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Vashon Park District Candidate, Position 1, Karen Gardner

  • Oct 2, 2015 at 6:58PM

The Vashon Park District encompasses many stakeholders, and each stakeholder has a right to participate in how the district apportions funding, and the community needs to be involved in the crafting of a vision for the district.

Vashon Park District Candidate, Position 1, Rick Skillman

  • Oct 2, 2015 at 6:53PM

Vashon has been good to my family over the 20-plus years we’ve lived here. I grew up where people knew one another and where there were no fences, so I feel blessed to have found this openness once again here on this island. In fact, as soon as the first Vashon ferry I was on landed at the north end, I knew I’d “come home."

Vashon Park District Candidate, Position 3, Bob McMahon

  • Oct 2, 2015 at 6:43PM

I’m running because I believe that we need good parks. I believe that a strong parks system strengthens our community and improves the quality of our lives. So I would like to do my part to take our parks in a much-needed new direction — to make our parks and park programs the best that they can be for the citizens of Vashon and Maury Islands.

Vashon Park District Candidate, Position 5, Scott Harvey

  • Oct 2, 2015 at 6:35PM

My family has had the opportunity to enjoy most of our wonderful Vashon parks. During Exploratory Week many years ago, my son’s kayak stopped at Jensen Point, Luana Beach and Winghaven while he paddled around the island

Vashon Park District Candidate, Position 5, Bill Ameling

  • Oct 2, 2015 at 6:16PM

The passage of the recent levy gives our parks $5 million for the next four years. Through careful maintenance and well-chosen upgrades, we need “to take care of what we have.”

Vashon Park District Candidate, Position 5, Peter Ray

  • Oct 2, 2015 at 6:07PM

My name is Peter Ray, and I'm running for Vashon Park District commissioner position 5.

Update: Dockton home nearly total loss after fire

  • Sep 25, 2015 at 3:00PM updated Oct 1, 2015 at 2:25PM

The cause of a blaze that left a home near the intersection of 97th Avenue SW and SW 270th Street nearly a total loss has been ruled accidental, and was likely an electrical issue, King County Sheriff fire investigator Tom Devine said Friday.

Fire chief: Financial ‘jigsaw puzzle’ awaits new commissioner

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 5:00AM updated at 2:01PM

Two women are vying for a spot on the five-person Vashon Island Fire & Rescue board of commissioners, and VIFR Fire Chief Hank Lipe said Thursday that the new commissioner will face a “jigsaw puzzle” of finances upon election.

School board bringing bond options to public ahead of ballot

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 5:00AM updated at 9:38AM

A more than $32 million plan to renovate Vashon High School’s gym, track, tennis courts, Building K and service buildings will be presented to the public beginning next week after a recent decision by the school board.

Land Trust finalizes purchase of Matsuda Farm, aims to protect it

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 9:37AM

Nine months after it was announced that the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust planned to purchase the Matsuda Farm, the organization announced this week that the sale of the former strawberry farm has been completed, and a ribbon cutting will be held today at 3 p.m.

Mortgage office slated to open soon on Vashon

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 11:00AM updated at 1:12PM

After nearly five years managing Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU), Patte Wagner has left to open a mortgage office on the island through Evergreen Home Loans.

Fire candidates will speak at Thursday’s debate

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 11:00AM updated at 1:11PM

In a change to Thursday’s school board debate, the two candidates vying for a seat on the fire board will speak and answer a small number of questions at the end of the evening.

Football: Pirates fall to South Delta Sun Devils in offensive battle

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 6:00AM

It was a last minute pick-up game to fill an unexpected empty spot in the schedule that turned into a battle between the small, quick Pirates and the behemoth Sun Devils from South Delta, British Columbia whose starting lineup looked like a Divison I collegiate team.

Girls soccer: Regular season begins with losses to rival, state champs

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 12:38PM

The Pirates kicked off their regular season Tuesday, Sept. 21, with an away league game at their greatest rival: Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma.

Cross-country teams finish in top 10, set personal records

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 12:33PM

Vashon’s cross-country teams showed 10 less free-spirited teams how to celebrate after combined Emerald City and Nisqually League races last week by jumping into and swimming in Lake Washington at Magnuson Park in Seattle.

Drama Dock presents ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 12:30PM

This weekend and next Drama Dock will bring the gruesomely funny comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” to the stage.

End the week with art and music on the Gallery Cruise

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 8:00AM

End the week with art and music on the Gallery Cruise, Most galleries and arts spots will be open from 6 to 9 p.m.

Swamp Bottom Jamboree takes stage this weekend

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 12:21PM

From deep in the swamps of Vashon comes an evening of inspired performance featuring some of the island’s most imaginative entertainers.

Testing debate offers opportunity to reflect on what is important

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 7:00AM

Last spring’s national testing program has been the subject of some controversy here on Vashon and across the nation.

Participate with DoVE during national Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 7:00AM

October is nationwide Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM). The original purpose of DVAM was to connect domestic violence advocates around the country and region, but as the month has gained more attention, it has expanded to involve everyone interested in learning about domestic violence, reporting instances and breaking the cycle of violence.

The importance of being an educated voter|Editorial

  • Sep 30, 2015 at 7:00AM

Educated voter: It’s a term we hear hundreds of times during election seasons thrown around in the communities in which we live. It’s also a pretty straightforward phrase, but becoming one is easier said than done.

Final review set for VES Fields

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 11:47AM

Five years after the park district broke ground at the VES Fields, the agency is poised to meet a major milestone there this week, when a county official conducts a final review of the project.

American citizens need to become better people

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 11:43AM

More and more citizens are becoming aware that we are in big trouble. Our government has failed us, and our economy is on the precipice of collapse.

PIE phone-a-thon helps local schools

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 11:42AM

The nonprofit organization Partners in Education (PIE) has supported our three schools by giving grants to enrich the classroom curriculum. On Oct. 6 to 8, PIE volunteers will be calling to ask for a donation. You can also donate at I urge you to visit their website to see the many good works PIE supports.

Too much push to bring events to quiet island

  • Sep 29, 2015 at 11:40AM

Thank you, Kate Severson, for your letter (“Visitors affect residents who prefer Vashon’s quiet nature,” Sept. 23). I also realize change is inevitable; however, many have moved here precisely because the island was a quiet, unassuming place to live.

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