The Vashon Loop
- Nature immersion program for 5-8 year olds
Vashon Wilderness Program will expand our programs with a new nature immersion program for 5-8 year olds. Coyote Kids is a new place-based, nature immersion program that will meet on the campus of Vashon’s Chautauqua Elementary on late start Thursdays when teachers are engaged in staff development. read more
- Ride the Bus, if You Behave
Mr. Spaulding was a mean old man who didn’t like kids and us kids made him mean. He wore a worn out old fedora and was our school bus driver on the Cove/Colvos run in 1949. Hubert Spaulding lived down the worst road on Vashon, the Burma Road. It was so steep and twisty that the school bus didn’t even go down there. The kids who lived down Burma Road walked out. read more
- Strengthening What Matters Most To Us
At All Island Forum meetings we take the questions, What’s like it for you? What’s it like for me?, as purposeful leverage points to grow our capacity and health in community. In 2017, AIF has been convening almost monthly since the maelstrom hit us hard in pre-inauguration and continues as the resistance digs in for the long-haul. read more
Last issue, I was talking about the various dichotomies that define each of us, conservative/liberal, authoritarian/libertarian, naturist (my version)/ humanist. There is another that we mostly don’t freely choose but has a very great influence on our lives. read more
- Water World Two
I sort of remember last time saying something about a partial report from Arizona in need of completion. As it is, sort of remembering is kind of how it is these days, which I believe can at least partly be attributed to creeping old fartism, combined with a certain lack of urgency in many of my filing systems. read more
- Celebrate Springer!
“Celebrate Springer!” marks the 15th anniversary of the dramatic rescue in the waters off of Vashon Island of the orphaned orca Springer (A-73) and the heroic efforts by Washington and British Columbia teams working together to return her safely to her home 300 miles north in Johnstone Strait at the north end of Vancouver Island. read more
- There’s a Dance or Two in the Dinosaurs Yet
Consider our indigenous people. We believe that they came across a land bridge from Siberia and from there spread south through the Americas. There is some evidence that aboriginal people from Australia sailed in and settled in South America and Baja California, as well. read more
- A Vegetarian Main Dish
This week’s column features an Italian recipe for vegetarians and vegans, but anyone can enjoy it, even those who normally shun beans for fear of flatulence. The trick is to start a couple of days before you want to serve the delicious dish. You start from scratch with dried beans that you soak overnight, drain, read more
- “Granny’s Gift” Talk + Witch Hat
Help us close out Earth Month with an Indigenous tribute to an Orca Legend. Saturday, April 29, 2:00 PM, at the Ober Park Performance Room, Orca Annie and Odin unveil “GRANNY’S GIFT – J2: A Sacred Matriarch’s Legacy.” Their special guest is researcher Mark Sears. read more
- Proposed logging project creates concern
News of a private project to log 100 acres of land, including 40 acres to be clear cut, on Vashon's south end traveled quickly last weekend
- Body found near town, sheriff’s office investigating
The King County Sheriff’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office are working to identify a body found in the woods behind Pandora’s Box Monday afternoon.
- Ferries: Comments from islanders to help with long-term plan
At the ferry meeting last week, a crowd of some 60 islanders provided their thoughts about improvements to the triangle route, and their suggestions will help inform the work of a task force the ferry system is creating to address the route's pr …
- VYFS revives services with Boeing grant
Vashon Youth & Family Services is re-establishing its family education and early learning support services on the island with a $25,000 grant from Boeing, and the hiring of a two-person team to run the early childhood program.
- High school principal speaks up on dangerous experimentation
Parents of Vashon High School students received an email from Principal Danny Rock last week, indicating that there had been multiple incidents involving students who had been using potent substances at school.
- Weekend hunger forum aims for new solutions
This weekend, islanders who are concerned about hunger are invited to attend the forum "Who Is Hungry on Vashon and What Can We Do About It?"
- Football: Homecoming game spoiled by Charles Wright, 47-13
The penultimate game of the VHS 2016 football season resulted in another loss, with the Tarriers of Tacoma’s Charles Wright Academy defeating the Pirates at home, 47-13. Vashon is 1-8 for the season.
- County announces plan to buy Mukai barreling plant
King County's department of natural resources has an agreement to buy the Mukai barreling plant, and county officials hope the sale will be completed by the beginning of next year.
Find out when School Schedules change due to weather
Direct link to the Vashon School District Emergency Information – Snow/Weather Schedule changes page can be found here. http://flashalert.net/news.html?id=4288
Stay updated on most King County Schools here: Public Schools Emergency Communication System. www.schoolreport.org
South Sound and Kitsap School information can be found here: www.pugetinfo.net/
Vashon Weather, Forecast, Pass Report & Tide Table
Puget Sound Tide Tables
3 Tide tables for Vashon
National Weather Service
Doppler Radar and Vashon forecast
Tuesday 05/30 50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms developing during the afternoon. High around 60F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Wednesday 05/31 10%
Considerable cloudiness. High 68F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 06/01 20%
Considerable cloudiness. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 63F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday 06/02 40%
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 64F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday 06/03 10%
Partly cloudy skies. High 67F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 06/04 10%
Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 62F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Vashon Be Prepared – Voice of Vashon – Update
Whenever something happens that you need to know about, we’ll get it out there for you. Stay tuned, Stay warm, stay safe, and stay tuned to VoV Standing By at 1650 am on your AM radio dial.
Do you know what to do? What would you do if your home were damaged so bad you could not stay there? How would you cope with the power being out for seven days or longer? How would you help your neighbor? Making sure that not only you are ready but so will your pets. www.VashonBePrepared.org
- Vigil marks one week since Manchester attack
Hundreds of people gathered in St Ann’s Square to mark one week since the Manchester Arena attack.
- General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May face TV grilling
The leaders appeared separately, taking questions from the audience then Jeremy Paxman.
- Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss meets owner Stan Kroenke to decide future
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger holds a crucial meeting with the club's owner at which the Frenchman's future was expected to be decided.
- The Battle for Number 10: May and Corbyn grilled by audience
Theresa May takes questions on the NHS – while Jeremy Corbyn is challenged by a business owner.
- Man charged over murders of Michael and Majorie Cawdery
A 40-year-old man is charged with the murders of Michael and Majorie Cawdery in Portadown.
- Trudeau asks Pope Francis to apologise for schools
He wants an apology for the Church's role in a school system where indigenous children were abused.
- Hamerton Zoo keeper dies in 'freak tiger accident'
A female zoo-keeper is killed after a tiger enters an enclosure at Hamerton Zoo Park, in Cambridgeshire.
- Marbella hit-and-run: Two Britons arrested as eight injured
A car crashed into pedestrians and other vehicles in the popular tourist destination of Marbella.