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School district braces for cuts, considers fundraising plan

  • Apr 1, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Apr 2, 2009 at 3:33PM

Vashon Island School District Superintendent Terry Lindquist, braced for state budget cuts that could cost the district as much as $850,000, has already put teachers on notice that the district will need to issue pink slips later this year.

State lawmakers call for new ferries

  • Apr 1, 2009 at 8:00AM updated Apr 2, 2009 at 3:33PM

If budget writers in Olympia have their way, Islanders will soon bid adieu to the Rhododendron — the oldest boat in the state ferry system’s fleet and the stalwart of the Tahlequah run for the past several decades.

Vashon Youth & Family Services faces tough financial picture

  • Apr 1, 2009 at 8:00AM updated Apr 2, 2009 at 3:33PM

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) could see a 10 to 15 percent across-the-board budget cut this year — the result of a decline in United Way funding, the state’s far-reaching budget troubles and other financial shortfalls wreaking havoc on the small agency’s ledger.

Washington Legislature won't restructure tax system; Vashon should speak up

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:02PM

The state is in a world of hurt. A deficit economic forecasters thought would reach $6 billion is now approaching a staggering $9 billion — making Washington one of the 10 worst states in the country in terms of its budget shortfall.

Rowers race and place at Green Lake regatta

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:35PM

At 4:50 a.m. Saturday, March 21, about 35 novice and experienced members of Vashon Island Junior Crew (VIJC) and about 20 members of the Vashon Rowing Club left Vashon Island to join 1,100 other rowers and participate in the 2009 Green Lake Spring Regatta.

Pirates baseball team beats two other teams by huge margins

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:34PM

The Vashon Pirates baseball team secured two Nisqually League wins by large margins last week to push their league and season record to 2-1. On Thursday, they hosted the Charles Wright Academy Tarriers of Tacoma.

In two games, Pirates suffer loss, then take last-minute win

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:32PM

A loss then a last-minute victory left the Pirate varsity boys soccer team with a 2-1 record in Nisqually League play after last week’s games. The JV team had only one game, a 4-4 tie with Charles Wright.

Ugandan priest sent back to Africa after struggling to adjust to life on Vashon

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:28PM

Rev. Sylvester Ssemanda, the Ugandan priest who was temporarily serving at Vashon’s Catholic church, is headed back to Africa earlier than expected.

Island expert growers give tips on jump-starting seedling growth

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:27PM

My vegetable seedlings have legs.

News briefs

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:23PM

Man who was in north-end ferry dock accident speaks out

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:22PM

Islander Kenneth Sudduth, whose accident at the north-end ferry dock Aug. 28 garnered much local attention, completed serving a six-month prison sentence and returned to Vashon last week.

Artists work together to weave a common thread

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:20PM

It’s not what you expect to find at an art gallery — a colorful line of hand-knitted socks hanging high above the entryway.

Renowned Iranian flutist to bring Persian classics to Vashon

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:18PM

A celebrated Iranian musician who’s achieved worldwide acclaim for his resurrection of classical Persian music will bring his ensemble and their haunting, passionate melodies to Vashon.

Teens slake a musical thirst

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:17PM

Islanders will be treated to a long, cool drink of some of Vashon’s finest music this weekend, thanks to an intrepid group of McMurray eighth-graders who are raising money to install a new water fountain at the school.

Film, music and a comedy night are on the Rock this week

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:16PM

Vashon Theatre and Vashon Film Society will present Morgan Taylor’s “Gustafer Yellowgold” at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 5.

Letters to the Editor: April 1

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 1:05PM

Weigh in on library’s location and help shape Vashon’s future

  • Apr 1, 2009 at 7:00AM

Vashon’s public library connects our community to the world, just as Thriftway, Vashon Market and the Farmers Market feed us and The Beachcomber and The Loop help inform our civic debates. All are vital parts of our town culture; none are expendable. Where they are, what they look like and how effectively they operate are important to the complex daily life of our community. We depend on them.

Ferry system’s future rests with the state Legislature

  • Apr 1, 2009 at 7:00AM

Last Thursday the state Senate released its 2009-11 proposed Senate Transportation Budget.

Compassion can deepen parents’ connections with their teens

  • Apr 1, 2009 at 7:00AM

Editor’s note: According to statewide data, Vashon teens are more likely to have used marijuana or alcohol in the last 30 days than their peers statewide.

Vashon commandments discovered

  • Apr 1, 2009 at 7:00AM

Horse arena project loses promised funding

  • Mar 27, 2009 at 2:30PM

Equestrians on Vashon won't have a covered riding arena any time soon, after former Islander Tom Stewart informed the group last month that he won't pony up the $220,000 he'd promised to the project several years ago.

Video: Vashon farmers market springs to life

  • Mar 24, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Mar 26, 2009 at 1:23PM

The Vashon Farmers Market opened on Saturday, celebrating the first day of spring with live music, free soup, lots of plant starts and plenty of hand-crafted goods.

Cyber-campaign garners attention for conservation district election

  • Mar 25, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Mar 26, 2009 at 9:21AM

On Thursday, when a county conservation agency held an election for one of its board members, more than 30 times as many Vashon residents voted than in 2008 — suggesting a powerful get-out-the-vote campaign had swelled the Island’s numbers.

Pending sale of Vashon Village adds fuel to library debate

  • Mar 25, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 2:57PM

Vashon Village owner Dan McClary, who waged a contentious, three-year battle to secure water for his long-desired inn, is now poised to sell the 4.5-acre commercial park to two businessmen.

Vashon's beloved tulip treee comes down

  • Mar 25, 2009 at 2:55PM

A beloved and massive tulip tree at the edge of Island Lumber's parking lot on Bank Road was felled on Wednesday, leaving an empty spot not only along the busy road but also in many Islanders' hearts.

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