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Council pares, adds to budget

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

New spending includes another $750K for open space purchases. A balanced city budget and a slate of new environmental regulations are nearing the finish line. The City Council will consider approval tonight of both its proposed 2006 budget and Critical Areas Ordinance update. “We’re $13,000 in the black,” Councilman Bob Scales announced to Mayor Darlene Kordonowy at the end of the council’s final budget workshop Monday.

Smokers are no longer puffing in public

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

Washington ferries, bars are now smoke-free zones by law. It’s an “historic night,” said a smoker on the rear deck of the Wenatchee late Wednesday night. Despite the cold, he lit up another round and drew deep before the state smoking ban took effect a few hours later. “You’re probably having the last ever onboard this boat,” said a ferry worker as he dumped the deck’s ashtrays for the final time. “Enjoy it while you can.”

Council imposes city staffing cuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

First to go is the human resources director, and staff support in the police department. To trim personnel costs, the City Council shed a city position considered key by many staff. The council voted this week to reduce overall staffing levels in 2007 back to 2005 levels. First to go was the city’s human resources administrator.

News Roundup -- Ferries going smoke-free/A new way to fund arts/Bicycles light up the night/Shop-n-dine to help schools/Dulac Dance raises $3,000

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

Smokers who travel on board Washington State Ferries or spend time at a ferry terminal will need to find somewhere else to smoke beginning Thursday. All ferry facilities, including vessels and terminals, will be smoke-free. “We appreciate how hard this will be on our passengers and our employees especially on the longer routes,” said Director of Operations Traci Brewer-Rogstad. “But with the passage of Initiative 901, it is clear that the people of Washington want their public facilities smoke-free.”

Oars are poised for trans-Atlantic journey

  • Dec 7, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:04PM

Sponsors are still need for the team representing the U.S. in the June race. Greg Spooner hears it all the time. “When we tell people we’re rowing across the Atlantic, they say, ‘oh, OK,’ and five seconds later they do a double take,” Spooner said. “Nobody in their right mind does this. I don’t know why I’m doing it, but I can’t resist.”

Church steeple drive over the top

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

A surprise gift of $20K helps preserve the town landmark. A surprise gift of $20,000 this week boosted Eagle Harbor Congregational Church’s Save Our Steeple campaign over its target goal of $125,000. The executor of longtime church member Lucile A. Beal’s estate sent a note with the check, saying, “I have been reading in the Review of your need for funding to repair/replace the church bell tower. If you would apply the enclosed to this cause, I am sure Lucile would be thrilled.”

25-home plan in Blakely area

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

The low-density development is planned by several neighbors. A proposed 105-acre development on upper Blakely Harbor could mean 25 new homes over time, while allowing for road improvements and possible public beach and trail access. “There are added benefits of public safety with the new road right-of-way and environmental (benefits) with the reclamation of the shoreline that has been so severely damaged by the dumping of hundreds of tons of rock and ballast along the shores of Puget Sound,” said Scott Shelton, the Gig Harbor-based developer of the Country Club Road residential project.

Are habitat plans good protection?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Critics say a builder can just ‘buy’ a favorable land-use report. The City Council this week wrapped up discussions of a new provision in the Critical Areas Ordinance, which proponents say could custom-tailor habitat protections for individual properties while allowing more flexibility for landowners.

News Roundup -- Relief plans for Katrina shared/Fort Ward visits museum/Fire training affects water/Canned food for bus fare/Keep holidays bright and safe/Holi

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

A community-wide effort is under way to help put hurricane-ravaged Louisiana back together. At the first “Katrina Assistance” meeting on Tuesday, hosted by the City of Bainbridge Island, 25 city councilors, representatives of community groups and individuals discussed ideas that required more than writing another check.

Split council widens buffers around streams

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Council nears home stretch of Critical Areas Ordinance update. The City Council this week agreed to triple buffers around fish-bearing streams, in a vote marking one of the most significant new protections proposed for the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance. “We have only a few of these streams left on the island,” said Councilwoman Christine Rolfes. “Let’s give them the protections they need.”

NASCAR wants 50-50 split for track

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

The Legislature may finance half the construction through bonds. International Speedway Corp. this week revealed its plan to pay for construction of a NASCAR racetrack in Kitsap County, and hopes to split the cost with the public. The 80,000-seat track facility, proposed for a 950-acre parcel near the Bremerton Airport, is estimated to cost $345 million.

News Roundup -- Higher density helps clinic stay/Music store closes it doors/Tree lighting on Thursday

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Higher density helps clinic stay Loosened land use restrictions approved by the City Council last week could entice Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic to remain downtown and may herald more changes for a denser Winslow. “It’s a really good thing,” said Dr. Tom Haggar, who co-owns the nearly one-acre property encompassing the clinic’s Ericksen Avenue parking lot and a building formerly occupied by Exotic Aquatics. “This means we can go ahead and consider the possibility of keeping the clinic where it is.”

Veteranes give public the gift of a new beach

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

The 525 feet of Crystal Springs shoreline come to the park district free of charge. If living on an island means the crunch of shell fragments underfoot and breathing in brisk salty air, that experience will soon stretch by more than 500 feet. Longtime islanders David and Joyce Veterane have donated to the park district the “Gazzam Beach” section of their property, which lies kitty-corner from the southwest corner of Gazzam Lake Park. The park board is expected to accept the property donation Thursday night at its meeting.

Is fake turf green enough?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Controversy over new soccer fields takes on an environmental focus. A proposal to improve Battle Point Park has sparked a turf war over turf. The 1,100-member Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer Club’s offer last month to install two artificial turf fields at the park has drawn criticism from nearby residents who fear the upgrades could pollute ground water and harm the environment.

News Roundup -- City gets clean bill of health/Ferry terminal work extended/Media literacy class offered/Mamas, papas need a break/Rec facility plans unveiled/B

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

Thanksgiving came early for the city administration, as Bainbridge Island got a clean bill of financial health from the state auditor earlier this month. The Washington State Auditor’s Office reported no findings in an examination of financial statements, internal controls and compliance with various laws for fiscal year 2004.

Storm brews over utility fee

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

The council spars over the rate structure, subsidy of stormwater management. A councilman’s attempt to hike the city’s stormwater management fee by more than 60 percent next year touched off a heated debate among council members this week. The very validity of the stormwater utility – for which residential homeowners are currently charged $6.50 per month, and commercial properties are charged based on impervious surfaces like parking lots – came into question.

Troops can be home by 2007, Inslee believes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:03PM

But the Bainbridge congressman says Iraqi forces still need more and better equipment. Even as Rep. Jay Inslee toured Iraq this past week, that nation’s top leaders were in Egypt calling for a timetable for withdrawal of American troops. The timing couldn’t have been better for the Bainbridge Island Democrat, who believes the Iraq occupation can and should be substantially complete by the end of next year.

News Roundup -- High school 'rained out'/Lost and found is piling up/Festivals seek island films/Rights event slated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:02PM

The atmosphere was unusually lively for a Monday morning at Bainbridge High School, as the student population milled around on the mall. The gym looked like a political caucus, minus the politics, as teachers held up signs to gather their students. At about 9:30 a.m., the sprinkler system of an upstairs classroom in building 300 was triggered. The resulting water damage forced school to be cancelled for the day.

Munro wins one for the whales

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:02PM

Orcas’ designation as an endangered species is a victory for the island native. Ralph Munro can finally claim victory in his hard-fought battle to win the ultimate protection for Puget Sound’s resident killer whales. The federal government announced last week that a group of killer whales that visits Puget Sound every summer has been listed under the Endangered Species Act, which officially signifies a species is at risk of extinction.

Land deal no longer 'Close,' it's just 'done'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:02PM

And more property rolls in – this time, a strip of beachfront on Crystal Springs. The latest map of Bainbridge open space is on the streets, and it’s already out of date. The city Open Space Commission this week announced the donation of yet another waterfront parcel for public use, even as the Bainbridge Island Land Trust said fund-raising to purchase the nearby Close property forestland is complete.

A Renaissance repast

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:02PM

Alan Simcoe, an Island Music Guild board member and musician in the Arundell Consort, prepares to play the lute during the fourth annual Renaissance Feast this past Saturday night at the Bainbridge Commons.

Islanders proclaim a 'green' mandate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:02PM

Recent election results are cited in calls for strong critical areas protection. It takes a creative mind to link reality TV with the Nov. 8 ballot count and the island’s wetland buffers. But Winslow resident Bob Burkholder says he’s found the connection. “It reminds me of the TV series ‘Survivor,’ where members are voted off the island,” Burkholder said, as the council considered changes to the Critical Areas Ordinance last week. “Well, the tribe has spoken.

News Roundup -- Interfaith service Tuesday/BYS bolsters counseling

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:02PM

“Unity in diversity” aptly captures the spirit of the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Interfaith Council’s annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. “There were a number of us who felt we needed more join together in worship experiences. Thanksgiving doesn’t know any particular religious boundaries in our country,” said Dick Goff, a member of the organizing committee and a past president of the council. The service “allows people to celebrate thanks for each other and share some of their very important traditions.”

Winslow 'dream' is closer to reality

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:02PM

The City Council OKs proposals for downtown planning and development. Many of the 300 residents who participated on the Winslow Tomorrow project use the word “dream” a lot. “The dream is to have a vibrant, vital, healthy downtown that feels very much as downtown does today, where there’s activity on the street, people living downtown, buying pretty much whatever they need downtown and having a fun place to go and hang out,” said Michael Read. “It’s a realization that we’re going to grow, but that we can do it right and grow gracefully.

News Roundup -- New Hollydays Guide has it all/Give now, give thanks later/Ferries adjust to smoking ban

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:02PM

A festive guide to the island’s holiday happenings now is available from downtown merchants and the chamber of commerce. Prettily packaged in red by former local artist Claire Russell and sporting a vivid poinsettia photograph by Dawn Ziegelmayer, the “Hollydays Guide” is a gift unto itself from the Downtown Association – and immensely useful.

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