News briefs for June 21 : KC Sheriff’s department SWAT team will conduct exercise at K2 Wednesday

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:29am
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Sheriff’s office conducting active shooter training at K2 factory Wednesday

The King County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT Team is conducting an active shooter drill at the old K2 factory Wednesday, June 21.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office will be training from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and aircraft, as well as an armored vehicle, will be in the area and around town. Members of the public should use caution in the area and avoid getting close to the scene.

According to King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cindi West, the main purpose of the training is “to work out the logistics of quickly getting deputies and equipment on the island in the event of an active shooter incident.”

Vashon Fixit Café this weekend

After a successful event this past winter, Zero Waste Vashon and the Vashon Tool Library are hosting a second Fixit Café this Saturday, where islanders can bring items to be fixed rather than throwing them away.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penny Farcy Training Center on Bank Road. The Fixit Café will consist of helpful locals donating their skills to restore household items that are broken or malfunctioning. Islanders can bring in lamps, toys, electronics, toasters and other small appliances, electric tools and clothing to be fixed. The event will also feature bicycle repair. Fixing and advice is free to the public, but if parts are needed, attendees may be required to buy them at cost.

Items that are leaking, dangerous, contain gasoline or have a strong odor should not be brought to the café.

The item’s owner must be present while the item is being fixed so they can learn. Island residents with items to be fixed are urged to sign up on the Fixit Café website at vashonfixit.com so organizers can be prepared. Volunteer fixers are also invited to participate by registering there as well.

Civics classes for teens, adults

Riki Ott, a teacher and marine toxicologist known to many islanders for her work following oil spill disasters in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, is offering a civics class for “all patriots ages 12 and older.” Ott, who recently taught constitutional law and human rights to 180 sixth to eighth graders in Portland, Oregon, will repeat some of those same lessons on Vashon. The free two-hour course will include a review of the basic concepts of democracy in principle and practice; explore how fear, discrimination and greed have shaped society; examine the shifts in the balance of power between people and corporations; and teach tools and skills to protects individual liberties in a constitutional democracy.

The class will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Vashon Library.

Spinnaker Building for rent

Most of the first floor of the Spinnaker Building in town will be available for rent come July.

Scott Shapiro, a Seattle developer who owns the building, said that a branch of software company Ellucian is leaving the space. Once the company vacates, 4,658 square feet of rental space will become available. However, Shapiro said the space can be renovated to include multiple private offices and accommodate renters who need as little as 100 square feet.

For more information, contact Shapiro at 999-5088 or scott@ervrealty.com.

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