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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.

Lights bring heat to Battle Point

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

Plans to improve soccer fields upset neighbors, amateur astronomy group. When Paul Below peers into the massive telescope at Battle Point Park, he often trains his eye on the star-flecked purple swirls of the Andromeda Galaxy. “I get a sense of wonder knowing that the photons of light going into my eye from that galaxy spent millions of years to get here,” the Battle Point Astronomical Association president said. The interstellar light is a thrill to gaze at, Below said. As for the more local variety, he has much less appreciation.

News Roundup -- Biz lunch fetes Eisenhauer/Beans now a music venue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

John Eisenhauer of Mercury Online Solutions was selected as the the Bainbridge Island Chamber’s 2005 Business Person of the Year. He will be honored at a celebratory luncheon banquet at 11:30 a.m. May 25 at Wing Point Golf & Country Club.

Vandals destroy 14 trees at high school

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

Students and faculty react with anger, sadness at the destruction. Greeted by a circle of toppled trees in the Bainbridge High School courtyard Monday morning, Carol Earnest’s first thought was to blame the wind. Only when she saw the telltale clean cut of saws through each trunk, did the reality that this was a deliberate act – and her own shock – set in. “I was really surprised – I wanted to cry,” the BHS sophomore said. “I saw it this morning, and I couldn’t believe it.”

Fed funds favored for memorial

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

The prospect of federal help in the internment memorial draws strong support. If getting hitched to the feds means hundreds of thousands of dollars for the island’s Japanese American internment memorial, many Bainbridge residents are ready to pop the question. The funding and support options are clear-cut, said National Park Service cultural specialist Alisa Lynch, during a meeting Tuesday to discuss three proposals for the memorial.

News Roundup -- Man survives bridge jump/Postal food drive does well/Frank talk on date rape

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

A Bainbridge Island man survived a jump from the Agate Passage Bridge just before noon Friday. The jumper, a 22-year-old man, was a passenger in a car headed across the bridge toward Poulsbo, when traffic slowed due to the traffic light ahead, Bainbridge police said. The man reportedly exited the vehicle, climbed over the bridge’s handrail and leaped off.

Council to spend $450,000 on own chambers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

Robotic cameras, better lighting and sound are promised with the upgrades. Much of the argument for council chamber upgrades at City Hall went without saying. Under the glare of spotlights and from behind the incessant hum of air ducts and equipment, Bainbridge Island Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Schmidt successfully pitched nearly a half-million dollars worth of audio and video improvements at Wednesday’s council meeting. “What we’re talking about is forward-thinking technology,” Schmidt said. “It will provide us with lower operating and maintenance expenses,” while preparing the room for “the inevitable changes in the ways broadcasts are presented.

School tech levy sinks at polls

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

The $8.9 million measure earns just 43 percent support, an unprecedented failure. An $8.9 million levy to improve technology in Bainbridge Island public schools failed miserably at the polls Tuesday. Unofficial final returns showed the levy earning just 43 percent support, with some 7,400 votes counted. It was the worst showing by a special levy on Bainbridge Island in more than a decade, and believed to be the first school levy to go down in perhaps 30 years.

Cabin gets a reprieve

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

The old logs may have some life in them after all. Local historians, builders and other volunteers have made recent strides to save the sagging cabin at Camp Yeomalt. “I’m very pleased,” said historian Jerry Elfendahl, who formed “Team Yeomalt” in March to save the cabin. “We’re not racing, but we’re getting things done.”

From the ground, up

  • May 18, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

A hotel/condo development takes shape on High School Road. The neighbors think it’s just too big. The city zoning map begs to differ, and says 60 residential units and a commercial building are okay along that stretch of High School Road. It is – at least until a still-bigger development breaks ground near the ferry terminal – the most noticeable recent change to the Winslow skyline.

News Roundup -- Knobloch to seek 2nd term/Ferry food in June, maybe

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

Councilman Bill Knobloch has tossed in his hat for a second term on the Bainbridge City Council. Knobloch will run again for the Central Ward Position 4 seat, and is the first councilor to announce his reelection bid. The terms of Deborah Vann (Central Ward) and Debbie Vancil (North Ward) are also up at the end of the year, although they have not announced their intentions.

No crops, just studies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The city names a new consultant to jumpstart use of public farms. Although few green sprouts are popping this spring from city-owned farmland, some seeds of change have been sown. The city on Thursday named the American Farmland Trust as the agricultural consultant to help craft a management plan for 61 acres of farmland under local public ownership. The Washington D.C.-based trust was formed in 1980 and has helped preserve over 1 million acres of farmland nationwide. “They’ll inventory all the farmland we have here, interview the players and come up with a model we can follow,” said Councilman Bob Scales, a member of the ad-hoc farming committee that recommended the trust to the mayor.

News Roundup -- Tech levy vote on Tuesday/Money for human help

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The May 17 technology levy by the Bainbridge Island School District is not a mail-only ballot measure, but is being conducted through both traditional polling locations and absentee ballots. Polling locations on Bainbridge Island will be open on Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Memorial site could enjoy federal status

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The National Park Service will discuss options at two public meetings Tuesday. Bainbridge Island’s Japanese American internment memorial could soon enjoy significant status and funding under the National Park System. Designation as a “satellite unit” of Minidoka Internment National Monument in southern Idaho – where many island internees spent World War II after their transfer from a camp at Manzanar, Calif. – is among the alternatives discussed in a just-released study by the NPS. The proposal will be presented at a pair of public meetings this coming Tuesday at City Hall.

Mountaineer hits summit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

Islander Ed Viesturs conquers Annapurna: summit, 26,545 feet. What do you call a man who grew up in the one of the flattest places in the United States, and whose mother and sister are afraid of heights? The first American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter mountains. Early Thursday morning (island time), islander Ed Viesturs reached the summit of 26,545-foot-high Annapurna, located not far from Everest in the Himalayas. He was ac­com­panied by his longtime climbing companion, Veikka Gustafsson of Finland, and three Italians who facilitated the climb by laying down a series of ropes.

City’s website may get revamp

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The city website contains an ever-expanding sea of budget documents, meeting agendas, ordinances and legal notices for residents. Now the site needs a new map and compass to sort through it all. More than 100 site users clamored for better website navigation through a recent online poll conducted by the city. The City Council is now poised to approve $15,000 worth of improvements.

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