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For homecoming, a banishment

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Nicole Newnham’s new documentary looks at Cambodian refugees’ plight. Filmmaker Nicole Newnham’s homecoming will be infinitely sweeter than what the subjects in her documentary “Sentenced Home” received. The 76-minute acclaimed film about the post-Sept. 11 deportation of Cambodian refugees – which the former islander wrote, directed and produced with longtime friend David Grabias – will screen June 14 as part of the Seattle International Film Festival.

Blakely Harbor Park may get out of doldrums

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Visitors could see improvements this summer, but some challenges remain. Though no longer home to one of the world’s largest sawmills, Blakely Harbor Park is still sawing logs. In the 1890s, nearly 1,000 residents packed the shores there, producing 120 million board feet of lumber a year at the mill’s peak before decline gave way to desertion and it closed in 1922. Save for the remnants of a few stubborn structures, the lesions of logging and development along the harbor are mostly healed. Now, after years of planning, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District hopes to finally carve a future from the quiet park’s mill town past.

The principal is always your pal

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Glen Robbins and Bruce Colley, both of whom led Ordway, hear their final bell. For a combined 63 years, they’ve been molding young minds. Generations of doctors, teachers and reporters once toddled – under their tutelage, – through the hallways at Ordway Elementary School. Come fall for the first time since before they themselves were schoolchildren, Glen Robbins and Bruce Colley will learn the rhythm of life without a school bell.

How much parking does the high school need?

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Renovations may include more parking for the growing fleet of student cars. If the Lexus fits, park it. Such has been the policy at Bainbridge High School, where in the past only the amount of available space determined student access to the parking lot. But with a campus renovation planned on an island that’s perpetually spinning the spokes of non-motorized transportation, the school district must soon decide how much space to allocate the automobiles of adolescents.

Seeding a cleaner harbor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

The introduction of oysters should boost water quality, island conservationists say. Cara Cruickshank eases a basket into Eagle Harbor, taking care not to jostle the 500 infant oysters inside. She sets them at a particular depth – out of reach of predators but low enough to foster the oysters’ full development under the harbor’s fluctuating tides. “These oysters are a natural solution to a big problem in our harbor,” she said as briny water dripped from her hands. “When I heard about this, I said, ‘Wow, creatures can help us mitigate our own waste.’”

News Roundup - Parks cutting out pesticides/City extends Getches term/Conservation workshop set/Live music at Colman Dock

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Using the word “green” to describe the island’s parks is a bit of an understatement. Now it’s also a homophone. The Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District recently adopted a new pest management policy that reduces pesticide and herbicide use to next to nothing. “We want to have a healthier and safer environment – that’s what it’s all about,” said parks manager Arlen “Skip” Elms. The district’s board adopted an “integrated pest management policy” that will use chemicals only as a last resort in combating insects and weeds. The policy is modeled after similar measures adopted by the city and the school district.

Eagle Scout follows the right path through life

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:33PM

Andrew Powell earns his badge with trail work in the Grand Forest. Andrew Powell may one day bridge Puget Sound or dam a wild river. Before that, he must begin anew next year at the University of Washington as an engineering student. For now, he’s content lugging boulders and moving dirt under a canopy of trees, where he feels most at home. “I just love hiking and being outdoors,” Powell said. “It’s fun to be out in nature with everything you need on your back.”

Despite ‘lack of respect,’ Konkel to stay

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

Council members try to smooth things over with the city finance director. Sometimes promises can be a job’s most enticing perk. That was the case this week when city Finance Director Elray Konkel withdrew his application with the City of Kirkland after members of the Bainbridge City Council gave Konkel a simple pledge: They’ll listen more. “I thought we could do more to work better together to accomplish better things,” said Konkel, who has led the city’s finance department for two years. “We were not doing things in the most effective, expedient or respectful ways. But we’ve had some frank discussions recently in which I’ve said, ‘Hey, I’m drowning here.’”

City prevails in long battle over road end

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

The gate across Fletcher Landing must come down, the city says. After years of litigation, it appears the gate will finally fall. The state Supreme Court this week declined to review an earlier court ruling opening Fletcher Landing to public access, effectively squashing an effort by neighbors to restrict access to a 40-feet-wide road end and tidelands they say is private. It was the third court decision in favor of public access. The state Court of Appeals last year upheld an earlier ruling allowing the city to open the beach to the public. But neighbors decided to leave the gate up until they’d exhausted their legal options.

From many islands to one

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

The Marshalls president and his entourage visit the Northwest. The president and his entourage stepped from a motorcade of black SUVs outside City Hall Wednesday, surrounded by shifty-eyed Secret Service agents. But this president and a half- dozen senators and ministers weren’t visiting Bainbridge to stump for tax cuts or a social security overhaul. They were simply here to shake hands with fellow islanders. “This is a beautiful place,” said his Excellency Kessai Note, the two-term president of the Marshall Islands. “It is very clean here, well maintained and with so much greenery. And it has an island feeling, just like home.”

News Roundup - McDonalds gets the OK/Meigs project moves ahead/Adopt a cat this month/Review launches reader survey

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

The city approved design changes to the island McDonald’s restaurant, allowing the fast food chain to replace its cedar shingle roof with metal sheeting. The decision by the city Department of Planning and Community Development amends earlier requirements that the restaurant maintain a cedar roof. The design team employed by Peninsula McDonald’s Restaurants, which operates the Bainbridge eatery and numerous others in the area, argued that metal roof upgrades fit the aesthetics of the area, including a nearby hardware store and bank.

An eye for the detail all around

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

Barbara Diltz Chandler’s images appear at Pegasus. Barbara Diltz Chandler once tried to circumnavigate the island – not by boat but by shoreline, making piecemeal rambles across local tide flats. She only made it halfway around, but came away with fond memories and at least one fun image on her camera. That picture, of a long-decrepit pier adorned with a traffic sign reading “One Way,” is among 14 images from Chandler’s peripatetic sprees in an exhibition titled “Circle, Line, Sign,” opening this weekend at Pegasus and running through June.

Policy priorities prompt spat on council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

Tooloee’s move to advance his own policies is opposed by fellow councilors. Enacting environmental and land use regulations favored by one city council member won’t top the city’s to-do list next year. Councilman Nezam Tooloee failed to gain the council’s support for a series of policy deadlines and budget priorities during a contentious discussion at last week’s council meeting. A resolution drafted by Tooloee was aimed at ensuring that his favored policies – many of them related to the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance – do not fall by the wayside among city staff.

Summer escape is right at hand

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

A new Bainbridge business offers tours custom-tailored for island visitors. Several years ago, in a small restaurant in Naples, Italy, Carey Jonas attached fond memories to bread sticks. Dining with friends and unable to speak Italian, the group cumbersomely ordered what they thought was cheese bread. “The waiter misunderstood us,” Jonas said. “First they brought out piles of cheese on a plate. Then they brought ketchup because we were American. Everyone in the place was laughing about it – I think the restaurant staff had as much fun with it as we did.”

Council considers ban on harbor skiing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

Speed and safety are cited as concerns, following complaints by harbor neighbors. The City Council may ban water skiing in portions of Eagle Harbor before the sport hits full swing this summer. “It’s ludicrious to allow that activity,” said Councilman Bill Knobloch at last week’s council meeting. “The sport truly does not belong in the inner harbor.” The proposed ban echoes a recommendation last year by the city’s Harbor Commission, which voiced concerns about water skiing’s impact on the “aquatic conservancy zone” and sensitive eelgrass habitat in the inner harbor at the Head of the Bay.

Library running out of room

  • May 31, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

A decade after its last expansion, the popular facility may already be too small. They’d have joined their kids, if only there was room. Instead, parents pressed noses to the glass to see dozens of youngsters sprawled and enthralled for the out-loud reading of a good book. Overflows were common at recent children’s story times at the Bainbridge Public Library, so much so that staff decided to move the event upstairs to a bigger room. The problem, they say, is that they’re running out of bigger rooms.

News Roundup - Parking regs not so easy/Legion hosts Memorial Day

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Winslow’s parking situation is too complicated to be solved by a single set of regulations, and may require new sub-districts within the downtown core, Bainbridge Planning Commission members said this week. The commission Thursday tabled plans to reduce the current requirement from four to three spaces per thousand square feet of new building space, saying that some streets, especially those along the waterfront, may have different needs.

Downtown trees quite a draw

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Now, advocates say, if islanders could just save more of them. Long before a slew of condominiums began to rise along Winslow Way, the ancestors of the timber with which they’re built started their own ascent toward the heavens. Today, a few senior specimens still stretch leafy appendages across eves and sidewalks. But development threatens scores of historic and champion trees that, in absence of public awareness and stringent removal guidelines, conservationists say may become casualties.

Island climber scales Everest

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Rainier, McKinley, Mount Blanc and now the world’s tallest. Bainbridge Island is about five miles wide. Turn it on its side so Restoration Point scrapes the clouds, and “Mount Bainbridge” would still be nearly 3,000 feet stubbier than Mount Everest. A Bainbridge climber is the newest member of a small fraternity of islanders who have summited Everest, the world’s tallest mountain at 29,028 feet. Garrett Madison, 27, reached the top of the world May 21 as part of an expedition that included three other guides and five sherpas.

Council scuttles shuttle plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Downtown employees may not take advantage of the program, some say. A stalled shuttle service proposal will receive a tune-up before rolling onto Winslow’s streets. “This (shuttle service) has to happen,” said Councilman Kjell Stoknes after Wednesday’s council meeting. “But there’s some concern that it won’t be used by people working downtown.” Stoknes and other councilors expressed general support for the free shuttle service before sending the proposal back to the Public Works Committee for revision.

Pollution feared at strawberry pier park site

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Cleanup of a former fuel depot near Eagle Harbor spurs testing. Contamination at a former fuel depot along Eagle Harbor may have spread to a city-owned park property, city officials say. Nine years ago, ConocoPhillips voluntarily initiated a cleanup of petroleum deposits found on a one-acre property near the intersection of Shepard Way and Bromley Place, along the harbor’s northwest shore. But the fuel company recently requested city permission to test portions of the nearby, publicly- owned “strawberry pier” property at the foot of Weaver Road, acquired in 2004 for use as a waterfront park. ConocoPhillips officials this week decribed any leftover petroleum products as “residual.”

Rebirth of a landmark tree

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

The monkey puzzle specimen on Ericksen Ave. takes root anew. Every tree has a story, but the tale behind the new monkey puzzle tree on Ericksen Avenue is a bit more prickly than most. The tree took root behind the Virginia Mason Clinic on Tuesday, replacing a larger version of itself that died after construction along Ericksen a few years ago.

It’s a lot closer than Nordstrom

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Ambrosia boasts a counter of good scents. The newest boutique in Winslow Green is as pretty as its name. Ambrosia – the food of the gods in Greek and Roman mythology, or something with a delicious flavor or fragrance – has been open barely a week, yet it’s making a name for itself among women who ordinarily would cross the water for beauty products. Trendy makeup, body balms and candles line the walls of the light-filled space like jewels in a salon, beckoning with rich colors, lush scents and romantic names. “I love pretty packaging,” said owner Suzanne Miller, who chooses products with local consumers in mind, not day-trippers. “But it has to be good to be in the store.”

News Roundup - 305 forum next week/Harbor wake on the docket/China group reflects on trip

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Mayor Darlene Kordonowy and other regional leaders will host a forum on long-range plans for State Route 305 next week. Commissioned by Kitsap Transit, the Suquamish Tribe, the cities of Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island, the “SR 305 Corridor Vision Project” will study long-term transportation options from Poulsbo to Winslow. The project aims to identify and evaluate high-capacity transit options to meet regional transportation growth demands into the year 2060. The project will also identify near-term action to improve transportation conditions throughout the highway corridor.

A young talent with an old soul

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Violinist Ranger Sciacca finds his inspiration in 1930s ‘gypsy jazz.' For many aficionados, jazz guitar begins and ends with a single name: Django. So great was the shadow cast by the European gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt that his surname became superfluous, the brilliance of his oeuvre reduced to a moniker as singular as Segovia for the classical canon and Jimi for rock and roll. Less known but essential to Django’s achievements was musical partner Stephane Grappelli, the violinist whose nimble work with the bow helped define the “gypsy jazz” of the 1930s. In that period, Ranger Sciacca find his inspiration.

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