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Ladder truck gets trial runThe fire board could authorize purchase next month.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"The last words one hears before shooting into the sky - in a basket, no less - are not reassuring:It's very rare that someone falls out.But the words come with a wry grin from the operator, and seconds later, one is at the end of a 100-foot ladder, at eye level with a nearby cell-phone tower and looking down on a good portion of the central island.Local firefighters took their own turns in the basket last week, as the department tried out a sophisticated ladder truck under consideration for purchase. "

A chance to examine our history

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Such were the times.At a public meeting in November 1944, as a group of Bainbridge residents debated the return of interned Japanese-Americans to this island, Lambert Schuyler of Winslow declared:The German is savage by command. (But) the Jap is a savage by instinct. They are criminal aborigines.It was not the only such comment uttered that day. Several folks - who, history would demonstrate, constituted a distinct minority - opposed the impending homecoming of islanders of Japanese ancestry as World War II wound down. Many couched their views by saying they were simply trying to prevent trouble, not start it - or by saying, I don't hate (Japanese-Americans), but I want them put by themselves.It was a dark time for an island torn by war, grief and in some quarters suspicion; many Japanese-Americans did return to Bainbridge from Manzanar and other concentration camps, and resumed their place in the community without incident. "

Punishment or forgiveness?The Interfaith Council hosts a forum on the justice system.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Josh, a Colville Indian, was 15 in 1999 when he accidentally shot and killed his sister at their Yakima home.They wouldn't let me see him. They kept him handcuffed, said Vicky, Josh's mother, describing her son's isolation for seven hours of police questioning. Josh's court-appointed attorney started his own investigation a week before trial. Josh was brought to court heavily sedated for suicide watch - and then was characterized for jurors as remorseless and unfeeling. He was sentenced to 15 years in a prison for adult offenders by a judge citing a policy of no tolerance for handguns.Issues raised by stories like Josh's - children tried as adults, civil liberties eroded through get tough on crime tactics, racial profiling and other problems of the criminal justice system - are the focus of a community forum, sponsored by the Bainbridge-North Kitsap Interfaith Council Feb. 24. "

"Spartans rally, earn state berth"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Emily Pierce sank four free throws in the final 17 seconds as the Spartans defeated sixth-ranked White River 58-54 and qualify as the No. 1 seed from District 3 for the 3A State tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome. The Spartans were down by 12 points with less than five minutes to play but Pierce and Fab Rezayat powered the comeback. Rezayat drained a three-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to tie the score 54-54 as she scored 11 of her career-high18 points in the final five minutes. Pierce had 19 points to lead all scorers, while Alice Russell had 10 points and three blocked shots to celebrate her 15th birthday.Christine Schwager added eight and Morgan Zajonc chipped in three.The 16-team bracket will be announced Sunday afternoon. Information will appear here, or check www.wiaa.com. "

Rockefeller finally taking the helm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Phil Rockefeller has taken the helm and set sail, and we're happy to bid him a smooth voyage.Readers will recall that two weeks ago in this space, we took the Bainbridge Democrat to task for failing to step up with a solid plan to save our ailing ferries. At that time, we chided Rockefeller and fellow Rep. Beverly Woods of Poulsbo for frittering away their days in Olympia haggling over the level of proposed ferry fare hikes, while the real issue - finding a new and stable funding source that will replenish the ferry system's depleted capital budget - languished for want of attention. "

Snow problem at allFun outpaces inconvenience as the island is blanketed in white.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"The snow was scenic, the moisture content badly needed, the inconvenience minimal.It was the perfect storm.The eight inches of wet snow that blanketed the island Thursday night and into Friday morning was the largest snow event since the thousand year slush of 1996-97 dropped two foot-deep loads on the area over a few days.This time, everyone was ready.We mobilized early and quickly, and stayed ahead of it, said Lance Newkirk, Bainbridge Island's assistant director of public works who took charge of the snow-removal efforts.City crews had plows on Highway 305 by 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Newkirk said, and worked all night on the highway lanes and the island's major arterials.Newkirk said the department had four large and two small plows on the job, the latter used for critical parking lots at the ferry terminal and city hall, and to clear some heavily traveled sidewalks. "

Rockefeller calls for new dept. of ferriesThe plan would rely on gas-tax funds.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Rep. Phil Rockefeller (D-Bainbridge Island) wants to save the ferry system by taking it out of the Department of Transportation and dedicating a portion of the gas tax to the system.And while the measure would adequately fund the current level of ferry service, the price tag - almost 30 percent of general state highway money - may make it a tough sell in the legislature.This part of the highway system is in dire straits, Rockefeller said, and the gas tax is quite literally the only source of money out there. "

School district girds for Woodward trial$5.4 million in repairs at issue.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"Although still hoping for a settlement, the Bainbridge Island School District is readying for a June trial over what it claims are defects in the construction of Woodward Middle School.School board member Bruce Weiland, an attorney, said the obstacle to resolving the dispute is that the various defendants can't agree on how to apportion fault.Not even the defendants try to say with a straight face that there is no problem with the school, Weiland said. "

Timber from the skyA century-old beam comes home for environmental education.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:38PM

"It's the tree that came home.A 92-foot beam, milled from the heart of a massive Puget Sound Douglas fir, was reclaimed from a Montana mine and flown from Seattle to Bainbridge Wednesday.This has got to be one of the biggest ones, Bainbridge historian Andrew Price said as the beam came to earth at the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center. This is one beautiful, big timber from a tree hundreds of years old.Suspended under a hovering Boeing Vertol helicopter high above the PSELC site north of Blakely Harbor, the beam briefly resembled the 19th century nickname sawmill workers gave the big logs - Port Blakely toothpick.Perspective shifted rapidly to reveal the timber's true proportions as the helicopter descended, blowing dust and debris into the faces of hardhat-clad onlookers and depositing the 9,000-pound beam into place.Thirty-five people clambered onto the timber for a snapshot, in a moment that was a flashback to sepia-tinted photographs of loggers perched atop felled giants. The spirit animating this snapshot was conservation, not exploitation, however.We brought this tree back to Bainbridge as a model of the difference in forest use 100 years ago and today, PSELC Executive Director Thane Maynard said. We don't need to cut old growth - we can use smaller trees from sustainable forests and still build what we need. "

Skeletal proseBarbara Berger pares her feelings to the bone in a new essay.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Barbara Berger is known for her children's books, but Bones, the essay she reads at Eagle Harbor Books Feb. 22, was written with adults in mind. Bones is published as part of a new anthology, Healing, with authors Anatole Broyard, Oliver Sacks and Tracy Kidder among others.Children's-book authors hate it when people say, 'When are you going to write a real book?' Berger said. I never did regard children's books as a training ground - but the truth is, during 20 years I have learned so much about writing, about story. "

Museum closes in on Winslow moveThe city may lease out the 'pet store property' at a nominal rate.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"The only thing standing between the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and its long-time desire of moving downtown is history - specifically, several large, historic trees on the property to which it would move.Persuade the city council that museum operations will fit on the so-called pet store property without damaging the trees, and the city will offer that property to the society.The council is waiting for a definitive plan, said Mayor Dwight Sutton. It wants to make sure that the (historical) society can fit on the property, recognizing all factors, including future growth. "

School energy costs are soaringThe district's power bill could climb by 75 percent next year.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"The Bainbridge Island School District's energy bill for the coming year is likely to increase by 75 percent - skyrocketing from $510,000 to $892,500, officials say.In the five years I've been on the school board, a year (in which we) lost $300,000 was a very upsetting situation, school board member Bruce Weiland said. This is the third or fourth shoe to drop - and it's a boot. "

"MacArthur to leave Chamber, fly south"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Chamber of Commerce executive director Jack MacArthur will retire at the end of September and begin splitting his time between Bainbridge Island and Palm Island, Fla. "

New ferry fare structure touted

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Kitsap County Commissioner Tim Botkin wants to raise most ferry fares even higher than the 20 percent increase already proposed, to moderate increases in passenger-only fares.And even though the plan would cost Bainbridge riders extra money, it is finding support among some island officials, who think preserving and expanding the passenger-only system has substantial long-range benefits.Right now it sounds like we're punishing ourselves, said Bainbridge Island Mayor Dwight Sutton. But this plan could put money down towards service to Kingston and Southworth. The Tariff Policy Committee chaired by islander Alice Tawresey had recommended increasing ferry fares to the point that 80 percent of ferry operating costs are recovered from the fare payers at the end of six years, up from the current 62 percent. "

Take a boat trip for the ferry system

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"How's this for a shakeup in your morning commute? Bainbridge Islanders can show support for the ferry system by taking part in a sail-in to the state Legislature, Feb. 22.On that day, a boatload of ferry backers will sail from Bremerton to Olympia on a chartered fast-ferry-type vessel for a noon rally at the state capitol, with a round of afternoon of meetings with legislators also slated. The group will include commuters, business people, local elected officials - anyone with a stake in the viability of our cross-sound highway and a day to spare. "

Depression-era 'Can't Take It' at BPATwo cast members return for their encore 15 years later.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Seventeen people are gathered around a large table, talking and gesticulating.A tall, red-headed man downstage right listens, one arm folded across his waist, chin pensively cradled in the other hand. Let's try that full voice - you need to holler your lines, he says at last.Cast and crew of You Can't Take it With You, the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman comedy opening at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) this week, are in the third hour of the cue-to-cue, the rehearsal that blends technical elements of the play with the acting. The company around the table disappear into the wings momentarily and reassemble onstage to try again, and again. "

Not the most neighborly of sentiments

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"A helicopter thupped low overhead, uniformed officers and dogs tramped about in the underbrush, goodness knows what lights and radios added their glare and din - all in the dead of night.It's no wonder many folks were alarmed.Such was the scene late Wednesday and early Thursday, as police, sheriff's deputies, Coast Guard personnel and local search-and-rescue volunteers mobilized to locate an elderly Euclid Avenue resident, missing from his home on a frigid February night. Fifty people took part in the search, which went on nearly til dawn and resumed later in the morning. "

"Missing man found deadAn autopsy is slated, but police doubt foul play."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"As police combed the area for Robert Bob Rockwell, friends called the elderly man's disappearance unlikely, even weird.He's not the kind of person who would wander off, said Billy Berry, who came from Silverdale Thursday morning after hearing that Rockwell was missing.He's a homebody, Berry said. It's all that we could do to get him to go out to dinner with us.An intensive 18-hour search ended Thursday afternoon when the body of Rockwell, age 92, was found in a thicket near his Euclid Avenue home, a few feet from a steep bluff overlooking Puget Sound.His body was taken to the Kitsap County Coroner's Office, where an autopsy was to be performed yesterday. Police said there was no evidence of foul play. "

School board OK's all-day kindergarten There will be room for 20 at each school.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"An all-day kindergarten program option, to begin next fall, was approved by the Bainbridge School Board Wednesday.This has been around for a long time, for as long as I've been here, said Stephen Rowley, district superintendent. This is a historic moment.The program will run five days a week during regular school hours at all three elementary schools, and can accommodate 20 full-time kindergarten students at each. "

What's next for Island Center?A review of commercial and residential uses gets under way.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"The name Island Center has a grandiose ring to it, suggesting a hub or focus for the whole.The place itself is anything but grandiose - a small strip center with a gas station, a restaurant and a martial arts studio, several auto-service businesses and a tool- and party-rental shop.But that homey, arguably homely, modesty could change. The process of planning the Island Center of the future is under way with appointment of a new steering committee. "

Three of HeartsChamber musicians visit the Romantic period.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Valentines Day is around the corner, and the mood at Bainbridge Performing Arts is appropriately starry-eyed.Three young pianists, bracketed by adult ensembles, will play masterpieces of the Romantic period for the Chamber Music at the Playhouse series Feb. 11. The theme is the shift, in the 1820s, from the dominance of Vienna and of classical forms to Romantic subjectivity and 'mood,' said Jim Quitslund, coordinator of BPA's classical music program.Pianist Quitslund and violist Gwen Franz open with Robert Schumann's Marchenbilder. Described by Franz as a cool piece about fairy tales, the work makes spectacular use of the many voices of both viola and piano.The program concludes with clarinetist Patty Beasley, pianist Darden Burns and cellist Barbara Deppe playing Johannes Brahms' Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano in A minor. "

Song and dance manIt's Vaudeville on Bainbridge this weekend.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:37PM

"Greg Palmer has more acts than a Vaudeville show.He tells jokes, sings snatches of song, does bits from a skit. It's not much of a stretch to imagine him shuffling off to Buffalo, cane in one hand, straw boater hat in the other.His persona segues from talk radio host to ad man to news reporter - all jobs he's done - but it's Palmer the award-winning documentary film maker who gets air time when he presents Make 'Em Laugh; Make 'Em Cry; Make 'Em Wait: the History and Influence of Vaudeville.The presentation is slated for 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Bainbridge Library, as part of the arts council's humanities inquiry series, Culture and the American Character. "

"The high cost of ditch workStormwater maintenance costs go up, as does a city fee."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"They just look like ditches.To the city public works department, they're conveyance - part of an increasingly complex system of culverts, pipes and swales that channel rainwater toward Puget Sound from points uphill.Their upkeep is tied to the health of the road system, preventing erosion and costly reconstruction and repaving. They also prevent slides and home damage near slopes.If you drive on the road or walk on a sidewalk or live anywhere there's a cross-culvert, you benefit from the service, said Melva Hill, stormwater technician for the city.But as the workload ditches represent comes into clearer focus, the cost of their maintenance is going up. For the first time since 1990, the city's storm and surface water utility rate is increasing, from the present $36.84 pear year to $48 for a single-family residence. "

Cottages to spring up on EricksenThe project could be a prototype for a new type of zoning.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"Cottage-style housing is coming to Bainbridge Island even before the city considers an ordinance to allow it.The Ericksen Cottages project will place 11 detached homes on less than an acre on lower Ericksen Avenue, where such a layout is already allowed.This is a less intense development than the zoning allows, said Jim Soules, one of the project's developers. The owners really care about Winslow, and set out to come up with something in keeping with the character of Ericksen. "

Winslow density bonuses reviewedAre developers getting too sweet of a deal?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36PM

"Has the city has been virtually giving away valuable development rights?Some city council members think so, as the council considers an resolution that would dramatically increase the price the city charges for the right to increase building density in downtown Winslow. "

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