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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.

‘Sustainability’ buzzword for new school wing

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

Plans are under way for improvements to the Bainbridge High School campus. Crowded and bulging, Bainbridge High School is the educational equivalent of a clown car. Designed for 900 students, home to some 1,500, there is no such thing as wiggle room at the aging school. Fortunately for students and faculty, taxpayers have swooped in to free their tingling limbs from the proverbial Pinto, and with plans for a renovation finally taking shape, people at the school are excited about the opportunity to move into something a bit roomier.

The face of island farming

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

Akio Suyematsu and Gerard Bentryn are featured in a new book on agriculture. Drought, pests and the other scourges of agriculture have never proven as great a challenge to island farmers as the limited and often intolerant views of their neighbors. “How hard they have had to fight to keep from losing the farm says a great deal about what America has so often sacrificed to fear of the stranger and too narrow an idea of what constitutes true wealth,” writes Yale scholar Patricia Klindienst of two island farmers in “The Earth Knows My Name,” a new book exploring the ethnic roots of American farmers.

News Roundup - Shellfish harvest ban extended/Fun Fair today at the fire hall/BYS offers ‘psychodrama’/BAC seeks glass works for show

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:35PM

An earlier advisory closing clam, mussel and oyster harvesting on the entire east side of Bainbridge has been expanded to include the southern portion of the island and parts of the Kitsap mainland as well. The new closure includes all beaches, from Point Monroe south to Point White, as well as a closure from Point Waterman to the south county line and all of Rich Passage, Yukon Harbor, Blake Island and Colvos Passage. The Kitsap County Health District issued the original closure advisory after increasing levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison were found June 8 in oyster samples in Blakely Harbor.

Waterskiers out of inner harbor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:35PM

Council also confirms new judge and approves police boat purchase. Expect calmer waters on Eagle Harbor this summer. The City Council on Wednesday approved a ban on water skiing in the inner portion of the harbor to improve the safety of other boaters and reduce wakes blamed for shore erosion. The ban takes effect June 26. “Waterskiing is a great activity, but dangerous for people who are kayaking or rowing,” said Councilwoman Debbie Vancil. “The city has a responsibility to ensure the safety of all citizens who use the harbor.”

Cool, creamy and dreamy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:35PM

Locally owned Mora Iced Creamery finds an enthusiastic following in Winslow. As Ana Orselli and Gerardo Perez-Pisarra worked out last-minute details, customers boldly walked into their Madrone Lane store – even though it wasn’t open for business. The couple accepted congratulations for this, their second Mora Iced Creamery location, as ice cream cones were scooped. And when the machine that takes debit cards didn’t work, Perez-Pisarra thought fast – he opened his wallet and handed $20 to every customer who needed it, and said to pay him later. By noon the next day, every bit of the $110 he gave away was back in his pocket. “Typical Bainbridge,” he said with a smile. “I wouldn’t do this anywhere else. We call this place ‘Paradise Island.’”

BHS science classrooms first to see upgrades this summer

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:35PM

The $1.76 million project heralds much larger changes coming to the campus. Fetal pigs in formaldehyde are hard to forget. For queasy teens, memories are irrevocably etched the moment scalpel meets skin, turning the prenatal porkers, unfortunate frogs or oozing eyeballs into enduring symbols of science education. But science classes today require more than a titanium stomach. Dissections by scalpel still occur, but laptops now are equally vital instruments. Educators say technology and versatile workspaces form the core of the modern science classroom, and as the discipline changes, so must the antiquated facilities that continue to spawn so many teenage nightmares.

Bomb scare has officials pointing fingers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:35PM

A belligerent driver on the Bainbridge side forces evacuation of Colman Dock. At the Bainbridge ferry terminal, he was a belligerent, lane-hopping, engine-revving drunk. By the time he disembarked in Seattle, authorities feared he was a bomb-toting madman. In the end, only the drunken belligerence was alleged to be true, but a 51-year-old man’s cross-sound antics were enough to evacuate Seattle’s Colman dock Wednesday evening, stalling commuters for over two hours and drawing a bomb squad, U.S. Coast Guard vessels and dozens of law enforcement officers.

Ready to outfit your new yacht?

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:35PM

Krill Systems rolls out a line of digital instruments. Like a poop deck full of captains before him, Casey Cox inadvertently steered his vessel into choppy waters. Cox and crew – his wife and now 10-year-old twins – had pushed off from San Francisco Bay aboard a 45-feet yacht, bound for Alaska, in 2001. The plan was to spend a year sailing. But a prolonged hiccup in the weather prompted pleas for shore from his family, causing the Cox clan to spend the next month on land in a rented apartment. “I had a mutiny on my hands,” Cox joked. “They wanted to wait it out.” Fortunately for the marooned mariner, idleness led to ingenuity and the birth of Bainbridge-based Krill Systems, manufacturer of digital marine instruments, which began sales in January.

Charting a course for happiness

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:35PM

Sailing the world is a good way to live. With smiles as wide as sails and eyes as bright as the sun, Lin and Larry Pardey recount amazing tales of sailing the seven seas – and the exotic waterways in between. Sailors for nigh on 40 years, they have circled the globe from end to end and back again, thriving on experiences that are the stuff of lore. From boats no larger than 30 feet that bore no engines, the Pardeys have sailed to ports big and small. Now in their 60s, their enthusiasm for people and places is just as strong. The Pardeys recently docked in Port Madison to catch up with friends, and will make a lecture appearance Saturday at Island Center Hall.

News Roundup - Island shellfish harvest closed/Fugitive sought after wild chase/Cabin project earns plaudits/Gals painted the downtown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

Clam, mussel and oyster harvesting are closed indefinitely on the entire east side of Bainbridge. The Kitsap County Health District issued a closure advisory from Point Monroe to South Beach after increasing levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison were found June 8 in oyster samples in Blakely Harbor. The closure does not impact shrimp or crab harvesting, but will remain in effect until PSP levels reach a safe level.

Unlocked cars a trove for nighttime thieves

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

For some residents, Bainbridge Island might as well be Mayberry, where locks are as superfluous as a bumbling police deputy. But according to Bainbridge Police, problems with prowlers are afoot. Thieves nowadays ransack cars in search of more than just cash or stereo equipment; they seek information that can be used to steal identities. So while computer users fortify their firewalls to protect themselves from hackers, identity thieves are rummaging through gloveboxes across the island in search of documents that will help them become someone else.

Police to add deputy chief position this fall

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

A patrol officer position will be eliminated to create the post. Chief Matt Haney will get a little help with the day-to-day operations of the Bainbridge Police Department with the council’s approval Monday of a new deputy chief position. “It’s important to have someone more available when I’m not, to focus on the basic operations,” Haney told the council during discussions of the 2007 city budget Monday. “One problem is that if I don’t stay after 5 o’clock, there’s no supervisor on duty.”

Your house is ablaze: can firefighters find it?

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

Get a reflective address sign – free! – at this Saturday’s fire dept. Fun Fair. They shoot through the soil along roadsides and driveways, and though they seem passive, their tentacles could one day threaten your life. Often unnoticed by homeowners, weeds, grass and bushes, along with a host of other offenders, obscure house numbers around the island and hinder emergency crews trying to locate those in need. Now, in an effort to make every Bainbridge home easily findable, residents are being asked to tame briers for the fire department.

Reading’s easy, math less so for sophs on ’06 WASL

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

Exam scores are up across the board for BHS students. Good news for the Bainbridge High School Class of 2008: It looks like you’ll be graduating en masse. This year’s sophomores showed overwhelming proficiency on the reading and writing portions of this year’s Washington Assessment of Student Learning, the first time the standardized exam has been required for graduation. Just eight of the 394 BHS 10th-graders who turned in test booklets failed to pass the reading portion of the state-administered exam, while only nine did not pass the writing portion, according to preliminary results released by the Bainbridge Island School District this week.

Carruthers tapped for bench

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

Longtime islander and attorney Kate Carruthers has been nominated to serve as Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Judge. Carruther’s nomination by Mayor Darlene Kordonowy is scheduled for confirmation by the City Council tonight at City Hall. “It was her great deal of experience, her attitude, her sense of fairness and the way she conducts a court” that put her in the lead of nine other candidates, Kordonowy said.

Council frustrated by stalled projects

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

Staff shortages are blamed for the city’s failure to complete non-motorized work. The City Council on Monday expressed frustration with the mounting list of stalled transportation and downtown improvement projects. “We seem to have a great deal of difficulty doing capital projects,” Councilman Nezam Tooloee said at a Monday meeting to discuss the 2007 city budget. “I see a pattern here over the last 10 years. Of the $88 million (for capital projects), only $55 million of it has been completed. There’s a big bulge moving through the system.”

News Roundup - Council may OK more staff/BGI turns out batch of grads/

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

The City Council is easing its resolve against hiring more city staff for next year. “I’ve softened my stance,” said Councilman Jim Llewellyn Wednesday during the council’s first meeting on the 2007 city budget. “If we’re changing workloads in ’07 that we didn’t do in ’06, the (city) administration needs more resources to carry out the council’s wishes.” Llewellyn’s comments came during discussions of last year’s budget policies, including an item that directed the council to establish a 2007 budget with the same number of full-time employees approved by the council in 2005.

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