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School board, in surprise move, defers vote on high school plan

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:48PM

The Vashon Island school board, slated to take a final vote Monday night on its proposed $79 million high school makeover, deferred its decision until next week amid questions about how to potentially lower the costs of the ambitious plan.

District 19, developer settle lawsuit

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:49PM

A tentative settlement in Dan McClary’s lawsuit against Water District 19 has been reached, giving the Federal Way developer permission to build a smaller version of his proposed motel but requiring that he undertake several water-conservation measures.

Pitrof knows personally about the importance of helping others

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:46PM

Yvonne Pitrof was a city girl when she came to Vashon 16 years ago, hoping to live in a yurt in the woods. The yurt was delayed, so she borrowed a tent. Her first night living outdoors, she lay awake, listening to the rustling in the bushes. An owl hooting overhead gave her a scare.

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 3

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:28PM

Editorial: A legal settlement

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:25PM

As is the case in most compromises, the 11th-hour settlement between developer Dan McClary and the water district he sued leaves both parties somewhat unhappy.

Aquatic reserve headed for failure unless DNR changes course

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:23PM

As someone who has spent considerable time studying the management of marine protected areas, or MPAs, I find the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve of great interest. I applaud its creation and am fascinated by the planning process.

The Cookie Fairy is real, and something worth believing in

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:21PM

The Cookie Fairy is supernal beauty and glory beyond, everywhere and nowhere at once. She takes many forms and gives us loving refuge in our sometimes-intolerable existence. She works seen and unseen, in the form of a grandmother one day, of a beloved neighbor another, your piano teacher the day after that.

Club and organization news

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:16PM


  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:13PM

Calendar: holiday events

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:09PM

Vashon Island Chorale’s ‘A Celebration of Carols’ kicks off a festive season

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:03PM

When Vashon Island Chorale takes the stage with a 15-piece chamber orchestra this weekend to perform “A Celebration of Carols” at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, it will be a concert that has been almost two decades in the making.

Small works add up to a big exhibit at the Blue Heron

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:02PM

Blue Heron Gallery will open its second annual “Masters in Miniature” exhibit at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.

Dancers go gung-ho for Nutcracker Ballet

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 3:00PM

Blue Heron Dance Company will bring the Nutcracker Ballet to life again this year with a cast of more than 50 dancers ages 6 to 18. Performances are slated for 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Vashon High School theater.

Arts briefs: Dec. 3

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:58PM

Studio art tour promises a wealth of gift ideas

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:55PM

The 2008 Vashon Island Holiday Art Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, at 32 arts studios.

Registration ends Friday for Ski School 2009

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:24PM

Registration can be done in person only at Vashon Park District’s Ober Park office. The deadline to sign up is this Friday, Dec. 5.

U11 soccer teams in championship tournament

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:16PM

Both Vashon U11 boys soccer teams have qualified for the Tacoma-Pierce County Junior Soccer Association post-season championship tournament.

Boys basketball team looks ahead to perhaps its best season yet

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:15PM

The Vashon High School Pirate boys basketball team kick off their season at 7 p.m. tonight in a home opener against the Seattle Academy Cardinals at the Vashon High School gym.

Wrestlers ready to rumble

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:13PM

Islanders respond to food bank's plight

  • Nov 28, 2008 at 9:16AM

Islanders have been responding in strong numbers to news that the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank is witnessing a significant rise in customers and a decrease in food supplies, the director of the food bank reports.

Jasper Forrester's ricotta pumpkin pie takes top honors

  • Nov 26, 2008 at 4:00PM

Jasper Forrester, owner of Green Man Farm, was this year's winner of the Vashon Island Growers Association's Pumpkin Pie Contest, now in its third year.

Chautauqua turns to dogs to help kids read and thrive

  • Nov 26, 2008 at 1:23PM

Visitors to Chautauqua Elementary School who walk past room 307 might hear the voices of one or two children reading — a common occurrence at an elementary school — but on venturing in, they may find an unexpected scene: soft blankets spread on the floor, an adult on each one resting against the wall and a child sitting on each blanket, too, reading to a dog.

Calendar: holiday events

  • Nov 26, 2008 at 1:20PM

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