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Too easy to build in Bainbridge wetlands?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

When Karen Polinsky heard through the neighborhood grapevine that portions of a wetland in the Manitou Beach area might become home sites, she wondered how that could be. After all, she believed, city policy was supposed to protect such environmentally sensitive areas. To her surprise, Polinsky learned that under what is known as the Reasonable Use Exception, or RUE, an owner’s right to build generally trumps environmental protection.

State to pay $4.5 million for wake damage

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

The state has agreed to pay Rich Passage property owners nearly $4.5 million, settling a class-action lawsuit over shoreline damage caused by speedy passenger-only ferries. The settlement – which brings the dismissal of all claims in the suit, but does not preclude future legal action – will compensate property owners for beach erosion and damage to bulkheads and other shoreline structures.

Next ferry fare hike approved

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

With minor tinkering, the state Transportation Commission Thursday unanimously approved ferry fare hikes averaging 12.5 percent, on top of last year’s 20 percent increases. The increases take effect May 12, the same day that peak-season fares begin.

Terraces, a tower and 'transparency'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Bainbridge’s biggest-ever residential project is taking its first steps from the architects’ drawings to reality. Applications will be filed Monday for Harbor Square, a mixed-use development on the five-acre tract immediately across east Winslow Way from the ferry terminal.

Winslow gym gets new lease on life

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

The Bainbridge gym is reopening this morning on a short-term basis. But the new operators hope to be around for a long time. “This is a dream we’ve had,” said Mike Rosenthal. “We had been studying the possibility of opening a parallel gym on the island for the last six months when rumors started circulating about the old gym failing, but that would take a lot longer than getting in here.”

Memorial lays a cornerstone of hope

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Sixty years after a community was torn apart by wartime fears and prejudices, hundreds of Bainbridge Islanders came together on the same spot to vow that it will never happen again. “There is a sacredness to this corner of land, a sacredness enshrined by 227 men, women and children,” said Gov. Gary Locke.

The newest natural wonder -- environmental center debuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Workers apply a final coat of sealant to the concrete floor of the main dining room while a disembodied voice tests the audio system. But these are just last-minute details. The buildings are ready, the paths are groomed.

Winslow design goals back in circulation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Concerned by what they see as a piecemeal approach to downtown planning, two local architects have fired interest in a new, broad look at Winslow traffic patterns and street design. And they’ve caught the ear of Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, who will convene a roundtable on the issues next month.

Council to revamp budgeting process

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

The city council is considering an ambitious new process for budgeting, intended to better align spending with citizen priorities by bringing both the public and the council into the process at an earlier stage.

Public schools to go for private dollars

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Bainbridge schools have joined the growing ranks of Washington school districts that seek private funding. District officials and community members have announced formation of the Bainbridge Island Public Educational Trust, an independent nonprofit organization to raise money for local schools. “I don’t believe that Washington state is funding basic education when I walk into a classroom and a teacher asks me for reams of paper,” school board President Cheryl Dale said. “As a community, we can’t sit back until March of every year and wait to see what the state cuts.

Big fish, small stream

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Sakai Intermediate School students caught a big fish this week. The 25-foot-long, one-ton fiberglass salmon “swimming” next to the school is part of a salmon-restoration project inspired by the school’s location.

A fair of the heart

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Through the Woodward World Culture Fair, Nathan Draper met the father who died before he was born. Patrick Andrew Draper died in 1987 when a car crashed through a Seattle parking garage wall and landed on his truck. His widow Lisa gave birth to Nathan four months later. With the support of his mother, Draper chose researching his father as his project for the eighth-grade Culture Fair, which will be on display at Woodward Middle School March 21.

Get involved early, enviro-advocates told

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

If environmentalists don’t want the land-use deck stacked against them, they’d better get to the table early – and help write the rules of the game. Now, however, Bainbridge greenies may have found their ace in the hole: the recent rise of a vocal pro-environment contingent on the city council.

‘Big step’ ahead for club

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Plans are already afoot to put an addition on the new Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center. The Boys and Girls Club this week announced a fast-track fund drive to add a 3,000-square-foot activity room on the north side of the building, giving the club a fixed address for the first time in its five years on the island.

Don’t stagnate – innovate, Pinchot says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Being an entrepreneur isn’t about chasing dollars, business consultant Gifford Pinchot says. It’s about turning a dream into action. Pinchot sees the entrepreneurial spirit, properly directed, not as an enemy of the environment or of altruism, but rather, as the best ally of those values.

Non-stop bargains run low

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Bargain Boutique is short on bargains. Willie Grimm, who has managed the store since 1980, says the second-hand shop that raises money for Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle is experiencing its most serious shortage of goods in a dozen years.

Efforts to reopen gym stymied, building owner says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Asking for his rent money or the freedom to lease the property, the co-owner of the former HMC building on Madison Avenue wants to evict the court-appointed receiver now managing the defunct gym’s affairs. And until the court takes action, Dick Bowen hints, the gym will not reopen. Bowen, a Whidbey Island resident and president of the Landing on Bainbridge Island, has filed a motion asking Seattle federal judge Marsha Pechman to modify her order appointing a receiver for HMC/Znetix. The petition seeks to end a situation in which receiver Michael Grassmueck has possession of the building, but is not paying rent.

Fraud indictments likely, feds tell judge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Saying it anticipates criminal charges against one or more defendants this year, the federal government is asking for a temporary halt to the civil securities-fraud cases against Kevin Lawrence and associates. In a motion filed in Seattle federal court, the United States Attorneys’ office said that continuing the civil lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission could interfere with criminal proceedings, convictions from which could put parties behind bars for 15 years.

Schools’ financial outlook sours

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Next year’s budget may be a lesson in subtraction for Bainbridge public schools. The district will lose an estimated $642,761 after cuts in the state education budget passed by the Legislature Thursday night, as part of the 2001-03 supplemental operating budget slated to be signed into law by Gov. Locke at the end of March.

Fur flies at hearing on second park levy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Accusations of mismanagement and misconduct topped those of poor ball field maintenance, at a public hearing on park district financing Thursday evening. Tom Hujar, representing a group called Bainbridge Parents for Better Parks, criticized district operations and told park board members there are “many questions left unanswered” after February’s narrow levy failure.

Fun and games for young at heart

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Evelyn Bottega smooths back white hair already held neatly in place by a pink headband and pokes at the square where her palm-sized checker piece was just seconds earlier. “He cheated,” the spry octogenarian says, “I mean it. He cheated.”

Woodward settlement: $3.5 million

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

With trial set to begin next week, the Bainbridge Island School District reached a last-minute settlement Thursday with the final defendant in a lawsuit over shoddy construction at Woodward Middle School. The settlement, by which the district will receive about $3.5 million, will be enough to repair the water-damaged building and pay for the costs of litigation, school board member Bruce Weiland said Friday.

District, firefighters agree on contract

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

After 15 months of negotiations, the Bainbridge Island Fire District has reached tentative agreement on a contract with its uniformed firefighters.

City core falls short on density

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Developer Kelly Samson wanted to put a very small project on a very small lot he owns on Wyatt Way, next to the Kass funeral home. He wanted underground parking, ground-floor offices and a few residential units. But if he built to the allowable density, he couldn’t provide the necessary parking spaces.

Emerald for a day

  • Mar 13, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

T.J. Faddis knows the difference between a jig and a reel because she plays both. The sprightly Faddis, who plays pennywhistle with Celtic Magic, the band performing March 16 on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, said, “A jig tune has a rhythm that says ‘jiggety, jiggety jiggety jig. That’s 6/8, like a fast waltz. But a reel is in 2/4 time.”

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