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The members of the board of commissioners for the Vashon-Maury Island hospital district are (left to right): Eric Pryne, LeeAnn Brown, Don Wolczko, Wendy Noble and Tom Langland.

Hospital district commissioners to meet next week

On Dec. 4, board members will be sworn in, talk about staffing, district name and train for the job

The members of the board of commissioners for the Vashon-Maury Island hospital district are (left to right): Eric Pryne, LeeAnn Brown, Don Wolczko, Wendy Noble and Tom Langland.
Kelly Keenan/Vashon Nature Center Photo
                                One of the J Pod orcas, named Hy’Shqa, swims in the Puget Sound last week with Mount Rainier in the background.

Orcas spotted off coast of island last week

22 J Pod members were spotted in Puget Sound on Nov. 25 and 26, sparking excitement among islanders

Kelly Keenan/Vashon Nature Center Photo
                                One of the J Pod orcas, named Hy’Shqa, swims in the Puget Sound last week with Mount Rainier in the background.
Demonstrators from La Resistencia protest Amazon’s involvement with ICE. Photo courtesy of La Resistencia

How will the U.S. respond to climate refugees?

Business as usual has been harder borders, are there other ways to address climate migration?

Demonstrators from La Resistencia protest Amazon’s involvement with ICE. Photo courtesy of La Resistencia

County updating snow removal plan

Augments the county’s existing designated snow routes in rural and urban unincorporated areas.

Safe drug consumption sites have been recommended by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force. Pictured is a safe consumption site in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge

What’s been happening with safe injection sites?

There hasn’t been much coverage this year compared to the last couple years.

Safe drug consumption sites have been recommended by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force. Pictured is a safe consumption site in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge
File photo of a pothole

King County approves roads, bridges funding

The capital projects funding is significantly less than previous years.

File photo of a pothole

Just let it glide: Vashon artist designs large pen for work

By Andy James For The Beachcomber Editor’s note: This is the first in The Tools of the Trade, a series of articles about the tools… Continue reading

  • Nov 27, 2019

Island salmon spawning delayed

If the autumn rain doesn’t arrive on time, salmon migration stalls, opening them up to predation.

Teen council teaches students about relationships and health

Acting as resources, students provide information to peers on important subjects.

  • Nov 27, 2019
A “notice to vacate” sign was placed in the middle of a homeless encampment in Federal Way by FWPD officers before the encampment was cleaned in January 2019. Sound Publishing file photo

King County, Seattle could create joint homelessness response agency

It would be a unified agency and the overarching authority on addressing homelessness in the county.

A “notice to vacate” sign was placed in the middle of a homeless encampment in Federal Way by FWPD officers before the encampment was cleaned in January 2019. Sound Publishing file photo

Venus, Saturn, ISS could be visible next month

By Christopher Phillips For The Beachcomber Greetings, stargazers. We begin the month of December with the moon passing through its first quarter phase. As we… Continue reading

  • Nov 27, 2019

In new book, islander unveils a vanished world

“Sound Portraits From Bulgaria” explores a place Martin Koenig describes as now being “completely gone.”

Hospital district officials study Lopez and Orcas island clinics

As they prepare to run the district, commissioner-elects say other models are a road map for Vashon.

Co-owner of Kathy’s Corner nursery dies at 81

“He was extremely humble, kind and strong, and worked until the day before he died.”

Port approves noise monitors, creek restoration

Noise monitors will measure sound from aircraft throughout county, including one on Vashon.

  • Nov 25, 2019

Island elder leads charge for more volunteers at school

“You’re supposed to give and contribute to your community until the day you’re in a box.”

With ‘no alternative,’ beloved dock pushed further to brink

The ailing dock will be closed to the public early next month.

A young girl holds up a ‘Don’t Pollute I Live Here’ sign in the crowd during the Youth Climate Strike at Cal Anderson Park on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Seattle, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

King County builds blueprint for health, climate change

The plan will inform how the Board of Health addresses climate change-related health issues.

A young girl holds up a ‘Don’t Pollute I Live Here’ sign in the crowd during the Youth Climate Strike at Cal Anderson Park on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Seattle, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Land Trust debuts new all-access trail

The flat, easily-accessible trail connects to the island’s existing Shinglemill trail.

Vashon’s Japan Festivals

The events have helped foster an awareness and appreciation of Japanese Americans on the island.

  • Nov 20, 2019