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County announces plan to buy Mukai barreling plant

  • Today at 12:00AM updated at 9:42AM

King County's department of natural resources has an agreement to buy the Mukai barreling plant, and county officials hope the sale will be completed by the beginning of next year.

“Tales of Darkness”: Collaborative puppet show will bring monsters to life

  • Today at 1:31AM

In a more than 250-year-old warehouse on a rainy autumn evening just days before Halloween, a team of artists, musicians and actors are concocting entertainment fit for the season.

Wildlife expert to discuss predators Thursday

  • Today at 1:31AM

With at least one cougar visiting Vashon since summer and a black bear reported on the island recently, a wildlife expert is slated to speak Thursday evening and provide information on the large animals, their behavior and how to avoid conflicts with both.

Burton Inn building sells to new owner with restoration plans

  • Today at 1:30AM

The Burton Inn property has a new owner who hopes to restore the main building with classic Victorian workmanship and turn it into a bed and breakfast.

Granny’s Attic completes fall grant cycle

  • Today at 1:30AM

The members of Granny's Attic completed their fall granting cycle earlier this month and awarded $110,000 to local health-related programs.

County seeks input on human service needs on Vashon

  • Today at 1:30AM

County officials will host a public meeting this Thursday, seeking input for the potential renewal of the Veterans and Human Services Levy.

King County begins pilot property tax program

  • Today at 1:30AM

King County homeowners facing foreclosure of their homes because of delinquent property taxes may benefit from a program implemented this month that allows for partial payments, which previously have not been accepted.

Islanders turn out to provide input on community plan

  • Today at 1:30AM

Last week a crowd of more than 100 islanders attended a meeting to provide feedback on some elements of the Community Service Area Plan, currently being drafted.

Eggleston’s “The Cyclone Line” restores voices lost in the dust

  • Today at 1:30AM

Coffee is widely known to be fertilizer for the creative process, and it was over a cup o' joe that singer-songwriter Kat Eggleston and director-producer Charlotte Tiencken hatched the idea that spawned "The Cyclone Line."

Two junior boats take on Head of the Charles

  • Today at 1:30AM

Vashon Island Rowing Club's juniors were divided last weekend with some at a regatta on the East coast and others traveling internationally. The team was also larger than usual with the addition of members from a visiting German rowing team. Despite the distance and logistics, the team brought home a number of medals and placed well in a national event on Sunday.

Football team sees season’s first win

  • Today at 1:30AM

The Vashon High School Pirates played two conference games last week, resulting in their first win and another loss. They beat Chimacum at home, 55-35, and lost to Port Townsend in Port Townsend, 41-6. Vashon is now 1-7 for the 2016 football season.

Girls’ soccer shuts out rival Charles Wright

  • Today at 1:30AM

On Thursday, Oct. 20, the Vashon Island High School girls' soccer team won its last home game of the season against the Charles Wright Tarriers. Playing the rival team was a fitting last home game as the Pirates had suffered a painful loss at the last game against Charles Wright and weren't about to let it happen again.

Boys’ tennis sends two to district tournament

  • Today at 1:30AM

The 2016 boys' tennis team got off to a great start this fall. After graduating 10 of the 12 players from last year's team, there were only two returners, and it was questionable as to whether there would be enough players for a team. Instead, there was a large turnout of 19 new players joining the two returners.

EDITORIAL: Granny’s grants support range of medical needs

  • Today at 1:30AM

Granny's Attic has awarded $110,000 to island health-related organizations, but among the grants for Vashon Community Care and the newly opened Neighborcare Health clinic was $3,000 for the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness. The reason for the funds? Medical marijuana.

How to vote progressive on most important issues

  • Today at 1:30AM

Our ballots are arriving for the most important election of the year. Here is our chance to have our say, to make a difference in the halls of political power.

Crucial for islanders to attend tonight’s meeting

  • Today at 1:30AM

By Washington State Ferries' (WSF) own admission, the triangle route is its most difficult to manage. Our humble little ferry run is WSF's problem child, primarily because keeping it on schedule is an elusive task. Now, take note of the following statement: WSF hates nothing more than falling behind schedule. Here's a list of things that WSF hates less: leaving ticketed cars on the dock while departing ferries have room for more, long lines of cars on Fauntleroy Avenue and the ire of ferry riders who plead for changes.

COMMENTARY: You can grow grains here

  • Today at 1:30AM

I grew up on a 40-acre farm in New York State where my family grew 20 different crops for fresh market. It was a love-hate relationship for me. I loved being outside and watching the plants grow from tiny seedlings to sturdy plants that produced bushels of food. Waking up to the sounds of the Johnny Popper tractor and the steel wheels of the antique potato digger churning was where the hate came in.

Say ‘no’ to expanding town

  • Today at 1:30AM

As the co-chair of the past town plan committee, the proposed expansion of the town border in the recent planning effort caught my attention. Affordable housing is one of the important objectives of this planning. To achieve this objective, there is an option to expand the town boundary out into 100 acres of land into the critical aquifer recharge area, now zoned rural, and allow greater density.

I-732 is chance to make sustainable choices cheap, easy

  • Today at 1:30AM

It was great to read Randy Smith's commentary in support of I-732 ("For the birds: Vote 'yes' on I-732, tax emissions," Oct. 12).

Be safe during hunting season

  • Today at 1:30AM

On Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m., two gun shots were heard and two camo-clad men were dragging two deer in my neighbor's yard on the Burton Peninsula approximately 100 yards from my house. The deer were shot at very close range and dragged to my neighbor's driveway where the two men put it into a truck. The sheriff's deputies told me the car was registered in Graham.

Public meeting with ferry chief, officials set for next Wednesday

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:15AM

This version of the story corrects the time of the Wednesday, Oct. 26, meeting. It begins at 6 p.m. at McMurray Middle School.

Living ‘vibrantly in the face of adversity’: Islander learns to live life with cancer

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 1:30AM

One late afternoon last month, while the spun-gold of autumn's fading light filtered through the madrona trees, a Los Angeles-based film crew gathered at the home of Phil Volker on Wax Orchard Road. The location, worthy of starring in a film, set the scene for a joyous reunion of the director, crew, cast and friends of the award-winning documentary, "Phil's Camino," on the eve of the film's presentation at the Port Townsend Film Festival.

Predicted destructive weekend storm falls flat

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 1:30AM

When weather forecasters last week announced the remnants of Pacific Typhoon Songda would slam into the Pacific Northwest Saturday, bringing excessive rain and wind gusts potentially up to 60 mph, islanders began to prepare for the worst.

Dockton Store owners seeking information about hit and run

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 1:30AM

The owners of the Dockton General Store building are asking members of the public to come forward with any information they may have about a hit and run over the weekend that damaged the building's awning support and mailbox.

Fire commissioners approve paramedic plan at public meeting, process moves forward

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon's fire board last Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve a plan to combine Vashon's paramedics with those of the South King County Medic One system.

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