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Council opposes 'Patriot' provisions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

Islanders waved the flag in dissent Wednesday evening, giving the city council a standing ovation as it passed a resolution opposing the federal USA Patriot Act. “At stake is what our definition of America is,” said Kathy Horsley, one of the resolution’s supporters. Unanimous council support for a resolution introduced that evening followed often-emotional testimony by members of the Bainbridge Island Bill of Rights Defense Committee and other citizens.

Westhome breaks ground

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

If the weather cooperates, nine low-income Bainbridge families will celebrate Christmas in new and affordable apartments in downtown Winslow. Ground will be broken at 11 a.m. this morning on Janet Westhome, on Knechtel Way west of Helpline House. The complex is named for the late Janet West, former mayor and longtime affordable-housing advocate.

All foes, no friends for decant facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

Bainbridge residents seem in complete agreement over the best location for a new “decant” facility. They want it to go elsewhere – off-island if possible, or perhaps to the former dump site on Vincent Road – and nowhere near their own neighborhood. A recommendation to upgrade the existing site at the Head of the Bay drew outrage and protests from nearby residents concerned about truck traffic and pollution, at an open house Thursday at the Commons.

Commodore doom looms -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The school district will go to bid next week for demolition of the aging third of the Commodore Center, a 50-year-old wing beset by a sieve-like roof and other problems. Under an aggressive schedule approved by the school board Thursday, district officials hope to award the winning bid on June 12 and have most of the work done by time school resumes next fall.

'JeanDome' may open by end of year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

It may not look like much today – even “utilitarian” might be a compliment. But park officials see, if not beauty, potential charm in a spare metal building at John Nelson Park, which should be ready for use as a recreation center by the end of this year. The Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board Thursday approved a $26,000 remodel, to make the building suitable for aerobics classes, kindergym, martial arts and other activities.

Trailer park gets a new lease on life

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The Islander Mobile Home Park is an economic anomaly – the island’s most affordable owner-occupied housing on some of Bainbridge’s most valuable land. So when word spread that long-time park owner Pat Alderman was considering selling the property, the park’s residents – many of them elderly and on fixed incomes – feared that their tenure was about to end. With quick and coordinated action from the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority, the city and the park’s homeowner association – backed by Alderman’s commitment to the park’s residents – KCCHA will buy the property, preserving it “as is” for at least 10 years, and as affordable housing permanently.

Geoduck clam hearing Wednesday -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The state Department of Natural Resources will go before a city hearing examiner this morning, seeking approval for the harvest of geoduck clams on more than 1,500 acres of state-owned bedlands around Bainbridge Island. The DNR is seeking a shoreline conditional use permit for a commercial harvest on tracts in the Agate Passage, Battle Point, Murden Cove, Port Madison and Skiff Point areas.

Bank project trips over sidewalk

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The main drag just isn’t big enough for everybody, and islanders may see a showdown on Winslow Way. The problem: the Winslow Master Plan calls for 10-foot sidewalks in the downtown area, a requirement that American Marine Bank has been told to meet as part of its building expansion. But more concrete means less asphalt, as widening the sidewalk means shrinking the street. And if the street shrinks any further, there may not be room for delivery trucks to service local merchants.

Bargains are old hat to her

  • May 21, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

It’s a big change – and then again, it isn’t. Bargain Boutique store manager Willie Grimm is stepping down June 1 after 23 years, but the slot will be filled by long-time assistant manager Patty Pelandini. Grimm came on board as a volunteer in 1970, a year after the doors opened. Trace her history with the second-hand store, founded to underwrite care that Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle gives to less-advantaged families, and one has learned nearly the whole story of Bargain Boutique’s evolution.

Fire board delays levy "lid lift" try

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department will not ask voters to approve a property tax levy “lid lift” this fall. The tax-hike try has been pushed back at least a year, as commissioners scale back a planned fire hall renovation and mull new ways to fund long-term capital needs. “I’m really concerned about the overall taxation on Bainbridge Island,” said Doug Johnson, fire commissioner. “(And) I didn’t feel we’d done enough groundwork, and gotten out enough infromation to support a lid lift.”

Neighborhood roiled over city road spoils

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

At the Head of the Bay, where Wyatt Way becomes Eagle Harbor Drive, a seemingly endless string of cars curve toward the south end, making it one of the busier thoroughfares on today’s Bainbridge. Take a right turn up a dirt road, and it’s a different world – a century-old farmhouse sits on a hillside overlooking small fields and a year-round stream. But with what residents claim is increasing frequency, that tranquility is disturbed by the rumble and dust of heavy truck traffic heading towards a city-owned maintenance yard, which some claim has expanded stealthily and perhaps illegally over the years.

EPA sets deadline for park purchase

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The target has come into clear focus: come up with a minimum of $4.6 million by Dec. 31, 2004. The prize: turning at least the western 18 acres of the former Wyckoff site into Pritchard Park, with roughly 2,000 feet of sandy beach, and the Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial.

Council agrees to sewer subsidy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

To preserve a viable and affordable neighborhood, the Bainbridge City Council agreed Monday that the city should pay some of the cost of running a sewer line from Emerald Heights towards the Fort Ward sewer treatment plant. That decision, along with some other minor trimming, will cut almost $5,000 from the cost to each home of installing a sewer system to deal with the persistent septic failures experienced in that south-end neighborhood. “This is a big help,” said Kirsten Hytopoulos, Emerald Heights representative on a neighborhood steering committee. “I think the council has done what it could do.”

BISD holds funding forum -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The school board will hold a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss Gov. Locke’s proposed cuts in state education funding – and the $450,000-$600,000 bite into local school budgets that will result. The reduction in revenue will likely mean increased sports and activity fees, more expensive food services, and the termination of “non-essential or lower-priority programs,” board members said in a recent letter to the community.

Interim planning director hired

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The city will have an interim planning director on the job Monday. The Bainbridge Island City Council this week unanimously approved a contract with the Prothman Company of Seattle, an executive search firm, to provide the services of Larry Frazier of Tacoma for up to six months. The contract is not to exceed $60,000. The arrangement makes Frazier a temporary employee, leaving the city free to terminate his employ without obligation as soon as a permanent director is found.

A new vision for Camp Yeomalt

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

From aging logs may be hewn many more generations of memories. Plans for a new lodge at Camp Yeomalt should include some reuse of rough timbers from the current scout cabin, and reconstruction of its granite fireplace in a new but classically styled building. “It’s a historic site,” said Perry Barrett, park district planner, “and you can’t have something old enough and loved enough on Bainbridge Island.”

Transportation budget passed, but not the bucks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The State Legislature passed the buck on passenger-only ferries without passing the bucks. Legislators endorsed Kitsap Transit’s plans to take over fast-ferry service that Washington State Ferries will terminate, passing legislation to enable a vote on that plan. But they couldn’t fit a requested $5 million in seed money into its $4.2 billion, 10-year transportation plan, the centerpiece of which is a 5-cent hike in the gallon gasoline tax. “That was going to go for environmental impact work, and to build a prototype boat on a hurry-up basis to conduct tests, especially on wakes,” said Kitsap Transit Executive Director Dick Hayes.

Wal-Mart in Poulsbo: should Bainbridge care?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

By this time next year, the large chain stores that are anathema to many on the island will be both bigger and closer than ever before. That is, if Wal-Mart follows through with its plans to build a 150,000-square-foot outlet to the Olhava development on the outskirts of Poulsbo, at the junction of Highways 305 and 3. The store is a lot closer to the island than the Silverdale shopping complex – indeed it’s about as close to north end of the island as downtown Winslow. And the store is big – three-and-a-half acres under one roof, about the equivalent of the Ace Hardware site on High School Road, parking lot and all.

Four busted for bogus $100s

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

Police arrested four suspects, none of them island residents, after counterfeit $100 bills were passed at two or more Winslow businesses last week. Several merchants reported receiving bogus Benjamins on April 22-23, discovering the fakes while preparing their deposits, according to Bainbridge Police reports.

No action on planning chief -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

Saying its members lacked enough information to make a decision, the Bainbridge City Council called off Wednesday’s special meeting slated for the approval of Larry Frazier of Tacoma as interim planning director. Deborah Vann sent the mayor and other council members an email Monday saying she would not attend the scheduled meeting. With three of the council’s seven members out of town, Vann’s absence would have meant no quorum, meaning no legal approval of Frazier’s contract would have been possible.

Horse trading for Pritchard Park funds

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

It’s just a zero that separates the state House and Senate budget allocations for a Japanese-American memorial on Bainbridge Island. But it’s certainly not nothing. The House capital budget for the next biennium includes $2 million for the proposal. The Senate came in an order of magnitude lower, at $200,000. Negotiators for both chambers are currently trying to reconcile those two versions. “We’re continuing to work on this, and I suspect we’ll come in somewhere in between,” said Mike Ryherd, a professional lobbyist who is donating his services to the community’s effort to put the former Wyckoff Superfund site on the south shore of Eagle Harbor into public ownership.

Students refuse to take WASL

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

Zach Mallove may have started a movement when he boycotted the Washington Assessment of Student Learning this week. Mallove was among 14 Bainbridge High School sophomores who refused to take the test; nine are friends of his. “They didn’t want to take it, and they came up to me when they heard I wasn’t,” Mallove said. “My mom had made up this form for me to notify the school, and I made them copies of it.” Mallove, a straight-A student, lists objections to the test that range from the possible biases of test graders – essays make up a substantial portion of of the 16-hour-long test, given over a week each April to grades 4, 7 and 10 statewide – to the nervousness of classmates who don’t test well.

Annual ferry fare hike is here

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

If you own a boat, the first weekend in May is the kickoff of the Puget Sound boating season. If you ride “the boat,” the first Sunday in May marks what is becoming another annual event – in increase in Washington State Ferries fares. Bottom line for Bainbridge-Seattle walk-ons – an increase in round-trip travel from $5.10 to $5.40, collected on Seattle-to-Bainbridge leg only, beginning Sunday.

Eber leaves lasting mark on Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

He assumed that a job at Boeing would be rocket science, an engineer’s dream. A strike and a marginal sense of purpose – redesigning a single bolt assembly on the side of a widebody jet – convinced Lorenz Eber otherwise. So three years ago, he brought his engineering skills to the public sector, on the island he called home. “Working with concrete and dirt in your hometown turns out to be bliss,” Eber mused Monday, watching crews construct new pedestrian islands and crosswalks on Madison Avenue. “I love this job – it’s the funnest job I’ve ever had, and I feel like I’m making a difference,” he said. “If it turns ‘no fun,’ I’ll reconsider.”

Sewer plan could hinge on state loan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

The south-end sewer project, thought to be all but dead after the city rejected a half-million dollar subsidy to offset rising costs, may find new life through a low-interest loan program from the state. A 20-year loan at 1 percent interest through the Public Works Trust Fund could drop annual payments well below $2,000 for even the highest-cost neighborhood, roughly half the amount projected under Local Improvement District bond financing.

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