Polar Bear Plunge 2020

A brisk dunk in the sound to kick off the new decade

Insulin pumps are worn by diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels and replace manual injections. (Wikimedia Commons)

WA lawmakers propose capping insulin costs at $100 a month

With the federal government in gridlock, states and finding ways to lower costs.

Insulin pumps are worn by diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels and replace manual injections. (Wikimedia Commons)

Swedish nurse strike still possible following Dec. 30 negotiations

Not enough progress was made, nurses unions say.

Swedish Medical Center nurses could send notification of strike by year’s end

Union reps say negotiations have stalled since they began in April.

Who owns King County forestlands?

It’s a hodgepodge mix, but large investment companies own a substantial chunk.

Fundraiser for park project underway

Raffle tickets are available for a vacation getaway to raise money for playground equipment.

Thrift store returns to town

Lost and Found, a thrift store formerly in Burton, moves to Vashon town.

Appeals could delay Tacoma natural gas plant

The project is 60% completed and expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2021.

Students improve core strength through planking

How long can you hold a “plank” for?

  • Dec 24, 2019

Fabric dye artist’s work to be shown in Japan

Rod Smith, island dye artist, never knows exactly how his first drop of ink on a piece of fabric will unfold: how one drop is… Continue reading

Vashon Community Care hires new executive director

Wendy Kleppe sat down with The Beachcomber to talk about her goals for VCC and why she likes seniors

Health Care District commissioners consider Neighborcare clinic’s future

Board is considering whether to apply for funding from King County to help it function in early days

Vashon holds rally on eve of House impeachment proceedings

Islanders waved signs and chanted slogans urging Congress to vote to remove President Trump from office

The Beachcomber Banner

The front-page banner of the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber has evolved over the years.

  • Dec 19, 2019

A knock-out gingerbread house

Islander Bonnie Nelson is the architect behind some fantastic holiday gingerbread houses.

  • Dec 19, 2019

‘Stays sharp forever’: Islander credits his favorite edger for his fine leather work

The small tool works like a chisel, a faithful companion during a 30-year career of crafting leather

Vaping a problem for island youth, experts say

‘Vaping 101: The Truth Behind the Haze’ presentation helped inform islanders on the dangers of vaping.

Islanders, park district consider help for dock

The park district has formed a committee for islanders interested in saving the Tramp Harbor dock.

Natural gas leaves many feeling grim

Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas facility in Tacoma has many critics, including islanders.