Leslie Brown

Users need to do more to complete fields project, some contend

Several islanders voiced concern on Saturday about the mounting costs of the Vashon Park District’s fields project and urged island sports groups to play a larger role in shouldering the financial burden.

Island Lumber applies for a license to sell liquor

Island Home Center & Lumber has applied for a license to sell beer, wine and liquor in its store — a move that would make it the second retail space on Vashon to do so in the wake of a ballot measure privatizing the sale of spirits.

Body of elderly woman identified as a Tacoma resident

The body found at Reddings Beach Monday afternoon was identified to be that of Martha Scharpf, an elderly woman who lived at an assisted living center in Tacoma.

Park district erred in its handling of finances, fields project, auditors say

The Vashon Park District failed to curb expenses when revenues fell, kept itself afloat by borrowing money and did not comply with state laws governing the administration of a public construction project, state auditors have found.

New pizza restaurant slated to open in April

A pizzeria that will fire made-to-order pies in a brick oven in 60 to 90 seconds is slated to open in April at the former site of Movie Magic.

City’s concerns could put Medic One at risk

A city in King County is withholding support of a regionwide Emergency Medical Services’ levy, opposition that could jeopardize the highly regarded Medic One system if a resolution to the impasse isn’t found soon.

Due to conflict over meeting times, cemetery board selects new member

Jake Jacobovitch, a well-known islander elected in November 2011 to serve on the three-member commission that oversees Vashon’s public cemetery, never took office and was replaced last year by another resident, Jay Hanson.

Second female physician to leave health center

Dr. Laurel Kuehl, a medical doctor at the Vashon Health Center, will leave the practice later this month to become an administrator at another health care organization.

Sheffield Building changes ownership to stave off foreclosure

The Sheffield Building, a sprawling warehouse and office complex south of town, is no longer owned by Vashon College.

Cookstove effort secures $4 million in financing

A Vashon company that has designed a cookstove that could stem smoke inhalation and deforestation in East Africa has received $4 million in financing — funds that will enable it to launch a far-reaching manufacturing project in Kenya.

Park district could lose funds if project continues to lag

A state official overseeing two public grants for the Vashon Park District’s fields complex north of town said the district needs to complete phase one by June 30 or face losing $21,000 in funding for the project.

Vashon High School student killed in single-car accident

Ryan Krug, a 17-year-old honor student at Vashon High School who played tenor saxophone and ran cross-country, was killed in a tragic, single-car accident Tuesday night.

VMICC expresses concern over park district fees

The Vashon-Maury Island Community Council might have to pay the Vashon Park District for its use of McMurray Middle School, fees that could climb as high as nearly $800 a year, according to a fee schedule the park district is considering.

Island Landmarks board member files lawsuit, says he’s been defamed

Saying he’s been defamed by a “dissident group” of islanders, the husband of the founder of Island Landmarks is suing three Vashon women who have spearheaded an effort to wrest control of Mukai Farmhouse from the tightly held nonprofit.

Rhododendron might be given away, state officials say

The Rhododendron, a 48-car ferry that for de-cades served the south end of Vashon Island, still has no buyer — more than two months after it was put up for auction.

Vashon Park District board selects a new agency head

The Vashon Park District’s five commissioners selected Elaine Ott — a Vashon woman with an extensive background in finance, marketing and sales — as the new general manager of the small public agency.

Park commissioners agree to negotiate kayak center sale

The Vashon Park District's board of commissioners agreed Tuesday night to negotiate the sale of the agency's kayak operations to islander Doug Kieper.

Broken dryers, stolen clothes: Some fret over state of laundromat

A few weeks ago, only one of the eight dryers at Joy’s Village Cleaners was working, and those who were washing their clothes were frustrated by the long waits that resulted.

Finalists vie for top position at park district

The Vashon Park District board has selected four finalists for the position of general manager and has invited user groups and other members of the public to attend two special meetings where they’ll be able to ask the candidates questions.

Cal Kinnear and the language of love

A black and white illustration of William Butler Yeats — the famous Irish poet looking dark, intense and brooding — hangs over the desk where Cal Kinnear sometimes works.