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Alvarado, Stephenson vie for treasurer post

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

The office of Kitsap County Treasurer will stay in Democratic hands no matter who is elected to replace Sharon Shrader – there isn’t a Republican on the ballot, so the office will be decided in the Sept. 17 primary. Both candidates – former Poulsbo city accounting manager Paulette Alvarado and Barbara Stephenson, executive director of the United Way of Kistap County – claim accounting and finance experience, in addition to ringing endorsements from other elected officials and private citizens. While Alvarado’s focus has been in the government sector, Stephenson’s experience centers more on the private and quasi-public sectors. “The voters truly have a choice to make,” Stephenson said. “They have an opportunity to look at the differences between the two candidates and make a decision. We are very different.”

Homebuilders sue city again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

The latest lawsuit against the city purports to be about open space. But both sides, particularly the builders, say it’s really about a lack of communication. “I think this is their way of getting our attention,” said Bainbridge City Councilman Norm Wooldridge. “They don’t seem to feel we pay attention otherwise.” Art Castle, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Kitsap County, which filed the lawsuit against the city last week, agreed that the builders do indeed feel ignored.

Burglaries linked to home invasion

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

A pair of burglaries Saturday – at least one of which saw the front door of a home forced open in broad daylight – have police warning islanders to be wary of strangers at the door. The incidents are believed to be linked to a “home invasion” robbery a week earlier in Bremerton, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said. “The kicking in of front doors is pretty brazen,” Anderson said. “We’re concerned that we’ve got someone out there who’s that bold...There’s a very disturbing, aggressive guy out there.”

Crowds throw money at Znetix auction; gym prevails

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

When the hammer fell, so did the tears. “Sold,” master auctioneer Jim Murphy declared, “for $160,000.” And with that, Mike and Alexa Rosenthal bought the equipment in their Madison Avenue health club, prompting a tearful celebration among the couple’s friends and employees. “We never did not believe we would be here,” Mike Rosenthal said. “This is about what we can do for the community, and we can do it now that this is all behind us.”

Controversial Blakely dock OK'd

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

The city has given final approval to the controversial Bottles dock in Blakely Harbor. And while the Bottles are appealing conditions placed on the dock, the group that had opposed the application does not intend to appeal, meaning the south-end harbor is likely to see its first new dock in some 20 years. “We decided to put our energy into protecting the rest of the harbor,” said Iver MacDougall of the South Bainbridge Community Association. “We had decided we are not going to intervene in this application.”

Znetix trove on auction block this week

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

If you’re in the market for computers, office furniture or artwork, Thursday is your day. Want to get in better shape? Check in Friday. For cars and boats, block out Saturday. A three-day shopping spree will offer up goodies for which Znetix founder Kevin L. Lawrence and his companies paid several million dollars. All of it will be sold at court-ordered auctions to raise money that may begin to reimburse thousands of investors for the millions of dollars they sank into Lawrence’s companies. “This will be one of the larger auctions we have handled,” said Terry Moore of the James G. Murphy auction house in Kenmore. “We have had other deals like this, where white-collar crime may have been involved, but this is among the biggest.”

Speeds around schools lowered

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

The school year will see new and tougher enforcement of speeds around campuses. Changes approved by the city council Wednesday bring uniformity to island school zones, restricting motorists to 20 mph throughout the weekday – whether children are “present” or not.

City renews dock freeze -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

With little debate, the city council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the existing moratorium on new docks, piers or bulkheads for another six months. The principal concern is to finish the ongoing assessment of near-shore resources, council member Christine Nasser Rolfes said.

Lighting law moves on, points down

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

The city council Wednesday unanimously approved a lighting ordinance that it hopes will do a better job of separating light and darkness, and save people money at the same time. “This is a win-win situation,” said council member Debbie Vancil, the ordinance’s chief proponent. “Lights that are in compliance won’t cost more than their inefficient counterparts, and will be less expensive to operate.”

City dives in, will buy Rockaway parcel

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

Shallow water met deep pockets, and the city bought itself a park. The Bainbridge Island City Council Wednesday approved purchase of a half-acre property at the south end of Rockaway Beach Road, the first land to be acquired with $8 million in voter-approved open-space bond money. While council members blanched at the appraisal price of $585,000, all agreed that the property was too unique to pass up.

Parks hope for best, plan for worst

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

The ballots have yet to go into the mail. But Bainbridge park officials are already deciding how to close up shop by the end of the year, if voters Sept. 17 don’t approve operations and maintenance funding for the next two years. “I’m meeting with each of the department heads to come up with a plan now,” said Dave Lewis, park district executive director. “We’ll have to begin taking steps almost immediately to cease operations by Dec. 31.”

Shoreline moratorium may be extended

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

The Bainbridge Island City Council will be asked tonight to extend a moratorium on docks, piers and bulkheads, while the planning staff completes its review of the city’s shoreline regulations. And it won’t be the last such request. While moratorium extensions must be renewed every six months, the planning staff doesn’t expect to complete its shoreline program until late 2003 or early 2004, so it anticipates seeking at least two additional extensions.

A day of honor at Fort Ward

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

The eyesight might be dimming, and the steps may have lost a little of their spring. But when the World War II veterans saluted the flag at the Fort Ward Parade Grounds Saturday, they stood as tall as when they defended the nation’s freedom 60 years ago.

Harbor Square moving along

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

Plans to build a “new neighborhood” on the east end of downtown came closer Thursday night, as the Bainbridge Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the mixed-use Harbor Square project. The eight-building complex is planned for the 4.3-acre site immediately north of the ferry terminal, between Ferncliff and Cave avenues on the north side of Winslow Way.

'Stacked flats' coming to Wood Avenue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

A site on the west end of downtown Winslow, once proposed to become a hotel, will instead be the site of an apartment and townhome cluster under a plan from in-town development specialist Rod McKenzie.

Life's a beach, and a rocky one

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

The wayward tide announces its return with brisk knocks against wild formations of rock. For those venturing out to greet it, each footfall brings the crunch of shell shards, or the dull squish of anemones and kelp. A few scattered tidepools hint at the abundance of life hiding beneath its froth. So even with the typically steep asking price for a half-acre parcel at the south end of Rockaway Beach – $585,000 – the designation “waterfront” only tells half the story. Probably less. “I’ve ridden my bike by there a zillion times over 20 years,” said Andy Maron, chair of the city’s Open Space Commission. “Then I went out there at low tide... It’s incredible to see.”

Next school bond levy in the works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

The “three R’s” took a back seat to the “three B’s” – building, budget and bond levy – at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Four construction options for local schools, to be funded by a bond levy slated to go before voters next February, were presented by Mike Currie, district facilities director. The proposals – developed over the past year by a capital projects steering committee comprised of district representatives and community members – range from $33.6 million to $44.5 million.

Madison work to move ahead -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

The city council is unlikely to revisit a plan to put four pedestrian “refuge islands” on Madison Avenue, public works committee members said Monday. The non-decision followed a lengthy meeting with fire officials, who had complained that the islands would hurt the response time of emergency vehicles heading into Winslow.

Harbor Square ready for its close-up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

When the Bainbridge Island Planning Commission evaluates a project that will have a significant impact on Bainbridge’s future, one of the elements it will have to weigh is Bainbridge’s past. The Harbor Square project, a mixed-use development planned for the 4.3-acre parcel immediately north of the ferry terminal, will displace the historic Cave House, and preservationist Gerald Elfendahl thinks there must be a better alternative.

Early Sunday ferry run saved

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

Having evaluated popular response to alternatives A and B, Washington State Ferries have decided to go with “neither of the above.” Instead, when the system makes the first significant revision to the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry schedule in 15 years, it will adopt a different alternative – what you might call Option C – to respond to the feedback it got on the two proferred options. “We have completed a new draft that takes into account what we heard from the public,” WSF spokeswoman Susan Harris said. “We’ve kept the early morning sailing on Sunday, and have a later departure in the evening – 10:55 instead of 10:30.”

Judge denies bail; Lawrence jailed until trial

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

Kevin Lawrence’s guilt or innocence was not at issue Tuesday afternoon in Seattle federal court. But his credibility was. And it lost badly. As a result, Lawrence will remain in federal custody pending his October trial date on a 64-count fraud indictment. “We’re not going to determine Mr. Lawrence’s guilt or innocence today,” said Magistrate Judge Ricardo Martinez. “One thing I am sure of is that this court cannot rely on anything Mr. Lawrence said. Mr. Lawrence will be detained until trial.”

Lawrence indicted on 64 counts; three associates plead guilty

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

Following a morning arrest on Bainbridge Island, HMC/Znetix founder Kevin L. Lawrence was arraigned in federal court Thursday afternoon on a 64-count indictment, and if convicted faces a maximum sentence of 560 years behind bars.

Fort Ward park to honor veterans

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

When the Parade Grounds Park at Fort Ward is dedicated on Aug. 10, the ceremony won’t just be about a place preserved from development. It will also be a group of people who had a significant role in preserving the nation’s freedom – the men and women who worked at the Naval Radio School during World War II.

Council puts subdivisions on hold

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

In the wake of a state Supreme Court decision striking down one city’s open-space requirements, the Bainbridge Island City Council Wednesday unanimously voted to impose a moratorium on subdivision applications until it can determine how to deal with the new ruling. The moratorium prevents any further work on all applications, including short-plat applications, that are not deemed “complete” as of this coming Monday. The moratorium will last until Dec. 31 unless repealed sooner. A public hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 28.

WSF floats changes to Bainbridge ferry runs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

The first major change in 15 years to the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry schedule will let commuters get to their Seattle offices earlier in the morning. But more folks may sleep through their regular sailing – especially if they’ve been to a concert or a Mariners game the night before, because they may be getting home a lot later.

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