Story Archives

Archive Results — 21026 thru 21050 of about 24475 items

Despite ‘lack of respect,’ Konkel to stay

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

Council members try to smooth things over with the city finance director. Sometimes promises can be a job’s most enticing perk. That was the case this week when city Finance Director Elray Konkel withdrew his application with the City of Kirkland after members of the Bainbridge City Council gave Konkel a simple pledge: They’ll listen more. “I thought we could do more to work better together to accomplish better things,” said Konkel, who has led the city’s finance department for two years. “We were not doing things in the most effective, expedient or respectful ways. But we’ve had some frank discussions recently in which I’ve said, ‘Hey, I’m drowning here.’”

City prevails in long battle over road end

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

The gate across Fletcher Landing must come down, the city says. After years of litigation, it appears the gate will finally fall. The state Supreme Court this week declined to review an earlier court ruling opening Fletcher Landing to public access, effectively squashing an effort by neighbors to restrict access to a 40-feet-wide road end and tidelands they say is private. It was the third court decision in favor of public access. The state Court of Appeals last year upheld an earlier ruling allowing the city to open the beach to the public. But neighbors decided to leave the gate up until they’d exhausted their legal options.

From many islands to one

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

The Marshalls president and his entourage visit the Northwest. The president and his entourage stepped from a motorcade of black SUVs outside City Hall Wednesday, surrounded by shifty-eyed Secret Service agents. But this president and a half- dozen senators and ministers weren’t visiting Bainbridge to stump for tax cuts or a social security overhaul. They were simply here to shake hands with fellow islanders. “This is a beautiful place,” said his Excellency Kessai Note, the two-term president of the Marshall Islands. “It is very clean here, well maintained and with so much greenery. And it has an island feeling, just like home.”

News Roundup - McDonalds gets the OK/Meigs project moves ahead/Adopt a cat this month/Review launches reader survey

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

The city approved design changes to the island McDonald’s restaurant, allowing the fast food chain to replace its cedar shingle roof with metal sheeting. The decision by the city Department of Planning and Community Development amends earlier requirements that the restaurant maintain a cedar roof. The design team employed by Peninsula McDonald’s Restaurants, which operates the Bainbridge eatery and numerous others in the area, argued that metal roof upgrades fit the aesthetics of the area, including a nearby hardware store and bank.

An eye for the detail all around

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

Barbara Diltz Chandler’s images appear at Pegasus. Barbara Diltz Chandler once tried to circumnavigate the island – not by boat but by shoreline, making piecemeal rambles across local tide flats. She only made it halfway around, but came away with fond memories and at least one fun image on her camera. That picture, of a long-decrepit pier adorned with a traffic sign reading “One Way,” is among 14 images from Chandler’s peripatetic sprees in an exhibition titled “Circle, Line, Sign,” opening this weekend at Pegasus and running through June.

Policy priorities prompt spat on council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

Tooloee’s move to advance his own policies is opposed by fellow councilors. Enacting environmental and land use regulations favored by one city council member won’t top the city’s to-do list next year. Councilman Nezam Tooloee failed to gain the council’s support for a series of policy deadlines and budget priorities during a contentious discussion at last week’s council meeting. A resolution drafted by Tooloee was aimed at ensuring that his favored policies – many of them related to the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance – do not fall by the wayside among city staff.

Summer escape is right at hand

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

A new Bainbridge business offers tours custom-tailored for island visitors. Several years ago, in a small restaurant in Naples, Italy, Carey Jonas attached fond memories to bread sticks. Dining with friends and unable to speak Italian, the group cumbersomely ordered what they thought was cheese bread. “The waiter misunderstood us,” Jonas said. “First they brought out piles of cheese on a plate. Then they brought ketchup because we were American. Everyone in the place was laughing about it – I think the restaurant staff had as much fun with it as we did.”

Council considers ban on harbor skiing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

Speed and safety are cited as concerns, following complaints by harbor neighbors. The City Council may ban water skiing in portions of Eagle Harbor before the sport hits full swing this summer. “It’s ludicrious to allow that activity,” said Councilman Bill Knobloch at last week’s council meeting. “The sport truly does not belong in the inner harbor.” The proposed ban echoes a recommendation last year by the city’s Harbor Commission, which voiced concerns about water skiing’s impact on the “aquatic conservancy zone” and sensitive eelgrass habitat in the inner harbor at the Head of the Bay.

Library running out of room

  • May 31, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:32PM

A decade after its last expansion, the popular facility may already be too small. They’d have joined their kids, if only there was room. Instead, parents pressed noses to the glass to see dozens of youngsters sprawled and enthralled for the out-loud reading of a good book. Overflows were common at recent children’s story times at the Bainbridge Public Library, so much so that staff decided to move the event upstairs to a bigger room. The problem, they say, is that they’re running out of bigger rooms.

News Roundup - Parking regs not so easy/Legion hosts Memorial Day

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Winslow’s parking situation is too complicated to be solved by a single set of regulations, and may require new sub-districts within the downtown core, Bainbridge Planning Commission members said this week. The commission Thursday tabled plans to reduce the current requirement from four to three spaces per thousand square feet of new building space, saying that some streets, especially those along the waterfront, may have different needs.

Downtown trees quite a draw

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Now, advocates say, if islanders could just save more of them. Long before a slew of condominiums began to rise along Winslow Way, the ancestors of the timber with which they’re built started their own ascent toward the heavens. Today, a few senior specimens still stretch leafy appendages across eves and sidewalks. But development threatens scores of historic and champion trees that, in absence of public awareness and stringent removal guidelines, conservationists say may become casualties.

Island climber scales Everest

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Rainier, McKinley, Mount Blanc and now the world’s tallest. Bainbridge Island is about five miles wide. Turn it on its side so Restoration Point scrapes the clouds, and “Mount Bainbridge” would still be nearly 3,000 feet stubbier than Mount Everest. A Bainbridge climber is the newest member of a small fraternity of islanders who have summited Everest, the world’s tallest mountain at 29,028 feet. Garrett Madison, 27, reached the top of the world May 21 as part of an expedition that included three other guides and five sherpas.

Council scuttles shuttle plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Downtown employees may not take advantage of the program, some say. A stalled shuttle service proposal will receive a tune-up before rolling onto Winslow’s streets. “This (shuttle service) has to happen,” said Councilman Kjell Stoknes after Wednesday’s council meeting. “But there’s some concern that it won’t be used by people working downtown.” Stoknes and other councilors expressed general support for the free shuttle service before sending the proposal back to the Public Works Committee for revision.

Pollution feared at strawberry pier park site

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Cleanup of a former fuel depot near Eagle Harbor spurs testing. Contamination at a former fuel depot along Eagle Harbor may have spread to a city-owned park property, city officials say. Nine years ago, ConocoPhillips voluntarily initiated a cleanup of petroleum deposits found on a one-acre property near the intersection of Shepard Way and Bromley Place, along the harbor’s northwest shore. But the fuel company recently requested city permission to test portions of the nearby, publicly- owned “strawberry pier” property at the foot of Weaver Road, acquired in 2004 for use as a waterfront park. ConocoPhillips officials this week decribed any leftover petroleum products as “residual.”

Rebirth of a landmark tree

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

The monkey puzzle specimen on Ericksen Ave. takes root anew. Every tree has a story, but the tale behind the new monkey puzzle tree on Ericksen Avenue is a bit more prickly than most. The tree took root behind the Virginia Mason Clinic on Tuesday, replacing a larger version of itself that died after construction along Ericksen a few years ago.

It’s a lot closer than Nordstrom

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Ambrosia boasts a counter of good scents. The newest boutique in Winslow Green is as pretty as its name. Ambrosia – the food of the gods in Greek and Roman mythology, or something with a delicious flavor or fragrance – has been open barely a week, yet it’s making a name for itself among women who ordinarily would cross the water for beauty products. Trendy makeup, body balms and candles line the walls of the light-filled space like jewels in a salon, beckoning with rich colors, lush scents and romantic names. “I love pretty packaging,” said owner Suzanne Miller, who chooses products with local consumers in mind, not day-trippers. “But it has to be good to be in the store.”

News Roundup - 305 forum next week/Harbor wake on the docket/China group reflects on trip

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Mayor Darlene Kordonowy and other regional leaders will host a forum on long-range plans for State Route 305 next week. Commissioned by Kitsap Transit, the Suquamish Tribe, the cities of Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island, the “SR 305 Corridor Vision Project” will study long-term transportation options from Poulsbo to Winslow. The project aims to identify and evaluate high-capacity transit options to meet regional transportation growth demands into the year 2060. The project will also identify near-term action to improve transportation conditions throughout the highway corridor.

A young talent with an old soul

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Violinist Ranger Sciacca finds his inspiration in 1930s ‘gypsy jazz.' For many aficionados, jazz guitar begins and ends with a single name: Django. So great was the shadow cast by the European gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt that his surname became superfluous, the brilliance of his oeuvre reduced to a moniker as singular as Segovia for the classical canon and Jimi for rock and roll. Less known but essential to Django’s achievements was musical partner Stephane Grappelli, the violinist whose nimble work with the bow helped define the “gypsy jazz” of the 1930s. In that period, Ranger Sciacca find his inspiration.

On a journey of self-discovery

  • May 24, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:31PM

Students study plankton, learn to sail on a voyage around the sound. They boast flashy exteriors, but plankton are at the mercy of the currents. Even their name derives from a Greek word meaning “drifter.” But rather than floating aimlessly like the plankton they study, a group of Bainbridge High School students moved with purpose during a sailing trip last weekend, charting their own path and leaving doubt in their wake.

What’s the future of the grassy knoll?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:30PM

The city takes a serious look at connecting Ericksen and Hildebrand. People find a way. Since drivers can’t follow the crows, they circumvent the plug between Ericksen Avenue and Hildebrand Way by snaking through a business parking lot. Yet the idea of connecting the two streets, currently separated by a small, mounded green space, remains a matter of considerable debate. Some believe doing so would improve connectivity and stimulate commerce; others feel it would destroy the ambiance of the quiet Ericksen neighborhood.

Winslow may see return of free shuttle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:30PM

The city is poised to spend $135K on temporary bus service downtown. Parking may be more plentiful and downtown errands easier with a free shuttle bus circulating through Winslow this summer. “This is aimed at getting employees to park out of the downtown area and for shoppers who don’t want to hunt for a parking space,” said city Public Works Director Randy Witt, who drafted a recommendation to the council for the new weekday service. Under a proposed agreement with Kitsap Transit, the shuttle service would run from downtown to a summer-long park and ride lot at Ordway Elementary School, with frequent stops along Madison Avenue, Winslow Way and Ericksen Avenue.

Enjoy a soak at...Meigs Spa?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:30PM

Gale Cool hopes to build a spa and lodge at Meigs Farm. Gale Cool’s new health spa and lodge on Meigs Farm is nearly complete, even though he hasn’t yet broken ground. “The landscaping’s done,” Cool said from a sloped prairie overlooking wetlands and a large pond. “The infrastructure’s 90 percent done. I’ve got a well, roads and I don’t think I’ll need to take out even three trees. The spa’s fundamentally done.”

Greener going on the highway

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:30PM

The highway will be a little cleaner and greener this summer. The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to stop spraying herbicides along State Route 305, and instead use low-growing grass to combat the spread of weeds.

News Roundup - Take a tour of town trees/Inslee works logging issue/Food drive stocks shelves/Growth group looks at ‘burbs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:30PM

Botanist Arthur Lee Jacobson will conduct a tour of historic, champion and unique trees at 1 p.m. on May 24. The tour group will meet outside the Historic Museum on Ericksen. Call 842-1157 for reservations. The event, sponsored by the city’s Community Forestry Commission, is designed to increase islanders’ arboreal awareness. “There are a lot of historic trees on the island,” said island plant pathologist Olaf Ribiero, who is organizing the event. “With all the new development going on, it’s important for people to know which trees need to be saved. As it stands now, there are no provisions to protect them.”

Report: cops, court need new building

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:30PM

The location for the $9 million facility could be near Madison Avenue and SR305. The Bainbridge Island Police Department should move out of its cramped downtown building into a new $9 million facility shared with the municipal courthouse, according to a recent city-commissioned study. The best location may be the intersection of Madison Avenue and State Route 305, the report says. The current police headquarters on Winslow Way is “functioning at maximum capacity” according to the study conducted by local architect Dana Webber.

Read the Jan 30
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates