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TIME & AGAIN: The curious case of Vashon ivy

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

English ivy. It chokes everything in its path, it is lush and green ... and it is everywhere. Vashon Island has the perfect climate and growing conditions for English ivy to flourish. It has flourished so well it has become the kudzu of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, ivy has thrived on Vashon to the point that King County Parks has started an "Ivy Free Vashon" program, and the Vashon Land Trust has developed "The Vashon Ivy League," an ivy eradication program, to try and rid the island of this creeping menace.

Vashon schools implement new restorative justice discipline program

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:54AM

With revised discipline policies, administrators at all three of Vashon's public schools are changing the way they discipline students by focusing on having conversations and rebuilding relationships.

Wildlife experts: Cougar may have left Vashon

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:54AM

Cougar stories have traveled far and wide on the island this summer, but leaders of the Vashon Nature Center are saying they believe the animal may have left.

Islander falls from downtown roof into abandoned cistern

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:54AM

An island man sustained serious injuries last week after he fell from a downtown rooftop between two buildings and crashed through wood covering an old cistern.

Ferry system plans for public process this fall, aims to make improvements next spring

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:54AM

After meeting with Sen. Sharon Nelson and members of ferry advisory committees last week regarding boarding procedures at Fauntleroy, ferry officials say they are planning for community outreach this fall with the goal of implementing recommendations in the spring.

Neighborcare on track to open Vashon clinic next month

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:54AM

Neighborcare Health is still aiming to open the clinic at Sunrise Ridge by the middle or end of September, and a variety of preparations are underway to make that happen, from raising funds to hiring staff.

Behind on property taxes, golf course assesses members in effort to stay viable

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:54AM

The Vashon Golf & Swim Club owes more than $36,000 in delinquent property taxes, leading the club's proprietary members to institute a first-of-its-kind assessment to all members to help make up the difference.

Lower speed limit proposed for north end stretch of Vashon Highway

  • Sep 1, 2016 at 11:34AM

The speed limit along a 2-mile stretch of Vashon Highway on the north end will likely soon be lowered, and islanders are encouraged to comment on the proposal, according to the King County Department of Transportation.

Sunday bus service returns to island in September after 16 years

  • Aug 30, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Sep 1, 2016 at 6:10PM

Amid King County Metro's efforts to determine which transit alternatives can be brought to Vashon, the department has reinstated Sunday bus service 16 years after it was discontinued.

Pirates suffer painful 42-26 loss at first game of season

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

The 2016 VHS football season had a rough start with Friday's away game in Forks. The Pirates fought hard with a light squad, but lost to the Spartans on a new artificial turf field, losing 42-26 in the non-league match.

Vashon schools: New year brings gratitude for strengths of district, community

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

I love my job because every day I learn something new from the people around me — the faculty, staff, students, volunteers and parents of Vashon Island School District. I enjoy casual encounters with more than 1,500 students as I walk the campuses checking in on student experiences and on staff and faculty well-being. I am inspired and stimulated by thoughtful conversations with students, faculty, parents and community members about their concerns and ideas that address our ongoing challenges.

Being prepared should not wait until winter

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Cascadia Rising exercise a few months ago cemented the realization that an earthquake could seriously cut off the island from timely mainland help. Now, September is National Preparedness Month and islanders are urged to join with local organizations to learn about getting prepared for everything from power outages, to serious winter storms, to earthquakes.

Trio rocks classic covers

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Glenn Cannon Blues Trio will perform for the first time on Vashon at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.

PSE Foundation grant supports training center upgrades

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

VashonBePrepared received a $10,000 grant last week from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation to help with a renovation of the Penny Farcy Training Center.

Seattle Rock Orchestra plays Pink Floyd

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO) previously performed on Vashon to a sold-out audience, featuring hits from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. SRO returns to play Pink Floyd's entire "Dark Side of the Moon" album at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Katherine L White Hall.

Vashon Opera opens Season Eight with “Dialogues of the Carmelites”

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

Toward the end of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, 16 Carmelite nuns gathered at the base of a guillotine and kissed a small statue of the Virgin Mary hidden in the hands of the order's prioress, before climbing the scaffolding to their death. Ten days later, the Reign of Terror ended.

September Poetry Well features Vashon’s current poet laureate

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by the current Vashon Poet Laurate Cal Kinnear.

State tests: fewer opt-outs, higher scores

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

The results from the second year of Smarter Balanced testing in English/language arts and math show that most island students performed exceedingly better than state averages.

Island organizations begin hunger awareness campaign this month as attendance at free food programs climbs

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:05AM

With September marking Hunger Action Month, Vashon's food bank, senior center and the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness are starting a campaign to raise awareness about hunger in the community.

Fulton Family Medicine to close as fundraising for Neighborcare expands

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:06AM

The island's health care landscape is changing again, as Dr. Gail Fulton, owner of Fulton Family Medicine, will soon close her clinic and join the staff of Vashon's Neighborcare clinic; meanwhile, the fundraisng effort to support Neighborcare Health on the island is underway, while work continues for the clinic to open this month.

National Preparedness Month: Time to get set for emergencies

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:07AM

The threat of a major earthquake is ever present in this region, and as summer gives way to fall, winter storms are on the horizon, a reminder of the importance of being prepared not just for a future disaster, but for unexpected emergencies and routine power outages.

Effort to rebuild salmon habitat at Judd Creek begins with logs

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:08AM

Last week, Vashon-Maury Island Basin Steward Greg Rabourn and a team of King County Department of Natural Resources employees placed multiple logs in the Judd Creek estuary in an attempt to create a healthy habitat.

Chautauqua’s summer reading program brings success

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:08AM

When some Chautauqua students headed back to school this week, their reading skills were stronger than when they left school in June, thanks to a program that brought reading help to them in their homes.

Suicide prevention organization will premiere short film about islander

  • Sep 7, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:33AM

This Saturday, in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day, the University of Washington's Forefront organization will premiere its short film "Thunderstorm in my Brain" about the death by suicide of 14-year-old islander Palmer Burk, to be followed by a suicide awareness and prevention training at the Vashon Theatre.

Clinic fundraising campaign continues to expand

  • Sep 9, 2016 at 5:25PM

Fundraising efforts for the Neighborcare clinic soon to open on Vashon continue grow, with a storefront space established downtown and island volunteers committed to the cause slated to be present around town this weekend and beyond.

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