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Missing boy found, mother arrested

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Sky Gilbert was located in New Zealand, and will be returned shortly. Wakened by the ringing phone at 1 a.m. Saturday, Roby Gilbert got the news: his 9-year-old abducted son, Sky Gilbert, was finally, finally, coming home. “There was this stunned feeling, and then absolute relief, that for the first time in three years, we actually knew where he was at that moment,” said Laura Schmidt, Roby Gilbert’s fiancée. “It took a while to sink in.

How fast is too fast on Miller Road?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Nearby residents want to see the speed limit there lowered Fed up with the speed of vehicles through their area, Miller Road residents may get their wish tonight as the City Council discusses a speed limit reduction on the west-side thoroughfare. The city Public Works Department has recommended that the entire road’s maximum speed be set at 35 miles per hour.

City puts clamp on parking lot

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

A commercial lot off Winslow Way violates zoning, city planners say. A former mayor was ordered by the city to close an illegal parking operation on Cave Avenue by May 1. “We determined there’s no proper permit for that use,” said city planning director Larry Frazier. “We can find no document to that affect.” Owned by former Winslow mayor Alice Tawresey and her husband John, the nearly one-acre lot sits north of the John L. Scott real estate office on Winslow Way.

Here's the church save the steeple

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Congregation hopes to preserve its landmark downtown building. Back in 1882, when Winslow Way was a mere gash in the dirt, two Civil War veterans decided to build a church in town. Riley Hoskinson and Ambrose Grow succeeded four years later, but they didn’t do it alone. Eagle Harbor Congregational Church was built with donations from Winslow’s citizenry, and with proceeds from the clam chowder dinners, dramas and song fests that provided fellowship for the whole town.

News Roundup -- Winslow ideas get an airing/Salish taps new director

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

The range of ideas churned up at a recent downtown design brainstorm will be on display today. The city hosts a Winslow Tomorrow presentation from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the theater at the Pavilion. A charrette sponsored by Winslow Tomorrow in late March asked residents, “how should Winslow evolve as the island grows and changes?”

Lawsuits filed over Tolo Road fatality

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

The family of the 14-year-old victim charges negligence by youths and parents. The family of an island teen killed in a Tolo Road crash last August has filed a civil lawsuit against two 14-year-old girls in the car that night, and their parents. The lawsuit names two of the eight Bainbridge teens involved in the crash: the girl who took her parents’ 2003 Ford Explorer out for a joyride, and the girl who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. Both girls have since been prosecuted in juvenile court.

Islander wins Pulitzer

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

Bainbridge resident Kim Murphy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Monday for international news reporting in Russia, where she is the Moscow bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. The Pulitzer Prize is the most prestigious and coveted award in the field of journalism. “Obviously, when you’re a journalist, it doesn’t get much better than that,” Murphy said in a telephone interview Tuesday from Los Angeles, where she and her colleagues celebrated the paper’s two Pulitzers. “I’m glad it’s over. It’s a little too traumatic.”

Ravine still has some friends

  • Apr 6, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40PM

A proposal to ease setback requirements has some concerned for Winslow’s greenbelt. Many long-time residents know the deep and wide swath of greenspace downtown as “the wash” or “Winslow Creek.” Scientists refer to it as “Stream No. 0324.” Most islanders today simply call it “the Ravine.” But for conservationist Mike Bonoff, it’s Bainbridge’s “Grand Canyon.”

Laptop issue clouds school tech levy campaign

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

Misconceptions among some voters trouble officials and campaign organizers. The idea has sprouted like a weed, and Clif McKenzie is working hard to stamp it out. The upcoming technology levy “is not about providing a laptop to every student,” said McKenzie, who is co-chairing the campaign to get a $8.9 million technology levy passed by Bainbridge voters on May 17.

Accord elusive on new regs for wetlands

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

The council is divided, with some calling for new landowner incentives. With the December 2004 deadline long past and a new May 9 goal looming, divisions over the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance update remained as the City Council took up the issue Wednesday. “It’s time for us to move forward with this,” said Councilman Bill Knobloch. “This is a wrap up, as far as I’m concerned.”

News Roundup -- Schools cut water usage/Islander wins for food, peace/Tech levy meetings set/City seeking farm expert

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

In response to Gov. Christine Gregoire’s declaration of a statewide drought emergency, the Bainbridge Island School District is cutting the water to grounds and fields by 50 percent. At Bainbridge High, Woodward and Sakai, “field irrigation systems...will not be activated until the moisture levels in the ground fall to a level that begins to cause the grass to stress,” facilities director Mike Currie said in a recent report to Superintendent Ken Crawford.

Schools face budget cuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

Loss of federal funding leaves some programs imperiled. If Bainbridge school officials want to preserve remedial reading programs, drug and alcohol counseling and career advice – all of which are threatened by upcoming state and federal budget cuts – they’ll have to put their thinking caps on. “I’ve always been pretty creative” when it comes to finding ways to finance important programs, Bainbridge schools Superintendent Ken Crawford said. “But our creativity is certainly being challenged, particularly when you go from little funding to nothing at all.”

Park funding in budget draft

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

Senate Democrats’ plan includes $2.5 million for Pritchard purchase. A fresh infusion of state dollars could put public purchase of the Wyckoff property at Bill Point within comfortable reach. Funding of $2.5 million for the “Pritchard Park” project is included in a budget proposal unveiled by Senate Democrats Monday.

News Roundup -- BHS teacher lost to AIDS/Low-cost clinic closes doors/Small home, big dreams/Relaying the baton for life

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

Longtime Bainbridge High School English teacher Rob Goldsworthy, who was open with his students about the challenges of living with AIDS, died from complications of the disease on Friday. He was 38. Goldsworthy was known on campus for his enthusiasm and creativity, his ability to connect with a diverse range of students, and for bringing out the best in student writers, his colleagues at the high school said.

Coming soon: Harbor Square development

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

Marketing is under way, with a groundbreaking slated for summer. Prospective buyers visiting the the 180-unit Harbor Square condominium project might be a little surprised by what’s there now: 4.3 acres choked with weeds and blackberry brambles. But groundbreaking on the upscale condominium and retail hub across the street from the Winslow ferry terminal is scheduled for August, a spokesman for the project said this week, and the first residents could move in by spring of 2006.

Clean vehicle bill still revving

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

t But the local delegation is split on the bill, now on to the Senate. The state House passed a tougher auto emissions standards bill Wednesday, similar to one proposed in the Senate by Bainbridge legislator Phil Rockefeller. The House bill would require Washington to follow California’s auto emissions rules. Auto makers would need to manufacture cleaner-running cars for sale in the state by 2009. Rockefeller’s nearly identical companion bill died in the Senate Rules Committee in late February.

Buffer proposal divides citizens

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:39PM

The council mulls an update to the city’s ordinance protecting ‘critical areas.’ Residents were crowded tight in City Hall Wednesday but were sharply divided on proposed new rules to protect the island’s wetlands, streams and other at-risk natural areas. “This ordinance will make land valueless, and that’s very hard to swallow,” said Fletcher Bay resident Rich Schmidt, echoing other landowner concerns that expanded buffers will restrict development and diminish property values.

Historian, neighbors call for Yeomalt cabin restoration

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

Several criticize the park district for letting the building fall into dilapidation. The park district may hold off on dismantling the ailing Camp Yeomalt cabin, if measurable steps are made to preserve it, park officials said Thursday. “We’ve seen two false starts to try to save the cabin,” park district Director Terry Lande said. “But as long as progress is being made, the deadline can be extended.”

News Roundup -- Fare hike plan dips again/Eat salmon, help wildlife/Dental group needs new van/The early bird gets the egg/A Winslow volksmarch/The Bard teaches

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

The roller-coaster ride over ferry fares continued Wednesday as the proposed hike dipped to 6 percent. The Tariff Policy Committee and Washington State Ferries recommended boosting fares by more than 7 percent last week, higher than the 5 percent hike first proposed. The mid-range, 6 percent increase proposal came after a public hearing Wednesday in which riders voiced concerns over higher fares.

Charges reduced in molestation case

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

A Bainbridge Island man accused of child rape will plead guilty to a lesser charge, in a deal reached Thursday in Kitsap County Superior Court. David Alan Nusbaum, 40, was slated to stand trial this week on charges of first-degree child rape, for offenses against the daughter of his then-girlfriend over a six-year period beginning when the girl was age 6.

News Roundup -- Rockefeller for boating safety/City to offer memorials/Social Security on the table/Talk with your reps today/Locals rally for peace today

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

State Sen. Phil Rockefeller helped navigate a boater safety education bill through the state Senate Wednesday. “We have faster boats and more crowded waterways,” the Bainbridge Democrat said. “People need to learn the rules of the water.”

Summer drought begins now, city cautions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

Officials say dry conditions bring the threat of brush fires months earlier. Bainbridge firefighters dusted off the old brush-fire truck a few months early this year, working out a few kinks before what is expected to be a particularly hot, dry season kicks in. “This is looking like a huge issue with concerns numerous in scope,” Fire Chief Jim Walkowski said, as he watched firefighters blast fir trees with water. “We’ve already had a brush fire and that’s very significant. If things continue the way they are, we predict the fire season will begin in mid-April. That’s two or three months earlier than usual.”

Fare hike may be steeper still

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

Commuters prevail on discount books, but the general increase may be 7.5 percent. The good news: frequent ferry riders can still use 10 discounted tickets within 90 days. The bad news: fares may increase even more than first proposed. Responding to thousands of comments, the Tariff Policy Committee and Washington State Ferries revised the 2005-2007 Tariff Policy proposal Wednesday, cutting one of its most controversial propositions, but boosting fares by 7.5 percent, higher than the 5 percent hike first proposed.

News Roundup -- Really light rail plans touted/Gormleys are granted a stay/Culture Fair this week

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:38PM

With a simple shove, Councilman Bill Knobloch was able to move a two-ton prototype train suspended in the air by magnets. Now he hopes an event today will give Bainbridge a push, building momentum for trains to the island. “It’s beyond amazing,” Knobloch said of his visit to the Magna Force lab in Port Angeles, to visit the train. “It’s a brand new technology that uses basic physics. It rides on air but doesn’t require electricity to do so.”

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