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Girls’ tennis sees success going into Thursday match

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon girls' tennis team finished up a busy week prior to spring break. For the week of April 4, the team started out with a much-needed practice day on Monday. On Tuesday, it hosted Northwest Christian for a home match.

BREAKING: Company cancels Tacoma methanol plant project

  • Apr 19, 2016 at 12:56PM

The company proposing to build a $3.4 billion methanol production plant at the Port of Tacoma announced Tuesday morning that it was "ending development options" and terminating its lease at the port, effectively cancelling the project.

COMMENTARY: There are many ways to stay pesticide free during season of ravenous slugs

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

In spring I'm reminded of Theodore Roethke's poem about slugs. He calls them "a fat, five-inch appendage /Creeping slowly over the wet grass/ Eating the heart out of my garden."

Baseball Pirates move to 7-1, with season’s first loss to Cedar Park Christian and back-to-back wins against Charles Wright

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Pirates lost their first game of the season in an error-filled debacle against Cedar Park Christian on Monday, April 4, by a final score of 11-5, but rebounded with two solid wins over league rival Charles Wright on April 5 and 8. The team's season record now stands at seven wins and one loss.

A big congratulations to the Friends of Mukai

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The American justice system is not known for being quick, and when the already complicated Mukai property ownership issue was extended by multiple appeals, the process became even longer, testing the patience of all involved.

Chamber seeking Strawberry Festival grand marshal, unofficial mayor submissions

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The weather is warming up, and coming with it are preparations for Vashon's summer festivities. The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Strawberry Festival's Grand Parade Grand Marshal and for unofficial mayor candidates.

Around Town

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Band plays sweet soul at the Bike

Local author reads from new YA novel set abroad

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

As a storyteller and school librarian, islander Bob Jonas knows what kids like to read. As a writer of young adult fiction, he knows how to hook his audience — create a challenge for the youthful protagonist in a tough position and see how they do. In his latest novel, "Imposter," a 16-year-old American boy at an international school in Saudi Arabia masquerades as an online cleric, and the stunt causes serious fallout. Jonas will discuss "Imposter" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Vashon Bookshop.

Best-selling author reads from new nonfiction thriller

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Call it luck. Call it synchronicity or even fate, but the stars aligned on the day in 1953 when an elite fighter pilot flew a stolen Soviet MiG-15 jet out of North Korea and defected to the West. The story of his escape, North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung's subsequent rise to power and the United States' seldom-discussed role in the Korean War are the focus of best-selling author Blaine Harden's riveting historical thriller, "The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot: A True Story About the Birth of Tyranny in North Korea." Harden will read and discuss his newly-released paperback at 6 p.m. Thursday at Vashon Bookshop.

Annual auctions held this month raise more than $175,000 for Harbor School, Vashon-Maury Cooperative Preschool

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Two island schools recently held auctions to raise money for the continued education of young islanders and together raised nearly $200,000.

McMurray students learn about, take on ocean pollution

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Students at McMurray Middle School are learning about ocean garbage through a project that will include a visit from an adventurer and filmmaker, who will show some of her films on Vashon next week.

Latest round of Granny’s grants awards $100,000

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The latest round of Granny's Attic grants have gone to eight Vashon nonprofits offering health-related programs and services to islanders across the age spectrum.

School board discusses second bond effort

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon's school board last Wednesday met to discuss plans for a second bond attempt and decided to meet with a consultant in an effort to price out a variety of bond options.

Victory: Local group gains ownership of Vashon’s historic Mukai property after years of court battles

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Cherry blossoms are symbols of the spring, a time of renewal and new beginnings. Just as the pink and white blossoms began to burst forth this year, a new beginning was in store for the island's historic Mukai property and the local group that has been fighting to take control of it.

TIME & AGAIN: Vashon-Maury Garden Club has had a passion for dirt since the 1940s

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Clubs and organizations have always played an important role in developing Vashon-Maury Island's social network. As the island was settled in the 1880s, churches, fraternal organizations, social groups and community clubs all helped to provide the social glue that held together a diverse island of separate water-based communities.

School board needs public input

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The school board has started developing the next bond proposal without public input. Board Chair Bob Hennessey's top priority is a new track and field. He wants the board to decide if it should be usable year-round without first considering the health, safety or environmental concerns the community expressed about artificial turf. If you care about that, you better let the board know.

Levy is essential for school operations

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

To the editor,

Levy will maintain what we have now

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Fellow islanders,

Body pulled from water near Luana Beach identified as island man | Updated

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 12, 2016 at 10:36AM

The King County Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday identified the 59-year-old Vashon man pulled from the water off Luana Beach last Wednesday morning, April 6, and ruled his death a suicide.

Exhibit explores history of island schools

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Apr 7, 2016 at 12:10PM

It's hard to believe that once upon a time during Vashon's relatively short history, islanders called Cemetery Road the Mason-Dixon Line. Division ran deep between north and south, due in part to a bitter rivalry between the two high schools, one in Burton and one near Vashon. By 1927, the animosity peaked with fisticuffs, an incident that according to early island historian Roland Carey, "convinced thoughtful people that the rivalry must end."

Former poet laureate reads from new book

  • Apr 7, 2016 at 11:19AM

Former Vashon poet laureate, painter and sculptor Ina Whitlock will read from her latest book of poems, “Moments Out of Time,” at 6 p.m. Friday at Vashon Bookshop.

Poetry project receives national recognition

  • Apr 7, 2016 at 11:18AM

In honor of National Poetry Month, The Academy of American Poets spotlighted the Stories of Arrival: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project, a program founded by poet and long-time islander Merna Ann Hecht.

Unofficial mayor candidate introduced at market

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 10:28AM

Saturday marked the first Vashon Farmers Market of the 2016 season and in addition to the regular farmers, and vendors, a special guest was present: Noodle the Sheep.

After tough first year, young farmer takes lessons learned and finds his stride

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:43AM

*Editors Note: This story is the first in a series profiling new and young farmers on Vashon. Young farmers are rare, with the USDA reporting the average age of farm operators nationwide is 58. The average age of a farmer in Washington State is 59.

Home’s deck burns on Ridge Road

  • Apr 6, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue firefighters work to clean up after a deck caught fire at a home in the 19000 block of Ridge Road Thursday afternoon.

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