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BISD holds funding forum -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The school board will hold a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss Gov. Locke’s proposed cuts in state education funding – and the $450,000-$600,000 bite into local school budgets that will result. The reduction in revenue will likely mean increased sports and activity fees, more expensive food services, and the termination of “non-essential or lower-priority programs,” board members said in a recent letter to the community.

Interim planning director hired

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The city will have an interim planning director on the job Monday. The Bainbridge Island City Council this week unanimously approved a contract with the Prothman Company of Seattle, an executive search firm, to provide the services of Larry Frazier of Tacoma for up to six months. The contract is not to exceed $60,000. The arrangement makes Frazier a temporary employee, leaving the city free to terminate his employ without obligation as soon as a permanent director is found.

A new vision for Camp Yeomalt

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

From aging logs may be hewn many more generations of memories. Plans for a new lodge at Camp Yeomalt should include some reuse of rough timbers from the current scout cabin, and reconstruction of its granite fireplace in a new but classically styled building. “It’s a historic site,” said Perry Barrett, park district planner, “and you can’t have something old enough and loved enough on Bainbridge Island.”

Transportation budget passed, but not the bucks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The State Legislature passed the buck on passenger-only ferries without passing the bucks. Legislators endorsed Kitsap Transit’s plans to take over fast-ferry service that Washington State Ferries will terminate, passing legislation to enable a vote on that plan. But they couldn’t fit a requested $5 million in seed money into its $4.2 billion, 10-year transportation plan, the centerpiece of which is a 5-cent hike in the gallon gasoline tax. “That was going to go for environmental impact work, and to build a prototype boat on a hurry-up basis to conduct tests, especially on wakes,” said Kitsap Transit Executive Director Dick Hayes.

Wal-Mart in Poulsbo: should Bainbridge care?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

By this time next year, the large chain stores that are anathema to many on the island will be both bigger and closer than ever before. That is, if Wal-Mart follows through with its plans to build a 150,000-square-foot outlet to the Olhava development on the outskirts of Poulsbo, at the junction of Highways 305 and 3. The store is a lot closer to the island than the Silverdale shopping complex – indeed it’s about as close to north end of the island as downtown Winslow. And the store is big – three-and-a-half acres under one roof, about the equivalent of the Ace Hardware site on High School Road, parking lot and all.

Four busted for bogus $100s

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

Police arrested four suspects, none of them island residents, after counterfeit $100 bills were passed at two or more Winslow businesses last week. Several merchants reported receiving bogus Benjamins on April 22-23, discovering the fakes while preparing their deposits, according to Bainbridge Police reports.

No action on planning chief -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

Saying its members lacked enough information to make a decision, the Bainbridge City Council called off Wednesday’s special meeting slated for the approval of Larry Frazier of Tacoma as interim planning director. Deborah Vann sent the mayor and other council members an email Monday saying she would not attend the scheduled meeting. With three of the council’s seven members out of town, Vann’s absence would have meant no quorum, meaning no legal approval of Frazier’s contract would have been possible.

Horse trading for Pritchard Park funds

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

It’s just a zero that separates the state House and Senate budget allocations for a Japanese-American memorial on Bainbridge Island. But it’s certainly not nothing. The House capital budget for the next biennium includes $2 million for the proposal. The Senate came in an order of magnitude lower, at $200,000. Negotiators for both chambers are currently trying to reconcile those two versions. “We’re continuing to work on this, and I suspect we’ll come in somewhere in between,” said Mike Ryherd, a professional lobbyist who is donating his services to the community’s effort to put the former Wyckoff Superfund site on the south shore of Eagle Harbor into public ownership.

Students refuse to take WASL

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

Zach Mallove may have started a movement when he boycotted the Washington Assessment of Student Learning this week. Mallove was among 14 Bainbridge High School sophomores who refused to take the test; nine are friends of his. “They didn’t want to take it, and they came up to me when they heard I wasn’t,” Mallove said. “My mom had made up this form for me to notify the school, and I made them copies of it.” Mallove, a straight-A student, lists objections to the test that range from the possible biases of test graders – essays make up a substantial portion of of the 16-hour-long test, given over a week each April to grades 4, 7 and 10 statewide – to the nervousness of classmates who don’t test well.

Annual ferry fare hike is here

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

If you own a boat, the first weekend in May is the kickoff of the Puget Sound boating season. If you ride “the boat,” the first Sunday in May marks what is becoming another annual event – in increase in Washington State Ferries fares. Bottom line for Bainbridge-Seattle walk-ons – an increase in round-trip travel from $5.10 to $5.40, collected on Seattle-to-Bainbridge leg only, beginning Sunday.

Eber leaves lasting mark on Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

He assumed that a job at Boeing would be rocket science, an engineer’s dream. A strike and a marginal sense of purpose – redesigning a single bolt assembly on the side of a widebody jet – convinced Lorenz Eber otherwise. So three years ago, he brought his engineering skills to the public sector, on the island he called home. “Working with concrete and dirt in your hometown turns out to be bliss,” Eber mused Monday, watching crews construct new pedestrian islands and crosswalks on Madison Avenue. “I love this job – it’s the funnest job I’ve ever had, and I feel like I’m making a difference,” he said. “If it turns ‘no fun,’ I’ll reconsider.”

Sewer plan could hinge on state loan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

The south-end sewer project, thought to be all but dead after the city rejected a half-million dollar subsidy to offset rising costs, may find new life through a low-interest loan program from the state. A 20-year loan at 1 percent interest through the Public Works Trust Fund could drop annual payments well below $2,000 for even the highest-cost neighborhood, roughly half the amount projected under Local Improvement District bond financing.

Pesticide policy bugs mowers -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

A divided City Council Wednesday adopted a stringent ordinance banning city use of toxic pesticides and herbicides in all situations, refusing to make an exception for wasps and bees. Public Works Director Randy Witt requested the exception, calling it a safety issue for his road crews, particularly those allergic to insect bites. Instead, on a 4-2 vote, the council directed that the pesticide ordinance contain no exceptions, a recommendation made by the Washington Toxics Coalition.

Interim planning head named; council questions need

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

Assuming council approval of his contract, career planner Larry K. Frazier of Tacoma will become Bainbridge Island’s interim planning director next week. But approval is not a foregone conclusion. Councilwoman Debbie Vancil opposes the whole concept of an interim director, and said this week she will lobby other council members to support her position. Frazier was selected from among four candidates proffered by a job-search firm the city engaged to find a temporary successor to Stephanie Warren, whose resignation became effective yesterday.

Fire chief moving up, director out

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

Executive Director Ken Guy will leave the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, after fire commissioners Wednesday eliminated his job and made fire chief the top position in the organization. The fire board voted 2-1 Wednesday to return to a “traditional” fire department model, with an administrative fire chief heading all operations and answering directly to the board. The executive directorship was axed in favor of a “business manager” position, to provide staff support to the chief. Commissioner Glen Tyrrell cast the deciding vote, swayed by the chance to make the department’s top post an emergency responder.

Green awards for islanders -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:41PM

Two Bainbridge-based businesses were honored with Earth Day Awards from Kitsap County this week for developing and using innovative ways to recycle, reuse and treat the environment carefully.

Thanks a lot -- WSF reclaims 'city' parking area

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

The city parking lot at the ferry terminal isn’t really the city’s. And if Washington State Ferries, the cash-strapped owner, has its way, the parking profit – as much as $250,000 annually – won’t be the city’s any longer, either. “This is one of the areas we’re looking at to enhance our financial situation,” said Brian Volkert, WSF’s manager of financial accountability.

And the BHS band played on -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

The Bainbridge High School Jazz Band, the Wind Ensemble, the Chamber Choir and the Jazz Choir flew to Anaheim, Calif., last week for several days of musical competition with students from 14 states in the Heritage Festival. They went, they played and sang, they conquered, promoter Carolyn Clucas said. Director Stephanie Dupuis batoned the Wind Ensemble instrumental group to a first-place finish, a gold medal for high points, and an invitation to play in the festival’s national performance next year.

Mayor: health not an issue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Functioning with a chronic disease like lupus, or with a permanent handicap, is a matter of adapting, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy says. “The disease has taught me a lot,” she said. “You do the best you can with the circumstances you have to deal with.” Kordonowy was reflecting in the wake of a lupus “flare” last week that resulted in her being airlifted to Virginia Mason hospital after an episode of high blood pressure and rapid heartbeat.

Curtis, Wooldridge won't seek re-election

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

An early glance at this year’s city election scene, with four council seats available, produces double vision. Two veteran city council members whose second terms expire at the end of the year say they will not run for re-election. Two former council members say they’re likely to take another shot, particularly if those who are calling it quits stick with those plans. And two first-term council members say they’re not sure whether they will try to keep their seats.

Woman leaves $823,000 to PAWS, museum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Helen Bucey traveled too often to have animals of her own, so she kept them by proxy, pet-sitting for her friends. “She’d be happy to watch your house,” recalled islander and longtime friend Bitsy Ostenson, “but not if you didn’t have pets.” As to her keen interest in local history, that came of Bucey’s descendence from the Olsen family, island pioneers who settled at West Blakely before the turn of the last century.

Thieves loot home arsenal -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

A cache of assault rifles, ammunition and other weapons valued at $32,000 was stolen from a Sunrise Drive home sometime Monday. Missing weapons include four American-made assault rifles, five semi-automatic handguns, an automatic shotgun, and a 19th-century flintlock rifle inlaid with sterling silver and brass.

Above the treetops: view of an island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Although early settlers from Back East marvelled at the beauties of Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains, it wasn’t scenery that brought them to Bainbridge Island. It was trees – acres and acres of trees. More important, those trees were immediately adjacent to water – water that stretched all the way to San Francisco, where a gold-rush-fueled economy created an incessant demand for lumber, and where delivery by ship was the only feasible way of getting the wood there.

Fire destroys storage shed -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

A blaze that destroyed a large wooden storage building outside a Lovgreen Road home Wednesday was likely caused by small children playing with a cigarette lighter, fire officials say. Family members in a residence on the property feared the children, ages 4 and 5, were trapped in the building, but the youths were found safe elsewhere on the grounds.

Island gets its second high school

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

The blue and gold will be joined by the aqua and navy with the opening of Eagle Harbor High School next fall. The Bainbridge School Board voted Thursday evening to create a second high school from the secondary program that is part of Commodore Options School. “I think when we said we wanted to change the name, it was acknowledging how the program has evolved,” said Catherine Camp, EHHS principal. “We’ve been growing as one ‘species,’ and it’s time to adapt.”

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