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Even when it’s busy, it’s slow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:04PM

Customers at the Rolling Bay post office may appear with mail in one hand, and a dog biscuit in the other. Letters are stamped and sent on, but the doggie treat is delivered directly under the counter to Muffin, the 12-year-old Jack terrier that is the post office mascot.

AT&T can do a lot, but will it?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:03PM

AT&T can do things as a cable TV provider that other companies cannot, and is therefore the best franchise-holder for Bainbridge Island, some say. “They have the capital flow that we don’t, and can suit island demands better than Northland,” said Mark Graves, Northland’s Bainbridge manager at Wednesday’s city council meeting.

Planning a fine farewell

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:03PM

When Marti Stave started with the city of Bainbridge Island ten years ago, everything was brand new. She was a new graduate from the University of Washington with a major in urban geography. The city itself was new, as Winslow had just annexed the rest of the island. And the statewide Growth Management Act was a new mandate that required comprehensive planning.

Snow on cedars, mud on road

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:03PM

Bainbridge drivers slid on snow Wednesday and got stuck in the mud Thursday. Following the Wednesday storm that left several inches of wet snow, a mudslide early Thursday closed Highway 305 and the Agate Pass Bridge, snarling rush hour traffic from about 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cable TV firms to pony up on taxes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:03PM

If the city of Bainbridge Island agrees that AT&T Broadband can take over the cable TV franchise, both AT&T and Northland will pay the utility tax that the city imposed in 1999. Northland has refused to pay the tax, asserting that under terms of a 1970 franchise agreement, the franchise fee is in lieu of all other taxes.

Winslow’s parking woes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:03PM

To fill their store with holiday customers, Winslow merchants need to empty the downtown streets and parking lots of employees, giving shoppers a place to park. “National studies show that a parking place translates into revenues of $40 to $50 per hour, or about $96,000 per year,” said Kevin Dwyer, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. “An employee parking in front of your store means you are potentially giving up a huge amount of revenue.”

Once may be too often for BI youth

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:03PM

Bryce and Susan Phillipy want kids to get the message that even one experiment with drugs can spell disaster. The family knows the dangers of drugs firsthand; their 17 year old son, Kyle, has been in a coma at Harborview Medical Center since ingesting morphine Nov 11.

"Sidewalks trip daycare plansA Winslow outfit wants to expand, but can't afford nearby street improvements."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:03PM

"To Doug and Kathy Hartley, the blackberry-choked property on the east side of Madison Avenue at New Brooklyn Road looked like an ideal new site for their First Years Daycare operation.It offered a central location, on the way to the ferry. And the new buildings going up nearby looked like they could add to their customer base.Some of the people who will be moving into those (Sakai Village) townhouses will have kids, Kathy Hartley said. We thought it was a great spot.So they made a deal for the land, designed a 4,600-square-foot building with three outdoor play areas and 17 surface parking spots. They would move there from their present location in the ground floor of a commercial building on Knechtel Way, a building that the Hartleys say is presently for sale. "

"Mayoral hopefuls woo businessIn their first joint appearance, the candidates cite their concern for Winslow."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:03PM

"Agreeing that a vital downtown core is a critical element of the island's quality of life, two mayoral candidates tried to persuade Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce members that they know what the city must do to enhance local business.The business community has been somewhat neglected, and we need to bring them into more participation, mayoral candidate Chris Llewellyn said in a face-off before chamber members Thursday.Her opponent, Darlene Kordonowy, said that many of the issues facing the business community call for decisions from a source other than the mayor's office.The mayor doesn't make a lot of the decisions (that impact business), Kordonowy said, but the mayor can set priorities, say downtown business is important and we need to pay close attention. "

"Broader board, and refined focusBIB is getting down to business as a community 'PEG' station. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:03PM

"Bainbridge Island Broadcasting has expanded its board and refined its mission. The local community access station will focus on PEG programming - public access, education and government - director Wendy Johnson says.The acronym means the station will serve a broader cross-section of the community than some stations with larger markets, she said. "

Bainbridge soars on WASLsStatewide results show island students at the top.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"Bainbridge students got high marks on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning tests - higher than most of their peers around the state.District officials attribute the students' success on the standardized tests to parents who send students to school ready to learn, kids who are motivated, and teachers who are talented.There aren't many districts that can match this district's parent and community support, said Faith Chapel, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and we also have a dedicated set of teachers who work toward aligning curriculum to help students meet standards. "

Diversity issue pops up in new guise

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"News that the city's infrastructure requirements frustrated a local couple's efforts to build a day-care center on Madison Avenue, reported elsewhere in this issue, reminded us of a journalism professor years ago who defined an event as a process made visible.In this instance, our concern is not with the event. In today's less-than-robust market for commercial real estate, Doug and Kathy Hartley should be able to hold onto their present Knechtel Way location for the First Years day-care operation, or perhaps find another home.Nor can we quarrel with the city's decision to require sidewalks and a paved street, the items that drove up the Hartleys' construction budget by roughly 20 percent, forcing them to scrap the project. "

The long roadDewey Palooza helps a family trying to come back after a devastating injury.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"Although Dewey Palooza is a benefit for a family in need, the evening of music and food planned for Sept. 29 may feel more like a big party.All the performers are friends of the family - musicians who have sung with Larry Dewey for years, showcased by him at Seabold Second Saturday events. Pat and Larry Dewey have contributed so much to our community, Bruce Haedt says, teaching our children, organizing arts events, being our friends.We want to give them a gift of celebration and joy. "

Whale of an auction at marine centerThe Poulsbo facility hopes to bring in funds to upgrade its tanks and displays.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"Several years ago, a dead gray whale washed ashore in Liberty Bay. Alarmed neighbors asked that it be carted away before it began to smell.But Poulsbo Marine Science Center members smelled something much different: opportunity.The whale's skeleton now hangs from the center's ceiling, the centerpiece of a facility now looking for new funds and members among Bainbridge and North Kitsap residents.Almost everybody under the age of 40 on Bainbridge - or Kitsap County for that matter - has probably had classes there, says Dick Krutch of Bainbridge Island. "

Dawn of uncertain timesA search for explosives put the Wenatchee out of action Monday.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"On the newsstands, the morning headlines put Americans under the shadow of war.That cloud passed directly over Bainbridge Island on Tuesday, as fear of terrorism took the ferry Wenatchee out of action for four hours during an exhaustive search for explosives.Law enforcement officials were called after the vessel made its 8:40 a.m. departure from Seattle.Crew members - who are under strict instruction to report anything out of the ordinary - reported hearing an inexplicable metal on metal sound below the engineering decks, with the noise thought to be coming from outside the hull, Washington State Ferries spokesperson Susan Harris-Huether said.The crew heard the sound just before the vessel left Colman Dock, but didn't connect it with a possible threat until they were under way, Harris-Huether said.They just heard it the one time, like someone had attached an incendiary device or something, she said. That was their concern. "

New townhome project proposedThe plan would cluster 56 units on High School Road East.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"The homebuilder who created the Weaver Creek subdivision in Winslow wants to build 56 homes on the 10-acre Martin-Patterson tract on the northwest corner of Ferncliff Drive and High School Road.By clustering the units on the west side of the tract, away from Ferncliff, he hopes to defuse the kind of neighborhood opposition faced by the Woodland Village project farther north on Ferncliff. "

Middle East peace: Is there a chance?A scholar offers his insights as part of the library lecture series.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"If you wonder if peace has a future in the Middle East, Joel Migdal can offer more than a casual answer. We know that it is going to take the establishment of a Palestinian state, and the withdrawal of Israel from 95 or 96 percent of the Gaza strip, said Migdal, who will lecture on the subject next month as part of the Bainbridge Library Speakers Forum, and some compensation to the Palestinians for the 4 percent they don't withdraw from.Migdal brings a lifetime of scholarship to the question. "

Review honored

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"The Bainbridge Review earned first place General Excellence honors in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association contest for 2001.The award was announced at the WNPA's annual convention, held in Tacoma over the weekend.The Review topped 22 peer newspapers around the state with circulation of 5,001 to 9,000. Judges cited the paper's front-page design; news coverage that was attentive to community diversity; and the strongest editorials among entries judged - local and pointed. "

Healing music for the darkest of timesThe concert will benefit a local academy.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"Carol Willis Buechler might have gathered this group of friends to make music, even if she hadn't wished to raise money for her son's school.The benefit for West Sound Academy, scheduled for Sept. 22, is for Buechler a lark.The musicians are my friends, Buechler said, but they're all consummate professionals, too. We live what we do, and it's a lot of fun to make music with them.The musicians, who will play and sing a true cross-section of classical works ranging from Samuel Barber to Johann Sebastian Bach, are remarkably intertwined.Mary Foster Grant and Elizabeth Grant are sisters who have been playing and singing together all their lives. "

What's up with docks?Neighbors are at odds over the first new structures on Blakely Harbor in two decades.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"For over 30 years, Bob and Rachel Smith have enjoyed the relatively uncluttered beauty of Blakely Harbor.Unlike many of the island's other shorelines, Blakely Harbor is generally free of docks - only five were counted in a 1996 survey, compared to 78 on Port Madison, 36 on Fletcher Bay and 30 on the inner side of the Point Monroe sandspit.We wish there wouldn't be any more, said Rachel Smith, or if there are, they should be reduced in size and shared.The water belongs to everybody born and unborn, she said, but as soon as you start getting docks, the water gets taken up. "

Rights vs. 'permission' at issueCases that could change dock regulations are going through the courts.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"Whether there should be new docks in Blakely Harbor poses a philosophical question:Who owns the water - adjoining landowners who want to build a dock over or on it, or the public that objects to visual and navigational intrusions?But the resolution is likely to be less philosophical than legal. And the legal answer is far from clear-cut. "

Community responds to national tragedyServices and memorials spring up around town.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"With the rest of the country, Bainbridge Islanders remembered the victims of this week's terrorist attacks with memorials on Friday. Noon services were held at island churches, while mayor Dwight Sutton addressed a crowd of about 300 gathered on the green next to city hall. Calling the moment sobering and somber, Sutton enjoined the crowd to help eliminate terrorism while resolving to uphold justice. A few minutes ago, we pledged allegiance to those principles, Sutton said, following a flag salute. If we do not honor those principles, we do not honor the dead. While those gathered spontaneously broke into God Bless America, a young woman in dreadlocks quietly laid a bouquet of sunflowers on a concrete pillar behind the mayor.Bainbridge students coping with the week's events also sought ways to express sorrow, find solace and show solidarity with the bereaved.At Sakai Intermediate School, 1,280 paper cranes were hung on the wire edifice surrounding the Sakai sculpture. "

Tempers flare over tiny T'Chookwap ParkNeighbors are split over public water access.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02PM

"By any standards, the view from the bluff is striking.Bobbing on the blue waters of Port Madison Bay below are a smattering of sail craft. Towering trees and a few homes line the far shoreline; the mouth of the bay itself yawns in the distance.It would make an exquisite building site.As it happens, though, the half-acre parcel is owned by the public - a pocket park created in 1992 and dubbed T'Chookwap, as the Suquamish once knew the bay. "

Water access is a public obligation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:01PM

"Forty-five miles of shoreline. One public dock.That's the score on Bainbridge Island, for anyone who wants to maintain a small vessel but isn't blessed with the money to afford a waterfront home or a yacht club membership. (There are, by our count, two public ramps for motor launches and kayaks; but you can't really count Point White dock, which is more of a pier.) Certainly, the desirability of docks for recreation is as strong as ever, as evidenced by plans for several new structures across our waterways by private homeowners on Blakely Harbor. "

Sure ShotPete Saloutos is hailed as a photographic legend.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:01PM

"The athletes that Pete Saloutos photographs - the subjects of the work that recently made him a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens - have nothing on him, when it comes to energy and drive.Saloutos begins his day with a 4 a.m. gym workout, and gets to his computer by 6:45 - after a pit stop at Blackbird Bakery. For every one of me, there are thousands of photographers who fell by the wayside, Saloutos says. My strength is persistence.And perfectionism.To get a single shot of a row of swimmers diving from a pool's edge, Saloutos first spent six hours lighting each swimmer with her own light. A photograph of a cowboy herding sheep on a mountain crest took Saloutos six months to coordinate. "

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