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State agency questions nonprofit’s use of Mukai farmhouse

A state agency has found evidence that the Mukai Farmhouse is being used as an occasional private residence, a possible violation of a state grant the nonprofit received to purchase the historic site more than a decade ago.

Mukai supporters form new group, launch program

A group of islanders concerned about the state of the historic Mukai farmhouse and Japanese garden is in the process of becoming its own, newly constituted nonprofit.

County sheriff to visit the island, discuss drug houses, crime

King County Sheriff John Urquhart is slated to visit the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council’s general meeting Monday night, where he’s expected to discuss islanders’ concerns about drug houses, crime and methamphetamine use on Vashon.

Branch library slated to move to its new location in early February

Vashon’s branch library will close Sunday, Feb. 3, and reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at its new temporary location at Vashon Plaza.

VAA gets green light from the county to build project into a wetlands buffer

Vashon Allied Arts cleared a regulatory hurdle last week when King County ruled that the arts organization can build a portion of its proposed performing arts center into the buffer of a low-grade wetland on its five-acre site.

Library staff gear up for a big move

The shelves are barren and empty. A checkout counter has yet to be installed. And on a rainy morning last week, it was icy cold in the cavernous space at the southern end of Vashon Plaza.

Park district board considers proposal to privatize kayak center

An islander with a passion for kayaking would like to take ownership of the Vashon Park District’s kayak center and run it as a private, for-profit enterprise.

Popular island dentistry practice changes hands

Vashon’s longest-serving dentist has sold his practice to a young man who once shadowed him as a high school student — a passing of the torch that both men say they’re ready for.

Park district poised to pass $1 million spending plan

The Vashon Park District board plans to vote next week on a $1.07 million spending plan that includes funding for a number of programs and projects, including the swimming pool, the skate park and its new fields complex north of town.

Park district eyes user fees

The Vashon Park District, looking to shore up its 2013 budget, is eying a proposal to reinstitute fees for sports and performance groups that use facilities it owns or manages, including fields, gyms and the high school theater.

Solar project lags as organizers look to change state laws

The Backbone Campaign is putting its ambitious community solar project on hold after a two-year effort by organizers that has proven far more complex than they had envisioned and has yet to generate enough investors to pay for the $540,000 project.

Popular physician steps down from busy career at Vashon Health Centr

For the past 12 years, Dr. Kim Farrell has cared for countless Islanders — the majority of them women — at the Vashon Health Center. She’s seen some of them through difficult diagnoses, come late at night to tend to emergencies, helped others find ways to live healthier lives.

The weakest link in emergency preparedness? You and me

Whenever weather reports indicate a major storm is headed this way, Michael Cochrane says he sees a phenomenon that troubles him greatly — scores of Islanders flocking to stores to buy candles, batteries, canned food and other emergency supplies.

Homeless camp near town prompts concern

Local law officials and community leaders are expressing concern about a new camp that has sprung up in a vacant lot just south of Vashon town, where a handful of people are living in squalid conditions and in makeshift shelters.

Judd Creek parcel secures protection

King County and the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust teamed up to put another 10 acres of property along Judd Creek into protected ownership, representatives from both entities said last week.

Vashon HouseHold begins offering services, support to seniors

In the few weeks since she set up shop at J.G. Commons, Michele Kimble has been able to help one resident reduce the amount she pays for her cable service.

New shelter in Island Center Forest could become gathering site

King County officials hope that a new timber-framed shelter in Island Center Forest will become a site for family reunions, weddings, picnics and educational gatherings once the open-sided structure is completed early next year.

Hunting season at Island Center Forest drew 38 hunters

Nearly 40 people registered to hunt in Island Center Forest (ICF) during the 400-acre forest’s closure for a limited hunting season between Oct. 13 and 31.

Neighbors raise concerns about ‘rustic’ church camp

Morningside Farm is a quiet, park-like expanse on the south end of Vashon, surrounded by a white split-rail fence and dotted by towering firs. On a recent rainy day, hardly a soul was there, save for a couple of men driving tractors to repair potholes in the gravel road leading up to it.

County tells park district it needs better cash management

King County’s highest financial official said the county won’t let the Vashon Park District default, a specter raised last week after the agency’s four commissioners failed to reach an agreement on a plan to pay off a $410,000 loan due Dec. 31.