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Electrical storm and downed tree cause outages

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 5:47PM

Several Islanders have been left in the dark on more than one occasion recently when power failures affected large parts of Vashon.

Park levy will be on November ballot

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 5:47PM

Vashon Park District will ask voters in November for the funds to keep the agency afloat for six more years.

The Bike’s busy weekend will include honky tonk and a big name band

  • Aug 12, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Aug 19, 2009 at 12:31PM

Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi has a full lineup this weekend for Island music fans, including a first-time ever appearance on the Island by BLVD, a nationally known touring band.

Editorial: Judge Ricardo Martinez and the power of a pen

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 10:05PM

On occasion, a federal judge comes along who plays a remarkable role in shaping the direction of society, which is why their appointments are often so hard-fought. Consider William Dwyer, who, during his 15-year tenure on the federal bench in Seattle, did more to protect the Pacific Northwest’s last stands of old-growth forests than probably any other single individual. When he died seven years ago, the New York Times’ obituary referred to him as a judge “of vast influence.”

Latest WASL scores are par for the course on Vashon Island

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 10:00PM

At least on Vashon, the WASL went out on a positive note.

Library system proposes branch expansion

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 9:59PM

The King County Library System has crafted a proposal for an expanded library on Vashon Park District property — a footprint that would extend north of the current library and could add up to 3,800 square feet to the one-floor structure.

Islanders converge on Maury beach to celebrate federal ruling against Glacier Northwest

  • Aug 16, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Aug 18, 2009 at 1:08PM

It was a familiar scene on Saturday — scores of activists and community members gathering on the rocky shores near Gold Beach, toting bullhorns, placards, drums, banners and babies.

A folk festival touts talent from near and far

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 1:05PM

Wine, song and the waning days of summer will be celebrated this weekend as Vashon Winery presents its second annual folk festival on the winery grounds.

A scrappy, do-it-yourself event returns for its 18th year on Vashon

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 12:59PM

This weekend, Islewilde will present “Tales From an Organ Grinder,” the 18th annual version of its unique festival.

Island stages will feature rock, twang and a gospel star this weekend

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 12:57PM

Vashon’s music scene will be lively this weekend, with a number of events planed at Island venues.

Hogsback is home to farmers who consider their trade a skill and an art

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 12:37PM

Everybody wants Brian Lowry’s job.

Nonprofits pledge to cooperate

  • Aug 12, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Aug 13, 2009 at 1:44PM

Five Vashon nonprofits plan to collaborate to see what they can do together that they could not do alone.

Editorial: Cooperative move is a step in the right direction

  • Aug 12, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:00PM

On Friday evening, more than 50 people crowded into the dining room at Vashon Community Care Center. They were united by a common concern — how the economy is affecting the Island’s most vulnerable residents. And at this community forum, attendees did more than talk: They made plans for the future.

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 12

  • Aug 12, 2009 at 11:01AM

It’s a great time to help a charity and help yourself, too

  • Aug 12, 2009 at 10:58AM

Charities are among the hardest-hit victims of the current economic slowdown. If you’re like me, you get two or three requests in the mail every day for help during tough times — most of them from well-known, deserving organizations.

Islander takes first at Washington state shoot

  • Aug 12, 2009 at 10:57AM

Mikie Hoffmann participated at the Washington State Sporting Clay Shoot at the Tacoma Sportsman’s Club July 31 through Aug. 2. More than 170 people participated in the three-day event in hot weather that topped 100 degrees.

An Island filmmaker captures the beauty of ancient trees

  • Aug 12, 2009 at 10:53AM

Redwoods will tower above the audience at Vashon Theatre on Sunday, as a new documentary film about the enormous trees graces the screen.

Priest welcomed to Catholic church

  • Aug 11, 2009 at 3:47PM

Rather than lecturing or reciting Bible verse, Father Marc Powell read a story he’d written about a farm boy during church last week.

Islanders divided about Chamber of Commerce’s tourism marketing plan

  • Aug 11, 2009 at 9:39AM

Several Islanders weighed in last week on plans by the Vashon-Maury Chamber of Commerce to market Vashon to off-Island tourists, with some suggesting the idea made enormous sense while others sounded a note of caution.

Gardening: Make Way for Winter in the Veggie Patch

  • Aug 7, 2009 at 12:55PM

In the middle of the heat-wave, I was dreaming of winter. Not to cool off, but to consider whether I can squeeze in a fall/winter garden. My lettuce has bench-pressed its shade-cloth into the air.

School district seeks Islanders to write voter's pamphlet statements about maintenance and tech levy

  • Aug 7, 2009 at 11:36AM

Vashon Island School District is looking for writers to compose 75-word statements in support and against the $2.7 million maintenance and technology levy that will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Johnny Depp is not headed to Vashon, officials say

  • Aug 4, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Aug 5, 2009 at 10:22AM

The rumor has been circling the Island like a gull at KVI Beach: Johnny Depp, word has it, just bought Tom Stewart’s spectacular 525-acre estate near Paradise Valley.

Chamber looks to tourism to lift Vashon’s economy

  • Jul 15, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Aug 5, 2009 at 9:25AM

Concerned that several businesses are “hanging on by a thread,” the Vashon-Maury Chamber of Commerce has hired an Island-based public relations firm to craft a broad-based plan to figure out how to bring more tourists to Vashon.

Gallery cruisers will soon be able to drink legally

  • Aug 5, 2009 at 7:00AM

For years, the “first Friday” art walk has been a time for Island art lovers to gallery hop, munch on appetizers and help themselves to glasses of wine.

Lost Boy to reunite with his mother

  • Aug 5, 2009 at 7:00AM

Jacob Acier last saw his mother 15 years ago, when he was a 7-year-old boy forced to flee his village in the high plains of Eastern Africa.

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