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Why did I move here, anyway?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Humorist Matt Smith explores the quirks of island living this Friday. Living on Bainbridge Island has broadened Matt Smith’s horizons in unpredictable ways, in unexpected places. “The best thing about Bainbridge is the dump,” Smith said. “The dump is so easy. Going can be a relaxing, social experience.” How and why this writer-performer-auctioneer surrendered city life for a slice of the island is the stuff of “My Boat to Bainbridge,” Smith’s humorous examination of this monumental decision and its aftermath.

Take up arms in the war on weeds

  • Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Clippers and saws are the weapons against noxious creepers on Earth Day Saturday. Jeannette Franks is deputizing any and all able-bodied citizens willing to take on the island’s “most wanted” weeds during an Earth Day roundup at Pritchard Park. “I want them dead or controlled,” she said, listing off the island’s worst offenders: English ivy, Scotch broom, tansy ragwort, holly and knotweed. These plants, Franks said, are guilty of overwhelming native plants, altering forests, hastening the erosion of steep slopes and replacing wildlife habitat.

Traffic key to terminal plans

  • Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

WSF considers a special transit lane at Cave Avenue as upgrades begin to take shape During rush hour at the ferry terminal, the pedestrian walkway looks something like an earthworm trying to swallow a string of beads. Forcing hundreds of passengers through the same narrow tube at a time when haste is paramount is an equally vexing proposition for Bainbridge Island commuters. “It’s bad enough that it’s so cramped in there, but when you’re waiting in line and can’t even see out the window, it’s a sign that something needs to be done,” said David Hewitt, one of the architects charged with fixing the walkway and a slew of other problems at the Eagle Harbor terminal.

Ferry yard dispute is heading to court

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Permits are on hold until the dispute over environmental impacts is resolved. The city is taking Washington State Ferries to court over an environmental review of upgrades underway at the ferry maintenance facility on Eagle Harbor. “Our question is, what is the aggregate impact of the facility?” said City Administrator Mary Jo Briggs of the appeal filed Wednesday in the Kitsap County Superior Court. “We want to know the whole impact of it.” The city disputes the ferry system’s determination in early March that an environmental review is not necessary for the $40 million maintenance yard improvement project. Also objectionable is WSF’s piecemeal view of its project, which doesn’t take into account the broader environmental impacts, said city officials.

Heart ailment claims island teen

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Bainbridge High School students this week mourned one of their classmates, lost to a heart ailment. Sixteen-year-old Alexandria P. Ornelas, a BHS junior, died “naturally and instantaneously” at her home Wednesday, the Kitsap County coroner’s office said. Ornelas had a history of heart problems and had been ill and under a physician’s care for several days.

Affordable housing: Is there hope?

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

The latest idea: community land trusts, island housing activists say. With a third of Bainbridge homes on the market priced at over $1 million, the island is rapidly erecting an economic wall fewer home buyers can breach. “We’re becoming a gated community of just the very wealthy,” said Del Miller, chair of the Bainbridge Island Housing Resources Board. “But there are many good, hard-working people that want to live here. “We need to make room for them.”

Remember, that it may not happen again

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

The internment memorial site is consecrated during a community gathering. At the exact moment that 227 islanders of Japanese descent were herded onto a ferry bound for internment camps 64 years before, almost as many islanders gathered at the same Eagledale spot Thursday to consecrate the land. Joined by detainees who still remember their three-plus years in exile, representatives of various faiths, community members and dignitaries stood with heads bowed in prayer and contemplation, honoring what happened before and what, they all agreed, must never happen again to anyone.

News Roundup - Crowd berates water skiers/City empanels ferry experts/City to unveil decant facility

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Water skiers hit some rough waters Wednesday night, snagging on a letter from the federal government and numerous shoreline residents, kayakers and rowers who say the sport is too fast and furious for Eagle Harbor. “We certainly cannot be in the same vicinity as water skiers without concern for flooding our shells,” said Dee McComb, president of the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club, during a public hearing before the City Council to discuss changes to rules regulating vessel speeds and wakes in the harbor.

City plans sidewalks length of Grow Avenue

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

Neighbors have complained of speeding drivers there for years.Straight, sporadically noisy and surrounded by frustration, Grow Avenue stretches out like an exclamation point. Residents there have long complained that the street has become a de facto arterial for speeding ferry traffic. That, along with the absence of sidewalks, caused Grow neighbors to band together a few years ago in search of solutions, the latest incarnation of which will be on display at an open house at 6 p.m. April 17 at City Hall.

Transit has high hopes for low ferry wake

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:23PM

A new fast ferry could be in service by 2008, researchers say.Scientists testing a new low-wake passenger ferry in Rich Passage reported “some promising results” this week. “We’re seeing indicators that show we’re on the right track,” said principal researcher and project manager Phil Osborne of Pacific International Engineering. Recent posted results show the prototype M/V Spirit’s highest wake at about 20 inches, while more traditional foot ferry models generated wakes of up to 27 inches.

Time to come out of your shell

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

Crab lovers will delight in a new cookbook by Christine Quinn.Thirty years ago, Grandfather Quinn invented a device that cleanly cracks crab. With an eye toward marketing, his son Will made some design changes and daughter-in-law Christine set about writing a booklet to accompany the ones they sell.

Park potty clogged again

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

The council OKs a new design, but not enough money to actually build it.The City Council sent a new Waterfront Park bathroom plan back to the drawing board Wednesday. The council approved $325,000 for the bathroom’s construction, which is over $100,000 less than a design recently endorsed by the Public Works Committee. “The design we presented can’t be built for the budget they wanted,” said Winslow Tomorrow project manager Sandy Fischer, who is charged with overseeing the downtown park’s master plan.

County PFD tackling sports field crunch

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

A $29 million plan could put fields in North Kitsap, for Bainbridge use. An ambitious plan to build new athletic fields in North Kitsap could send convoys of mini-vans from the island to new soccer and baseball game sites across the bridge. A $29 million proposal by the Kitsap Public Facilities District is a response to a shortage of sports fields across the county and will include use by Bainbridge teams, although no new fields will be built on the island itself. Even so, John Sloat, vice president of field development for Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer Club, said there’s no guarantee it will alleviate the island’s own well-documented field crunch.

Home prices continue to climb

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

The island’s median price: $551,500. While specific assessments vary, there is a general consensus among island realtors: High demand, combined with low inventory and growth management guidelines, continue to spur the Bainbridge real estate market. “Like it or not, Bainbridge Island has become a western suburb of Seattle,” said Jack Klamm, associate broker at Deschamps Realty. “A lot of people work in the city and like having a condo near the ferry terminal and downtown.”

As the carousel spins, he carves

  • Apr 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

Brent White turns out everything from horses to butterflies. In Brent White’s line of work, what goes around comes around. And it’s a delight every time. From his home in Poulsbo, the retired Navy officer carves and casts carousel figures. His work is on display in zoos, theme parks and private homes around the world, attached to merry-go-rounds or displayed as free-standing art. Thanks to his donation of “Beatrice the Butterfly” to the Kids Discovery Museum, Bainbridge residents can enjoy his artistry as well.

Author offers escape from ‘drama triangle’

  • Apr 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

David ‘Emerald’ Womeldorff finds new insights into inter- personal dynamics. In college, when the available majors didn’t suit him, David Womeldorff improvised. The result was the first, and likely only, “Community and Communications” degree ever awarded by his Dayton, Ohio, college. “I found an obscure paragraph in the rules that no one had used before,” Womeldorff said. “I was the first student in the history of Wright State University to design my own degree.”

News Roundup - Green award for condos/Full docket for council tonight/Schools take up security

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

Vineyard Lane, a 45-unit condominium community under construction just north of the ferry terminal, will receive a 2006 Earth Day Award from Kitsap County in the Green Building category. The award, announced Monday, recognizes the environmentally conscious efforts of developers Bill Carruthers and Andrew Lonseth and others involved in the project.

Shelves shuffled at food bank

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

Helpline offers a ‘mini-mart’ setting for those needing a bit more in the larder. It’s bad enough falling on hard times. To have to ask for help makes people feel even worse. Helpline House wants islanders to walk through its doors with confidence, not dread. To this end, staffers have retooled their food bank operation to make it easier for islanders to “shop.” And when they do, finding such “extras,” as corn chips for school lunchces and Oreos, make a big difference, too.

Rolfes flashes partisan stripes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

The Democrat hopes to oust Bev Woods in the 23rd District House race. Christine Rolfes showed her true partisan colors Monday at one of the former councilwoman’s first public appearances as a candidate for the state legislature. “I’ve been door-belling and hearing over and over from lifelong Republicans (that they’re) so upset with Bush,” Rolfes said to about 20 people at a Bainbridge Island Democracy for America Meetup Group event held at the Commons. “It warmed my heart to hear so many people say that.”

Growing pains at Port Madison

  • Apr 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

Expansion plans by a yacht club have neighbors worried about traffic, noise. Some say the neighborhood on the southeast side of Port Madison already has a split personality. “It’s Jekyll and Hyde,” said Spargur Loop resident and Seattle Yacht Club member Craig Compton. “It can go from silent to a huge party in 24 hours.” But proposed upgrades to the club’s 7-acre Port Madison outstation could push the Spargur neighborhood over the edge, attracting more revelers during the club’s half-dozen annual events and a widening flotilla of boaters during the busy summer season.

Fire chief bolts for Lewis County post

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

Bainbridge Island Fire Chief Jim Walkowski will soon be heading south for a new job leading an expanding fire authority in Lewis County. “It’s very exciting,” Walkowski said Tuesday. “As a personal and professional opportunity, it’s something I couldn’t pass up.”

All caught up in ocean farming

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

With 800 mechanical arms in rapid motion, the looms in a cavernous Day Road warehouse roar as they spin a patented net that has ensnared what some believe could be the future of marine farming. “We’ve seen the disasters of fish farming – the waste, the concentration, the pollution,” said ocean engineer Langley Gace as looms in 6-foot-wide pits churned out a batch of nets bound for a Hawaiian fish farm. “We’ve come into this wiser.”

Farming in the deep blue sea

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

A Kona Kampachi by any other name just isn’t the same. Under the moniker “kahala,” this Hawaiian fish has spent its life roving coastal areas, absorbing a potent marinade of naturally-occuring reef toxins that would make your typical dinner guest go belly up. But under the Kona Blue aquaculture company’s trademarked name, Kona Kompachi is not only safe to eat, but has found a high-priced home in some of Tokyo and Seattle’s finest restaurants.

Vineyard eyes a 'green' market

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

Real estate is a bottom line venture. But Vineyard Lane, a new 45-unit condominium community rising up just north of the ferry terminal where the Bainbridge Island Winery once sat, is being constructed with a different kind of green in mind. Developers Bill Carruthers and Andrew Lonseth of Bainbridge Island say they placed the environment and the future welfare of the island at the forefront during the planning of Vineyard Lane.

WSF planning for more walk-ons

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

As the cross-sound commute gets more crowded, the ferry system will likely send some riders to the roof. But a pea coat and watch cap won’t be necessary. “They’ll be warm, they’ll be enclosed,” said Ray Deardorf, Washington State Ferries planning director. WSF released its draft long-range plan this week, detailing proposed changes to services and investments through 2030.

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