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Storefront Studio project wraps up with lots of ideas for Vashon

More than a dozen University of Washington students presented their visions for a revitalized Vashon Friday night, offering up proposals to restore historic structures, spruce up the town and provide visitors with a road map to the Island.

Common Thread: Island artisans weave a new path

Common Thread is a kaleidoscope of color. Silk scarves — in pinks, purples and oranges — hang on the wall. Felted animals, whimsical in their ornate dresses, shoes and hats, adorn a pedestal. Women’s clothes, some made from recycled fabrics, sport ribbons and polka-dots, bees and flowers.

County extends comment period for VAA’s proposed performance center

King County officials have given Islanders an additional 13 days to comment on Vashon Allied Arts’ proposal to build a 20,000-square-foot performance center adjacent to the Blue Heron at Center.

New survey: Many voice concern about teen drug use

A majority of Vashon adults are concerned about teen substance abuse but believe the broader community doesn’t share their concerns, according to the first comprehensive survey of adult attitudes toward substance use on Vashon.

Small plane flips over after aborted takeoff at Vashon Airport

A small airplane flipped after an aborted takeoff at the Vashon Municipal Airport Saturday morning. No one was seriously injured, although one of the passengers was taken to the hospital, according to Phil McClure, a commissioner for the airport.

A portrait of Vashon | Slideshow

Destination Vashon — published this week — is, of course, meant for visitors. But we believe Islanders — even those who have lived here many years — will find gems tucked within its 74 pages. There are articles about Island history; a look at the role the Vashon Theatre plays on the Island; a take-out on Vashon's quilting community and a wonderful opening essay by Bianca Perla.

Vashon garners five-year grant to tackle teen substance abuse

Vashon Island is one of three King County communities selected for a program that will enable educators and social service providers to attempt a comprehensive and long-term response to teen substance abuse.

Islanders sound off over rumble strips at public gathering with top county officials

Dozens of Islanders told King County’s top transportation official Monday night that newly installed rumble strips have made Vashon’s main arterial more dangerous for cyclists.

Comment period begins for VAA’s proposed performing arts center

Islanders have until June 7 to submit comments to King County about Vashon Allied Arts' proposed performing arts center under state rules that require a comment period to explore a project's environmental impact.

Homeless find a place at Village Green

By urban standards, Vashon’s scene at its most centrally located park is mild. For the most part, the people who hang out there are a peaceable bunch. But they routinely leave a mess behind, and the bathroom, built at public expense, is often so dirty that the Vashon Park District considers it a public health hazard.

Schools foundation faces final push in ambitious campaign

With $380,000 raised to date, the Vashon Island School District’s foundation is still pushing hard to meet its $500,000 goal by June 30, when the district’s fiscal year ends, according to the foundation’s chair.

Credit union’s unusual problem: A few too many deposits

Vashon’s thriving credit union has had to put a halt to new business accounts — but for a most unusual reason: The small credit union is a little too flush with cash.

Vashon College offers new courses in ethics and communications

Vashon College is offering two new courses — one about ethical decision-making, the other about effective communication — taught by a former probation officer with a long history of using the courses to help people change their lives.

Tennis players advance to tri-district tournament

The Vashon High School girls' tennis team is sending one doubles team and a single to the tri-district tournament at the Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle on Thursday, where they'll be playing for a chance to head to State.

County officials question design of VAA’s proposed performing arts center

King County’s Historic Preservation Office has raised concerns about the design of Vashon Allied Arts’ performing arts center, saying the glass-fronted, barn-inspired structure fails to complement the historic intersection where it’s slated to be built.

Cyclists voice frustration over rumble strip project

Nearly 40 cyclists met with King County officials Wednesday night to register their frustrations with the county's aborted rumble strip project.

What could Vashon be? UW students imagine the possibilities

A group of University of Washington students has proposed several projects — from facade improvements in Vashon town to a rebirth of the Portage Store — in an effort to strengthen the Island’s economic vitality and protect its historic integrity.

Nursery gets burglarized twice in one week

Kathy’s Corner experienced two break-ins last week, losing approximately $2,500 in items and experiencing $1,000 in property damage, owner Kathy Wheaton said Monday.

King County suspends road project after cyclists raise concerns

King County abruptly halted a $75,000 project to install rumble strips along Vashon Highway last week after a group of cyclists — concerned the grooves and ridges will make bike-riding more hazardous — organized a hasty but spirited protest.

Park district postpones vote on fee hike

The Vashon Park District has delayed voting on a measure to raise user fees for youth sports groups so that the clubs can meet with the agency and discuss their concerns about the proposal, according to district officials.