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Bainbridge rowers not deterred by weather in training for national title

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 2:37PM

Even though the conditions aren’t ideal, the members of the Bainbridge Junior Rowing team still head out for practice on Eagle Harbor. As the city of Seattle sat in the background walled behind a gray sheet of rain Monday, BIRC coach Morgan Seeley calls out the start to the three boats floating in the harbor. As soon as he yells out “Go!” the sculls take off, oars hitting the water in unison.

A tribute to the Bard of Bainbridge

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM

Ron Konzak is the Bard of Bainbridge, a poet and “island treasure.” Esoteric, eclectic, electric, creative, humanistic, universalistic, humorous — Ron is these and more.

From chaos to a happy landing

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM

I took a short trip by plane this weekend and discovered airports have started something new since my last flight — security lines where travelers self-identify by experience and degrees of personal chaos.

Has prime minister gone green on us?

  • Aug 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

Well, it took Stephen Harper a while, but he finally put Rona Ambrose out of her misery, shuffling her out of the limelight of the Environment Ministry and replacing her with the smiling face of John Baird.

Lecture examines archeological survey

  • Aug 2, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

The Bones, Totems and Middens lecture series continues Friday (Jan. 19) at Malaspina University-College.

Rodeo grounds in need of repair

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

The Roe Lake and District Recreation Commission is looking for community help and support to determine what should be done with the rodeo and related structures. A special meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Interlakes Hall to discuss the issue.

Granite Falls Tigers trip up Falcons in girls hoops

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

When the score hit 12-2 just two minutes into the first quarter Friday night, Falcon fans who braved the cold to attend the girls game against Granite Falls started getting a little worried.

For hometown newspapers, the glass is half-full

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

By Andy Hobbs, Mirror editor

New deal inked for native education

  • Jul 19, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

Aboriginal education in the Nanaimo school district will get a boost today (Jan. 11) when a new agreement is signed.

Against Panorama; More support for Sears; Skewed vision

  • Jul 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

I am responding to a letter by Norma Sealey of Central Saanich. She wants to take money from my pocket so she can supplement the cost of her leisure/recreational activities. She has a petition supporting the view that everyone in Central Saanich should help pay for the Panorama Centre.

The Broom: real activism for real people

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

Not that we spend much time reading local “blogs” – call us old fashioned, but we prefer to know who’s addressing us – but we did enjoy a recent exchange among readers of what’s said to be one of the more popular local online sites. “Never underestimate the power of annoyed and disgusted voters,” a reader intoned, in the midst of a heated – and, of course, completely anonymous – debate over environmental degradations supposedly fostered by City Hall. “What power?” another rejoined, in a moment of self-awareness unusual for the forum. “The power to sit at your computer and gripe?”

Property tax relief is still nominal at best

  • Jul 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

With the annual notice from the county assessor comes the annual caveat: higher home valuations don’t necessarily mean higher property taxes. Oh, your property taxes will go up when you get the bill in February 2007. But don’t blame the assessor; you get to take the credit yourself. That’s because islanders – rightly, we believe – this year voted to tax themselves more (to the tune of $51 million) to bring local public school buildings up to snuff and add technology to the classrooms. The fact that the assessor this week says island homes are worth 15-19 percent more than they were this time last year is incidental; your next property tax bill will be a function of the higher taxes approved by island voters themselves.

Progress on parking, at a glacier’s pace

  • Jul 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

Those alarmed over global warming can take comfort that at least one prominent glacier shows no signs of melting. Monolithic to the last, the Bainbridge Island City Council (motto: “Never enough discussion”) appears unlikely to be worn down by the dawn of warmer epochs, nor is it likely to become a threat to the land speed record. But the municipal glacier did manage to inch itself, if not foward, at least out of the way of others’ progress last week.

Independence, our blessing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

Does your taxation buy you fair representation? Many islanders may have come away from Wednesday’s City Council meeting of two minds. Moved to petition the council by voice, a sizeable group of aggrieved citizens failed to steer the council away from an unpopular legal settlement over docks on Blakely Harbor. Others, meanwhile, successfully moved a skeptical council to fund planning of a parking garage in Winslow. It was as dynamic an evening as City Hall has seen in a long time.

Settlement paints public out of picture

  • Jun 28, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:42PM

When you go before the Bainbridge City Council – or any city council, for that matter – you don’t always expect to get your way. But you do expect that your comments will get a fair hearing. Even when the weight of public sentiment isn’t persuasive, it’s still integral to the deliberative process by which our laws are crafted. So it’s hard to know what some council members were thinking when they worked out a legal settlement that would obligate the council to change city ordinances with scant – if any – regard for public opinion.

‘No!’ is concise, but not much of a strategy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

“NO MORE CONDOS!” the stark, printed flier demands of passersby. “Where are we really headed? Will Winslow Tomorrow equal Condo City? It’s unsustainable!” The author of the power-pole polemic – a document now papering buildings and bulletin boards in downtown Winslow – goes on to decry the state’s “Growth Mandate Act,” arguing that Bainbridge Island growth is not inevitable, but rather is being “nationally marketed” by unspecified (but no doubt dark) forces.

Give, give, give (and then buy, buy, buy)

  • Jun 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

Back in the day, when the average island family could get by with a one-car garage – down from today’s apparent standard of three – the clutter that accumulated therein was a bit more modest too. Even our modes of transportation were simpler.

The legend of ‘the Bear’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

As Team Town & Country participates in this weekend’s Komen Foundation Race for the Cure in Seattle, and more islanders still walk for the cause of cancer research at Battle Point Park, it seems a good time to share an inspirational tale. As related by island journalism icon Walt Woodward, our story concerns “the Bear,” a Seattle kid who became a baseball legend and whose All Star-caliber Major League career (so expansive, it’s barely alluded to here) made him an American household name. This is what happened at both ends of his baseball life; you might have heard of him yourself.

It adds up: vindication for Barbie

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

Poor Barbie. The lissome ideal of junior distafficity set her elder sisters’ knickers atwist a decade ago with a single innocent, off-the-cuff observation: “Math class is tough!” That they were the first words she uttered – along with “I like shopping!” and “Will I ever have enough clothes?” – after 30 years of silence only magnified their seeming import, prompting a nation of feminists to brand the doll a bimbo, a traitor to her gender, a vapid blonde stereotype in size minus-5 pumps. This week, though, she is vindicated. Judging from the most recent batch of WASL test scores, math is tough, or at least tougher than language arts. And not just for Barbie, but for Ken too.

‘Peace 2006’: worth a try

  • Jun 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

A youthful prank, a midnight rave, a statement of principle, a splash of paint on the roadway at the Head of the Bay. It reads: “PEACE 2006.” Inscribed within one of the numeric ovals are the tines of a well-known fork, creating the symbol of a past generation’s youth movement and counterculture. Yet the center tine is lighter, thinner, as if it were added by afterthought to cover a momentary semiotic lapse. Thanks to a slip of the brush, “peace” looks to the casual viewer like the symbol of the Mercedes automobile, young idealism already descended into smug adult materialism. Just what is it to which our Bainbridge High School Class of 2006 aspires?

Where does shuttle end, transit start?

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

Is it a workers’ shuttle or a transit route? Even before it gets out of the garage, a new program to whisk downtown business employees to and from a remote park-and-ride has an identity crisis. Billed as something more than a shuttle service for Winslow merchants – shoppers could ride it too, some say, although that’s not really been made clear – but something less than a full-fledged Kitsap Transit run, the service is doubtful until proponents figure out exactly what it is and who it should serve.

Not quite local, Mitzel’s was still a favorite

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

If ever an establishment put the “family” in family restaurant, Mitzel’s American Kitchen was it. A Review reader this week recalled her move to Bainbridge 20 years ago, when it was the Poulsbo restaurant, not an island eatery, that was an unexpected Elysium at the end of a long, long drive.

Scotch broom pretty, but pretty noxious

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

About the two-dozenth time the car’s paint was raked by rows of bristled shrubs spilling out from both sides of the driveway, it finally settled in: Time to do something about the Scotch broom. Out came the pruners and a robust garden fork, and an hour later the drive was once again clear for passage. It’s a scene that no doubt has played out on non-suburbanized properties across the island, as the ubiquitous weed shoots to yellow-flowered abundance with spring.

Police/court building just won’t be cheap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

“I just don’t want to see you fall on your face,” one of our more asiduous readers chuckled – although his anatomical phraseology was a bit more colorful, and we’ve known him long enough to suspect that he actually enjoys putting an occasional bruise on the editorial rump. Our impish critic took issue with the casual assertion last week that a proposed police station/municipal court building would cost “almost as much as” City Hall.

Whatever happened to the Congress?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

In writing the tagline for a guest columnist this week, we were poised to say, “is a former member of the Winslow Tomorrow Community Congress.” “Don’t write ‘former’,” our correspondent chastened. “That concedes a point we’re not willing to concede yet.” Seems there’s a minor kerfuffle brewing in City Hall over the future – or perhaps “present” would be more accurate – of the citizen group that drove last year’s downtown planning initiative.

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