The Vashon Island School Board, after months of discussion, analysis and debate, is ready to ask voters to approve a $79.45 million bond measure to fund a far-reaching makeover of the Island’s aging high school campus.
The Pirates fell to the Cougars 34-17, but will have a chance to redeem itself on Tuesday, when it faces the Meridian Trojans in a “loser-out” playoff game. The 4:30 p.m. game is at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
Voter turnout was strong on Vashon on Tuesday, according to poll workers at Ober Park, where people were waiting to come in when the doors opened at 7 a.m. and small crowds and in some cases lines persisted throughout the day.
Following the results of a comprehensive survey of Islanders, Vashon’s community council is urging state ferry officials to reject the idea of higher fares for peak commute hours and offer discounts for walk-on passengers or those driving compact cars.
The 10-page position paper, submitted to state officials last month, also calls on the state to develop an “integrated transportation network,” coordinating schedules and fares for ferries, buses, carpools and other transit options.
Rachel and Fred Miles have struggled for years with the vagaries of running a towing service on a ferry-dependent island. They’ve faced long lines, late boats, even ferries unexpectedly out of service.
Now, they shudder at the thought of what might lie ahead: A reservation system that could require them to call an hour or more in advance of catching a boat to secure themselves a space.