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Commentary, July 2024, News

Is SIHB Telling the Truth About Their Plans?

By Katy BallardThere are many concerning zoning changes that Islanders should be paying attention to. Let’s start with the proposed zoning for drug rehab and psychiatric hospitals. Whether you’re for or against the proposed Thunderbird Drug Treatment Center at the former Vashon Community Care (VCC) building, can we all agree that the truth matters? It is…

Aliens on Vashon
Entertainment, Island Businesses, News

Aliens on Vashon

Update 3/14/2024 5:00PM… turns out this is the creation of local artist Matt Beursken, whose previous fame was that troll costume you saw last Halloween. He doesn’t really want to sell the saucer and alien, but he has some expenses coming up. The UFO started out as a satellite dish, and had been partially converted…

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…

Our Laundromat is Back
Island Businesses, January 2024, News

Our Laundromat is Back

By Andy Valencia For those without the room or the budget for their own washer and dryer, it’s been tough since our laundromat in town closed. But they’ve now reopened at the same location – with a large number of very nice-looking washers and dryers. Both cash and cards are supported, with washers running $4…

Vashon Meets Spanish Soccer
News, September 2023

Vashon Meets Spanish Soccer

By Andy Valencia The cafes of Vashon certainly provide coffee drinks, but their true value is in the surprises that often accompany your order. At Luna one morning, I was just getting my laptop ready when I heard a young woman in line mentioning that she had returned from playing semi-pro soccer in Europe. I…

Does Vashon REALLY Need Another Levy Lift?
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Does Vashon REALLY Need Another Levy Lift?

By Scott Harvey Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has a tax increase on the ballot for this August. The previous VIFR levy, approved in 2017, has grown from $2.4 million in 2017 to $5.4 million in 2023. The new proposed levy continues this growth, reaching $9.2 million by 2030. Our population has grown by roughly…

Spending on VIFR
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Spending on VIFR

Years ago, I hired a contractor to rebuild a structure for me. He named a price, I got out the checkbook and wrote him a check. Several days later I mentioned this to a friend who worked in small business law. He shook his head, laughed at me, and said I’d told the contractor two…

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Vashon Park District Levy – To Renew or Not To Renew?

“Despite living on Vashon Island for close to 20 years, I find our levy system confusing,” I said. “I understand,” laughed Elaine Ott-Rocheford, Vashon Park District Executive Director. “Our property tax system is one of the most complicated in the country.” After a two-hour meeting, and some seriously mind-bending exercises, I began to understand how…

What Bankers Want
Island Voices, News

What Bankers Want

The world of money has gone wild in recent years. The Loop planned a sequence of articles on the subject, starting with the basics – what is money? How is it created? However, we’ve decided to jump forward to a discussion of a new, particularly dangerous proposal that would impact how we keep and spend…

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The Rebirth of Green Burials

Patricia Buchanan’s green burial was a first at the Vashon Cemetery, but not the first on our island. Long before European colonists arrived, the native people living in the Puget Sound received what we today would call a green burial. Begging the question, what exactly is a green burial? Within the realm of traditional burials,…

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