The Vashon Loop
- For Such a Time as This
Entering the walkway lined with lovely accouterments such as patio furniture and plants in full blossom, my eye glanced to the lush veggie and flower gardens on one side and the spacious lawn on the other. I knew what lay ahead, beauty and nutritional nurture and cool. While the rest of the Pacific Northwest roasted in mid nineties, I would soon be searching for my sweater in a house that is perpetually kept at 68 or 70 degrees. read more
- Granny Bucks the Tide
Granny (J2) perpetually blows my mind. Granny, of course, is our supreme Southern Resident orca matriarch. Previously, J2’s birth year was estimated to be 1911, but recent genetic testing shows she is more likely of the same vintage as fellow elder matriarch Ocean Sun (L25), born circa 1928. read more
- What do you love about living on Vashon?
It doesn’t matter if you think of yourself as a writer or how old or young you are. It doesn’t matter if you were born on Vashon or arrived last month. We’re looking for YOUR story. read more
- For a Summer Cool Wave
Chicken, though pricier that it used to be—what isn’t?—is still about the thriftiest meat you can eat. When I cooked chicken with green beans in curry sauce, extemporizing from what was in the freezer and the vegetable bin, the grandson who came to dinner, kept saying, “Mmm-mm, good!” read more
- Even Smart Alecks Need Days Off
Folks, it pains me to rerun an old column, but your smart aleck has been ill this week, and my brain has put up a “closed” sign. While out watering my nasturtiums and hollyhocks today I felt a bug on my arm, and it was an earwig. It reminded me of this column. So, from 2013, I bring you: read more
- Safety Patrol
Sheriff Tex wasn’t a real sheriff as far as I know but he had a TV cartoon show every day and in the 50’s, us kids lived for it. It was in the early days of television and Saturday cartoons were never missed. Early in the morning, we would sit in front of the test screen with the picture of an Indian chief in the middle of a bunch of graphic calibrations which would shift as the engineers adjusted the picture for the upcoming cartoons. read more
- Ride the Nightmare…
The 5th Annual PASSPORT TO PAIN on Vashon Island: The toughest, most fun ride in the Puget Sound region. Is Saturday Sept. 12. read more
- Concerts in the Park
Thursday, July 23rd, 7-9pm: Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing. Vashon Events and the Vashon Park District have announced the lineup for the annual Summer Concerts in the Park. The extremely popular and free outdoor concert series will begin on Thursday, July 2nd and run through Thursday, September 10th. read more
- Free Parking
Along with a number of other things, the issue of parking and safety along the Vashon Highway came up at the latest Park District commissioners meeting last night. This was not really the main event that all were in attendance for- that special part of the agenda was reserved for the ceremonial bid opening for the latest iteration of that giant sucking noise that is the VES fields project. read more
- Vashon deputy to be fired for sleeping on the job
Joel Anderson, a longtime King County sheriff's deputy on Vashon, will be out of a job as of August 1 .
- Public safety a concern as plan for paramedics moves forward
A year after Vashon’s fire board approved an overhaul of the island’s paramedic program, the changes have not yet happened and there are growing concerns that the plan might compromise public safety.
- Quartermaster Harbor closed to shellfishing
Due to high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) in the water, Quartermaster Harbor is now closed for shellfish harvesting.
- School district approves $19M budget
Vashon’s school board recently passed a no-cuts budget for the upcoming school year that includes modest teacher raises, the elimination of some fees and added funding for some school programs.
- Warm summer contributes to pool’s success
At the public pool one morning last week, water polo players repeatedly sprung up from the deep end and threw balls to their coach, who drilled them in the sport’s basics from the sidelines. As their practice ended, other islanders — mostly seniors — …
- For five years, it’s been an honor to tell your stories — A final note from an editor
This issue of The Beachcomber is a bittersweet one for me — it’s my last. After five years as both a reporter and editor at the newspaper, I’m moving on.
- Boston Marathon bombing survivor rides for charity and healing
Chuck Furey, a 62-year-old retired pharmaceutical sales representative from Mansfield, Massachusetts, is about to embark on the final leg of a 14,000 mile, charity motorcycle ride around the U.S. after a brief stop on Vashon last weekend.
- Bill Burby race over festival weekend creates multiple winners
The summer heat may have discouraged some of the adults, but nearly one-third of the more than 300 finishers of Saturday’s 35th annual Bill Burby Inspirational were in the 18-and-under categories. And some of them made it look easy, kicking up their …
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
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National Weather Service
Doppler Radar and Vashon forecast
Friday 07/31 0%
Sunny. High 93F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday 08/01 0%
Sunshine. High 89F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 08/02 0%
Sun and a few passing clouds. High 89F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 08/03 0%
Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 84F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 08/04 10%
Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 81F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 08/05 10%
Partly cloudy. High around 80F. Winds WSW 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
- AA joins protest at green changes
The AA joins green groups in warning that recent changes in energy policy will harm the climate.
- Calais latest and Apprentice death
Friday's press is full of reports of fresh chaos in the Calais "war zone" as migrants try to reach the UK. There are also tributes to one of The Apprentice's most memorable contestants.
- Women solicitors paid less than men
A large pay gap between men and women solicitors has been found by research from The Law Society of Scotland.
- HIV flushed out by cancer drug
HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show.
- VIDEO: Robotic playground looks for fun
A team of robotic developers has built an interactive robotic climbing frame, that can roam designated play areas, ready for children to play with it.
- Anti-icebreaker activists face fines
A judge orders Greenpeace protestors to pay $2,500 (£1,600) for every hour they block an icebreaker from departing Portland, Oregon.
- Anti-slavery powers come into force
Key parts of new legislation to combat slavery in the UK – including life sentences for people traffickers – come into force in England and Wales.
- Plea for help over Calais crisis
Police and social services in the UK say there are seeking urgent support to deal with the impact of the Calais migrant crisis.