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Proposition 1 makes sense, deserves support

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 4:00AM updated Feb 4, 2016 at 1:19PM

Proposition 1 will provide sorely needed improvements to the athletic fields and track. I regret Hilary Emmer's Jan. 27 commentary, "Vote 'no' on Proposition 1: Process was rushed, bond is too expensive," contained incorrect information about the bond not recycling or reusing.

Friday night Red Bike show cancelled

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Feb 4, 2016 at 10:03AM

OneNiteStand & The Sirens will bring its bluesy-rockin’ sound to the Red Bike at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Dockton bike trails move ahead, construction to begin soon

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM updated at 1:33PM

King County Parks and the Vashon Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) on Thursday night presented final recommendations for the Dockton Forest Mountain Bike Trail Project, setting in motion the process to begin construction on the trails.

At 40, Granny’s Attic sees business boom in town

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

When Granny’s Attic closed its doors last week for its annual break, it marked 40 years supporting health care needs on the island and one year at its new location, where it had its busiest year ever.

County homeless population up from 2015

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

More than 1,100 volunteers spent three hours combing the streets throughout King County last Friday in the annual effort to count the increasing number of men, women and children who are homeless and sleeping outside.

Chautauqua Elementary School principal retiring

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

Chautauqua Elementary School principal Jody Metzger will retire at the end of the school year, six years after she began leading her pod of 542 “orcas” and their more than 30 teachers.

Park district commissioners approve increases to user fees for parks, schools

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

Vashon Park District commissioners voted last week to approve a 5 percent increase in fees for the use of several island park and school district facilities.

County closes Sea Breeze Farm investigation, finds no cruelty, neglect

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

One month after King County Regional Animal Services opened an investigation into the conditions at one of Sea Breeze Farm’s pig holding areas, the case has been closed with no concerns, authorities said.

Reported gunshots heard Thursday determined to be islander target shooting

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

King County Sheriff’s Office officials said the gunshots multiple islanders reported hearing on Thursday afternoon were from an islander shooting targets on their own property.

Youth Mental Health First Aid class on Feb. 15

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

All are invited to attend a Youth Mental Health First Aid course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the Penny Farcy building on Bank Road.

Vashon senior candidate for U.S. Presidential Scholars program

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

Vashon Island High School senior Alden Rogers is one of 4,000 candidates throughout the nation eligible for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.

Applications available for Strawberry Festival musicians

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

Strawberry Festival 2016 will take place from Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17. Musicians and bands interested in performing should submit a 2016 Performer Application online at

Art abounds all around town

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

First Friday will feature works by multiple artists and the opening of Voice of Vashon's Storefront Studio.

UMO celebrates second annual circus fundraiser

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

UMO will hold its second annual Circus Spectacular beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

Classical music series will feature renowned artists, Beethoven sonatas

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

Vashon Allied Arts’ Classical Series will present an afternoon of Beethoven’s sonatas played by two renowned musicians, Angelo Rondello and Brittany Boulding, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Heron.

Boys’ basketball team extends season record, win streak to 15-3

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

Vashon High School's varsity boys' basketball team won two more games this past week, posting a 6-0 record in the Nisqually League and a 15-3 record overall for the 2015-2016 season thus far.

Girls’ basketball team falls to 2-4 in league play

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

The Vashon High School girls' basketball team lost another close contest to their rivals from Seattle Christian on Tuesday, Jan. 26, when the Warriors defeated the Pirates by three points.

Wrestling recap: Pirates kept coming back during roller coaster regular season, aim for State

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

On paper, this wrestling season was to have the greatest compilation of high school wrestling talent Vashon High School had ever produced. Hopes were high, and the excitement was infectious.

Vashon Valkyries reunion

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

Several Vashon Lacrosse Club Valkyries alumni competed in a collegiate tournament at the University of Oregon last weekend.

EDITORIAL: Huge homeless population needs to be addressed

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

More than 4,500 King County residents are homeless, up 19 percent from last year, according to last week’s One Night Count, an annual effort to account for the county’s homeless population.

Apparently sandwich board signs and guns just do not mix

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

I say get rid of all sandwich board signs unless they’re worn by a person in a fuzzy animal suit.

Now is the time to get real about guns, gun sales on Vashon

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

Boy, am I glad we now have easy access to guns here on Vashon. A landlord I know went to talk with a problem tenant and wound up staring down the barrel of the tenant’s gun.

Emotional extremism associated with guns causes problems

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

When people attribute outcomes to objects, I call it outcome attribution. A gun, for example, does nothing until a human interacts with it, legal immigration papers do not dictate a person’s work ethic and ownership of a Koran does not indicate a proclivity toward violent behavior.

Don’t let old opinions of VISD cloud judgement

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

A view persists in the Vashon community that prior to the last bond vote, our school board conspired to hoodwink us by falsely promising to save Vashon High School’s Building A, only to condemn it and build an entirely new school.

COMMENTARY: Mountain bike trails will enhance, not ruin, islanders’ experience at Dockton forest

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 5:00AM

I first witnessed young mountain bikers working on trails in Dockton forest several years ago. I was surprised and pleased to see kids not only actively involved outdoors in something other than organized sports, but putting in long hours of hard labor to improve the trail experience for bikers.

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