Over the last several years, as the drama over Glacier Northwest’s efforts to expand its gravel-mining operation on Maury Island has unfolded, a handful of the region’s key political leaders have stepped onto the stage.
Several Islanders showed up at the Vashon Library Monday not to check out books or log on to the Internet but to ask the King County Library System to reconsider its decision to move the branch a mile down the road.
Only two of 18 teams remained as the 2008 Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation Spelling Bee entered its sixth overtime round. For more than 15 minutes, The Beachcomber team squared off with Vashon Allied Arts, exchanging near misses over words such as “LEGERDEMAIN.”
If weather permits, the full moon will shine its silvery light on the wet stones and sand as the tide withdraws to a low of -3.1 feet at 9:25 p.m. In spite of cold and darkness, the winter low-tide beach is full of life. Though they are now periodically scraped, the dock pilings often host large sea stars, crabs and, in the depressions around the cement footings, barnacles, limpets, anemones and sometimes nudibranch.
Our recent winter storm proves once and for all that Vashon Island truly is at the center of everything. We’re centered between Seattle and Tacoma, centered between the mainland and the peninsula, and for “Winter Storm ’08,” we were centered between the worst of the wind and the worst of the snow.
Gov. Christine Gregoire last week released her capital budget, which includes a line item for Vashon Allied Arts to receive $1.115 million to help pay for a multimillion-dollar new facility housing a theater, exhibition space, offices and classrooms.
Sandy Shores, a string of modest homes on the eastern rim of Maury Island, is a refuge for many of its residents, some of whom have saved for years to be able to live in a place perched on the water.
Residents describe it as a close-knit community, separated from the rest of Maury Island by a dramatic madrona-studded forest and a long, steep hill.
Calling Seattle’s proposal to reconfigure Fauntleroy Way S.W. a step towards making it safer and more bicycle-friendly, members of the Vashon Maury Island Community Council voted last week to rescind the council’s letter to the city opposing the road project.
After five years of creating both a navigational and ecological hazard, the 180-foot Cactus Jack — a former U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender illegally moored off the shores of Maury Island — has been seized by King County and towed to a private marina.