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Schools have litany of needs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

Several buildings are said to be at the end of their ‘serviceable lives.’ When is a school building just too old? Master planning for Bainbridge Island School District campuses turns largely on that question. Faced with a litany of physical woes at campus buildings – some of them more than 30 years old – school officials must confront the question of when those facilities are beyond their “serviceable life.” “When you analyze a building, you look at the structure from the inside out,” said Tamela VanWinkle, school district project manager. “You’re looking at mechanical stuff and the structure itself, based on current codes. You’re looking at fire safety, energy efficiency, stormwater, all of those.

Could Winslow stand a tourist infusion?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

A consultant urges the community to take advantage of dollars from visitors. It may be a pact made in hell, but a little “Carmelization” could be a godsend for Winslow. “Tourism, it’s the devil’s bargain, but Bainbridge should seriously consider it,” said Boulder, Colo.-based urban planner Jim Charlier at a Winslow Tomorrow event Tuesday.

News Roundup -- Homestretch for park drive/Play for Cure on July 14-15/Kiwanis seeks top citizen/Clear Path hits milestone

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

The effort to create a 50-acre waterfront park on the south shore of Eagle Harbor received a $650,000 boost from various sources last week, sparking a final fund-raising push. “We’re very happy with the way things have gone,” said Bainbridge Island Land Trust President Sallie Maron, who has overseen much of the fund-raising effort. “We definitely feel we’re in the final stretch.”

Does waste in harbor cloud liveaboard issue?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

Citing ‘raw sewage,’ a citizen group tries to rally shoreline residents to oust boat-dwellers. It’s time residents got the straight poop on Eagle Harbor’s sewage levels, say many island liveaboards. Long dogged by accusations that they dump buckets of waste into the harbor, liveaboards were particularly incensed by a letter recently stuffed into the newspaper boxes of harbor residents.

BHS tech, facilities need help, study says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

The school is still accredited, but an outside team finds some areas lacking. The students: eager. The staff: capable. The facilities: need improvement. The technology: “woefully inadequate,” particularly for science and math instruction.

Council eases business restrictions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

The changes will allow new types of start-ups at Day Road, other areas. Bainbridge Island just took a big step out of the industrial age and leaped into the 21st century, business leaders say. The City Council on Wednesday approved a broader definition of light manufacturing zoning, allowing more “knowledge-based” ventures into areas previously reserved for warehouses and assembly lines.

News Roundup -- Kallgren link denounced/Bid fails to ax salary group/You can fight the red tide/Hounds sought for parade/Lax champs host clinic/Berry wonderful

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

They didn’t get the legislative sandbags they wanted, but Kallgren Road residents haven’t lost hope they’ll stop the flood of auto traffic expected to wash through their peaceful, dead-end street. A dozen neighbors turned out at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to protest a planned two-lane, paved link between Kallgren and Day roads. “We are speaking unanimously,” Kallgren resident Scott Bowman said.

Police, court eye new shared facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

Advocates say shared quarters would improve workflow and security. Pounding the gavel in a “glorified storage shed” just doesn’t have quite the ring one would expect to hear coming from a courthouse, Bainbridge Municipal Court Judge Steve Holman said. Tucked in a small rental in Rolling Bay, the island’s courthouse is not only remote, it’s not as safe as it could be, he added.

Downtown shifting eastward

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:48PM

Harbor Square puts 15,000 sq. ft. of new retail space on the Winslow market. When a half-dozen or more retail storefronts open up across from the ferry terminal next year, will they be new faces or old? And what of the prospect of – gasp – national chains? Marketers for the Harbor Square mixed-use project say it’s too soon to know what names will be on the shingles over the sidewalk, but they’re looking for local businesses first.

Knitting Guild fulfills a needle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Women build up their ‘stash.’ A “stash” brings to mind a secreted, coveted item in a small quantity – unless you’re talking about a stash of yarn. To knitters, the term means a collection of yarn leftover from projects, or that was so enticingly beautiful that it had to be bought even without a project in mind. Ann Lovejoy, a member of the Bainbridge Island Knitting Guild, cajoled the circle of women to admit to the size of their “stash.” In a manner close to confessional, they responded: “10 rubbermaid trash cans full”; “half a room”; “two refrigerator boxes.”

Schools brainstorming

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Community members help ‘vision’ during a two-day session. Before approaching taxpayers with a $30-40 million school bond and technology levy in February, the Bainbridge Island School District on Thursday asked more than 100 community members for what they think the local schools need to produce happy, smart, ethical, technologically savvy students in the 21st Century.

News Roundup -- Yet easier to walk about/Harbor Square hums along/More time to comment/‘Joust Read’ this summer

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Bainbridge’s own little “Who’s Who” is billed as a must-have for residents and visitors. The just-published 2005 “Downtown Bainbridge Island Walkabout Guide” features an easy-to-read color map with numbers that correspond to the various downtown businesses. On the same side of the pamphlet are the listings, each with a phone number and address. Many also provide hours of operation and a website.

Inslee calls for new exit strategy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Bainbridge Congressman Jay Inslee hopes better-trained and equipped Iraqi and Afghan forces will speed the return of American troops from foreign war zones. That’s the thinking behind a measure he initiated and led to passage in the House Monday. His amendment to the U.S. Department of Defense Appropriations Act would remove the $500 million spending cap on assisting Iraq and Afghanistan’s security forces. Inslee’s amendment passed without objection from any member of the House.

City may rein in political signs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Campaigns would be required to clean up after the election is over. The City Council will consider changing rules regulating political signs at tonight’s council meeting. “What we’re doing here is tightening up the ordinance and refining it with common sense because, during the political season, everything goes a little crazy,” said city planning director Larry Frazier.

Kallgren residents wary of new thruway

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Neighbors don’t want to see the city connect their quiet lane to Day Road. The sign advertising Rebecca Robbins’ new house on Kallgren Road still touts its setting “at the end of a quiet country lane.” “It’s why we moved here,” the nine-month island resident said as she scanned the trees at the road’s end, looking for a familiar owl. “I bought the house based on the quiet privacy and because it’s a great place to walk dogs, ride bikes and for kids to play.”

Guitar greats return to island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

T.J. Wheeler, Robin Kutz bring blues and jazz for Nov. 19 show. Though they have known and played with other each off and on for close to four decades, Friday night, Nov. 19 will mark the first time that the two highly respected guitarists, T.J. Wheeler and Robin Kutz will join together for a jazz guitar duo concert that pays homage to some of the great blues/jazz duos of the last century.

News Roundup -- Home store on Winslow Way/Gormleys get late reprieve/BIB changing name to BITV

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

There will be something old, new, borrowed and blue when Port Madison Homes moves to its soon-to-be new location in the former Winslow Hardware space on Winslow Way. “We’re going to try to retain the mercantile ambience to honor the history of the building and the town,” said John Hays, owner of the home furnishings store currently located on Hildebrand Lane. “I think that’s really important.

More farmers, more market

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

Wednesday afternoon marks the debut of midweek food and art fare. No more need to ration out your favorite salad mix to make it last until Saturday. Now you can stop in at the midweek Bainbridge Island Farmers Market, which has its inaugural run from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the plaza by City Hall.

Ferries pledge waterfront trail link at terminal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:47PM

The new design will include a path to Waterfront Park, officials vow. Washington State Ferries has long balked at plans to include a Waterfront Park trail link in a multimillion-dollar upgrade slated for the Winslow terminal. But WSF reversed that position at a public meeting Tuesday, promising to connect the terminal to a path south of Harborview Drive.

Save cabin, state urges

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

The crumbling Camp Yeomalt cabin has made the “endangered” list. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced its annual 12 “Most Endangered Historic Properties” list Monday, with the 70-year-old former Boy Scout cabin taking the number two spot. “It’s a good feeling that (Yeomalt) has been recognized,” said Lorraine Scott, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum curator and a member of the Team Yeomalt group that is looking at the cabin’s future. “This brings the preservation project to the forefront and puts it on the map.”

News Roundup -- T&C buying family land/Oil supply looks peakish/‘Voices’ speak out on war/City meeting date change

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

Town & Country Markets, Inc., is buying 13 acres of land near Winslow from the Nakata family, and could establish an organic farm there. “We definitely have that intention,” T&C President Larry Nakata said. “It’s one of our desires.” Now a picturesque fallow field, the property at the northwest corner of Wyatt Way and Weaver Road has been among the Nakata family holdings for years.

Restroom with a view

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

The latest design for a new Waterfront Park facility includes a public pavilion. Is bad news about a restroom best taken sitting down? In any event, new facilities at Water­front Park are unlikely to be in service anytime soon; think Fourth of July, 2006 at the earliest. The good news is, those facilities may offer much more than a restroom and shower – perhaps becoming a new “Waterfront Park Pavilion,” as envisioned by architects commissioned to advance a new design.

Islander earns Purple Heart

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

Paul Bang-Knudsen is back on light duty after suffering wounds. Islander and Marine Cpl. Paul Bang-Knudsen was awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in action in Iraq on April 16, his family said this week. While engaged in night combat operations in the Al Anbar Province of western Iraq, Bang-Knudsen and two fellow Marines were injured. The Marines are part of the Marine Corps First Force Reconnaissance Company, in which Bang-Knudsen serves in an eight-man reconnaissance team.

News Roundup -- Inslee touts clean energy/Youths nabbed painting tower/Discuss the ferries’ future

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee introduced a comprehensive clean energy bill in Congress Wednesday, legislation aimed at reducing dependence on foreign oil while boosting jobs and environmental health at home. “America can no longer rely on an energy source that threatens our national security, melts our glaciers and mires our hi-tech economy in an oily morass,” the Bainbridge Democrat said of the proposed “New Apollo Energy” project. “Today we give Americans a clear choice between the oil-soaked energy policy of the Republicans and a New Apollo Energy Act for clean energy.”

Brainstorming supports arts facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:46PM

But what will it have, and how to pay? A summer-long study looks at options. Does Bainbridge Island need more space for the arts? Participants in a cultural arts facility meeting Tuesday night returned a resounding, “Yes.” “We heard about dreams and visions, but they were tempered by the realities of developing and sustaining an arts facility,” said Bob Bailey, a consultant who will be putting together the feasibility study.

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