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Woman’s body found in sound -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

Authorities have yet to determine the identity of a woman whose body was found floating in Agate Passage Saturday morning. Neighbors with a dinghy recovered the body after spotting it from shore around 9 a.m. The body showed no trauma besides bruising that would be consistent with a fall, and an autopsy showed the cause of death to be drowning, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said.

Nordby leaving city next month

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

Frustrated by conflicts with the City Council, Administrator Lynn Nordby announced yesterday that he will retire effective July 31 to become senior project manager with MuniFinancial, a California-based consulting firm. The only full-time administrator Bainbridge Island has ever had, Nordby was hired by then-mayor Sam Granato in January 1991, four weeks before what was then the city of Winslow annexed the rest of the island. “The position was created in anticipation of all-island government,” Nordby said. “While I have enjoyed the challenge of creating an organization, it is time to do something else.”

Is fast-food law a matter of taste?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

While the formula fast-food ordinance may have helped keep Bainbridge Island from looking like “Anyplace USA,” it may not be legal, and it may not be broad enough, says City Councilman Norm Wooldridge. Instead, Wooldridge says, the city should look at design guidelines that will protect Bainbridge’s appearance without discriminating against non-local businesses. “Is it the franchises we’re concerned about or the look?” Wooldridge asked. “I think it’s the look. And while we’d like to protect the little local businesses – I’d like to – we can’t. It’s illegal.”

Library will warn patrons on privacy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

The Bainbridge Library is warning patrons that the federal government may be reading over their shoulders. The Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees voted May 28 voted to post a warning in KRL branches to counter provisions of the USA Patriot Act – an acronym for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” – that allow government agents to review library records without demonstrating “probable cause.”

Home prices see wild surge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:44PM

After spending the last year in a holding pattern, the Bainbridge Island real-estate market rocketed upwards in May, with both sales volume and prices climbing significantly from this time last year. Figures released by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service this week showed that 52 home and condominium sales were finalized in May 2003, compared to 37 a year ago.

Burglar gets 15-year sentence

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

He drifted through a three-county area, harvesting high-dollar households for cash, jewelry, and whatever else caught his eye. He worked by night, and few heard him come and go; those who did often waited crucial minutes before summoning police. The pattern of his crimes was identical everywhere – occupied, unlocked homes in waterfront neighborhoods, small valuables taken, doors left ajar when he left. “He just walked around and looked for the biggest, most expensive houses he could find,” said Scott Anderson, Bainbridge Police detective.

City legal bills keep climbing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

Believing it could find ways to reduce the city’s hefty legal costs, the Bainbridge City Council budgeted $400,000 for legal services in 2003, a 28 percent reduction from the $556,000 actually spent in 2002. The results so far are not encouraging. In the first four months of this year, legal spending is up substantially. At the current rate of spending, Bainbridge Island would pay some $630,000 on legal bills this year, exceeding the budget by almost a quarter million dollars.

Council opposes 'Patriot' provisions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

Islanders waved the flag in dissent Wednesday evening, giving the city council a standing ovation as it passed a resolution opposing the federal USA Patriot Act. “At stake is what our definition of America is,” said Kathy Horsley, one of the resolution’s supporters. Unanimous council support for a resolution introduced that evening followed often-emotional testimony by members of the Bainbridge Island Bill of Rights Defense Committee and other citizens.

Westhome breaks ground

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

If the weather cooperates, nine low-income Bainbridge families will celebrate Christmas in new and affordable apartments in downtown Winslow. Ground will be broken at 11 a.m. this morning on Janet Westhome, on Knechtel Way west of Helpline House. The complex is named for the late Janet West, former mayor and longtime affordable-housing advocate.

All foes, no friends for decant facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

Bainbridge residents seem in complete agreement over the best location for a new “decant” facility. They want it to go elsewhere – off-island if possible, or perhaps to the former dump site on Vincent Road – and nowhere near their own neighborhood. A recommendation to upgrade the existing site at the Head of the Bay drew outrage and protests from nearby residents concerned about truck traffic and pollution, at an open house Thursday at the Commons.

Commodore doom looms -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The school district will go to bid next week for demolition of the aging third of the Commodore Center, a 50-year-old wing beset by a sieve-like roof and other problems. Under an aggressive schedule approved by the school board Thursday, district officials hope to award the winning bid on June 12 and have most of the work done by time school resumes next fall.

'JeanDome' may open by end of year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

It may not look like much today – even “utilitarian” might be a compliment. But park officials see, if not beauty, potential charm in a spare metal building at John Nelson Park, which should be ready for use as a recreation center by the end of this year. The Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board Thursday approved a $26,000 remodel, to make the building suitable for aerobics classes, kindergym, martial arts and other activities.

Trailer park gets a new lease on life

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The Islander Mobile Home Park is an economic anomaly – the island’s most affordable owner-occupied housing on some of Bainbridge’s most valuable land. So when word spread that long-time park owner Pat Alderman was considering selling the property, the park’s residents – many of them elderly and on fixed incomes – feared that their tenure was about to end. With quick and coordinated action from the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority, the city and the park’s homeowner association – backed by Alderman’s commitment to the park’s residents – KCCHA will buy the property, preserving it “as is” for at least 10 years, and as affordable housing permanently.

Geoduck clam hearing Wednesday -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The state Department of Natural Resources will go before a city hearing examiner this morning, seeking approval for the harvest of geoduck clams on more than 1,500 acres of state-owned bedlands around Bainbridge Island. The DNR is seeking a shoreline conditional use permit for a commercial harvest on tracts in the Agate Passage, Battle Point, Murden Cove, Port Madison and Skiff Point areas.

Bank project trips over sidewalk

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

The main drag just isn’t big enough for everybody, and islanders may see a showdown on Winslow Way. The problem: the Winslow Master Plan calls for 10-foot sidewalks in the downtown area, a requirement that American Marine Bank has been told to meet as part of its building expansion. But more concrete means less asphalt, as widening the sidewalk means shrinking the street. And if the street shrinks any further, there may not be room for delivery trucks to service local merchants.

Bargains are old hat to her

  • May 21, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:43PM

It’s a big change – and then again, it isn’t. Bargain Boutique store manager Willie Grimm is stepping down June 1 after 23 years, but the slot will be filled by long-time assistant manager Patty Pelandini. Grimm came on board as a volunteer in 1970, a year after the doors opened. Trace her history with the second-hand store, founded to underwrite care that Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle gives to less-advantaged families, and one has learned nearly the whole story of Bargain Boutique’s evolution.

Fire board delays levy "lid lift" try

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department will not ask voters to approve a property tax levy “lid lift” this fall. The tax-hike try has been pushed back at least a year, as commissioners scale back a planned fire hall renovation and mull new ways to fund long-term capital needs. “I’m really concerned about the overall taxation on Bainbridge Island,” said Doug Johnson, fire commissioner. “(And) I didn’t feel we’d done enough groundwork, and gotten out enough infromation to support a lid lift.”

Neighborhood roiled over city road spoils

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

At the Head of the Bay, where Wyatt Way becomes Eagle Harbor Drive, a seemingly endless string of cars curve toward the south end, making it one of the busier thoroughfares on today’s Bainbridge. Take a right turn up a dirt road, and it’s a different world – a century-old farmhouse sits on a hillside overlooking small fields and a year-round stream. But with what residents claim is increasing frequency, that tranquility is disturbed by the rumble and dust of heavy truck traffic heading towards a city-owned maintenance yard, which some claim has expanded stealthily and perhaps illegally over the years.

EPA sets deadline for park purchase

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

The target has come into clear focus: come up with a minimum of $4.6 million by Dec. 31, 2004. The prize: turning at least the western 18 acres of the former Wyckoff site into Pritchard Park, with roughly 2,000 feet of sandy beach, and the Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial.

Council agrees to sewer subsidy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:42PM

To preserve a viable and affordable neighborhood, the Bainbridge City Council agreed Monday that the city should pay some of the cost of running a sewer line from Emerald Heights towards the Fort Ward sewer treatment plant. That decision, along with some other minor trimming, will cut almost $5,000 from the cost to each home of installing a sewer system to deal with the persistent septic failures experienced in that south-end neighborhood. “This is a big help,” said Kirsten Hytopoulos, Emerald Heights representative on a neighborhood steering committee. “I think the council has done what it could do.”

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.

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