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Subscribers irked by cable changes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:56PM

Are you watching television more, and enjoying it less? You may be a Comcast cable television customer. Changes to the local programming lineup unveiled last week have some viewers upset by what they see as a downturn in basic service and higher monthly costs. One subscriber put it this way: “They took all the not-so-desirable stations and dumped them in the lowest tier. You now get three religious stations, four shopping channels, three C-Span types, and not much else. “They make it so if you want anything decent, you have to pay no less than $45, not including fees and taxes.”

Lawrence gets 20 years in prison

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:56PM

Kevin Lawrence will spend the next 20 years living life in the slow lane. A federal judge Tuesday sentence island businessman Lawrence, age 37, to 20 years in a federal penitentiary, for bilking thousands of investors nationwide in the Znetix securities scam. The sentencing hearing in a Seattle federal courtroom was something of a formality, after Lawrence’s guilty plea in July to three felony counts of fraud. In that deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend a 20-year sentence, while Lawrence will forego any appeals and help a receiver track down any remaining Znetix assets.

Real estate excise tax hike abandoned

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:56PM

Don’t raise revenues. Cut costs. That was the simple but strident message at a Tuesday public hearing on the 2004 city budget, before a packed hall in the council chambers at City Hall. The specific target of citizen ire was a proposal to double the city’s share of the real estate excise tax – derisively described as a “departure tax” – paid on the sale of homes and land.

Olympic College opens Poulsbo branch campus

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:56PM

Olympic College classes are now within 15 miles of Bainbridge Island, as the college opens its new Poulsbo campus for the 2004 winter quarter. “Every school I go to is interested in the new campus, and parents approach me asking for copies (of the OC brochure), too,” said Bruce Dawson, a Bainbridge volunteer who has been promoting the new campus at local schools.

Land deal would link two parks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:56PM

It’s been a few years since you could hike the width of Bainbridge Island without treading on the toes of one homeowner or another. But a first-ever cross-island trail connection will be essentially complete, if a nine-parcel deal brokered by the Open Space Commission is approved by the Bainbridge City Council Tuesday. “You can go from water to water with very little traffic,” said Connie Waddington, commission member.

Park levy on Feb. ‘04 ballot -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:56PM

The Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District will put its next two-year maintenance and operations levy before voters on the Feb. 3, 2004 ballot. The levy amount has not been determined; park commissioners Wednesday settled on the early election date to avoid a fire district “lid lift” try and a school district bond issue likely to go before voters later in the year

Sprinklers save condo units -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:56PM

A Winslow condominium unit was damaged in a fire Friday evening, a blaze that would have been worse but for a sprinkler system, fire officials say. Crews responded at 5:20 p.m. Nov. 21 to a report of a residential blaze at the Chatham Cove condominium on Weaver Road. Firefighters arrived to find smoke in the condominium unit and the fire sprinkler system activated in the kitchen.

Why aren't you swimming right now?

  • Nov 26, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:56PM

It’s a boon to adult health and fitness regimens, and at the same time about the cheapest daycare option around. Frequently overrun with raucous youngsters, it’s nevertheless been likened to a cathedral. It is hugely popular with the public, but doesn’t cover costs. On the eve of its second birthday, the Bainbridge Aquatics Center is everything islanders were promised. And more. And less, but they’re getting around to fixing that. “One of the blessings of not having ‘everything’ when we opened is that we can add things as the years go by, to keep things fresh and exciting,” said John DeMeyer, aquatics director for the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District.

Ferry food service to end

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

Lines in the galleys aboard Washington State Ferries are about to get shorter – the galleys themselves are going to close. Attempts to find a new concessionaire for on-board kitchen services have failed, leaving vending machines the only option for riders who want a cup of coffee or a snack on board the ferry come Jan. 1. WSF officials say they hope to see galley service restored by spring, in time for the tourist season. “The goal is that this is an interim thing, not a permanent shutdown of galleys,” said Celia Schorr, WSF spokesperson.

Rains return, close street -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

Heavy rains caused brief flooding and property damage in downtown Winslow Tuesday morning. With rainwater cascading in a mad torrent down Madison Avenue and fallen leaves fouling gutters, several storm drains were overwhelmed. Winslow Way was closed to traffic at about 8 a.m., when a drain backed up and water quickly covered the roadway and one sidewalk, breaching the thresholds of several businesses.

Racist fliers hit island doorsteps

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

White supremacist literature was distributed in some south-end driveways Monday. The fliers contained anti-semitic, anti-minority and anti-gay statements, and were signed by what purported to be a Kitsap chapter of the National Alliance, a supremacist group said to be based in West Virginia. The flier’s central image is the face of a young girl, wrapped in the message, “She needs the truth. Where will she find it?”

'The beauty is in the silence'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

It has been called the most outstanding large parcel left undeveloped on the island. Mathematically, rhetorically, and now permanently true, the 64-acre Close-Foecke property northwest of Gazzam Lake is joining the community’s open space roster. The Bainbridge City Council Wednesday unanimously approved public purchase of the property with funds from the city’s land preservation program. “Where are you going to find another 60 acres on Bainbridge Island these days?” Councilman Bill Knobloch asked before voting in favor of the purchase. “You’re not. So, bravo.”

All systems go for south-end sewers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

Sewer service is coming to four south-end neighborhoods. Buoyed by the paucity of objections during a formal protest period, the City Council Wednesday OK’d a Local Improvement District to fund extension of sewer mains to Emerald Heights, Pleasant Beach, Point White and Rockaway Beach. The 7-0 vote, taken on a motion by Councilwoman Lois Curtis, surprised the few sewer proponents in attendance and some council members as well. The issue was listed on the evening’s agenda as a report, with discussion and action not expected for another two weeks.

South-end sewer support stands up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

The last major hurdle to bringing sewer service to four south-end neighborhoods may well have been cleared. Significant opposition failed to materialize, as a period for formal protest to the formation of a Local Improvement District to fund the project ended Friday. Opposition was strongest in the Pleasant Beach neighborhood, where protests hit 30 percent – half the legal requirement to kill the project. On Rockaway Beach, 16 percent of residents lodged protests, with objections hitting 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in the Point White and Emerald Heights neighborhoods. Had 60 percent of property owners in any neighborhood objected, the plan would have been abandoned there, although the City Council could lower that threshold. But the numbers appear to make that unlikely.

Drinking and drugging -- Second of two parts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

Substance abuse on Bainbridge is shaped by island demographics. Wealthy kids have money in hand. Often, both parents work. “BHS is almost like the perfect scenario,” said BHS sophomore “Jared” (not his real name). “There are, like, all these big houses with parents who are gone all the time, and the kids have large allowances.” But the push for suburban perfection also takes a toll, Jared says, and overloaded parents pass the stress down to kids. Depression, substance abuse and eating disorders may result.

Community confronts drinking, drugging -- First of two parts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

Two Bainbridge High School sophomores, girls who’d been friends since preschool, planned to meet classmates at the Pavilion. The boys turned up with an older friend, and the 19-year-old had brought along a water bottle filled with vodka. Mixed with soda, the taste was smooth, and neither young woman recognized the potency of the hard liquor. Within hours, one was semi-comatose from alcohol poisoning. The near-fatal incident last fall brought together parents and teens involved, culminating Nov. 15 in a public forum by Just Know, a new coalition for parents and youth.

Tooloee, Llewellyn vault onto council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

In lopsided votes, political newcomer Nezam Tooloee and former council member Jim Llewellyn claimed seats on the Bainbridge Island City Council in Tuesday’s general election. Tooloee, a businessman and entrepreneur running against environmental activist Arnie Kubiak, earned 63 percent of the island-wide vote to take the council’s new at-large seat. Tooloee earned 4,790 votes to 2,784 for Kubiak, in unofficial final returns. In the more hotly contested council race, voters returned Llewellyn to office just two years after he failed in a re-election bid. Llewellyn claimed 59 percent of the vote to unseat incumbent Michael Pollock in the southwest ward, by an unofficial count of 4,385 votes to 3,068.

Early blaze damages home -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

A early morning blaze damaged a home near Island Center Monday. Firefighters were summoned at 7:25 a.m. to the 7400 block of Springridge Road, where they found an outbuilding engulfed in flames, with the blaze spreading to the main residence. The fire was extinguished without incident.

City could add 64 acres to Gazzam Lake Park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Land-locked Gazzam Lake Park may soon enjoy a corridor to the banks of Puget Sound. The city Open Space Commission is recommending public purchase of the $2.5 million, 64-acre Close-Foecke property immediately to the northwest, a deal that would link the 320-acre preserve with ravine-riven forest lands and an unspoiled expanse of beach and tidelands. “I am so excited about this,” said Leonora Cross, Open Space Commission member. “I think it’s the kind of property people were thinking about when they voted for the open space levy."

You can get there from here

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

The bland color-and-text palette of recreation-area signage just wasn’t sufficient for Marc Anderson’s vision. But the young artist’s graphic sense prevails, in a new series of directional signs coming to island roadways this month. The signs will point the way to six local parks: Gazzam Lake, Sands Field, Rotary Park, Battle Point Park, Point White Pier, and the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center. Signs will include computer-generated icons representative of each park, complemented by contemporary muted tones. “The worst case would have been just making the signs brown and white,” Anderson said, “but since the city said I could use color, it’s been pretty smooth.”

Cost questions foul park plan -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Ideas come cheap, building renovations less so. Witness the Battle Point Park transmitter building, modest plans for which to be turned into a youth gymnastics space have stalled over inevitable questions of cost. “This no-brainer I had was obviously a silly idea,” quipped Terry Lande, park district director, during a public hearing on the project at Thursday’s park board meeting.

Bainbridge vaults to top of WASLs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

If Bainbridge High School wants to wave a big foam finger and shout “We’re number one,” now’s the time. When scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning are adjusted to delete students who didn’t take the test, BHS 10th-graders come in ahead of its traditional rivals, which could possibly make the Spartan sophomores the best in the state. “This is important, especially to the teachers, but also to the students and parents,” said Associate Superintendent Faith Chapel, “because it shows that we are adequately preparing the students.”

Forum on risky teen behavior -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Last spring, the Bainbridge Island School District and School Board initiated a gathering of agencies and organizations on the island to consider ways to build healthy habits for youth and strong resources for parents. This fall, the group coalesced, creating the Just Know Bainbridge Coalition for youth and parents. The group plans to roll out a series of events and forums, beginning Nov. 15. “Just Know: Facts About Drugs, Alcohol and Adolescence” will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bainbridge High School LGI room.

How to create a future for the past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Earlier this month, a landing craft brought a bulldozer to Treasure Island in Port Madison, where it demolished two of three 1920s-era log structures on the tiny islet to make way for a new residence. The island’s new owner, though, wouldn’t destroy the principal structure, an 850-square-foot log cabin. Instead, he took it apart piece by piece, hoping that at least some of it could be salvaged.

Council gives nod to ferries -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

The Bainbridge Island City Council united this week behind a plan to restore foot-ferry service to Puget Sound. The council approved a resolution in support of Proposition 1, Kitsap Transit’s plan to fund new foot-ferry service through sales tax hike and motor vehicle excise taxes, which will appear on the Nov. 4 general ballot. The vote was 6-0, with Councilman Michael Pollock absent.

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