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Auto emissions target of bill by Rockefeller

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:36PM

The legislation would match the clean-air standards set by California. With much of the world lacing up this week for a showdown against global warming, Sen. Phil Rockefeller wasn’t content to watch from the sidelines. The Bainbridge Island Democrat pitched a bill now winding its way through the state Senate that would cut auto emissions, establishing tougher standards for vehicles purchased in Washington.

Damage to trees inspires a look at policy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

But does tree retention in Winslow conflict with zoning? Interest is budding in a review of policies and practices concerning tree retention in downtown Winslow. Alarmed by a recent public works overhaul of Waterfront Park’s playground that damaged a number of trees, some residents have voiced strong concerns about the city’s awareness of tree health and its protection policies.

News Roundup -- Food deadlock may end soon/BGI growing, on the move/New name for kids’ museum/Teens get their own java joint

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

The deadlock over ferry food service will be broken within two weeks, the head of Washington State Ferries said Thursday. The labor union representing galley workers and the food service company holding the contract on Bainbridge ferries will “have to sit down in the next two weeks and come up with an agreement,” interim WSF CEO Mike Anderson said during a Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Island couple ordered to leave country

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

One avenue of appeal remains for Michael and Carol Gormely. Mike Gormley stacked fruit at Village Safeway Thursday as if the day were an ordinary one. The grocery worker – a familiar face to islanders who shop at the store – placed each apple on a growing pyramid, his slender fingers turning the stems precisely to the left. One wouldn’t guess from his demeanor that Gormley and his wife Carol had earlier that day received long-dreaded news: notice of their impending deportation.

News Roundup -- Three hurt in Yeomalt crash/Camp Siberia to host gala/Senior Cruise raises funds/Teen drinking forum slated/Dad and son join relief work/Ferry b

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

Excessive speed through a residential neighborhood resulted in an automobile crash that injured three island young people Friday evening, police said. A 1984 Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway and struck a tree on Park Avenue at Yeomalt Point, according to reports. Two passengers, 18-year-old William James Silva and 19-year-old Heidi L. Henshaw, suffered “substantial” bodily injury, a police spokeswoman said.

School ‘master plan’ slated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

The district could still break ground on new buildings in 2006. Some of the Bainbridge school board’s most vocal critics became advocates Thursday, when it was agreed that voter-financed school projects will be explained in a new “master plan.” “I give the board a lot of credit for their willingness to make sure it’s done right,” said Bob Fortner of the Bainbridge Resource Group, which has requested such a plan for months. “The school board has created an opportunity to engage in a whole new concept of capital planning, and it’s truly exciting.”

Give Winslow more people, consultant says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

Vitality, diversity, affordability would get a boost, Patrick Condon argues. Downtown Winslow could easily absorb an additional 10,000 residents without changing its character, said one of North America’s leading landscape architects at an event Tuesday sponsored by Winslow Tormorrow. “It may be controversial to say this, but your downtown is a natural for density,” said Patrick Condon, the University of British Columbia’s director of landscape architecture.

Vessels won’t be empty for long

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

The Empty Bowls project returns to benefit hunger relief on Bainbridge Island. The sixth-grade students closed their eyes and imagined what it would be like to be really hungry: A snow storm traps them at school. They must sleep in the classroom. There is no food. Then they shift the image: It’s the end of the month. The cupboards are empty. The family inside is hungry, and they are neighbors.

News Roundup -- Support for park purchase/Burglar hits druggist again/Jump rope off the sidewalk

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

With about $1 million remaining, many residents want the bulk of Open Space Commission funds used to complete the purchase of Pritchard Park. With about $1 million remaining, many residents want the bulk of Open Space Commission funds used to complete the purchase of Pritchard Park. That was the message most residents sent to the commission during a public forum Thursday evening.

Ferry ticket change upsets riders

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

Fare hikes are of less concern than plans to curtail discount booklets. Bitsy Ostenson isn’t a ferry commuter, but she is a shopper, a babysitter and a theater fan. This mix of activities draws her to Seattle frequently enough to benefit from a discounted 10-ticket booklet she easily uses within the required 90 days. But her twice-a-week ferry excursions won’t be enough to benefit from proposed restrictions that narrow the time she can use her 10 tickets to just 30 days.

Schools Trust launches new fund drive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

What if every private dollar given to support local public schools was doubled? That’s the goal of the Bainbridge Public Schools Trust’s $100,000 matching grant campaign, to be launched this month. If the community can raise $100,000 by June 30, a stalwart group of trust donors will pony up the match, with $200,000 turned over to the schools, primarily to hire teachers and reduce class sizes.

Parent barred from classrooms

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

Police barred a parent from entering his sixth-grade daughter’s class after school officials deemed him potentially disruptive toward a controversial history lesson. James Olsen of Fort Ward, one of the harshest critics of a curriculum on the 1942 internment of the island’s Japanese Americans, was met by three Bainbridge Island police officers when he arrived at Sakai Intermediate School Wednesday morning.

District praising new kindergarten

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

Thanks to a new “developmental kindergarten” at Blakely School, five special needs children will get the extra help they need to join their peers in regular classrooms next year. “The idea is to give the children the foundation they need so that when they enter first grade, they are ready and integrated into the classroom,” said teacher Jill Holbrook, who was hired in August to lead the program.

Park restoration gets $50k boost

  • Feb 9, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:35PM

A matching grant from Rotary will revamp the historic transmitter building at Battle Point. The S.O.S. for donations for the transmitter building renovation went out, and Rotary responded. The Bainbridge Island Rotary Club has committed a $50,000 matching grant toward the Transmitter Building Renovation project, which means every dollar of monetary donations during 2005 will be doubled. The grant was approved by Rotarians before Christmas, but was only announced last week.

News Roundup -- If table tops could talk.../Many coins, much care

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

If table tops could talk... “Do you feel listened to as a teen?” “What are you afraid of? “What have been your top challenges as a parent?” In a few weeks, those questions will start appearing on cards sitting on the tabletops of Winslow restaurants and coffee shops, and on a large banner on the fence near the ferry dock.

Clinic property center of storm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

A proposed rezone is supported by merchants, resisted by neighbors. Efforts to loosen land use restrictions on a downtown parcel could allow Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic to expand but may alter the character of Ericksen Avenue. Heralded as a boost for Winslow’s future vitality, proponents say the changes would allow the cramped clinic to expand services downtown rather than moving to a larger parcel elsewhere.

News Roundup -- Ferry wireless up and running/AG to speak to scout clan/Chevron gives to museum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Can’t wait to check your email between home and work? Now island ferry commuters can surf the web via wireless Internet access launched yesterday by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and ferry officials. The Bainbridge run is the third to upgrade, following the Kingston-Edmonds and Port Townsend-Keystone routes that linked up last year.

School board mulls moves

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Officials work to document the planning process since 1993. The school board has insisted all along it has enough documentation to proceed with a $40 million bond to renovate the high school. At an impromptu meeting Thursday evening, surrounded by glossy architectural drawings of what the high school might look like in the future, the board reviewed the evidence, gleaned from fat notebooks filled with reports from architects, engineers, consultants and staff.

City contract talks hit a wall

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Mediation is next, after sides can’t find accord on salaries or benefits. Saying its members “feel they are not appreciated by the current administration,” the union representing most city workers this week declared a breakdown in talks for a new labor contract.

News Roundup -- Indian art expert here/Ferry fare meeting set/Kindergarten prices climb/Unitarians change name/Parents, read with your kids

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

One of the region’s foremost experts on Native American art will speak Saturday at the Bainbridge Library. Retired University of Washington art history and anthropology professor Bill Holm will discuss his most recent book “Sundogs and Eagle Down: the Indian Paintings of Bill Holm,” a collection depicting traditional native scenes, produced from the 1950s to the present. Holm’s paintings are known for their ethnographic detail, including depictions of eagle down feathers scattered by the Kwakiutl tribe to welcome guests and sun dogs – bright spots near the sun – that are mentioned in many northern tribe myths.

Tax credit bill in works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Legislators hope to promote the preservation of downtowns. Proposed tax credit incentives advocated by local legislators and the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association could jump-start the hearts of Washington’s ailing small towns. “There’s too much of a Wal-Mart mindset that forgets the mom and pop businesses,” said state Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo. “Small businesses are what make places like downtown Bainbridge so distinctive. It’s a safe place and is a place to get to know your neighbors. “

School bond up in the air

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Criticism forces the district to mull a delay for construction, but not ‘tech.’ In an effort to create “a more positive climate” for the passage of a $40 million school bond, Bainbridge schools Supt. Ken Crawford said he would support a delay in the May 17 election, if that’s what the school board wants. But Crawford would not back any postponement of a $7.9 million technology levy, he said Monday, his first day back at work after eight weeks of sick leave.

Transit, city buy Unocal property

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Traffic, bike/ped circulation will be improved around the ferry terminal. A wobbly chain-link fence rings a pock-marked lot crowned with a “No Trespassing” sign. There are probably better ways to welcome visitors to the island than the empty Unocal lot at the intersection of Winslow Way and highway 305. But a warmer greeting is in the works now that the city and Kitsap Transit are poised to buy the one-acre property.

Judge gives teen six months for crash

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Todd Duffner, 19, ran down bicyclist islander Ernie Franz last summer. A Bainbridge Island man who drove drunk and hit a bicyclist – days after a good friend of his own was killed in a drunk-driving accident – has been sentenced to a six-month jail term and substance abuse treatment. Todd Duffner, 19, was taken into custody Jan. 18, immediately after being sentenced by Kitsap Superior Court Judge Jay B. Roof.

News Roundup -- Library board buys building/Park will get new restroom

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:34PM

Major expansion may be years off, but the Bainbridge Island Library is making plans now. The foundation board has purchased the property next door to the library for $1.1 million. “We know that land is never going to be any cheaper than it is today and we’d like to stay where we are,” said Susan Bottles, immediate past president of the library board. “It’s a good central location, and we want to be there 60 years from now.”

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