Susan Riemer

After months of island effort, county passes Vashon CSA plan

The Metropolitan King County Council unanimously approved the 2017 Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area (CSA) Subarea Plan on Monday. The island plan is an update… Continue reading

 

Fire commissioners set to vote on 2018 budget next week

Vashon’s fire commissioners are poised to vote next week on the district’s 2018 budget, a $5.2 million spending plan that reflects a substantial increase in… Continue reading

 

Five island businesses fail liquor board checks

In October, five of 13 island businesses failed a state compliance check testing practices around selling and serving alcohol to underage customers. “It is not… Continue reading

 

Living with Predators: Nature Center releases livestock management guide

With the increase of predators on the island, the Vashon Nature Center has released a guide intended to highlight sustainable practices livestock owners can draw… Continue reading

VYFS offers free, safe-sleeping baby boxes, support to island families with infants

Islanders who welcome an infant into their family this year can receive a free new baby box along with baby supplies and a list of… Continue reading

Islander Dorothy Johnson, instrumental in shaping health care on Vashon, dies at 93

Dorothy Johnson, an islander whose efforts to bring health care to the island in the 1970s still influence its delivery today, died at her home… Continue reading

King County Council to hold hearing on CSA Plan next week

The King County Council will hold a hearing about Vashon’s Community Service Area Plan next Monday and will include time for public comment. The hearing… Continue reading

Recognizing volunteers, senior center looks to new year of service

Editor’s note: This story is the first in an occasional series looking at the work of island nonprofits and their volunteers. The Vashon Senior Center,… Continue reading

Fire damages north-end home

Vashon Island Fire Rescue responded to the call shortly before noon with seven firefighters

Amid recent busy days, fire district moves ahead with planning efforts

district commissioners and chiefs are moving ahead withplans for next year and beyond

Island artist enlists help of woodshop students

At Bergstrom’s former home in Frankfurt, Germany, she made thousands of the fuzzy creatures

Islanders’ senior care business thrives, seeks island caregivers

Nearly seven years ago, islanders Rob and Marilyn Oswald started a caregiving business

Manka Dhingra, left, won her seat with 55 percent of the vote, giving Democrats control of the state Senate. At right, Dow Constantine, with 77 percent of the vote, coasted to victory and his third term as King County Executive. (Courtesy Photos)

Election Day victories bring change to state, county efforts

Last week’s election brought a substantial change at the state level, giving the Democrats control of Senate, while at the county level, Executive Dow Constantine… Continue reading

Manka Dhingra, left, won her seat with 55 percent of the vote, giving Democrats control of the state Senate. At right, Dow Constantine, with 77 percent of the vote, coasted to victory and his third term as King County Executive. (Courtesy Photos)

New machine at pharmacy expected to improve customer service

A new piece of equipment at the Vashon Pharmacy has been drawing a lot of attention since it was installed late last month: an automatic… Continue reading

Vashon and Maury Islands are home to an abundance of flora and fauna. To learn about these species and hundreds of others, stop by the exhibit that will open this Friday at the Land Trust Building. (Kieran Enzian Photo, left; Maria Metler Photos center top and right; Kelly Keenan Photo center bottom)

The nature of Vashon: Explore the island’s biodiversity an upcoming exhibit

By SUSAN RIEMER Reporter Islanders will soon have a new opportunity to discover the natural world around them with the opening of Vashon Nature Center’s… Continue reading

Vashon and Maury Islands are home to an abundance of flora and fauna. To learn about these species and hundreds of others, stop by the exhibit that will open this Friday at the Land Trust Building. (Kieran Enzian Photo, left; Maria Metler Photos center top and right; Kelly Keenan Photo center bottom)

Triangle task force will discuss schedule changes next month

The Triangle Route Improvement Task Force has moved on from trying to create a quick fix for loading procedures at Fauntleroy to other measures meant… Continue reading

Food bank begins strategic plan, focuses on island’s ever-rising costs

The Vashon Maury Island Community Food Bank has embarked on a strategic planning process and has established a vision to guide the agency: that all… Continue reading

Islanders help Kathy’s Corner rebuild after recent burglary, multiple losses

Thieves broke into Kathy’s Corner nearly two weeks ago, and since that time islanders have stepped up to help owner Kathy Wheaton replace what was… Continue reading

Musical duo to headline local benefit concert to aid Puerto Rico

The Shook Twins will return to the island to play an intimate duo set at a fundraiser for Puerto Rico next week, with islander Sarah… Continue reading

New van program available to all riders for trips on and off Vashon

The new Community Van program, announced last week, has already undergone a significant change: The vans are available to all island residents for off-island as… Continue reading