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Kitsap Mountaineers promise high adventure

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

The club takes intrepid islanders all over the wilds of the peninsula. Kitsap residents can appreciate living an hour’s drive to beautiful wilderness, but not everyone knows how to “get out in the wild.” It can take an out-of-town guest, or a class with the Mountaineers. “When I moved here, I was amazed at the number of locals who hadn’t been to obvious places, like Mt. Rainier,” said islander Bill Evans, who took a backpacking course with the Mountaineers 30 years ago, and is now a hike leader for the group. “We’re smack in the middle of hiking heaven.”

‘Helen’ sails to island with tales of Troy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

An acclaimed one-woman production comes to Island Theater. Helen’s beauty is famous, but her personality remains speculative. Her face, according to Greek myth, may have launched a thousand ships and set in motion the destruction of Troy – yet the inner life of this symbol of female pulchritude remains enigmatic. Writing on the tabula rasa that is the mythic Helen became the artistic focus of Chicago author and actor Megan Wells, whose original one-woman show, “Helen’s Troy,” makes a Pacific Northwest debut here Nov. 12.

Relief is on the way: park to get new restroom

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

For several years, Waterfront Park users in need of a restroom have had to sprint to downtown businesses or hold their breath and use one of park’s portable toilets. But park users may finally get relief. The City Council on Monday earmarked $295,000 to build new restroom and shower facilities at the park in the coming year.

Grass growing green in library parking lot

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

The project puts rainwater back into the ground instead of the storm system. “Grassy” and “parking lot” don’t often turn up in the same noun phrase. But the Bainbridge library’s new south parking area demonstrates that the two concepts can coexist, as the distinct hue of green has supplanted the usual black of asphalt beneath patrons’ tires. The idea: to save the expense of an extensive underground stormwater detention system, by making the parking lot itself such a system. “Plus it looks nicer,” said Jim Laughlin, a member of the library board who coordinated the project. “It’ll look great. People will wonder if they can park their car here.”

Enjoy music, and learn something

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

‘Mostly Music’ will open ears to how it works. The series may be Mostly Music, but the spoken bits hold the key. Music series coordinator James Quitslund opens the first of four presentations, “How Music Speaks,” with brief but lucid remarks that define the series and illuminate the evening’s performance of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570 (1789) and Aram Ilyich Khachaturian’s 1932 Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano.

Music to heal a broken body

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

A benefit concert for Ernie Franz is slated. As Ernie Franz lay in a hospital bed, broken and bruised after being hit by a car while bicycling, several professional musician friends wondered what to do. “We thought that perhaps a benefit concert could help the family get through this,” said violist Sue Jane Bryant, a freelance musician who plays with the Seattle Symphony. “It’s a very unfair thing that’s happened, but it has happened, and this seemed an appropriate way to help the family recover.”

Wetlands changes slated for hearing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Wider buffers are proposed. The city will host a public hearing to discuss changes to wetland and stream protections and other issues affecting the Critical Areas Ordinance today. With the state’s mandated Dec. 1 deadline looming, city planners hope to include more residents’ comments as they finish the ordinance. Under the proposals, stream buffer zones would swell from 50 feet to up to 150 feet under the proposed ordinance. Current wetland buffers range between 25 and 150 feet. The proposed changes would boost protected wetland areas to within a range of 35 to 200 feet. The ordinance update is required by the state Growth Management Act and considers various city geographical and habitat policies. City planner Libby Hudson doubts the city, along with many other Washington communities, will meet the deadline.

Regulations loved, hated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Sides debate the merits of wider buffers around streams, wetlands. Residents expressed a range of concerns at a hearing Wednesday on proposed rules protecting island wetlands, streams and other at-risk natural areas. Some said the draft Critical Areas Ordinance’s expanded buffer zones will restrict development and crowd views.

School bond set for May; amount unknown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Frustrations are evident, even among some board members. February is too soon to put a proposed capital facilities bond and technology levy before the voters, the Bainbridge Island school board decided Thursday. But the bond will be on the ballot in May. They promised. “One-hundred percent sure,” board president Susan Sivitz said. From now until March, the board will hold a rigorous series of public meetings to determine exactly how much money they will need and how it will be spent.

Reading has never been so much fun

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Ordway students enjoy the weekly visits of seniors with Rockn’ Rolln’ books in tow. On Mondays, the second-graders at Ordway School get to be Rockn’ Rolln’ Readers. It’s not a day when they get to crank the classroom stereo and boogie with their books. It’s a slice of time when second-graders get to pick a favorite story and read it aloud to a special person – usually a senior citizen – who shows up every week, eager to listen.

Sides can’t agree on location of haul-out facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Citizens, WSF are at odds over siting of future boat yard on Eagle Harbor. With a bright yellow highlighter in hand, Rachel Smith cut out a swath of the Washington State Ferries maintenance yard. Her figure enveloped parking spaces, storage areas and one small corner, marked in black ink, that ferry representatives had offered moments earlier as their preference for a future public boat yard. The blown-up map of Eagle Harbor on display at Tuesday’s Harbor Commission meeting illustrated two sharply differing views, in black and yellow, of where to site a facility desired by many local boaters.

She knows island teens

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

New Boys and Girls Club director Jennifer Wood grew up here. Jennifer Wood was once an island teen. Now she’s reaching out to today’s Bainbridge teens. Then as now, “There was not much to do on the weekend,” said Wood, recalling that the only cinemas were in Silverdale and Lynwood Center, where one movie would show for a month at a time. Being idle, bad choices were made in the absence of positive influences. She aims to change that.

News Roundup -- Police wary of recent reports/Photo lab closes shutters

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Reports of a man in a white truck approaching youths at island roadsides continued this week, Bainbridge Police said. But the accounts have been so varied in their description of the suspect or suspects, and his vehicle, that their accuracy is unclear, police say. “The reports do not correlate into any kind of pattern, besides white vehicles stopping in the vicinity of kids,” Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said. “We have no evidence of an increased threat, but we believe parents should always be vigilant, and so should children.”

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.

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