The Vashon Loop
- Call Your Mother
Matriarchy and mortality are recurring themes in my Loop articles. Typically, I attempt to decipher the potential ramifications of births and deaths in Southern Resident orca matrilines. I fret most about the impact on surviving podmates when mature, elder females die. read more
There is nothing more fragrant than the steam from an open pit of bean-hole-beans drifting thru camp. There were three gold colored cans in the pit and each weighed 30 pounds loaded. They were used to pack frozen strawberries in before the scouts got them. read more
- Community Cinema Vashon presents a free screening of The Homestreach
The Homestreach follows three remarkable homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a more stable future. Each of these smart, resilient teenagers – Roque, Kasey, and Anthony – challenge stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while coping with the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. read more
- The Second Year
There used to be a custom in British and American culture of literally wearing your grief. For a woman who had lost a spouse the rule was to wear full mourning, i.e., all black, perhaps including a black veil, for at least one year. read more
- The Rise of the Frugal Economy
Here is good news! Most of the above named article by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu with the permission of the website, Project Syndicate is reprinted here: read more
- Big In Japan
Things are looking bleak for the members of rock band Tennis Pro. They’ve been struggling to connect to an audience in the Seattle music scene, with a recent run of shows drawing sparse crowds and uninspiring day jobs that are quickly eclipsing their dreams. read more
- Raise the Roof
For some reason the writing of this piece has been a bit like attempting to move dried clay through a cake decorator bag, when it should have required much less effort. It seems though that for the moment I have run out of that vim and vigor that drives the bouncy cheerleader within to perform countless front and back flips while selling the soap of public good. read more
- Kneeling at the Cross: A Protestant Looks at the Crucifixion
It’s two hours past my bedtime. The building is quiet and in my little office cubby covered in chatchke of my narrative, the last four edits, teeny tiny minutiae of details having to do with the text, have just been sent to the printer. We are hours away from uploading to the distributor. read more
- Non-Inflammatory Foods
Nutritionists advise us to avoid inflammatory foods, but few tell us what foods aren’t inflammatory. It would take more space than this column to give you a complete list of inflammatory and non-inflammatory meats, so I’ll just list the most and the least inflammatory meats. read more
- Health projects launch with aid from Granny’s Attic grant
Last year Vashon Senior Center director Ava Apple learned of an island senior who regularly took two buses and the ferry to get to his chemotherapy appointments in Seattle. One day one of his buses was late, and he resorted to hitchhiking home.
- After delay, VAA to begin construction of arts center in April
With a building permit in hand, adjusted construction plans and a loan in place, Vashon Allied Arts (VAA) will begin construction of its new arts center next month.
- New kind of paddling takes off on Vashon
Last Thursday’s cool temperatures and light rain didn’t stop islander Reed Nichelson from taking a group of friends out on paddleboards in Quartermaster Harbor.
- Memoir tells of healers around the world
Fifteen years ago, author and filmmaker Marie-Rose Phan-Le stepped away from her high-powered position in the film industry to document ancient traditions of healing and spirituality around the globe.
- Popular tamale business is set to expand
Island chef and entrepreneur Patty Freebourn has secured a dedicated space on Vashon to set up a production kitchen for her tamale business.
- Vashon firefighters climb for a cause
Nearly a dozen responders from Vashon’s fire department put their legs to the test and raised money to fight cancer when they climbed the Columbia Tower in Seattle earlier this month.
- New water taxi to be christened, begin service
Vashon’s new water taxi, the Sally Fox, will sail to the island this weekend for a dedication ceremony and is expected to begin service on the Vashon to downtown Seattle route in early April.
- Park district board votes to support Paradise Ridge project
At a recent meeting, Vashon Park District’s board of commissioners voted to allocate $10,000 to help fund improvements at Paradise Ridge Park.
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
Sunday 03/29 40%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High around 60F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Monday 03/30 10%
Partly to mostly cloudy. High around 65F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 03/31 60%
Rain likely. High 52F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
Wednesday 04/01 90%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
A few showers during the morning with thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 53F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Thursday 04/02 10%
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 56F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 04/03 60%
Rain showers in the morning will evolve into a more steady rain in the afternoon. High 54F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
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
- Benefit cuts 'not yet decided'
The work and pensions secretary says the Conservatives are not keeping plans for £12bn of benefit cuts secret – saying no final decisions have been made.
- Meningitis B vaccine deal agreed
All babies in the UK will soon have a potentially life-saving vaccine against meningitis B after a deal with drug manufacturers, the health secretary says.
- Mass rally in Tunis over museum raid
Thousands march in Tunis over the Bardo Museum terror attack, as authorities say that one of the raid's leaders has been killed.
- SNP backs 50p rate of tax across UK
The SNP will support the introduction of a 50p top rate of income tax across the UK after the general election, the party's John Swinney says.
- Alexander: Labour majority 'doable'
A Labour majority in the general election would be "difficult but doable", the party's election co-ordinator Douglas Alexander says.
- Arab League to create military force
Arab League countries meeting in Egypt agree to create a joint Arab military force amid a crisis in Yemen and regional jihadist threats.
- Meningitis vaccine agreed for babies
A vaccine for meningitis B will be made available for all babies in Wales after a deal with drug manufacturers, the Welsh government confirms.
- VIDEO: Thousands watch Lee Kuan Yew funeral
Tens of thousands of people line the streets of Singapore to bid farewell to the founding father of the city-state, Lee Kuan Yew.