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Lynwood Center Road reopens -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Lynwood Center Road -- both lanes, no less -- reopened to traffic Tuesday afternoon. City public works officials announced in a new release that Ace Paving crews put down two “lifts” of asphalt on the stretch near Emerald Way, and the road was opened. All that remained was installation of a guardrail on Wednesday; the road was to remain open during that work, although flaggers were likely.

Marine on Middle East: Security first

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Energized supporters can compensate for a lack of money, 1st District Congressional candidate Joe Marine says. And Jay Inslee’s vote against the resolution to give President George W. Bush the authority to use force against Iraq has created that energy, he said. “That has really energized our campaign,” he said. “It shows how ultra-liberal Jay Inslee is.”

Inslee cites record on environment, local issues

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

If his opponent wants to turn the election into a referendum over Iraq, Jay Inslee invites the debate. But to the extent he can frame the issues, Inslee also wants to talk about his work on other local and regional affairs that he thinks are important to his 1st District constituents. “There are a broad range of environmental issues that I think are important,” Inslee said, “like protection of old-growth forests, resisting efforts to weaken clean air laws, and making sure there are adequate funds to complete the Wyckoff Superfund cleanup.”

Ped-crossing project stalls -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Higher-than-anticipated project costs have pushed back pedestrian improvements around Winslow, at least until next year. The Bainbridge Island City Council had earlier approved construction of median islands and crosswalks at several points on Madison Avenue and High School Road.

Voters asked to curb county cuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Kitsap County – remember them? Chris Endresen, county commissioner representing Bainbridge and North Kitsap, hopes islanders do – and that they still see enough value in county services to support a property tax hike for 2003. “I think they’re all applicable to Bainbridge,” Endresen said, particularly criminal justice services that are imperiled by budget cuts. On the Nov. 5 general ballot, Kitsap voters will decide a property tax levy “lid lift” that would head off some county budget cuts slated for 2003.

Sales tax hike would fund sports fields

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Bainbridge Island would get $1.5 million for sports facilities and other “active” recreation projects, if voters approve a countywide sales tax hike on the Nov. 5 ballot. Proposition 1 would raise the Kitsap County tax on retail sales by one-tenth of 1 percent – 10 cents on a $100 purchase. The current tax is 8.5 percent. Park advocates are lining up behind the measure, and hope to rally youth sports families to the cause. Dave Lewis, Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District director, said the proposal has “no downside that I can see, for consumers or property taxpayers.”

Shoreline dreams: a new public beach

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Scattered along the shoreline are the landmarks of Mary Hall’s youth. The twin pilings left over from an old Mosquito Fleet dock, the apple tree laden with tart autumn fruit, the big round rock she and her siblings used to clamber up for plunges into the cold waters of Eagle Harbor. And while Hall had the privilege of growing up with a waterfront playground, she recognizes that those opportunities are increasingly rare. “It’s so sad when you’re driving around the island, trying to get to the water,” Hall said. “There’s so little, it’s only attainable by the wealthy or those who were able to buy it years ago.”

Inslee opposed to ill-timed war

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Although Rep. Jay Inslee agrees that Saddam Hussein is a “tyrant,” he doesn’t believe now is the time to for the the U.S. to single-handedly oust the Iraqi leader. Inslee said that President George W. Bush’s Monday address had not altered his own opposition to a Congressional resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq.

More waterfront home break-ins

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Nighttime burglaries of waterfront homes continued over the weekend, with the spree spreading from Pleasant Beach to the South Beach and Crystal Springs neighborhoods. Those incidents, together with three others in Blakely Heights – daytime “door kick-ins” that may not be related – brings to 14 the burglaries reported at the south end in the past 10 days.

Waterfront home burglaries resume

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

The M.O: Waterfront homes are entered during the night while the occupants are asleep upstairs. Small items including purses are stolen, often discarded outside after cash is removed. The scenario played out three times this week, in burglaries in the Pleasant Beach and Crystal Springs neighborhoods.

Stay the course, mayor's budget says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Bucking economic downturn and taxpayer revolt, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy has proposed a goal-oriented budget for 2003 that would increase city spending. The budget, Kordonowy wrote in introductory comments, was drafted with an eye on the island’s long-range Comprehensive Plan, “to ensure our progressing toward the community’s vision.”

UPDATE -- Driver killed in Blakely Ave. collision

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

One driver was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle collision on Blakely Avenue Wednesday afternoon. David D. MacNamara, age 59, of Rhodes End Road, died as he was being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The other driver, 34-year-old Susan E. Fero of Poulsbo, was taken by aid car to the hospital. Her injuries were said not to be life-threatening. The accident was reported at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 6000 block of Blakely Avenue, south of Bucklin Hill.

Special-ed programs get mixed report card

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

A new report on special education in Bainbridge schools points to ongoing problems with the program. But the district actually fared better than many of its peers in an assessment that all Washington public school districts undergo once every three years. The study was based on self-reporting and a day-long visit by state monitors last spring.

HMC receiver seeks $925,000 -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

HMC receiver seeks $925,000 Court-appointed receiver Michael Grassmueck has applied for almost $925,000 in payment, for work that he and a number of professionals performed through June 30 to sort out the affairs of the now-defunct Health Maintenance Centers and Znetix. Grassmueck asked a federal court judge for almost $300,000 in fees and costs for work performed by his company. He seeks an additional $155,000 for the work of a forensic accounting firm, and over $450,000 for the work of two law firms.

Hand recount confirms Stephenson victory

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

The secured room adjoining the Kitsap County elections division in Port Orchard was abuzz with activity Monday, but it was a hushed activity, punctuated only by shuffling noises and scattered murmuring. Two dozen Kitsap County elections workers, hunched over bundles of ballots already cast and counted in the primary election, were busy sorting them, counting them and, sometimes, re-checking them at a series of work tables. Welcome to this year’s Kitsap County primary election recount. And a manual one at that. The close primary race for Kitsap treasurer between Democrats Barbara Stephenson and Paulette Alvarado forced a manual recount of all the ballots cast countywide in the election – nearly 54,000 of them.

Mayor gets in the ring for shoreline process

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Mayor Darlene Kordonowy “stands behind the process” that has generated a controversial draft shoreline plan. But she takes no position on the content of the proposals, saying that they are still in such an early stage that a stand is unwarranted. “This is not yet at the decision-making level,” Kordonowy said in an interview Tuesday. “It is still at the data-gathering phase, and people are doing the right thing in speaking out. “We are listening, re-thinking and will come back again to see if we can do it better.”

Rash of vehicle thefts resumes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

A series of vehicle thefts with the Winslow ferry terminal as their hub has resumed, police say. Two vehicles were reported stolen from the terminal in a 72-hour period last weekend, according to reports. One, a customized 1988 Chevrolet Blazer, was later found abandoned in wooded area near Hansville. The truck had sustained extensive damage, having been repeatedly smashed it into large trees before it was dumped.

Proposed shoreline regulations blasted again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Billed as a study session, Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting proved another chance for waterfront property owners to vent outrage at proposals many said would give the city control over the first 50 feet of their land. “What do we need to do to prevent any of us from having to go to meetings like this again,” said Wing Point resident Howard Kirz, who urged the commission to reject plans that could require buffers of native vegetation, including trees, along the island’s shoreline.

Council can't find support for R-51

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

If a statewide transportation referendum passes in November, it will do so without the backing of the Bainbridge Island City Council. A deeply ambivalent council Wednesday tabled a resolution in support of R-51, finding no will to endorse the measure, and no particular will to oppose it. “I don’t know what the solution (to transportation problems) is,” council chair Michael Pollock said, “but I don’t think this is the solution.”

New faces abound in island classrooms

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

The good news is: There are more students. The bad news is: There are more students. Enrollment of 12 middle school and 67 high school students above and beyond district projections, has brought about $210,000 more in state funding to Bainbridge schools. But it has also crowded some classrooms with as many as 34 students, when the district tries to keep that number at 29 or fewer. “We are close to a percentage point over what we predicted,” said Ken Crawford, superintendent of Bainbridge schools.

Road closure gets review -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Road closure gets review City public works officials are looking at a temporary bypass lane for emergency vehicle travel on Lynwood Center Road. The road was closed this week to all thru-traffic between Emerald Way and Baker Hill, to repair slide damage from last winter. Construction of a retaining wall and reconstruction of the roadbed are expected to take five weeks.

With funds short, roadwork may be put off

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Facing a period of limited revenue growth, the city is cutting back on “big-ticket” capital spending, and looking at service users to shoulder more of the costs. That will mean higher water and stormwater bills for Winslow residents, said Ralph Eells, city finance director. And it likely means that voters will get the final say on most major projects. “Voter initiatives have limited the amount that cities can increase revenues without a vote of the people,” Eells said, “and I don’t think we will be able to pay for major capital projects in the future without going to a vote.”

Ferry riders: Don’t miss the boat -- News Roundup

  • Sep 21, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

The new Bainbridge-Seattle ferry schedule, changed for the first time in 13 years, takes effect Sunday. And while weekday commuters will have the option of a 4:45 a.m. sailing to Seattle, they’ll have to get to the terminal on their own, without help from Kitsap Transit. “We couldn’t arrange our schedules to meet that (early) boat,” said John Clauson if Kitsap Transit. “It would put us into a three-shift mode, and it would be very expensive to hire the additional people.”

South-end sewer costs too much for some

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

South-end neighborhoods that want sewer service have gotten a close look at the price tag – almost $30,000 per home. And while waterfront residents want to push ahead as soon as possible, the more modest inland neighborhood that started the whole process may find the costs prohibitive. “The sum is outrageous and unaffordable,” said Kirsten Hytopoulos of Emerald Heights. “I’m very concerned we won’t be able to do it.”

UPDATE: Treasurer race going down to the wire

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Kitsap voters haven’t been treated in years to a close, countywide election like the one that played out this week between Barbara Stephenson and Paulette Alvarado. At press time Friday afternoon, Stephenson clung to a lead of just 54 votes out of 45,000 counted. Stephenson held 22,243 votes (49.5 percent) and Alvarado 22,189 (49.4 percent), with the balance going to unspecified write-ins. A recount is almost assured.

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