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Sister island recasts the net

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:05PM

Ometepe Internet project gets boost from young volunteer Peter Abrahamsen admits bringing Internet service to the remote Nicaraguan island of Ometepe often seems “totally absurd.” But somehow, it’s also a quest the 23-year-old can’t give up. “If I didn’t keep trying, it would all be for naught,” he said.

Local access is channeling success

  • Dec 21, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:05PM

Island political junkies may get their own channel as BITV grows. It’s been said that those with a fondness for sausage or public policy should watch neither being made. But for those who revel in the spectacle of local legislation as it churns from the grinder, there may soon be a new channel on the TV dial to satiate hearty political appetites.

News Roundup -- Big strides for cabin project/Council clears the dockets/Guterson to appear/Creativity grants given

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

The end of the timeline falls on or around Lincoln’s birthday, 2007 – coincidental, but highly symbolic for the restoration of a log cabin. And that’s the plan at Camp Yeomalt, where backers say a Depression-era cabin could be ready for community use in just over a year, if funds, materials and volunteers come through.

Council sees a changing of the proverbial guard -- Deborah Vann

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

...while Debbie Vann goes out swinging, and may go off sailing for a change of pace Deborah Vann just finished four years on the City Council, but she sounds like she’s gone 10 rounds in the boxing ring. “It was an incredible experience, but it’s really good to be done,” said Vann, whose council term ended Wednesday evening as new councilors were formally sworn in. “Four years ago, I very naively said ‘Oh, okay, I’ll run.’ Little did I know....”

Council sees a changing of the proverbial guard -- Christine Rolfes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

Christine Rolfes says she may write a book about her six years on the council dais... Retiring Councilwoman Christine Rolfes didn’t fit the stereotype of the glad-handing, baby-kissing politician when she made a campaign stop on Christopher Snow’s doorstep. Her hands were full with little cookies and a “sippy cup,” and all the baby kissing went to the one slung on her back.

News Roundup -- Have names seeking stories/Ho, ho, Hume Christmas CD

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

They have the names, now they want to know the people. The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community’s Memorial Committee is seeking information on the 276 Japanese American island residents who were forcibly removed from their homes on March 30, 1942, and interned in concentration camps.

Burglary rash strikes island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

Three island homes were burglarized in less than four hours Monday morning. More than $31,000 worth of jewelry, silver flatware, digital cameras, about 200 DVDs and other items were stolen from homes on Agatewood Road, Battle Point Drive, and McDonald Road. Personal checks were also taken, along with change jars and loose cash, police said.

The season of lights, and light bills

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

A downtown merchant asks customers to show their appreciation. Sandwiched between the gift wrapping and the baking is another island holiday tradition: driving down Highway 305 to see the lights. Beckoning islanders is a jaw-dropping display near Seabold that fills three yards and roofs and gets grander each year.

Council pares, adds to budget

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

New spending includes another $750K for open space purchases. A balanced city budget and a slate of new environmental regulations are nearing the finish line. The City Council will consider approval tonight of both its proposed 2006 budget and Critical Areas Ordinance update. “We’re $13,000 in the black,” Councilman Bob Scales announced to Mayor Darlene Kordonowy at the end of the council’s final budget workshop Monday.

Smokers are no longer puffing in public

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

Washington ferries, bars are now smoke-free zones by law. It’s an “historic night,” said a smoker on the rear deck of the Wenatchee late Wednesday night. Despite the cold, he lit up another round and drew deep before the state smoking ban took effect a few hours later. “You’re probably having the last ever onboard this boat,” said a ferry worker as he dumped the deck’s ashtrays for the final time. “Enjoy it while you can.”

Council imposes city staffing cuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

First to go is the human resources director, and staff support in the police department. To trim personnel costs, the City Council shed a city position considered key by many staff. The council voted this week to reduce overall staffing levels in 2007 back to 2005 levels. First to go was the city’s human resources administrator.

News Roundup -- Ferries going smoke-free/A new way to fund arts/Bicycles light up the night/Shop-n-dine to help schools/Dulac Dance raises $3,000

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

Smokers who travel on board Washington State Ferries or spend time at a ferry terminal will need to find somewhere else to smoke beginning Thursday. All ferry facilities, including vessels and terminals, will be smoke-free. “We appreciate how hard this will be on our passengers and our employees especially on the longer routes,” said Director of Operations Traci Brewer-Rogstad. “But with the passage of Initiative 901, it is clear that the people of Washington want their public facilities smoke-free.”

Oars are poised for trans-Atlantic journey

  • Dec 7, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

Sponsors are still need for the team representing the U.S. in the June race. Greg Spooner hears it all the time. “When we tell people we’re rowing across the Atlantic, they say, ‘oh, OK,’ and five seconds later they do a double take,” Spooner said. “Nobody in their right mind does this. I don’t know why I’m doing it, but I can’t resist.”

Church steeple drive over the top

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

A surprise gift of $20K helps preserve the town landmark. A surprise gift of $20,000 this week boosted Eagle Harbor Congregational Church’s Save Our Steeple campaign over its target goal of $125,000. The executor of longtime church member Lucile A. Beal’s estate sent a note with the check, saying, “I have been reading in the Review of your need for funding to repair/replace the church bell tower. If you would apply the enclosed to this cause, I am sure Lucile would be thrilled.”

25-home plan in Blakely area

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

The low-density development is planned by several neighbors. A proposed 105-acre development on upper Blakely Harbor could mean 25 new homes over time, while allowing for road improvements and possible public beach and trail access. “There are added benefits of public safety with the new road right-of-way and environmental (benefits) with the reclamation of the shoreline that has been so severely damaged by the dumping of hundreds of tons of rock and ballast along the shores of Puget Sound,” said Scott Shelton, the Gig Harbor-based developer of the Country Club Road residential project.

Are habitat plans good protection?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Critics say a builder can just ‘buy’ a favorable land-use report. The City Council this week wrapped up discussions of a new provision in the Critical Areas Ordinance, which proponents say could custom-tailor habitat protections for individual properties while allowing more flexibility for landowners.

News Roundup -- Relief plans for Katrina shared/Fort Ward visits museum/Fire training affects water/Canned food for bus fare/Keep holidays bright and safe/Holi

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

A community-wide effort is under way to help put hurricane-ravaged Louisiana back together. At the first “Katrina Assistance” meeting on Tuesday, hosted by the City of Bainbridge Island, 25 city councilors, representatives of community groups and individuals discussed ideas that required more than writing another check.

Split council widens buffers around streams

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Council nears home stretch of Critical Areas Ordinance update. The City Council this week agreed to triple buffers around fish-bearing streams, in a vote marking one of the most significant new protections proposed for the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance. “We have only a few of these streams left on the island,” said Councilwoman Christine Rolfes. “Let’s give them the protections they need.”

NASCAR wants 50-50 split for track

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

The Legislature may finance half the construction through bonds. International Speedway Corp. this week revealed its plan to pay for construction of a NASCAR racetrack in Kitsap County, and hopes to split the cost with the public. The 80,000-seat track facility, proposed for a 950-acre parcel near the Bremerton Airport, is estimated to cost $345 million.

News Roundup -- Higher density helps clinic stay/Music store closes it doors/Tree lighting on Thursday

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Higher density helps clinic stay Loosened land use restrictions approved by the City Council last week could entice Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic to remain downtown and may herald more changes for a denser Winslow. “It’s a really good thing,” said Dr. Tom Haggar, who co-owns the nearly one-acre property encompassing the clinic’s Ericksen Avenue parking lot and a building formerly occupied by Exotic Aquatics. “This means we can go ahead and consider the possibility of keeping the clinic where it is.”

Veteranes give public the gift of a new beach

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

The 525 feet of Crystal Springs shoreline come to the park district free of charge. If living on an island means the crunch of shell fragments underfoot and breathing in brisk salty air, that experience will soon stretch by more than 500 feet. Longtime islanders David and Joyce Veterane have donated to the park district the “Gazzam Beach” section of their property, which lies kitty-corner from the southwest corner of Gazzam Lake Park. The park board is expected to accept the property donation Thursday night at its meeting.

Is fake turf green enough?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Controversy over new soccer fields takes on an environmental focus. A proposal to improve Battle Point Park has sparked a turf war over turf. The 1,100-member Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer Club’s offer last month to install two artificial turf fields at the park has drawn criticism from nearby residents who fear the upgrades could pollute ground water and harm the environment.

News Roundup -- City gets clean bill of health/Ferry terminal work extended/Media literacy class offered/Mamas, papas need a break/Rec facility plans unveiled/B

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Thanksgiving came early for the city administration, as Bainbridge Island got a clean bill of financial health from the state auditor earlier this month. The Washington State Auditor’s Office reported no findings in an examination of financial statements, internal controls and compliance with various laws for fiscal year 2004.

Storm brews over utility fee

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

The council spars over the rate structure, subsidy of stormwater management. A councilman’s attempt to hike the city’s stormwater management fee by more than 60 percent next year touched off a heated debate among council members this week. The very validity of the stormwater utility – for which residential homeowners are currently charged $6.50 per month, and commercial properties are charged based on impervious surfaces like parking lots – came into question.

Troops can be home by 2007, Inslee believes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

But the Bainbridge congressman says Iraqi forces still need more and better equipment. Even as Rep. Jay Inslee toured Iraq this past week, that nation’s top leaders were in Egypt calling for a timetable for withdrawal of American troops. The timing couldn’t have been better for the Bainbridge Island Democrat, who believes the Iraq occupation can and should be substantially complete by the end of next year.

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