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More farmers, more market

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Wednesday afternoon marks the debut of midweek food and art fare. No more need to ration out your favorite salad mix to make it last until Saturday. Now you can stop in at the midweek Bainbridge Island Farmers Market, which has its inaugural run from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the plaza by City Hall.

Ferries pledge waterfront trail link at terminal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

The new design will include a path to Waterfront Park, officials vow. Washington State Ferries has long balked at plans to include a Waterfront Park trail link in a multimillion-dollar upgrade slated for the Winslow terminal. But WSF reversed that position at a public meeting Tuesday, promising to connect the terminal to a path south of Harborview Drive.

Save cabin, state urges

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

The crumbling Camp Yeomalt cabin has made the “endangered” list. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced its annual 12 “Most Endangered Historic Properties” list Monday, with the 70-year-old former Boy Scout cabin taking the number two spot. “It’s a good feeling that (Yeomalt) has been recognized,” said Lorraine Scott, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum curator and a member of the Team Yeomalt group that is looking at the cabin’s future. “This brings the preservation project to the forefront and puts it on the map.”

News Roundup -- T&C buying family land/Oil supply looks peakish/‘Voices’ speak out on war/City meeting date change

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

Town & Country Markets, Inc., is buying 13 acres of land near Winslow from the Nakata family, and could establish an organic farm there. “We definitely have that intention,” T&C President Larry Nakata said. “It’s one of our desires.” Now a picturesque fallow field, the property at the northwest corner of Wyatt Way and Weaver Road has been among the Nakata family holdings for years.

Restroom with a view

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

The latest design for a new Waterfront Park facility includes a public pavilion. Is bad news about a restroom best taken sitting down? In any event, new facilities at Water­front Park are unlikely to be in service anytime soon; think Fourth of July, 2006 at the earliest. The good news is, those facilities may offer much more than a restroom and shower – perhaps becoming a new “Waterfront Park Pavilion,” as envisioned by architects commissioned to advance a new design.

Islander earns Purple Heart

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

Paul Bang-Knudsen is back on light duty after suffering wounds. Islander and Marine Cpl. Paul Bang-Knudsen was awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in action in Iraq on April 16, his family said this week. While engaged in night combat operations in the Al Anbar Province of western Iraq, Bang-Knudsen and two fellow Marines were injured. The Marines are part of the Marine Corps First Force Reconnaissance Company, in which Bang-Knudsen serves in an eight-man reconnaissance team.

News Roundup -- Inslee touts clean energy/Youths nabbed painting tower/Discuss the ferries’ future

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee introduced a comprehensive clean energy bill in Congress Wednesday, legislation aimed at reducing dependence on foreign oil while boosting jobs and environmental health at home. “America can no longer rely on an energy source that threatens our national security, melts our glaciers and mires our hi-tech economy in an oily morass,” the Bainbridge Democrat said of the proposed “New Apollo Energy” project. “Today we give Americans a clear choice between the oil-soaked energy policy of the Republicans and a New Apollo Energy Act for clean energy.”

Brainstorming supports arts facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

But what will it have, and how to pay? A summer-long study looks at options. Does Bainbridge Island need more space for the arts? Participants in a cultural arts facility meeting Tuesday night returned a resounding, “Yes.” “We heard about dreams and visions, but they were tempered by the realities of developing and sustaining an arts facility,” said Bob Bailey, a consultant who will be putting together the feasibility study.

City and employees come to terms on contract

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

But both the union and the council are dissatisfied with the new three-year pact. Months of labor discord came to an end – officially, at least – as a divided City Council on Wednesday approved a new three-year contract with the city’s largest collective bargaining unit. Even so, two council members said employees didn’t give enough ground in the contract, while a union representative predicted more turbulence ahead.

Condominiums on the vine

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

A 45-unit condo development takes shape on the former winery property. The vineyard is gone, but in its place will sprout a home-grown condominium development incorporating “green design,” a bistro, two ponds and 45 units that will range in price from “affordably” low to “penthouse” high. “This is a project by local people with the purpose of building a small community,” said developer Bill Carruthers, who purchased the three-acre property last year from the Bentryn family, who now grow grapes and produce wine on Day Road. “It will be close to downtown and is for people who want to leave their cars at home, yet (the development) is separate, on its own.”

County ups the ante for Pritchard Park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

Commissioners kick in another $350K toward the $8 million deal. The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a $350,000 allocation for the next phase of the Joel Pritchard Park project on Bainbridge Island, increasing the total county investment to $850,000. The money came from conservation future funds and grant money specifically earmarked for land purchase.

County mulls all-mail ballots

  • Jun 8, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

Kitsap County could switch to a vote-by-mail system in time for this fall’s primary election, if the county government can fulfill the requirements to make it so. “I really hate to do this,” said North Kitsap Commissioner Chris Endresen, who said she values the act of voting at the polls. “But you can’t argue with these figures.” The statistics, as presented by auditor Karen Flynn to the board of commissioners during a Monday afternoon study session, tip the financial and logistical scales in favor of mail ballots.

News Roundup -- Liveaboard plan ‘accepted’/Park ladder taken down/Get funding to save salmon

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

While some Eagle Harbor liveaboards gear up to defend their lifestyle in court, the Bainbridge City Council on Monday accepted a backup plan. The Eagle Harbor Anchoring and Mooring Plan was formally handed off from the Harbor Commission to the council, initiating deliberation that could establish the state’s first “open water marina.”

Ethics code debated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

Several council members say new subpoena powers are too much. The City Council took a hesitant step toward the creation of a formal city ethics code Monday. Drafted by the citizen-based ethics advisory committee, the proposed code would establish a formal hearing process for complaints against officials, administrators and rank-and-file workers. The ethics code would be overseen by an independent, five-member board with possible subpoena power.

Island home valuations up 20 percent

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

Impact on tax bill varies depending on local levies, exemptions for elderly Your home is worth 20 percent more than it was this time last year. So says the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office, which sent out new valuations for residential properties late last week. Bainbridge valuations – which will be used to determine 2006 property taxes – averaged 20 percent higher than 2004, on par with virtually unprecedented increases countywide. Residents in Central and South Kitsap saw their valuations climb by 17-18 percent, while valuations jumped 25-26 percent in Bremerton and Suquamish/Indianola.

News Roundup -- Local funeral home sold/Arts facility in the works?/Haruis feted for service/Horse show next weekend

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

Kent and Tess Kass have sold Kass Funeral Home, the business they’ve operated in Winslow since 1995. The business has been purchased by David and Doreen Cook of Sacramento, Calif., who took over the operation Friday. David Cook will be the funeral director. He has served in the field for over 15 years. He is a graduate of the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and also holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Utah.

‘How little we know’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

The results of the salmon study could mean regulatory changes. Federal and state protections that restrict off-shore construction during months when young salmon hug the island’s shoreline may miss the mark for some salmon, including the sensitive chinook population. Government “work windows,” which permit the construction of piers, docks, bulkheads and rafts, run from June through March. But the city’s seining study found these work periods fall directly in the months when coho and chinook populations are at their highest.

Next up: Winslow parking and traffic studies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

A ‘preferred vision’ for downtown should go to the council for review in September. With the endorsement of council members and property owners alike, the Winslow Tomorrow downtown planning process picked up momentum this week. The council approved $81,000 for a comprehensive study of traffic circulation and parking in the downtown area, part of a $271,000 authorization to fund the planning effort through the end of the year. “I’m just in awe of the project, and looking forward to what you’re going to bring us in the next phase,” Councilwoman Debbie Vancil said, in an evening punctuated by superlatives from the council and applause from the gallery.

Salmon study nets ‘a big wow’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

The city-led effort finds that young fish aren’t behaving like anyone believed. Nets cast from the island’s shore have drawn a startling catch. Besides capturing, cataloging and releasing almost 60 species of sea life, a city-led study has netted data that shows Puget Sound salmon aren’t behaving as many expect – suggesting that government protections are falling short for the most sensitive salmon species. “It’s all a big ‘wow,’” said island resident and marine habitat specialist Jim Brennan. “This is new information. We’re seeing that salmon are not doing what we thought and that the regulations there to protect them are not really protecting them.”

News Roundup -- Rev. Middleton set to retire/City hands off new parkland/Residents fete mobile park/Get ready for Grand Ol’ 4th

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

The Rev. Dick Middleton will retire July 31 after 26 years as head pastor of Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. A celebration of his ministry will follow the Sunday service on that day. Tables will be set up on the church grounds with food and music offered, plus entertainment – some serious and some lighthearted. Members of Rolling Bay Church and pastors of the Interfaith Council are welcome to attend.

New waterfront park looks likely on Port Madison

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

The Open Space Commission brokers public purchase of six acres off Spargur Loop. The city is poised to establish a new shoreline park – with a public dock, no less – on the banks of Port Madison. The city Open Space Commission was expected to sign a purchase agreement Tuesday afternoon for public purchase of three parcels totaling six acres near the corner of Spargur Loop and Hidden Cove roads. Purchase price would be $815,000 – well below the property’s appraised value of $1.375 million.

News Roundup -- Ferry food: get it while it's hot/BHS growth leveling off/Events honor local military/BHS is tops in law, bar none

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

Sipping a fresh cup of coffee as the sunny skies of Puget Sound sailed by his window, island resident Steve Neff said his regular ferry ride to Seattle just became “more cruise than commute.” The M/V Wenatchee’s galley was cleared of over 18 months’ worth of dust and reopened for business Thursday, offering hot dogs, popcorn, oatmeal and pizza to hungry riders.

Neighbors blast field light plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

But soccer advocates call the quality of island play fields 'a joke.' Premier soccer club goalie Alex Bolt has skidded across the hard-packed, water-logged field at Battle Point Park many times. He doesn’t recommend it. “Diving in that sand is not comfortable,” the 16-year-old told the crowd gathered at a Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board meeting Thursday.

Snow, Stoknes announce bids for City Council

  • May 28, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

Both now serve with the Winslow Tomorrow Community Congress. Both came to the island about 15 years ago after wrapping up years of government work. They see the island in similar ways, with visions almost a mirror of each other. Now they’re entering local politics for the first time – hoping to replace two city councilors they say are already doing a fine job. “Council­woman Christine Rolfes is doing a wonderful job, and I want that good work to be carried on,” said Chris Snow, 64, who is running for Rolfes’ south ward seat after she steps down at the end of the year. “The City Council is involved in important work, with Winslow Tomorrow, the Critical Areas Ordinance, shoreline rules, traffic. It’s important to have a business-like approach to bridge the differences in these issues so we have productive results for the community.”

‘Citizens’ sue state to boot out liveaboards

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

Anchor-outs are trespassing, hurting the local economy, the lawsuit says. An island property rights group wants liveaboards out of Eagle Harbor’s inner waters, and is suing the state to get them moved. “Bainbridge Island has had a problem with illegally anchored boats, houseboats and liveaboards trespassing on state-owned land located in the center of Eagle Harbor,” said Gary Tripp of Bainbridge Citizens, who announced the lawsuit Monday.

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