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Tattoo shop opens in Old Fuller Store

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:20PM

Few people would count tattooing among Vashon’s cottage industries. But then again, few people know an Islander designs and builds some of the world’s best custom tattoo machines, and he just opened a tattoo shop on the Island.

Park board endorses school bond

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:17PM

On Feb. 10, the Vashon Park District board unanimously threw its support behind the Island’s upcoming school bond proposal.

Property taxes up 4 percent

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:16PM

The average Vashon property owner will see his or her property taxes increase by nearly 4 percent this year, from an average tax bill of $4,166 to an average bill of $4,328, according to the King County Assessor’s Office.

Girls basketball team tallies two final league wins

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:15PM

The Vashon Pirates ended the 2008-09 regular season with two league victories last week, bringing their record to 15-4, or 10-2 in the Nisqually League.

Three girls grapplers grab state slots

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:14PM

Three girls advance to Mat Classic, the state championship wrestling tournament, and the Pirates were the sixth place team in the regional tournament last Saturday at Emerald Ridge.

Five boys grapplers head to state

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:13PM

At the regional wrestling tournament held last Saturday at Bellevue Christian High School, five tough Vashon Pirates ascended the ladder into the Tacoma Dome where the state tournament will be held this weekend. Once inside the Dome, each wrestler will compete with 15 others in his weight class to determine the best in the state.

Seals swim to first-place finish in Port Angeles

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:11PM

Four members of the boys relay team from Vashon’s swim team, the Seals, attended the Division 5 February Challenge Meet, Feb. 7 and 8, in Port Angeles.

Vashon troupe premieres new play

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:02PM

A new full-length production by the acclaimed Island performance troupe, UMO Ensemble, is about to have its world premiere.

The Bike brings twang and reggae beats to town

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 4:00PM

Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi’s upcoming musical offerings will include two bands, each offering a different style of high-energy dance music.

Arts briefs: Feb. 18

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:59PM

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 18

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:52PM

Editorial: The Oscars on Vashon

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:48PM

On Sunday, the best and brightest in film will be recognized at the 81st annual Academy Awards in Hollywood — and thanks to Vashon Film Society, the event will take center stage on Vashon as well.

Islanders will be repaid in time if bond passes

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:47PM

I write this with considerable trepidation. I own a business here on Vashon and have always avoided taking a public stand on political issues in an effort to avoid misrepresenting the ideas or wishes of my company’s associates. But when the school bond issue approached, I felt I must take a stand since there is so much at stake.

Discrimination lawsuit exposes sexism

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:46PM

I love our Vashon community. And I should not be surprised that once again our small community is a microcosm of a dysfunctional family — complete with skeletons lurking in the closets and elephants in the living room that need to be acknowledged.

Gaza and Israel: The full picture is not portrayed clearly in the media

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:45PM

In the ongoing siege and bombardment of Gaza, Israel has prevented outside journalists into the territory, ensuring that the media slant paints Hamas as the villain and itself as victim. This is what has prompted me to write — to balance the information Islanders may have received.


  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:42PM

Sustainable living is a good aim for small Islands

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 3:16PM

My home is on 10 acres of forest land near the middle of Vashon Island. We use a wood stove that consumes about three cords of firewood each year. Trees around us show tree rings of about half an inch a year. A little arithmetic demonstrates that our forest produces more than 100 cords of new wood annually. In the 25 years we have lived here, we have burned less than the volume of wood provided by one year’s forest growth. That part of our lives, at least, is sustainable.

Do Vashon kids need a new gym, track and field?

  • Feb 12, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 11:10AM

Talk to Jeff Rauma, a Vashon High School basketball player, and one hears in his voice the desperate need for a second gym. Because of high demand for gym space in the winter months, early dawn is the only time the junior varsity basketball team can claim an hour or two on the high school’s maple-floor court. So every morning, Rauma arrives at school by 5:45 a.m., determined to play a sport he loves.

Ferry advocates unite for rally at the Capitol next week

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Feb 12, 2009 at 11:03AM

A week from today, thousands are expected to converge in Olympia to insist legislators give Washington State Ferries the money it needs to serve the Puget Sound for decades to come.

Chief Lipe promises to work to alter fire district’s culture

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Feb 12, 2009 at 11:03AM

Vowing that his “commitment will be relentless,” Vashon Island Fire & Rescue Chief Hank Lipe said he plans to change the agency’s culture and transform the small fire department into a model free of discrimination.

Vashon Auto Parts closes due to cash crunch

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Feb 12, 2009 at 11:03AM

Vashon Auto Parts closed unexpectedly and without fanfare on Feb. 4, just hours after owner Stu Luhr found out his business did not receive a “gap loan” he’d been counting on.

Despite support, Back Bay bids adieu

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Feb 12, 2009 at 11:03AM

Though Islanders have been vocal in their support of Back Bay Inn, well-wishing wasn’t enough to keep the beloved Burton eatery and bed and breakfast open.

Lands commissioner Peter Goldmark to review Glacier’s lease

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 5:09PM

Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark said Monday he plans to review Glacier Northwest’s state-issued lease to aquatic lands off the shores of Maury Island to see if the 30-year document is consistent with efforts to protect and restore Puget Sound.


  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:53PM

Islanders make stone soup together

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:49PM

More than 40 Islanders met for a “stone soup” dinner and discussion of the community’s needs in these difficult economic times on Sunday, Feb. 1. The event was sponsored by Vision for Vashon, a new community group whose members are trying to find ways to help their Island neighbors in these hard times.

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