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Mountains out of mudholes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

t Who will fix the Phelps park and ride? No one, it seems.
In the winter, it’s a mudhole. In the summer, a dust bowl. It looks less like a parking area than the surface of the moon, pocked by craters big enough to swallow vehicles whole. It is the Phelps Road park and ride, and Liz Murray thinks it ought to be patched up a bit. “Getting in here’s a real challenge,” said Murray, former city councilwoman and Bainbridge Kiwanis member, betwixt two enormous puddles that never seem to drain. “Getting out’s even worse.”

Still standing for the cause of peace

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

Tina Gianoulis, Women In Black mark two years standing in silent vigils.
The issues haven’t gone away, and neither have the women. Gathered every Friday evening for two years on the corner of Winslow Way and 305, the Women in Black stand in a silent vigil, demonstrating a peaceful alternative to U.S. anti-terrorist policies in the wake of 9-11 that have included the USA Patriot Act and the war in Iraq. “After 9-11, we really felt we wanted to have a place to make a presence for peace,” Bainbridge WIB member Tina Gianoulis said. “In some ways, that silence speaks more loudly than words.”

Betti Sheldon to retire from state Senate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

After a dozen years of fighting for the 23rd District on the floor of the Senate, Betti Sheldon will not run for a fourth term. “For the last several months I’ve thought about it and I have decided to retire from the Senate,” the Bremerton Democrat said Monday. “I had a feeling in 1992 to run for the Senate and I had those same feelings that it was my time to move on now.”

Growing pains drive next school bond

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Students have overwhelmed the 200 Building, officials say.
Even before the bell’s echo has faded, the student body surges into the Bainbridge High School Commons. Kids are everywhere. Some climb onto tables, while others perch on concrete barriers along the periphery of the lunchroom. A long line in front of the snack cart snakes around knots of gesticulating classmates, as 100 conversations rise in deafening surroundsound. When the bell sounds again a few minutes later, the crowd pours from the building, a receding tide that leaves a scattering of empty wrappers and milk cartons. The mid-morning break is a daily event at BHS – and a microcosm of the problems of the outdated facility, where congestion in hallways has reached such proportions that just getting to class on time can be a scramble.

Park changes: not when, but if –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Park board members failed to reach consensus Thursday on their next move, following defeat of the district’s $5.7 million operations levy earlier this month. A possible switch to “metropolitan” park district status – which would establish a stable, year-to-year tax levy, and get the district off its volatile two-year levy cycle – failed to find firm support.

GOP readies for caucus

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Islanders will gather March 9 at the Commons.
Whenever Republicans are concerned that their tax bills are growing, but the money is not being well spent, Shirley Brown’s phone rings. As chair of the Kitsap County Republican Party, Brown sees the upcoming Republican caucus as a chance for people to put their concerns to work. “I’m hoping people will come to the caucus and put their stamp of approval or recommendations on our party platform,” Brown said. “The grassroots tell us as leaders where (people) want to be.” The Washington State Republican Party caucuses will take place at 7:15 p.m. March 9. Participants will elect delegates to attend the county convention and vote for their Republican presidential nominee of choice, and will help build the party platform.

Furry tale could come to an end

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Suzannah Sloan struggles to keep the barn doors open at animal sanctuary.
Most of the dogs are quiet behind the chain link fence, but one runs back and forth, barking its head off. “Trouble!” Suzannah Sloan admonishes the canine. “He’s named ‘Trouble’ for a very good reason.” Sloan’s affection for the dog is plain – but then, she feels that way about all of her animals. And her north-island home, Furrytale Farms, may be the “beastly” version of heaven. The 8-acre spread on Lovgreen Road was developed five years ago by cookbook author Sloan as a haven for unwanted pets and cast-off animals. Five horses, four donkeys, a pony, seven potbellied pigs and 10 dogs currently call the place home. But the sanctuary, supported by proceeds from Sloan’s writing, is in danger of closing.

Island history rolls along

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Museum building draws crowds on its roundabout journey to Ericksen.
When is the speed limit in a school zone lower than 20 mph? When a schoolhouse rolls through it. That was the picture at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, as a little red schoolhouse dating from 1908 wended its way through the roundabout at High School Road, en route to its new home on Ericksen Avenue. “I’m very pleased with the move,” said Jeff Monroe, owner of Quilcene-based Monroe House Moving, which worked with Kunkel House Moving and Raising on the project. “We were within 10 minutes of the schedule all the way through.”

Eells out as city finance director

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

He is reassigned to the new position of budget manager, at a lower salary.
After 12 years as head of the city’s finance department, Ralph Eells stepped down this week to take the new position of budget manager. The move was announced by Mayor Darlene Kordonowy at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. After an hour-long closed-door session for personnel matters, the council without comment unanimously approved creation of the budget manager post, and accepted Eells’ reassignment.

A penny for education?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

education funding in Washington. Backers say the measure would raise $1 billion through a one-cent, statewide sales tax, an initiative endorsed by Gov. Locke that could appear on the November ballot. If voters raise the sales tax from 6.5 to 7.5 percent, the initiative would establish a Washington Education Trust Fund to address long-standing problems in education, including class size and teacher shortages.

Trust launches $200K drive for schools

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Funds would pay for teachers, a new science curriculum.
As volunteers with the Bainbridge Public Schools Trust see it, the community has made a solemn commitment to its students and parents: that education funding will be adequate. Islanders are being asked to renew that vow in a $200,000 fund drive that launches this week, under the banner of “Promises Made, Promises Kept.” Organizers say the money raised will pay for new teaching positions and a revamped K-12 science curriculum, and fill out an endowment to meet future needs.

What’s wrong with national news media?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

It’s undermining democracy, author James Fallows argues.
Is the consolidation of media outlets bad news for democracy? Atlantic Monthly national correspondent James Fallows addresses that question to open the fourth annual BIAHC Humanities Inquiry, “Breaking News: The State of Today’s Information Media.” The stakes are high, Fallows says; at issue may be the future of the national conversation that informs democratic decision-making. “There’s a reason that the news media are in the Constitution,” Fallows said. “It’s more than just a business.”

Watch out for museum move -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Feb. 25 is the big moving day for the main museum building, the Bainbridge Island Historical Society announced Friday. The long-awaited relocation of the old schoolhouse from Strawberry Hill Park to the new museum campus on Ericksen Avenue, next to the Playhouse, will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning under the supervision of Bainbridge Police.

Stay on point, or else

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

New hearing examiner knows silliness when she hears it.
There is a look that crosses Meredith Getches’ face from time to time, an arch to the eyebrows that suggests she knows a silly argument when she hears it. Not that the city’s new hearing examiner will hold it against you; she seems almost relentlessly good humored, in even the driest of proceedings. But she does reserve the right to derive a little private amusement from painful contortions of logic, sometimes demanded of those in the legal profession in the service of their client.

Fire dept. funding options uncertain

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Board debates lid lift vs. levies.
Fire department financing has become a question of “risk management.” So said Chief Jim Walkowski in a presentation to the fire board Thursday evening. Walkowski laid out various new funding options – excess levies for new equipment, transport fees for EMS runs – to the board and firefighters. Looming over the decision is the next Tim Eyman initiative, which would slash non-voter-approved property tax revenues for government agencies by 25 percent.

Message received: donations needed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:03PM

Transmitter building rehab relies on community support.
Bernadette Stephen-McRae and Jean Welch are laughing and jumping like schoolgirls. This, at seeing nothing more than the inside of the peeling and windowless transmitter building at Battle Point Park. “The roof is working! It’s dry!” said Welch, sports supervisor for the park district. The historic edifice that housed the effort to intercept wartime Japanese signals during World War II is finding new life as an indoor rec facility for the park district’s “tot and parent” gymnastic programs.

Docents get Louvre of their own

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:02PM

Sakai library houses a new art education resource center.
To create the new art resource room at Sakai, art educators had to think outside the boxes. The materials used by volunteers to teach art appreciation in the schools, once crammed into cartons and stored in random corners, have found a permanent home in the Sakai Intermediate School library.

Former fire officials question district’s 20 percent tax hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:02PM

Voters will be asked to decide the issue on the May 18 ballot.
Is a 20 percent property tax hike for local fire and aid services too high? Two former fire officials have joined a citizen group in questioning the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s May 18 “lid lift” try, saying the department has not begun long-range planning, and that other funding avenues have not been explored. “We’re not going to get ‘Fireman of the Year’ awards, that’s for sure, but these are the issues they need to discuss,” said Doug Johnson, a former fire board member who, with former fire department executive director Ken Guy, is challenging the department’s tax hike proposal.

Mural, mural on the wall

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:02PM

Wilson says her art is part inspiration, part immigration.
Muralist and new islander Barbara Wilson, who introduces her work with an open studio Feb. 29, may be joking when she credits her art career to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. But when she and her husband traded England for the States in 1997, and only her husband was able to obtain a work visa, Wilson reconsidered the painting she’d back-burnered for a regular paycheck.

Brava! the three maestras

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:02PM

Stoyanovich, Schwarz and Macferran defy gender barrier.
A trio of maestras call Bainbridge home. If the feminine “a” makes the Italian word for an orchestra’s conductor a little unfamiliar, it’s because women like Sandi Schwarz, Kathleen Macferran and Elizabeth Stoyanovich are still a rare commodity in the music world. “It’s basically been a man’s bastion,” said Schwarz, who leads the Bainbridge Orchestra in concert this weekend. “In early days they didn’t even have women in orchestras, so of course when men looked for a different conductor, they looked for a man.

Park officials stymied by failure

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:02PM

Another levy try? Uncertainty reigns on Strawberry Hill.
Higher fees, a lower levy amount, a change in the district’s legal taxing status – it’s all on the table for island parks. “We have to consider cuts,” said Ken DeWitt, Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District commissioner, at Thursday’s board meeting. “We have to consider everything. The levy failed, and we’re starting from scratch.”

Council OKs BPA funding –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:02PM

A divided council Wednesday OK’d $15,000 in funding to support construction of a new rehearsal space at the BPA Playhouse. The vote followed a rousing debate over whether the money should come from the city’s hotel/motel tax fund, a newly created contingency fund, or not at all.

Architect/artist brings ruins to life

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:02PM

Playhouse show examines forts as chronicles of place.
Designing buildings wasn’t enough for Frank Karreman; he wanted to paint and draw them. The island architect brought a sketch book on his travels, and the pages soon were filled with the structures he admired. Closer to home, he was captivated by the crumbling fortifications at Fort Ward and Fort Worden, sites that have sparked artists’ imaginations since the bunkers were abandoned at the close of World War II.

Pearl bringing her ‘Booklust’ to Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:02PM

Noted critic speaks on her latest list of must-reads Thursday at Eagle Harbor.
Browsing through a bookstore these days can give you a king-sized headache. “So many books, so little time” hardly describes the sense of overwhelm readers can feel when confronted by the mountains of books available on every topic imaginable. Nancy Pearl knows the feeling. As director of the Seattle Public Library’s Washington Center for the Book, she has just published a book herself, called “Booklust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason.”

Family finds live pipe bomb -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:02PM

A father and his two young daughters found a live pipe bomb in the ditch while cleaning up garbage along Tolo Road Monday afternoon, Bainbridge Police say. Police and a multi-agency bomb squad were called in, and the homemade explosive device was secured and detonated without incident.

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