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We're not as rich (or smart) as we think

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

As most folks suspect, Bainbridge Island’s population is better off and better educated than many of our off-island neighbors. But lest we get too puffed up, we’re a long ways from being Number One.

Markets to sell monthly ferry passes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Monthly passes that give daily ferry commuters the best deal will be available at two Bainbridge locations beginning next week.

Appleton a new face in House race

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Although fall elections are six months away, the pairings are already falling into place as Kitsap County’s incumbent legislators have all announced plans to seek re-election and each has drawn one major-party opponent.

A special house for special kids

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Paul Deits, Chris Powers and Jay Hanseth know how to keep their eye on the donut – and not on the hole. The three members of the Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation have teamed up to establish Stephens House, a place where they say disabled kids will be able to run their own donut business.

Nursing home fined $9,000 by the state

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Messenger House Care Center was fined $9,000 this week by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, for violating state and federal care standards. The state’s unannounced inspection in January of the island nursing home – a 90-bed facility licensed and operated by Seattle-based Soundcare Inc., and serving Medicare, Medicaid and private residents – resulted in seven citations, for “deficiencies related to the use of chemical and physical restraints, to prevention of abuse and to quality of care.”

The art and science of wastewater management

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

From the standpoint of sheer physical capacity, the Bainbridge Island wastewater treatment plant at the foot of Donald Place has a lot of life left in it. But to comply with ever-tightening regulations, changes are needed. The city has hired a consulting engineer to look at the operation with an eye to upgrades, and wants to get neighborhood input right from the start. “We want to make sure the neighborhood is aware of the efforts that are under way, and to get their input into the process before it becomes final,” said Lance Newkirk, city maintenance and operations supervisor. “We expect feedback concerning odor, noise, lighting and perhaps even traffic,” Newkirk said. “The input we get from the neighborhood may help in siting new equipment, for example.”

Lessons among the trees at PSELC

  • May 1, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:18PM

Like the students crowded around him, naturalist Stan Rullman listens to the beep of the radio receiver as if he is hearing it for the first time. He is. “We’ve never been able to detect Grace’s signal from here before,” he tells the group of Island School fourth-graders gathered for their first full day of camp at the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center.

Salmon farm, neighbors at odds over barges

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

The salmon farm in Rich Passage is located on a maritime highway, but the only land access is over Fort Ward Hill Road, a narrow, winding street through a densely populated neighborhood. So it makes sense logistically and economically to bring in food for the salmon by water, rather than land. “Bringing in the food by barge saves costs dramatically, and mostly eliminates the big trucks going over the hill,” said Arve Mogster, on-site operations manager for Cypress Island, Inc., the present owner of the operation formerly known as Northwest Sea Farms. Cypress wants to eliminate daily truck runs over the hill and through the Fort Ward neighborhood, replacing them with one monthly over-water barge delivery.

Open space plan ready for review

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Should they spend the money all at once? How important is public access? And, if it means saving even more land, might a few houses go up as well? The city Open Space Commission wants to hear from the public on these and other questions, as an $8 million program for local land preservation gets under way. “We’re calling this ‘a progress report from us,’ and we need to know what people think,” commission chair Andy Maron said this week. “It may be, ‘Don’t bother us – get going!’ Who knows what they’ll tell us?”

Neighbors speak up for the trees

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

Step onto the deck or into the back yard of the Virginia Villa apartments, and enter an oasis of wooded tranquility, a sharp contrast to the bustle of High School Road out the front door. For some of the federally subsidized complex’s 41 elderly and disabled residents, that sanctuary is a big part of their lives. “We have people who don’t go out at all,” said manager Linda O’Neil. “Their lives are sitting on the deck, watching the critters. “Don’t take that away.”

Why pay the city for poor service?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

In concept, the charge seems to be a simple, rather dry accounting problem: To determine how much it costs the city to issue permits for building and development, determine what proportion of those costs to charge to builders and developers, then develop a fee schedule to recover those costs. But when a citizen committee assembled for the first time this week to look at those issues, the focus was less on cost and more on city action, or lack thereof.

Developers digging themselves out of a hole

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17PM

The Meridian development was a new concept for Bainbridge Island – luxury condominiums on the top floors, hotel-like concierge service to the residents, and medical offices on the ground floor, possibly even a clinic to rival Virginia Mason. Since last July, that vision has been nothing but a hole in the ground, an interrupted excavation on the north side of Knechtel Way next to Helpline House. But the project will go forward, according to Bruce McCurdy, CEO of Bainbridge-based developer Malibu Corporation. “We’re ready to get started,” McCurdy said this week. “Our financing stopped after the 9-11 attacks, but we’re set to move forward.” Tuesday, City Planning Director Stephanie Warren agreed that construction may resume shortly.

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.

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