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Inslee opts out of run for governor

  • Sep 10, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:51PM

He’ll seek a fourth term in Congress representing the 1st District.
Bainbridge Island’s man in the other Washington has decided that he’ll try to stay there, rather than making a move for the governor’s mansion in Olympia. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-1st District) said Monday that rather than throw his hat into the three-way race for the Democratic nomination to succeed Gov. Gary Locke, he will instead seek a fourth term in Congress.

End of summer sail

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:50PM

The second of a two-part story on a weekly sailboat regatta from Eagle Harbor that puts fun ahead of competition.
Before September rains carry the precision of the memories down the nearest storm drain, this is what summer was: Perching atop the cabin of a fleet, heeling sailboat in the middle of Puget Sound, caressed by a maritime breeze; Struggling to learn something about the art of sailing and making a lot of mistakes, none of which result in drowning; An excuse to delegate Wednesday city council meetings to another writer; And, over a two-mile stretch of gloriously sparkling water, flying toward an imaginary finish line, neck-and-neck with another proud vessel and its crew on the last 85-degree afternoon of the season.

Leaving no depths unexplored

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:50PM

For the famed author of ‘Middle Passage,’ the passion to learn is as timeless as the stories he explores.
Any one of Charles Johnson’s accomplishments might make a career. The Seattle author, who speaks at the Playhouse on Sept. 12, has published books, stories, essays, screenplays, reviews. He is expert in the Chinese martial art Choyli Fut; a scholar versed in phenomenology, Buddhism and Sanskrit; a visual artist who has published more than a thousand political cartoons. Johnson might be intimidating – if he weren’t so charming.

Preservationist eyes Moran theater

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:50PM

The historical building could become an arts learning center.
Michael Bride has raised funds to preserve salmon and elephants; now he wants to save another sort of endangered species. Bride, a Seattle native and insurance professional, wants to turn the historic Moran School building at Rolling Bay into an art space.

20 years later, ‘Canyon’ is back

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:50PM

The forgotten project could develop the Winslow ravine.
A controversial project that could turn the Winslow Ravine into a heavily developed commercial center is back before city planners – 19 years after winning council approval. And like Rip Van Winkle awakening after two decades of slumber, “The Canyon” faces a very different world today than in 1984 – myriad new city requirements that present significant obstacles to the plan.

Senate budget includes $3 million for park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:50PM

But the House recommends just 1/10th of that amount.
A U.S. Senate subcommittee has earmarked $3 million towards acquisition of land for Pritchard Park, an amount that would clinch public purchase of at least the first phase of the proposed 50-acre waterfront park on the south shore of Eagle Harbor. The question now is how much of that money can survive negotiations with the House of Representatives, which has earmarked only $300,000.

Cops nab 140 for speeding - News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:50PM

Cops nab 140 for speeding Sunny, 70s, with a slight breeze – Saturday was a beautiful day to go for a drive around the island. Unless you happened to be speeding. Bainbridge police Saturday arrested a modern-day buccaneer, who they said prowled Eagle Harbor at night in a fleet and fast canoe, burglarizing both liveaboards and vessels anchored in marinas. The 55-year-old suspect, whose name was withheld pending arraignment, was arrested for possession of stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm, said Bainbridge Police Lt. Scott Anderson.

Bainbridge sisters’ island, Ometepe

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:50PM

Jordan girls return from a year abroad.
A four-month trip to Ometepe turned into a year-long stay for Eagle Harbor High School senior Anne Jordan. Anne and her sister Amy, a sophomore at EHHS, returned in mid-August from Ometepe, Bainbridge’s “sister island” adopted 17 years ago by Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Island Association.

Seattle ferry dock to get a new look

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:50PM

Upgrade is part of concessions change.
Before the end of this year, Washington State Ferries will begin a remodeling project to convert the concrete drabness of the Colman Dock terminal into something more resembling an airport terminal – brighter, more consumer-friendly, and hopefully, a source of revenue to the cash-strapped system.

Steady growth is behind us, and ahead

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Regional slump won’t slow rise in island population, planners project.
If Bainbridge Island keeps growing at the relatively steady rate it has experienced over the past 30 years, it will add 9,500 new residents by the year 2025, and will reach a “buildout” population of some 33,000 by the year 2030, according the estimates endorsed by the Planning Commission last week. And while regional officials expect the rate of growth to slow, the economic travails of the aircraft and high-tech industries are expected to have a lesser effect here.

White sails, blue skies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

The first of a two-part story about the weekly sailboat regatta from Eagle Harbor that puts fun ahead of competition.
The race won’t start for another five minutes, but the competition, such as it is, is already under way. “What are you doing up there?” a skipper calls out from a passing sailboat. Norm Down, who has been standing at the bow of the 33-foot sloop Savage to scan for floating debris, sets himself up big-time: “Looking for deadheads.” “They’re on board!” the rival skipper laughs, breezing away on another course.

Giving is a family tradition

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Munro funds become part of BI Community Endowment.
George Munro wasn’t a wealthy man, but the Crystal Springs pioneer wasn’t a big spender, either, and when he died in 1999 at age 99 he left a modest legacy. His three sons – Dave, Ron and former Secretary of State Ralph – used that money to form a private foundation.

Teaming up in the cause of art

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Downtown outlets form new Bainbridge Island Art Gallery Association.
Four voices speak louder than one. A quartet of local galleries are counting on that premise, as they unite to form the Bainbridge Island Art Gallery Association.

Banks a lot: new park sprouts up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

American Marine Bank and Washington Mutual break ground on a terraced garden between their buildings.
Small parcels between two banks on Winslow Way each served a purpose, but a different one. The American Marine Bank side was an outdoor staircase to take customers down to the lobby, below street level. The Washington Mutual side was a mini-park, with a switchback pathway connecting Winslow Way to a rear parking lot.

Council balks on Winslow plans - News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

A sharply divided City Council declined Wednesday to commit the city to a Winslow Way planning effort being pushed by downtown property owners, expressing concern that the process appeared to be stacked in favor of business interests and saying that the issue ought to be considered as part of the budget process.

‘Usual suspects’ have lots to say - News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Yet another hearing on the city’s proposed subdivision ordinance produced more comment, but all from speakers who have made their positions clear in the past.

Island students ace WASL again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Scores continue to rise despite some sophomores’ refusal to take the test.
Bainbridge WASL scores added up, even minus students. According to results released by the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Thursday, the island school district ranked in the top five districts in the state in most categories and most grades.

Council extends Blakely dock ban

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Questions about ban’s legality persist as an island-wide moratorium expires.
The City Council narrowed the area of engagement but girded for another legal battle Wednesday night when it voted to continue until March 2004 a moratorium on new docks in Blakely Harbor. It allowed the moratorium to lapse for the rest of the island on Sept. 1, meaning that new dock and bulkhead applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday morning.

The hand on the Bumbershoot

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Islander Sheila Hughes is producer for Labor Day’s arts spectacle.
Sheila Hughes’ job is way cool. As producer of the annual Bumbershoot festival, the island resident modestly “oversees the larger brushstrokes” of an event that will bring some 200,000 fans to Seattle Center this weekend for marquee music and arts talent and up-and-coming acts. Does she know how good she has it?

Building official leaving city -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

City building official Larry Skinner will leave the city Sept. 30 to pursue unspecified business opportunities, interim Planning Director Larry Frazier said. Skinner, who has been with the city for 12 years, has supervised the issuance of building permits and the inspections to make sure that buildings adhere to relevant codes and to the terms of the permit. “He has been a steady hand at the department, and we are going to miss him,” Frazier said.

Roadwork: after next year, it's up to the voters

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

The days of cash and carry for city road projects are over, city officials say. If islanders want to see major road projects after next year, the funding is going to have to come from voter-approved bonds. The reason: Tim Eyman’s tax-cutting initiatives are taking effect, depriving the city both of state funding and of the ability to raise dollars locally through property taxes.

Dock ban to be decided next week

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

The salmon will square off against the suits Wednesday, when the Bainbridge City Council must decide whether to continue a moratorium on new docks and bulkheads across the island, limit it to Blakely Harbor, or do away with the ban altogether. The island-wide moratorium and its salmon-protection rationale might give way, especially in light of a court decision striking down the freeze.

Island-wide traffic plan speeds toward debate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

The island-wide transportation study is still just a study, thank you, and not yet a plan, the City Council’s public works committee assured residents Monday. But at the urging of city staff, the council will put several controversial issues in the study on the front burner, and move the document from “study” to “plan” soon.

School district budget will stay the course

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

A healthy reserve should help the Bainbridge Island School District weather a year of minor deficit spending. A draft budget for fiscal year 2003-2004 shows the district running down its bank account by about $168,000, to cover an estimated $28.6 million in general operating expenditures.

Go forth and plan, businesses urged

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

A city council committee is endorsing efforts by downtown property owners to reopen Winslow-area planning to incorporate “business-friendly” ideas. The public works committee approved a resolution that supports a business-backed private planning effort, and committed $75,000 towards the continuation of that effort. The process will refine and incorporate the business community’s ideas into the formal plan for the downtown area.

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