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Levy supplements state funding to meet school district needs

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 6:00AM

I hope that you will join us in supporting the school district’s four-year renewal levy on Feb. 11.

We might have something to learn about respect

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 6:00AM

I am not a Catholic and have not practiced approved Catholic family planning.

Levy provides needed funding

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 6:00AM

It’s school election season again on Vashon. You may have noticed the reappearance of the colorful lawn signs all over the island. They are in the yards of people who support the schools’ renewal of the Maintenance and Operations Levy, which will be on the Feb. 11 ballot.

Education is most vital to our future

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 6:00AM

I have called Vashon Island my home for 20 years and have contributed time and money to dozens of island organizations — everything from those who protect pets to land, from the oldest to our youngest citizens and for every kind of sports, arts and service group our citizens have created to enrich island life. Each provide an important dimension of color and strength to the fabric of our community.

Signs of change as park district moves forward | Editorial

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 6:00AM

We’re encouraged by continued signs of fiscal responsibility at the Vashon Park District.

Vote yes, schools levy is as vital as ever on Vashon | Editorial

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

There’s little question whether the local schools levy on the ballot that Vashon voters will receive in the mail this week will pass. The Maintenance and Operations Levy that provides more than 20 percent of the school district’s budget each year has been supported on the island for more than two decades, and we doubt that will change this year.

Marijuana company is close to purchase of K2 building

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 5:08PM

A legal marijuana company has placed an offer on the K2 building and the offer has been accepted, according to Dan Anglin, a spokesman for the company, Bakkhos Holding.

Robotics team heads to state contest this month

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

One of Vashon’s robotics team is headed to state competition after coming in first at a match earlier this month.

New rating shows an improved fire department

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

An improved state rating for Vashon’s firefighting capabilities could mean insurance savings for islanders and provides what officials call a tool to further improve Vashon Island Fire & Rescue’s (VIFR) response abilities.

School on the leading edge of a growing practice

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 6:00PM

The Vashon Chamber of Commerce routinely fields calls from people from all over wondering about places to stay on the island, the vast majority of which come from people planning to attend classes at the Northwest School of Animal Massage.

Football star has local roots

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

As football season draws to a close and Seahawks fans are near spent from the anticipation of the game their earth-moving cheers have been driving the team toward all season, one island family has its sights set on the NFL’s other post-season game — and for good reason.

Seattle singers join Vashon brewery to celebrate Robert Burns

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

Saturday marks the birth of the 18th-century bard Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, lyricist and favorite son. Countless highly ritualized Burns Suppers will be held across the western world to celebrate the man who penned the New Year’s song “Auld Lang Syne” and Scotland’s unofficial national anthem “Scots Wha Hae” with grace, some toasts and an ample serving of haggis.

The next generation of UMO performs

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 9:00AM

There comes a point in the life of every performer when they pass the baton onto the next generation. For the acclaimed UMO Ensemble, that moment will happen on Saturday evening at the Open Space for Arts & Community when students — not the professionals — of the UMO School of Physical Arts will jump through hoops, tumble on mats, swing from aerial silks and generally clown around in the first annual Circus Spectacular.

Islander sets out to create a home for children in Nepal

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

Some of Nepal’s homeless children will soon have a safe place to live if islander Josh Bingham’s plans to build a new home for them comes to fruition.

Arts & Humanities talk will focus on Mayo Clinic’s creative approach to health care

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 4:00PM

Health care insurance is a subject that’s grabbed headlines for much of 2013, but the other half of that equation ­— health care delivery — has remained largely in the shadows. Vashon Allied Arts’ popular Arts & Humanities series will host Gerry Greaney, whose career is dedicated to progressive “design thinking” about transforming health care delivery, at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Blue Heron.

Growing DoVE Project begins group for male survivors of domestic violence

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

The DoVE Project will begin a new group for male survivors of domestic violence, filling what the nonprofit says is a significant need on the island.

Vashon schools levy is up for renewal

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

Ballots for King County’s Feb. 11 election were mailed to voters this week and include just one item for Vashon: a request to renew a four-year levy that helps fund the island’s three public schools.

Council to host meeting on fighting crime

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Vashon Maury Island Community Council (VMICC) will host a meeting next Monday meant to discuss how islanders can reduce crime and increase safety on Vashon.

VHS grapplers win lopsided victory

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 12:35PM

The Pirate traveled Bellevue Christian for a Nisqually League dual meet last Thursday, when the Pirates put a choke hold on the Vikings, winning the match by a remarkable score of 75-3.

Strong Vashon team meets its match in Eatonville

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 12:33PM

Last week the Pirate basketball team showed it is a team of warriors. Both of its games were fought all the way to the end, the first one ending in a heartbreaking loss at Eatonville, 66-65. The Friday night game, however, was an intense thriller, as Charles Wright made the trip across the sound and lost to Vashon, 49-45.

Baby is result of holy union

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are written in that order for a reason. Without life there is no liberty, without liberty, no pursuit of happiness. In abortion, the woman’s pursuit of “happiness” is trumping another person’s right to life. A unique, innocent human being is destroyed in an abortion.

Funds used for Right to Life March could be put to better use

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 12:00PM

The miracle of birth is not actually a miracle. It is science, and it is something that most 12-year-old girls can accomplish with very little effort.

Marijuana can cause harm

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 6:00AM

Seems many on Vashon are eager to cash in on the legalization of marijuana, and everyone else seems to be rolling over and accepting the inevitable. No one mentions how harmful marijuana is to our youth.

Let’s rethink the charges leveled at pot

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 5:00PM

want to respond to Susan Wolf’s recent column about marijuana (“Experience shows pot can harm a community, Jan. 15), but I just don’t know where to begin. How about starting with how she lumped together all illegal drugs, from marijuana to methamphetamines? Does anyone agree that these two drugs are equally dangerous? What would you rather have in your neighborhood, a garden or a meth lab?

Local government is the most effective option in managing parks

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 12:13PM

n a recent opinion column, CC Stone wrote that a nonprofit might be preferable to local government in taking care of our parks. I disagree because I appreciate the unique value of a locally controlled government entity. I was there 30 years ago when the Vashon Park District was formed.

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