Noted actor, storyteller will return to Vashon for class of 2019 benefit

“Aren’t you my tennis instructor?” With an IMDb (Internet Movie Database) list of acting credits for TV shows, movies and voice roles that stretches back… Continue reading


Winterfest kicks off holiday season on Vashon

Santa came to town and delighted island children last weekend when the chamber of commerce hosted the annual parade and tree lighting as part of… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2017


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


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

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

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

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

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

News briefs: Kimmco closing, Open Space grand opening and VHS honored

Remodeled Open Space to host grand opening The Open Space for Arts & Community will host a free grand opening ceremony from noon to 5… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2017

County donates vans to island nonprofits

Two Vashon organizations received vans this month thanks to the King County Council and Council Chair Joe McDermott, who orchestrated the donation of retired Metro… Continue reading

County executive announces ban on non-native salmon pens

King County Executive Dow Constantine on Monday called for a six-month moratorium on new Atlantic fish farming facilities along unincorporated King County shoreline. While there… 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

FIELD NOTES: Thank you from the Land Trust for recent Judd Creek property gifts

This season of giving also provides a time to be grateful for the gifts we’ve received. Earlier this year, the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust was… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2017

Utility bills set to increase under measure approved by County Council

Vashon’s Sewer District, members of Washington Association of Water & Sewer Districts challenging law.

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

One year later: Event will revisit Standing Rock

Monday marks one year since the Army Corps of Engineers’ denial of Dakota Access Pipeline’s (DAPL) permit to dig under the Missouri River — a… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2017

Finding fulfillment in a life spent reading

As a Boeing engineer during the Cold War-era space race, islander Tom Herring went on many business trips. Before the days of wi-fi and in-flight… 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

Briefs: VARSA survey, toy drive and north-end road work

Island adults invited to take VARSA’s annual community survey Every year, as part of its grant requirements, the Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse (VARSA)… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2017