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Redistricting may bypass Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:25PM

Legislative redistricting in the wake of the 2000 census should mean almost no changes for Bainbridge Island voters – and no division of the island – according to draft plans released this week by the four redistricting commissioners. The commissioners – one appointed by each of the four state legislative caucuses – each released their own maps showing how they would re-divide Washington’s nine federal congressional districts and 49 state legislative districts. The mandate is to re-equalize district populations, to account for the 1 million additional residents Washington gained between 1990 and 2000.

Inslee: bipartisanship or elseThe Democrat says a divided House could see legislation mire.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"In the long run, the loser in the presidential election may be the environment, says Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Bainbridge Island).With the president and vice president both coming from an industry (oil) that has not been in the forefront on environmental issues, we won't see leadership from the White House on issues like global warming, Inslee said.After a short ski vacation in eastern Washington, the third-term congressman (he served an earlier term in the 4th District) met with his staff Thursday on legislative strategies for the upcoming term.The issues that will occupy Congress, Inslee said, will be taxes, education and health care. In all of those area, he thinks some action will occur. "

Use of school shed irks neighborTruck traffic was not part of a decade-old agreement.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"Tom and Kathleen DeVange wake daily to the beeping of a truck's back-up alarm, vehicle doors slamming or the persistent throb of diesel engines. The noise comes from a nearby shed at the southwest corner of the Bainbridge High School grounds, just 30 feet behind the DeVange home on Whited Place. If we had known that we would wind up with a heavy equipment maintenance depot virtually in our back yard, we would never have bought (our) property, Tom DeVange said. DeVange described the noise problem to the school board at its Dec. 14 meeting, and asked the district to honor an 11-year-old promise to be quiet. "

Realtor sues to block sale of 550 MadisonCraig Clark claims breach of contract by the seller.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"Claiming that he still has a valid purchase contract, local realtor Craig Clark has sued to block the county housing authority's purchase of the 550 Madison apartment building.Named as defendants are Vicki Holmstrom of Kingston and her husband, the building's sellers.I want to be reasonable and fair, but someone has to acknowledge the very real time and money I spent in going after something like this, Clark said Friday. "

Hip to be the owner of a chipper

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"We saw it in the corner of the neighbor's garage just the other day - its little maw, as always, agape in anticipation - perhaps sensing that its day was almost here. For, with the countywide burn ban set to go into effect this coming Monday, the little 8-hp machine was about to make its owner the most popular gal in the neighborhood.I still haven't decided on a fee, she told us coyly.Chipper owners, you're suddenly very hip.We expect a lot of new relationships to spring up - neighborhood feuds wane, petty grievances forgotten - with the advent of the countywide burn ban, Kitsap County being the last corner of Washington to come under the state's Clean Air Act of 1990. "

A sense of placeJill Myers shuns the who for the where.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"She sees, therefore she shoots.Photographer Jill Myers thinks of the camera as a natural extension of her eyes. I love the challenge of taking a photo of something that captures a different view, Myers says. I see things differently.Viewers will see familiar places through Myers' distinctive lens when her photographic exhibit opens Jan. 7 at Pegasus Coffeehouse. "

A car-free future for Winslow Way?A pedestrian advocate thinks the street could become a 'meeting place.'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"Saying that people and cars don't mix, a group of island residents proposes to get the latter off a portion of Winslow Way.The effect, they claim, will be to turn the street into a meeting place.Right now, people come down here in cars, do their business, and leave, said Roger Lauen, who is spearheading the effort. The only places for people to interact are in the bookstore, the bakery, and the coffee stand at Town & Country. I'd like the whole street to be like that.Lauen proposed the idea at a recent meeting of the city council's public works committee. And while council members haven't immediately signed on, they aren't totally dismissing the idea either.It's a very village-oriented idea that would bring people together, said Liz Murray. "

Happy ending for wandering youthNeighbors are called heroes.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"Heidi McKay was on the phone with her mother-in-law, and her son Timothy was sitting in front of the heater.Suddenly, a neighbor was pounding on her door asking, Do you know that your son is out in the middle of the road? Neighbors saved the developmentally disabled youth Dec. 13, after he left the house without warning and was about to wander onto the highway.I panicked, McKay said, recalling the moment neighbor Christina Garrigues appeared at the door, and ran several blocks, yelling, and when I got around the corner I saw he was okay. "

Menu limited for Packard propertyOptions seem few for the site of a quirky diner and garage.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"Al Packard dreamed about resurrecting the past at his businesses on Madison Avenue. But the businesses have failed, and the question now is whether the property itself has a future.It would be expensive to remodel the building for anything other than automobile-service use, said Pavilion co-owner Jeff Brein, representing a group of local investors currently looking at the property.Packard built an auto-service business. But it wasn't just any old garage. This one was a brown-stucco replica of a 1930s-era Sinclair station.And he built a restaurant, the Blue Water Diner. But it wasn't just any old restaurant. Packard found an antique diner in Pennsylvania, trucked it to Bainbridge Island and restored it. "

Cutting off Winslow Way is tough sell

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"The block was ripe for redevelopment.Situated in the heart of a thriving downtown district, flanked by a popular five-story shopping mall and minor transit hub and surrounded by other high-profile retail outlets, it was a prime location for a posh department store.There was only one catch - the next block was closed to car traffic, forming a pedestrian mall with an adjacent park.Ah, the developer said, but we need drop-off traffic. Reopen the street, or we won't redevelop the block.And, as readers will recall, the Nordstrom family prevailed; Seattle's Pine Street was reopened between Fourth and Fifth, and in went a new flagship location for the hometown department store empire.We thought back to this debate from a few years ago, as several islanders try to rally support (reported elsewhere in this issue) for closing off part of Winslow Way with a goal of improving both commerce and personal interaction. "

Center remodel roars on

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"The building isn't done, but the tenants were happy to settle in anyway - if only for an hour. Representatives of five social service agencies met inside the Marge Williams Center for the first time Thursday afternoon, making plans for a March 1 move-in date.We're going to end up with a first-class building here - much more than we ever imagined a year ago, said local real estate agent Ed Kushner, who has spearheaded the project from its inception.The building was still very much a construction zone - tools and materials were scattered about, wires dangled here and there, blankets of insulation bulged from the unfinished walls. Outside, construction crews pounded away on a new peaked roof and a more robust balcony and facade. "

Funds elusive in governor's ferry budget

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"Gov. Gary Locke's budget proposal for the ferry system is a little bit like a still picture of one of the boats. You can't tell which direction it's moving without more information.On one hand, Locke's funding proposals are relatively generous. On the other, the proposals depend at least in part on money that may not exist.If the money is available, we'll be in pretty good shape, Washington State Ferries spokesperson Pat Patterson said Thursday. But even this budget assumes a loss of service in some areas compared to before I-695. "

City settles with U-bake pizza franchise

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"Twelve months and $115,000 later, the city has decided that Papa Murphy's U-bake pizza is not a formula take-out food business after all.The city settled a lawsuit brought by Sequim businessman Mike Cooper, who challenged the city's refusal to let his business locate in the Village shopping center, next to Radio Shack.In exchange for a city permit, Cooper agreed to drop his claim for damages. But the city will pay $80,000 in attorneys' fees to Cooper, and will spend close to $35,000 paying its own attorney. "

Service cited in budget hike to $14.87 million

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"Growing community, growing budget.Citing increasing demands for services, the Bainbridge Island City Council Wednesday adopted a $14.875 million operating budget for 2001, up from $12.9 million this year. "

"Bag it, city - fast food law needs to go"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:24PM

"'Tis the season of giving. But not even our spirit of holiday generosity makes us feel good about spending $115,000 of taxpayer money to defend the city's fast-food ordinance against Papa Murphy's pizza store.The problem is not that the city capitulated before a superior court judge could decide the case.Nor is the problem the interpretations of the planning director and the hearing examiner to the effect Papa Murphy's is formula take-out food, and therefore not permitted in the Village shopping center.The problem is the ordinance itself. While the settlement didn't decide its validity, the law looks legally indefensible. "

Pursuing the perfect image

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

"Tim Thompson is a guy who likes to hang from airplanes. Even without hearing his stories, one can tell from viewing the spectacular photographs in Thompson's new collaborative book, Puget Sound: Sea Between the Mountains, that the man doesn't mind taking a few risks in the name of art.If sticking his head out of a plane to photograph is the only way to capture a scene, then that's what he does, no problem.Thompson has also hung from helicopters and from hot air balloons. When we're doing air-to-air shoots, Thompson says, which is when you're flying in tandem with another plane to photograph it, things can be a little tricky - you could run into each other, which is not ideal.One would imagine not. But there are other kinds of risks artists take, and Thompson has sustained his share of these, as well. "

"Hanukkah cookies, anyone?"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

"The seasonal greeting these days is as likely to be Happy Holidays as Merry Christmas.Islanders' increased awareness of non-Christian neighbors may be one reason for the inclusive salutation. It makes a major difference, says one member of the Jewish community who asked not to be identified. No one wants to be the Grinch who stole Christmas; it's just nice to feel acknowledged. "

Woodland out of the woods

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

"As one controversial island housing development neared the finish line, another cleared its initial hurdle.Last Friday, a Kitsap County judge rejected challenges to the 27-home Woodland Village development on Ferncliff Avenue. Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Leonard Kruse ruled last week that the city acted properly when it approved the project.In so doing, he may have ended a multi-year battle over the project's density.We're disappointed in the ruling, said Ferncliff Drive resident Lois Andrus, who appealed the city's go-ahead along with the East Central Bainbridge Island Community Association.We'll have to review the decision with our attorney to see where we go from here, she said, indicating that no decision had been made about whether to press a further appeal. "

Swim program may return for K-1

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

"Kindergarteners and first graders could get swim lessons during morning and afternoon hours and vacations, under a reinstated school district program.Those grades were identified in a draft proposal made to the school board last week, with a formal presentation possibly coming next month. The program could be reinstated for the 2001-02 school year. "

Cooper owes island a firm commitment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

"We can walk away from our jobs at any time.Impressment and indentured servitude having gone out with the 19th century, we're pretty much free to jump ship at any time, assuming we can find someone new to take us on.To that extent, we have no problem with Police Chief Bill Cooper's recent pursuit of the Top Cop job in Federal Way. Citing frustration with his regular commute to the island from Olympia - his house has failed to sell, after a year and a half on the market - Cooper dusted off his resume and went through an intensive application and interview process close to home. And, as reported elsewhere in this issue, he didn't get the job. But with the source of Cooper's frustration unchanged - his apparent inability to resettle in the vicinity of Bainbridge - Mayor Dwight Sutton and other city officials need to ask themselves: Should this arrangement continue at all? "

"Lundgren, Doogals plans filed"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

"Two projects in the formative stages could dramatically transform the face of downtown Winslow.Indianola resident Earl Miller has filed a pre-application for a complex of buildings at the northeast corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue, where Lundgren station and the red-brick building housing Schmidt's Appliances, Paisley Place and Bainbridge Floor Covering now stand.Meanwhile, Bror Elmquist, a commercial construction manager and agent for the Magnano family of Seattle, is in the pre-application phase of a project on the northeast corner of Ericksen Avenue and Winslow, site of a now-demolished restaurant building that most recently was Doogal's.Both are mixed-use projects that incorporate residential and commercial space. Bainbridge Island architect Charles Wenzlau is designing both projects. "

Students get the picture

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

" Sakai Intermediate School honored its namesakes this week with the dedication of an etched glass photograph of Yoshiko and Sonoji Sakai. I am honored - the picture puts a face to the name, said Dean Sakai, the grandson of the Sakai couple.The portrait, which is displayed in the main entrance of the school, is one of several art projects the Art for Sakai Committee hoped would crystallize. Tammy Melby, a committee member, said that several years ago when the committee envisioned different art pieces for Sakai, the now-deceased Don Nakata came up with the idea of displaying a glass photograph of the family in the school. Don said that there needs to be something more representative of the Sakai family, Melby said.Last February, committee members and Sakai school officialsd approached Al Philips, Bainbridge glass artist and owner of Dolphin Glass, with the idea and vintage photograph. We knew that Al was a glass artist, said Sakai Principal Jo VanderStoep.But then he told us about his son Ben who had some work in the Bainbridge Library, and we thought, 'Let's have a real Bainbridge Island student do this art work.' "

Open space dreams need tangible plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

"The old strawberry cannery property on Eagle Harbor. Pastoral fields at Wyatt/Weaver. The Winslow ravine. Large wooded parcels near Gazzam Lake. A waterfront strip near Wing Point.The list of desirable properties unveiled at Thursday's park board meeting certainly dazzled.The real challenge, committee member John Eremic told park commissioners, is that there are so many opportunities.Indeed, the presentation by the district's Land Acquisition Committee - commissioned last spring to give board members a better idea of what's out there in the way of potential parks, open space and ball field sites - was both provocative and exhaustive. "

Beat crazy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

"Man, those cool cats groove, Daddy-o.Brush up on the Beatnik lingo, grab some bongos and a beret, then head for Pegasus Coffee House for Beat poetry and jazz with Bob McAllister and the Bischoff brothers, Dec. 16. McAllister, backed by Korum Bischoff on drums and Jared Bischoff on guitar, will read his own poetry and works by such Beat greats as Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure and Allen Ginsberg.I'm paying homage, poet McAllister says. So much of art is calculated, but if you want that first creative splurge, that flowing urge, that 'instant poetry' stuff, that improvisation, trust your first impulses like the Beat poets did. "

"Housing authority buys 550 MadisonRents will be subsidized for 13 units, and improvements to the building are promised."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:23PM

"The man with the full white beard and head of hair not only looked like Santa Claus - he brought a full load of Christmas cheer to Madison Avenue Tuesday morning.Roger Waid, deputy director of the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority, told tenants at the 550 Madison apartment complex that his agency, not a private investor, has purchased their apartment building.Does this mean we don't have to leave? asked tenant Kathy Brown. That was exactly what the news meant. Monday, the housing authority learned that its bid for the 13-unit complex had been accepted. After a staff briefing, Waid visited the building to share the purchase with tenants Tuesday morning. "

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