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May 2024, Poetry

5th Annual Mukai Haiku Festival Winners

Hosted by the Mukai Farm & Garden, the Mukai Haiku Festival 2024 received over a hundred haiku from 12 countries around the world. We are delighted to present the prize winners and their haiku, below. Category, Heritage First place:On Vashon Islandwhere our ancestors made home—the strawberries’ scent!~ Geoffrey Philp (Jamaica) Second place:Spring at Mukai FarmCherry…

April 2024, Editorial Page

Coyote Control Faces New Challenge

The American Dream has always been imbued with some wildness. Not surprisingly, people can have widely differing opinions and definitions of its benefits and boundaries. Amidst reports of increasing coyote activity, Vashon social media groups have recently hosted lively debates that hint at a deepening divide between those who advocate for coyotes as a protection-worthy…

Commentary, Editorial Page


Feckless: Lacking initiative or strength of character; weak or ineffective. In a whirlwind of public policy, which you may have missed, Redmond was the sudden recipient of a new homeless center; by the time most citizens knew of the project, it was already an accomplished fact. The center was originally intended for Kenmore, but the…

Editorial Page, February 2024

Big Moves in Northwest Print Media

How does Canada impact our local media? Canada-based corporation Black Press (named after the Black family, currently headed by David Black) has filed for creditor protection in British Columbia, and plans to file a comparable request in Delaware for its U.S.-based operations. Black Press is the current owner of Sound Publishing, which owns 43 newspapers…

Delivery Truck Versus Standard Goods
Island Businesses, News

Delivery Truck Versus Standard Goods

A delivery truck misjudged their position while parking, went up on the curb, and did some impressive damage to the front of Standard Goods. A quick look around town didn’t discover a delivery truck with its counterpart damage, but Uptown is well-monitored by cameras, so we assume the driver’s company will be in touch concerning…

Announcements, November 2023

Holiday Rainbow BLINGO 

Naughty Or Nice… Join the Vashon Senior Center for another fabulous fundraiser on Saturday, December 2nd. Holiday Rainbow BLINGO takes place at beautiful Camp Burton Lodge, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and Bingo at 7:00 p.m. Lovely hostess and chanteuse Louvel returns, along with jello shots, a delicious dessert auction, all-cash prizes, and a chance to show…

October 2023


Masks are back in the news. A few Islanders have written to us with their thoughts. We always welcome your input. Send to editor@vashonloop.com. Masks and Children By a Vashon Mother There are countless studies proving that mask-wearing provides little if any of the protection the media and U.S. Centers for Disease Control have led…

Vashon-Maury Island Welcomes Its Newest Resident
October 2023

Vashon-Maury Island Welcomes Its Newest Resident

Say hello to “The Bird King.” He holds court at Point Robinson Park on Maury Island daily from 8 AM until dusk, and entrances young and old alike, including a curmudgeon or two at The Vashon Loop. Drive to 3705 SW Point Robinson Road, and park in the upper lot. Then follow the steady flow…

Announcements, August 2023

Return of The Not-Uptown Business Registry

Attention Vashon Small Business Owners! The Vashon Not-Uptown Business Registry is Coming Back Next month, The Loop is bringing back the Not-Uptown Business registry, and now is the time to make sure your small Vashon business is listed. We have businesses everywhere on the Island – did you know that most businesses on Vashon are…

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