for unofficial mayor according… Continue reading

Therapy dog enters contested race for island’s unofficial mayor
County proposes extensive conservation program

County proposes extensive conservation program

Legislation King County Executive Dow Constantine presented to the King County Council last Wednesday to preserve more than 65,000 acres of land was informed by… Continue reading

County proposes extensive conservation program
Funeral director announces bid for state senate seat

Funeral director announces bid for state senate seat

Lisa Devereau, director of Vashon Island Funeral Services, has filed to represent Legislative District 34 and fill the seat outgoing state senator Sharon Nelson (D-Maury… Continue reading

Funeral director announces bid for state senate seat

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

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

Third candidate for unofficial mayor announces run
Nature Center BioBlitz event returns to catalogue island wildlife

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

Nature Center BioBlitz event returns to catalogue island wildlife
State capital budget funds salmon recovery amid orca population decline

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

State capital budget funds salmon recovery amid orca population decline
Governor moves to protect endangered orcas

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

Governor moves to protect endangered orcas
From both sides, islanders face complexities of gun violence

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

From both sides, islanders face complexities of gun violence
Droid duo emerge as joint candidates for Vashon unoffocial mayor

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

Droid duo emerge as joint candidates for Vashon unoffocial mayor

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

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

At Matsuda Farm, produce grows for food bank, community

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

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

Golf & Swim Club sells development rights to King County