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Miller can't rebuild 'Strawberry Plant,' court says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Reversing a trial court decision, the state Court of Appeals has sided with the city and ruled that Earl Miller may not rebuild an over-water commercial structure at the foot of Weaver Road. Although the area is now zoned residential, Miller claimed he was entitled to replace the commercial use of the property existing in 1997, when the pier and buildings were destroyed in a spectacular fire. “Miller has not demonstrated that his use at the time of the fire was a lawful nonconforming use,” said appellate court Judge Christine Quinn-Brintnall, writing a unanimous opinion for the three-judge panel.

Street plan hits the ground rolling

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Cars and pedestrians, sidewalks and streets. Plazas, benches, storefronts, trees. Somewhere in the tangle of sometimes-competing components that make up an urban area, there lies a formula for a “livable” Winslow. How to find it – that’s the challenge. “We study things to death here,” architect Peter O’Connor said, at a roundtable on Winslow planning Tuesday at city hall. “It’s time to stop studying, and get on with it.”

Large to challenge Rockefeller in 23rd House race

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Sounding the Republican themes of overspending and over-regulation, Bremerton auto body-shop owner Don Large announced Friday that he will seek the 23d District legislative seat held by Rep. Phil Rockefeller, (D-Bainbridge Island). “I’ve never seen government run anything really efficiently,” Large said in an interview Friday. “When I look at the state the state is in, I don’t think there is a lot of leadership.”

Townhomes planned on High School Road

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

A project that would avoid sensitive wetlands – and neighbors – could also bring the lowest home prices Bainbridge Island has seen for several years. The Stonecress development would cluster 45 units on the southwest corner of the “Martin-Patterson” property, a 10-acre parcel at High School Road and Ferncliff Avenue.

NeighborNet site for activists launched

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Dennis Vogt, by his own admission, didn’t get involved. Not that he didn’t have opinions on the issues of the day – in fact, he’d come to be fed up with island growth, and skeptical about city government’s ability to control it. But it was a draft of the city’s Non-Motorized Transportation Plan – which a neighbor noticed showed a pedestrian trail crossing Vogt’s Day Road farm – that got him out to a public meeting.

So far, so good at the roundabout

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

You might say the intersection has gone from a grade of F to an A. Coming up on six months of operation, the once-criticized roundabout at High School Road and Madison Avenue is exceeding expectations – of the engineers who designed it, and its nearest neighbors. “The improvement in traffic circulation and operation has been tremendous,” said Lorenz Eber, the city program engineer who managed the project. “It handles traffic extremely well – at least as well as designed.”

The high cost of building: Who pays?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Does Bainbridge Island charge builders and developers for the actual cost of issuing permits? If not, should it?

Water skiing kicks up dispute in Manzanita

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Manzanita residents found the waters choppy Thursday evening, at a public hearing on skiing in the picturesque bay. Foes of water skiing – citing speed, noise and wake problems, among other complaints – clashed with their neighbors before the Bainbridge Island Harbor Commission. But they found little support for curbing the sport, said by many to be a historically popular activity there. “To prohibit the use of public waters for any specific activity is treading on dangerous ground,” said Liz Murray, former city councilwoman and longtime Manzanita resident. “I don’t think it’s the activity that’s a problem. It’s the people who are making a fuss about it who are making it a problem.”

From China come little bundles of joy

  • Apr 17, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Mia Bruzzo and Sophie Weaver tumble amicably on the living room rug. Then Mia lunges at the biscuit that Weaver clutches in her tiny fist. “I guess they learn survival skills early in the orphanage,” quips Chris Bruzzo, Mia’s dad. The babies’ differences are apparent; 13-month-old Sophie is solid and placid, with a full head of glossy black hair, while at 14 months, tiny and active Mia has no locks long enough for even a small bow. But they shared a common route to America. Both babies were adopted by Bainbridge couples, at the same time and from the same orphanage in China.

Dim the lights, ordinance backers say

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

When the Creator said, “Let there be light,” it was good. When Thomas Edison made it possible for the rest of us to create light, it got out of hand, impinging upon the Creator’s darkness. To try to redress the imbalance in some way, the Bainbridge Island City Council tonight will take up a light-control ordinance that will leave us free to brighten our own corners -- within reason -- but not those of our neighbors.

Too easy to build in Bainbridge wetlands?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

When Karen Polinsky heard through the neighborhood grapevine that portions of a wetland in the Manitou Beach area might become home sites, she wondered how that could be. After all, she believed, city policy was supposed to protect such environmentally sensitive areas. To her surprise, Polinsky learned that under what is known as the Reasonable Use Exception, or RUE, an owner’s right to build generally trumps environmental protection.

State to pay $4.5 million for wake damage

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

The state has agreed to pay Rich Passage property owners nearly $4.5 million, settling a class-action lawsuit over shoreline damage caused by speedy passenger-only ferries. The settlement – which brings the dismissal of all claims in the suit, but does not preclude future legal action – will compensate property owners for beach erosion and damage to bulkheads and other shoreline structures.

Next ferry fare hike approved

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

With minor tinkering, the state Transportation Commission Thursday unanimously approved ferry fare hikes averaging 12.5 percent, on top of last year’s 20 percent increases. The increases take effect May 12, the same day that peak-season fares begin.

Terraces, a tower and 'transparency'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Bainbridge’s biggest-ever residential project is taking its first steps from the architects’ drawings to reality. Applications will be filed Monday for Harbor Square, a mixed-use development on the five-acre tract immediately across east Winslow Way from the ferry terminal.

Winslow gym gets new lease on life

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

The Bainbridge gym is reopening this morning on a short-term basis. But the new operators hope to be around for a long time. “This is a dream we’ve had,” said Mike Rosenthal. “We had been studying the possibility of opening a parallel gym on the island for the last six months when rumors started circulating about the old gym failing, but that would take a lot longer than getting in here.”

Memorial lays a cornerstone of hope

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Sixty years after a community was torn apart by wartime fears and prejudices, hundreds of Bainbridge Islanders came together on the same spot to vow that it will never happen again. “There is a sacredness to this corner of land, a sacredness enshrined by 227 men, women and children,” said Gov. Gary Locke.

The newest natural wonder -- environmental center debuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Workers apply a final coat of sealant to the concrete floor of the main dining room while a disembodied voice tests the audio system. But these are just last-minute details. The buildings are ready, the paths are groomed.

Winslow design goals back in circulation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Concerned by what they see as a piecemeal approach to downtown planning, two local architects have fired interest in a new, broad look at Winslow traffic patterns and street design. And they’ve caught the ear of Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, who will convene a roundtable on the issues next month.

Council to revamp budgeting process

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

The city council is considering an ambitious new process for budgeting, intended to better align spending with citizen priorities by bringing both the public and the council into the process at an earlier stage.

Public schools to go for private dollars

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Bainbridge schools have joined the growing ranks of Washington school districts that seek private funding. District officials and community members have announced formation of the Bainbridge Island Public Educational Trust, an independent nonprofit organization to raise money for local schools. “I don’t believe that Washington state is funding basic education when I walk into a classroom and a teacher asks me for reams of paper,” school board President Cheryl Dale said. “As a community, we can’t sit back until March of every year and wait to see what the state cuts.

Big fish, small stream

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Sakai Intermediate School students caught a big fish this week. The 25-foot-long, one-ton fiberglass salmon “swimming” next to the school is part of a salmon-restoration project inspired by the school’s location.

A fair of the heart

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:16PM

Through the Woodward World Culture Fair, Nathan Draper met the father who died before he was born. Patrick Andrew Draper died in 1987 when a car crashed through a Seattle parking garage wall and landed on his truck. His widow Lisa gave birth to Nathan four months later. With the support of his mother, Draper chose researching his father as his project for the eighth-grade Culture Fair, which will be on display at Woodward Middle School March 21.

Get involved early, enviro-advocates told

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

If environmentalists don’t want the land-use deck stacked against them, they’d better get to the table early – and help write the rules of the game. Now, however, Bainbridge greenies may have found their ace in the hole: the recent rise of a vocal pro-environment contingent on the city council.

‘Big step’ ahead for club

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Plans are already afoot to put an addition on the new Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center. The Boys and Girls Club this week announced a fast-track fund drive to add a 3,000-square-foot activity room on the north side of the building, giving the club a fixed address for the first time in its five years on the island.

Don’t stagnate – innovate, Pinchot says

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:15PM

Being an entrepreneur isn’t about chasing dollars, business consultant Gifford Pinchot says. It’s about turning a dream into action. Pinchot sees the entrepreneurial spirit, properly directed, not as an enemy of the environment or of altruism, but rather, as the best ally of those values.

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