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Representatives from Washington State Ferries (WSF) will be docking on Vashon on Tuesday from 6PM - 8PM @ McMurray, sharing information and answering questions about what’s new and what’s next for the nation’s largest ferry system.  

The inspection of the Tillikum has been completed earlier than anticipated and the vessel will return to the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route at the beginning of the service day on Tuesday, May 22, restoring normal three-boat service. 

The King County Road Services Division will hold an open house from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Chatauqua Elementary School to familiarize residents with proposed safety improvements on Vashon Highway.

The power was out on Vashon and Maury Island. This was an Island Wide outage that started around 4:45 am. There is no report on what caused the outage Power was restored at around 6:10am

King County Roads has called a meeting a meeting with Ashley DeForest, KCDOT Community Relations Planner, and Henry Perrin, manager of King County Road Services' arterial safety project that has been installing rumble strips on Vashon roads. They would like to hear you and other bicyclists' concerns about this project. They have scheduled the meeting for 7:00pm next Wednesday, May 2, at the Vashon Library. Please let them know if you can attend by sending an RSVP to Ashley, or 206-684-1154.

Members of the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (F.R.O.G.) will have an opportunity to share their views about Washington State Ferries in mid-April. The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) is launching its biennial ferry rider survey and encourages the public to participate. The survey is conducted online and will be emailed to all members of the F.R.O.G.

King County Executive Dow Constantine has named one of his top advisors to lead the opening of new channels of communication with residents of the county’s unincorporated areas through creation of Community Service Areas.

Two of the oldest ferries in the state system are experiencing drive-motor problems that require the vessels to operate at reduced power when they are in service, Washington State Ferries said today.

VashonBePrepared is celebrating our 5th anniversary by sponsoring two of the state’s foremost experts on Vashon’s unique earthquake and tsunami risks. Recent scientific reports, a number based on lessons from Japan’s devastating Tōhoku earthquake just a year ago, have all updated our understanding of the damage that will hit our region sometime in the coming decades or centuries. The only question is when - not if - it will occur.

Puget Sound Energy reports that power is restored to all but 60 customers effected by this morning's power outage on Vashon Island's south end, including Burton. PSE estimates power will be restored to those last 60 customers by 4:00PM today, Monday, March 5.

To celebrate the annual campaign to raise money for Vashon public schools, local families are encouraged to come to the first ever "Run for Schools", a 1k and 5k event to be held on Saturday, March 31st, at 10 a.m., at the Vashon High School track.

Bank Road Southwest on Vashon Island will be closed in the 9200 block for up to three weeks beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21. During the closure, crews will be replacing an old, deteriorating drainage pipe underneath the roadway that is starting to cause damage on the road surface.

SW Bank Rd @ 9220
Area: Vashon
Status: Upcoming Closure 2/21/2012 7:00:00 AM, Culvert Replacement
Anticipated Opening: 3/12/2012 4:30:00 PM

Did that headline scare you? Good. I’m glad. That was the hoped-for effect.

No, it hasn’t actually happened... yet. Which probably qualifies the above headline as the worst sort of sensationalist journalism, for which I apologize. But only a little. Because even shrieking "Fire!" in a crowded theater is permissible if you have legitimate reason to believe it’s about to happen. But before I get to any legitimate reporting, let me indulge in a little more sensationalism while I have your attention.

October 3, 2011, 5:13pm, SeaTac Airport. The British Airways jet touches down, Amanda Knox is home and our collective breath is released, but our joy was tempered with thoughts of Meredith Kercher’s family.

Standing on the deck of a ferry, I had the unexpected pleasure of watching that jet fly over Seattle and drop below the treetops as it descended onto the tarmac, later I would learn that Amanda was remarking how "surreal" it was to see home. She’s right. Her plight affected many of my friends and throughout this ordeal we chanted, "When her plane touches down at SeaTac, then it’s over."

Jack Randal, an 83-year-old man missing since Wednesday evening, was found Saturday afternoon in a home on Luana Beach Road. The owners of the home are away on vacation. Randal was found after the daughter of the homeowners went to check on the house.

Congressman McDermott invites residents, business and community leaders in the Vashon-Maury Island community to meet with him at The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie for a cup of coffee and to exchange thoughts on current issues in Congress and/or to request help with issues with the federal government.

The Search and Rescue team has been searching today for an elderly Alzheimer’s patient wearing tennis shoes and red pajamas.  He was last seen Wednesday evening around 6:30pm near Engel’s Gas Station on Maury Island walking on Dockton Rd.   He lives near Portage on Maury Island with his son Jory Randles.  The Search team has not found him yet and have just called off the search for the day due to darkness.

If you are out in the community, please keep an eye out for him.  His name is Jack Randal, he is a white 87 year old male, has white hair and a white mustache.  He is approximately 150 lbs. and 6 ft tall.  If you live near the area where he was last seen and have any out-buildings on your property that he might be able to take shelter in, please check them to see if he might be there.

Last scene:  Engel’s Gas Station area on Dockton road, last 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, wearing red pajamas

Call 911 and asked for the information to be passed to the Search Command post.

The Vashon Island School District announced Thursday that it would close schools on Friday — the third consecutive day this week--due to weather conditions. All programs, activities and building use is cancelled. Following the School district the Vashon Park District will also be canceling all events and activities for Friday. The Harbor School is also closed Friday

Most of Vashon remained Iced in Thursday after the morning Ice/Snow mixture weighing down tree branches on roads and Power lines across Vashon Maury Island. It is estimated that most or all of Maury Island is without power.  Also, most or all of south end is without power from around 220th   St  south.  Other outages are being reported island wide.  Although there are crews working to restore power on the island, PSE encourages customers to plan on being without power until at least Friday and perhaps longer, depending on weather conditions

First snow now an ice storm has canceled schools and meeting on Vashon. Many island businesses remained closed for a second day in a row. Many people found themselves Iced In when they woke up Thursday Morning. Roads still closed on Vashon include;

SW 268th St. between 99th Ave SW and 94th Ave SW
103rd Ave SW (Also known as “Ferry Hill”) between Vashon Hwy SW and SW 112th St. 87th Ave SW between SW Cemetery Rd. and Dockton Rd. SW

Vashon got a Snowday, when a much anticipated Wednesday morning snow storm brought 6-8 inches of Snow to Vashon-Maury Island. Vashon Schools closed both Wednesday and Thursday.

The National Weather Service has reduced the snow forecast to a total
daytime accumulation today of 2 to 4 inches, about one-third the
amount forecast last night for the 24 hour period. However, a new
feature in the latest forecast is wind. The forecast is for blustery
wind, 11 to 14 mph increasing to between 23 and 26 mph.

Vashon Island School District will be closed Wednesday, January 18th, due to predicted snow accumulation over night and tomorrow. All
programs, activities and building use is cancelled.
The Vashon Park District has also canceled all classes and programs.

Vashon Waits for Snow. Vashon got its first taste of snow over the MLK holiday weekend when snow showers deposited from a trace to 3 4 inches. Some areas had little snow.  Freezing tempters made many of Vashon’s side roads dangerous. Plowing kept the main highway and road to the ferry dock clear. 103rd Ave near the North-end ferry, otherwise known as ferry hill, is treacherous making access to the Ferry Park and ride lot tricky.

Vashon got its first taste of Snow for 2012 over the weekend with amounts ranging from none to two to four inches. More snow is predicted to fall Tuesday into Wednesday with up to a foot of snow predicted before rain comes in Thursday. Wednesday looks to be the worst day with snow fall predicted up to seven inches. Most snow fell in the center and north end of Vashon leaving some side streets slick and hills a challenge. Below is an update from Voice of Vashon Standing by.