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Battle over political signs may reignite

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Permission of property owners can be required, one councilman says. Each morning, Jeff Shepherd dutifully pulled out the blue and yellow campaign sign that sprouted in the flower bed fronting his downtown bakery. “We always try to be apolitical,” said Shepherd, a co-owner of Blackbird Bakery in Winslow Way. “The sign was so close to our business it implied we supported one person over another.” A stack of signs piled up near the bakery’s back door, until one day Shepherd was caught red-handed.

City may tweak island’s growth strategy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Make room for 6,900 more residents by 2025, the state says. Parts of the island may have a tough time absorbing hundreds of new residents expected over the next 20 years unless new growth management strategies are adopted, city planners say. “We have some important issues we need to deal with, obviously,” said city planner Libby Hudson during a public meeting to address island population forecasts Thursday evening.

News Roundup -- Farm dinner for Katrina/Trying to be instrumental/$25K matching gift for steeple/Get ready for Homecoming/Mini-grant to grease wheels

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Anne’s Flower Farm, a certified organic operation in Poulsbo, will host a farm dinner this weekend to raise money for the Red Cross and its Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The dinner will take place at 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 under a tent at the farm. “This is a great way to show our support as a community and have a fun evening on the farm,” said Cris Beattie, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.

North ward race takes bizarre turn

  • Sep 24, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Frank Renna, Jr. advances to the general ballot, despite ‘dropping out.’ Despite dropping out of the race for a north ward council seat weeks earlier, Frank Renna, Jr. sailed into second place behind incumbent Debbie Vancil in Tuesday’s primary election, bumping advertising professional Jeannie McMacken. “A few weeks ago I would have told you I was going to be headed to Crater Lake right now, enjoying a vacation,” Renna said by telephone from Oregon Friday. “Now I’m thinking a lot about this election. I’ve taken a couple days to think about it and I’ve decided to run (again).”

Kordonowy, Tooloee advance to general

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

The incumbent polled 53 percent, doubling the votes of her closest rival. The vote was 53-47. That is, 53 percent for Darlene Kordonowy, 47 percent for “Other.” So Tuesday’s primary election left the incumbent mayor bouyant at her prospects for a second term as the city’s top elected official, as she faces a challenge from freshman councilman Nezam Tooloee in the Nov. 8 general election.

Kordonowy, Tooloee advance; fire levy passes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Incumbent Darlene Kordonowy earned better than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's mayoral primary, with City Councilman Nezam Tooloee also advancing to the November general ballot for the city's top elected office.

News Roundup -- BAC receives $10K windfall/New church opens soon/Help make way for trees/Mosquito fleet tickets remain/How are island schools doing?/Mini film f

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Nonprofit organizations usually have long wish lists for things they’d like to have, and probably never will get. Bainbridge Arts and Crafts’ desires are more down to earth, focusing on items that will make the space function better and more appealing to artists, volunteers and the public. Executive director Susan Jackson asked the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment for an $8,500 grant to replace the gallery’s 21-year-old carpet and broken lighting in the front windows, buy paint and add a screen to close off the staff’s work area.

Post office on the de-fence-ive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Neighbors, city decry an ‘eyesore.’ Neighbor Mike Suraci calls it a waste of space that could be better devoted to public parking. Mayor Darlene Kordonowy thinks it’s an “eyesore.” Even Sandy Fischer, Winslow Tom­or­row program manager, asks: “Do we really need penitentiary-style fencing in downtown?” The answer, Winslow post office customer service manager Steve Blakeslee says, is “yes.” And the standards are rigidly prescribed: chain link, 8 feet high, with barbed wire at the top.

Council berates WSF over its plans for facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Councilman Jim Llewellyn says WSF is ‘disingenuous’ with its boat yard plan. State ferry officials stood firm on plans to keep the system’s maintenance yard in Eagle Harbor, despite a torrent of criticism from the City Council this week. “It looks like information was cherry-picked (and) facts were developed to form a conclusion,” said Councilwoman Debbie Vancil, of WSF research that supports the maintenance yard’s continued presence in the harbor.

Terminal tangle of wheels, legs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Ferry officials, pedestrian advocates clash over plans for the Winslow dock. [Third of three parts. Previous installments looked at the WSF maintenance facility on Eagle Harbor, and hopes for a community boat haul-out facility there.] If the time was right in 1999 to give pedestrians and bicyclists a ferry terminal pathway of their own, it’s six years overdue today. That’s the view of a coalition of local non-motorized transportation advocates, who hope to hold Washington State Ferries accountable to a 1999 ruling mandating a bike and footpath included in the initial stages of terminal upgrades.

News roundup - Holy Ghost to tour nationally/Blown onto Bainbridge/Trust launches $400K drive/Schools seek parent help

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

With a new album inspired by horror film soundtracks, British folk rock and “how evil the woods really are, especially here in the dark Northwest,” island glam-band Holy Ghost Revival is set to embark on their grandest national tour yet.

Did candidate Peddy pad resume?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Claims of a college degree were ‘a typo,’ his manager says; Peddy won’t comment. Claims of a college degree by mayoral candidate Will Peddy were inaccurate, his campaign manager admitted this week, after the candidate’s resume was questioned by a local online news site. The Bainbridge Buzz, an online community news site published by Cathy Nickum and supported by local sponsors, disputed Peddy’s claim that he earned a degree in biology from the University of California at Davis. Peddy’s campaign has since retracted the claim and issued an “amended” resume document.

All those boats, no boat yard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

WSF says it will make haul-out yard space available, for the right price. On an island whose harbors and marinas hold more than 1,500 registered boats, not having a place for residents to haul out and maintain vessels strikes longtime Bainbridge boater Bob Smith as profoundly “unnatural.” “There’s no place to buy fuel, to haul out, to treat the worms on wood boats, to scrape off the barnacles, mussels and seaweed or to fix your propeller, strip paint or do all kinds of other tinkering you need to do,” Smith said. “These are just the natural things we should have.”

Here comes roundabout No. 2

  • Sep 14, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Plans for a circle at Wyatt and Madison get mixed reviews. Sometimes, it seems, familiarity breeds acceptance rather than contempt. After the public imbroglio that preceded construction of the island’s first traffic roundabout at Madison and High School Road – when damning letters overwhelmed City Hall – response to plans for a second circle at Madison and Wyatt seems pretty tame.

Man dies in 80-foot plunge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

A 48-year-old Kingston man died Sunday of injuries suffered in an 80-foot fall from a tree on Arrow Point Loop. Police say Ronald Dean Freeman, an employee of a local tree-trimming outfit, was attempting to bring the tree down when he plunged from its upper reaches. Freeman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with internal injuries and died at the hospital.

News Roundup -- Toxic disposal event slated/Harp-Reed joins BPA/Clear Path to host benefit/Concert for Katrina set

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

If the old paint can says “Caution” or the weed killer carries a warning, there’s a good chance your trash can is just as unsavory a place for these items as your basement. To send hazardous household materials to their proper disposal, numerous government agencies and local groups will help you clean out your garages and basements next month.

Council race has pair in general accord

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

Kjell Stoknes and Doug Smith both claim strong enviro-credentials. No matter which way voters cast their ballots in the City Council’s Central Ward position 5 race, they’ll be electing a strong environmentalist with a desire to boost density downtown. Vying to fill Deborah Vann’s soon-to-be vacant seat, Kjell Stoknes and Doug Smith agree that their only significant disagreement is on an issue in which they largely agree.

Ferry yard: Is it here to stay?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

The state says yes, and wants to invest millions in site upgrades. Whether it’s for the benefit of boaters, retailers, park users, taxpayers or tourists, many islanders and current political candidates want to send the ferry maintenance yard packing. But one key demographic has yet to be considered, says Washington State Ferries shipwright John Enevoldsen.

News Roundup -- CAO returns next week

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

The City Council is lacing up for the last leg in its long-running effort to update the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance. “I’d love to see this finished this month,” said Councilwoman Deborah Vann, who helped shepherd the ordinance update as former chair of the Land Use Committee. “But the way this process is going, who knows?” Vann is concerned that a discussion scheduled for Monday’s “committee of the whole” meeting could lead to significant changes, canceling public hearings set for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mayoral hopefuls spar in debate double-header

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

Well-attended events put candidates on the hotseat over ferries, housing and each other. Ferries, parking, taxes, traffic and the future of downtown Winslow were the prime issues bandied about during a double-header day of mayoral debates Wednesday. Mayor Darlene Kornonowy, Councilman Nezam Tooloee and city code enforcement officer Will Peddy laid out their platforms at a morning debate organized by the Bainbridge Island Economic Council and an evening event at City Hall hosted by the Kitsap County League of Women Voters, the Bainbridge Island Review and the Chamber of Commerce. Accountant Michael Berry, on an extended vacation in Italy, was not present at either debate.

Island gets its first ‘refugee’ from Katrina

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

Santa Griswold fled with floodwaters literally at her heels. Eighty-year-old Santa Griswold was packing to go to a hotel, as she had done for three previous hurricanes, to avoid the worst of the coming Katrina. She saw her next-door neighbors’ son, Darryl Eckert, whom she had seen grow up to a man now in his mid-40s. He stood on the street corner talking on a cell phone to his mother, who with his father had evacuated earlier; he asked Griswold, who is widowed and lived by herself, “Where are you going?”

News Roundup -- Relief efforts for Katrina/Churches host enviro-films

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

The Bainbridge community is raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Individuals and businesses are opening their hearts and wallets in creative ways to help some of the thousands of Gulf Coast residents in need. Viki Walaskay, Ron Gurowitz and friends held an antique yard sale last Sunday, and on the strength of just a few signs posted around their Wing Point Way neighborhood, raised $2,200.

Knobloch, Doerschuk stake out platforms for council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

Changing island demographics could mean a new breed of voter and candidate. Incumbent councilman Bill Knobloch wants to repeal a major business tax and connect the island to the mainland via a floating, magnetic train. His challenger John Doerschuk, wants to kick out the ferry maintenance yard from Winslow’s waterfront and reduce parking requirements for downtown businesses.

Big ideas for town catch ear of city planners

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

Connections and garages may be controversial, but they’ll get a good hearing. A flurry of recommendations by transportation planner Jim Charlier are not just the stuff that dreams are made of. His calls for increased parking, better road connections and more pedestrian pathways are now written, in black and white, under the city’s letterhead.

News Roundup -- Solar power at winery project/ Help here for mental illness/Private ferry service fails

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:54PM

Solar-powered penthouse condos will be part of Bainbridge Island’s not-too-distant future. Developer Bill Carruthers announced that his Vineyard Lane development off Highway 305 will include eight solar-ready units. The 45-unit project is slated for completion by the end of next year.

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