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With trendy comes spendy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

Demand for island homes shows no sign of slowing down, and prices keep rising. While the national housing market is showing signs of slowing down after a fast-paced year, the Bainbridge market is still picking up speed. “I expect the market to be strong in ’06,” said Lois Boubong, a realtor at Prudential’s Winslow office, who recently completed an analysis of the island’s housing market. “No bubble is going to burst anytime soon.”

Economic forecast is mostly sunny

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

But clouds could form if a conflict with Iran hikes fuel prices nationwide. A prominent Northwest economist expects a warm business climate for 2006 as strong trade winds continue to blow from Asia, holding recessionary clouds over Puget Sound at bay. “There’s a trade boom happening,” said Tom Cox, host of the PBS program “Serious Money,” during a presentation Wednesday hosted by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce at Wing Point Golf and Country Club. “Puget Sound’s in the ideal place with all that’s going on with Asia.”

You can lead a student to salad...

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

...but can you get them to choose greens over pizza? It’s a tough sell. Students at Bainbridge public schools now have healthier choices, but few are choosing them. In the last year, the Bainbridge Island School District elementary school menus have added a daily salad bar with organic choices and a vegetarian option each day.

Boatyard announcement sparks new rift

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

Councilors say the mayor spoke too soon in touting an accord with the ferry system. The city isn’t as close to an agreement with the state ferry system over a public boatyard as the mayor would have residents believe, according to some city councilors. “We’re not at all close,” said Councilwoman Deborah Vancil on Monday. “Nothing has been decided – nothing at all.”

Mayor renews pitch for ferry liaison

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

But councilors say partial state ferry funding could split the position’s allegiance. The mayor’s already swung two strikes, but has vowed to go to bat again for a new city position that could boost cooperation between the island and the state ferry system.

News Roundup -- Tell some kids what you do/Garden tour artists sought/The economic impact of art

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

Adults with fun hobbies or interesting jobs are invited to take part in “Surprise Wednesdays” at the Boys and Girls Club of Bainbridge Island. The new program welcomes adults to share their experiences with children in kindergarten through fourth grade between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

As mate munched, ferry and freighter nearly crunched

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

Official findings blame the ferry skipper for near-miss in late December. A ferry operator’s inattention is blamed for the near collision between a ferry loaded with Bainbridge passengers and a northbound Danish freighter late last month, according to a Washington State Ferries investigation.

Super Bowl? He’ll take a pass

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

Franklin Chu is auctioning his ticket to raise money for hurricane relief. Last Sunday, Franklin Chu hit a double lottery: his beloved Seattle Seahawks earned their first Super Bowl bid, and he won the chance to be there himself. But in a “spread the wealth” move, this longtime season ticket holder isn’t going to Detroit.

News Roundup -- Schools seek project help/Manheim tennis benefit/Sing Out for MLK Jan. 28/Ferry fare hike, your thoughts?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

The Bainbridge Island School District is seeking community volunteers to participate on a new Capital Projects Advisory Committee. The charge: to provide the superintendent and board with advice, analysis and recommendations regarding the district’s proposed 2006-08 construction program and ensure appropriate public oversight and involvement in the expenditure of public funds derived for the 2006 school bond.

Terminal permits rejected

  • Jan 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:08PM

WSF must come back with a new plan, a city examiner finds. The city hearing examiner this week tossed out the city’s approval of Winslow ferry terminal upgrades, providing a ray of hope for advocates of a public trail there. “It’s all we could have asked for,” said John Grinter, who joined members of the Waterfront Trail Association in appealing city Planning Director Larry Frazier’s approval of a state ferry system permit application that limited pedestrian access.

Mayor, council split on downtown priorities

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

Some say the Winslow Tomorrow effort is crowding out other needed projects. The City Council punched big holes in the mayor’s blueprint for implementing the Winslow Tomorrow project. “It’s all about accountability,” Councilman Bill Knobloch said, voicing concerns about the city staff’s ability to complete downtown improvements while still meeting general city needs.

Island teacher jailed on child porn charges

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

Charles ‘Pat’ Murphy, 46, is in his third year teaching at Bainbridge High. A Bainbridge High School science teacher remained jailed Friday, after being arrested this week for allegedly possessing child pornography on his home computer. A subsequent search of Charles Patrick “Pat” Murphy’s high school classroom turned up more “inappropriate” materials of an unspecified nature, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said Friday.

News Roundup -- Ferry terminal group named/Church hosts housing forum/Herman is youth o’ year/Digging into school finance

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

Washington State Ferries has formed a new citizen advisory group for upgrades to the 50-year-old Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. The 12-member Community Advisory Group for the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal Improvement Project is drawn primarily from the island community, but also includes residents from Indianola, Suquamish and Jefferson County.

Pay up: another ferry fare hike in the works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

Most fares would jump 6 percent, while motorcyclists would see a 14 percent hike. Like birthdays, taxes and gray hairs, ferry fare hikes are one of those things islanders have come to count on with each passing year. This year, fares may increase by 6 percent for most passengers, while motorcycle riders may see their ticket prices rise by 14 percent boost, according to a recommendation by the state Department of Transportation.

Funding may stall litany of projects

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

The administration says it can’t complete the work without additional staffing. A street opening tied to the city’s downtown planning initiative may be put off for a year – not for want of political support, but rather, an engineer to design it. Design work for the connection of Ericksen Avenue and Hildebrand Lane is on a laundry list of public works and other projects the administration says it cannot complete in 2006, unless the City Council approves additional short-term staffing.

City, WSF near boatyard deal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

A new accord could restore a haul-out facility to Eagle Harbor.,/i> A glimmer of hope was sighted on the horizon last week, signaling the possible return of a public boatyard to Eagle Harbor. “There are still some critical issues to resolve, but this past week, I believe we’ve turned the corner,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said Monday.

Appleton backs bill on island growth

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

The Democrat hopes to let island cities set their own growth boundaries. Imagine Bainbridge Island swelled to the seams with 130,000 people. It’s not the vision most residents have for the bucolic isle. And it’s not a vision held by Rep. Sherry Appleton, who introduced a bill in Olympia this month aimed at putting the island’s growth in the hands of islanders.

News Roundup -- Falsifications added up/Earl to lead city engineers/15.39 inches of rain to date/Alternate gifts present $22K/Boxes of books for the troops/Sco

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

Whatever reason Will Peddy gave for lying on his resume, the city thinks it was a lie, too. Details of the investigation into Peddy’s resume misrepresentations were released this week, with some of the information redacted. A Superior Court judge blocked the city from releasing all of the information, after a public disclosure request by local online site “The Buzz” prompted a lawsuit by Peddy.

Another flap at T'Chookwap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

Proposed sale of the tiny north-end park is opposed by many neighbors. The City Council held off on staking a “For Sale” sign at a Port Madison park Wednesday, allowing more time to let residents hear the sales pitch. “The discussion is premature about selling this property,” said Councilwoman Deborah Vancil about a resolution that would authorize the sale of T’Chookwap Park, a half-acre waterfront parcel on Spargur Loop Road. “This is very difficult. I’m disappoi

Council pledges reform for '06

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

Efficiency, shorter meetings are the goals. The City Council’s resolutions for the New Year include better efficiency, less time spent in meetings, increased public participation and better communication with the administration. But rather than make a list and hope for the best, the council has enacted procedural reforms it hopes will help them keep to their promises in 2006 and beyond.

Legislators split on yard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

Rockefeller, Appleton say the yard stays; Woods wants discussion. As members of Reclaim Our Waterfront mount a petition and letter-writing campaign to convince elected officials that the ferry maintenance yard’s removal is in the island’s interest, some of the area’s state legislators have already made up their minds.

Group forms to oust ferry work facility

  • Jan 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07PM

But a presentation by ‘ROW’ fails to sway harbor commissioners. A newly formed group advocating removal of the ferry maintenance yard from island shores did not get the response it hoped for from the city Harbor Commission Tuesday. The nonprofit Reclaim Our Waterfront citizen group presented its argument to the commission hoping to garner support for relocating the ferry facility, which they consider counter to their vision for greater public access, commercial development and small-scale maritime uses on Eagle Harbor.

Appleton drops gauntlet vs. NASCAR

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:06PM

The 23rd District Democrat says the promised economic benefits are suspect. Putting the breaks on a state-funded racetrack in Kitsap County will top Rep. Sherry Appleton’s priority list in her newly appointed role on a House economics committee.

News Roundup -- Student OK after collision/Two pertussis cases at school/Shainin named BPA director/Downtown group moves

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:06PM

A 9-year-old Bainbridge boy complained only of a sore neck after he was struck by a vehicle while walking his bicycle through a crosswalk near Ordway Elementary School early Thursday. The youth was transported to Harrison Hospital as a precaution, school officials said.

Teens screened for mental health

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:06PM

School, health district officials hope to steer youths away from self-destructive behavior. For three years, Leigh Manheim has canvassed tirelessly for a way to identify high school teens who harbor suicidal thoughts. Today – as Bainbridge High School becomes the first school in Kitsap County to offer TeenScreen, a program designed to help prevent suicides and identify other mental health concerns in teens – she is happy the community has achieved that goal.

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