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Audit raises questions about VIFR’s finances

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 3:02PM

A draft audit of Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) found the agency had “lax or nonexistent controls in all areas” of its operations and that as a result it placed “public resources at a high risk of loss, misuse or misappropriation.”

Club and organization news

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Vashon merchants association works to improve retail climate

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 3:06PM

Banded together as the Vashon Merchants’ Association, more than two dozen Island retailers have been working this year to strengthen Vashon’s retail sector. They’ve done such things as create a walking map of Vashon town and implement a program where their stores stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

Island merchants hope to buck the trends

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 11:00PM

If Islanders keep their dollars on Vashon — as many retailers believe they will — Island businesses may go against the National Retail Federation’s projection that this will be the worst holiday season in six years. Many Islanders appreciate the personal and friendly nature of Vashon shops, where they are often known by name, and gift-wrapping never costs extra.

Arts briefs: Dec. 17

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:37PM

A duo, a groove band and more at the Bike

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:38PM

A music-packed weekend at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi will kick off at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, with 2ME, a band comprised of Sacramento guitarist Christopher Twomey and percussionist Reid Foster. The pair bills themselves as “duo by default,” and invites strangers to sit in with them on stages across America.

Capturing Vashon's wild beauty

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:50PM

Back Bay Inn and its new Quartermaster Pub will be the scene of a sweeping exhibition of photographs shot at Wolftown, Vashon’s nonprofit sanctuary and rehabilitation facility for rescued wolves, horses, birds of prey and other wild creatures.

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 17

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:49PM

I couldn’t agree more with Dan Asher’s impeccable logic in his letter in the Dec. 3 issue regarding his “no” vote on the urgent status of Tom Bangasser’s motion to the Vashon Maury Island Community Council (VMICC).

Editorial: Library games

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:47PM

Three months ago, the Vashon Park District board wrote a letter to the King County Library System board making one significant piece of information clear: The park district remains willing to work with the library system to find a way to keep the Vashon branch at Ober Park.

When creeks teemed with salmon — and the Sound with killer whales

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:46PM

A creek ran through my grandmother’s front yard, and in the fall it was jam-packed full of salmon, swimming hard against the current. They seemed pretty big to me, all battered and ragged with their hooked noses. There were plenty of dead ones floating backwards, sort of ghostly white, eyes staring at nothing. We were sternly warned to stay out of the rose garden that edged the creek while we were busy staring at the salmon.

Islands like ours: Ferries help to maintain our unique Island life

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:45PM

Mainland cities grow from the inside out, but small islands are populated from the outside in. The first human inhabitants arrive by water and settle on the shoreline to hunt and fish. Vashon began with native peoples earning their living on our cobbled beaches with only occasional forays into the interior for wood and meat.

Hear the Raptors roar

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:28PM

The Raptors played the undefeated Gig Harbor Rovers for the championship, and though they played very well, they lost 1-0.

Girls basketball team beats Cruisers in overtime

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:27PM

For the first time in many years — perhaps 20 — the girls Pirate basketball team defeated longtime rivals Eatonville Cruisers 59-57 in overtime.

Boys blaze at Hoop Challenge

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:25PM

The Pirate boys’ basketball team demonstrated their size and quickness against two tough non-league opponents last week. Saturday, they brought down the Jackson Timberwolves, 64-55, at the Les Schwab Hoop Challenge at Bellevue Community College.

Grapplers wrangle a win at home

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:24PM

Lack of experience didn’t prevent a very promising freshman Max Croonquist and sophomore Keegan Shrum from pinning their opponents on Friday at home.

Glacier gets lease, begins work on Maury pier

  • Dec 9, 2008 at 6:00PM updated Dec 12, 2008 at 2:21PM

After one of the longest environmental battles in Vashon’s history, Glacier Northwest on Friday began laying containment booms in the waters surrounding its aging dock — the first step in its long-sought effort to construct a controversial pier off the eastern rim of Maury Island.

Auditors find Vashon fire department failed to adequately oversee financial systems

  • Dec 11, 2008 at 5:18PM

A draft audit of Vashon Island Fire & Rescue found the agency had "lax or non-existent controls in all areas" of its operations and that as a result it placed "public resources at a high risk of loss, misuse or misappropriation."

Vashon Island School Board to vote on final bond proposal today

  • Dec 11, 2008 at 1:00PM updated at 5:19PM

The Vashon Island school board will meet tomorrow to make a final decision on the bond it will put before Island voters next February or March.

Protesters call for a halt in construction

  • Dec 9, 2008 at 6:00PM updated Dec 11, 2008 at 4:16PM

More than 50 people turned out for a demonstration at Glacier Northwest’s construction site on Maury Island early Monday morning, chanting and waving handmade placards to voice opposition to an industrial-sized pier and the mammoth mine it would facilitate.

A book store returns to Vashon Center

  • Dec 9, 2008 at 6:00PM updated Dec 11, 2008 at 12:50PM

Islander Mel Michaels is opening Stranger Than Fiction on Friday, where he will sell quality new and used books, including a large poetry section, literary magazines, rare books and books for young kids and teens — replete, he said, with the best graphic novels out there.


  • Dec 9, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Dec 10, 2008 at 9:44AM

Calendar: holiday events

  • Dec 9, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Dec 10, 2008 at 9:44AM

Proposed lane-reduction project in West Seattle stirs concern

  • Dec 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

A plan to reconfigure Fauntleroy Way S.W. in West Seattle from four lanes to three is stirring a debate on Vashon, with some Islanders concerned it could lead to huge ferry-related traffic snarls while others say they’re encouraged by the pro-cyclist move.

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