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Council OKs parking tax hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Lot owners complain, but revenue needed, councilors say. Commuters will see a substantial parking lot rate increase starting Jan. 1. The Bainbridge City Council on Wednesday approved a rate hike for the city lot near the ferry terminal, increasing the daily rate from $7.25 to $10. The council also voted to double the commercial lot tax to 24 percent.

Tech levy promises whiz-bang for all grades

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Instructors would integrate computers with their teaching. Teachers who use high-tech tools in their classrooms wowed the Bainbridge Island school board Thursday night with a demonstration of what the latest doodads can do. Their goal: to get the board to think big when it comes to putting a technological levy before the voters on May 17.

Harbor proposal still adrift

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Commissioners are divided on proposed changes. The Harbor Commission was divided this week over proposed changes to a draft Eagle Harbor Mooring and Anchoring Plan, changes that would use city funds to offset moorage fees, expand the boundary for liveaboard vessels and grandfather current vessels outside the proposed zone.

Heated words follow council chair selection

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

A cabal of ‘pro-development’ colleagues earns rebuke by Vann. Selection of a new council chair and committee appointments this week drew the ire of one councilor who hopes to expose a pro-development, anti-environment bloc taking hold of city government. “I feel sad and angry and disappointed,” Councilwoman Deborah Vann said, in an emotional speech at the end of Wednesday’s council meeting. “The newly elected council people ran on the promise that they would bring the council together and have a team approach.

Resources are there for domestic strife

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Seasonal stress brings problems; ALIVE can help those in trouble. Around the island, the dazzle of bright lights is a sure sign that the holiday season has arrived. And for some, it’s a warning that the season of spousal abuse has begun. “It’s a stressful time of year for the most healthy of relationships, and if there are problems with money and other issues, things can escalate,” said Jackie Aitchison of Bainbridge/North Kitsap ALIVE.

Islanders renew call for haulout facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Boaters, others say the yard could become an attraction like the Ballard Locks. Residents hoping for a boat yard on Eagle Harbor crafted a wish list on Tuesday, expressing the amenities they’d like to see at the proposed facility. Washington State Ferries will permit a boat yard facility on the west side of their maintenance yard, representatives announced early this month. WSF will lease under an acre for boaters to haul out and maintain vessels.

News Roundup -- Council axes ‘City News’/Commodore gets commons/Students work for ‘the good’/‘Alternative gifts’ offered

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

What’s black and white and read all over? Not the City News, according to the City Council. The quarterly newspaper covering city government issues was cut from the 2005 budget Monday, ending a short life that councilors eulogized with terms such as “propaganda” and “junk-mail.”

Where to go, what to see

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Ron Konzak and Mickey Molnaire offer a tourist guide for the island and peninsula. When it comes to tourism in Kitsap County, Ron Konzak and Mickey Molnaire wrote the book. Literally. “Across the Sound: A Guide to Interesting Places West of Puget Sound,” ($19.95, Wind Harp Press) may be the only travel book to focus exclusively on the charms and attractions on Bainbridge Island, the Kitsap and Olympic penninsulas, Hood Canal and Vashon Island.

2004: Summer finally heats up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

The year in review, part 2. As the sun came out to stay and the contentious presidential election drew near, things warmed up for an otherwise sleepy island summer. July Under contract with the U.S. Navy, a Texas-based developer announces plans to rezone and redevelop the 16-home military housing project on Government Way in Winslow. Grow Avenue neighbors promptly oppose the plan, which would see a substantial increase in housing density above the 75 units for which the property is currently zoned.

Galley service still in limbo

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Talks resume, but it’s unclear whether ferry kitchens will reopen. After nearly a year without food service on the Bainbridge ferry, some belly rumblings have turned into verbal grumblings. “It’s a consistent frustration,” said frequent rider and Bainbridge Ferry Advisory Commitee member David Groves. “After a year of no service, I wanted to know what was going on.” Groves has watched the battle between the Inlandboatmen’s Union, which represents galley workers, and Olympic Cascade Services, the Vancouver-based food service company that won contracts for the Bainbridge, Bremerton and Kingston runs.

2004: The buzz kicked in slowly

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Local tax issues were a tough sell, in a relatively calm first six months. You know it’s going to be a weird year when you can’t find a decent cup of coffee from here to Seattle. But that was how the year began – quite literally – as the ferry galleys shut down and riders found themselves bereft of acceptable java and other goodies for the 35-minute trip to the city. They somehow endured; meanwhile, around City Hall, things were positively decaffeinated after two years of strife vanished with the ascension of a new council.

Islander Sally Olsen named to bench

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Kitsap County’s newest Superior Court judge, Sally Olsen of Bainbridge Island, is expected to provide both gender and regional balance to the bench. “I’m up to this challenge,” Olsen said after her appointment this week. “And I’m looking forward to it.” Outgoing Gov. Gary Locke announced Olsen’s appointment Tuesday, to a crowded Kitsap County courtroom.

Orcas have a friend in Munro

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Bainbridge’s favorite son is in the vanguard of efforts to save the species. It wasn’t so long ago that Bainbridge children listened to the lullaby of orca whales breathing as they slept near the island’s shore. “I remember them on Crystal Springs when I was a boy, listening to them for hours at night as they lay in the shallows near the beach,” said former Secretary of State Ralph Munro, recalling the first inkling of his lifelong interest in the powerful mammals. “They were sleeping, but I wasn’t. I was just – for hours – laying in my bed listening to them breathe outside my window.”

CPR Iraq rallies medical aid

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Chris King drums up supplies for a surgeon friend. Chris King fixes hearts daily, and now is helping to heal thousands of hearts at home and in Iraq. The cardiac surgeon is raising supplies and funds for doctors working in the field in the war-torn nation now occupied by American troops. “It seemed like we had to do something to support the people there,” King said, emphasizing that his organization is nonpartisan.

Marsh project hinges on support of neighbors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

City funds are earmarked for 2005, but concerns over smells follow proposal. Residents of Murden Cove are still holding their noses at city plans to restore a saltwater marsh off Manitou Beach Drive. But with a recent financial boost for the project, the city hopes to have homeowners breathing easy.

Fishing tales ring true and tall from ‘Ichville’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Historians plan a new account of the island’s Croatian family heritage. The island’s Croatian fishermen sail the open waters of memory more than the briny trails of salmon that once took them from Eagle Harbor to Alaska and the California coast. Before the memories of these unique islanders fade, two Bainbridge historians hope to cast a broad net over their tales, gathering recollections and photos for a book documenting the local immigrant fishing community.

Juniors first for WASL exam ‘retakes’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Students who are dissatisfied with their score try to improve. Attention college-bound Bain­bridge High School juniors: If you want to improve your 10th grade WASL scores – which will be posted on your high school transcripts next year – you can retake all or part of the test this spring.

Lips smack as new ferry food court debuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Commuters, vendors seem pleased with cafe fare at Colman Dock. Commuters got their first taste of the new food offerings at the Seattle ferry terminal Wednesday. Ferry riders found new tables and chairs to relax in while sipping organic espressos, munching Thai wraps and slurping mango smoothies.

News Roundup -- City buys Bentryn land/Triathlon film debuts today/King to head Island School/Ferries halted by backpack

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Although no wine was uncorked, the City Council felt a gush of the warm fuzzies after agreeing to purchase part of an island winery property Wednesday. “What a feel-good moment,” said a broad-smiling Mayor Darlene Kornonowy, after the council’s unanimous vote to purchase 11.5 acres of farmland owned by the Gerard Bentryn family. “This is a terrific moment for our community.”

News Roundup -- Dale to lead kids’ museum/New cancer event planned/Second teen charged

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Cheryl Dale has been chosen as executive director of the new Children’s Museum on Bainbridge Island, the organization’s board announced Monday. Dale brings strong leadership and over 21 years of sales and marketing and business and program development experience to the Children’s Museum, the board said.

Congregation plans to shore up historic building

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Eagle Harbor parishioners will begin a fund drive in January. With its iconic steeple and simple beauty, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church has served as a downtown landmark, house of worship and public meeting place for more than a century. But the historic structure is beginning to show signs of age.

Future of farm in city’s hands

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

The council decides tonight whether to buy the Bentryn land. Eating foods birthed from island soil offers the truest connection to the land, winemaker Gerard Bentryn said as he trudged the wet ground of his Day Road East farm. The vegetables and fruits growing around him can transform the very cells and fibers of an island resident, drawing them closer to their home, he believes.

Tech levy promises whiz-bang for all grades

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Instructors would integrate computers with their teaching. Teachers who use high-tech tools in their classrooms wowed the Bainbridge Island school board Thursday night with a demonstration of what the latest doodads can do. Their goal: to get the board to think big when it comes to putting a technological levy before the voters on May 17. Board members are in the midst of deciding what kind of technological improvements are needed, while considering how much the taxpayers will approve.

News Roundup -- ‘Congress’ gives a report

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

The word of the day: woofnerf. The Dutch term suggests a place where motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians achieve equilibrium and peer status in the pecking order of transportation. “And it actually works,” said Dana Berg, a downtown furniture store owner. “And the key is, traffic goes very slowly.

Pub expansion upsets neighbors

  • Dec 11, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Condo dwellers turn out to oppose plans for a larger establishment. Everybody loves “the Pub.” Unless, it seems, they live next door to it. Neighbors’ discontent with the popular eatery and watering hole flowed as freely as happy-hour ale Thursday evening, at a three-and-a-half-hour hearing on a proposed expansion of the waterfront establishment.

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