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Staff losing hours in school cutbacks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:11PM

"For school district employees, numbers in the budget are affecting numbers in their bankbooks.The school board formally passed the district's 2000-2001 budget Thursday night, with staff cuts designed to make up for a projected million-dollar deficit. Administrators have blamed the budget shortfall on unexpectedly low enrollment, coupled with operating costs of Sakai Intermediate School and an overabundance of staff around the district.It's not the most enjoyable topic, said personnel director Ken Crawford. "

What's getting cut from schools?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:11PM

"Documents released by the Bainbridge Island School District's administrative office outline the reasons for the projected budget shortfall, and measures taken to correct it.Among the reasons given: "

Stay home! Stay! Pets shooed from schools

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:11PM

"From now on, you'll have to leave Fido, Fluffy and Mr. Ed at home - from classroom pets to parents with dogs, new school district policy and procedure prohibits most animals from school grounds.We've had horses at Wilkes, said Michael Schroeder, school district business and operations administrator. And people who'd rather let their dogs loose to do their business in the school yard instead of their own yard.Kids slip on it, fall in it - it's not a pleasant thought. "

Images of wanderlust

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:11PM

"Have camera, will travel.At least that's what island photographer Ellen Briggs hopes for in the coming years.New areas, new people, inspiration - I always take more photographs when I'm travelling, says Briggs, who was introduced to the art of the camera - and wanderlust - with the Girl Scouts in her native Massachusetts.She joined the troop because they were going to New York on a propeller plane. Later, with the same group, she took her first photography class. Someone had a good camera, a black and white, Briggs recalls, and we took each other's pictures, messing with light and that kind of thing.Colorful Oaxaca, her present show, features the market stalls, ruins and people of south-central Mexico. "

September means primary season

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

"In a rare show of unity, county Republicans and Democrats urge citizens, above all else, to vote.It always amazes me to see people keep that right in their hip pocket until a presidential election day and do nothing else, said Karl Duff, chair of the Kitsap County Republican Party.County Democratic Chair Russell Hartman agreed. Stay tuned, pay attention, get out there and vote, he said of the Sept. 19 state primary election. "

"Family first, last and always for LDS"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

"The building may be new, but the land has been in the family for years.That's because three decades ago, someone in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had the foresight to see that a building might someday be necessary on Bainbridge Island.There's some wisdom in that, said member Ed Rehder, strolling the halls of the new Mormon church on Madison Avenue, discussing the policy of purchasing land long before it might be needed for a new building.And, Rehder said, look what's happened.To the peal of a brand new organ and the relief of those weary of driving to Poulsbo for services each week, the Bainbridge LDS congregation recently moved into its new 11,000-square-foot building just north of Ordway Elementary School. "

Koyle answers call for Unitarians

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

"Ending a 40-year tradition of being led by lay members, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap County has called a minister.Rick Koyle will begin leading services for the fellowship beginning Sept. 3 "

Historic Camp Hopkins at a crossroads

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

"Though Camp Hopkins has provided decades of fine scouting memories, Gerald Nakata's are tainted by the island park's name.While we Japanese were in the internment camps, just before the ban on us was lifted, this guy Hopkins and his pal...were very defiant about us coming back, Nakata said. So I don't like the name of Hopkins.Nakata dislikes the name so much, he did not bother to attend a recent old-timer's picnic at the camp, even though he was among the first Boy Scouts to use the facility with Winslow Troop No. 497. "

Pratt made a mark for public transit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

"Most of us recall Don Pratt, the fire commissioner, or Don Pratt, the neighbor.That is, Don Pratt, the islander.Professionally, of course, the Bainbridge High School graduate and north-end resident spent his days on the peninsula, as planning director for the city of Bremerton. And we're pleased to report that this week, his public service will be honored in that city.Pratt, who died in 1998 at age 52, after a two-year battle with cancer, is credited as among the creative forces behind development of the new Bremerton Transportation Center, a peerless hub for ferry, bus, bicycle, vanpool and pedestrian transit. This Friday, local, state and federal dignitaries will dedicate the center to Pratt, who helped get the project off the ground with his just do it approach from 1992-96.They were the years that were crucial in shaping the plan and getting it started, Dick Hayes, director of Kitsap Transit, told us this week. "

Inslee counts on constituents

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

"Jay Inslee hopes constituent service and a record he says reflects the values of the local electorate will turn the volatile 1st Congressional District into a safe seat.I get my marching orders from people in the neighborhoods, Inslee told the Review in an interview this week. My successes come from being home grown.The Bainbridge Democrat is trying to fend off a challenge from Dan McDonald, the former Republican floor leader in the state Senate, for the congressional seat that Inslee took from Rick White in 1998. "

Witt hired as director of public works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

"He already knows the lay of the land.That's because Randy Witt, hired this week as the city's new director of public works, has been driving Bainbridge roads for eight years.It's a little different opportunity, (and) a promotion, said Witt, who will join the city staff Oct. 1 after an eight-year stint as engineer for the city of Bremerton. It's a little more hands-on on the operations side, and some more challenges. I'm excited. "

"Facing deficit, schools making cuts"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

"Faced with a million-dollar deficit for the coming year, the school district will make budget cuts that hit the salaries of administrators and classified employees.We're not in an emergency, but they're not easy, school board president Bruce Weiland said of the cutbacks.The spending cuts passed final review at a board study session Tuesday evening.District officials blamed the deficit on too-high enrollment projections and the opening of Sakai Middle School this past year. "

City appeals cannery ruling

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

"After a rebuff from Superior Court, the city will appeal to prevent Earl Miller from rebuilding the old strawberry cannery over Eagle Harbor.The 20,000-square-foot structure at the foot of Weaver Road was destroyed by fire in 1997.The city denied Miller's application to rebuild, saying that the proposed use was prohibited by city zoning, and that Miller had lost his grandfathered rights because the use of the property had changed over time.You can't build structures out over the water anymore, city attorney Rod Kaseguma said. But if you are making a valid non-conforming use of the structure, you can replace it. "

No fine for discharge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:10PM

Ray Williamson Pool will no longer be drained into a field across the street.The city has ordered the Bainbridge Island Park District to connect the pool to the Winslow sewer system after an Aug. 15 code violation in which chlorinated water was discharged into a Class 1 wetland across Madison Avenue.

Dog days of rock 'n roll

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"Islanders of all ages can wag their tails at the first-ever Dog Days Music Festival in Battle Point Park this weekend.The festival, sponsored by Island Music, features seven local bands, and runs today from noon to 8 p.m. The non-profit event will include a raffle for prizes, refreshments and a wide variety of rock n' roll music. I wanted to put something together that would have a positive effect on the community, both by giving exposure to local talent and by making it worthwhile for a charity foundation, said Jillian Bateman, director of the event. "

Hey you! Slow down!

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"Your speed is...Each vehicle fills in the blank.And one by one, they drive past - not speed past, or roar past, but drive past. Most are within 5 mph of the 25 mph speed limit.That's a rare sight, Grow Avenue neighbors say.People are driving with their brake lights on - you never see that, said resident Todd Egan.The instrument of change this week, on a street where residents have lodged ongoing complaints about speeding drivers, was a radar gun hooked to a large digital display, both mounted atop a private vehicle at the roadside.The apparatus was borrowed from Bainbridge Police, and used for several hours on Monday to monitor traffic in both directions.They want to speed, but they see (the sign) and they slow down, said Dave Corn, one of a group of neighbors who have been monitoring traffic for weeks. It has a great effect. "

Island bypassed as Poulsbo gets speedy 'Net service

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"High-capacity, high-speed Internet access has come to Kitsap County. But for Bainbridge Island users, the Poulsbo infrastructure is close enough to see, but not to touch.And the situation won't improve a great deal unless the rival phone companies involved can agree to build the electronic equivalent of the Agate Passage Bridge.Bainbridge is Qwest territory, and Poulsbo is Sprint, said Bob Malecki, president of NorthwestNetwork Services, and island-based Internet service provider. At the moment, there's no feasible way to connect to Poulsbo from here. "

Dental van travels miles to help kids' smiles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"A tooth fairy on wheels is stationed on Bainbridge this week, providing dental care for children who don't have financial access to local clinics.The SmileMobile, a 40-foot-long, bright menthol-green van, will be parked at the Helpline House from Aug. 23-25, offering examinations and follow-up treatment for needy children age 13 and under.The response to this service has been overwhelmingly positive, said Marci Hobbs, a spokesperson for the program. It has been very productive, and the communities we visit keep asking us to return. "

Is there room for a new boatyard?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"If the price is right, a small-boat repair facility may come back to Eagle Harbor on a corner of what is presently the Washington State Ferry repair yard.But if that happens, small boats will coexist with the huge ferries, not supplant them. Dashing the hopes of some islanders who hoped the repair yard might relocate, a spokesman for the WSF told the Review last week that Eagle Harbor will remain the hub of ferry repair and maintenance operations. "

Old maples will get the ax

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"Ax two, trees zero.Two aging broad-leaf maple trees on Winslow Way East will likely be felled, after testing found them to be diseased, damaged and weakened by past bad pruning.It's sad for everyone, the trees included, said South Ward City Councilwoman Christine Nasser, who had lobbied for the trees' preservation. But we did our best.An initial inspection of the trees last week, by Bainbridge-based plant pathologist Olaf Ribeiro and certified arborist Darren Strenge, suggested that at least one of the trees was healthy enough to be preserved during road and sidewalk improvements that get under way this week.But using a resistograph, an instrument that measures the density tree trunk matter, they found measurable decay in one tree, and extensive decay in the trunk and main branches of the other. "

Real damage was done 10 years ago

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"When you look at them - really look at them - they must be among the ugliest trees in town.Horribly topped a decade or so ago by someone from the city or power company, the old maples next to the Flying Penguin building on Winslow Way are a mass of raggedy suckers shooting up out of old wounds, random growth trying to pass itself off as healthy limbs and branches. Despite their mass of broad shady leaves, the trees aren't thriving so much as clinging to life.Even so, we can see how their imminent removal sparked a minor protest over the weekend, their massive trunks adorned with ribbons and banners reading I am your elder. Please give me a chance and other sentiments. "

Road 'user fees' touted

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"A task force charged with finding ways to pay for the state's transportation needs recommends several dramatic revenue-raising measures tied to road use.The recommendations include a vehicle tax based on weight, a tax based on mileage and significant increases in the gas tax, including adding the state sales tax to gas purchases.There is a certain fairness there that everyone can understand, said Rep. Phil Rockefeller, (D-Bainbridge Island), of the concept of linking transportation funding to use. But the devil is in the details. We need to learn more about the proposals and little by little get a sense of what people can live with. "

Watson firm leaves island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"Open-space requirements in Bainbridge's light-manufacturing zoning have cost the island a 40-year-old manufacturing business that employs 100 people.It makes people feel good, but does open space in a manufacturing zone actually do anybody any good? said Clif McKenzie, president of Watson Furniture Systems, who announced this week that the company would move off-island within a year. "

Terminal traffic tie-ups begin Monday

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"Pucker up - you'll have plenty of time to kill around the kiss-and-ride.Reconstruction of Winslow Way East, from the highway to Ferncliff Avenue, begins Monday morning, promising to make a hectic morning commute even more interesting.You ferry commuters should think seriously of setting your alarm clocks earlier, said Merrill Robison, city council chair, in a new release distributed Thursday and Friday.While it make take a day or two to hit full stride, the work is expected to run through the end of October. "

"City, parks clash as pool drains"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:09PM

"The park district received a stop-work order Friday for draining highly chlorinated water from Ray Williamson Memorial Pool into a wetland across Madison Avenue.And after a reportedly heated exchange, pool officials maintained that the water discharge is nothing they haven't been doing for years.I told them to shut it down, city Code Enforcement Officer Will Peddy said, and the guy looked at me like I was an idiot. I actually had to start yelling at him - 'turn it off!'According to the city's tests, the water draining into the class I wetland carried unacceptable amounts of chlorine - 0.4 parts per million - while city regulations say pool water drained into the ground must have no higher than 0.3 ppm, and 0.0 ppm if drained into a water body. "

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