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Salmon protection changes course Consultants will look at the island's habitat areas before laws are changed.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"Bolstered by an $80,000 state grant and the services of an intern, the city is moving ahead with an inventory of near-shore conditions that may affect salmon habitat.But elected officials have not yet decided how aggressively to pursue restricting shoreline activities in the name of salmon recovery.What we need to do to protect salmon is far beyond what the political climate will allow, said city council member Michael Pollock, a professional ecosystems analyst. "

Cable dispute blacks out M's Northland is wary of the cost for 24 games.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"Friday evening, Mariner fans from Olympia to Bellingham were opening a cold one, sitting back in a comfy chair and getting ready to watch their boys take on the Texas Rangers and Alex Rodriguez.Fans on Bainbridge, though, got reruns of an old NBA game, due to a contractual impasse between Northland Cable and Fox Sports Network over royalties for 24 Mariners games. That didn't sit well with many viewers - particularly since the local television guide reported the game was being shown - who called Northland and then the local newspaper to complain. "

"No walkout planned, but Olympia upsets teachersBudgets ignore voter mandates, educators say."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"Bainbridge teachers and their peers statewide have decided not to strike - for now.While teachers don't feel this is the time to strike, the result of the survey indicated a strong interest in local (action), said Rick Wood of the Washington Education Association, after polling of WEA members last week.Teachers are protesting the governor's proposed budget, which will not fully fund proposition I-732, passed by Washington state voters last November to give school employees a cost-of-living raise. "

Bremerton deserves help

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"A beautifully renovated downtown theater, on a street barren of passersby; the finest ferry terminal/transit hub on Puget Sound, surrounded by run-down housing, perpetually vacant commercial space and sprawling parking lots with water views.Only in Bremerton.Will it be ever thus? Perhaps not, we are told, if county commissioners give the OK to a new government center in the downtown core of Kitsap's largest city. "

"Closure for Leonard, and the rest of us"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"Just when we thought his case couldn't get any weirder or more Kafka-esque, Ralph Leonard now finds himself in the county jail and the state mental hospital - at the same time.On March 13, the state Department of Social and Health Services notified Bainbridge Police by letter that Leonard had been given yet another six-month term at Western State Hospital, where he'd resided since being found incompentent to stand trial for allegedly firing a shotgun at a local officer. Turns out that on March 12, Leonard was moved to the Kitsap County Jail, having been deemed competent to participate in his own defense. And there he sits. "

Safe and sound

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"Cuddles gets a relieved hug from Anne Bastien, after being retrieved safe and sound by firefighter Adam Radford in a residential blaze on Moran Road Thursday morning. Bastien was alerted to the blaze - which firefighters attributed to a candle left burning on the floor near combustible materials - by the barking of her dog, which was also rescued unharmed. Officials put the damage at $20,000, mostly to personal effects; the building itself sustained little damage. "

"Ericksen already 'connected,' traffic study saysVehicle counts suggest that the bank parking lot is heavily traveled."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"Connecting Ericksen Avenue and Hildebrand Lane would make almost no difference to traffic flow, consultants for the city say.That's because the Frontier Bank parking lot already functions like a street connection - notwithstanding the speed bumps and the Not A Through Street signs.A lot of people who need to take Ericksen currently are doing so, said John Davies of the consulting firm JDL.Davies and colleague Molly Johnson presented their preliminary findings to the public Tuesday evening at city hall. "

Should districts distance themselves from Scouts?Some are upset by a national policy that excludes gays.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"Irked by what they say are discriminatory practices by the Boy Scouts of America, some parents are asking the school and park districts to re-evaluate their relationships with that organization.At immediate issue is whether the school district should continue to give reduced rates for use of building space and other privileges to the scouting organization.The issue, to us, is respecting all students, said parent Jing Fong. We want the district to carry out beliefs and convictions they have stated consistently. "

Leonard to stand trial for shootingBut mental health remains at issue for the liveaboard.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Prosecutors will try for a third time to prosecute Ralph Leonard of Bainbridge Island for allegedly shooting at a police officer in 1998, now that a psychiatrist at Western State Hospital has found Leonard competent to stand trial. But the attorney for the former Eagle Harbor liveaboard wonders whether the competency finding - which is subject to challenge - was driven by the need to reduce the population at an earthquake-damaged state hospital building in Tacoma.I don't think the timing is entirely coincidental, said Tim Kelly of Port Orchard, Leonard's appointed public defender. "

The mirror pooledArtists go through the looking glass at the BAC gallery.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Mary Jane Rehm invited 15 artists to come with her through the looking glass, as curator of Mirror Mirror on the Wall, the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts exhibit opening April 7.Former owner of Artworks Gallery in Pioneer Square and display designer for BAC, Rehm wanted to do a group show based on a functional object - a format she had employed in the past with shows featuring teacups and other items.What often happens, Rehm said, is that when you invite artists to step out of their usual medium, they take the opportunity to do something truly different from their own imagery. Rehm chose mirror for the wealth of metaphorical and visual possibilities attached to the subject matter. "

"Too much, too late"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Back in 1994, when the city council was considering a bicycle helmet ordinance the first time around, a letter-writer to the Review suggested offhandedly that the law should be more inclusive. After she and her husband sat through the council's deliberations on other matters, she wrote, our heads hurt for days.We thought back to her droll comment last Wednesday, as the council passed a law mandating helmet use by bicyclists - and skateboarders, scooter riders and those on horseback - on public roads, sidewalks and trails. The hour was 11:30 p.m. Our noggin still throbs. "

"Ladder truck approvedThe apparatus, to be delivered next year, will be named for Arnie Jackson."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"The Bainbridge Island Fire Department will purchase a state-of-the art aerial truck, which firefighters say is needed to serve a growing island.The price of the vehicle - a prototype of which was tested extenstively by the department last month - is estimated at $767,000, according to Bainbridge Fire Department Executive Director Ken Guy.This rig has specific features that others don't have, Guy said. for a department our size operated mostly by volunteers, we need a truck you can't get into trouble with.The fire district board of commissioners gave Guy approval to negotiate and sign a purchase contract at its meeting last week. It will take about a year to build and deliver the vehicle, Guy said, and it should be in service on the island in late April 2002.The rig combines German technology and American manufacture. The 100-foot aerial ladder and its attachments and controls are made by Metz, a German company. The truck itself is made by General Safety Equipment of Wyoming, Minnesota.The truck, which will be housed at the main fire station on Madison Avenue, will be sent out on commercial alarms and whenever else it might be needed. Guy estimated it will be used on an average of every three days. "

"Study: half of local homeless are childrenAgencies cite abuse, bad relationships, early pregnancy."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Forty-six of Kitsap's county's homeless residents live on Bainbridge and nearly half are children, according to the 2001 homeless census conducted in January at area food banks.I wasn't surprised at the total number, Joanne Tews, executive director of Helpline House, said. But I was shocked that 19 of the 46 were under the age of 22.Five of the 19 are homeless with their family, leaving 14 on their own.Tews believes that the figures may well be an undercount of Bainbridge's population of homeless youth, noting that some young people avoid care providers, fearful of being reunited with family or turned over to Child Protective Services. "

3HS council moves forwardThe group is one of five to set up shop in the Williams Center.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Of the five public-service agencies scheduled to occupy space in the new Marge Williams Center, the least-known may be the Health, Housing and Human Services Council.But the agency's obscurity is a testimony to how efficiently it is functioning, some observers say.We rest easy with them because their work is well-documented, City Council member Merrill Robison said. "

Beach takes helm of fire departmentThe volunteer will fill in until a new chief is selected.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"A retired insurance executive and veteran volunteer firefighter will be the Bainbridge Fire Department's interim operations chief for the next 90 to 120 days.Ken Beach will be the department's temporary second-in-command, replacing Kirk Stickels, who retired at the end of last month to move to Alaska. "

"Taking students to the artsA two-year-old group hopes to tie drama, dance to the curriculum."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Fifth and sixth grade students were bused to a performance at the Playhouse last week, capping the second year of a program to integrate drama and dance into Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School.Students attending the performance fell silent as Susan Thompson appeared onstage.Tall and stately, Bainbridge Dance Center director Thompson was a commanding stage presence; the students seemed riveted.We're doing a dance called Flight, Thompson said, but before we do it, I'm going to tell you how the dance got made up. "

Recliners bring bluegrass to First Fridays This ain't no hillbilly jug band - complex harmonies abound.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Their name might suggest repose, but the Recliners will test the floor joists of Island Center Hall April 6 with the rollicking, foot-stomping sound that is the bluegrass hallmark.Ranging in age from 16-45, and with day jobs that range from boat broker to bio-tech consultant, the new band perhaps more closely resembles the name they nearly adopted, the Eclectics.The group's rehearsal space - Ray Cummings' high-tech home office above his garage, pristine carpet and unblemished white walls at odds with the down-home bluegrass image - serves to underscore the band's eclectic nature. We came to this from totally different musical backgrounds, Cummings, one of the groups original members said, from blues, rock and roll, jazz and classical music. "

Frank talk by ferry friends

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"This space has hurled its share of brickbats at those officials who we have elected when we think they have not served us well.Today we bestow a bouquet on three islanders we didn't elect, but who have done this community great service.The laurels go to Forrest Six, Kirk Robinson and especially to Alice Tawresey, members and the chair, respectively, of the Tariff Policy Committee that recommends ferry fares. "

The drug-free gardenGreenery guru Ann Lovejoy wants you to just say no to lawn chemicals.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Ann Lovejoy wants to get island gardens off drugs. Ann Lovejoy's Organic Garden Design Book, from which she reads at Eagle Harbor Books on April 5, helps readers design easy-to-care-for and ecologically sound gardens without chemicals. Tackling such subjects as cooperation, not control and making beautiful dirt, Lovejoy espouses her belief there are organic alternatives - simple, natural ways to garden.I've been saying the same basic things for 20 years. I would talk about compost and manure, and people would get antsy, Lovejoy said. The book is total common sense - which is in itself radical. "

At one with the landJim Salter and the city hope to see a wooded parcel saved.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"The land comes with stories, and Jim Salter comes with the land.Over here is a pile of cedar shakes, some of them fashioned by Salter's own hand. Over there is a fallen tree that bucked up as Salter cut into it with a chainsaw, giving him a smack that landed him in the hospital for 32 days. They're still not sure how he got out of the woods for an airlift to the hospital.The stories go back 80 years. And at age 85, Salter still heads out to the Wardwell Avenue property as often as he can, to renew his connection with his five wooded acres and his past.There's a lot of happy memories out here, Salter said, looking past the woods toward the rolling fields of Meigs Park next door.It's a piece of property I've loved ever since I bought it, he said. Even before I bought it.Salter hopes to see his land preserved, and so do Bainbridge Island officials. "

Vote delayed on ferry fare hikeA May change is still expected.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Ferry fares did not go up Wednesday. But it appears only a matter of time until they do.The Washington State Transportation Commission postponed a final vote on proposed 20 percent-plus ferry fare increases, because the state Senate has not yet lifted the spending caps that limit increases to the rate of inflation.Commission members, though, left little doubt that they will impose the rate hike once the Senate acts.After all the work they have done, it would be hard to ignore the Tariff Policy Committee and say I can't support this, said commission member Chris Marr of Spokane. "

Memorial picks up supportObstacles like a well remain.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"Establishing an internment memorial at the Taylor Avenue road end has the support of city officials. But including the road itself, from Eagle Harbor Drive down to the water, remains in question.Right now, a well that supplies water to Rockaway Beach sits squarely at the end of the pavement, enclosed in a brick building surrounded by a chain-link fence.Abandoning the well and drilling a new one is expensive, and might not be practical, Mayor Dwight Sutton said. But it might be possible to drop the whole thing below surface level, or to the point that it is less visible. We're trying to figure out what kind of engineering needs to be done. "

Public input sought on Ericksen/HildebrandOpponents are wasting no time organizing.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:44PM

"The public will get its first chance Tuesday to comment on the proposed connection of Ericksen Avenue and Hildebrand Lane.And the comments are expected to be numerous and heated, because the issue appears to be a flash point in the ongoing debate about growth and change on the island.This is the first step toward installing a freeway between High School Road and the waterfront, said Sheila Crofut, who has drafted an objection on behalf of Friends of the Ravine. "

Moratorium set on wetlands projects

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

The Bainbridge city council Wednesday imposed a moratorium on filing building-permit applications that seek to include any wetlands or buffers in their density calculations.The moratorium takes effect April 6.

Do you feel less crowded this week?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"So was it a boom or wasn't it?Do you have any more elbow room today, knowing that Bainbridge Island's population is a tad over 20,000, rather than the 23,000 or more some had predicted?We confess to being somewhat taken aback by the results of the 2000 census, doing a double- and triple-take when we saw the numbers over the weekend. "

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