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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.

VIFR responds: Women already fare quite well at the fire department

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 7:00AM

The recent judgment against Vashon Island Fire and Rescue (VIFR) for “wrongly denying a paid position” to a female volunteer firefighter and citing ongoing harassment of this and other women might give community members the wrong impression about the role of women in our department. The facts, however, paint a different picture.

VIFR responds: Agency will work to ensure harassment doesn’t occur

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 7:00AM

Last week, the King County Superior Court determined that Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) engaged in unlawful discrimination.

Editorial: An agency responds

  • Feb 11, 2009 at 7:00AM

Chief Hank Lipe, the new head of Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, as well as the board that hired him are doing something fairly remarkable in this day of political gamesmanship, when Orwellian speak seems to dominate.

Governor’s budget cuts will hurt VCCC

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:44PM

In 1995, the Vashon community saved Vashon Community Care Center, our Island’s only nursing home, from closure by creating a nonprofit organization and raising funds from generous Islanders to purchase the old building. Fast forward 14 years, and our community now has a new facility with 30 skilled nursing beds, 40 assisted living apartments and an adult day health program.

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 11

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:43PM

Like the library, K2 will become a community center

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:37PM

During the past two weeks, we have undertaken a door-to-door survey of several residents of the residential buildings near the Vashon Library.

Schools are in disrepair due to a sorry history of poor maintenance

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:36PM

I am a parent of two daughters who attended Seattle public schools and went on to The Evergreen State College. I have taught in public high schools in New York and Oregon. I believe in public education. I believe that we as taxpayers should pay for public education. That said, I am voting “no” on this upcoming school bond.

Catch a glimpse of Vashon fashion on the runway this Sunday

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:35PM

They call themselves Vashonistas. They’re Island designers of clothing, costumes and accessories, and they often can put together a custom ensemble of “wearable art” for the same price as an outfit from Nordstrom.

Boys basketball secures Nisqually League crown

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:16AM

The Vashon High School boys’ Pirate basketball team clinched its fifth consecutive Nisqually League title last week by defeating Seattle Christian at the Vashon High School gym on Feb. 3.

A sweethearts' smorgasbord

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:17PM

A roundup of this weekend's musical events.

Live the creative life in 'Artful Vashon'

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:15PM

Vashon College will offer its popular course, “Artful Vashon,” at Courthouse Square from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, beginning March 1 and continuing on consecutive Sundays through April 5.

'Manufactured Landscapes' at Luna

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 12:14PM

Lunavision will present a free screening of the documentary film “Manufactured Landscapes” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Café Luna.

Arts briefs: Feb. 11

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:28AM

Grapplers will send 13 athletes to regional tournament

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:15AM

The Vashon High School wrestling team hosted the 1A Sub-Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7, with 13 athletes qualifying for the regionals competition this Saturday at Bellevue Christian.

Girls suffer two losses

  • Feb 10, 2009 at 11:13AM

For the first time this year, Vashon’s girls basketball team suffered back-to-back losses last week.

Region’s ferry advocates press for a new ferry plan

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 12:44PM

Residents from Vashon, Bainbridge and several other ferry-served communities have banded together to draft an alternative to the long-term plans put forth by Washington State Ferries — plans some say are unrealistic and unacceptable.

Library board tells KCLS to reconsider Ober Park

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 12:44PM

After an outpouring of opposition to the library’s potential move out of Ober Park, the King County Library System (KCLS) and the Vashon Park District are poised to resume discussions about the location of the Island’s heavily used branch.

State ferry officials recommend ending the so-called triangle route

  • Feb 4, 2009 at 12:25PM

State ferry officials — in an updated proposal delivered to the Legislature Saturday night — have recommended that the so-called triangle route that serves Vashon, Fauntleroy and Southworth get replaced by three separate runs serving the three communities.

Life in the slow lane is wearing thin

  • Feb 3, 2009 at 6:37PM

First, let me take a moment to thank all those folks who’ve stopped me in town to say how much they liked my seven-part series, “The Anatomy of Home.” Thank you. To both of you.

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