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For southern residents, missing orca a sign of the times

The disappearance of L41, known as Mega, leaves the current population at a historic low of 72.

Local ‘green burial’ cemetery under consideration

Cemetery district has formed a committee to explore sites for more environmentally-friendly burial

(Left to right): Adam Chumas, general manager; Melinda Powers, founder, former general manager and owner; and managing partners Rob and Janie Andrews pose for a picture on Monday, Feb. 3, at the Hardware Store Restaurant. (Kevin Opsahl/Staff Photo)

Hardware Store Restaurant owner and founder retires

Melinda Powers talks about her decision to step away from operations and the new management team

(Left to right): Adam Chumas, general manager; Melinda Powers, founder, former general manager and owner; and managing partners Rob and Janie Andrews pose for a picture on Monday, Feb. 3, at the Hardware Store Restaurant. (Kevin Opsahl/Staff Photo)

Islanders want new community council

A committee to form a new Vashon-Maury Island Community Council held its first meeting last week.

Recredentialed: Hundreds of WA doctors are stuck working survival jobs

Unable to find residency positions, many are driving Ubers, working warehouses or unemployed.

A stump left over from a previous timber cut on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Gold Bar, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lawmakers back timber industry to help reduce WA’s carbon emissions

8 million acres of private forests offset 12% of state’s carbon emissions, says forestry group.

  • Jan 31, 2020
A stump left over from a previous timber cut on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Gold Bar, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sarah Abdullah is a pharmacist who left Iraq as a refugee. She joined the Welcome Back Center at Highline College and is now only two tests away from gaining Washington state certification to practice her trade. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Recredentialed: Barriers face Washington’s immigrant, refugee professionals

Even with degrees from abroad, it can be difficult for many to get certified in the state.

Sarah Abdullah is a pharmacist who left Iraq as a refugee. She joined the Welcome Back Center at Highline College and is now only two tests away from gaining Washington state certification to practice her trade. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
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Pot shops group up in unincorporated King County

A report found the retailers are not distributing around the county.

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Park district weary of illegal dumping

The Vashon Park District has had to pay more attention to waste in recent years than ever before.

Event will consider end of life options

Volunteers of the Seattle-based nonprofit End of Life Washington will present.

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Neighborcare clinic open Saturdays again

Clinic will be open again on Saturdays beginning Feb. 1.

  • Jan 29, 2020
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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Event held last week at Vashon Youth and Family Services’ Family Place honored civil rights leader.

  • Jan 29, 2020
Washington state lawmakers will consider a system that would charge drivers fees based on how many miles they travel. File photo

Lawmakers hear pitch to replace gas tax with per-mile fees

Transportation officials recommend 10-year transition.

  • Jan 29, 2020
Washington state lawmakers will consider a system that would charge drivers fees based on how many miles they travel. File photo

VCA names interim director to top post

Interim director Allison Halstead Reid was chosen after a months-long search by the VCA board.

Voice of Vashon radio personality dies

The former reporter was the host of “Brown Briefly” on Voice of Vashon. He was 84.

Health care district considers consultant

Joe Kunkel, leader of a health care firm in Portland, Ore., could help with future provider talks

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                                Srirup Kumar, community engagement officer for Impact Bioenergy, points to a systems diagram of the “circular economy” during an event at Vashon’s Matsuda Farm on Monday, Jan. 28.

BIO IMPACT: Auburn company urges Vashon’s farming community to change practices

Island farmers, entrepreneurs and residents spent a few hours at Matsuda Farm and Island Spring Organics this past Monday learning how they could improve their… Continue reading

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                                Srirup Kumar, community engagement officer for Impact Bioenergy, points to a systems diagram of the “circular economy” during an event at Vashon’s Matsuda Farm on Monday, Jan. 28.

Islanders look for hope, climate solutions

Vashon residents take it day by day amid reports that the world isn’t doing enough on climate change.

Vashon Friends to host annual fundraiser

The two-night event at the library is part of the Friends of the Library fundraising efforts.

If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the nicotine concentration of vape products, ban certain flavoring chemicals and require vape manufacturers, distributors and retailers to obtain licenses from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. File photo

Lawmakers propose sweeping regulations for vaping industry

Bill supporters cite concerns over health issues and teen use.

  • Jan 23, 2020
If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the nicotine concentration of vape products, ban certain flavoring chemicals and require vape manufacturers, distributors and retailers to obtain licenses from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. File photo