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New faces abound in island classrooms

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

The good news is: There are more students. The bad news is: There are more students. Enrollment of 12 middle school and 67 high school students above and beyond district projections, has brought about $210,000 more in state funding to Bainbridge schools. But it has also crowded some classrooms with as many as 34 students, when the district tries to keep that number at 29 or fewer. “We are close to a percentage point over what we predicted,” said Ken Crawford, superintendent of Bainbridge schools.

Road closure gets review -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Road closure gets review City public works officials are looking at a temporary bypass lane for emergency vehicle travel on Lynwood Center Road. The road was closed this week to all thru-traffic between Emerald Way and Baker Hill, to repair slide damage from last winter. Construction of a retaining wall and reconstruction of the roadbed are expected to take five weeks.

With funds short, roadwork may be put off

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Facing a period of limited revenue growth, the city is cutting back on “big-ticket” capital spending, and looking at service users to shoulder more of the costs. That will mean higher water and stormwater bills for Winslow residents, said Ralph Eells, city finance director. And it likely means that voters will get the final say on most major projects. “Voter initiatives have limited the amount that cities can increase revenues without a vote of the people,” Eells said, “and I don’t think we will be able to pay for major capital projects in the future without going to a vote.”

Ferry riders: Don’t miss the boat -- News Roundup

  • Sep 21, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

The new Bainbridge-Seattle ferry schedule, changed for the first time in 13 years, takes effect Sunday. And while weekday commuters will have the option of a 4:45 a.m. sailing to Seattle, they’ll have to get to the terminal on their own, without help from Kitsap Transit. “We couldn’t arrange our schedules to meet that (early) boat,” said John Clauson if Kitsap Transit. “It would put us into a three-shift mode, and it would be very expensive to hire the additional people.”

South-end sewer costs too much for some

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

South-end neighborhoods that want sewer service have gotten a close look at the price tag – almost $30,000 per home. And while waterfront residents want to push ahead as soon as possible, the more modest inland neighborhood that started the whole process may find the costs prohibitive. “The sum is outrageous and unaffordable,” said Kirsten Hytopoulos of Emerald Heights. “I’m very concerned we won’t be able to do it.”

UPDATE: Treasurer race going down to the wire

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Kitsap voters haven’t been treated in years to a close, countywide election like the one that played out this week between Barbara Stephenson and Paulette Alvarado. At press time Friday afternoon, Stephenson clung to a lead of just 54 votes out of 45,000 counted. Stephenson held 22,243 votes (49.5 percent) and Alvarado 22,189 (49.4 percent), with the balance going to unspecified write-ins. A recount is almost assured.

UPDATE: Island voters rally behind parks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Roused to action by February’s “wake-up call,” Bainbridge Park District supporters heading into Tuesday’s election took their message to the voters: If you want island parks to stay open, vote for the levy. Islanders responded at the polls, voting overwhelmingly to support district parks and programs going through 2004.

Fiber-optic lines on way to island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Crews are poised on Bainbridge’s doorstep, waiting to begin stringing fiber-optic cable down the island’s spine. All the Kitsap Public Utility District is waiting for now is a go-ahead from the city council, in the form of an ordinance granting right-of-way use, and a franchise agreement. “We can probably have fiber on the island by the end of the year if all goes well,” said David Jones of KPUD.

Racist fliers distributed -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Anti-semitic fliers were placed on the windshields of several vehicles outside city hall Friday afternoon, police say. The tri-fold brochure showed an image of the second World Trade Center building about to be struck by an airplane, emblazoned with the large word “Why?” Text inside the brochure purported to quote Arab suicide bombers, and concluded with the message, “Get out of Palestine, Jews, or die here.” The brochures were signed by a known Aryan Nations-related organization with a splinter groups in Washington, Cooper said. They did not appear to be targeted at specific individuals, although it was unclear who received them.

What does R-51 promise for Bainbridge?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

When Washington voters cast their general-election ballots in November, they will pick up where lawmakers left off at the close of the 2002 legislative session. In Referendum 51, voters across Washington will ratify or reject the $7.7 billion state transportation improvement package that the legislature sent them last spring. Supporters say the plan would relieve the state’s worst traffic choke points, provide safety improvements and rejuvenate the state’s aging ferry fleet over a 10-year period. Locally, it would mean foot-ferry service from Kingston to downtown Seattle, which could mean fewer cars from northern portions of Kitsap County driving across Bainbridge to the Winslow ferry terminal.

Polls will be open Sept. 17

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Although ballots are coming back a little slower than usual, Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn still expects a primary election turnout of around 45 percent countywide, a bit higher on Bainbridge. “We’re at about 20 percent now,” Flynn said Thursday, “but I think back-to-school and 9-11 memorials have slowed things down.”

Shoreline owners seeing red over green

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Proposed changes to the Shoreline Master Plan that could include a buffer of native vegetation – including trees – between shoreline properties and the water came under withering fire from a packed house at Thursday night’s Planning Commission meeting. “I’m astounded at the proposed plan,” said Dave Berry, who lives on Eagle Harbor. “You will be told what you can plant, and how you can walk to the beach. This is more restrictive than anywhere else.”

Views may be lost with shoreline policies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

If the views of the city’s planners prevail, the views of future waterfront dwellers might be a bit narrower. In revised shoreline regulations under consideration, city planners propose the requirement of a planted buffer zone “in a diversity and density natural to the conditions of a native area.” In plain talk, that means trees.

AT&T deal brings windfall for island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

After AT&T Broadband bought out the Northland Cablevision franchise on Bainbridge Island, it moved operations from High School Road to a more central facility in Kitsap County. Now, AT&T is offering virtually all of its inherited Bainbridge holdings to local agencies – 10 acres of forested land to the park district, a studio for Bainbridge Island Broadcasting, and space on its towers for local emergency communications.

Congress takes up internment memorial bill

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Islanders headed to Capitol Hill this week, seeking congressional support for a proposed Japanese American internment memorial in Eagledale. Clarence Moriwaki of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, and Bainbridge Mayor Darlene Kordonowy testified before the House Resources Subcommittee on Parks, Recreation and Public Lands, Thursday morning in Washington D.C.

Insider Appleton, outsider Ducheane aim at Woods

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Two Democrats vying to take on Poulsbo Republican Beverly Woods for a seat in the state House of Representatives see things from different perspectives. Sherry Appleton has seen government from the inside, as a Poulsbo City Council member and a lobbyist in Olympia.

Day of reflection planned for 9-11

  • Sep 4, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Recent and past history are linked, as Bainbridge Island Historical Society debuts a film next Wednesday about the internment of Japanese American citizens in World War II. The production, tied as it is to the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, is one of many by which islanders will observe and reflect upon the Sept. 11 attacks of a year ago. “After Silence,” produced for the historical society by islander Lois Shelton of Foxglove Films, explores the conflict between post-attack fears for national security and guarantees to civil liberties.

Quitslund named Citizen of the Year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

Garnie Quitslund isn’t opposed to efforts aimed at improving the island as a place to live. But he wants the opportunities to be made available to everyone, and not rationed only to those in the upper-income brackets. “People who work in a community should be able to share and participate in it,” Quitslund said.

Police seek drive-by flasher -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

Police are seeking an unidentified man who exposed himself to two teenage girls on Hidden Cove Road Tuesday evening. The incident was reported east of the highway around dusk, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said.

Alvarado, Stephenson vie for treasurer post

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

The office of Kitsap County Treasurer will stay in Democratic hands no matter who is elected to replace Sharon Shrader – there isn’t a Republican on the ballot, so the office will be decided in the Sept. 17 primary. Both candidates – former Poulsbo city accounting manager Paulette Alvarado and Barbara Stephenson, executive director of the United Way of Kistap County – claim accounting and finance experience, in addition to ringing endorsements from other elected officials and private citizens. While Alvarado’s focus has been in the government sector, Stephenson’s experience centers more on the private and quasi-public sectors. “The voters truly have a choice to make,” Stephenson said. “They have an opportunity to look at the differences between the two candidates and make a decision. We are very different.”

Homebuilders sue city again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

The latest lawsuit against the city purports to be about open space. But both sides, particularly the builders, say it’s really about a lack of communication. “I think this is their way of getting our attention,” said Bainbridge City Councilman Norm Wooldridge. “They don’t seem to feel we pay attention otherwise.” Art Castle, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Kitsap County, which filed the lawsuit against the city last week, agreed that the builders do indeed feel ignored.

Burglaries linked to home invasion

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

A pair of burglaries Saturday – at least one of which saw the front door of a home forced open in broad daylight – have police warning islanders to be wary of strangers at the door. The incidents are believed to be linked to a “home invasion” robbery a week earlier in Bremerton, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said. “The kicking in of front doors is pretty brazen,” Anderson said. “We’re concerned that we’ve got someone out there who’s that bold...There’s a very disturbing, aggressive guy out there.”

Crowds throw money at Znetix auction; gym prevails

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

When the hammer fell, so did the tears. “Sold,” master auctioneer Jim Murphy declared, “for $160,000.” And with that, Mike and Alexa Rosenthal bought the equipment in their Madison Avenue health club, prompting a tearful celebration among the couple’s friends and employees. “We never did not believe we would be here,” Mike Rosenthal said. “This is about what we can do for the community, and we can do it now that this is all behind us.”

Controversial Blakely dock OK'd

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

The city has given final approval to the controversial Bottles dock in Blakely Harbor. And while the Bottles are appealing conditions placed on the dock, the group that had opposed the application does not intend to appeal, meaning the south-end harbor is likely to see its first new dock in some 20 years. “We decided to put our energy into protecting the rest of the harbor,” said Iver MacDougall of the South Bainbridge Community Association. “We had decided we are not going to intervene in this application.”

Znetix trove on auction block this week

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

If you’re in the market for computers, office furniture or artwork, Thursday is your day. Want to get in better shape? Check in Friday. For cars and boats, block out Saturday. A three-day shopping spree will offer up goodies for which Znetix founder Kevin L. Lawrence and his companies paid several million dollars. All of it will be sold at court-ordered auctions to raise money that may begin to reimburse thousands of investors for the millions of dollars they sank into Lawrence’s companies. “This will be one of the larger auctions we have handled,” said Terry Moore of the James G. Murphy auction house in Kenmore. “We have had other deals like this, where white-collar crime may have been involved, but this is among the biggest.”

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