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Vashon Community Votes ‘No’ on Proposition 1 Bond, Community Reaction Mixed

In the largest voter turnout in the county, Vashon Island School District's proposed $26.9 million school bond failed to achieve the 60 percent supermajority needed to pass in the Proposition 1 election. Had the bond passed, it would have funded construction of a new track with a synthetic turf field, renovations to the gym, construction of a second gym, and other athletic facility improvements, as well as maintenance projects across all the schools in the county. The bond also set aside $1.86 million for much needed repairs and renovations required in the district's schools. Community activist Hilary Emmer believes the bond failed because it was too expensive, requiring a $228 raise in property taxes per year for a $460,000 house. Opponents of the bond also felt the board rushed the decision, failing to properly involve the community in its plans. However, it was the proposed improvements to athletic facilities that [...]

Best Friends Forever – Two Dogs Found on Vashon

What can be better than a heartwarming story highlighting the deep bond and true love of best friends? In a story that's sure to warm the cockles of your heart and bring a tear to your eye, two missing dogs and close friends have been found, and all thanks to the undying love and devotion of a best friend who refused to give up, even in the face of great adversity and fear. After missing for almost a week, VIPP volunteers were starting to lose hope that they would every find Phoebe and Tillie, two very sweet and beloved local dogs. The pair hadn't been spotted in some time, and no one could fathom where they could have disappeared to. Extensive searches had not provided any clues, and volunteers didn't know where else to look. It seemed as though every stone had already been overturned and every corner of the [...]

Two Pedestrians Reportedly Hit Near Theater

Two pedestrians were reportedly hit by a vehicle near the crosswalk outside the Vashon movie theater this evening (Thursday, January 15th). Island residents related that conditions were dark and rainy. Heavy intermittent rain today may have contributed to low visibility for both the pedestrians and drivers. Vashon island purports to be “walk friendly” according to multiple sources but this is far from the first instance of pedestrians or bikers to be injured due to poor visibility. The condition of the pedestrians is currently unknown. Further details are scarce. A reminder to all out on our roads, be it via bike, foot, car, or horse... please use caution.

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  • Kennedy sentenced for involvement in fatal 2017 crash
    by Sarah Low on September 13, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Vashon-Maury Island BeachcomberVashon-Maury Island Beachcomber - Your local homepage. Professional skateboarder Cory Kennedy, 27, has been sentenced to 48 months in prison and 369 days of home monitoring after pleading guilty to multiple charges stemming from an Aug. 30, 2017, crash on the island that killed Kennedy’s friend, skateboarder and videographer Preston Maigetter, and injured another. Kennedy sentenced for involvement in fatal 2017 crashSarah Low […]

  • Polly Coffman
    by Wire Service on September 13, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Vashon-Maury Island BeachcomberVashon-Maury Island Beachcomber - Your local homepage. Polly Coffman, age 95 and an Islander for 33 of those years, passed away peacefully last Tuesday, September 5, at her residence of three months, Island Elder Care (lower Gold Beach). She was born in Albemarle, North Carolina, April 18, 1932. Polly CoffmanWire Servic […]

  • Paul Hoffmann
    by Wire Service on September 13, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Vashon-Maury Island BeachcomberVashon-Maury Island Beachcomber - Your local homepage. On Wednesday, August 29th, 2018, Paul David Hoffmann passed away in his home on Vashon while surrounded by his family, at the age of 54. Paul was born on December 27th, 1963, in Seattle, WA, to Dan & Karen (Lodahl) Hoffmann. He graduated from Vashon Island High School in 1982 and stayed on the Island where he had a lifelong career in truck driving. In 2003 he was married to his longtime girlfriend Robyn […]

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