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Waterfront home burglaries resume

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

The M.O: Waterfront homes are entered during the night while the occupants are asleep upstairs. Small items including purses are stolen, often discarded outside after cash is removed. The scenario played out three times this week, in burglaries in the Pleasant Beach and Crystal Springs neighborhoods.

Stay the course, mayor's budget says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Bucking economic downturn and taxpayer revolt, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy has proposed a goal-oriented budget for 2003 that would increase city spending. The budget, Kordonowy wrote in introductory comments, was drafted with an eye on the island’s long-range Comprehensive Plan, “to ensure our path...is progressing toward the community’s vision.”

UPDATE -- Driver killed in Blakely Ave. collision

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

One driver was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle collision on Blakely Avenue Wednesday afternoon. David D. MacNamara, age 59, of Rhodes End Road, died as he was being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The other driver, 34-year-old Susan E. Fero of Poulsbo, was taken by aid car to the hospital. Her injuries were said not to be life-threatening. The accident was reported at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 6000 block of Blakely Avenue, south of Bucklin Hill.

Special-ed programs get mixed report card

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

A new report on special education in Bainbridge schools points to ongoing problems with the program. But the district actually fared better than many of its peers in an assessment that all Washington public school districts undergo once every three years. The study was based on self-reporting and a day-long visit by state monitors last spring.

HMC receiver seeks $925,000 -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

HMC receiver seeks $925,000 Court-appointed receiver Michael Grassmueck has applied for almost $925,000 in payment, for work that he and a number of professionals performed through June 30 to sort out the affairs of the now-defunct Health Maintenance Centers and Znetix. Grassmueck asked a federal court judge for almost $300,000 in fees and costs for work performed by his company. He seeks an additional $155,000 for the work of a forensic accounting firm, and over $450,000 for the work of two law firms.

Hand recount confirms Stephenson victory

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

The secured room adjoining the Kitsap County elections division in Port Orchard was abuzz with activity Monday, but it was a hushed activity, punctuated only by shuffling noises and scattered murmuring. Two dozen Kitsap County elections workers, hunched over bundles of ballots already cast and counted in the primary election, were busy sorting them, counting them and, sometimes, re-checking them at a series of work tables. Welcome to this year’s Kitsap County primary election recount. And a manual one at that. The close primary race for Kitsap treasurer between Democrats Barbara Stephenson and Paulette Alvarado forced a manual recount of all the ballots cast countywide in the election – nearly 54,000 of them.

Mayor gets in the ring for shoreline process

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Mayor Darlene Kordonowy “stands behind the process” that has generated a controversial draft shoreline plan. But she takes no position on the content of the proposals, saying that they are still in such an early stage that a stand is unwarranted. “This is not yet at the decision-making level,” Kordonowy said in an interview Tuesday. “It is still at the data-gathering phase, and people are doing the right thing in speaking out. “We are listening, re-thinking and will come back again to see if we can do it better.”

Rash of vehicle thefts resumes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

A series of vehicle thefts with the Winslow ferry terminal as their hub has resumed, police say. Two vehicles were reported stolen from the terminal in a 72-hour period last weekend, according to reports. One, a customized 1988 Chevrolet Blazer, was later found abandoned in wooded area near Hansville. The truck had sustained extensive damage, having been repeatedly smashed it into large trees before it was dumped.

Proposed shoreline regulations blasted again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Billed as a study session, Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting proved another chance for waterfront property owners to vent outrage at proposals many said would give the city control over the first 50 feet of their land. “What do we need to do to prevent any of us from having to go to meetings like this again,” said Wing Point resident Howard Kirz, who urged the commission to reject plans that could require buffers of native vegetation, including trees, along the island’s shoreline.

Council can't find support for R-51

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

If a statewide transportation referendum passes in November, it will do so without the backing of the Bainbridge Island City Council. A deeply ambivalent council Wednesday tabled a resolution in support of R-51, finding no will to endorse the measure, and no particular will to oppose it. “I don’t know what the solution (to transportation problems) is,” council chair Michael Pollock said, “but I don’t think this is the solution.”

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.

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