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Ferry fare hike of 5 percent endorsed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

The state Transportation Commission Thursday endorsed a 5 percent across-the-board fare increase effective in May, and will schedule a number of public meetings and a hearing on the plan before implementing any increase. In so doing, the panel accepted the recommendations of the Tariff Policy Committee, chaired by Alice Tawresey of Bainbridge Island.

In the vanguard for public education

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

Bainbridge was there in force. More than 500 island teachers, administrators and staff, parents and kids trekked to Olympia Tuesday for the Washington Education Association “Day of Action” in support of public education funding. They had a lot of company; a crowd estimated at 25,000 marched the mile from Capitol Lake Park to gather at the rally site east of the capitol grounds. “It really is amazing to see this many people,” said Patti Schlosser, head of the Bainbridge teachers’ union. “I think if any legislator were to talk about ‘whining teachers,’ they would be very foolish. Surely they must recognize the strength we have behind us.”

Lower speeds on two roads -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

The city will lower speed limits on several island roads this month, public works department officials said. A portion of Fletcher Bay Road will be lowered to 35 mph from the current 40 mph. The affected area stretches from just north of the High School Road intersection to the end of the first curve south of that intersection. Tree branches will also be trimmed to improve sightlines for drivers.

Decant debate wafts back in

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

A citizen committee charged with trying to put to rest public controversy over a so-called “decant” facility will hold its first meeting tomorrow, its charge to determine whether the whole problem can be shipped off the island. The directive came after public outcry greeted two plans for on-island sites, first on lower Weaver Road and then on city property on New Brooklyn Road. “Our charge from the city council is to see if there is a way not to leave anything on the island,” said Public Works Director Randy Witt.

Burglary suspect arrested -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

A 36-year-old man wanted for residential burglaries on Mercer Island was arrested in Kitsap County after a high-speed chase this week, and may be linked to a recent break-in spree on Bainbridge, police said.

Schei goodbye -- park board member steps down

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

Citing changing life priorities and the desire to spend more time traveling with his wife, Daryle Schei resigned this week from the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board. Schei announced his resignation in a letter to board chair Dane Spencer. He had just completed the first year of his second term on the board, having been re-elected unopposed in November 2001.

Eleventh-hour agreement on shorelines

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

After months of heated debate, the Bainbridge Planning Commission may have reached an agreement on shoreline buffers – the most contentious among many regulatory issues. But because the commissioners have almost run out of time to meet the Bainbridge Island City Council’s deadline for handing off the issue, they may not be able to produce any document that reflects their last-minute consensus.

Nasser Rolfes takes council reins

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

In committee, away from the cameras and a sometimes incredulous public eye, things didn’t go that badly for the city council and mayor last year, Christine Nasser Rolfes says. Sometimes, after a tough issue was tackled and resolved, members would sit back and say, “Too bad the public didn’t see that.” “Yes, there were squabbles, posturing, and inappropriate public remarks,” Nasser Rolfes said. “It was unpleasant for people to watch and it was personally draining to be a part of. It was a tough year of transition. But I hope to put that behind us in 2003. “There are a lot of difficult issues for us to tackle together and we need to mend fences, move forward, focus on the policies and the vision, and get away from the personalities.”

Council off and running for 2003

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

Asked about their work in 1997, city employees complained about poor communication, inconsistent application of policies and a lack of direction. A consultant recommended a number of remedies. And even though most of those recommendations have been implemented, some of the problems cited in 1997 study may have resurfaced or remain, suggesting to some that the process might bear repeating.

Inslee: Nation must break oil addiction

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Jay Inslee wants to persuade his fellow congressional Democrats to kill two huge birds with one stone. The “birds”: national security and global warming. The “stone”: reducing our national reliance on cheap fossil fuel. When he goes to the congressional Democratic retreat later this month, Inslee will propose a 10-year program to promote alternative energy sources, he said in an interview this week at his Hawley Way home on Bainbridge Island.

Winds leave island dark again -- New Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

For the second time in a week, high winds left islanders in the dark. They were in good company – trees downed transmission lines in the Poulsbo area, leaving an estimated 37,000 customers without power on Bainbridge and in North Kitsap.

Znetix, council -- Year in review, part two

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

The Znetix/HMC scandal reached a crescendo in August when founder Kevin Lawrence was arrested and jailed on charges of criminal fraud. A horde of buyers descended on a series of auctions at which tangible property bought with millions of investor dollars was sold off, netting well over a million dollars, most of which has gone to administering the estate. Much of the island’s political passion was seemingly devoted to the city’s proposed shoreline regulations, which throngs packing the Bainbridge Planning Commission meetings denounced as unnecessary infringements on property rights.

Znetix, council dominated 2002 -- Year in review, part one

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

We suspected something might have been fishy, but we didn’t have an inkling of how big that fish might be. In 2001, the state Division of Financial Institutions had ordered Bainbridge-based Health Maintenance Corporation and Znetix to cease selling unregistered stock. Although founder Kevin Lawrence and his associates would never comment to the press, they repeatedly assured investors that all would be well.

Stolen pickup found; break-ins climb -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

A pickup stolen from a Point White home during a burglary spree 10 days ago was recovered undamaged in Jefferson County, police say. The vehicle, a 1996 Ford Ranger, was found abandoned on a golf course in Port Ludlow on Dec. 21, two days after it was stolen, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said.

Commission split over shoreline policies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

While the Planning Commission will unanimously recommend broad new shoreline policies – including a ban on new docks in Blakely Harbor – it remains deeply divided on many issues. Unable to find consensus on such questions as shoreline vegetation and non-conforming uses, the commission may file two reports, and toss those hot potatoes to the Bainbridge City Council to resolve in the coming year. “We may decide not to give recommendations, but admit we can’t decide,” commission vice chair Bill Luria said this week.

State revamps shoreline guidelines

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

New state shoreline regulations agreed to by regulators and business groups are an attempt to restore balance between environmental protection and human use, according to a Bainbridge attorney instrumental in their development. But it’s too soon yet to determine what impact, if any, those guidelines may have on the current debate over Bainbridge Island’s shoreline policies.

South-end burglary spree resumes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

At least five homes along Point White were broken into early Thursday morning, as a burglar moved down the beach toward Crystal Springs looking for unsecured doors and windows. Officers were summoned to the neighborhood at 2 a.m., when a resident alerted by a barking dog discovered someone trying to enter his home through a deck door.

Ferry system facing 'cold hard reality'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Washington State Ferries’ proposal to shut down passenger-only ferry services is a bitter blow to Bremerton, but voter refusal to fund the system leaves WSF with little choice, local legislators say. The proposal, floated Wednesday by WSF Director Mike Thorne at a state Transportation Commission meeting, follows repeal of the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax and the failure of the Referendum 51 transportation package. “Michael Thorne was facing some very difficult realities,” said Rep. Phil Rockefeller (D-Bainbridge Island). “He is concentrating on his core mission to keep the system functioning.”

Kitsap Transit may save foot-ferry service

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

If Kitsap County residents come up with the money, Kitsap Transit may rescue passenger-only ferry service within two years – including the much-discussed fast-ferry service from Kingston to downtown Seattle. Kitsap Transit has dusted off a plan that would put five small but fast boats on the Bremerton run, then put the two existing fast boats on the Kingston run. “If we can get this on the ballot in November, we could actually begin the service in as little as two years,” Kitsap Transit Director Dick Hayes this week.

Council finds accord on 2003 budget

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

With few issues yet to be decided on the city’s 2003 budget, Councilman Bill Knobloch was confident that accord could be reached in short order. “It’s really not that bad,” Knobloch said, as a final budget workshop got under way Monday, “if council members restrain themselves from commentary.” Four hours later, the council adjourned with general agreement on a $17.13 million operations budget for next year.

Agencies seek secure future for Serenity House

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

You may not think of the 21 developmentally disabled adults at Lynwood Center’s Serenity House as part of your family. But you, they say, are part of their family. And those ties are at risk if Serenity House closes when long-time owner Ruth Closser-Wieman retires. “If Serenity House is closed, the people living there would most likely be moved off Bainbridge Island and away from the community, which is really their family,” said Donna Dahlquist, who knows the Serenity House residents through Helpline House’s community access program, which she heads.

Nasser Rolfes to lead 2003 council -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Christine Nasser Rolfes will lead the Bainbridge Island City Council as chair in 2003. She was selected by unanimous vote of her colleagues after a motion by current chair Michael Pollock, who said she would be “outstanding” in the role. Nasser Rolfes will be in the fourth year of her first council term, and is the only senior member who has yet to serve as chair.

'This education brought to you by Coke'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Asked what was special about their teacher, Charlotte Rovelstad said, many students in her daughter’s first-grade class once answered: “She drinks Diet Coke every day.” That set Rovelstad to thinking about creeping commercialism in the classroom. She is not alone; the encroachment of corporations into public schools has been the subject of debate nationally for several years. And in an era of scarce public funding, many districts have bitten at the grants, software or instructional materials that bait commercial hooks.

Will the gate come down?

  • Dec 14, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

A public right of way on Fletcher Landing could mean modest access to the water for a few a and kayakers, but nothing resembling a waterfront park. “We have not at all called for ramps or trailers,” said Bitsy Ostenson, a long-time member of the city’s road-end committee, which drafted plans for the former ferry landing that has been in dispute since 1996. “This property was designed to get people onto and off of the water, so what we’re proposing boils down to the historical use.”

WSF scales back proposed fare hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

Ferry riders could see fares climb by 5 percent beginning in May, significantly less than the hike proposed earlier under a two-year old plan for stepped increases. The lower-than-anticipated hike was endorsed by the Tariff Policy Committee at its meeting Wednesday. Washington STate Ferries will instead cut some operations costs, and try to generate new revenue through advertising and retail services.

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