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Humpback whale has lingered off Vashon for two weeks

A humpback whale, a rare visitor to central Puget Sound, has been spotted several times off the shores of Vashon since its arrival on May 12, according to Anne Stateler with the Vashon Hydrophone Project.

  • Jun 3, 2008

Island children can take water safety class for free

Any Islander who will complete third or fourth grade this school year is eligible for two weeks of swim lessons for free at the Vashon public pool this summer, thanks to a program called Make A Splash that King County and Vashon Park District have agreed to fully fund this year.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Lowest tides in years

Lowest tides in years

Some of Puget Sound’s lowest tides in years will occur today and tomorrow, meteorologists say.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Lowest tides in years

HAPPENING

Rhodie pulled from route

  • Jun 3, 2008

Get a glimpse into another world

A world exists beneath the waves of Puget Sound, a world of colorful invertebrates, elusive fish and an intricate ecosystem that few Islanders have the pleasure to experience.

  • Jun 3, 2008

Sports briefs

Register for youth football

  • Jun 2, 2008
Vashon Pirates Youth Football aboard the “Lady Washington” in 2006.

Vashon mayoral candidate secures pizza-lover vote

Paul Wallrof, coach of Vashon Pirates Youth Football, is running for mayor of Vashon this year, and he’s got some creative campaign strategies. He has rallied the support of Vashon Pizza and The Rock Island Pub & Pizza, which are selling a “Big Wally Pizza,” and with each sale will donate $1 to Wallrof’s campaign. Zoomies has added a “Big Wally Burger” to its menu, and whenever anyone orders it, Zoomies too will donate $1 to Wallrof’s run for mayor.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Vashon Pirates Youth Football aboard the “Lady Washington” in 2006.

FYI

meeting

  • Jun 2, 2008

Vashon-Maury Community Calendar

Community events happening on Vashon and Maury islands.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Vashon-Maury classes

Classes offered to residents on Vashon and Maury islands.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Four Jamaican high school students — from left to right

Jamaican teens to change island climates to Vashon next February

Four Jamaican students, who hosted Vashon High School (VHS) students in Jamaica this February will have the chance to explore Vashon Island next February. This winter, four VHS students traveled to Jamaica with counselor Shirley Ferris, winner of the 2006 Doors of Opportunity Award. The four Island students were paired with four Jamaican high schoolers who served as hosts during their visit. Now, the Jamaican host students are preparing for a visit of their own to Vashon next winter.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Four Jamaican high school students — from left to right

Stump-grinding operation on Cemetery Road violates county code

For the past decade, Frank Zellerhoff Jr. has been grinding stumps, roots and other land-clearing debris on his five-acre parcel on Cemetery Road, transforming the waste into chips, mulch and compost that he sells to landscapers and other Islanders.

Merchants form association, pledge to stay open late

In an effort to encourage people to shop locally, several Vashon shops and stores will stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, starting this week.

  • Jun 2, 2008

HAPPENING

Nominate a grand marshal

  • Jun 2, 2008

A run-in with the county over codes highlights housing crisis

Last week, King County officials gave Island landlord Gene Amondson a final verdict on the four unpermitted low-cost housing units on his property: His renters have to move out by July 31.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Schools grapple with mounting budget crisis

The Vashon Island School District, buffeted by declining enrollment, a state funding formula that is wholly inadequate and a history of overspending, is facing another $246,000 in cuts, according to Superintendent Terry Lindquist.

James McCrackyn loves dogs so much that his parents joke that he was a dog in a previous life. Above

Looking to a dog to change a boy’s life

There’s little question but that James McCrackyn, a 7-year-old Island boy, loves dogs.

James McCrackyn loves dogs so much that his parents joke that he was a dog in a previous life. Above

Vashon Rotary works to address health issues in Guatemala and Nepal

A dozen of Rotary’s most prestigious grants were given out around the world this year, and Vashon Island Rotary Club is a partner in two of the 12 projects that were approved.

  • May 27, 2008
LIGHTING THE WAY TO WOLFTOWN: Mrs. Wilson’s multi-age class at Chautauqua raised $365 to donate to Wolftown. With the help of their student teacher Wendy Finkleman and parent volunteers
LIGHTING THE WAY TO WOLFTOWN: Mrs. Wilson’s multi-age class at Chautauqua raised $365 to donate to Wolftown. With the help of their student teacher Wendy Finkleman and parent volunteers

HAPPENING

Memorial service on Monday

  • May 22, 2008