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Council off and running for 2003

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

Asked about their work in 1997, city employees complained about poor communication, inconsistent application of policies and a lack of direction. A consultant recommended a number of remedies. And even though most of those recommendations have been implemented, some of the problems cited in 1997 study may have resurfaced or remain, suggesting to some that the process might bear repeating.

Inslee: Nation must break oil addiction

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Jay Inslee wants to persuade his fellow congressional Democrats to kill two huge birds with one stone. The “birds”: national security and global warming. The “stone”: reducing our national reliance on cheap fossil fuel. When he goes to the congressional Democratic retreat later this month, Inslee will propose a 10-year program to promote alternative energy sources, he said in an interview this week at his Hawley Way home on Bainbridge Island.

Winds leave island dark again -- New Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

For the second time in a week, high winds left islanders in the dark. They were in good company – trees downed transmission lines in the Poulsbo area, leaving an estimated 37,000 customers without power on Bainbridge and in North Kitsap.

Znetix, council -- Year in review, part two

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

The Znetix/HMC scandal reached a crescendo in August when founder Kevin Lawrence was arrested and jailed on charges of criminal fraud. A horde of buyers descended on a series of auctions at which tangible property bought with millions of investor dollars was sold off, netting well over a million dollars, most of which has gone to administering the estate. Much of the island’s political passion was seemingly devoted to the city’s proposed shoreline regulations, which throngs packing the Bainbridge Planning Commission meetings denounced as unnecessary infringements on property rights.

Znetix, council dominated 2002 -- Year in review, part one

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

We suspected something might have been fishy, but we didn’t have an inkling of how big that fish might be. In 2001, the state Division of Financial Institutions had ordered Bainbridge-based Health Maintenance Corporation and Znetix to cease selling unregistered stock. Although founder Kevin Lawrence and his associates would never comment to the press, they repeatedly assured investors that all would be well.

Stolen pickup found; break-ins climb -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

A pickup stolen from a Point White home during a burglary spree 10 days ago was recovered undamaged in Jefferson County, police say. The vehicle, a 1996 Ford Ranger, was found abandoned on a golf course in Port Ludlow on Dec. 21, two days after it was stolen, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said.

Commission split over shoreline policies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

While the Planning Commission will unanimously recommend broad new shoreline policies – including a ban on new docks in Blakely Harbor – it remains deeply divided on many issues. Unable to find consensus on such questions as shoreline vegetation and non-conforming uses, the commission may file two reports, and toss those hot potatoes to the Bainbridge City Council to resolve in the coming year. “We may decide not to give recommendations, but admit we can’t decide,” commission vice chair Bill Luria said this week.

State revamps shoreline guidelines

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

New state shoreline regulations agreed to by regulators and business groups are an attempt to restore balance between environmental protection and human use, according to a Bainbridge attorney instrumental in their development. But it’s too soon yet to determine what impact, if any, those guidelines may have on the current debate over Bainbridge Island’s shoreline policies.

South-end burglary spree resumes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

At least five homes along Point White were broken into early Thursday morning, as a burglar moved down the beach toward Crystal Springs looking for unsecured doors and windows. Officers were summoned to the neighborhood at 2 a.m., when a resident alerted by a barking dog discovered someone trying to enter his home through a deck door.

Ferry system facing 'cold hard reality'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Washington State Ferries’ proposal to shut down passenger-only ferry services is a bitter blow to Bremerton, but voter refusal to fund the system leaves WSF with little choice, local legislators say. The proposal, floated Wednesday by WSF Director Mike Thorne at a state Transportation Commission meeting, follows repeal of the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax and the failure of the Referendum 51 transportation package. “Michael Thorne was facing some very difficult realities,” said Rep. Phil Rockefeller (D-Bainbridge Island). “He is concentrating on his core mission to keep the system functioning.”

Kitsap Transit may save foot-ferry service

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

If Kitsap County residents come up with the money, Kitsap Transit may rescue passenger-only ferry service within two years – including the much-discussed fast-ferry service from Kingston to downtown Seattle. Kitsap Transit has dusted off a plan that would put five small but fast boats on the Bremerton run, then put the two existing fast boats on the Kingston run. “If we can get this on the ballot in November, we could actually begin the service in as little as two years,” Kitsap Transit Director Dick Hayes this week.

Council finds accord on 2003 budget

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

With few issues yet to be decided on the city’s 2003 budget, Councilman Bill Knobloch was confident that accord could be reached in short order. “It’s really not that bad,” Knobloch said, as a final budget workshop got under way Monday, “if council members restrain themselves from commentary.” Four hours later, the council adjourned with general agreement on a $17.13 million operations budget for next year.

Agencies seek secure future for Serenity House

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

You may not think of the 21 developmentally disabled adults at Lynwood Center’s Serenity House as part of your family. But you, they say, are part of their family. And those ties are at risk if Serenity House closes when long-time owner Ruth Closser-Wieman retires. “If Serenity House is closed, the people living there would most likely be moved off Bainbridge Island and away from the community, which is really their family,” said Donna Dahlquist, who knows the Serenity House residents through Helpline House’s community access program, which she heads.

Nasser Rolfes to lead 2003 council -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Christine Nasser Rolfes will lead the Bainbridge Island City Council as chair in 2003. She was selected by unanimous vote of her colleagues after a motion by current chair Michael Pollock, who said she would be “outstanding” in the role. Nasser Rolfes will be in the fourth year of her first council term, and is the only senior member who has yet to serve as chair.

'This education brought to you by Coke'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

Asked what was special about their teacher, Charlotte Rovelstad said, many students in her daughter’s first-grade class once answered: “She drinks Diet Coke every day.” That set Rovelstad to thinking about creeping commercialism in the classroom. She is not alone; the encroachment of corporations into public schools has been the subject of debate nationally for several years. And in an era of scarce public funding, many districts have bitten at the grants, software or instructional materials that bait commercial hooks.

Will the gate come down?

  • Dec 14, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:33PM

A public right of way on Fletcher Landing could mean modest access to the water for a few a and kayakers, but nothing resembling a waterfront park. “We have not at all called for ramps or trailers,” said Bitsy Ostenson, a long-time member of the city’s road-end committee, which drafted plans for the former ferry landing that has been in dispute since 1996. “This property was designed to get people onto and off of the water, so what we’re proposing boils down to the historical use.”

WSF scales back proposed fare hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

Ferry riders could see fares climb by 5 percent beginning in May, significantly less than the hike proposed earlier under a two-year old plan for stepped increases. The lower-than-anticipated hike was endorsed by the Tariff Policy Committee at its meeting Wednesday. Washington STate Ferries will instead cut some operations costs, and try to generate new revenue through advertising and retail services.

No increase in city staffing for 2003

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

Citing a down economy and concern for the tax burden on island residents, the Bainbridge Island City Council agreed Monday to a policy of “no net increase” in city staff for 2003. The council stopped short of an outright hiring freeze, under which positions that open up during the coming year could not be filled. “We’ve been criticized for not thinking we’re part of the county – sometimes I wonder if we realize we’re part of the state,” said Councilwoman Debbie Vancil, who cited a regional downturn that has left some cities and counties with budget shortfalls.

Report: Take small steps for downtown parking

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

Downtown Winslow’s parking problem – a happy problem, but a problem nonetheless – doesn’t have a single, magic solution. But modest steps like adding spaces on Madison and small lots at the edge of Winslow can keep the situation manageable until economics change and more global solutions become practical, according to the initial report of the city’s parking committee.

Is nighttime surveillance the answer to graffiti?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

Not a week seems to go by without graffiti vandalism at Bainbridge High School, outside or in. A chagrined school Superintendent Ken Crawford cites what he perceives as a “cultural acceptance” of graffiti by islanders, manifest most prominently in “Paint Night” at school year’s end. “There seems to be this acceptance that ‘tagging’ roads and signs is okay,” Crawford said. “If roads and signs, why not a school?”

Grinch dumps junk at shop -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

An early front-runner for this season’s Grinch Award paid an unwelcome visit to the Bargain Boutique over the weekend. Persons unknown dumped a truckload of useless appliances and other items outside the Winslow Way shop, manager Willie Grimm said. Items included a box springs and mattress, washer and drier, a television and bags of miscellaneous refuse.

Rockaway folk irked by water rate hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

A proposal to jack up Winslow water rates by 54 percent over the next five years drew only mild reaction at a Monday public hearing, with the only questions being whether better conservation could blunt the increase. But a plan to hike rates for Rockaway Beach customers by up to 150 percent of the Winslow rates drew heated opposition from residents there.

Sorting out a terminal mess

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

Someday, Washington State Ferries plans a major upgrade of its Bainbridge Island terminal, which handles some 7 million passengers and vehicles per year. But given the state’s financial straits, that “someday” is a long ways off. In the meantime, a multi-agency task force is taking a look at relatively minor changes they say could improve safety and efficiency around the facility. “There are so many user groups and they’re all there at one time,” said Trooper Glen Tyrrell of the Washington State Patrol. “We have drivers, bus riders, bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and van-pool riders in one small, heavily used area.”

Rental store burgled again -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

Equipment was stolen from an Island Center rental outfit Tuesday evening, the second “smash and grab” burglary there in a month. A store alarm summoned police about 7 p.m. to Bainbridge Rental, on Fletcher Bay and New Brooklyn roads, according to reports.

Rate hike likely for city water

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32PM

The island’s municipal water system is showing signs of age at a time when both regulatory and user demands are increasing, meaning that some significant upgrades are required. And because the system only serves about a quarter of the island’s population, it isn’t supported by general-fund tax dollars, only by the rates that users pay. The bottom line: a significant rate increase for next year – to $44.75 per month for a typical Winslow-area residential customer that uses 10,000 cubic feet of water each month, a 27 percent boost from the current rate of $35.28. “The lines we have aren’t built for the flow we’re seeing today, and those flows wear them out faster,” said city Public Works Director Randy Witt. “When you keep the rates low, you eventually need larger increases.”

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