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Land costs keeping home prices high

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"Does an affordable home costing upwards of $280,000 promote economic diversity?Some local contractors say a home that cuts that price by a third - a $180,000 single-family residence - simply can't be built on the island, principally because of the cost of home lots.Land costs are the number one issue on Bainbridge Island, said Jim Engle of Kitsap-Trident Homes. A building lot on Bainbridge costs at least $50,000 more than the same thing in Poulsbo. "

School techs gets a boostStudents are using laptop computers to cover many disciplines.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"This is the story that changed my life forever.Blakely Elementary School fourth grader Lacy Kuhn types the first line of her tale about aliens into the Earthwalk EBuddies laptop on her desk, one of seven that will be featured May 17 as part of Bainbridge schools' technology fair. I'm switching my story from MicrosoftWord into hyperlink, Kuhn says matter-of-factly. You can access this link about phases of the moon from the text.Kuhn clicks on the link she has just created in her story about aliens, and a computer-animation of the moon fills the screen, waxing and waning in a cycle that compresses a month into five seconds. "

You can't use rain as an excuse

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"For a feeling of looming futility, try sitting down during an afternoon of inclement weather and writing an endorsement for Bike to Work Day.After all, the point of the event is to draw out fair-weather riders, and those who aren't naturally inclined to put foot to pedal. So one might have the vague sense of hopelessness that comes with coasting up to one of Bainbridge Island's numerous hills - all of which invariably seem to be tilted the wrong way - with the fear that one's best efforts may result in a lot of huffing and puffing, but little progress.Then again, this is a community that is turning the corner on transportation issues. We're climbing those hills, and a little rain can't stop us. "

Building for funConstruction of the KidsUp! playground draws hundreds of hands with hammer and saws.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49PM

"If Battle Point Park has an occupancy limit, it may have been exceeded Tuesday morning.An estimated 400 volunteers wearing work boots and tool belts showed up to begin construction of the KidsUp! playground. Perhaps most surprising for Kim MacPherson and other organizers was the appearance of a contingent of Marines.Even so, MacPherson said, We need people in a big way because we're still at half of what we need. We're just about there financially, organizer Helena Bierly said. Our biggest challenge now is getting people to show up to build.The 10,000-square-foot play structure has been on the drawing board for about a year, with kids and parents helping architects in the design. "

Sutton won't seek second term as mayorHe may tap candidates to try for the position as he retires.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Saying it's time to get on with the rest of his life, Mayor Dwight Sutton has decided against seeking a second term this November.It's not really a question of being burned out, but more that I owe a certain amount of effort and dedication to the non-political things in my life, Sutton said.When I retired from full-time employment, I made a list of 24 projects I wanted to get done, he said. There are still 21 on the list. "

"Weapons, pot use by students citedResults of a survey suggest challenges for the district."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Weapons at school, marijuana use and the rate of depression among students emerged as areas of concern for educators and parents, in a survey of Bainbridge 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders.So says the school district's Health Advisory Committee, after a state-administered survey of substance abuse among local teens. Students took the survey in November, with the results presented to the school board at Thursday's meeting.Unfortunately, Assistant Superintendent Brent Peterson said, the percentage of our students making dangerous choices concerning the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is very similar to the situation faced in most communities across the state. "

Sewer process may be spikedA new proviso could make it harder to finance work.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"The city council took a step towards providing sewer service to four south-end neighborhoods Wednesday, settling on language for an amendment to the island's comprehensive plan.But the language they approved at their Wednesday meeting contains a closely contested proviso that some say could preclude any sewer extension by dramatically increasing costs. "

"Commodore safe, at least for 2001-02But a study of school facilities is under way."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"The Commodore building will remain open at least through next year, school board members told 40 parents and staff members Thursday.But they acknowledged that a study of all district facilities is under way, the first step in a process that might lead to the closing of some school buildings. "

Decisions are not polls

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Wednesday in this column, we waxed on the public decision-making process as a dynamic between competing goods - forests vs. ball fields, better traffic with no more roads, on and on.Today, prompted by several recent letters and comments we've heard at city council meetings, a few corollary thoughts are perhaps in order. Specifically, we would ask:Where did some islanders get the notion that elected officials are always beholden to whims of the majority? "

Pelandini finds keys to successThe young pianist shows his talents Sunday at BPA with 'Clair de Lune.'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Adam Pelandini has spent most of his short musical career accompanying others, but he's on his own May 13.Pelandini will play Debussy's Clair de Lune, a much-loved work, for the Chamber Music in The Playhouse Lobby series.I have admired Pelandini from a distance for years, classical music program coordinator Jim Quitslund said. He doesn't have a teacher, but he's one of the most musical players I've encountered in a long time. "

"And now, from Studio BBainbridge Island Broadcasting has a new facility."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Bainbridge Island Broadcasting, has a studio for the first time in its five years on the air.The Bainbridge Island School District, after considering the issue for some time, donated space in Commodore Center that officially opens with a reception, 5-7 p.m. May 10. It has been truly amazing to see how one very ugly elementary school classroom metamorphosed into a television studio, a control room, an editing room and a reception/meeting area, station manager Wini Jones said.BIB cameraman Kit Spier has been renovating the Commodore space for several months, partitioning the 1,225 square feet into distinct and useful spaces. "

"City turns to Congress for Wyckoff helpMurray, Cantwell and Inslee staff will tour the site this week."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"The Environmental Protection Agency will finish cleaning up a portion of the Wyckoff Superfund site on the south shore of Eagle Harbor this summer, potentially freeing up 23 acres of prime waterfront and view property.If city and park district officials have their way, the property will go into public ownership, because the public paid for the cleanup.My dream would be a park with a variety of active and passive recreation uses, Mayor Dwight Sutton said this week. "

Concert supports youth strings

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"One-hundred hands will reach for stringed instruments. Violins will be tucked under chins, and cellos firmly planted. And 50 bows will be poised for the First All-Island Youth Strings Concert, 7 p.m. May 10 at the Sakai Intermediate School gym. That instant will bring past, present and future together - the cumulative total of thousands of hours of practice over the years on the part of the students; months of organization by the adults; and their collective vision of an orchestra program in the Bainbridge schools. "

Tough battles are good vs. good conflicts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"A wise and wizened law school professor once made the following observation on the first day of class:You think that you will be involved in struggles of good versus evil, he said. But that doesn't happen very often, and those conflicts are easily resolved.The hard ones, he said, are the conflicts of good versus good. "

Better homes and wagons

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Dwellings showcased on the May 12 Bainbridge Performing Arts Home Tour include small, cozy spaces, to go with those large and grand.Whether they appeal to an atavistic instinct to curl up in a den or a straightforward desire for less to clean, Denise Harris' gypsy caravan and Craig and Nancy Johnson's condominium show the comforts of containment.For Harris and friends, small did not mean fewer hours of construction, however. More than 1,700 hours have been devoted to the gypsy wagon so far, Harris said.Building the caravan was like any other project, she said. If you start, you might get obsessed.But the most important thing is that it was built from scratch - built, not bought. "

Can island preserve its history?A new ordinance could give incentive for saving old homes.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Kathy and Leon Kos like history, as they demonstrated by buying and preserving Bainbridge Island's oldest house. And after putting that much time and trouble into an 1856 structure, she wants to make sure the next buyer and the one after that are also interested in history, and not simply in the Port Madison half-acre where the house is located.It really scares us that it might be torn down sometime, she said. We've done a lot to the house to preserve it, and I'd really like to see some way to save these old buildings. "

Ferry fare hike goes into effect June 3Legislators report progress on a new budget to keep the system afloat.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"A $3.35 billion transportation budget that preserves existing ferry service in the Central Sound region sailed through the House Transportation Committee this week, and now heads to the full House for a vote.And on Thursday, the Transportation Commission finally approved the 20 percent ferry fare increases recommended by the Tariff Policy Committee. "

Rowley a finalist for job in SpokaneThe state's second-largest district courts the BISD chief.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Superintendent of Bainbridge schools Steve Rowley is one of three finalists for the superintendent post in Spokane.Spokane school board members, who invited Rowley to apply after conducting a nationwide search, will hold final interviews next week and announce a choice May 31. "

Yoga for Hutch is Sunday

  • May 5, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"The literal Sanskrit translation of the word yoga is union.That's what five island yoga teachers have formed for a fund-raising event Sunday.Island yoga teachers are banding together for the first time to work for cancer research, teaching yoga classes as a fundraiser for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Day of Yoga is one of the local events under the umbrella of Positive Yoga 2001, based in Seattle and the country's only yoga fundraiser. "

Ball recalls quilt work with busy-bee studentsHer table on the sidewalk Sunday.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"On the Sunday Arts Walk, artists and artisans will sell a wide variety of items, but quilter Maggie Ball's offering will be the written record of a project.She will be in front of Esther's Fabrics, signing copies of Creative Quilting With Children, the new book that documents Ball's years quilting with 900 Bainbridge students.I would never have thought, when I saw my first quilts in the Ozarks 15 years ago, that this book would be the result, Ball said, and it started because I couldn't afford to buy a quilt myself. "

Leadership too late

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"After 105 days of a regular legislative session and into the second week of the first special session, our folks in Olympia have finally staggered to the starting line on improving the state's increasingly dysfunctional transportation system.Gov. Locke has proposed a revenue package that would boost the gas tax by 7 cents a gallon; levy an excise tax on auto sales; and increase fees on commercial vehicles. Estimates are that the plan would raise some $9 billion over the next 10 years, to be matched by another $9 billion-plus raised on a regional basis.Predictably, Locke's proposal has drawn flak from all sides. "

Canvassing for fansSusan Goodwin promotes music for the right reasons.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Everyone has a favorite band and balladeer, but not everyone founds a music series to share those musicians with friends.That's what Susan Goodwin did when she invited singer/songwriter Peter Rowan to the island in 1998, a series that continues May 6 when Tom Russell performs with Andrew Hardin.The series started because I liked Peter's music so much, Goodwin said. I had seen him many times, I had told friends about him. Bringing him here was like getting to take your friends to your favorite restaurant. "

Traffic officer hits the streets full timeSpeeders are targeted in a new campaign by Bainbridge Police.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Radar loves a blind corner. The crest of a hill will do just fine, too, as a driver on New Brooklyn Road is about to find out.Coming into sudden view from the direction of Mandus Olson Road, a Volvo zips over the hill, greeted by the sight of Bainbridge Police Officer Rob Corn. On the latter's dashboard, a small radar unit clocks the vehicle's speed and - click! - locks on.I'll take 58 in a 40, Corn says as the vehicle goes past, its driver tapping a belated foot to the brake. The red-and-blues light up, Corn does a quick U-turn, and a minute later he's chatting to the driver through her rolled-down window. "

District could close Commodore buildingFacilities could be consolidated as the school district tightens its belt.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Closing buildings and going to the voters for more money are among the suggestions of a group looking at school district funding for the coming year.The District Budget Advisory Committee - comprised of school staff, parents and community members, serving as advisors in budgeting for the coming year - discussed those and other options with the school board April 26.The district, still coping with current budget problems caused by falling enrollment and fixed operating costs, could face another revenue shortfall of $1 million next year, with possible cuts in the state education budget, underfunding of Initiative 732, and higher utility costs. "

"You wanted enforcement, here it is"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"It would be hard to miss: Loud calls for better traffic control and tougher enforcement have come from around the island over the past year.Even in today's Letters column, south-end parents and a Winslow-area resident, faced with the proliferation of vehicles traveling at speed on their neighborhood roadways, weigh in with the oft-repeated concerns for the safety of children, pedestrians and other motorists.Now, with the designation of Bainbridge Police Officer Rob Corn as the department's full-time traffic officer (reported elsewhere in this issue), tougher enforcement is here. "

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