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Island students ace WASL again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Scores continue to rise despite some sophomores’ refusal to take the test.
Bainbridge WASL scores added up, even minus students. According to results released by the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Thursday, the island school district ranked in the top five districts in the state in most categories and most grades.

Council extends Blakely dock ban

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Questions about ban’s legality persist as an island-wide moratorium expires.
The City Council narrowed the area of engagement but girded for another legal battle Wednesday night when it voted to continue until March 2004 a moratorium on new docks in Blakely Harbor. It allowed the moratorium to lapse for the rest of the island on Sept. 1, meaning that new dock and bulkhead applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday morning.

The hand on the Bumbershoot

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:49PM

Islander Sheila Hughes is producer for Labor Day’s arts spectacle.
Sheila Hughes’ job is way cool. As producer of the annual Bumbershoot festival, the island resident modestly “oversees the larger brushstrokes” of an event that will bring some 200,000 fans to Seattle Center this weekend for marquee music and arts talent and up-and-coming acts. Does she know how good she has it?

Building official leaving city -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

City building official Larry Skinner will leave the city Sept. 30 to pursue unspecified business opportunities, interim Planning Director Larry Frazier said. Skinner, who has been with the city for 12 years, has supervised the issuance of building permits and the inspections to make sure that buildings adhere to relevant codes and to the terms of the permit. “He has been a steady hand at the department, and we are going to miss him,” Frazier said.

Roadwork: after next year, it's up to the voters

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

The days of cash and carry for city road projects are over, city officials say. If islanders want to see major road projects after next year, the funding is going to have to come from voter-approved bonds. The reason: Tim Eyman’s tax-cutting initiatives are taking effect, depriving the city both of state funding and of the ability to raise dollars locally through property taxes.

Dock ban to be decided next week

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

The salmon will square off against the suits Wednesday, when the Bainbridge City Council must decide whether to continue a moratorium on new docks and bulkheads across the island, limit it to Blakely Harbor, or do away with the ban altogether. The island-wide moratorium and its salmon-protection rationale might give way, especially in light of a court decision striking down the freeze.

Island-wide traffic plan speeds toward debate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

The island-wide transportation study is still just a study, thank you, and not yet a plan, the City Council’s public works committee assured residents Monday. But at the urging of city staff, the council will put several controversial issues in the study on the front burner, and move the document from “study” to “plan” soon.

School district budget will stay the course

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

A healthy reserve should help the Bainbridge Island School District weather a year of minor deficit spending. A draft budget for fiscal year 2003-2004 shows the district running down its bank account by about $168,000, to cover an estimated $28.6 million in general operating expenditures.

Go forth and plan, businesses urged

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

A city council committee is endorsing efforts by downtown property owners to reopen Winslow-area planning to incorporate “business-friendly” ideas. The public works committee approved a resolution that supports a business-backed private planning effort, and committed $75,000 towards the continuation of that effort. The process will refine and incorporate the business community’s ideas into the formal plan for the downtown area.

Impact fees may get new airing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

Just in time for the fall political season, the contentious subject of impact fees has found its way back onto the Bainbridge City Council’s radar screen. But with the press of other business, it’s not clear that the council will be able to devote the time that the issue consumes. “This is an issue for discussion, but our agenda is full,” said Bill Knobloch, a member of the council’s finance committee.

Store looted of cigarettes -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

Cigarettes valued at several thousand dollars were stolen in an early-morning break-in at Island Center Jiffy Wednesday. A store alarm at 4:56 a.m. brought patrol officers to the scene within minutes. Police found the store’s front glass doors pried open, but the burglars were already gone from the premises.

WSF mulls new ferry galley fare

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

Like restaurateurs the world over, Washington State Ferries wants you to come back and eat again. To that end, the system is considering a switch from centrally located, single-vendor galley service to an expanded menu – a variety of foods from many local vendors.

Pritchard Park tops state list for $500k in funding

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

The half-million dollars here, million dollars there is beginning to add up to a new waterfront park on the south shore of Eagle Harbor. On Thursday, word came down from Olympia that Bainbridge Island’s Pritchard Park project is ranked number one statewide for an outdoor recreation grant, and stands to receive the maximum amount of $500,000 in 2004. “The money has been appropriated and is already there, so we know it will come,” said lobbyist and island resident Mike Ryherd, who is donating his services to work on the park project. “It’s just a matter of the paperwork.”

The Taser reaction -- 'Ohhhhh, (shoot)!'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

Pop, crackle, snap. Those are the sounds of the Taser M-26 electro-muscular disruption device. Pop – the sharp report of the police weapon as a compressed nitrogen charge sends two tiny electrodes zinging toward their target at 170 feet per second. Crackle – the sizzle of 50,000 volts of power arcing across the torso of the unfortunate soul at the other end. Snap – a suspect’s broken will to resist.

Spier bows out, gives support to Tooloee

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

Kit Spier said he wouldn’t be running for City Council if someone younger were doing so, and he meant it. Although he can no longer have his name removed from the ballot, Spier announced Monday that he is withdrawing from the race for the at-large council seat and will instead support Nezam Tooloee. “After talking to him, I learned that our views were almost identical,” said Spier, “so it didn’t make any sense for two of us to be running for the at-large seat. “He’s bright, articulate, smarter than I am and a hell of a lot younger,” Spier said. “I will back his candidacy, and I am pulling out.”

'The other Pollock' unopposed for school board

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

David Pollock will run unopposed for the south Bainbridge school board seat that Ken Breiland vacates at the end of the year. Pollock manages Ragen MacKenzie/Wells Fargo brokerage firm in Seattle, and will bring that business background to the board. He was urged to run for the seat by the man whom he will replace.

Paramedics ready to answer the call

  • Aug 13, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:48PM

Not that the program offers much time for reflection. But roaring down Seattle’s Aurora Avenue in the back of an ambulance, doing 80 mph with the life of a patient hanging in the balance – at that moment, Jeremiah Ballou admits, a paramedic trainee can wonder what he’s gotten himself into. “It was,” Ballou said of his training experience, “definitely ‘a year.’” He and David Bailey now hold distinction as the island’s first-ever in-house paramedics – and home grown ones at that.

Shoreline ruling appealed; some left fuming

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Attorneys for the city have given notice that they will appeal a judge’s decision striking down an island-wide moratorium on dock and bulkhead construction. But the Bainbridge City Council may be willing to set the moratorium aside soon, except for Blakely Harbor.

House is free -- if you move it -- NEWS ROUNDUP

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

A historical Winslow house is being offered free of charge to anyone who will pay to move it. So says owner Jim Laughlin, who plans to redevelop the property at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Wyatt Way. The home was built ca. 1892 by the son of island homesteader Riley Hoskinson, and was later occupied by the Pratt family, historian Jerry Elfendahl said. It was placed on the island’s historic resource inventory in 1987.

Striking back at domestic abuse

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Domestic violence foes are striking back with a new policy to protect abuse victims, automatically placing a “no-contact” order on perpetrators at the time of arrest. The change closes a window of opportunity for abusers, who until now have been able to post bail, get out of jail and go straight back to victims’ households. About 10 percent of domestic violence suspects who “made bail” were returning to the scene of the abuse before a no-contact order could be issued from the bench, Bainbridge Municipal Court Judge Steve Holman said.

Scales handed seat on next council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Bob Scales was handed a seat on the next city council this week, when opponent Annette Stollman withdrew from the race. The development surprised Scales, who will take the seat in January barring the improbable event of a write-in candidacy. “I’m very honored to have the opportunity to serve on the council for the next four years,” Scales said. “I plan on spending the next five months learning the issues that are now before the council, so I can hit the ground running.” Scales said he plans to meet with residents, business leaders and community groups throughout the fall.

Vacancies on water board -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Applicants are sought for three positions on the Crystal Springs water board, county elections officials announced this week. Filing was extended through 4:30 p.m. Aug. 6, after no one expressed interest in the office last week. Any registered voter residing within the district is eligible to file for one of the non-partisan positions. Information: 842-2061.

County pledges $500K for park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Reimbursed by the state for buying one waterfront park, Kitsap County commissioners want to put the money towards buying another, this one on Bainbridge Island. Last week, commissioners voted to earmark $500,000 towards the purchase of Pritchard Park on the south shore of Eagle Harbor. “We thought it was appropriate because it was a regional park, it will be important to county users, and because we love partnerships,” said Commissioner Chris Endresen, who represents North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island.

Five-way race for park board seat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Five candidates, but no primary ballot. A statutory eccentricity will propel all of the hopefuls for an open park board seat straight to the general ballot in November, county elections officials say. Then, Auditor Karen Flynn said, it’s a question of plurality: “The candidate who receives the most votes wins.” Last-minute filings Friday swelled the ranks of candidates to succeed Dane Spencer, who is not seeking re-election to the board’s Position 1 seat.

Fire destroys garage, trailer -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Fire destroyed a large garage and the recreational trailer it contained at a New Brooklyn Road residence early Tuesday. Nearly two dozen firefighters, including a water tender from North Kitsap Fire and Rescue, responded to the 2:44 a.m. blaze, which also roused many neighbors from their beds to watch.

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