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All systems go for south-end sewers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

Sewer service is coming to four south-end neighborhoods. Buoyed by the paucity of objections during a formal protest period, the City Council Wednesday OK’d a Local Improvement District to fund extension of sewer mains to Emerald Heights, Pleasant Beach, Point White and Rockaway Beach. The 7-0 vote, taken on a motion by Councilwoman Lois Curtis, surprised the few sewer proponents in attendance and some council members as well. The issue was listed on the evening’s agenda as a report, with discussion and action not expected for another two weeks.

South-end sewer support stands up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

The last major hurdle to bringing sewer service to four south-end neighborhoods may well have been cleared. Significant opposition failed to materialize, as a period for formal protest to the formation of a Local Improvement District to fund the project ended Friday. Opposition was strongest in the Pleasant Beach neighborhood, where protests hit 30 percent – half the legal requirement to kill the project. On Rockaway Beach, 16 percent of residents lodged protests, with objections hitting 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in the Point White and Emerald Heights neighborhoods. Had 60 percent of property owners in any neighborhood objected, the plan would have been abandoned there, although the City Council could lower that threshold. But the numbers appear to make that unlikely.

Drinking and drugging -- Second of two parts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

Substance abuse on Bainbridge is shaped by island demographics. Wealthy kids have money in hand. Often, both parents work. “BHS is almost like the perfect scenario,” said BHS sophomore “Jared” (not his real name). “There are, like, all these big houses with parents who are gone all the time, and the kids have large allowances.” But the push for suburban perfection also takes a toll, Jared says, and overloaded parents pass the stress down to kids. Depression, substance abuse and eating disorders may result.

Community confronts drinking, drugging -- First of two parts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

Two Bainbridge High School sophomores, girls who’d been friends since preschool, planned to meet classmates at the Pavilion. The boys turned up with an older friend, and the 19-year-old had brought along a water bottle filled with vodka. Mixed with soda, the taste was smooth, and neither young woman recognized the potency of the hard liquor. Within hours, one was semi-comatose from alcohol poisoning. The near-fatal incident last fall brought together parents and teens involved, culminating Nov. 15 in a public forum by Just Know, a new coalition for parents and youth.

Tooloee, Llewellyn vault onto council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

In lopsided votes, political newcomer Nezam Tooloee and former council member Jim Llewellyn claimed seats on the Bainbridge Island City Council in Tuesday’s general election. Tooloee, a businessman and entrepreneur running against environmental activist Arnie Kubiak, earned 63 percent of the island-wide vote to take the council’s new at-large seat. Tooloee earned 4,790 votes to 2,784 for Kubiak, in unofficial final returns. In the more hotly contested council race, voters returned Llewellyn to office just two years after he failed in a re-election bid. Llewellyn claimed 59 percent of the vote to unseat incumbent Michael Pollock in the southwest ward, by an unofficial count of 4,385 votes to 3,068.

Early blaze damages home -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:55PM

A early morning blaze damaged a home near Island Center Monday. Firefighters were summoned at 7:25 a.m. to the 7400 block of Springridge Road, where they found an outbuilding engulfed in flames, with the blaze spreading to the main residence. The fire was extinguished without incident.

City could add 64 acres to Gazzam Lake Park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Land-locked Gazzam Lake Park may soon enjoy a corridor to the banks of Puget Sound. The city Open Space Commission is recommending public purchase of the $2.5 million, 64-acre Close-Foecke property immediately to the northwest, a deal that would link the 320-acre preserve with ravine-riven forest lands and an unspoiled expanse of beach and tidelands. “I am so excited about this,” said Leonora Cross, Open Space Commission member. “I think it’s the kind of property people were thinking about when they voted for the open space levy."

You can get there from here

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

The bland color-and-text palette of recreation-area signage just wasn’t sufficient for Marc Anderson’s vision. But the young artist’s graphic sense prevails, in a new series of directional signs coming to island roadways this month. The signs will point the way to six local parks: Gazzam Lake, Sands Field, Rotary Park, Battle Point Park, Point White Pier, and the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center. Signs will include computer-generated icons representative of each park, complemented by contemporary muted tones. “The worst case would have been just making the signs brown and white,” Anderson said, “but since the city said I could use color, it’s been pretty smooth.”

Cost questions foul park plan -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Ideas come cheap, building renovations less so. Witness the Battle Point Park transmitter building, modest plans for which to be turned into a youth gymnastics space have stalled over inevitable questions of cost. “This no-brainer I had was obviously a silly idea,” quipped Terry Lande, park district director, during a public hearing on the project at Thursday’s park board meeting.

Bainbridge vaults to top of WASLs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

If Bainbridge High School wants to wave a big foam finger and shout “We’re number one,” now’s the time. When scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning are adjusted to delete students who didn’t take the test, BHS 10th-graders come in ahead of its traditional rivals, which could possibly make the Spartan sophomores the best in the state. “This is important, especially to the teachers, but also to the students and parents,” said Associate Superintendent Faith Chapel, “because it shows that we are adequately preparing the students.”

Forum on risky teen behavior -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Last spring, the Bainbridge Island School District and School Board initiated a gathering of agencies and organizations on the island to consider ways to build healthy habits for youth and strong resources for parents. This fall, the group coalesced, creating the Just Know Bainbridge Coalition for youth and parents. The group plans to roll out a series of events and forums, beginning Nov. 15. “Just Know: Facts About Drugs, Alcohol and Adolescence” will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bainbridge High School LGI room.

How to create a future for the past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Earlier this month, a landing craft brought a bulldozer to Treasure Island in Port Madison, where it demolished two of three 1920s-era log structures on the tiny islet to make way for a new residence. The island’s new owner, though, wouldn’t destroy the principal structure, an 850-square-foot log cabin. Instead, he took it apart piece by piece, hoping that at least some of it could be salvaged.

Council gives nod to ferries -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

The Bainbridge Island City Council united this week behind a plan to restore foot-ferry service to Puget Sound. The council approved a resolution in support of Proposition 1, Kitsap Transit’s plan to fund new foot-ferry service through sales tax hike and motor vehicle excise taxes, which will appear on the Nov. 4 general ballot. The vote was 6-0, with Councilman Michael Pollock absent.

Arthur Barnett, defender of rights, dies at 97

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Noted civil rights attorney Arthur Barnett died in his sleep Thursday at Island Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 97. Barnett, a longtime islander, leaves a rich legacy to family, friends, community and country. Chief among his accomplishments was his historic 1942 defense of Gordon Hirabayashi, the only Japanese person to challenge, through the United States legal system, the government’s World War II removal of West Coast Japanese Americans.

Police, fire eye shared facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

The Bainbridge Island Police Department is quartered in a cramped and outmoded facility originally designed as an all-purpose government headquarters for the tiny city of Winslow. Someday, the all-island police department is going to need a larger, updated facility. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s headquarters station on Madison Avenue has run out of room, and the department had been planning a major remodel of that facility in two years.

Downpour sets one-day mark

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Pummeling rains set a new standard for weather inclemency Tuesday. In the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight Oct. 20, Bainbridge Island saw rainfall measuring 4.05 inches, according to data collected at the Sakai Intermediate School weather station. In the storm period from 11 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, the total reached 4.6 inches, Sakai science teacher Doug Olson reported.

Fire, ferries narrow rift

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

Bainbridge Island’s fire department and the Washington State Ferries have worked out part of their smoldering dispute about the costs of providing fire protection to the island’s principal transportation link, agreeing on a new three-year contract covering the on-shore facilities.

Grand new plans for downtown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

If everyone cooperates, it may be possible to create a downtown parking garage, a new retail corridor, a welcoming gateway into Winslow and provide for major expansion by both Town and Country and the Virginia Mason clinic – all while avoiding the need to tear up Winslow Way. So says architect and planner Bill Isley, after taking a first pass at downtown planning on behalf of a new Winslow property owners’ association. “This is a holistic view of downtown, looking at the issues of utilities, traffic circulation and parking simultaneously,” Isley said.

Usual themes carry council debate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

If the objective of a political debate is to avoid a gaffe on which the opponent can hammer, then all candidates can claim success from Tuesday night’s effort. If the objective is to outline specific positions, clearly separate oneself from one’s opponent and give undecided voters a clear basis for making a choice, then it’s not clear that any of the four candidates for contested City Council seats prevailed.

Inslee seeks views on Iraq -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:54PM

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee is seeking constituent views on the upcoming congressional vote on further spending in Iraq.

'Critical areas' to get council review

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

As new scientific discoveries change what we thought we knew about the world, state law requires that new knowledge to be integrated into our land-management practices. Beginning at this morning’s land use committee meeting, the city will begin doing just that by updating its “critical areas ordinance” to incorporate new knowledge, what is referred to as Best Available Science.

Council OKs sewer LID -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

South-end sewage surged closer to treatment this week. A short-handed City Council Wednesday approved formation of a Local Utility District to bring sewers to four neighborhoods – reserving the right, council members said, to exclude some properties from the project later on. “They’re a tentative bunch, aren’t they?” one sewer proponent said after the vote.

Schools may try bond, tech levy in '04

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

Campuses and computers will be at issue in two local school funding measures next fall. A technology levy and a capital facilities bond will go before voters in November 2004 – a change from a previous timeline that would have put the tech levy on the ballot next February, and the facilities bond the following year. “We’re not too concerned with doing both at the time of the presidential elections,” schools Superintendent Ken Crawford said.

City sued over new subdivision rules

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

As he promised during final council deliberations, island builder Andy Mueller filed suit this week to overturn the city’s new subdivision ordinance. Mueller contends that requirements for open space and buffers violate state law and the federal constitution. The suit does not seek monetary relief, but asks the court to strike down those requirements. “(A) generic set-aside that is based upon development in general, and not the specific impacts of a specific development constitutes an illegal tax, fee or charge on development of land in violation of the general laws of the state,” says the complaint, filed by attorneys Dennis Reynolds and Tracy Shallbetter in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Do voters say 'yes' too often?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:53PM

Bainbridge Island is like a family with four different grocery shoppers and one checking account. Each of the four all-island governmental agencies – city, schools, fire department and park district – draws up its own shopping list. And while they sometimes present it to the “paymaster” – the taxpayers – either by choice or necessity, they don’t always discuss those plans with one another, and generally leave the taxpayers with only two choices – take it or leave it.

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