Leslie Brown

Park district director terminated; board defends actions

The Vashon Park District’s five-member board officially fired Jan Milligan, the agency’s executive director for the past 10 months, at a brief public meeting Wednesday night, three days after she was asked to tender her resignation.

State seeks soil samples to refine map of plume

State officials mailed letters to 200 Vashon property owners last week seeking permission to sample their soils — another step in the state’s ambitious effort to clean up yards and gardens tainted by Tacoma’s copper smelter decades ago.

Islander airlifted to Yakima hospital after off-road jeep accident

Islander Allen DeSteiguer was airlifted to Yakima Regional Medical Center Sunday afternoon after an off-road jeep he was driving in the Little Naches Area near Yakima flipped, trapping him in the vehicle.

Foghorns stolen from lighthouse

Two solid brass foghorns that date back to the 1930s have been stolen from the Point Robinson lighthouse, according to Capt. Joe Wubbold, who helps to oversee the historic property.

Interim director selected to fill in at VYFS

Diane Kjellberg, former operations manager at Vashon Youth & Family Services, has agreed to return to the agency and fill in as its acting executive director while the board conducts a search to find a permanent head for the small social services agency.

Park district director let go Monday

Jan Milligan, who was hired a year ago to helm the financially struggling Vashon Park District, was terminated on Monday.

Church of Great Rain considers its future

Church of Great Rain, Vashon’s homegrown variety show, started off four years ago as a modest and almost off-the-cuff affair, playing to small, diehard crowds at the Red Bicycle Bistro.

A hotel in town? Developer eyes options

A Seattle developer with ties to the Island plans to purchase Vashon Village and build a 16-room hotel or another kind of accommodation in the grassy field behind the commercial park.

Park district’s Pt. Robinson funds not available for maintenance

Money meant to be set aside for maintenance of the historic buildings at Point Robinson has gotten swallowed up by the Vashon Park District’s other needs, according to Capt. Joe Wubbold, who heads a friends group that oversees the property.

Two Islanders advance to general election

Richard Sanders, a libertarian lawyer and Gold Beach resident, has a shot at returning to the state’s highest court after he narrowly garnered enough votes to advance to the general election.

Saving the world, one stove at a time

A line of metal stoves — all about the size of top hats — sits on a shelf at the Burn Design Lab’s bustling shop in the Sheffield Building south of Vashon town.

County decides to continue controversial rumble strips

In an effort to address concerns raised by cyclists, King County officials plan to remove some of the rumble strips along the shoulders of Vashon Highway, sweep shoulders more frequently and install signs warning cyclists of the stretches of grooved pavement.

The story of a river, the story of America | Book Review

Mary Bruno jokes that Catholic guilt drove her to write about the Passaic River, New Jersey’s dioxin-laced waterway, an EPA superfund site that has defied years of effort at cleanup.

County plans to move service center to Vashon town

King County plans to relocate the sheriff’s office, courthouse and other regional services to a little-used building in Vashon town owned by Vashon Island Fire & Rescue.

King County receives funds to address septic repairs

King County has been awarded more than $800,000 to help property owners repair failing septic systems, keep livestock out of streams and address other pollution sources that could be affecting Puget Sound.

Volunteers garner thousands for Vashon Theatre’s digital conversion campaign

Islanders raising money for the Vashon Theatre say they’ve garnered $52,000 in five weeks, enough to place an order for the digital equipment the theater’s owner needs to keep up with sweeping changes in technology.

Mud-boggers voice frustration as county calls a halt to activity

One day a year for the past four decades, dozens of Islanders have converged on the same swampy piece of ground west of town to drive jacked-up trucks and Jeeps through several feet of mucky water.

Vashon woman honored by business journal

Jennifer Olsen, president of Resourceful HR, was named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 under 40” — a prestigious award that identifies influential business leaders under age 40 who demonstrate dynamic leadership and excel in their industry and communities.

VYFS director to step down

Ken Maaz, a much-admired administrator who has played a lead role in the social services arena on Vashon, is stepping down from the helm of Vashon Youth & Family Services to take a position as the head of an Enumclaw-based agency.

Fields project, dogged by delays, is stalled after funds dry

The Vashon Park District has suspended nearly all work at its fields’ complex north of town until it garners more money for the project from both user fees and fundraising efforts.