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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.

Now here’s a bright idea

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

Put solar panels on City Hall, an alternative energy fan says. Until scientists find a way to harness hot air emanating from the mouths of the city’s elected officials, Joe Deets touts another alternative energy option to power City Hall. “Look at the building: it’s got a huge roof with full southern exposure and it’s unobstructed by trees or other buildings – it’s ideal for solar panels,” said Deets, who has garnered enthusiastic support from city councilors after pitching his sun-powered City Hall idea.

Lewis wows district, earns top Ordway post

  • Jun 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

The school’s new principal hails from North Carolina. There’s a new face for the biggest desk in school. Dr. Robert Lewis will become the fourth principal in the history of Ordway Elementary School, the district announced this week. Lewis will leave his current position as principal at Millbrook Elementary Magnet School in Raleigh, N.C., to succeed Glen Robbins, who is retiring from the Bainbridge Island School District on June 30.

Rockefeller lauded, Woods chided by ‘green’ lobby

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:34PM

A state environmental lobbying group this week gave local legislators one of the best – and one of the worst – report cards in the state. Sen. Phil Rockefeller (D-Bainbridge Island) was one of six senators to earn the Washington Conservation Voters’ “Environmental Champion” award, topping the group’s “legislative scorecard” with a 100 percent rating. Rockefeller’s 23rd Legislative District colleague, Rep. Beverly Woods, did not fare nearly as well.

Judge puts kibosh on pub plans

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Rub-a-dub-dub, Harbour pub gets a drub in Superior Court. The beer will still flow, there just won’t be any additional taps. After two years spent battling neighbors for the right to expand, Harbour Public House owners had hoped a judge would finally let them move ahead with their vision. But the pub appears to have been drubbed in court. Kitsap Superior Court Judge M. Karlynn Haberly ruled against a proposed expansion by the Parfitt Way pub in a decision handed down this week.

Running late? You must be a ferry commuter

  • Jun 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Friday afternoon departures have seen significant delays for three weeks. As the ferry propeller whirls in Puget Sound, it’s racing an army of similarly rotating mechanisms ashore: the wristwatches of waiting commuters. But like slowing a mammoth ferry, it takes time to drop the anchor on tardiness, particularly once it’s picked up momentum. Ask Washington State Ferries, as it struggles to synchronize clocks with docks.

News Roundup - Ericksen plan moves ahead/City at risk on land use/Holman hopes to keep job/Terminal up for discussion

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Connect Hildebrand and Ericksen? The community should soon know the answer. A 15-year-debate over whether to link the Winslow streets – separated now by a grassy knoll, but seen as a new north-south transportation corridor – would be settled sometime this fall under a proposal made by city public works officials this week.

Looking out for the future of kids

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

A new Bainbridge company puts a progressive edge on toy and game sales. The aura surrounding Julie Hall and Sarah Lane is strong. While making their professional names as published writers and curriculum and book editors, they nurtured other creative callings through such pursuits as web design, soap making and photography. When their desk work became spiritually and physically grueling and the arrival of their baby changed their perspective, they experienced an awakening that spurred them to launch Progressive Kid, an online store that promotes positive influences in families and how they view the world.

For homecoming, a banishment

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Nicole Newnham’s new documentary looks at Cambodian refugees’ plight. Filmmaker Nicole Newnham’s homecoming will be infinitely sweeter than what the subjects in her documentary “Sentenced Home” received. The 76-minute acclaimed film about the post-Sept. 11 deportation of Cambodian refugees – which the former islander wrote, directed and produced with longtime friend David Grabias – will screen June 14 as part of the Seattle International Film Festival.

Blakely Harbor Park may get out of doldrums

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Visitors could see improvements this summer, but some challenges remain. Though no longer home to one of the world’s largest sawmills, Blakely Harbor Park is still sawing logs. In the 1890s, nearly 1,000 residents packed the shores there, producing 120 million board feet of lumber a year at the mill’s peak before decline gave way to desertion and it closed in 1922. Save for the remnants of a few stubborn structures, the lesions of logging and development along the harbor are mostly healed. Now, after years of planning, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District hopes to finally carve a future from the quiet park’s mill town past.

The principal is always your pal

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Glen Robbins and Bruce Colley, both of whom led Ordway, hear their final bell. For a combined 63 years, they’ve been molding young minds. Generations of doctors, teachers and reporters once toddled – under their tutelage, – through the hallways at Ordway Elementary School. Come fall for the first time since before they themselves were schoolchildren, Glen Robbins and Bruce Colley will learn the rhythm of life without a school bell.

How much parking does the high school need?

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Renovations may include more parking for the growing fleet of student cars. If the Lexus fits, park it. Such has been the policy at Bainbridge High School, where in the past only the amount of available space determined student access to the parking lot. But with a campus renovation planned on an island that’s perpetually spinning the spokes of non-motorized transportation, the school district must soon decide how much space to allocate the automobiles of adolescents.

Seeding a cleaner harbor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

The introduction of oysters should boost water quality, island conservationists say. Cara Cruickshank eases a basket into Eagle Harbor, taking care not to jostle the 500 infant oysters inside. She sets them at a particular depth – out of reach of predators but low enough to foster the oysters’ full development under the harbor’s fluctuating tides. “These oysters are a natural solution to a big problem in our harbor,” she said as briny water dripped from her hands. “When I heard about this, I said, ‘Wow, creatures can help us mitigate our own waste.’”

News Roundup - Parks cutting out pesticides/City extends Getches term/Conservation workshop set/Live music at Colman Dock

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Using the word “green” to describe the island’s parks is a bit of an understatement. Now it’s also a homophone. The Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District recently adopted a new pest management policy that reduces pesticide and herbicide use to next to nothing. “We want to have a healthier and safer environment – that’s what it’s all about,” said parks manager Arlen “Skip” Elms. The district’s board adopted an “integrated pest management policy” that will use chemicals only as a last resort in combating insects and weeds. The policy is modeled after similar measures adopted by the city and the school district.

Eagle Scout follows the right path through life

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Andrew Powell earns his badge with trail work in the Grand Forest. Andrew Powell may one day bridge Puget Sound or dam a wild river. Before that, he must begin anew next year at the University of Washington as an engineering student. For now, he’s content lugging boulders and moving dirt under a canopy of trees, where he feels most at home. “I just love hiking and being outdoors,” Powell said. “It’s fun to be out in nature with everything you need on your back.”

Despite ‘lack of respect,’ Konkel to stay

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

Council members try to smooth things over with the city finance director. Sometimes promises can be a job’s most enticing perk. That was the case this week when city Finance Director Elray Konkel withdrew his application with the City of Kirkland after members of the Bainbridge City Council gave Konkel a simple pledge: They’ll listen more. “I thought we could do more to work better together to accomplish better things,” said Konkel, who has led the city’s finance department for two years. “We were not doing things in the most effective, expedient or respectful ways. But we’ve had some frank discussions recently in which I’ve said, ‘Hey, I’m drowning here.’”

City prevails in long battle over road end

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

The gate across Fletcher Landing must come down, the city says. After years of litigation, it appears the gate will finally fall. The state Supreme Court this week declined to review an earlier court ruling opening Fletcher Landing to public access, effectively squashing an effort by neighbors to restrict access to a 40-feet-wide road end and tidelands they say is private. It was the third court decision in favor of public access. The state Court of Appeals last year upheld an earlier ruling allowing the city to open the beach to the public. But neighbors decided to leave the gate up until they’d exhausted their legal options.

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