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Mayor: health not an issue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Functioning with a chronic disease like lupus, or with a permanent handicap, is a matter of adapting, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy says. “The disease has taught me a lot,” she said. “You do the best you can with the circumstances you have to deal with.” Kordonowy was reflecting in the wake of a lupus “flare” last week that resulted in her being airlifted to Virginia Mason hospital after an episode of high blood pressure and rapid heartbeat.

Curtis, Wooldridge won't seek re-election

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

An early glance at this year’s city election scene, with four council seats available, produces double vision. Two veteran city council members whose second terms expire at the end of the year say they will not run for re-election. Two former council members say they’re likely to take another shot, particularly if those who are calling it quits stick with those plans. And two first-term council members say they’re not sure whether they will try to keep their seats.

Woman leaves $823,000 to PAWS, museum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Helen Bucey traveled too often to have animals of her own, so she kept them by proxy, pet-sitting for her friends. “She’d be happy to watch your house,” recalled islander and longtime friend Bitsy Ostenson, “but not if you didn’t have pets.” As to her keen interest in local history, that came of Bucey’s descendence from the Olsen family, island pioneers who settled at West Blakely before the turn of the last century.

Thieves loot home arsenal -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

A cache of assault rifles, ammunition and other weapons valued at $32,000 was stolen from a Sunrise Drive home sometime Monday. Missing weapons include four American-made assault rifles, five semi-automatic handguns, an automatic shotgun, and a 19th-century flintlock rifle inlaid with sterling silver and brass.

Above the treetops: view of an island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Although early settlers from Back East marvelled at the beauties of Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains, it wasn’t scenery that brought them to Bainbridge Island. It was trees – acres and acres of trees. More important, those trees were immediately adjacent to water – water that stretched all the way to San Francisco, where a gold-rush-fueled economy created an incessant demand for lumber, and where delivery by ship was the only feasible way of getting the wood there.

Fire destroys storage shed -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

A blaze that destroyed a large wooden storage building outside a Lovgreen Road home Wednesday was likely caused by small children playing with a cigarette lighter, fire officials say. Family members in a residence on the property feared the children, ages 4 and 5, were trapped in the building, but the youths were found safe elsewhere on the grounds.

Island gets its second high school

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

The blue and gold will be joined by the aqua and navy with the opening of Eagle Harbor High School next fall. The Bainbridge School Board voted Thursday evening to create a second high school from the secondary program that is part of Commodore Options School. “I think when we said we wanted to change the name, it was acknowledging how the program has evolved,” said Catherine Camp, EHHS principal. “We’ve been growing as one ‘species,’ and it’s time to adapt.”

When it rains, it's Commodore

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Plagued by a sieve-like roof and other structural problems, the decrepit northwest wing of “old Commodore” likely will be closed or demolished by next school year. While cautioning against moving ahead of “good planning,” schools Superintendent Ken Crawford said, “everything we see visually would suggest that we’re going to have move more quickly with demolition... “You can’t walk up and down the hall without looking up and seeing leakage from the roof.”

Driver nabbed after fleeing crash -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

A driver who crashed his car seconds after he was clocked doing 87 mph on the highway was arrested after allegedly fleeing the accident scene on foot late Saturday. Police say a 43-year-old Bainbridge Island man was behind the wheel of a 1986 Ford Taurus that rear-ended a VW Jetta at 11:16 p.m., north of the 305/Sportsman Club Road intersection.

A new bridge to the past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Time was when crossing the ravine at Winslow Way came with the telltale slatted clatter of a wooden bridge. Two artists would have the city revisit those days – bringing back the echoing toc-toc beneath pedestrians’ feet – as redesign of the island’s “Gateway” district ambles on.

Council: the hours are getting longer

  • Apr 10, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:40PM

Serving on the Bainbridge Island City Council has become time-consuming to the point that holding a full-time job is difficult at best, potentially limiting the pool of candidates who can run. Some wonder how well the community is represented by a council that consists of four retirees, one executive at a family business, one mother with two young children and only one full-time worker.

New charges in HMC case -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

A federal grand jury has returned a new 114-count indictment in the criminal case against Kevin Lawrence and other figures involved in the marketing of stock in Bainbridge-based HMC and Znetix. The new indictments also name four new criminal defendants – Steven J. Reimer, 45, of Sammamish, Larry L. Beaman, 61, of Ridgefield, Michael J. Culp, 32, of Woodinville and Harvey W. Kuiken, 50, of Newcastle.

Olympia seeks accord on budget plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Senate members unveiled their bipartisan transportation tax package late last week, just days after Gov. Gary Locke outlined his proposal and House Democrats sketched out their own response to the state’s transportation needs. The Senate plan includes $298 million for the state ferry system, including money to buy one replacement vessel and to undertake various terminal improvement and maintenance projects, but no breakdown was available to determine how much of that money might go to Bainbridge Island projects.

Cingular to air antenna plan -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Cingular Wireless next week will present Bainbridge Park District commissioners with a proposal to install cellular communications antennas on the water tower at Battle Point Park. The company will make a public presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday during the regularly scheduled park board meeting at the Strawberry Hill Center. Public comment will be accepted, but no board action will be taken.

Whither Rolling Bay Walk?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

For folks who wanted to live on the water, Rolling Bay Walk was the place to be. Homes are wedged in chock-a-block, abutting a seawall that’s more sidewalk than one-lane street. At the edge of the walkway, at low tide, a gravel beach stretches just beyond barnacle-encrusted concrete steps. At high tide, there is nothing but water between “the Walk” and Seattle. “It was a real beach community,” said Rob Smallwood, a contractor who built or remodeled a number of homes along the beachfront neighborhood. “Everybody knew each other, and the kids had the beach and the water.”

Change splits fire board -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Bainbridge fire commissioners Wednesday delayed a vote on reorganization of the department’s top management. On the current organization chart, an executive director oversees the department and all personnel, including the fire chief. An ad hoc committee has spent two months studying whether to switch to a “traditional” model, with the fire chief heading the department.

Under fire, council extends moratorium

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Saying there is no alternative, the Bainbridge City Council Wednesday extended a moratorium on subdivision applications for another four months, a time frame the planning department said would be the minimum necessary to put a new ordinance into place. The move came despite the pleas of everyone who testified at the public hearing on the extension.

Wanted: visibility, accessibility for planning

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Acknowledging that the city’s planning department suffered from either “a significant problem or a major public relations problem,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said she will look for a new director who can restore public confidence. “We need someone who can be active and visible, accountable and accessible for both good and bad,” the mayor said in an interview Thursday. Stephanie Warren, who has been the city’s planning director since 1991, resigned this week effective April 25.

Ballots out soon for 911 sales tax

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

A minor campaign glitch: Some passersby have taken the “911 Yes” signs to be a comment on the Iraq conflict. But the signboards placed at roadsides throughout the county actually promote an upcoming sales tax hike proposed by Kitsap County Central Communications (Cencom), the 911 dispatch service for Bainbridge police and fire and more than a dozen other agencies.

Peace and war fall into conflict -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Passions ignited by the Iraq war turned ugly Friday evening, when two anti-war protesters had a brief scuffle with a veteran at the 305/Winslow Way intersection. No arrests were made, but the case was sent to the prosecutor for review and possible charges of misdemeanor assault against the veteran, a Bainbridge Police spokesman said.

Mom n' pop caught in middle of moratorium

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Everett Thompson and Roberta Newland need a bigger house for their sons age 9 and 13. For two Bainbridge High School teachers – she active, he retired – money is tight. As longtime islanders, though, they have one valuable asset, namely, their land – a 1.3-acre tract off Battle Point Drive in an area zoned for two homes per acre. So their plan was to subdivide the lot, build a new home on one tract, and either keep the existing home as a rental for income, or sell it off to pay for the construction. Those plans, though, have been on hold since last August, when the city imposed a moratorium on all new subdivisions.

Planning Director Warren to resign in April

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

Stephanie Warren will resign effective April 25 as director the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development, a position she has held since before the effective date of all-island incorporation. The resignation is contingent upon council approval of an agreement by which Warren would stay on part-time as a special assistant to the mayor through December 2004, which would entitle her to full retirement benefits, according to Mayor Darlene Kordonowy.

Transit makes ferry pitch

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:39PM

With legislative authorization likely, Kitsap Transit brought its campaign to take over fast-ferry service to Bainbridge Thursday as Executive Director Dick Hayes pitched the plan to the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon. His argument: It’s us or nobody. And while the plan would require Kitsap County voters to raise their own taxes, Hayes doesn’t think that’s out of the realm of possibility.

Next round of ferry fare hikes OK'd

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

Following a two-hour public hearing Thursday, the citizen-based state Transportation Commission voted to increase general ferry fares by 5 percent beginning May 4, and by another 5 percent next May. The hearing, held in Seattle Thursday, capped off weeks of public comment garnered at eight open houses throughout the Puget Sound region. The forums were hosted by WSF and the Tariff Policy Committee, a group appointed by the Transportation Commission, and 83 written comments were collected from ferry customers during that time.

City may buy the farm, twice

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:38PM

It wouldn’t be the largest farm on the block. But the five-acre Morales spread at SR-305 and Lovgreen Road would go a long way toward reclaiming an agricultural district in the heart of the island. So say members of the Bainbridge Island Open Space Commission, who are recommending city purchase of the property. Asking price: $210,000.

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