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Neighbors blast field light plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

But soccer advocates call the quality of island play fields 'a joke.' Premier soccer club goalie Alex Bolt has skidded across the hard-packed, water-logged field at Battle Point Park many times. He doesn’t recommend it. “Diving in that sand is not comfortable,” the 16-year-old told the crowd gathered at a Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board meeting Thursday.

Snow, Stoknes announce bids for City Council

  • May 28, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:45PM

Both now serve with the Winslow Tomorrow Community Congress. Both came to the island about 15 years ago after wrapping up years of government work. They see the island in similar ways, with visions almost a mirror of each other. Now they’re entering local politics for the first time – hoping to replace two city councilors they say are already doing a fine job. “Council­woman Christine Rolfes is doing a wonderful job, and I want that good work to be carried on,” said Chris Snow, 64, who is running for Rolfes’ south ward seat after she steps down at the end of the year. “The City Council is involved in important work, with Winslow Tomorrow, the Critical Areas Ordinance, shoreline rules, traffic. It’s important to have a business-like approach to bridge the differences in these issues so we have productive results for the community.”

‘Citizens’ sue state to boot out liveaboards

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

Anchor-outs are trespassing, hurting the local economy, the lawsuit says. An island property rights group wants liveaboards out of Eagle Harbor’s inner waters, and is suing the state to get them moved. “Bainbridge Island has had a problem with illegally anchored boats, houseboats and liveaboards trespassing on state-owned land located in the center of Eagle Harbor,” said Gary Tripp of Bainbridge Citizens, who announced the lawsuit Monday.

Lights bring heat to Battle Point

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

Plans to improve soccer fields upset neighbors, amateur astronomy group. When Paul Below peers into the massive telescope at Battle Point Park, he often trains his eye on the star-flecked purple swirls of the Andromeda Galaxy. “I get a sense of wonder knowing that the photons of light going into my eye from that galaxy spent millions of years to get here,” the Battle Point Astronomical Association president said. The interstellar light is a thrill to gaze at, Below said. As for the more local variety, he has much less appreciation.

News Roundup -- Biz lunch fetes Eisenhauer/Beans now a music venue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

John Eisenhauer of Mercury Online Solutions was selected as the the Bainbridge Island Chamber’s 2005 Business Person of the Year. He will be honored at a celebratory luncheon banquet at 11:30 a.m. May 25 at Wing Point Golf & Country Club.

Vandals destroy 14 trees at high school

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

Students and faculty react with anger, sadness at the destruction. Greeted by a circle of toppled trees in the Bainbridge High School courtyard Monday morning, Carol Earnest’s first thought was to blame the wind. Only when she saw the telltale clean cut of saws through each trunk, did the reality that this was a deliberate act – and her own shock – set in. “I was really surprised – I wanted to cry,” the BHS sophomore said. “I saw it this morning, and I couldn’t believe it.”

Fed funds favored for memorial

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

The prospect of federal help in the internment memorial draws strong support. If getting hitched to the feds means hundreds of thousands of dollars for the island’s Japanese American internment memorial, many Bainbridge residents are ready to pop the question. The funding and support options are clear-cut, said National Park Service cultural specialist Alisa Lynch, during a meeting Tuesday to discuss three proposals for the memorial.

News Roundup -- Man survives bridge jump/Postal food drive does well/Frank talk on date rape

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

A Bainbridge Island man survived a jump from the Agate Passage Bridge just before noon Friday. The jumper, a 22-year-old man, was a passenger in a car headed across the bridge toward Poulsbo, when traffic slowed due to the traffic light ahead, Bainbridge police said. The man reportedly exited the vehicle, climbed over the bridge’s handrail and leaped off.

Council to spend $450,000 on own chambers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

Robotic cameras, better lighting and sound are promised with the upgrades. Much of the argument for council chamber upgrades at City Hall went without saying. Under the glare of spotlights and from behind the incessant hum of air ducts and equipment, Bainbridge Island Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Schmidt successfully pitched nearly a half-million dollars worth of audio and video improvements at Wednesday’s council meeting. “What we’re talking about is forward-thinking technology,” Schmidt said. “It will provide us with lower operating and maintenance expenses,” while preparing the room for “the inevitable changes in the ways broadcasts are presented.

School tech levy sinks at polls

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

The $8.9 million measure earns just 43 percent support, an unprecedented failure. An $8.9 million levy to improve technology in Bainbridge Island public schools failed miserably at the polls Tuesday. Unofficial final returns showed the levy earning just 43 percent support, with some 7,400 votes counted. It was the worst showing by a special levy on Bainbridge Island in more than a decade, and believed to be the first school levy to go down in perhaps 30 years.

Cabin gets a reprieve

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

The old logs may have some life in them after all. Local historians, builders and other volunteers have made recent strides to save the sagging cabin at Camp Yeomalt. “I’m very pleased,” said historian Jerry Elfendahl, who formed “Team Yeomalt” in March to save the cabin. “We’re not racing, but we’re getting things done.”

From the ground, up

  • May 18, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44PM

A hotel/condo development takes shape on High School Road. The neighbors think it’s just too big. The city zoning map begs to differ, and says 60 residential units and a commercial building are okay along that stretch of High School Road. It is – at least until a still-bigger development breaks ground near the ferry terminal – the most noticeable recent change to the Winslow skyline.

News Roundup -- Knobloch to seek 2nd term/Ferry food in June, maybe

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

Councilman Bill Knobloch has tossed in his hat for a second term on the Bainbridge City Council. Knobloch will run again for the Central Ward Position 4 seat, and is the first councilor to announce his reelection bid. The terms of Deborah Vann (Central Ward) and Debbie Vancil (North Ward) are also up at the end of the year, although they have not announced their intentions.

No crops, just studies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The city names a new consultant to jumpstart use of public farms. Although few green sprouts are popping this spring from city-owned farmland, some seeds of change have been sown. The city on Thursday named the American Farmland Trust as the agricultural consultant to help craft a management plan for 61 acres of farmland under local public ownership. The Washington D.C.-based trust was formed in 1980 and has helped preserve over 1 million acres of farmland nationwide. “They’ll inventory all the farmland we have here, interview the players and come up with a model we can follow,” said Councilman Bob Scales, a member of the ad-hoc farming committee that recommended the trust to the mayor.

News Roundup -- Tech levy vote on Tuesday/Money for human help

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The May 17 technology levy by the Bainbridge Island School District is not a mail-only ballot measure, but is being conducted through both traditional polling locations and absentee ballots. Polling locations on Bainbridge Island will be open on Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Memorial site could enjoy federal status

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The National Park Service will discuss options at two public meetings Tuesday. Bainbridge Island’s Japanese American internment memorial could soon enjoy significant status and funding under the National Park System. Designation as a “satellite unit” of Minidoka Internment National Monument in southern Idaho – where many island internees spent World War II after their transfer from a camp at Manzanar, Calif. – is among the alternatives discussed in a just-released study by the NPS. The proposal will be presented at a pair of public meetings this coming Tuesday at City Hall.

Mountaineer hits summit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

Islander Ed Viesturs conquers Annapurna: summit, 26,545 feet. What do you call a man who grew up in the one of the flattest places in the United States, and whose mother and sister are afraid of heights? The first American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter mountains. Early Thursday morning (island time), islander Ed Viesturs reached the summit of 26,545-foot-high Annapurna, located not far from Everest in the Himalayas. He was ac­com­panied by his longtime climbing companion, Veikka Gustafsson of Finland, and three Italians who facilitated the climb by laying down a series of ropes.

City’s website may get revamp

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The city website contains an ever-expanding sea of budget documents, meeting agendas, ordinances and legal notices for residents. Now the site needs a new map and compass to sort through it all. More than 100 site users clamored for better website navigation through a recent online poll conducted by the city. The City Council is now poised to approve $15,000 worth of improvements.

News Roundup -- Buckle up, or pay the fine/Host your own ‘water social’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

Bainbridge Police will be paying special attention to drivers’ left shoulders this month. With a $3,500 state grant in hand, more officers will patrol the roads this month, making sure islanders are buckling up. “Wearing seat belts is an effective tool in preventing injury,” said Bainbridge Police Traffic Officer Rob Corn. “There will be zero tolerance, and not a lot of warnings.”

Employees cite ‘no confidence’ in administrator

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

The city’s union members may take their issues to the council tonight. A contract dispute between city employees and management appeared to have soured this week, with disclosure that a formal “statement of no confidence” in Administrator Mary Jo Briggs is being circulated among unionized workers. Obtained by the Review, the document – attributed to the International Association of Machinists Lodge 160 and the “Committee to Create the Statement of No Confidence” – indicates that it will be presented at this week’s council meeting, although that could not be confirmed. A union business representative failed to return repeated calls, and a shop steward at City Hall declined commment.

Build it so they can walk it

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:43PM

Keeping downtowns oriented for pedestrians is a key planning goal. If you can’t walk it, you likely won’t buy it, try it or stop and sip a chai in it. “The most important thing downtown is how good the pedestrian environment is,” says transportation planner Jim Charlier. “It’s the bottom line as to whether a downtown will function into the future.” Charlier was one of many planners, architects, conservationists and developers who took part in a recent design charrette sponsored by the city for Winslow Tomorrow.

News Roundup -- Highway to get new signal/Guatamalan minister here/Boater Ed. courses set/Mail sponsors food drive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

The Washington State Depart­ment of Transportation will begin work on Monday on new traffic signal and intersection improvements at 305/Madison Avenue. The work is intended to reduce the number and severity of accidents there, highway officials said.

Liveaboards vow defiance vs. city, state

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Boat dwellers say harbor plan will extinguish their unique community. When the tidal wave of the state hits, Eagle Harbor’s liveaboards say they won’t be asking the city for a lifeline. “I hope with all my heart that you reject this plan,” liveaboard Mike Martin said, at a Wednesday workshop introducing the proposed Eagle Harbor Anchoring and Mooring Plan to the City Council. “It’s an insult to us, and will kill us as a community. It will destroy things you haven’t even begun to acknowledge.”

Market strong for new Harbor condos

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Fifty of 180 units are sold before ground is broken, Opus says. The condos aren’t here yet, but down payments from Hong Kong and Tennessee have already arrived. The Opus Corporation has sold 50 of the 180 units of the Harbor Square housing and retail development planned for Winslow Way across from the ferry terminal, the project’s developers said this week. Set for completion in November 2006, the island’s largest mixed-use development has surpassed the builders’ early sales goals.

Uniting town and water

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:42PM

Is downtown Winslow ‘too far’ from picturesque Eagle Harbor? For much of Winslow’s history, the waterfront was more workshed than front yard. Shipbuilders laid an early claim to the shore, setting up shop with a continuous strip of masts, dry docks, pilings, lumber stacks and rail tracks between Madison and Ferncliff avenues. When islanders shopped, played, worshipped, ate and slept, they steered clear of the Winslow waterfront. Stores and homes grew up along Winslow Way, facing uphill and beyond earshot of the tumult below.

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