The Vashon Loop
- A Sacred Matriarch’s Legacy
With the shattering deaths of their matriarch extraordinaire J2 and nine others in 2016, our vanishing tribe of endangered Southern Resident Orcas is on the precipice of oblivion. Will the distracted humans continue to squander Granny’s legacy? Only 78 whales remain in J, K, and L Pods – something to ponder during Earth Month. read more
I walked passed a bag of papers on the way to the recycling place the other day and noticed a cover to a nursery catalogue- my first nursery catalogue- partly sticking out of the rest of the papers there. It was part of a bunch of stuff Wendy was hauling out of what used to be my office. read more
- Earth Day
If you are a believer in climate change, you really don’t need to know who is in charge of the various federal agencies that deal with it. You can pretty much assume that the person in charge of the agency in question is probably the worst possible choice for that position. We are all walking about in a daze, having a hard time believing what is happening. read more
- West Seattle to Vashon 1944
All the windows in our house were covered with black cloth to stop any light from coming through. We lived in West Seattle before moving to Vashon in 1944. Grandma Ada was a Mattson and they had been at Portage since 1892. read more
- 2017 School Bond
In February 2016, Vashon voters rejected a $27 million bond to repair and upgrade facilities throughout the school district. In response to that defeat, the school board drastically scaled back its proposal to include $9.9 million in the highest priority projects. read more
- An Overdue Thank You to VISD and some thoughts
Yes, I am guilty of procrastinating. I feel very fortunate as a member of this community to have a fantastic school system. My family has found VISD to be supportive, caring and enriching. This is to my surprise… read more
- The Vashon Senior Center’s most popular program: Bridge
If you judge by the numbers, the most popular program at the Vashon Senior Center is bridge. Bridge players show up at the Center’s red brick building in the town’s business district on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings and afternoons, read more
- Zero Waste Vashon Celebrating Earth Day
Zero Waste Vashon is celebrating Earth Day on the GreenTech movie night Tuesday, April 18th at the Vashon Theater. Starting at 6 pm, we are showing the documentary Trashed. Some of us don’t think twice once the garbage is out of the house, but your neighbors in ZWV are working to reform the current model creating garbage. Like our local efforts, this movie tracks trash deposits and efforts to reduce waste. read more
- Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors to begin April 17th
One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors, is coming to Vashon Island. Directed by Susan Hanson and produced by Drama Dock, the musical will run from July 27 – 30 at the Vashon Center for the Arts. 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 04/25 80%
Periods of rain. High 54F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Wednesday 04/26 50%
Chance of Rain
Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 54F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Thursday 04/27 80%
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will give way to cloudy skies and rain in the afternoon. High 53F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Friday 04/28 10%
Partly cloudy. High 57F. Winds light and variable.
Saturday 04/29 20%
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. High 58F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 04/30 20%
Partly cloudy skies. High 56F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 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
- Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life
Facebook's processes were already under scrutiny after video of a US killing stayed online for hours.
- Tom Hardy 'arrests fleeing moped thief' in London
The Hollywood star apprehended the moped rider who jumped a red light before crashing into a car.
- Hollande calls for unity at tribute to slain officer Jugelé
Murdered police officer Xavier Jugelé is awarded Legion of Honour as presidential hopefuls watch.
- World Championship 2017: Ronnie Sullivan level with Ding Junhui
Ronnie O'Sullivan is level with Ding Junhui at four frames all in the World Championship quarter-final after recovering from 3-0 down.
- Women's World Cup 2019: England face Wales in qualifying group
England and Wales women have been drawn in the same group for European qualifying for the 2019 Women's World Cup.
- Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women's summit
Donald Trump's eldest daughter was speaking at an event with German leader Angela Merkel.
- General Election 2017: Lib Dems to keep 'nuclear deterrent'
Leader Tim Farron also accuses Jeremy Corbyn of being "weak and dangerous" on defence matters.
- Arsene Wenger: Arsenal manager planning transfer targets for next season
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is working on transfer targets for next season, despite no confirmation that he will be staying with the club.