AFFORDABLE HOUSING–MAKING IT REAL Thanks to recent grants from King County, two proposed affordable-housing developments–one for very low-income people, the other “workforce” housing–could start construction in 2020. Host Eric Pryne gets status reports on the projects from developers Christopher Bric of Shelter America Group and Chris Szala of Vashon Household. Recorded: January 14, 2019.

Island Crossroads – Fire District Update

December 10th, 2018 - Posted in

VASHON FIRE: WHERE’S THE MONEY GOING? In 2018 Vashon Island Fire and Rescue collected 88 percent more property-tax dollars than 2017, courtesy of a voter-approved levy lid lift. In 2019 they’ll collect 6 percent more on top of that. What’s the fire district spending all that money on? Personnel? Vehicles? Is Vashon safer now? Host […]

Island Crossroads – Vashon and the AIDS Crisis

November 26th, 2018 - Posted in

VASHON AND THE AIDS CRISIS The AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s took the lives of at least 14 Vashonites. Longtime Islander Peter Serko has organized a four-day multi-media commemoration in conjunction with World AIDS Day to remember them, and to explore what lessons the epidemic has for us today. Host Eric Pryne talks […]

VASHON’S HEALTH CARE DILEMMA Neighborcare Health, which has operated the island’s only primary care clinic for the past two years, says it’s running a big budget deficit–just like the organizations that ran the clinic before it did. That news has helped prompt an island group to explore ways to make health care on Vashon financially […]

Island Crossroads – Choosing a Senator

October 15th, 2018 - Posted in

CHOOSING A SENATOR Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen–both Democrats, both West Seattle residents–are vying to succeed Maury Island’s Sharon Nelson as state senator for the 34th District in the Nov. 6 election. They talk with host Eric Pryne about their backgrounds, and about schools, taxes, ferries health care and more. Recorded: Oct. 15, 2018.

Island Crossroads – Dementia

October 1st, 2018 - Posted in

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA ON VASHON About 200 people on Vashon may be living with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Their condition affects the lives of hundreds more islanders–spouses, caregivers, other loved ones. What’s life on the island like for them? What resources are available here? Host Eric Pryne talks with Amy Huggins of […]

Island Crossroads – Greg Beardsley & Ferries

September 10th, 2018 - Posted in

MISSING THE BOAT? Washington State Ferries is considering changing the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth schedule. The options they’ve presented so far would mean big changes for how we get on and off the island. Greg Beardsley, longtime chair of the Vashon Ferry Advisory Committee, discusses the proposals and other ferry-related issues. A new long-range plan was published on […]

Island Crossroads – Orcas

August 20th, 2018 - Posted in

THE SUMMER OF THE ORCA A grieving mother killer whale toting her dead newborn around the Salish Sea for 17 days has focused unprecedented attention on the plight of the endangered southern resident orca population. Three island experts–Joseph Bogaard of Save Our Wild Salmon, marine mammal veterinarian Tag Gornall, and Ann Stateler (Orca Annie) of […]

Island Crossroads – Vashon Camps

August 6th, 2018 - Posted in

CAMPING OUT Vashon is home to two historic summer camps, Burton and Sealth, both established early in the last century. What’s camping like now? How has it changed? And what do the camps contribute to Vashon? Host Eric Pryne interviews directors Michele Rutschow of Camp Burton and Rick Taylor of Camp Sealth. Recorded: August 6, […]

Island Crossroads – The New Supe

July 2nd, 2018 - Posted in

THE NEW SUPE Dr. Slade McSheehy is a father, a cook, a trail runner, a counselor, a one-time college dropout–and Vashon’s new schools superintendent. On his first day on the job, he tells his story and talks about issues in education with host Eric Pryne on “Island Crossroads.” Recorded: July 2, 2018.