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Kallgren decision appealed, may force new policy debate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

The council could take up the issue of closed rights of way before year’s end. The path toward resolving the conflict over Kallgren Road is a few miles longer. Residents and a developer last week appealed a city decision that would require a connection of Kallgren to Day Road, if plans go forward to build homes at Kallgren’s dead end.

Woods bucks party, supports gas tax hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

The funding is needed to bring state roads up to snuff, she says. OLYMPIA – The halls of the state House of Representatives echoed with the sound of applause the night of April 24, the final night of the session, which concluded with passage of the largest gas tax increase in state history. Among those who breathed a sigh of relief was Rep. Bev Woods (R-Kingston), ranking minority member of the House transportation committee and a leader in creating the $8.5 billion package to renovate much of the state’s transportation infrastructure.

News Roundup -- BIAHC dives into the Pacific/A smooth ride for schoolkids/Cyclers eat pie, raise funds/Fall sports coming up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

The Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council seeks fellow explorers for its sixth annual Humanities Inquiry for 2006, “Sharing an Ocean.” Unlike past month-long inquiries, the council plans to run the series on the Asian Pacific Rim and Pacific Ocean for a year-long study in order to include more participants and events.

When food becomes a teen’s enemy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

A workshop helps island girls achieve a healthy body image. “A.S.” was striving for perfection when things got out of control. Her desire to lose weight last year at age 15 made anorexia an appealing outlet for her feelings, which started when she was in the third grade. “I think it was always in the back of my mind, the commitment to be able to do it,” the Bainbridge High School student said.

‘We have to be right 100 percent’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

‘Hot-dogging’ is serious training for crews, the Coast Guard says. “Hard port!” yells Kain Foglesong to his crew as he banks his speed boat left, slicing through a ferry’s white, churning wake. At high throttle, the twin-engine U.S. Coast Guard vessel cuts a near 90-degree turn, pressing the left-side window ominously close to the water’s surface.

News Roundup -- Rider strikes median, is hurt/State fines school group/WIB to honor Texas vigil

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

A 50-year-old Bainbridge man was seriously injured when he ran his motorized scooter into a traffic median on Grow Avenue. Passers-by found the man lying unconscious in the roadway south of Shepard Way, just before 10 p.m. Saturday. The man appeared to have been traveling northbound when he struck the median and was ejected from the scooter.

Make energy while the sun shines

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53PM

Solar power advocates believe alternative energy is a bright idea. Cyndy Salisbury frequently has visions while staring at sun-drenched rooftops. On the ridges of Bainbridge homes and Seattle high-rises, she visualizes economic and environmental salvation through rows and rows of solar panels delivering the Northwest from fiery fossil fuel damnation.

More cops on the street with law/justice levy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

Kitsap voters will decide a sales tax hike for law enforcement on Sept. 20. It amounts to less than a ha’penny on a cup of coffee, but a proposed sales tax increase could provide a big money boost for the island’s crime fighters. The Bainbridge Island Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies in Kitsap County, would benefit from a 0.15 percent sales tax levy on the Sept. 20 ballot to address a wide range of staff shortfalls.

Security cameras installed on BHS campus

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

But they won’t be turned on until policies for their use are in place. When Bainbridge High School students return to the campus next month, they’ll find the courtyard ringed by proud, newly planted trees. They may also, if they look closely, see new security cameras overhead, installed to dissuade acts of vandalism like the destruction of trees in that same courtyard last spring.

News Roundup -- Renna bails out of race/Play for a Cure raises $76,000/Firefighters join MD battle/Pies fuel pedal power Sunday/Pianos play for their repair

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

A City Council candidate withdrew from the race Wednesday, citing a time crunch imposed by an unforeseen primary election. Frank Renna, a six-year island resident, had filed to challenge North Ward incumbent Councilwoman Debbie Vancil. But marketing consultant Jeannie McMacken’s entrance into the race necessitated a Sept. 20 primary election, more than a month before the Nov. 8 general election.

Housing market continues red hot streak

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

Average prices jumped nearly 13 percent in the first half of the year. If it’s a bubble, it’s got a thick skin. Bainbridge Island home prices ballooned through the first half of the year, with closed residential and condominium sales averaging $592,000 through the first six months and $612,000 in July, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which tracks real estate transactions.

Aging fire fleet isn’t very fleet

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

The department hopes to replace trucks that are slow, fail newer standards. Ken Beach shakes the clutch and rams it into second gear just as his hulking water transport truck rolls onto the foot of Bucklin Hill. The fully loaded 18-ton Ford roars like a lion – but it’s not a roar of defiance or power. It’s more like the bellow of a giant cat in its death throes.

Hood Canal Bridge closures are here

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

Weekend travel to Jefferson County will be curtailed as the span is revamped. HOOD CANAL BRIDGE – It’s only been two years since construction began to repair the floating bridge that connects Kitsap and Jefferson counties. While Washington State Department of Transportation officials say they’ve tried their best to keep the impacts to drivers to a minimum, construction is, well, construction.

News Roundup --Youth knifed accidentally/Yeomalt Cabin makes grade/Harbor speed limit at issue/Bring flowers, brighten days

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

A knife was accidentally thrown into the chest of a young male on Ihland Way late Monday night, according to Bainbridge Police. Several witnesses said a friend of the 18 year-old victim had been fixing a folding knife, and demonstrated that it was repaired by flicking it open a number of times. The knife flew out of the friend’s hands and lodged into the chest of the victim, who was standing about three feet away, a handful of juvenile witnesses said.

Park’s barn falling down by degrees

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

But whether or not it’s worth saving, that’s another matter. You wouldn’t necessarily entrust your life to it in a storm. Maybe not even the lives of your pigs, these days at least. So park officials don’t know what to do with a dilapidated old barn at Meigs Park, and are unsure whether it can be shored up before it crumbles into the earth.

Candidates split on use of signs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

At least one rejects an informal pact to keep roadsides clear during the campaign. In small town politics, yard signs may be as ubiquitous as glad handing, door belling and baby kissing. But not on Bainbridge Island. “It’s part of a tradition here not to use yard signs,” said Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, who is seeking re-election this fall. “We can still have good, hearty campaigns but, during the last 15 years, almost all candidates have agreed to not use these signs.”

Hopefuls clash on growth at forum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:52PM

‘Decisiveness’ emerges as a theme in the race for Bainbridge mayor. Managing growth, transportation, protecting the environment and maintaining the island’s quality of life were themes that ran throughout an evening of debates at the high school Monday, featuring all local candidates in November’s general election. In the mayoral debate, Councilman Nezam Tooloee characterized incumbent Darlene Kordonowy as “all about process” while he was “all about results.”

News Roundup -- Steves travels to Bainbridge/Rake-and-run Halloween/Let's talk local elections

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Whether in Oslo or Ometepe, international travel “makes a difference in the world and people’s understanding of each other.” That’s the thinking behind a Thursday night fund-raiser featuring travel writer and TV host Rick Steves, said Barbara Tolliver, who helped organize the event.

News Roundup -- Child center turning 30/Notices go out to area voters/Fill a backpack for a student/Traps set for gypsy moths

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

When Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers was created over 30 years ago, it was the community’s response to a growing need for child care to serve migrant workers and other working parents. “Since then the organization has always responded to the need of the community,” Executive Director Anna Garrity said.

Peace activists march against nuclear threat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Monks, others will wrap up a three-week demonstration with a trek to Bangor. Two Buddhist monks from Bainbridge are on a pilgrimage. Senji Kaneada and Gilberto Perez from the Nipponzan Myohoji temple on Bainbridge Island were joined by others on an Interfaith Peace Walk that crossed the island Friday.

Open Kallgren, planning director decides

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

Neighbors are upset by the decision, which will bring thru-traffic from Day Road. Roads don’t always end where you want them to. The residents of Kallgren Road are finding this out the hard way after a months-long march to preserve their quiet street’s dead end. The city on Wednesday issued its official position that Kallgren should be linked to Day Road East. The city will require a proposed development, between Kallgren’s dead end and Day Road, to include an 18-foot-wide, paved connection. “We gathered 300 signatures saying we didn’t want this connection,” Kallgren resident Rebecca Robbins said. “No one really stood up and said they wanted this, except the city.

News Roundup -- Federal ferry funding hiked

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

A federal transportation bill approved last week essentially doubles the funding allocated to Washington State Ferries, paving the way for new ferry construction, terminal renovation and security improvements. President George W. Bush is expected to sign the $285 million bill into law. Of this, approximately $65 million will directly benefit the WSF system.

A stretch of beach, a stand of trees, and done

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The $8 million open space fund will be exhausted after one more purchase. Some want more beaches, others more forest, still others trails. Islanders will get a little bit of each, if the City Council approves what could be the final purchase under the city’s four-year-old land preservation program.

Winslow trees don’t stand tall

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

The first-ever comprehensive survey finds many stunted and badly pruned. As local street trees go, the sweetgum in front of Vern’s Winslow Drug is an exemplar of the form. Painfully so. Topped to avoid a conflict with overhead utility lines and never properly pruned, its limbs and branches have bunched up into an unhealthy tangle. The roots have been confined for years to a tiny triangle of earth next to the curb, growing knotted and gnarled all the while.

News Roundup -- City names new attorney/Hearing on sewer rates

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:51PM

For the first time since all-island government began in 1991, the city’s legal counsel will have his own office, working on staff rather than under contract. Paul McMurray has been named city attorney, pending approval by the City Council at its meeting Wednesday.

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