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Council debates hillside provisions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

How close is too close for construction around the island’s many steep slopes? City Council discussions of steep slopes and hillside protections Monday added little momentum to the slow-rolling effort to update the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance. The meeting kicked off what is to be a weekly debate of items yet to be approved in the ordinance update. The council tackled sections aimed at protecting geologically hazardous areas during the three-hour meeting, with some on the council expressing only minor concerns and others calling for a major overhaul.

Changes afoot for the council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

A new ‘Committee of the Whole’ meets for the first time Friday. It’s a big meeting inspired by the big city that will tackle the island’s biggest issues. The City Council will host its first five-hour “Committee of the Whole” meeting Friday, initiating a monthly event to discuss some of Bainbridge’s most pivotal issues. “On Bainbridge, we’re seeing some major changes to the budget process and to the critical areas (ordinance),” said Councilman Bob Scales, who proposed the new meeting. “It didn’t make sense to just have the Finance or Land Use committees discussing these issues. It made sense to have the whole council engaged and educated on these issues.”

Memorial plans are fine-tuned

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

The first phase will include a trail, boardwalk and landscaping. Sixty-three years after island residents of Japanese descent were forced from their homes for wartime internment, construction is about to begin on a long-awaited memorial to their exile. Crews are expected to begin work on the Nikkei Internment and Exclusion Memorial in April, clearing and grading the land in preparation for the restoration of wetlands, native plantings and the stabilization of the shoreline on the property.

Signing is pre-speech language

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

Parents, babies can communicate earlier through the use of ASL. A 10-month-old tapping the tips of his fingers together might look like he is makingrandom baby gestures, but these were Jackson Hemmat’s first words. And there’s nothing wrong with the youngster’s ears; he’s part of a growing number of infants learning to communicate through American Sign Language, even before they can talk. “Jackson asked for ‘more yogurt’ and we just flipped out,” his mother Dani Hemmat said. “As soon as he could sign, we couldn’t sign enough. He was picking up a sign a week and then a sign every three days. You couldn’t stop him.” The Fort Ward parents learned how to sign because Jackson’s dad Jeff Hemmat, who is deaf in one ear, was fascinated by ASL. They took a course and started signing as they spoke to each other, and their son for simple words like “milk,” “more” and “thank you.” They signed for two months before Jackson signed back at 10 months and started talking two weeks later.

Environmental conference hits fifth year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

The April 2 seminar will look at the island’s eco-health. While island environmentalists can claim many victories in the last five years, there is still much more work to do. That’s the theme of the fifth-annual Bainbridge Environmental Conference on April 2, which aims to express a “state of the union on Bainbridge Island” and set a vision for the future. “When you look back on the last five years of your life, it’s natural to look ahead five years, and that’s what we intend to do,” said Charles Schmid, a member of the Association of Bainbridge Communities, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

News Roundup -- CAO now on a slow track/Transmitter meetings set

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

CAO now on a slow track The City Council may get a generous extension on their overdue homework. With hopes pinned to a bill now on the governor’s desk, some on the council are counting on an additional six months to complete the update of an ordinance protecting the island’s wetlands, streams and other environmentally sensitive areas.

New visions for Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

What does the future hold? Results of the city’s charrette may point the way. Many words have been used to describe the many possible futures of downtown Winslow. Now the community has images to go with those words. During a recent design charrette sponsored by the city for Winslow Tomorrow, planners and architects put their heads together for a collective brainstorm.

Legislature finds big bucks for Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

Island park projects could receive funding of $3.5 million. Bainbridge held out its plate, and the Legislature is poised to ladle it full. Island park and open space projects should receive state funding totaling $3.471 million, when the state House and Senate vote on the 2005-07 capital budget this weekend. The legislative session ends Sunday, and a budget vote was possible Friday afternoon or this morning.

News Roundup -- Emissions bill scoots along/Priest out for five months/HRB names new board

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

An effort initiated by Sen. Phil Rockefeller to curb tailpipe toxins and greenhouse gases saw victory in the state Senate last week. The 29-19 vote last Wednesday was added to an earlier win in the state House. While the measure has seen some revisions, Rockefeller was satisfied with the campaign’s progress, especially in light of staunch opposition from U.S. auto manufacturers “This is a very significant step,” he said from the Senate floor. “There were auto manufacturer (lobbyists) everywhere around here – they were like the plague.” The legislation, patterned after California laws, would mean more cleaner-burning, fuel-efficient new cars sold in Washington by 2009.

Students not stressing over WASL

  • Apr 20, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:41PM

Some 400 BHS sophomores began the state’s standardized exams yesterday. Four hundred Bainbridge High School sophomores leaned over their exams in hushed classrooms Tuesday, as eight mornings of WASL testing got under way. It’s the first time 10th-graders throughout the state are taking the Washington Assessment of Student Learning on the same dates and at the same time. Standardizing the exams is a move intended to improve confidence in the test results and to prevent cheating.

Fire Dept. considers fall levy for trucks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Commissioners may ask voters to approve $1.8 million for new apparatus. Left reeling by a tax hike defeat a year ago, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department may climb off the ropes this fall with a new levy request to fund trucks and equipment. Fire officials are considering a six-year, $1.8 million levy to pay for nine new pieces of fire apparatus and seven support vehicles, but no general operations needs. A September or November ballot measure appears likely.

News Roundup -- Marsh project abandoned/Impact fee hike tabled

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

The city is abandoning a saltwater marsh restoration project that failed to gain the neighborhood support it required. A 1.3-acre Manitou Beach marshland was slated for improvements to clear a culvert that blocks saltwater from entering a wetland linked to a hillside stream.

Care center to expand facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Island Health and Rehabilitation would add a new three-story wing. A Winslow health care facility hopes to more than double in size, adding a three-story annex and 44 new parking spots to its Madison Avenue facility. Representatives of Wisconsin-based Extendicare Health Services, which operates Island Health and Rehabilitation Center, discussed their plans Thursday with city of Bainbridge Hearing Examiner Meredith Getches.

Council curbs Miller Road speed limits

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

But some say island motorists will still drive as fast as they want. Miller Road residents say they’ll soon be feeling a little safer in their neighborhood after new 35 mile per hour speed limit signs go up this month. The City Council approved a speed reduction along the three-mile, west island thoroughfare, dropping all speeds to 35 miles per hour. Some portions of the road are presently posted at 40 mph and will be lowered before May.

News Roundup -- Clinic plan on back burner/New park gets under way/Running into a (toe) jam (hill)/Ten choirs to unite in song/Race to live and thrive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

The owners of the Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic property have tabled a request to loosen zoning restrictions that could ease the clinic’s expansion. “There’s no urgency on doing this,” said co-owner Dr. Tom Haggar. “I’m having a busy couple of months and don’t want to rush into this. I want to let Winslow Tomorrow go forward and see if it fits what I want to do.”

Missing boy found, mother arrested

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Sky Gilbert was located in New Zealand, and will be returned shortly. Wakened by the ringing phone at 1 a.m. Saturday, Roby Gilbert got the news: his 9-year-old abducted son, Sky Gilbert, was finally, finally, coming home. “There was this stunned feeling, and then absolute relief, that for the first time in three years, we actually knew where he was at that moment,” said Laura Schmidt, Roby Gilbert’s fiancée. “It took a while to sink in.

How fast is too fast on Miller Road?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Nearby residents want to see the speed limit there lowered Fed up with the speed of vehicles through their area, Miller Road residents may get their wish tonight as the City Council discusses a speed limit reduction on the west-side thoroughfare. The city Public Works Department has recommended that the entire road’s maximum speed be set at 35 miles per hour.

City puts clamp on parking lot

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

A commercial lot off Winslow Way violates zoning, city planners say. A former mayor was ordered by the city to close an illegal parking operation on Cave Avenue by May 1. “We determined there’s no proper permit for that use,” said city planning director Larry Frazier. “We can find no document to that affect.” Owned by former Winslow mayor Alice Tawresey and her husband John, the nearly one-acre lot sits north of the John L. Scott real estate office on Winslow Way.

Here's the church save the steeple

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Congregation hopes to preserve its landmark downtown building. Back in 1882, when Winslow Way was a mere gash in the dirt, two Civil War veterans decided to build a church in town. Riley Hoskinson and Ambrose Grow succeeded four years later, but they didn’t do it alone. Eagle Harbor Congregational Church was built with donations from Winslow’s citizenry, and with proceeds from the clam chowder dinners, dramas and song fests that provided fellowship for the whole town.

News Roundup -- Winslow ideas get an airing/Salish taps new director

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

The range of ideas churned up at a recent downtown design brainstorm will be on display today. The city hosts a Winslow Tomorrow presentation from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the theater at the Pavilion. A charrette sponsored by Winslow Tomorrow in late March asked residents, “how should Winslow evolve as the island grows and changes?”

Lawsuits filed over Tolo Road fatality

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

The family of the 14-year-old victim charges negligence by youths and parents. The family of an island teen killed in a Tolo Road crash last August has filed a civil lawsuit against two 14-year-old girls in the car that night, and their parents. The lawsuit names two of the eight Bainbridge teens involved in the crash: the girl who took her parents’ 2003 Ford Explorer out for a joyride, and the girl who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. Both girls have since been prosecuted in juvenile court.

Islander wins Pulitzer

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Bainbridge resident Kim Murphy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Monday for international news reporting in Russia, where she is the Moscow bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. The Pulitzer Prize is the most prestigious and coveted award in the field of journalism. “Obviously, when you’re a journalist, it doesn’t get much better than that,” Murphy said in a telephone interview Tuesday from Los Angeles, where she and her colleagues celebrated the paper’s two Pulitzers. “I’m glad it’s over. It’s a little too traumatic.”

Ravine still has some friends

  • Apr 6, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

A proposal to ease setback requirements has some concerned for Winslow’s greenbelt. Many long-time residents know the deep and wide swath of greenspace downtown as “the wash” or “Winslow Creek.” Scientists refer to it as “Stream No. 0324.” Most islanders today simply call it “the Ravine.” But for conservationist Mike Bonoff, it’s Bainbridge’s “Grand Canyon.”

Laptop issue clouds school tech levy campaign

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

Misconceptions among some voters trouble officials and campaign organizers. The idea has sprouted like a weed, and Clif McKenzie is working hard to stamp it out. The upcoming technology levy “is not about providing a laptop to every student,” said McKenzie, who is co-chairing the campaign to get a $8.9 million technology levy passed by Bainbridge voters on May 17.

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