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Island gets its first ‘refugee’ from Katrina

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

Santa Griswold fled with floodwaters literally at her heels. Eighty-year-old Santa Griswold was packing to go to a hotel, as she had done for three previous hurricanes, to avoid the worst of the coming Katrina. She saw her next-door neighbors’ son, Darryl Eckert, whom she had seen grow up to a man now in his mid-40s. He stood on the street corner talking on a cell phone to his mother, who with his father had evacuated earlier; he asked Griswold, who is widowed and lived by herself, “Where are you going?”

News Roundup -- Relief efforts for Katrina/Churches host enviro-films

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

The Bainbridge community is raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Individuals and businesses are opening their hearts and wallets in creative ways to help some of the thousands of Gulf Coast residents in need. Viki Walaskay, Ron Gurowitz and friends held an antique yard sale last Sunday, and on the strength of just a few signs posted around their Wing Point Way neighborhood, raised $2,200.

Knobloch, Doerschuk stake out platforms for council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

Changing island demographics could mean a new breed of voter and candidate. Incumbent councilman Bill Knobloch wants to repeal a major business tax and connect the island to the mainland via a floating, magnetic train. His challenger John Doerschuk, wants to kick out the ferry maintenance yard from Winslow’s waterfront and reduce parking requirements for downtown businesses.

Big ideas for town catch ear of city planners

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

Connections and garages may be controversial, but they’ll get a good hearing. A flurry of recommendations by transportation planner Jim Charlier are not just the stuff that dreams are made of. His calls for increased parking, better road connections and more pedestrian pathways are now written, in black and white, under the city’s letterhead.

News Roundup -- Solar power at winery project/ Help here for mental illness/Private ferry service fails

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

Solar-powered penthouse condos will be part of Bainbridge Island’s not-too-distant future. Developer Bill Carruthers announced that his Vineyard Lane development off Highway 305 will include eight solar-ready units. The 45-unit project is slated for completion by the end of next year.

WASL scores solid (as usual) for Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

Students fared well above the state average in standardized testing. The glory days of besting Mercer Island students proved short lived. But Bainbridge public schools still enjoyed their usual solid showing on the most recent Washington Assessment of Student Learning test, results of which were released by the state this week.

Med student Themann escapes Katrina’s wrath

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

The BHS grad left New Orleans with the hurricane at her heels. One hurricane was enough for Britt Themann. The 1999 Bainbridge High School graduate, who has spent the past five years in New Orleans, La., attending Tulane University and now is in her second year at the Tulane School of Medicine, had already weathered Hurricane Ivan when it swept through the Gulf states last fall.

News Roundup -- Close property gets $100K/Pick coffee on sister isle/Bistro closes after 19 years

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

The effort to preserve a portion of the island’s western shore and forest land just received a $100,000 boost from the National Fish and Wildlife Fund. “The Close property is really cool and makes you feel like you’re off in the wilderness,” said Bainbridge Island Land Trust Executive Director Karen Molinari. “It has huge trees in an old-growth forest and is one ot the biggest pieces of land that’s been left undeveloped.”

Higher density plan for Lynwood Center

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

Local residents fear increased density will hurt area’s rural feel. Be they symptom or remedy, the signs of more dense urban growth are no longer confined to downtown. Two developers are asking the city to amend the Comprehensive Plan to allow greater residential density in Lynwood Center, the first such request outside of Winslow in over eight years.

Build garage, connect streets, consultant says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

A transportation planner’s report details big ideas for downtown. When there’s no place to park, there’s no where to go but up. If traffic is bad, connect streets. Those are the recommendations of transportation consultant Jim Charlier, who was slated to present his recommendations for improving downtown access and circulation at a Winslow Tomorrow meeting in City Hall Tuesday evening.

High school tops list of levy projects

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

Age and bulging enrollment put the school at the forefront of facilities planning. Short on classrooms, shorter still on elbow room. That’s Bainbridge High School this fall. With a projected enrollment of some 1,490 students on a campus designed for 850-900, teachers and students alike will be pressed for space from the get-go.

A park so popular, the city wants to sell it

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

T’Chookwap Park isn’t much of a draw, but neighbors like it. Selling a neglected, sometimes contentious little park overlooking Port Madison Bay could mean more money for a grander park somewhere else, city and park officials say. Trouble is, some neighbors say T’Chookwap Park is a community asset and a buffer against encroaching development.

News Roundup -- Blaze damages Manitou home/Sakai honored as green school/Big grant for PeaceTrees/Seniors get a big discount

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

Fire damaged a home in the 10000 block of Manitou Park Boulevard Wednesday evening. The blaze was reported around 9:18 p.m. by a neighbor who smelled smoke several doors down. Firefighters found a bedroom and bathroom in the single-story home fully involved, and the blaze was extinguished without incident.

Long-term campus facilities needs look really big

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

Formal proposals are due Tuesday, as the cost of school revamps adds up. Bold. Underscored. Italic. The school district will not ask voters for a $168 million bond levy to pay for facilities upgrades next year – and they’re hideously afraid someone might come to that conclusion. But a draft – that’s draft – 15-year master plan for the district’s six campuses suggests capital facilities needs on a scale probably unimaginable when the planning exercise began earlier this year.

The city’s spokesperson, the people’s voice

  • Aug 27, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

Mayor hopefuls bring different visions for the city’s top office. Ask the mayor, a former mayor and a couple folks hoping to be the next mayor what it means to be mayor, and you’ll get a range of responses. “The mayor’s office is the nerve center and the place where citizens’ needs are overseen, monitored or cajoled,” said Dwight Sutton, the island’s mayor for four years in the 1990s.

News Roundup -- Racetrack plan gets scrutiny/Public meeting on fire levy set/‘Delicious’ books to go/Job service needs job filled/Looking for tasty tomatoes/Sti

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

The Kitsap County commissioners will assemble a task force to examine all aspects of the International Speedway Corp.’s proposal to locate a racetrack in Kitsap County, soliciting experts from financial and environmental areas.

Road end opened, closed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

A man overstepped the law when he cut off the lock at Fletcher Landing, police say. The wheels of justice were turning too slowly to suit Tom Chester. So the road-end advocate decided to take matters – and a bolt cutter – into his own hands. The Bayview Boulevard resident freely admits that he snipped the lock off the gate at Fletcher Landing and declared public access at the disputed road end, possibly getting himself into legal trouble in the process.

Polling slated in Winslow planning effort

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

How much is the community willing to spend on downtown? They’ll find out. Winslow Tomorrow hopes to round up a crack team of designers and architects to bring downtown planning into a finer focus. “We’re in the process of refining,” said architect Charlie Wenzlau, whose firm is on tap for proposed Winslow Tomorrow consulting services. “What we want to do now is take ideas about downtown and put them into a cohesive picture.”

Kallgren decision appealed, may force new policy debate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

The council could take up the issue of closed rights of way before year’s end. The path toward resolving the conflict over Kallgren Road is a few miles longer. Residents and a developer last week appealed a city decision that would require a connection of Kallgren to Day Road, if plans go forward to build homes at Kallgren’s dead end.

Woods bucks party, supports gas tax hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

The funding is needed to bring state roads up to snuff, she says. OLYMPIA – The halls of the state House of Representatives echoed with the sound of applause the night of April 24, the final night of the session, which concluded with passage of the largest gas tax increase in state history. Among those who breathed a sigh of relief was Rep. Bev Woods (R-Kingston), ranking minority member of the House transportation committee and a leader in creating the $8.5 billion package to renovate much of the state’s transportation infrastructure.

News Roundup -- BIAHC dives into the Pacific/A smooth ride for schoolkids/Cyclers eat pie, raise funds/Fall sports coming up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

The Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council seeks fellow explorers for its sixth annual Humanities Inquiry for 2006, “Sharing an Ocean.” Unlike past month-long inquiries, the council plans to run the series on the Asian Pacific Rim and Pacific Ocean for a year-long study in order to include more participants and events.

When food becomes a teen’s enemy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

A workshop helps island girls achieve a healthy body image. “A.S.” was striving for perfection when things got out of control. Her desire to lose weight last year at age 15 made anorexia an appealing outlet for her feelings, which started when she was in the third grade. “I think it was always in the back of my mind, the commitment to be able to do it,” the Bainbridge High School student said.

‘We have to be right 100 percent’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

‘Hot-dogging’ is serious training for crews, the Coast Guard says. “Hard port!” yells Kain Foglesong to his crew as he banks his speed boat left, slicing through a ferry’s white, churning wake. At high throttle, the twin-engine U.S. Coast Guard vessel cuts a near 90-degree turn, pressing the left-side window ominously close to the water’s surface.

News Roundup -- Rider strikes median, is hurt/State fines school group/WIB to honor Texas vigil

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

A 50-year-old Bainbridge man was seriously injured when he ran his motorized scooter into a traffic median on Grow Avenue. Passers-by found the man lying unconscious in the roadway south of Shepard Way, just before 10 p.m. Saturday. The man appeared to have been traveling northbound when he struck the median and was ejected from the scooter.

Make energy while the sun shines

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

Solar power advocates believe alternative energy is a bright idea. Cyndy Salisbury frequently has visions while staring at sun-drenched rooftops. On the ridges of Bainbridge homes and Seattle high-rises, she visualizes economic and environmental salvation through rows and rows of solar panels delivering the Northwest from fiery fossil fuel damnation.

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