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Striking back at domestic abuse

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Domestic violence foes are striking back with a new policy to protect abuse victims, automatically placing a “no-contact” order on perpetrators at the time of arrest. The change closes a window of opportunity for abusers, who until now have been able to post bail, get out of jail and go straight back to victims’ households. About 10 percent of domestic violence suspects who “made bail” were returning to the scene of the abuse before a no-contact order could be issued from the bench, Bainbridge Municipal Court Judge Steve Holman said.

Scales handed seat on next council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Bob Scales was handed a seat on the next city council this week, when opponent Annette Stollman withdrew from the race. The development surprised Scales, who will take the seat in January barring the improbable event of a write-in candidacy. “I’m very honored to have the opportunity to serve on the council for the next four years,” Scales said. “I plan on spending the next five months learning the issues that are now before the council, so I can hit the ground running.” Scales said he plans to meet with residents, business leaders and community groups throughout the fall.

Vacancies on water board -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Applicants are sought for three positions on the Crystal Springs water board, county elections officials announced this week. Filing was extended through 4:30 p.m. Aug. 6, after no one expressed interest in the office last week. Any registered voter residing within the district is eligible to file for one of the non-partisan positions. Information: 842-2061.

County pledges $500K for park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Reimbursed by the state for buying one waterfront park, Kitsap County commissioners want to put the money towards buying another, this one on Bainbridge Island. Last week, commissioners voted to earmark $500,000 towards the purchase of Pritchard Park on the south shore of Eagle Harbor. “We thought it was appropriate because it was a regional park, it will be important to county users, and because we love partnerships,” said Commissioner Chris Endresen, who represents North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island.

Five-way race for park board seat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Five candidates, but no primary ballot. A statutory eccentricity will propel all of the hopefuls for an open park board seat straight to the general ballot in November, county elections officials say. Then, Auditor Karen Flynn said, it’s a question of plurality: “The candidate who receives the most votes wins.” Last-minute filings Friday swelled the ranks of candidates to succeed Dane Spencer, who is not seeking re-election to the board’s Position 1 seat.

Fire destroys garage, trailer -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Fire destroyed a large garage and the recreational trailer it contained at a New Brooklyn Road residence early Tuesday. Nearly two dozen firefighters, including a water tender from North Kitsap Fire and Rescue, responded to the 2:44 a.m. blaze, which also roused many neighbors from their beds to watch.

Lawrence to give up 'his' cars

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

While the United States searches for Saddam Hussein’s WMDs, law enforcement officials in the Puget Sound area are searching for Kevin Lawrence’s BMWs. But unlike the search in the Middle East, everyone agrees the cars exist. And the effort now has the promised cooperation of the man who may really know where they can be found.

And the fall races look like this...

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Friday’s last-minute filings created a four-way race for the at-large City Council seat on Bainbridge Island, but none of the four candidates is incumbent Michael Pollock. As promised earlier this week, Pollock, a Crystal Springs resident, filed in the city’s new southwest ward, where he will oppose former council member Jim Llewellyn.

Youth hurt in hi-speed crash -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Alcohol and high speed were likely factors in a fearsome one-car wreck that left an island youth with a leg injury early Tuesday, Bainbridge Police say. Parents of the driver, a 16-year-old boy, called 911 after he contacted them by cell-phone from the crash scene on Blakely Avenue south of Tani Creek. Officers arrived to find the youth clear of the wreck and laying in the back of his parents’ car.

Starbucks set to woo island anew

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

After a fitful, five-year courtship, the dandy of caffeinated delights looks poised to consummate its relationship with Bainbridge Island. Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks will open a kiosk in the Village Safeway in late August, a Safeway spokesman said Tuesday. “I do know it’s definitely going in – they’re building it out here,” said Doug Dunmire, head grocery clerk at the store and the only manager available for comment.

Commodore coming down

  • Aug 2, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

First came the ravages of nature and time; now heavy equipment will finish the job. Wholesale demolition of the badly leaking, 1940s-era wing of the Commodore Bainbridge building began Thursday morning, following several weeks of salvage work and asbestos abatement.

State funds likely for sewer project

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

Despite an anonymous protest, a low-interest state loan for the south Bainbridge sewer project is almost assured. The project’s rank: number six out of 162 applicants. Past history: the state has never failed to fund at least the top 25. “This is a strong indication that the project is going to get funded,” said John LaRocque, director of the state’s Public Works Board. At issue is a $5.6 million loan for 20 years at a rate of one-half of 1 percent to pay for sewer lines in four south-end neighborhoods, where residents say adverse soil conditions, small lots and proximity to Puget Sound have made septic systems problematic.

Lawrence pleads guilty to fraud -- UPDATE

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

Almost a year to the day after his arrest, would-be health-facility magnate Kevin Lawrence pleaded guilty Monday to three felony counts stemming from the massive Znetix securities fraud. The plea bargain could keep the 37-year-old Bainbridge Island native behind bars for up to 20 years. “We think it may be the longest sentence ever to come out of a plea agreement,” said prosecutor Jeff Coopersmith, an assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington. “This office is satisfied with the result.” The plea followed a settlement conference Monday in Tacoma, and was entered in Tacoma before United States District Judge Ronald B. Leighton.

City steps up for Serenity -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

The city is taking at least the first step to save Serenity House, the group home for disabled adults located in a 1914-vintage building at Lynwood Center. The city will sign a purchase-and-sale agreement with owner Ruth Schlosser-Wyman for $1.09 million, but does not plan to put up city cash to buy the property. Instead, city officials will spend the next 90 days getting inspections done, looking for possible financing and finding an operator.

File for office all next week

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

It’s now or never for would-be office-holders, who must file declarations of candidacy with the Kitsap County Auditor’s office next week in order to appear on the fall ballot. Candidates for Bainbridge Island City Council must pay a filing fee of $72, equal to 1 percent of the annual salary. There is no filing fee for the other island offices on the ballot.

Islander Walton tapped as administrator

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

Bainbridge Island didn’t have to look very far to fill its top appointive position. And for the first time in years, the man who is taking the job doesn’t have to go far to get to his office. Sunrise Drive resident Lee Walton will step in beginning Monday as city administrator, replacing the retired Lynn Nordby. For the past dozen years, Walton has has been taking on temporary assignments around the West Coast, and as a consultant in the former Soviet Union. “This is the first assignment I’ve ever had where I could stay at home,” Walton said.

Candidate Kucinich fires up island crowd

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

Saying he wants to “break the shackles of fear” that have gripped the country since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich offered a vision of a nation reconnected to the world and restored to fundamental optimism. Speaking to a crowd of more than 300 in the Bainbridge High School auditorium Saturday evening, the fourth-term Ohio congressman placed himself in the vanguard of a movement to embrace a positive national identity – one that would reverse what he sees as a tide of escalating military aggression, expanding corporate power and shrinking civil liberties.

Dump stops taking city ditch spoils

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

On-island or off? The Bainbridge City Council tonight will consider whether a citizen panel formed to look at off-island options for disposing of roadside waste materials should consider sites closer to home. The question has become somewhat more urgent in recent days because the most readily available off-island alternative – the Olympic View Sanitary Landfill in Port Orchard – stopped accepting new material last Friday.

Will moratorium be lifted by fall?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

The Bainbridge City Council tonight will consider yet another extension of a year-long and increasingly unpopular moratorium on subdivisions. And although a new draft ordinance on short plats and large-lot subdivisions may not be what the council wants, the chair of the Land Use Committe believes it can be passed within two months – and the moratorium lifted in that time frame. “I think we are close to an agreement,” Councilman Michael Pollock said this week. “We just need to clarify with staff that open space (in new subdivisions) is not optional.”

Mayor to tap administrator -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

Having winnowed the field to two, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy plans to select an interim city administrator early next week, perhaps in time for confirmation at Wednesday’s council meeting. “They are both strong, experienced people, and we could flip a coin and be OK,” Kordonowy said.

Planning fee hike advances

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

The Bainbridge City Council’s finance committee Monday advanced to the full council a measure to double the hourly fees charged by the planning department from $90 to $180 per hour. The department charges hourly fees for certain non-routine matters, most of which involve subdivisions or other significant development projects. City figures show that the fees charged by the planning department cover less than a quarter of the department’s cost of issuing the permits. Those costs include things like a share of the costs of City Hall, a portion of the costs of general city administration and the costs of land-use litigation, whether instituted by the developer or those inquiring about or protesting the development.

School projects blocked by code

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

Island School on Day Road wants to build a multi-purpose room, a place where the whole school community can come together for meetings and performances, or where the kids can play indoors on rainy days. But under the city code, that can’t be done. The Bainbridge Racquet Club wants to expand, adding an exercise facility and other amenities. But under current city code, it can’t do so unless it takes out one of its five tennis courts and one of its two racquetball courts.

City mulls Blakely dock ban

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

If ordinances were simply a matter of reflecting the desires of the majority, there is little doubt that no more docks would be allowed in Blakely Harbor. But whether a proposal to ban new docks on the quiet harbor is legal is another question, and nobody seems quite sure how it would be resolved. “We have a right to ask the state, and to see how the Department of Ecology responds,” said Larry Frazier, interim planning director for the city.

Lande named island parks boss

  • Jul 12, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:46PM

He hadn’t planned on making a career move to Bainbridge, but everywhere Terry Lande looked, he found the island in his field of vision. Just opening a door at a relative’s house in Seattle, he was confronted by a “Bainbridge Island” T-shirt. “We had all kinds of weird experiences – signs like it was supposed to happen,” Lande said. It did. Lande, 49, was hired Thursday as the next director of the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District. The announcement was made after a unanimous vote by district commissioners.

A Fourth for fires

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:45PM

Small blazes blamed on the discharge of fireworks kept island fire crews moving over the weekend. The most significant fire scorched a hillside off Logg Road near the vacant end of Rolling Bay Walk, threatening homes and utility poles, Bainbridge Island Fire Chief Jim Walkowski said.

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