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Security stepped up at Winslow terminals

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

More state troopers and bomb-sniffing dogs went to work screening cars and passengers at Washington State Ferry terminals starting this week, meeting a U.S. Coast Guard deadline to boost ferry security system-wide. The heightened security comes as officials acknowledged concerns about the vessels being vulnerable to attacks, and amidst new reports that the ferry system is under surveillance by terrorist groups and individuals, according to FBI documents obtained by a Seattle newspaper and published over the weekend.

Backers tout I-884 fund -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

This November, Bainbridge residents may find a school funding boost through the ballot box. Initiative 884 could swell the Bainbridge School District’s coffers by $1.2 million if the statewide measure passes Nov. 2, according to local supporters. “We’ve had an erosion of funding in preschools, in K-12 and in higher education,” said Elaine VonRosenstiel, island resident and co-founder of the League of Education Voters. “We have a crisis at all levels.”

Analysts wary of e-voting

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

Elections officials should heed warnings from computer experts that new voting machines could produce worse results than hanging chads, local elections analysts said Thursday. “The new technology is fast and we all know computers are supposed to solve all our problems,” said Doug Pibel, an editor with the Bainbridge-based YES! Magazine, who has written extensively about electronic voting. “But (computers) are also good at (giving us) glitches and inexplicable outcomes.”

Turning on lightbulbs in students' minds

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

Bainbridge schools have a new science curriculum, but the next levy may determine its effectiveness. New textbooks and inquiry-based methods need the support of laptop computers and digital cameras -- which would be funded by next February’s capital levy -- to be fully utilized. “Right now, I can only do 30 percent of this lab because I don’t have the equipment,” said Enrique Chee, Bainbridge High School physics teacher and science department head. “It’s not just me. We as a science department are relying heavily on this tech levy. We’re gambling.”

Island needs another boat yard, backers say

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

An old rule dredged from the 1970s has the Bainbridge Harbor Commission eyeing a state-owned Eagle Harbor property as a future public-use boat yard. “It would enhance the viability of our community,” said Harbor Commissioner Rob Jacques at Tuesday’s commission meeting. “Boats could refuel and repair locally without having to go somewhere else. It would be attractive to downtown and add diversity to the waterfront.”

Mobile home park deal in flux -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

Resident purchase of the Islander Mobile Home Park in Winslow appears to be back on, after new negotiations with developer Kelly Samson over the weekend. Last Thursday, residents were told a deal they struck with Samson had been derailed and that the 6.4-acre Winslow property would pass to a group of overseas investors. But early this week, it appeared the wheels were snug on the rails again.

Why, exactly, are we a free people?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

The Founding Fathers considered the Constitution required reading; Thomas Jefferson said it was “every American’s right and obligation to read and interpret” it for himself.” Yet few contemporary Ameri­cans have read the very document that forms the bedrock of principles and values upon which the country was built. The Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council hopes to spark interest and familiarity with the Constitution with three lectures beginning today.

Local radio plans go off the air

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20PM

Call it the community radio two-step. It’s a dance routine Bainbridge Island Broadcasting knows all too well. “We’ve been taking one step forward, one step backward since 1984,” said BIB board member Bob Haslanger.

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.

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