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Fire department, clerks come to terms

  • May 28, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department and its clerical employees have agreed to a labor contract, the first since department employees voted to unionize in 2000. The contract provides for immediate raises of roughly 13 percent. One position will see annual raises of 4.5 percent each of the next two years, while future increases for the other position are tied to the cost of living.

Growth proves a challenge for ward system

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:19PM

If you live in Bainbridge Island’s central ward, you are represented by three city council members. If you live in the north or south ward, you are represented by only two. Believing that the arrangement may be illegal, the city council is considering redrawing Bainbridge Island’s political map more fundamentally than simply shifting the boundaries of the three wards.

From grief, hope for young lives

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:19PM

Meghan Manheim always carries a special cache of yellow cards. On one side are the words “This card is a cry for help!” and on the other, “This ribbon is a lifeline.” The card is part of the Yellow Ribbon suicide prevention program that freshman Manheim and her parents have brought to Bainbridge High School.

Pedestrian islands planned on Madison, High School

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:19PM

The first attempt at traffic calming on Madison Avenue met with something less than unanimous support. City engineers hope a new project to improve safety on the street – where crossing pedestrians and speeding vehicles often find themselves in conflict – will be better received.

Life with MS takes some support

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:19PM

When Jim Vaughan’s right leg first went numb in 1974, he thought it was just a virus. It took six more years for a doctor to suggest a diagnosis, and seven more for Vaughan, who helps lead the multiple sclerosis support group on the island, to be convinced he had MS.

Rotary Auction moving to Sakai

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:19PM

With the wish list, be ready to carry a map. This year’s Rotary Auction may see as much hunting as bargain, as shoppers are thrust onto the unfamiliar terrain of Sakai Intermediate School. “It’s all going to be there,” said Marit Saltrones, Bainbridge Rotary’s president-elect. “It’s just a question of where.”

Fish farm plan goes before examiner Friday

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:19PM

Given an inconclusive recommendation from city staff, a hearing examiner must determine whether proposed floating warehouses at the fish farm off South Beach are consistent with city codes.

Debate persists as council eyes laptops

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:19PM

Some see them as the keyboards to happiness, but disagreement continues over the proposed purchase of three laptop computers for city council use.

Grace Church to break ground Sunday

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:19PM

While Port Madison Lutheran Church looks back on the last century, its neighbor-to-be looks forward to the next. Grace Episcopal Church will host a ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow at the site of its new building, a 10-acre field on the south side of Day Road East, behind Island School. “We have tried to resist the temptation to think about our building meeting ‘our’ needs,” said Bill Harper, Grace’s vicar. “This building will be used 100 years from now to do the same things we do – welcoming people into life and out. We ask ourselves how important will something be 100 years from now.”

Faith for the ages at Port Madison Lutheran

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:19PM

Ninety years ago on Pentacost Sunday, May 19, 1912, the island’s Norwegian community dedicated a new church building on the corner of Madison Avenue and Torvanger Road. A sizable congregation turned out that morning, and two baby girls were baptized. Tomorrow is also Sunday, May 19, and the Pentacost observance on the church calendar. The church will again be full for the morning service. And when Port Madison Lutheran Church celebrates its 90th birthday, the two girls baptized at that first service 90 years ago will both be in attendance.

Madison, New Brooklyn sidewalks get preview

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Choice A: Sidewalks, bike lanes and planter strips, as ribbon-straight as the roads they border. Choice B: Those same amenities, with sidewalks veering now and again away from the roadway, becoming wooded paths and scenic boardwalks. Two scenarios for the island’s next round of bicycle and pedestrian improvements were unveiled at a public meeting at city hall Thursday evening.

Mourners for a lost Mideast peace

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Women in Black dress down to speak up. The activist group, founded in March by islanders Sharon Winn, Brooke Thompson, Ann Strickland and Kathryn Horsley, wear black as a statement against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

BIB at a crossroads, organization says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Even as it offers more programming than ever, Bainbridge Island Broadcasting may go off the air. The non-profit organization is seeking one-time funding of $105,000 from the city, to cover immediate equipment needs and some operating expenses over the next six months. Without relief, BIB officials say, the community access station will “cease to operate” as early as June.

Winslow bike tour Saturday; Bike to Work and School Day follows

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Speeding traffic. Narrow shoulders, some strewn with debris. And here and there, a nice, safe, comfortable bike lane. Dana Berg of Squeaky Wheels will lead local elected officials on a bicycle tour around Winslow this morning, to look at the conditions that bicycle commuters, recreational riders and pedestrians deal with every day.

Judge grants delay in Znetix civil suit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

A federal lawsuit against island health club entrepreneur Kevin Lawrence will be put on hold until possible criminal proceedings are resolved.

We're not as rich (or smart) as we think

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

As most folks suspect, Bainbridge Island’s population is better off and better educated than many of our off-island neighbors. But lest we get too puffed up, we’re a long ways from being Number One.

Markets to sell monthly ferry passes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Monthly passes that give daily ferry commuters the best deal will be available at two Bainbridge locations beginning next week.

Appleton a new face in House race

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Although fall elections are six months away, the pairings are already falling into place as Kitsap County’s incumbent legislators have all announced plans to seek re-election and each has drawn one major-party opponent.

A special house for special kids

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Paul Deits, Chris Powers and Jay Hanseth know how to keep their eye on the donut – and not on the hole. The three members of the Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation have teamed up to establish Stephens House, a place where they say disabled kids will be able to run their own donut business.

Nursing home fined $9,000 by the state

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Messenger House Care Center was fined $9,000 this week by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, for violating state and federal care standards. The state’s unannounced inspection in January of the island nursing home – a 90-bed facility licensed and operated by Seattle-based Soundcare Inc., and serving Medicare, Medicaid and private residents – resulted in seven citations, for “deficiencies related to the use of chemical and physical restraints, to prevention of abuse and to quality of care.”

The art and science of wastewater management

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

From the standpoint of sheer physical capacity, the Bainbridge Island wastewater treatment plant at the foot of Donald Place has a lot of life left in it. But to comply with ever-tightening regulations, changes are needed. The city has hired a consulting engineer to look at the operation with an eye to upgrades, and wants to get neighborhood input right from the start. “We want to make sure the neighborhood is aware of the efforts that are under way, and to get their input into the process before it becomes final,” said Lance Newkirk, city maintenance and operations supervisor. “We expect feedback concerning odor, noise, lighting and perhaps even traffic,” Newkirk said. “The input we get from the neighborhood may help in siting new equipment, for example.”

Lessons among the trees at PSELC

  • May 1, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Like the students crowded around him, naturalist Stan Rullman listens to the beep of the radio receiver as if he is hearing it for the first time. He is. “We’ve never been able to detect Grace’s signal from here before,” he tells the group of Island School fourth-graders gathered for their first full day of camp at the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center.

Salmon farm, neighbors at odds over barges

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

The salmon farm in Rich Passage is located on a maritime highway, but the only land access is over Fort Ward Hill Road, a narrow, winding street through a densely populated neighborhood. So it makes sense logistically and economically to bring in food for the salmon by water, rather than land. “Bringing in the food by barge saves costs dramatically, and mostly eliminates the big trucks going over the hill,” said Arve Mogster, on-site operations manager for Cypress Island, Inc., the present owner of the operation formerly known as Northwest Sea Farms. Cypress wants to eliminate daily truck runs over the hill and through the Fort Ward neighborhood, replacing them with one monthly over-water barge delivery.

Open space plan ready for review

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Should they spend the money all at once? How important is public access? And, if it means saving even more land, might a few houses go up as well? The city Open Space Commission wants to hear from the public on these and other questions, as an $8 million program for local land preservation gets under way. “We’re calling this ‘a progress report from us,’ and we need to know what people think,” commission chair Andy Maron said this week. “It may be, ‘Don’t bother us – get going!’ Who knows what they’ll tell us?”

Neighbors speak up for the trees

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Step onto the deck or into the back yard of the Virginia Villa apartments, and enter an oasis of wooded tranquility, a sharp contrast to the bustle of High School Road out the front door. For some of the federally subsidized complex’s 41 elderly and disabled residents, that sanctuary is a big part of their lives. “We have people who don’t go out at all,” said manager Linda O’Neil. “Their lives are sitting on the deck, watching the critters. “Don’t take that away.”

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