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Inslee advances digital TV provisions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:00PM

Emergency responders and wireless Internet users may get a little more elbow room in the broadcast spectrum. A provision sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-1st District) would free up wasted portions of the television spectrum as the nation transitions to a digitally-based TV signal system. “Public safety and consumer choice prevailed,” Inslee said. “Freeing up this spectrum will help spur technological innovation and economic growth.”

Ethics program approved, sort of

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:00PM

The ordinance simply states the council’s intent to adopt a code. It’s official: the City Council intends to craft an ethics program for elected officials. But the ordinance the council passed Wednesday is not what many advocates for greater government accountability were hoping for. “It was sleazy of them,” said Dave Henry, a longtime advocate for a city ethics program. “It’s an abuse of the public, and I object.”

Citizens back grant for new police boat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:00PM

The council is concerned that the federal money comes with strings attached. Refusing the slickest speed boat in the county doesn’t mean Bainbridge police can sit out an S.O.S. It only means police will respond slower, with less capability, capacity and at a higher cost to taxpayers. Residents and emergency responders sent that message to the City Council Wednesday, urging approval of a federally sponsored grant for the purchase of a state-of-the-art police vessel.

News Roundup -- City website gets revamp/Sakai raises $5k for relief/Pumpkin walk raises $5.5k/It's your turf, so speak up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:00PM

The city has launched a re-design of its website, www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us. The improved site incorporates several new features, including an interactive, searchable calendar for agendas and meeting minutes, and a listserv which allows individuals to request email announcements on topics of interest.

Campaign signs may be curbed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:00PM

The council moves to require permission from property owners. The City Council took steps Wednesday toward amending the city’s political sign ordinance, after a flood of complaints during the recent primary election. “Some people think the city is too heavy-handed, while others believe there is too little enforcement,” said Councilman Bob Scales, who initiated the proposed changes. “During the 19 months that I have been on the City Council, I have heard many complaints about how the city enforces its code.”

Voters will see school bond of $45 million

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:00PM

BHS classrooms, district-wide repairs will be decided in early ’06. Calling the need critical and the amount salable, the school board agreed to put a $45 million construction bond before island voters early next year. The bond will address overcrowding on the Bainbridge High School campus by adding classrooms and replacing the library and commons, and pay for a laundry list of repairs to school buildings district-wide. “Everything on there is a real live need,” board member Bruce Weiland said of the list of facilities needs. “We’re not talking about building fancy things. We’re talking about things that are broken, or are breaking, or are wearing out, or are beyond their useful lives.”

What's the police role in homeland security?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:00PM

Council members raise questions, as the federal government offers a patrol boat. What is Bainbridge Police’s role in providing “homeland security”? The question is at the heart of debate over whether the city should accept a $641,000 federal grant to fund a new police patrol boat and related equipment. Questioning the police department’s priorities and responsibilities, several councilmembers are skeptical.

The next mayor of Bainbridge -- Nezam Tooloee?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:00PM

Tooloee has emerged as a prime mover in just 18 months. There’s an old Iranian saying about “putting your heart out to sea.” In Farsi, it reads: “Del beh darya zadan.” In English, it can be summed up with the word “enterprise.” “That word – ‘enterprise’ – it just struck a chord with me,” said councilman and mayoral challenger Nezam Tooloee, recounting a pivotal high school English lesson during his youth in Iran.

The next mayor of Bainbridge -- Darlene Kordonowy?

  • Oct 26, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:00PM

Kordonowy has grown into the job, former colleagues say. Back when Darlene Kordonowy’s father was mayor of a small North Dakota town, city meetings were often held in the local diner’s biggest booth. It was here that policy decisions were hashed out over a hand of pinochle and a bottle of Canadian Club whisky. Occasionally, a local character named John would stumble in during one of his diabetic attacks. But Kordonowy’s dad, Frank, was at the ready, always with a candy bar in his pocket.

News Roundup -- Ballots are in the mail/Volunteer to watch salmon/Oak leaves an impression

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

The Kitsap County Auditor’s Office mailed general election ballots out this week, sending them to 134,476 voters. Voters have until Nov. 8 to complete and submit the ballots, either by mail or at designated drop boxes throughout the county. Election Supervisor Dolores Gilmore said she expects a high turnout because of interest in statewide initiatives.

Man wills $750k to island fund, many other local causes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

C. Keith Birkenfeld left a $16 million estate when he died Sept. 7 at age 66. C. Keith Birkenfeld made sure his charitable giving, and his name, will live in perpetuity on Bainbridge Island. Of an estimated $16 million in bequests to various organizations local, state and nationwide, $750,000 is earmarked for the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment, said Bainbridge attorney Nick Nickum, executor of the late Birkenfeld’s estate.

School tech levy back: $6.1 million on ballot in early '06

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

The four-year levy will be decided with a 20-year bond for school construction. With old computers not getting any younger, the school board voted Thursday to put a four-year, $6.1 million technology levy before voters in early 2006. The decision drew a round of applause in the high school library gallery from a large contingent of teachers who turned out to pledge their support.

Final Winslow 'Congress' meets today

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

Proposals for downtown Winslow will be rolled out in a 9 a.m. presentation. The guiding vision for downtown is finally coming into focus. With over a year of committee meetings, forums, design workshops and presentations, Winslow Tomorrow has sharpened its lens on downtown and will offer a preliminary peek this morning during the project’s final congress convention.

News Roundup -- Ferries meet bikers, walkers/Sportsmen help relief/Frame earns business award

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

Top ferry system officials will discuss bicycle and pedestrian issues at a forum sponsored by Squeaky Wheels on Thursday. Washington State Ferries’ chief Mike Anderson, and WSF Port Captain Pete Williams will discuss a broad range of issues related to non-motorized transportation access and service.

Salary spat mires council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

An independent group recommended no raises, and now may be disbanded. The City Council may remodel rather than demolish a commission that recommended no pay hikes for city councilors. “There’s a possible hybrid here,” Councilwoman Debbie Vancil said of future efforts that may revamp the city’s Salary Commission. “The citizen commission could do research and make recommendations (while) having an open, public process.”

Rough waters for police boat grant

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

Council members are wary of a $600K federal award to pay for a larger vessel. When do you look a gift horse in the mouth? When it trots out of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s stable. Despite a tempting $640,000 handout for a top-of-the-line police patrol boat, the City Council balked Wednesday, asking to see the fine print on a deal they fear could lead to unwanted obligations.

News Roundup -- Democracy’s place overseas/Critical areas, budget slated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

The Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council Fall Current Event Series features two speakers with divergent views on whether or not U.S democracy is what all countries need. Speakers Thomas O. Melia – the deputy executive director of Freedom House, a nonpartisan human rights organization – and Robert D. Kaplan, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly are featired in “Advancing Democracy: Two Viewpoints.”

Fire board hopefuls pledge their loyalty to department

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

One is a volunteer, the other served for two years during his college years. It’s a race between a “responder” and an “administrator,” with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department the sure winner. That’s how fire commission chair Glen Tyrrell characterizes the contest to fill his soon-to-be vacant seat. The candidates, longtime firefighter and medic David Coatsworth and marine operations consultant Michael Adams, would both “bring greatness to the fire department and the community,” said Tyrrell, who plans to travel in the next few years after retiring from the commission.

Board agrees to pursue 'turf' at Battle Point

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

The park district would put up $200k, the soccer club will raise the balance. Saying improved sports fields are long overdue, the park board agreed this week to “partner” with the Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer Club to put two artificial turf fields at Battle Point Park. “I consider this a gift to the public, that the soccer club would come to the board with this proposal,” said Dave Shorett, park commissioner, at Thursday’s board meeting.

News Roundup -- Review lauded for writing, ads/A 'slide' of life in arctic refuge/Church school adopts town/A matching tip for Katrina

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

Review staff writers Tristan Baurick, Tina Lieu and Douglas Crist, former staff writer Rhonda Parks Manville, advertising sales representative Sue Brashears, display ad designer Susan Haendel and Almanac editor Kathryn Haines all earned honors in the 2005 Washington Newspaper Publishers Asso�c�i�ation�s Better Newspaper Conte

Ferries pull toxic pilings

  • Oct 12, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:59PM

New materials should make for a healthier harbor, one neighbor says. Lyon McCandless watches from his deck as old creosote-covered pilings are pulled from the ferry terminal loading dock by a floating crane. He’s so grateful to see the pilings go, he has a personal message of gratitude for Washington State Ferries: “Thanks for not killing us anymore.”

Vancil, Renna square off up north

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

The incumbent and challenger clash over credentials, ongoing ordinance debates. Incumbent councilwoman Debbie Vancil and challenger Frank Renna sharply disagree. But it’s not over the issues. “I agree with everything my opponent says about what’s important,” said Vancil, who is hoping for a second four-year term representing the North Ward. “The distinction is that I’ve had 26 years of civic experience on this island. (Renna) hasn’t had that opportunity yet. He’s been in New Jersey.”

Parks budgeting for the long haul

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

A proposed tax hike would fund repairs and new amenities across the district. After 40 years of living hand-to-mouth, the park district may finally put something in the larder. A long-term capital improvement plan, and what may be its first-ever rainy-day account for repairs, are hallmarks of the district’s draft budget for 2006.

Inslee targets oil spills

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Limits on traffic through Puget Sound were maintained through legislation. Rep. Jay Inslee helped strike down a portion of an energy bill that would have reduced oil-tanker traffic limits in Puget Sound. “Common sense prevailed today,” the Bainbridge congressman said Thursday, “because unlimited oil traffic means an unlimited risk of oil spills.”

News Roundup -- Adult acting classes slated/Environmental films in woods

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

There’s finally an outlet for those bathroom mirror-performing Hamlets and Blanche DuBois on Second Stage, an actor’s workshop for adults offered by Bainbridge Performing Arts. “My goal is to have an excellent performance at the end, not people talking about theory of acting, said Paul King, who will lead the workshop. “It’s about an entertaining evening for people.”

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