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2004: The buzz kicked in slowly

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Local tax issues were a tough sell, in a relatively calm first six months. You know it’s going to be a weird year when you can’t find a decent cup of coffee from here to Seattle. But that was how the year began – quite literally – as the ferry galleys shut down and riders found themselves bereft of acceptable java and other goodies for the 35-minute trip to the city. They somehow endured; meanwhile, around City Hall, things were positively decaffeinated after two years of strife vanished with the ascension of a new council.

Islander Sally Olsen named to bench

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Kitsap County’s newest Superior Court judge, Sally Olsen of Bainbridge Island, is expected to provide both gender and regional balance to the bench. “I’m up to this challenge,” Olsen said after her appointment this week. “And I’m looking forward to it.” Outgoing Gov. Gary Locke announced Olsen’s appointment Tuesday, to a crowded Kitsap County courtroom.

Orcas have a friend in Munro

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Bainbridge’s favorite son is in the vanguard of efforts to save the species. It wasn’t so long ago that Bainbridge children listened to the lullaby of orca whales breathing as they slept near the island’s shore. “I remember them on Crystal Springs when I was a boy, listening to them for hours at night as they lay in the shallows near the beach,” said former Secretary of State Ralph Munro, recalling the first inkling of his lifelong interest in the powerful mammals. “They were sleeping, but I wasn’t. I was just – for hours – laying in my bed listening to them breathe outside my window.”

CPR Iraq rallies medical aid

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Chris King drums up supplies for a surgeon friend. Chris King fixes hearts daily, and now is helping to heal thousands of hearts at home and in Iraq. The cardiac surgeon is raising supplies and funds for doctors working in the field in the war-torn nation now occupied by American troops. “It seemed like we had to do something to support the people there,” King said, emphasizing that his organization is nonpartisan.

Marsh project hinges on support of neighbors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

City funds are earmarked for 2005, but concerns over smells follow proposal. Residents of Murden Cove are still holding their noses at city plans to restore a saltwater marsh off Manitou Beach Drive. But with a recent financial boost for the project, the city hopes to have homeowners breathing easy.

Fishing tales ring true and tall from ‘Ichville’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Historians plan a new account of the island’s Croatian family heritage. The island’s Croatian fishermen sail the open waters of memory more than the briny trails of salmon that once took them from Eagle Harbor to Alaska and the California coast. Before the memories of these unique islanders fade, two Bainbridge historians hope to cast a broad net over their tales, gathering recollections and photos for a book documenting the local immigrant fishing community.

Juniors first for WASL exam ‘retakes’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Students who are dissatisfied with their score try to improve. Attention college-bound Bain­bridge High School juniors: If you want to improve your 10th grade WASL scores – which will be posted on your high school transcripts next year – you can retake all or part of the test this spring.

Lips smack as new ferry food court debuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:25PM

Commuters, vendors seem pleased with cafe fare at Colman Dock. Commuters got their first taste of the new food offerings at the Seattle ferry terminal Wednesday. Ferry riders found new tables and chairs to relax in while sipping organic espressos, munching Thai wraps and slurping mango smoothies.

News Roundup -- City buys Bentryn land/Triathlon film debuts today/King to head Island School/Ferries halted by backpack

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Although no wine was uncorked, the City Council felt a gush of the warm fuzzies after agreeing to purchase part of an island winery property Wednesday. “What a feel-good moment,” said a broad-smiling Mayor Darlene Kornonowy, after the council’s unanimous vote to purchase 11.5 acres of farmland owned by the Gerard Bentryn family. “This is a terrific moment for our community.”

News Roundup -- Dale to lead kids’ museum/New cancer event planned/Second teen charged

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Cheryl Dale has been chosen as executive director of the new Children’s Museum on Bainbridge Island, the organization’s board announced Monday. Dale brings strong leadership and over 21 years of sales and marketing and business and program development experience to the Children’s Museum, the board said.

Congregation plans to shore up historic building

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Eagle Harbor parishioners will begin a fund drive in January. With its iconic steeple and simple beauty, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church has served as a downtown landmark, house of worship and public meeting place for more than a century. But the historic structure is beginning to show signs of age.

Future of farm in city’s hands

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

The council decides tonight whether to buy the Bentryn land. Eating foods birthed from island soil offers the truest connection to the land, winemaker Gerard Bentryn said as he trudged the wet ground of his Day Road East farm. The vegetables and fruits growing around him can transform the very cells and fibers of an island resident, drawing them closer to their home, he believes.

Tech levy promises whiz-bang for all grades

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Instructors would integrate computers with their teaching. Teachers who use high-tech tools in their classrooms wowed the Bainbridge Island school board Thursday night with a demonstration of what the latest doodads can do. Their goal: to get the board to think big when it comes to putting a technological levy before the voters on May 17. Board members are in the midst of deciding what kind of technological improvements are needed, while considering how much the taxpayers will approve.

News Roundup -- ‘Congress’ gives a report

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

The word of the day: woofnerf. The Dutch term suggests a place where motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians achieve equilibrium and peer status in the pecking order of transportation. “And it actually works,” said Dana Berg, a downtown furniture store owner. “And the key is, traffic goes very slowly.

Pub expansion upsets neighbors

  • Dec 11, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24PM

Condo dwellers turn out to oppose plans for a larger establishment. Everybody loves “the Pub.” Unless, it seems, they live next door to it. Neighbors’ discontent with the popular eatery and watering hole flowed as freely as happy-hour ale Thursday evening, at a three-and-a-half-hour hearing on a proposed expansion of the waterfront establishment.

Health forces superintendent to take leave

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

Ken Crawford will be out for up to 11 weeks for surgery, recuperation. On doctor’s orders, Bainbridge school Superintendent Ken Crawford will take an 11-week leave of absence to deal with persistent health problems. The schools’ chief is scheduled for surgery after the holidays to repair a large-incision hernia that occurred as a result of a surgical procedure last summer.

Driver sentenced in girl’s death

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

The hearing is emotional for family, friends. A juvenile court judge Tuesday sentenced a 14-year-old island girl to up to 36 weeks in detention for the death of Sarah Gillette, 16, killed in a car crash Aug. 23. Judge Russell W. Hartman said that the teen driver – who had previously pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving without a license – was not the only one to make “a string of bad choices on the night” of the crash that killed Gillette and injured seven other teens.

Parking supply, demand debated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

Lot owners and managers say they and consumers will be hurt by a hike. Santa might find bicycles and bus passes topping wish lists from Bainbridge Islanders this year. With daily parking lot fees set to crack the $10 mark in 2005 if a city resolution passes, some commuters are pondering ways to cut costs. Some might drop the morning stop at the espresso stand, while others may arrange a carpool with friends.

City fetes park purchase -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

More than 60 volunteers and public officials gathered in City Hall Thursday evening, to fete public purchase of 22 acres of the former Wyckoff property on Bill Point and a new federal grant to help pay for more land still. Dan Silver, trustee overseeing the Wyckoff land, signed over a deed for the western half of the 50-acre property to the city and the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District.

Sides can’t agree on location of haul-out facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

Citizens, WSF are at odds over siting of future boat yard on Eagle Harbor. With a bright yellow highlighter in hand, Rachel Smith cut out a swath of the Washington State Ferries maintenance yard. Her figure enveloped parking spaces, storage areas and one small corner, marked in black ink, that ferry representatives had offered moments earlier as their preference for a future public boat yard.

Liveaboards fear ‘extinction’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

Harbor-dwellers defend their lifestyle as state mandates begin to encroach.There aren’t too many people on Bainbridge Island with a handshake like Dave Ullin’s. His hands are thick, massive and worn from years of hammering boats together on the Duwamish River, salvaging logs on the Alaskan coast and, for the last 20 years, living a spartan life aboard his old gray tugboat in Eagle Harbor. Without faucets, plumbing, light bulbs or a refrigerator, Ullin spends much of his time hauling water, wood, potatoes, soup bones and bundles of winter kale he grows in a friend’s garden.

Franz benefit raises $10K -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

Islanders raised $10,780 for injured bicyclist Ernie Franz by attending a benefit concert at Grace Episcopal Church. “I am just thrilled, just blown away by it,” said Stephen Bryant, violinist, who presented Franz with the proceeds on Saturday.

Tourism eyed for lodging revenue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

Use the tax monies to bring in new visitors, a committee says. Magazine ads, kiosks and visitors guides are a few spending recommendations issued by the city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Monday to support tourism on the island. The city collects tax on overnight lodging, dropping it into a special fund to support and promote recreational travel to the island. The city expects to increase the current balance of $15,000 to about $65,000 by the end of next year.

Subsidy question lingers in mobile home park deal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

Was there a market for extra density downtown? Opinions vary. Residents and city officials involved in the recent purchase of the Islander Mobile Home Park are defending the city’s role in the transaction, and dispute estimates by some council members that the deal cost the city millions in lost revenue.

Council doles service funds -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:23PM

The City Council doled out almost $110,000 to community groups Monday, washing its hands of the task for future budget processes. Some groups received half of their funding request for the 2005 budget, but expressed satisfaction with their allotment.

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