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Rotary gives to memorial -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

Officers from the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club will present a $25,000 check for the planned Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial, the club announced this week. The award will be given at the monthly meeting of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, 6 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Town & County conference room, on the second floor of the Bainbridge Professional Building between the Winslow Post Office and Winslow Way.

Summer was anything but safe

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

The message on the Bainbridge High School reader board for the last two months – “Have a fun and safe summer” – seems cruelly ironic after car accidents that have left two island teens dead in the past week. Bainbridge Police statistics show that the frequent intersection of late-night revelry, unsafe driving and alcohol use by local teens made the summer season anything but safe. “It’s been a worse summer than usual,” Bainbridge Island Police officer Rob Corn said.

Hayes gives spark to energy forum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

Even a bear’s drinking habits can take on political meaning in an election year. “I’ve read an interesting development in the papers,” Rep. Jay Inslee said as he took the stage Sunday at the Bainbridge Island High School auditorium. “There’s a black bear who had consumed 34 beers and was found passed out in a campgrounds in the Cascades.” A smile crept across Inslee’s face as his listeners waited for the punch line. “I find it interesting that the Bush Administration had just eliminated the Roadless Rule,” he said, referring to a Clinton-era forest protection plan. “And now, a week later, we have bears stumbling drunk in our forests.” The school’s 250-capacity auditorium erupted with laughter, as Inslee joined Earth Day founder Denis Hayes for an environmental and energy policy forum organized by the 23rd Legislative District Democrats.

Build walkway, citizens tell WSF

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

Chris Stanley would have preferred rolling up to City Hall Wednesday evening on his custom 27-speed road bicycle. With his bike and his bones broken, he made do with a steel walker. But a shattered leg and other injuries didn’t stop Stanley from joining 75 other residents airing their views Wednesday, on a proposed pedestrian and bike trail link to the island’s ferry terminal. “I was nearly killed four months ago by a car,” Stanley told city and Washington State Ferries officials. “I’ve watched one group grow on our ferry – bicycle commuters. But we’ve been ignored by (WSF) management. “Our safety is critical. We shouldn’t wait to improve things.”

Money summit looks at taxation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

It’s an election year, and taxes are on the lips of every politician running a race and pundit pleading a case. To make sense of it all, the Bainbridge Island Economic Council will spotlight regional tax issues at their ninth annual Economic Vitality Conference held this Friday.

Second island teen killed in early crash -- Update

  • Aug 23, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

For the second time in three days, a Bainbridge teen was lost to a horrific traffic accident early Monday. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Anne Gillette was killed, and seven other island youths injured, in a one-car crash on Tolo Road.

Sex offenders: nothing new -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

A telemarketer warning of new sex offenders on Bainbridge Island is misleading the public and selling subscriptions for information readily available for free, police say. Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson cautioned islanders to think twice before signing up with a business billing itself as, which has been contacting island residents for the past week.

Survey planned for school bond

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

The Bainbridge Island School District wants to know what kind of bond package voters are prepared to support next February. A scientific survey of nearly 400 voters later this month will plumb island attitudes toward a proposed $40 million bond for facility repair and renovation. A bond that size would cost islanders with a $400,000 home $257 per year for 20 years.

Fire board backs ban -- News roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

Bainbridge fire commissioners voiced support Wednesday for a proposed county ballot measure banning personal-use fireworks. Chief Jim Walkowski urged commissioners to back a vote on the ban, citing the rising rate of brush fires, property damage and injuries caused by fireworks. Responding to these emergencies has strained departments in the area, he added.

A primer on new primary ballots

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

While the major parties have waited 70 years for a change to the state primary, many voters abhor the new system before they’ve even voted under it, or don’t know it changed. And more head-scratching and foot stomping could be on the way if a new initiative revamps the primary yet again.

Sewer work rerouted -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

South-end sewer work is being shifted away from Lynwood Center Road for a few weeks, to give nearby merchants a break from traffic disruptions. Crews from Evergreen Utilities, contractor on the $2.5 million sewer project, will move into the Emerald Heights neighborhood this week, said Tom McKerlick of the city engineering department. A second crew will continue on Baker Hill Road, linking Blakely Elementary School to the new sewer line.

Officials back total fireworks ban

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

County fire officials hope to dampen the risk of summer blazes with a ban on all personal-use fireworks. “These last few years have been as bad as they could possibly be,” said North Kitsap Fire Chief Paul Nichol, who with Bainbridge Fire Chief Jim Walkowski is among fire officials urging a ban. “As fire chiefs, we think it’s time to do something about it,” Nichol said. A rapid succession of fires during the 2003 Fourth of July celebration kept North Kitsap fire crews responding to calls from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next morning.

Busy week in Boston

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

It wasn’t speeches by high-profile Democrats at the party convention that left the most lasting impression on Congressman Jay Inslee. “It was hearing the vignettes by steelworkers, firefighters and teachers that stood out for me,” the 1st District Democrat said Thursday from Boston, Mass. “It was hearing real people talk about their lives, jobs, and why they support John Kerry that I enjoyed most.”

Curtis named to school board

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

Mary Curtis, a long-time volunteer for island schools, was sworn in Thursday as a member of the school board. Selected by other board members, she fills the post vacated by Mike Scott, who moved out of the Fletcher Bay-area neighborhood that comprises District Five.

Harbor Square project rolls around again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

The largest mixed-use developmment in Bainbridge history may finally break ground. Harbor Square, the most recent incarnation of a long-delayed housing and retail project on 4.3 acres north of the Winslow ferry terminal, is being resuscitated by Opus Northwest LLC of Bellevue.

Administrator makes 'retire-rehire' move

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

When Bruce Colley quietly retired at the end of June, after 31 years’ service to Bainbridge and North Kitsap schools, his colleagues didn’t throw a farewell bash. And, in fact, the Bainbridge Island School District’s executive director for administrative services didn’t stay away long; he was rehired by the school district one month later, on Aug. 1, as a “retire-rehire.”

Blaze damages Winslow home -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:18PM

A late-evening blaze damaged a Grow Avenue home Sunday. Firefighters were summoned to the home in the 400 block of Grow at 10:08 p.m., and found a room that had been converted to an office engulfed in flames. Firefighters used an estimated 1,500 gallons of water to keep the blaze from spreading throughout the residence, and to an adjacent home 10 feet away.

Park campaign hits summer swoon

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

With August the prime vacation season, it’s hard to get anything done, let alone mobilize the vote. Partners for Parks met Monday to organize a campaign that they hope will have island voters in September saying “Yes and Yes for Parks”: to convert the current park district to “metropolitan” status, and to fund the park system until funding for the metro district begins in 2006.

Park board filing this week -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Hopefuls for the board of the proposed Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park District must file with the county elections office by 4:30 p.m. Friday. If the metropolitan park district is approved by voters on Sept. 14, the new board would operate side by side with the current park board for a year while assets are transferred to the new district.

Swan song for summer music festival?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

The 19th Annual Music and Arts Festival on Aug. 1 may be the last, the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District says. The free outdoor festival, long sponsored by the park district with support from the city and the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, is a casualty of budget cuts in the wake of defeat of the last park district levy. “We’re hoping to keep the arts booths component,” said Sue Hylen, the district’s cultural arts supervisor. “We’re trying to look towards the future and possibly partner with Island Music Guild, which is still up for discussion. “With a different twist and partnership, it could work out fine,” she said, “but this is the last year for it in this form.”

Haz-mat scare closes road -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

South-end traffic was disrupted for nearly six hours Wednesday, while fire crews investigated a possible hazardous substance in a container found alongside Country Club Road. Passersby reported a gallon-plus glass container half-filled with an unknown liquid, sitting at the edge of Blakely Harbor Park between Blakely Avenue and Fort Ward Hill Road. The substance – later described by one source as “stinky and organic” – was said to be “off-gassing” and bubbling in the sun. It was fully contained and had not spilled onto the roadway or shoulder.

Primary ballot takes shape

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Kitsap County is already preparing for the Sept. 14 primary election, designing a new ballot and embarking upon a voter education project on what has become an unprecedented political event in Washington. For the first time, primary voters must declare a political party in order to select candidates for that party’s nomination.

Hearing planned for two rezones

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Two proposed amendments to the island’s Comprehensive Plan will go to a public hearing next month. The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission will take comment Aug. 12 on proposed rezones for the five-acre, Navy-owned Government Way property off Wyatt Way, and for a parcel owned by principals in the Winslow Clinic building on Ericksen Avenue. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. At issue: Whether the proposals should be rejected outright, or whether they have sufficient merit to warrant further analysis by the city planning staff and the City Council beyond the first glance afforded by the Planning Commission.

Konkel rounds out city administration

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

The search is over. Or rather, the searches, plural, are over. Elray Konkel was selected Wednesday as the city’s new director of finance and administrative services. His hiring ends more than a year of turnover in the city administration, a period that has also seen changes in city administrator, police chief and planning director. “There’s a sense of relief that I’ve experienced,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said. “We really made it through it, and I really like the people we’ve brought on board. They’re all veteran, pro managers, and that’s already making a difference for us.”

Park levy to be $2.567 million –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17PM

Bainbridge park officials will seek a one-year, $2.567 million maintenance and operations levy, to keep parks open through 2005 as a new “metropolitan” park district is established. A draft levy budget, representing a 4.3 percent increase over the current year, was unveiled at Thursday’s board meeting. The increase represents no staffing or program changes, district Director Terry Lande said, beyond an extra $5,000 to water a new ball field under construction at the Hidden Cove park. The rest of the additional funds would cover inflationary hikes for utilities and insurance, and some salary increases called for under collective bargaining.

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