Opinion

A stroll in Paradise Valley gives a close-up view of Judd Creek’s two stems

Skirting the north edge of Paradise Valley mid-Vashon, this walk traverses the east and west stems of upper Judd Creek, a salmon-bearing stream flowing from central Vashon’s plateau.

  • Dec 22, 2008

Editorial: Library games

Three months ago, the Vashon Park District board wrote a letter to the King County Library System board making one significant piece of information clear: The park district remains willing to work with the library system to find a way to keep the Vashon branch at Ober Park.

  • Dec 16, 2008

Islands like ours: Ferries help to maintain our unique Island life

Mainland cities grow from the inside out, but small islands are populated from the outside in. The first human inhabitants arrive by water and settle on the shoreline to hunt and fish. Vashon began with native peoples earning their living on our cobbled beaches with only occasional forays into the interior for wood and meat.

  • Dec 16, 2008

When creeks teemed with salmon — and the Sound with killer whales

A creek ran through my grandmother’s front yard, and in the fall it was jam-packed full of salmon, swimming hard against the current. They seemed pretty big to me, all battered and ragged with their hooked noses. There were plenty of dead ones floating backwards, sort of ghostly white, eyes staring at nothing. We were sternly warned to stay out of the rose garden that edged the creek while we were busy staring at the salmon.

  • Dec 16, 2008

A debate over Maury’s mine: Lease decision was made only after several agencies issued permits

By DOUG SUTHERLANDFor The BeachcomberAs you are likely aware, I signed a lease for a dock and pierhead that enables Northwest Aggregates, a subsidiary of… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2008

Editorial: A dark cloud hovers

The message is clear: Don’t give up. Because once we do, Glacier Northwest has won. We get it. And we agree.

  • Dec 9, 2008

Editorial: A legal settlement

As is the case in most compromises, the 11th-hour settlement between developer Dan McClary and the water district he sued leaves both parties somewhat unhappy.

  • Dec 2, 2008

Aquatic reserve headed for failure unless DNR changes course

As someone who has spent considerable time studying the management of marine protected areas, or MPAs, I find the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve of great interest. I applaud its creation and am fascinated by the planning process.

  • Dec 2, 2008

The Cookie Fairy is real, and something worth believing in

The Cookie Fairy is supernal beauty and glory beyond, everywhere and nowhere at once. She takes many forms and gives us loving refuge in our sometimes-intolerable existence. She works seen and unseen, in the form of a grandmother one day, of a beloved neighbor another, your piano teacher the day after that.

  • Dec 2, 2008

Island schools teach global citizenry

By LAURETTA HYDEFor The BeachcomberGlobalization, growth or decline on a worldwide scale is an inexorable part of 21st-century life. As such, it is imperative that… Continue reading

  • Dec 2, 2008

DAWN is still available to Island residents

As you may have heard, King County faced a $90 million shortfall in the general fund this year, and funding for human services was drastically reduced. Human services agencies have been on the offense working to maintain needed funding, and we continue to work to have money restored to human services agencies across the board.

  • Nov 26, 2008

Editorial: Shop locally

Take a look at The Beachcomber’s annual Gift Guide in this week’s paper — page 12, to be precise — and you’ll find that the… Continue reading

  • Nov 26, 2008

Editorial: A painful budget

The King County Council passed a $627.8 million budget on Monday, closing an unprecedented $93.4 million shortfall the only way budget writers knew how —… Continue reading

  • Nov 26, 2008

Water shapes our Island life

Mainland cities have always been built near dependable fresh water sources: large rivers, lakes, snowcapped mountains. Small islands rarely enjoy such luxuries but depend upon rainfall to replenish their wells and creeks. Like Vashon, most islands are sole-source aquifers with nothing but juicy clouds to wet their whistles.

  • Nov 18, 2008

Editorial: A debate stifled

For more than an hour, a standing-room only crowd waited patiently as the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council waded through committee reports and other business to get to the hot topic on hand: an emergency motion by Tom Bangasser about King County’s rezone of the K2 site. But when the issue finally came up, three people — one-third of the community council board members present — voted that the measure was not an emergency. And thus it ended, with scarcely a word on the topic spoken.

  • Nov 18, 2008