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In wake of criticism, VCA hosts town hall

By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD A passerby looking through the soaring glass frontage of the Vashon Center for the Arts last Tuesday might have assumed a sold-out… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018

 

Vashon History: A look back at the Jesus Barn

The Jesus Barn was built by the Sherman family in Paradise Valley. The word “Jesus” was painted on it in the early 1970s by counter… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018

 

Palliative care workshop set for Saturday at VHS

The workshop, Unravelling the Mysteries of Palliative Care, will meet from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Vashon High School. It will feature… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018

 

Weekend storm kept fire department busy

The storm that swept through the region over the weekend brought no severe problems or injuries, but it kept Vashon firefighters busy. Between 9 a.m.… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018

Volunteers needed for new anti-hunger program

Islanders are needed for a gleaning project, gathering winter crops that would otherwise be tilled into the field, at 10 a.m. this Saturday at Northbourne… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018
A group of islanders shows their support for the levy before the recent election. (Rheagan Sparks photo)

School levy passes by wide margin

Island voters approved the Vashon Island School District’s levy on the Feb. 13, with 67 percent voting for the measure and 33 percent voting against… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018
A group of islanders shows their support for the levy before the recent election. (Rheagan Sparks photo)

Property tax increase hits hard, legislators consider 2019 relief

Islanders have begun to receive their property tax bills, and many have reacted with sticker shock: The average tax bill on Vashon has gone up… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018

New art space, Gather Vashon, opens in town

The island’s latest art space, called Gather Vashon, opened on Valentine’s Day in the former home of the Heron’s Nest. The owners, who previously managed… Continue reading

Katie Chale (File photo)

Islander seeks changes in state’s wrongful death laws

A recent bill with connections to Vashon that proposes to change Washington’s wrongful death laws has overcome one significant hurdle on its way through the… Continue reading

Katie Chale (File photo)

With Puget Sound booming, panel will discuss island’s fate

As people continue to flock to the Northwest and people in communities far from Seattle cope with the resulting changes, islanders will address the subject… Continue reading

Mini-golf at the library: A Saturday night crowd pleaser

One hundred sixty islanders filled the library on Saturday for a night of mini golf. The event brought in $2,000 for library programs; Friends of… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018

King County CSA grants awarded

Last week, King County awarded $90,000 in grants for volunteer-led events and projects on Vashon and in other unincorporated areas. The Community Service Area (CSA)… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018
Tom Pruiksma will present a short reflection at the ceremony on Sunday. (Courtesy Photo)

Friends of Mukai will hold remembrance ceremony

Friends of Mukai will mark the 76th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 with a Remembrance Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. on… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018
Tom Pruiksma will present a short reflection at the ceremony on Sunday. (Courtesy Photo)

VIFR increases personnel, adds firefighting staff, volunteers

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has reached a new agreement with the local firefighters’ union that ensures a minimum of three career firefighters will be… Continue reading

Technology saves life of island woman after boating accident

An island woman pulled lifeless from storm-whipped waters off of Burien three weeks ago after a boating accident that took her companion’s life has made… Continue reading

Time & Again: Vashon cyclists — Seeing the world from the seat of a bike, then and now

This past summer, two bicyclists from Vashon, Bob Horsley and Bruce Morser, completed a 4,300-mile cross-country bicycle trip after two months on the road. They… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2018

On mortality: Workshop will offer insight into end-of-life care

Last year, hundreds of islanders attended a four-day event focused on death and dying. Next week, the same team of people who created that opportunity… Continue reading

County awards grant money for sports-related projects

King County recently awarded $3.6 million in sports-related grants to local government agencies and nonprofits, including more than $500,000 for Vashon. The grants, announced late… Continue reading

New leader settles in at island’s largest water purveyor, Water District 19

The island’s largest water purveyor has had a change in leadership, and now islander Jim McRae is at the helm of Water District 19. McRae… Continue reading

Island landscaper featured at annual Northwest garden show

A celebration was underway at the acclaimed 30th annual Northwest Flower and Garden Festival last week, where designers from across the country flocked to the… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2018