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WASL scores worth the wait

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

Bainbridge High School students may have gotten their scores last, but they came in first. Corrected scores for the Washington Assessment of Student Learning show that Bainbridge seventh and 10th graders nudged out Mercer Island for the top place in standardized testing statewide. The results scores had to be recalculated after their initial release two weeks ago, when the state’s scoring team mistakenly left out the scores of 46 students and skewed the results downward.

What's next for Wyckoff? -- Pritchard Park update, part 2

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

The tangle of pipes that once pulsed with steam-extracted toxins has gathered rust for over a year at the former Wyckoff property on Bill Point. The Environmental Protection Agency will likely not resuscitate the innovative steam-extraction process for subsurface contaminants, opting to cap pollutants instead.

Community fest was a first -- Pritchard Park update, Part 1

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

A Suquamish fishing camp, a timber treatment plant, a farewell port for Japanese Americans bound for internment, a Superfund clean-up site. The one-third mile of shoreline tucked between Bill Point and a marina on Eagle Harbor has been all these things, but Saturday evening’s Blackberry Festival gave about 800 people a glimpse at the site’s future role as the city’s next shoreline park.

Bush Administration honors Woodward

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

More than 600 Woodward Middle School students rose to their feet to cheer yesterday, when a U.S. Department of Education official said it is the only middle school in Washington State – and one of just 29 nationwide – to receive a Blue Ribbon award for excellence this year.

Turnout solid despite discontent

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

High turnout with only a handful of unhappy voters has Kitsap elections officials breathing a sigh of relief after Tuesday’s primary. “It went remarkably well,” said Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn. “We anticipated a great many people being dissatisfied with the new primary, and that there would be a drop-off in people voting.”

Bike trail goes in at schools -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

Bicyclists and pedestrians celebrated the near-completion of a 3/4-mile paved trail that links Bainbridge High School to Madison and New Brooklyn. A Tuesday ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by state Sen. Phil Rockefeller, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, and representatives from the school district, the state Department of Transportation and the bike advocacy group Squeaky Wheels.

Nethercutt spars with protesters

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

Congressman George Nethercutt didn’t find it quite so easy to barnstorm through Bainbridge, dropping a quick stump speech before breezing on to the next of many campaign stops Wednesday. First he had to contend with three high school students armed with colorful signs and an encyclopedic knowledge of the Spokane Republican’s political track record.

Support for parks is overwhelming

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

This story has been updated since it was first posted. Just in case the levy went down again, Terry Lande had sketched out rough plans for shutting down the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District – staff layoffs, transfer of holdings to other agencies and other tasks from a park director’s worst nightmare. Instead, island voters gave overwhelming support Tuesday to a short-term tax funding measure for local parks, and also approved by a wide margin the formation of a new park district with stable, long-term funding.

Thorne quits as ferry boss -- News Roundup

  • Sep 13, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

Mike Thorne announced his resignation this week as head of Washington State Ferries. Thorne’s duties will be performed by Washington State Secretary of Transportation Doug McDonald until the position is filled – a process that could take several months.

Internment still fires passions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

History came alive at Thurs­day’s school board meeting, as the events of 62 years ago – the internment of Bainbridge’s Japanese American residents – provoked passionate debate. The overwhelming majority of a crowd 100 strong that included Japanese Americans, World War II veterans, educators and students cheered the school board for supporting “Leaving Our Island,” lessons to sixth-graders on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, curriculum that has been the subject of criticism by several community members.

Flower almost reaches sun -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

Quite-contrary Mary’s garden never grew like islander Ed Markham’s sunflowers. Markham estimates that his “Giant Russian” sunflower was at its peak height last week, measuring 13 feet with a stem 7.5 inches around. “These are the tallest sunflowers I’ve ever seen,” he said.

State flunks WASL exam

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

Bainbridge students’ WASL scores didn’t add up. An apparent decline in scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning – including a drop of about 10 points among Bainbridge High School students – was due to a coding error that deleted the scores of 46 students who took the test.

Berry Festival honors natives -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

They were here before you. And this weekend, the Suqua­mish tribe returns to Bainbridge Island – by canoe, no less – and they’re bringing lunch. Native culture will be celebrated at the second annual Blackberry Festival on the south shore of Eagle Harbor, sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Land Trust this weekend.

A grand gateway to the past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial project charges ahead with a financial boost and the unveiling of the park’s entrance gate next month. The gate will be constructed in Winslow on Oct. 2, said John Buday, a master timber framer. He and the Timber Framers Guild offered their assistance and materials free-of-charge. The gate will sit outside the Winslow post office with information boards about the memorial project until it is installed at the Taylor Avenue memorial site.

BIB names Schmidt boss -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

Bainbridge Island Broadcasting pro­duction manager Scott Schmidt has been tapped to replace executive director Elise Child, who is leaving the organization to pursue other interests. Prior to joining BIB, Schmidt produced more than 400 national and international television programs, including several multi-part series for PBS and ESPN. He also created and ran a television department for a national publishing company.

City may acquire strawberry pier property

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

A proposed land swap could establish a new waterfront park at the head of Eagle Harbor, on land that long served as a strawberry packaging and shipping pier. “This would be an absolutely wonderful gain for the community,” said Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation Director Terry Lande. “It would be phenomenal if this deal turns out.” Bainbridge-based Island Senior Community LLC and principal Bill Carruthers purchased the 4.1-acre parcel at the foot of Weaver Road last week; the group has discussed trading it to the city for four acres of city property on Highway 305 bordering the former Bentryn winery.

Community Congress to convene

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:19PM

Congress is about to convene. A Sept. 18 meeting being billed as the “First Convention” of the new Community Congress will formally launch an intensive, community-wide planning process for the future of downtown, Winslow Tomorrow. The kick-off event, slated to run from 9 a.m. to noon at Bainbridge Cinemas in the Pavilion, was announced by the city administration this week.

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.

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