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Why can’t the city get anything done?

  • Jul 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:38PM

Public Works can’t hold onto its project engineers, who flee for higher pay elsewhere. If it weren’t for “all the politics,” working for politicians wouldn’t have been all that bad. That’s how former Bainbridge city project engineer Tom McKerlick sums up his nearly four years with Public Works, a department now struggling to plug an employment leak amid a steady flow of budgeted projects.

News Roundup - Endowment doles out funds/‘Bloom’ tour in full flower/Vermont man to head BIAHC

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

The Bainbridge Island Community Endowment has awarded $20,000 in grants to nine community nonprofit organizations. An additional $28,400 in grants was given to local organizations by the endowment’s donor-advised funds. For the first time, the endowment made grants to two Kitsap-based organizations, Sound Works Job Center and Martha & Mary Lutheran Services, which provide services to the members of Bainbridge Island.

BBQ one day, parade the next

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

Islanders will enjoy abundant holiday fun in the coming days. It’s unarguably the best seat in town of the best small-town parade around. Perched high atop a rickety scaffolding in the bed of a pickup truck at the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue sits Mark Soltys, the announcer extraordinaire of the Grand Old Fourth Parade. That has been his throne for 20 years. “I plan on climbing that scaffolding until I can’t climb anymore,” Soltys said.

Stars come out in the daylight July 4

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

BPAA offers free planetarium shows at Eagle Harbor Church. Throughout the benevolent nights of July, a canopy of stars swims end to end across the island horizon. It’s a treat for local stargazers, who know well the feel of cool grass on nape. But in winter, the wonders of the night sky often remain elusive, frustrating for those who know what lies tantalizingly close but hopelessly obscured – beyond the cloud cover and out of view of the high-powered telescope at the Battle Point Park observatory.

Battle Point home blaze was arson

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

But officials say ‘eco-terrorism’ is not considered a likely factor. Investigators say a fire that destroyed a $3 million home under construction on Battle Point Drive last Saturday was deliberately set. “Evidence found during the layer-by-layer dig-out of the site led us to conclude that this was arson,” said Glen Tyrrell, acting chief of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, adding that those suspicions can’t be confirmed until evidence lab results come back in 30 to 60 days. Tyrrell declined to comment on specific aspects of the investigation, but did say investigators believe they know where in the home the fire started.

Dock settlement sparks outrage, lawsuit threats

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

But councilors say any regulatory changes will get full public airing. The public threatened to sue, made accusations of illegal conduct, secrecy and backroom deals with developers – and yet the City Council did not bend. Despite a torrent of criticism from residents gathered at City Hall Wednesday, the council authorized the payment of $250,000 to settle nearly a dozen lawsuits filed by Blakely Harbor property owners over a now-defunct moratorium on dock construction. “I am disturbed where this city is heading as the greed of individuals dictates the rules of environmental protections,” said island fisheries biologist Wayne Daley, who is concerned that new docks in the harbor would reduce salmon habitat.

She’s finding pearls in the garden

  • Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

Victoria Harrison shoots landscapes, then paints them. Victoria Harrison captures detailed images of gardens and landscapes first with her camera, then with vibrant paints. “I love to use really deep, strong colors, even when I use watercolors,” said Harrison, whose smile is as bright as the hues she favors. “I just need good strong color defining my priorities in my paintings.”

News Roundup - Islander to head libraries/Sutton named to new board/Inslee leads spying debate/Fun for all at July 3 dance/Life jackets for the Fourth/Take a hi

  • Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

With the retirement of director Ellen Newberg this spring, the Kitsap County Regional Library system mounted a nationwide search for the best candidate to lead the organization. As it turned out, the first choice was someone who lived in Kitsap and had firsthand knowledge of the library system as a patron. Jill Jean, a Bainbridge Island resident who has crossed Puget Sound to her job as director of public services at the Seattle Public Library for 14 years, takes the KRL helm on Sept. 19.

Will school land be sold?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

No, say school officials of rumors that property near Sakai will go. A quiet stream bisects the ravine behind Sakai Intermediate School. Save for schoolchildren trudging down the hillside to study salmon habitat there, the land is little used. But not unlike the whispering water, rumors about the fate of the property recently ran through community tributaries, much to the surprise of those at the school district who say no property sale is imminent. “No one has made any plans to do anything with the land,” said Bruce Weiland, vice-president of the school board and member of the capital facilities committee.

City looks to kickstart downtown plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

The council will consider development of new alleyways near Winslow Way. Downtown streets may lead the way to Winslow’s tomorrow. A City Council committee has placed road and pathway improvements at the top of its priority list in implementing the Winslow Tomorrow project. “Winslow Tomorrow started with Winslow Way – it seems a logical place now to start new projects,” said Councilman Chris Snow, who joined other members of the Finance and Personnel Committee in recommending last week that $3 million budgeted for this year’s Winslow Tomorrow improvements focus on downtown’s network of streets and alleys.

Suit settlement could put more docks at Blakely

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

The agreement would end lawsuits over a now-defunct moratorium. A debate over development in Blakely Harbor may soon come to dock. After numerous lawsuits and amid concern from south-end neighbors over the future of the harbor and City Hall decision-making, litigants and the city are edging toward a settlement that could allow new docks on the harbor.

Suspicious blaze destroys $3M unfinished home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

Federal investigators join local officials in searching for the cause. Of a $3 million home, the only thing worth trying to save was the stand of trees around it. Now fire investigators want to know why an unfinished mansion on Battle Point Drive burned late Saturday, with a federal team joining local officials in combing through the ashes for clues. “What we have right now is a very unfortunate structure fire,” said Glen Tyrrell, acting chief of the Bainbridge Island Fire Depart­ment. “If there’s evidence of foul play, we’ll investigate that. If it’s an unfortunate accident, it is what it is.”

Gimme an ‘A!’ Gimme a ‘U!’

  • Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37PM

Now gimme a ‘C-T-I-O-N’ – it’s Rotary Auction time this weekend. The mantra of the volunteers who work in the bulk-clothing department of the Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale: “Anyone’s guess.”

News Roundup - Sivitz joins BPA team/Volunteer at the cat shelter

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

Susan Sivitz has been named Bainbridge Performing Arts’ new development director, which the organization said underscores its “bold and innovative aims” for its 2006-07 50th Anniversary Season. “As we gear up for this landmark season, we’re aiming to present the best of the community on our stage,” BPA Managing Director Christopher Shainin said. “Our upcoming season will show off the island and we couldn’t do it without some of the community’s best advocates.”

Housing group makes its pitch

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

New strategies for more affordable units begin to take shape. You can’t build it unless they come. That’s the dilemma facing those charged with drafting a new ordinance to put more affordable housing on the island without discouraging development. Without incentives to build affordable, they say, builders will simply go elsewhere. Without the ordinance in place, economic diversity will all but disappear from the island.

City cracks down on liveaboards

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

Some harbor dwellers say they’re being ousted as ‘undesireable.’ The city is stepping up its crackdown on derelict boats, including a handful occupied by island liveaboards. “This is about the condition of the vessel rather than who is staying aboard,” said city Harbormaster Tami Allen, who recently listed nine vessels on the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Derelict Vessel Removal Program. “Some of these vessels don’t run or don’t have a mast or haven’t been hauled-out (for maintenance) for six to 10 years. They need to be brought up to an operable condition.”

It’s a real marquee event

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

Lynwood Theatre marks 70 years with a restored marquee and classic movies. For 70 years, the Lynwood Theatre has helped islanders forget their troubles, creating memories that scarcely fade with time. Like many islanders, Ralph Munro can construct a timeline of his life via the theater’s showings. The Crystal Springs native, who went on to serve as Washington Secretary of State, was 5 years old in 1948 when his babysitter, Sally Warberg Dunn, took him to his first Lynwood movie for popcorn and a showing of “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch.”

NASCAR revs up at island debate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

Backers cite an economic boon, while foes say quality of life would be damaged. Sunday drivers take heed. The engines rumble as opposing sides debate whether to build an 83,000-seat motorsports race track in Kitsap County. For Bainbridge Island, which according to an economic report would see 5,000 additional cross-island ferry passengers on race days, questions loom about potential impacts of the project on tourism and traffic. Representatives from both sides of the issue lobbied the Bainbridge business community, which watched as a blur of statistics circled left on Wednesday at Wing Point country club during the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Whatever happened to the parking garage?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

Advocates feel stymied by a lack of support, action by the City Council. Despite passing through numerous green lights, a proposed Winslow parking garage project has stalled at the intersection of downtown transportation planning concerns. “I am really surprised,” said Winslow Tomorrow project director Sandy Fischer, of the City Council’s recent hesitance to give the project its approval. “I don’t know anymore if this is going forward. I don’t know what their decision is. “But part of acting on things is that sometimes if you don’t act, you’ve made your decision with indecision.”

They’ll have you feeling like new

  • Jun 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

▼ Winslow’s Renew day spa promises a feast for the senses. Tucked in a quiet courtyard off Winslow Way is an oasis that promises to soothe, beautify and rejuvenate in an hour – or an afternoon. Although this transformation comes at a price, island women may find it’s a worthwhile investment, after they leave the premises in an altogether altered state. “A lot of people don’t know this is back here and they’re stunned,” said Jackie LeBlanc, who owns Renew Day Spa with fellow islander Maureen Wilson. “They say, ‘A friend of mine told me about your space.’”

When ferry becomes ‘love boat’

  • Jun 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

Episodic fiction by blog becomes a local man’s debut novel. A writing exercise on his blog brought forth Bill Branley’s inner Peggy. She had so much to say, the exercise evolved into Branley’s debut novel, “Sea Changes,” the first title for his One Sock Press publishing company. “I’ve taken lots of writing classes. One exercise is writing from a perspective not your own to get used to seeing the world from a different perspective,” Branley said. “I was commuting on the 5:20 a.m. ferry with a laptop. Peggy popped into my head.”

News Roundup - Needed: better communication/Cabin effort logs milestone/Let’s all talk about growth/Wednesday market opens/

  • Jun 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

The need for improved communication was the lesson learned after a bomb scare and evacuation of Colman Dock in Seattle last Wednesday. Washington State Ferries, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Washington State Patrol met Friday to discuss the incident. “This event has perhaps highlighted the need for clear and concise communications,” said Coast Guard Captain Stephen Metruck. The captain of the ferry Tacoma sailed from Bainbridge after ferry workers had an altercation with a drunk driver before the arrival of Bainbridge Island police and WSP officers.

Church looks for organ donors

  • Jun 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36PM

St. Barnabas parish nears the end of a fund drive for music. Lyle Confrey Kahle’s gift to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church is the kind that renders people speechless. After all, a church offering doesn’t usually involve six figures and culminate in the purchase of a custom-made pipe organ. Kahle gave the church $300,000 on behalf of herself and her two teenagers, Nissa and Nowell. With it, the church was able to send its 25-year-old organ to a California church in need, and launch a committee to research organs and choose a maker.

Ferry fare hike looms, again

  • Jun 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:35PM

Rising fuel costs may mean another fare hike for ferry riders. The Washington State Trans­portation Commission last week directed the ferry system to cover a $10 million shortfall blamed on the high cost of diesel fuel. Fare increases between 5 percent and 20 percent are now under consideration, as well as capital improvement cutbacks and asking the state Legislature for more money.

Get ’em while they’re fresh

  • Jun 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:35PM

It’s strawberry season, and a Day Road farm offers the best of Bainbridge. Stone-solid and apple-green, truckloads of unripe Georgia tomatoes rattle around in Tom Nelsen’s memory. As a truck driver, Nelsen used to shuttle loads of tomatoes and other produce across the country, from the sun-baked Georgia fields to supermarket chains in Butte or Baton Rouge or Boise. After popping a few fresh strawberries into his mouth Monday at the Selvar berry stand off Day Road, Nelsen couldn’t help but contrast his current indulgence with the corporate produce of his past. “I used to truck,” he said with a sly smile. “I know how they get ripe,” adding that the tomatoes he used to ship were loaded in trucks while still green, in hopes they would ripen during the long journey to market.

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