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School board mulls moves

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Officials work to document the planning process since 1993. The school board has insisted all along it has enough documentation to proceed with a $40 million bond to renovate the high school. At an impromptu meeting Thursday evening, surrounded by glossy architectural drawings of what the high school might look like in the future, the board reviewed the evidence, gleaned from fat notebooks filled with reports from architects, engineers, consultants and staff.

City contract talks hit a wall

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Mediation is next, after sides can’t find accord on salaries or benefits. Saying its members “feel they are not appreciated by the current administration,” the union representing most city workers this week declared a breakdown in talks for a new labor contract.

News Roundup -- Indian art expert here/Ferry fare meeting set/Kindergarten prices climb/Unitarians change name/Parents, read with your kids

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

One of the region’s foremost experts on Native American art will speak Saturday at the Bainbridge Library. Retired University of Washington art history and anthropology professor Bill Holm will discuss his most recent book “Sundogs and Eagle Down: the Indian Paintings of Bill Holm,” a collection depicting traditional native scenes, produced from the 1950s to the present. Holm’s paintings are known for their ethnographic detail, including depictions of eagle down feathers scattered by the Kwakiutl tribe to welcome guests and sun dogs – bright spots near the sun – that are mentioned in many northern tribe myths.

Tax credit bill in works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Legislators hope to promote the preservation of downtowns. Proposed tax credit incentives advocated by local legislators and the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association could jump-start the hearts of Washington’s ailing small towns. “There’s too much of a Wal-Mart mindset that forgets the mom and pop businesses,” said state Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo. “Small businesses are what make places like downtown Bainbridge so distinctive. It’s a safe place and is a place to get to know your neighbors. “

School bond up in the air

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Criticism forces the district to mull a delay for construction, but not ‘tech.’ In an effort to create “a more positive climate” for the passage of a $40 million school bond, Bainbridge schools Supt. Ken Crawford said he would support a delay in the May 17 election, if that’s what the school board wants. But Crawford would not back any postponement of a $7.9 million technology levy, he said Monday, his first day back at work after eight weeks of sick leave.

Transit, city buy Unocal property

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Traffic, bike/ped circulation will be improved around the ferry terminal. A wobbly chain-link fence rings a pock-marked lot crowned with a “No Trespassing” sign. There are probably better ways to welcome visitors to the island than the empty Unocal lot at the intersection of Winslow Way and highway 305. But a warmer greeting is in the works now that the city and Kitsap Transit are poised to buy the one-acre property.

Judge gives teen six months for crash

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Todd Duffner, 19, ran down bicyclist islander Ernie Franz last summer. A Bainbridge Island man who drove drunk and hit a bicyclist – days after a good friend of his own was killed in a drunk-driving accident – has been sentenced to a six-month jail term and substance abuse treatment. Todd Duffner, 19, was taken into custody Jan. 18, immediately after being sentenced by Kitsap Superior Court Judge Jay B. Roof.

News Roundup -- Library board buys building/Park will get new restroom

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Major expansion may be years off, but the Bainbridge Island Library is making plans now. The foundation board has purchased the property next door to the library for $1.1 million. “We know that land is never going to be any cheaper than it is today and we’d like to stay where we are,” said Susan Bottles, immediate past president of the library board. “It’s a good central location, and we want to be there 60 years from now.”

Last call for open space

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

How should the city Open Space Commission spend its last million? You tell them. The Open Space Commission is down to its last million. After three years of work, 15 land deals and nearly 250 acres preserved, a cool million is all that’s left of the $8 million in voter-approved funding for the purchase of local forests, farms and waterfront areas.

Tech levy plans refined

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Computer access would be on a ratio of 1:4, rather than 1:1. For $7.9 million, Bainbridge Island schools can be brought “out of the stone age” into the tech age, with one computer for every four children in the district. That’s the revised recommendation district staff made to members of the school board Thursday night, as they ponder the cost and scope of a technology levy that will come before island voters on May 17.

News Roundup -- Parking stalls Pub plans/School buses burning clean/Blakely dock ban upheld/Better smiles at Helpline/‘Tomorrow’ slates events

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Absent a plan to add more parking, the Harbour Public House on Parfitt Way cannot proceed with a proposed expansion, the city planning director said Monday. In a formal administrative decision, Planning Director Larry Frazier ruled that the applicant, Parfitt Way Management, Inc., had not shown how it would accommodate the vehicles of the new patrons who would be drawn to the establishment.

Going is getting tough in Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Higher rents for commercial spaces has some merchants simply giving up. The dilapidated, century-old buildings at Highway 305 and Winslow Way have been refurbished and preserved as “Winslow Corner,” enhancing the “gateway” to Bainbridge Island. But in a trade-off that has some local merchants concerned, the tenants at street level are now paying steeper rents – a trend that is likely to continue in the face of heavy competition for retail space and parking and zoning restrictions downtown.

New ferry terminal in the works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Funding is in place, and public input is sought on design plans. With a new design consultant on board, Washington State Ferries has set sail toward redevelopment of the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. KPFF consulting engineers was selected by WSF this week to update the terminal master plan, with a series of public meeetings to be held this spring. No dates have been announced.

Grow Avenue getting bike/ped pathway

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Council wants to keep some roadside parking The Bainbridge City Council approved a design plan for Grow Avenue pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements Wednesday, despite reservations about parking restrictions and funding sources. The $1.2 million project would build a seven to 10-foot wide bike and foot path separated from the east side of the avenue by a landscaped strip. The project would retain or add native plants, large trees and enhance existing drainage courses.

News Roundup -- Playground gets makeover/Economist: sunny forecast/Super Supper on the move/Foundation names board

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

With the daffodils in March, a new playground will be springing up in place of the old one in Waterfront Park behind Town & Country. The city is improving safety and enhancing the equipment of the playground, popular with moms and kids visiting downtown.

News Roundup -- Now, a wave of donations/Committees need bodies/Sing Out! honors MLK

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Help from Bainbridge Island continues to roll in to victims of December’s Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, with more than $11,500 in checks and cash donated during Sunday’s “A Wave of Caring” concert. Contributions by credit card and via the mail are still being tallied from the benefit concert at Bainbridge High, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross International Response Fund/Tsunami Relief.

Council eyeing higher stipend for job

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Llewellyn, Knobloch cite long hours and many meetings. Increasing responsibilities and time demands could mean a pay raise for the Bainbridge city councilors this year. The city’s Salary Commission, which reviews and recommends salaries for elected officials, was convened last week at the request of several council members. The $600 councilors are paid each month isn’t enough to match inflation and the positions’ growing demands, said Councilman Jim Llewellyn, who initiated the six-member citizen commission’s reformation.

News Roundup -- Small change, big donations/Bike/Ped plans rolling forward

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

The children of Bainbridge Island have emptied piggy banks and pockets, sold hot chocolate and collected spare change on the streets, raising well over $10,000 for the Coins That Care tsunami relief fund. High School senior Skodi Van Reis led a contingent of teens that collected more than $3,000 last week, soliciting donations at stores and coffee shops.

Boards sticks with internment lessons

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Critics of sixth-grade “Leaving Our Island” curriculum claim lessons remain biased. After six months of debate and intense media coverage, the Bainbridge Island school board gave its blessing Thursday to changes in “Leaving Our Island,” a civil rights curriculum on the internment of Japanese American residents – 242 of them members of the Bainbridge community – during World War II.

Delegation ready for busy session in Oly

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Rockefeller, Woods and Appleton lay out their agendas. OLYMPIA – Clutching a slip of paper scheduling every moment of his day, state Sen. Phil Rockefeller swings his long legs toward the shadow of the capitol dome. With the governor’s inauguration only a half hour away, the Bainbridge legislator hopes to squeeze in a meeting with his fellow Democrats on the Senate floor. But first he must contend with the obstacle course that is the capitol campus.

News Roundup -- ‘Anime’ comes to Bainbridge/Internment review finished/Hip hip hooray for Bay Hay/Police slate citizen course/Campbell to honor MLK

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

The Boys and Girls Club of Bainbridge Island will become an animated fantasy springboard Friday nights starting Jan. 14. The club is hosting a Manga and Anime Art Club for teens ages 13-18, now being advertised by anime drawings from winners of a poster design contest – Emily Safford a student at Hyla Middle School and Julia Chamberlain of Woodward Mddle School. Island artist Gale Rogers, who helped get the club launched, encourages all teens interested in anime to come whether they think they can draw or not.

Buffer codes: With protection comes exception

  • Jan 12, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:33PM

Wetland and stream protections aren’t always cast in stone. If buffer protections widen around island wetlands and streams, exceptions to protected areas rules are also likely to expand. A clearer process would also be welcome, some who deal with the current regulations say. Existing critical areas rules have thrown up a near-insurmountable wall of red-tape, said Nathan Odell, who has applied for a “reasonable use exception” on a Fort Ward property that he intends to buy.

Youth critical after pool mishap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:32PM

The Poulsbo boy was rescued from the bottom by a parent. A birthday party at the Bainbridge Aquatics Center took a tragic turn on Sunday, when a 10-year-old Poulsbo boy was found unconscious at the bottom of the pool. The child, whose name was not released, was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Seattle, where he is on a respirator and remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit, police said.

News Roundup -- Flynn defends vote counts/Gym pumps up for tsunami/Workshops set for school levy/Bands rock Sunday night/Open house for bike/ped

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:32PM

The Republican campaign for a new vote in the governor’s race has raised the ire of Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn, who disagrees with the notion that the election was poorly run. “This was a very close election,” she said. “But it’s a myth to think that it would be any less close with a re-vote.”

Perry in tsunami’s wake

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:32PM

The islander will head to Indonesia to assist victims of the devastating waves. Islander Peter Perry, who spent two decades working in Indonesia, is leaving for the disaster-ravaged city of Banda Aceh on Friday to deliver humanitarian aid. Perry will work in Indonesia’s most devastated city, where an estimated 100,000 people perished in the massive earthquake and tsunami Dec. 26. Located on the island of Sumatra, Banda Aceh was the city closest to the earthquake’s epicenter.

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