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- Feb 24, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 10:21AM
Islander Alisa Church made her way through the crowded, bustling halls of Chautauqua Elementary School on a recent afternoon, moving slowly and methodically as she sang out greetings to pint-sized students. It’s a scene that has repeated itself five days a week, for close to five years now, as Church has become one of Chautauqua’s most reliable, well-known and devoted classroom volunteers. During that time, she has watched hundreds of children pass through the corridors of the elementary school. But the children have also watched Church, learning, along the way, a lot from her about the realities and challenges of living with a disability.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Feb 24, 2010 at 8:51AM
One of Annie Miksch’s sheep at her Dilworth Loop farm was euthanized after a dog slipped into her barn and attacked it earlier this month, raising concerns among Miksch and her neighbors about the safety of other livestock in their north-end neighborhood.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 12:22PM
An enormous community drum named Buffalo Heart will keep the beat as Islanders file into the Vashon Theatre on Saturday afternoon.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 12:21PM
The Cody Rivers Show, an acclaimed two-person performance group, will bring physical comedy and more to the Blue Heron stage this Sunday.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 12:20PM
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:42AM
For decades, newspapers have published letters to the editor, a tradition that is steeped in time-honored practices. The laws of libel, of course, apply. But so do certain sensibilities about the meaning and feel of civic discourse.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:42AM
I was glad to hear about White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s recent gaffe and the kerfuffle it caused. For those not familiar with the story, he was quoted in the Wall Street Journal using the phrase “f***ing retarded.” Disability advocates were suitably outraged; some called for his resignation.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:30AM
Ours is a small pond. We know which kids imbibe and which couples are separating. It’s enough to make you pretty claustrophobic. Given this proximity, after a while, we decide it is easier on all concerned if we avoid shaking people up too much. After all, you’ll see them in Thriftway tomorrow. So I apologize in advance if I ruffle any feathers. Chalk it up to a 2010 goal to be a little less cognizant of feather-ruffling and more honest with folks.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:51AM
The Pirates beat the Life Christian Eagles at their last home game Feb. 16 but fell to the Cascade Christian Cougars in their first playoff game Feb. 20. Though the Pirates lost Saturday’s game, Vashon and Cascade Christian are 2010 Nisqually League co-champions — Vashon’s sixth consecutive league title.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:49AM
For senior Sam Chapman, the climax to his 15-year wrestling career hinged on the last 10 seconds of the championship match for the state 112-pound title on Saturday.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:48AM
Minutes before taking the floor for the last regular season home game on Feb. 16, the Vashon girls basketball team had its sights set squarely on the fact that there was more to be done. The favored Pirates needed a win over the Life Christian High School Eagles to force a playoff game to settle second place in Nisqually League and the right to play in the league title game.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:54AM
The audience held its breath as a trio of flamboyantly dressed nurse practitioners stepped forward to take the mic. They spelled “cachexia” correctly, and the Dancing Queen Bees were crowned champions of the 2009 “Spell It” Spelling Bee on Vashon.
- Feb 19, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Feb 23, 2010 at 10:47AM
The Feb. 14 Arizona helicopter crash that claimed the life of food service mogul and former Islander Thomas J. Stewart also killed four others, who were named by Services Group of America on Friday.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:34AM
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:33AM
I eat. You eat. We all eat. How simple is that? Food sustains life. How could it possibly be controversial?
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:31AM
- Feb 22, 2010 at 9:05AM
Vashon's homeowners saw a nearly 14 percent increase in their 2010 tax bills, even as property values dropped on average nearly 8 percent, according to King County Assessor Lloyd Hara.
- Feb 16, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Feb 17, 2010 at 12:43PM
Why, when we are so kind in person, are Islanders so rude on our roadways?
- Feb 17, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 10:47AM
Most Islanders know the house well — a beige-colored split-level on 87th Ave. S.W., where a man was gunned down on an otherwise quiet August evening two-and-a-half years ago.
- Feb 17, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 10:43AM
A plan to install an open-sided shelter at Dockton Park has stirred some controversy among park users, some of whom think the structure will block water views and break up a flat grassy area. But proponents of the plan and King County officials said the simple structure will cause little disturbance at the park and perform an important function — honoring the heritage of Dockton, a Maury community that once boasted an impressive maritime culture and industry.
- Feb 17, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 10:42AM
No decisions have been made about the future of a stretch of Dockton Road that hugs Tramp Harbor, and King County officials are continuing to explore all of its options, the county’s roads division chief said.
- Feb 15, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Feb 16, 2010 at 5:15PM
Thomas J. Stewart, a controversial political and financial figure who delighted Islanders for years with his huge fireworks displays over Quartermaster Harbor, died in a horrific helicopter crash in a desert wash in Arizona Sunday.
- Feb 16, 2010 at 12:10PM
Arrogant. Ignorant. Out-of-touch. Criminal. I have been called all of these because I voted to temporarily suspend Initiative 960. In 2007, I-960 was approved by 51 percent of the voters. The measure has many provisions, but the one that most affects the Legislature is a requirement that all tax increases pass each chamber by a two-thirds vote. This is the same requirement to pass a constitutional amendment. Senate Bill 6130 — which the Senate approved last week — suspends this initiative in its entirety.
- Feb 16, 2010 at 12:53PM
It’s been a more than a month since a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, and Islanders have rallied to raise money for relief efforts through a patchwork quilt of initiatives, including penny drives, bake sales, poetry readings and church collections.
- Feb 16, 2010 at 12:51PM
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