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Sheep savaged, killed by dogs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

Where there should have been two pairs of eyes shining in the beam of his flashlight, Andrew “Huck” Murdoch saw four. Roused from his sleep by wild barking, Murdoch had tramped into the pasture outside his Sunrise Drive home to check the welfare of his livestock. There he surprised a large dog with its teeth bared, savaging two of his sheep as a second dog bounded outside the fence trying to get in.

Gym closes after judge derails Znetix

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

Of the $74 million raised from 5,000 investors nationwide, only some $500,000 appears to have gone unspent. And saying she saw no hope that the Bainbridge-based Znetix/HMC would become viable, federal Judge Marsha Pechman Thursday appointed a receiver to find whatever assets remain – a decision company attorneys said is a death knell for the businesses. “I see nothing to go forward with, no assets from which a company can function,” Pechman said, ruling from the bench after a two-hour hearing in a packed Seattle courtroom.

UPDATE: Gym closes after federal judge derails Znetix/HMC

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

Of the $74 million raised from 5,000 investors nationwide, only some $500,000 appears to have gone unspent. And saying she saw no hope that the Bainbridge-based Znetix/HMC would become viable, federal Judge Marsha Pechman Thursday appointed a receiver to find whatever assets remain – a decision company attorneys said is a death knell for the businesses. “I see nothing to go forward with, no assets from which a company can function,” Pechman said, ruling from the bench after a two-hour hearing in a packed Seattle courtroom. The gym on Madison Avenue – variously referred to as Human Performance Center and Health Maintenance Center, and once touted as the “proof of concept” for the Lawrence business plan – closed its doors Thursday evening, and remained shuttered Friday. A hand-lettered sign in the door said the receiver would provide additional information, perhaps as soon as the weekend, but gave no specifics. Curious and disgruntled gym members and passersby showed up throughout the day, drawn by the empty parking lot and turned away by the locked doors. “Damn!” one woman said, as she read the sign announcing the gym’s closure. “I was thinking of coming here this evening. “It sucks that we’re probably going to lose our (membership) money,” she said, “but that’s not what I’m worried about. I want to still come here and work out.”

Money gone, time runs out for Znetix/HMC

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

Of the $74 million raised from 5,000 investors nationwide, only some $500,000 appears to have gone unspent. And saying she saw no hope that the Bainbridge-based businesses Znetix/HMC would become viable, federal Judge Marsha Pechman Thursday appointed a receiver to find whatever assets remain -- a decision company attorneys said is a death knell for the operations. “I see nothing to go forward with, no assets from which a company can function,” Pechman said, ruling from the bench after a two-hour hearing in a packed Seattle courtroom.

New lawsuits filed v. HMC

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

While the federal Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Bainbridge-based HMC and Znetix may be the biggest problem facing those companies and their founder, Kevin Lawrence, other litigation is ongoing.

Day of reckoning for Znetix/HMC

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

HMC and Znetix hoped to set themselves apart in the crowded field of health and exercise by integrating fitness facilities and medical care under the same roof. But while the companies were marketing that concept to investors, they were not sure such an arrangement would be legal, according to documents filed in Seattle federal court by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Internment display debuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

Commissioned by the National Park Service, a new display on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II will make its debut on Bainbridge Island. The display, said to include photographs and other interpretive material, will be unveiled at a ceremony at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 in the city hall foyer.

‘Hats for the Homeless’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

When Crisma Biggs says she’s woolgathering, she’s not day dreaming – she’s producing. The Bainbridge High School senior and her crafting classmates have formed a new knitting brigade, with the as-yet-unnamed group making items for charity. Biggs had the inspiration after noting a knitting trend around BHS last fall.

Voters reject county charter

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

The farther the county charter went north, the more it went south. Bainbridge and North Kitsap voters led a resounding defeat of the proposed Kitsap charter in Tuesday’s election, turning out in overwhelming opposition. The charter, which would have dramatically revamped Kitsap government, earned only 44 percent support countywide.

Park district levy falls short

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12PM

Facing significant opposition for the first time in almost 20 years, the Bainbridge Park District maintenance and operations levy appeared to be headed for defeat.

Diesel spill fouls Eagle Harbor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

A diesel spill fouled the waters of Eagle Harbor early Friday, leaving a wide petroleum sheen at the mouth of the Winslow ravine.

Charter, park levy going down to defeat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

It wasn't a proposal for district-only balloting that killed the proposed new Kitsap County charter, former freeholders and members of the pro-charter Committee for Better Representation said Tuesday night. It wasn't a plank to create a new county executive, either, or a provision for nonpartisan elections. To hear charter supporters during an election-night gathering at the Givens Community Center in Port Orchard, the charter was done in by a lack of voter awareness and the local Democratic Party leadership. Whatever the reason, the charter looked doomed for failure in early results released Tuesday evening. With 44,600 ballots counted, Kitsap County voters were rejecting the measure by a margin of 54.91 percent (24,489) opposed and 45.09 percent (20,111) in favor. Also apparently failing was the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District maintenance and operations levy. The two-year, $4.78 million levy, was earning 57 percent support; as an excess levy, it needed 60 percent approval to pass.

Ferry bills take shape

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

The Washington State Legislature is taking a hard look at regional transportation funding districts as a piece of the overall transportation puzzle before tackling a 10-year funding package for comprehensive transportation projects across the state.

Mayor, city council seeing early rift

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Reading the resume, it’s not readily apparent what might be controversial about Lafe Myers, M.D. He has a medical degree from the University of Washington, became board-certified in psychiatry, and moved into medical management before retiring to Bainbridge Island.

Landowners line up to sell open space

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

With $8 million in public funds available, island landowners are lining up to sell their property to the city. This, before the new Open Space Commission even has a process by which to consider parcels for purchase.

Educators frustrated by student drug use

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Despite a quarter century of prevention programs, Bainbridge students still drink and take drugs. Now, with survey results pointing to undiminished tobacco, alcohol and drug use, the Bainbridge Island School Board has asked the district’s Health Committee to find solutions.

Charter, levy to be decided Tuesday

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Charter backers and opponents won’t predict an outcome of Tuesday’s vote on the government reform, but both sides think it’ll be close. Kitsap County Auditor’s Office officials, however, made one prediction: Only half of the county’s voters will return the ballots that were mailed out Jan. 16.

Boom went bust in 2001

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Mirroring the national recession, building activity on Bainbridge Island dropped sharply in 2001 from the previous year. Only 166 permits were issued for single-family homes last year, a 22 percent drop from the 213 issued in 2000 and the lowest level since 1996. “No question about it, there has been a precipitous drop in the amount of single-family work,” said architect Sean Parker, who said his office had eight to 10 single-family jobs in 2000, but only two or three in 2001.

Family loses home in blaze

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Years ago, when her parents remodeled her bedroom, Erica Jacobson left her mark for posterity. Before the walls were covered with paneling, she painted: “The home of Joyce, Jon, Erica, Jon Jr. and Randi Jacobson.” Sadly, the message was uncovered as the home itself was lost – flames laid bare the wall Tuesday evening, in a blaze that left the Jacobson family homeless.

Island drivers slowing down, police say

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Most egregious moving violation: 96 mph on the highway. Worst offense by a young driver: a high school girl with a carload of friends, cited for going 75 mph in a 35 zone on Sunrise Drive. Most unusual offender: probably the garbage truck driver nicked at 53 mph – 18 over the limit – also on Sunrise.

Wetland wasn’t, court rules

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Declaring that a “wetland” created by illegal dumping is not protected by law, a Kitsap County Superior Court Judge has ruled that the city of Bainbridge Island was wrong when it required the owner to get a special permit to build a home.

Council reopens debate on 2002 budget

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:11PM

Driven by its new members, the Bainbridge Island City Council is considering a significant restructuring of the 2002 budget to trim some $2.6 million in spending, mostly from public works.

What's next for HMC health club?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

As financial problems mounted, Human Performance Center officials tried to enforce secrecy among employees even while failing to pay them, two former gym employees said last week. And what was once a substantial organization with more than 20 employees – many with advanced degrees – was left a skeleton crew, they and current club members say. “They were so paranoid, they were always making you sign forms promising not to talk to anybody about anything,” said Chris Tucker, a professional trainer who was lured away from the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers to be what he calls “the point man” for the club’s sports medicine effort. HPC and the related Health Maintenance Centers business appeared to be an ideal employer, Tucker said, paying very generous salaries. Another employee recalled a travel perk – a three-day Las Vegas outing last April. “We flew to Las Vegas on a Friday morning, spouses included, and stayed at the Four Seasons,” said the employee, who asked not to be identified on advice of counsel. The employee sat with HMC founder Kevin Lawrence at a dinner event that weekend, and heard a two-hour discussion of the company’s prospects, and “they made it sound like a great program.” But Tucker was laid off in January, “because they didn’t have enough money to pay me,” he said. He has filed a lawsuit against HMC for unpaid wages. Company officials did not return calls to the Review seeking comment. (MORE)

Girls find strength in numbers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

Girl times three equalled victory for the Bainbridge High School Math Club, at a statewide competition last week in Spokane. The all-girl sophomore team of Ari Clark, Rebecca Ferrell and Allana Pritchard led the club to first place in state, beating other sophomore teams at the first-ever “Trimathalon” competition.

Jury can’t agree on Leonard verdict

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:10PM

Jurors were unable to decide whether former Eagle Harbor liveaboard Ralph Leonard was legally responsible for firing a shotgun blast that grazed a Bainbridge Police officer 1998.

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