Sarah Low

Off the Rock and under the radar

Welcome to The Beachcomber’s new weekly offering of noteworthy, non-Vashon news stories from around the world and closer to home, that you might have missed… Continue reading

Medical cannabis in Washington: Answers to some common questions

Medical cannabis has been legal in Washington since 1998, but the passage of the Cannabis Patient Protection Act in 2015 has thrown a curve ball… Continue reading

Senior center trip to cannabis shop focused on reducing fear, stigma

By SARAH LOW Staff Writer The Vashon Senior Center offers programming that addresses a wide spectrum of the needs and interests of the community’s seniors,… Continue reading

Take an island senior to lunch

Vashon resident, author and host of the monthly Continuing Conversations discussion series, Dorothy Bauer, has ideas. Lots of them. Mostly about how to keep folks… Continue reading

Islander hopes song will unite community

Islander and singer-songwriter Ike Harmon (aka Harmon Arroyo) has written a song designed to bring communities together, and has planned a Vashon “unity march” to… Continue reading

COMMENTARY: Canada’s Kinder Morgan Pipeline plan could destroy the Salish Sea, lead to the extinction of the Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Ah, Justin Trudeau, what have you done? The political love affair many south of the 49th parallel have had with our neighbor-to-the-north’s young prime minister… Continue reading

Community group partners with VARSA to host gun safety forum

Community group partners with VARSA to host gun safety forum

VYFS revives services with Boeing grant

Vashon Youth & Family Services is re-establishing its family education and early learning support services on the island with a $25,000 grant from Boeing, and the hiring of a two-person team to run the early childhood program.

VYFS revives services with Boeing grant

Vashon Youth & Family Services is re-establishing its family education and early learning support

Quartermaster Yacht Club develops free workshop series for island boaters

The Quartermaster Yacht Club will give the first in a series of free workshops it has developed on topics of interest to members of Vashon's boating community next Wednesday, Oct. 26. Created both to reach out and give back to islanders who spend time on the water, the "Tech Talks" are appropriate for novice through expert boaters, and will cover everything from anchoring techniques to water rescues and lifesaving; digital navigation software to marine radio use and more.

Open Space open houses will reveal renovation plans to public

It has been eight years, nearly to the day, since the Open Space for Arts & Community hosted its inaugural event on election night in 2008 and this weekend, the "philanthropic initiative" brainchild of Janet McAlpin and David Godsey will host an open house to showcase the first major renovation plans for the island's space-of-all-trades.

Island Center Forest will close for final two weeks of pilot project

Once again this Saturday, about 200 acres of Island Center Forest will close to everyone but permitted deer hunters for the last two weeks of October.

Applications are now being accepted for King County CSA grants

King County is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Community Engagement Grant program which awards funds for community-focused projects or events in unincorporated Community Service Areas. A total of $60,000 is available to be distributed in amounts up to — but not exceeding — $5,000 for each grantee.

Event bars islanders from forest, should be rethought

It is once again time for the pilot hunting program at Island Center Forest (ICF) to commence and I believe it is time to rethink this. This forest is a valuable island resource used by a wide variety of enthusiasts and is closed for two weeks every year to all but hunters — most of whom come from off island.

Whales are returning to the sound

While the Salish Sea and the inland waters of Puget Sound are home to a vast array of aquatic species, nothing identifies the Pacific Northwest quite like its resident orcas. But if the last few years are any indication, the beloved Southern Residents will be sharing these waters once again with whales that were on the verge of extinction 50 years ago.

Land Trust is working on loop trail at Shinglemill as part of its `Five Trails in Five Years’ campaign

Some Vashon social media followers were recently treated to the news, complete with pictures, that the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust had built a loop at Shinglemill Trail. With respect to that, the Land Trust has both good news and bad news for island loop-trail fans: The good news is that there is, in fact, a loop being built at Shinglemill. The bad news is that it is not yet finished and isn't expected to be ready for public use until sometime in October.

Suicide prevention organization will premiere short film about islander

This Saturday, in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day, the University of Washington's Forefront organization will premiere its short film "Thunderstorm in my Brain" about the death by suicide of 14-year-old islander Palmer Burk, to be followed by a suicide awareness and prevention training at the Vashon Theatre.

Island wrestlers host camp, travel in preparation for season

If you've been going through sports withdrawal since the Olympics ended, don't despair: Vashon wrestlers have had a busy summer — from hosting an Olympian camp on the island to Duals invites, Nationals and even a wedding, the team's plate has been full.

VHS alumna volunteers in Louisiana as extreme flooding continues

As rain continues to fall in southeastern Louisiana and the national media's interest in this country's worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy remains fleeting, one former islander offers a first-hand account of the devastation and her involvement in the area's relief efforts.

Former junior rowers, now at different colleges, compete in regatta together

A Sooner, a Lady Volunteer and a Hurricane walk into a regatta … and unlike any joke that you might be tempted to make, this scenario saw three poised and focused young women skillfully representing the Vashon Island Rowing Club recently on an international stage.