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Sharp pen, sharper wit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

David Horsey pokes ‘em where it hurts.
At the height of “Monicagate,” David Horsey took on President Clinton. The editorial cartoonist drew an devastating yet apt portrait of “Bubba” Clinton clad in socks and heart-print boxers, slouched in a lawn chair in front of a trailer, soda in hand and a cheeseburger resting on his gut, watching a TV rigged with a coat-hanger antenna.

Child to lead Bainbridge Island Broadcasting –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

Elise Child of Seattle has been named executive director of Bainbridge Island Broadcasting, the organization announced. She replaces Wendy Johnson, who is stepping down. Child brings 15 years of experience in community and government media and video production, with stations in Oregon and Hawaii. Most recently, she has served as director of outreach, promotion and programs for community access SCAN-TV in Seattle.

Sounds of the subcontinent

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

Island School immerses its students in the world of India.
Iridescent and gold-embroidered scarves hang undulating from the hallway ceilings, wrapped in wafts of incense. Indian music drones, punctuated by a drummer in the hallway as sari-clad teachers walk by. For luck, arriving visitors step through the colorful Rangoli chalk pattern drawn on the threshold.

Appleton to seek Rockefeller’s seat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

The Bainbridge incumbent is likely to run for the state Senate.
Another North Kitsap resident has thrown her hat into the ring to run for Phil Rockefeller’s seat in the state Legislature. Democrat and former Poulsbo City Councilwoman Sherry Appleton announced Tuesday that she will seek the 23rd Legislative District, Position 1 seat. Appleton said she declared her candidacy after talking to Rockefeller at Sen. Betti Sheldon’s retirement announcement a week ago. Rockefeller is expected to announce after the Legislative session that he will seek the Senate seat being vacated by Sheldon at the end of the year.

Island in line for low-power radio station

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

But BIB, Bremerton church can’t agree to share the frequency.
Bainbridge Island Broadcasting and Bremerton’s Calvary Chapel are “MXed.” The term, meaning “mutually exclusive,” describes the dilemma of two organizations improbably linked by the Federal Communications Commission. At issue: an FCC decision that would have the Bremerton-based evangelical Christian church and BIB, the island’s community access television station, sharing the same low-frequency FM airwaves in a new radio venture. The pairing occurred when both organizations applied for the frequency, the only one available in the central Puget Sound area.

Settlement in Znetix suit –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

A Seattle law firm that represented both Znetix/Health Maintenance Centers and founder Kevin Lawrence will pay up to $15 million to settle claims against the firm, court-appointed receiver Michael Grassmueck announced Friday. Most of the funds from the settlement with the law firm of Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC will go to reimburse those bilked by Lawrence in the $93 million stock fraud, Grassmueck said.

Four finalists for police chief position

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

Hopefuls were interviewed Friday – two local, two from out of state.
Hopefuls for chief of the Bainbridge Island Police Department have been winnowed to four finalists, the mayor’s office announced this week. Candidates Matt Haney, Helmut Steele, Alexander Perez and Anthony Garrett mingled with City Council members and invited members of the public at an informal get-together Thursday evening at Four Swallows restaurant. They were given formal interviews Friday by a panel that included the mayor and interim city Administrator Lee Walton; several area police chiefs; Charlie Wiggins, a Bainbridge attorney with judicial experience; and Bainbridge fire chief Jim Walkowski.

Fire board halves May levy request

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

The district will ask voters to support a 10 percent tax hike.
Responding to criticism from former fire officials, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department board of commissioners this week halved the tax increase it will seek on the May 18 ballot. Voters will be asked to approve a property tax “lid lift” of some 10 percent, raising the district’s take to $4.278 million in 2005 including tax revenues from new construction, up from $3.761 million this year, fire commissioners decided Wednesday. The base property tax would be set at that level, increasing each year by 1 percent plus the tax value of new construction.

Can't teach without 'tech'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

Bainbridge schools lack computers for students.
Enrique Chee is stumped by a math problem. The Bainbridge High School physics teacher can’t divide 30 by 10 to get 2. The numbers just don’t work – and neither do physics labs, when 30 students share 10 computers. Students in Chee’s class must work in teams of three, and that often means one is “odd man out.” “Research has shown that with three or four (students) per computer, you lose a kid,” he said. For Chee’s physics classes – as for biology and chemistry classes – computers are a necessity because they support the probes used to measure everything from motion, sound and light to conductivity, pH balance and ultraviolet waves.

Utopia, not realpolitick, is poet’s place

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

Wakoski’s work defies the rise of corporate culture, ‘propoganda.’
Diane Wakoski looks to art and not to politics. The poet, who lectures at the Bainbridge library on March 9, is more concerned with honing her own vision than espousing an ideology. Her views are not popular with many of her peers, she says. “If I’d been willing to say I was a feminist, I’d be rich and famous. But I’m not a feminist, I’m not working for ‘the cause.’” she said. “The kinds of limitations we felt as women were so slight and moderate. Sure, there were more men poets, but that may have been an advantage, because I got more attention.”

Spartans stumble, can't finish off Rainier Beach

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

Momentum in high school basketball can change as quickly as Pacific Northwest weather. And the Bainbridge Spartan girls found themselves on the wrong side of a fourth-quarter squall Thursday night in the state 3A tournament quarterfinal matchup with Rainier Beach, falling 51-48 at the Tacoma Dome. The defeat pushed Bainbridge into a consolation bracket contest against Ellensburg Friday afternoon. If victorious in that game, Bainbridge plays for fourth place in the state today at 1:30 p.m. Rainier Beach continued with a game against Clarkston yesterday in the semi-final action.

Spearman gets seat on bench –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

Spearman gets seat on bench
Bainbridge Island lawyer Theodore “Ted” Spearman was sworn in as the newest member of the Kitsap County Superior Court Monday, in a courtroom packed with county officials, friends, colleagues and associates from his 37-year legal career. Some 20 sitting judges from throughout Washington, including Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Gerry Alexander, attended the ceremony, as did U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee and former Secretary of State Ralph Munro.

Mountains out of mudholes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

t Who will fix the Phelps park and ride? No one, it seems.
In the winter, it’s a mudhole. In the summer, a dust bowl. It looks less like a parking area than the surface of the moon, pocked by craters big enough to swallow vehicles whole. It is the Phelps Road park and ride, and Liz Murray thinks it ought to be patched up a bit. “Getting in here’s a real challenge,” said Murray, former city councilwoman and Bainbridge Kiwanis member, betwixt two enormous puddles that never seem to drain. “Getting out’s even worse.”

Still standing for the cause of peace

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

Tina Gianoulis, Women In Black mark two years standing in silent vigils.
The issues haven’t gone away, and neither have the women. Gathered every Friday evening for two years on the corner of Winslow Way and 305, the Women in Black stand in a silent vigil, demonstrating a peaceful alternative to U.S. anti-terrorist policies in the wake of 9-11 that have included the USA Patriot Act and the war in Iraq. “After 9-11, we really felt we wanted to have a place to make a presence for peace,” Bainbridge WIB member Tina Gianoulis said. “In some ways, that silence speaks more loudly than words.”

Betti Sheldon to retire from state Senate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

After a dozen years of fighting for the 23rd District on the floor of the Senate, Betti Sheldon will not run for a fourth term. “For the last several months I’ve thought about it and I have decided to retire from the Senate,” the Bremerton Democrat said Monday. “I had a feeling in 1992 to run for the Senate and I had those same feelings that it was my time to move on now.”

Growing pains drive next school bond

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Students have overwhelmed the 200 Building, officials say.
Even before the bell’s echo has faded, the student body surges into the Bainbridge High School Commons. Kids are everywhere. Some climb onto tables, while others perch on concrete barriers along the periphery of the lunchroom. A long line in front of the snack cart snakes around knots of gesticulating classmates, as 100 conversations rise in deafening surroundsound. When the bell sounds again a few minutes later, the crowd pours from the building, a receding tide that leaves a scattering of empty wrappers and milk cartons. The mid-morning break is a daily event at BHS – and a microcosm of the problems of the outdated facility, where congestion in hallways has reached such proportions that just getting to class on time can be a scramble.

Park changes: not when, but if –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Park board members failed to reach consensus Thursday on their next move, following defeat of the district’s $5.7 million operations levy earlier this month. A possible switch to “metropolitan” park district status – which would establish a stable, year-to-year tax levy, and get the district off its volatile two-year levy cycle – failed to find firm support.

GOP readies for caucus

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Islanders will gather March 9 at the Commons.
Whenever Republicans are concerned that their tax bills are growing, but the money is not being well spent, Shirley Brown’s phone rings. As chair of the Kitsap County Republican Party, Brown sees the upcoming Republican caucus as a chance for people to put their concerns to work. “I’m hoping people will come to the caucus and put their stamp of approval or recommendations on our party platform,” Brown said. “The grassroots tell us as leaders where (people) want to be.” The Washington State Republican Party caucuses will take place at 7:15 p.m. March 9. Participants will elect delegates to attend the county convention and vote for their Republican presidential nominee of choice, and will help build the party platform.

Furry tale could come to an end

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Suzannah Sloan struggles to keep the barn doors open at animal sanctuary.
Most of the dogs are quiet behind the chain link fence, but one runs back and forth, barking its head off. “Trouble!” Suzannah Sloan admonishes the canine. “He’s named ‘Trouble’ for a very good reason.” Sloan’s affection for the dog is plain – but then, she feels that way about all of her animals. And her north-island home, Furrytale Farms, may be the “beastly” version of heaven. The 8-acre spread on Lovgreen Road was developed five years ago by cookbook author Sloan as a haven for unwanted pets and cast-off animals. Five horses, four donkeys, a pony, seven potbellied pigs and 10 dogs currently call the place home. But the sanctuary, supported by proceeds from Sloan’s writing, is in danger of closing.

Island history rolls along

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Museum building draws crowds on its roundabout journey to Ericksen.
When is the speed limit in a school zone lower than 20 mph? When a schoolhouse rolls through it. That was the picture at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, as a little red schoolhouse dating from 1908 wended its way through the roundabout at High School Road, en route to its new home on Ericksen Avenue. “I’m very pleased with the move,” said Jeff Monroe, owner of Quilcene-based Monroe House Moving, which worked with Kunkel House Moving and Raising on the project. “We were within 10 minutes of the schedule all the way through.”

Eells out as city finance director

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

He is reassigned to the new position of budget manager, at a lower salary.
After 12 years as head of the city’s finance department, Ralph Eells stepped down this week to take the new position of budget manager. The move was announced by Mayor Darlene Kordonowy at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. After an hour-long closed-door session for personnel matters, the council without comment unanimously approved creation of the budget manager post, and accepted Eells’ reassignment.

A penny for education?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

education funding in Washington. Backers say the measure would raise $1 billion through a one-cent, statewide sales tax, an initiative endorsed by Gov. Locke that could appear on the November ballot. If voters raise the sales tax from 6.5 to 7.5 percent, the initiative would establish a Washington Education Trust Fund to address long-standing problems in education, including class size and teacher shortages.

Trust launches $200K drive for schools

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Funds would pay for teachers, a new science curriculum.
As volunteers with the Bainbridge Public Schools Trust see it, the community has made a solemn commitment to its students and parents: that education funding will be adequate. Islanders are being asked to renew that vow in a $200,000 fund drive that launches this week, under the banner of “Promises Made, Promises Kept.” Organizers say the money raised will pay for new teaching positions and a revamped K-12 science curriculum, and fill out an endowment to meet future needs.

What’s wrong with national news media?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

It’s undermining democracy, author James Fallows argues.
Is the consolidation of media outlets bad news for democracy? Atlantic Monthly national correspondent James Fallows addresses that question to open the fourth annual BIAHC Humanities Inquiry, “Breaking News: The State of Today’s Information Media.” The stakes are high, Fallows says; at issue may be the future of the national conversation that informs democratic decision-making. “There’s a reason that the news media are in the Constitution,” Fallows said. “It’s more than just a business.”

Watch out for museum move -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Feb. 25 is the big moving day for the main museum building, the Bainbridge Island Historical Society announced Friday. The long-awaited relocation of the old schoolhouse from Strawberry Hill Park to the new museum campus on Ericksen Avenue, next to the Playhouse, will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning under the supervision of Bainbridge Police.

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