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Parks budgeting for the long haul

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

A proposed tax hike would fund repairs and new amenities across the district. After 40 years of living hand-to-mouth, the park district may finally put something in the larder. A long-term capital improvement plan, and what may be its first-ever rainy-day account for repairs, are hallmarks of the district’s draft budget for 2006.

Inslee targets oil spills

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Limits on traffic through Puget Sound were maintained through legislation. Rep. Jay Inslee helped strike down a portion of an energy bill that would have reduced oil-tanker traffic limits in Puget Sound. “Common sense prevailed today,” the Bainbridge congressman said Thursday, “because unlimited oil traffic means an unlimited risk of oil spills.”

News Roundup -- Adult acting classes slated/Environmental films in woods

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

There’s finally an outlet for those bathroom mirror-performing Hamlets and Blanche DuBois on Second Stage, an actor’s workshop for adults offered by Bainbridge Performing Arts. “My goal is to have an excellent performance at the end, not people talking about theory of acting, said Paul King, who will lead the workshop. “It’s about an entertaining evening for people.”

Harvest Fair a double celebration this weekend

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Agriculture and a new affordable housing opportunity will be feted at the Johnson Farm. When Harvest Fair kicks off Sunday on the Johnson Farm, it will be a double celebration. As the community fetes farming, the seeds to put city-owned farmland to use have been sown. Two years in the making, a formal agreement between the city and the Trust for Working Landscapes will allow TWL to purchase housing lots on the farm on about one-third of the 14.5-acres, to begin building affordable homes and raising a 4-H barn there.

On a mission of mercy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

City employees follow the fire chief as volunteers to assist in Katrina recovery. Lance Newkirk is checking and rechecking his luggage, making sure he’s well-prepared for what awaits him on the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. “It’ll be a challenge,” the city’s assistant director of public works said. “We’ve had some storm events here, some flooding and high water, but nothing like what’s happened down there.

News Roundup --Islander sought for ferry group/Wildlife shelter is going nuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Got a vision for the future of the island’s ferry terminal? Then answer the call for volunteer members of the ferry system’s new Bainbridge Ferry Terminal Advisory Group. “There’s a lot of cynicism about government and that their input with the ferry system doesn’t matter,” said David Groves, a bicycle commuter and member of the Bainbridge Island Ferry Advisory Committee, one of several regional committees established to serve as liaisons between ferry communities and the Washington State Ferries.

Mayor to propose funding for work downtown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

The city’s 2006 draft budget anticipates issuance of $3 million in bonds. Whatever the Winslow of Tomorrow is going to look like, it’ll take money to get it there. On the cusp of formal recommendations for downtown redevelopment, the city’s draft budget for 2006 will include debt service anticipating the issuance of $3 million in bonds to pay for design or construction of projects around Winslow Way, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said this week.

Hopefuls largely in agreement, often at odds

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Incumbent Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, challenger Nezam Tooloee lay out platforms. With the playing field narrowed, incumbent Darlene Kordonowy and Councilman Nezam Tooloee are going toe-to-toe over how best to manage growth, spend city money and deal with the state ferry system. Vying for a second four-year term, Kordonowy bested three challengers with almost 53 percent of the Sept. 20 primary vote, while Tooloee topped two challengers with 26 percent.

News Roundup -- Auditor fixes vote miscount/Katrina dinner nets over $16K/Teen concert series slated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Human and machine error were to blame for a miscount of more than 200 Bainbridge ballots on election day. The double-count of 203 votes was rooted out during the Kitsap County Auditor’s post-election vetting. The inflated unofficial results gave a few candidates a short-time boost, but did not change the winners and losers.

Advocates working for tree retention

  • Oct 1, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

A draft forestry plan sets goals for ‘canopy cover’ in island neighborhoods. As Bob Conoley enjoyed breakfast at the Streamliner Diner on Winslow Way, he used to enjoy gazing at a 40-year-old Japanese maple tree across the street as it turned a rich red in the fall. Hearing that the tree would be axed to make way for a new development there, and deciding that “tree regulations were nonexistent,” Conoley appealed to the project developer and City Hall. The tree was moved to its current location in front of the Playhouse in 2002.

City orders removal of signs for fire dept. pancake breakfast

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

The signs have been used for years to promote a community fund-raising event. With a goofy grin, big doe eyes, and a professed love for pancakes, “Firefighter 22” doesn’t quite fit the criminal profile. Yet, the life-size, plywood cut-out that has advertised an annual firefighter pancake breakfast and fund-raiser for the better part of a decade was finally exposed this week as a longtime, three-count violator of the city sign ordinance.

Pritchard Park over the top

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Contributions from the sale of a historic home completes the $3.25 million drive. A contribution that followed the sale of a historic island home this week was enough to secure public purchase of the Pritchard Park property. Former park commissioner Dane Spencer and his wife Gail, with Winslow’s Johannson Clark Real Estate office, jointly contributed $5,700 toward the $3.25 million fund drive to purchase the remaining 28 acres of the former cresote plant property at Bill Point. Their donation completes the fund-raising effort, with formal public purchase of the land to close within a few months, said Sallie Maron of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

News Roundup -- Synagogue to be dedicated/Rider suffers heart attack

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

This Saturday, just days before the start of the new Jewish New Year, members of Bainbridge Island’s Congregation Kol Shalom will dedicate their new synagogue and school. The congregation’s new home on Miller Road will offer the community a newly remodeled 2,700-square-foot sanctuary, formerly known as the Sequoia Center, and an adjacent home on the property to be used for classes and additional programming.

To bees, they mite be giants

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Parastic mites hurt the island bee population, honey yield. Wearing a helmet, face net and rubber gloves, Dale Spoor often hesitates before cracking open one of his hives swarming with 30,000 honeybees. It’s not so much the sting he fears – it’s what’s stinging the bees. “I haven’t given up yet, but I’ve lost four of my six hives this year,” the beekeeper of over 30 years said. “I bought more bees, but others I know have lost everything and quit. I don’t want to be an alarmist, but I don’t think we have a clue of what impact this will have on the future.”

‘Bud’ Hawk: a hero’s hero

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Medal of Honor recipient visits BHS homecoming festivities. John “Bud” Hawk is proud of the Medal of Honor he received for valor under fire in World War II. He carries it as a symbol of service for soldiers past and present, happy to explain its significance to all who ask. The medal, however, defines but one aspect of a man who believes his years educating children served an important purpose, too.

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.

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