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School budget problems are no surprise

  • Apr 28, 2009 at 1:15PM

The recently announced budget gap and reduction in force (RIF) at the schools is disappointing. Much of the budget gap is a result of the state unexpectedly cutting funding for established programs. In response to this, there is little we can do other than come to terms with it, hope that the state restores some funding and support the school district’s fundraising campaign and the PTSA auction to the extent we are able.

Now’s the time to forage native and non-native edibles

  • Apr 28, 2009 at 1:10PM

As the big leaf maple pollen settles in a fine layer of yellow dust on everything, it signals that the cornucopia of spring edibles has arrived.

An Earth Day report: Islanders bring energy conservation home

  • Apr 24, 2009 at 8:45AM

When Rob Harmon had an energy audit done on his home a few years ago, he discovered that 43 percent of the heat from his garage-based furnace was getting lost between the garage and his house.

Students’ silence supports gay rights

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM updated Apr 23, 2009 at 11:05AM

More than a third of all Vashon High School students took part in the national Day of Silence April 17, showing their support for the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community by refraining from speaking all day.

VIFR board may appeal discrimination lawsuit decision

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, facing a potential out-of-pocket judgment of more than $750,000, is considering appealing a recent King County Superior Court ruling that it discriminated against Islander Lanora Hackett.

Board endorses fundraising to help shore up ailing school district

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM

Parents of students in Vashon’s public schools will be asked to lend a helping hand to the Island’s financially strapped school district.

Sound Food comes alive with lunch, dinner, music and events

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 3:54PM

When caterers Nadia D’Aoust and Mardi Ljubich re-opened Sound Food restaurant last year, it seemed as though the restaurant — an Island institution since 1974 — would be relegated to the status of part-timer, open to the community only for special events.

Trio of McMurray students take history competition to the next level

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 3:53PM

A handful of McMurray eighth-graders took a required class project and ran with it, creating competition-ready exhibits that were chosen as some of the best in the Puget Sound last month.

Community council asks officials to keep library in town core

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 3:52PM

By a near-unanimous vote and with scant discussion, Islanders at the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council (VMICC) meeting Monday night urged the King County Library System to keep the Vashon library branch in the town core.

Editorial: Silence speaks volumes

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM

How inspiring that more than 200 Vashon High School students showed that discrimination doesn’t belong in their school on Friday, April 17 — the national Day of Silence. By choosing to be silent in support of those who feel silenced, these students sent a loud message that day: that harassment of any kind because of someone’s gender, sexual orientation or personal identity choice is unacceptable.

Editorial: Paying for public schools

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM

It’s a tough call — whether the school district should ask parents for money to help salvage a public school system struggling because of our political failures at nearly all levels of government. The worry, of course, is that little by little we’re chipping away at one of the pillars that upholds our democratic ideals — universal education.

The best moments in theater happen here on Vashon Island

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM

The theater bug first bit me when I was 4 years old.

It's time to settle down, call Vashon home and install beloved porch post

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 2:11PM

We had a death in our family my junior year in college, a loss that in a quiet moment can still cast a shadow over my psyche. There was no funeral, and to my great chagrin not enough tears were shed over the disappearance of this very influential force in all our lives.

The numbers don’t add up for K2 machine shop

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM

The Beachcomber’s coverage (April 1) of the King County Library System board meeting focused almost entirely on the opinion survey. There was only one small line in that coverage which pointed in the right and relevant direction: “the condition of the K2 machine shop building.”

Islanders want the library at Ober

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM

My family has lived on the Island since 1887. Four of the five generations have used the library. My grandparents, Kate and Paul C. Land used it when it was where the Senior Center is now. A lovely location and even more meaningful because of the bronze plaque commemorating the boys who died in World War II that was in the contemplative garden just outside the building.

Letters to the editor: April 22

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM

Pirates play trio of back-to-back games, but win only one

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 1:28PM

The Vashon High School Pirates baseball team split two league games and lost a non-league game last week.

Pirates take two league wins at home

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 1:23PM

The Pirate boys soccer team sandwiched home wins over Chimacum, 5-0, and Orting, 2-1, around a 3-0 road loss to Charles Wright last week.

Lacrosse falls to two tough teams

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 1:22PM

The Vashon High School Lacrosse Club took its 4-0 record up against two of the top teams in Division I of the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association, and came up short on both counts.

Nelson tapped as lawmaker of the year by Democratic aides

  • Apr 16, 2009 at 3:54PM

Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-Maury Island) was chosen by the aides of her 62 fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives as the Legislator of the Year, lawmakers announced Thursday.

Homegrown opera company takes root on Vashon

  • Apr 16, 2009 at 12:20PM

Island music lovers are buzzing about the announcement that a new opera company is about to bloom on Vashon, with productions of Puccini’s “La Bohème” scheduled for September and Aaron Copeland’s “The Tender Land” planned for May 2010.

Event raises awareness of conflict in Congo

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 1:04PM

This weekend, Islanders have the chance to learn more about the bloody but little-known conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo from people who have witnessed the strife firsthand.

Water problems at Eernisse trigger concerns

  • Apr 15, 2009 at 7:00AM

Vashon HouseHold is facing what executive director Sam Hendricks calls a serious “water intrusion” problem at its newly built and much-celebrated Eernisse Apartments, an affordable housing complex that is home to about 75 people.

Islander loses his appeal to reverse K2 rezone

  • Apr 15, 2009 at 7:00AM

Businessman Tom Bangasser lost round one in his effort to force King County to reverse its decision to rezone the K2 site when a quasi-judicial panel ruled he lacked the legal grounds to challenge the county’s move.

Sting operation uncovers high rate of underage sales

  • Apr 9, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Apr 14, 2009 at 12:58PM

Six Island establishments failed a sting operation and sold alcohol to minors March 28, infractions that could cost them their liquor licences for days, officials said last week.

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