Island Crossroads – Dealing With Death

July 29th, 2019 - Posted in

A team of islanders has been working for 2-1/2 years to get Vashon to address a topic most of us prefer to avoid: Dying and death. The “Vashon Conversation for the Living about Dying” kicked off in March 2017 with four days of events, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Host Eric Pryne […]

Island Crossroads – Fireworks On Fireworks

July 15th, 2019 - Posted in

Should fireworks be banned on Vashon? More than 1,600 people have signed a petition asking the County Council to prohibit them. But would a ban make a difference? Host Eric Pryne talks with petition co-leader Ron Smothermon, Vashon Fireworks stand owner Gabriel Felix, and Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert. Recorded: July 15, 2019.  

Island Crossroads – For the Birds, and More

June 24th, 2019 - Posted in

VASHON–FOR THE BIRDS, AND MORE There’s a campaign underway on Vashon to get the island certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a community wildlife habitat. What’s involved? And why is it important? Host Eric Pryne talks with campaign organizer Julia Lakey, Linda Milovsoroff of the Vashon Garden Club, and Erika Carleton of the Vashon-Maury […]

IN AND OUT: BEING LGBTQ ON VASHON ISLAND. That’s the title of a powerful exhibit at the Vashon Heritage Museum. It tells the story of a prominent component of the island community, in all its richness and diversity. LGBTQ folk are integrated into all aspects of island life, so much so that the exhibit’s curators […]

  Vashon realtor and activist Emma Amiad is moving off the island after 32 years. She’s been a leader on many fronts — founding the Land Trust and Vashon Audubon, serving on the Parks Board, heading the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness, shepherding the island’s Jewish congregation. Host Eric Pryne talks with Amiad about the […]

Supporters of Proposition 1, the Vashon Park District property-tax proposal on the April 23 ballot, say the financial boost it would provide would let the district eliminate a backlog of deferred maintenance and other needed capital projects. Opponents say those projects still could be done with a smaller levy, only not as quickly. Host Eric […]

Property taxes on Vashon have gone up 35 percent just since 2016. They’ve jumped even more in some other King County communities. King County Assessor John Wilson, who lives and breathes property taxes, says such increases are unsustainable and unfair, especially for lower-income homeowners. He talks with host Eric Pryne about the intricacies of Washington’s […]

The snowstorms that paralyzed Vashon and much of the rest of the region in Feburary could be considered a dress rehearsal for The Big One — a devastating earthquake or some other cataclysmic disaster. How did Vashon respond? What worked? What could have been done better? Host Eric Pryne talks with island emergency-response and disaster-preparedness […]

After several super-heated years, the Vashon real estate market, like the rest of King County, cooled off some in 2018 — fewer sales, more modest price increases.. What happened, and what’s in store for 2019? Host Eric Pryne talks with island Realtors Emma Amiad of Amiad & Associates, Beth de Groen of Windermere Vashon and […]

Island Crossroads – Fixing Fauntleroy

January 28th, 2019 - Posted in

FIXING FAUNTLEROY The Fauntleroy ferry dock is a big bottleneck. What might make it better? In 2018 a team from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance took a hard look at that question. Two of the researchers, Profs. Alison Cullen and Stephen Page, share their findings and recommendations with host […]