Vashon Island gets little attention during countywide political races, and for the most part, that has been true this year — in the wide-open contest for the next King County executive.
A number of people have remarked that because I am a graduate of two engineering schools at a time when female students were at a premium and when drunken debauchery was celebrated, I better than most should be able to recommend events of interest to 18- to 30-year-old males.
The fight to protect Maury Island from Glacier Northwest’s efforts to construct a massive barge loading facility in publicly owned tidelands and enormously expand a gravel mine to within 15 feet of the Islands’ sole-source aquifer started more than a decade ago.
Peter Goldmark has taken a bold step.
Seven months onto the job as the head of the state Department of Natural Resources, he has issued an edict no other government leader has: He’s told Glacier Northwest to prove that its industrial operations along an ecologically fragile — and state-owned — stretch of Puget Sound won’t further erode our imperiled inland sea.
The day my coffee grinder became a flaxseed grinder was the day I figured out how coffee affected my sleep patterns. For some “unknown” reason I was waking up at 2 a.m., unable to fall back asleep. Given I was in my late 40s, health professionals attributed my insomnia to peri-menopausal symptoms. But hormone tests discounted that theory. Instead, I stopped drinking coffee and voila! A full night’s sleep.
The other night, I was on my Facebook page. I pasted in a video clip of Michael Jackson, singing a beautiful rendition of “I’ll Be There” when he was a child. It made me feel better to watch him sing, to listen to the innocence of his beautiful boy soprano. I felt the need to reconnect with others who were blown away by news of his death. One person quickly responded to my Facebook post, and it shouldn’t have surprised me. It was my sister.
Our region is filled with majestic places. As two kids growing up in King County, we experienced the trails and backcountry of Washington as our playground, shaping who we are and what we value. Though we both ventured afar to pursue academic and professional opportunities, we could not escape the hold of this region’s natural beauty and its access to open space. It played a prominent role in each of our decisions to return to King County.