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More school cuts projectedThe state isn't likely to cover I-732 raises for 'extra' teachers.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:22PM

"The Bainbridge Island School District may have to cut $80,000 in other areas, to cover pay raises for some district employees mandated by Initiative 732 .Ken Crawford, assistant superintendent for the district, warned school board members of the potential cuts at the Nov. 30 meeting.If the state does not cover those cost-of-living adjustments - and we believe that they won't - we have to find other areas in our budget to make the adjustments, Crawford said. "

In land we trustA Murden Cove parcel is the latest to be preserved by easement.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:22PM

"Typical of the occasion, the most honored guests didn't hold invitations.As hosts Vince and Kay Mattson and members of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust tilted champagne flutes, a heron sat perched high in a tree overhead, while scores of birds rippled the waters of Murden Cove with a mad flapping.This happens every time we have one of these, said land trust president Steph Miller, of the tendency for wildlife to make an appearance at the dedication of Bainbridge parks and greenways.This occasion, observed on a brisk Sunday afternoon in late November, marked dedication of the Mattsons' property on Murden Cove as private open space protected from future development. "

Fate of ferries rests with OlympiaProposals to save the system were finalized Monday.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:22PM

"The state ferry system does not hold a favored place in line for legislative funding.So warned, the Joint Task Force on Ferries Monday recommended a package of measures aimed at preserving at least the present level of service for the next decade.The Blue Ribbon Transportation Committee Report last week said we need to find $60 billion in new money for transportation, said Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-Camano Island), co-chair of the Task Force and chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.That's a staggering amount, and it does not include any money for new ferry service, she said, cautioning the group to be modest in its recommendations. "

Sewer study needs work

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:22PM

"Sewers promote growth. Do not! Do too!We can already hear the debate that will come with the new south-end sewer plan, released in draft form last Friday. A year in the making, the document is long on technical data - cost estimates for homeowners, where to put a force-main line or a charmingly named grinder pump - but fails to answer an essential question:What will extension of sewer lines mean for south-end zoning? "

Hefty jump in ferry fares proposedThe goal is to recover 80 percent of operating costs at the ticket booth.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:22PM

"Saying ferry users must be a visible part of the solution to the transportation-funding crisis, a state commission is calling for substantial fare increases over the next six years.In a report issued this week, the Tariff Policy Committee of the state's Transportation Commission recommends boosting the round-trip passenger fare on the Bainbridge, Bremerton and Kingston runs from the present $3.70 to $6.50 by 2006, and the car-and-driver fare from the current $6.50 to $12. During the peak summer season, the car-and-driver fare would go from the present $8.25 to $15.The price of a 10-ride passenger coupon book would go from the present $26 to $46.25 under the proposal.The premise is that users should pay 80 percent of ferry operating costs by 2007, up from the present 65 percent. "

"Where have all the students gone?School district enrollment is in free fall, adding to the budget crunch."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:22PM

"It's the case of the disappearing students.Bainbridge Island School District enrollment - already 55 students below projections for September, and down 62 in October - is down another 11 in November, according to the district business office.The cumulative enrollment drop - 73 full-time equivalent students below projections for the year - represents nearly 2 percent of the district's 3,800 students, said Mike Schroeder, director of business operations.Schroeder reported the latest enrollment drop at Thursday's school board meeting.We are 10 or 11 further off than that which we've allowed for in the adjusted budget - we have to hope that there isn't going to be much more, Schroeder said, But this year, all bets are off. We're already beyond anything typical or historical or predictable. "

"Judge blocks I-722Round 1 goes to the city, which got an injunction in superior court."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"City officials are breathing easier, after a judge's decision that blocks the tax-slashing Initiative 722 from taking effect while the courts consider its constitutionality.Thurston County Judge Christine Pomeroy agreed that the city of Bainbridge Island would be irreparably harmed if it had to comply with the various provisions of the initiative immediately, and entered an injunction Thursday blocking the voter-passed initiative until a final court decision. "

"What the DickensBPA stays true to the text for aholiday favorite, 'A Christmas Carol'"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"Theatergoers who think they know a A Christmas Carol inside and out might be surprised to learn that they've never really seen it.Not as director Stephanie Shine envisions the work, that is.Shine replaces familiar adaptations with Charles Dickens' original text in a production opening at Bainbridge Performing Arts Nov. 28. Dickensian language is as wonderful and as palatable today as it was in 1885, Shine said. Audiences should hear the story Dickens wrote - a wonderful, terrific story. Shine likens the restoration of the original text of A Christmas Carol to the restoration of an Old Masters painting. With the layers of gunk scraped away, refurbished colors glow - and minus the layers of interpretation and Disneyfication, the language breathes new life into the story.Shine further invigorates the BPA production by presenting several scenes of Christmas future that she believes have never been staged. "

Growth plan going under microscopeThe planning commission will dissect the successes and failures.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"Citizens are generally satisfied with the island's comprehensive planning policies, but not with what they actually see happening.And while part of the problem may be real, a big part is public perception, Bainbridge Planning Commission Evelyn Klinckmann believes.I think people don't always understand the consequences of policies, said Klinckmann, on the threshold of the first review of the comprehensive plan. As a matter of public education, we need to present them with really clear scenarios. "

Four vie for park vacancyThe appointee will fill out the term for a year.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"Four candidates have emerged in the search to fill the vacant seat on the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District's board of directors.The four seated commissioners - Ken DeWitt, Chris Llewellyn, Daryle Schei and Dave Shorett - may convene a special public session to interview candidates Eric Hoyte, Dane Spencer, Kjell Stoknes and Frank Stowell - before the board's next scheduled meeting on Dec. 14. "

"Despite challenge, Woodland gears upA court hearing won't delay sewer work on Ferncliff Ave. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"Although a court challenge to the proposed Woodland Village development will not be heard until next week, developer Doug Nelson is beginning this week to install sewer and water service to the property.The action reflects both Nelson's confidence that the subdivision's approval will be upheld, and his unwillingness to let opponents dictate the project schedule.I've been delayed for four years, Nelson said Monday. It's time to move forward. "

BEST choice for an evening on the town

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"Your kids could be slumped down in their desks at school, snoring through yet another period of rote book learnin'. Or they could be in Doug Olsen's science class at Sakai Intermediate School, using a Martian colony simulator - complete with working solar panel - to study the energy requirements for successful colonization of another planet.That they have access to the latter - purchase price, with all its mind-expanding possibilities: $1,600 - is a tribute to the efforts of the Bainbridge Education Support Team, better known as BEST. "

"Crossing guard wanted, againParents are frustrated, as no one wants the job."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"The hours are short, and the pay beats minimum wage by a couple of bucks an hour. It even comes with a free flag.But takers are few - zero, actually - for the job of afternoon school-crossing guard at the High School Road/ Madison Avenue intersection, leaving parents concerned once again for the safety of young students after school.We've been frustrated by that, said Ordway Elementary School Principal Bruce Colley, of the paucity of interest in the job. We haven't given up hope, by the way, he added. Anyone who wants to pick up roughly a half-hour's employment...Come on down! "

Cooper makes Fed. Way final fourCity officials are exploring ways to keep the chief on Bainbridge.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"City officials, anxious to keep Police Chief Bill Cooper on Bainbridge Island as he pursues the same post in Federal Way, went so far as to explore the possibility of using city funds to purchase Cooper's house in Olympia.That, and other economic incentives explored by city officials, however, were abandoned as either unconstitutional or in violation of state laws, city Administrator Lynn Nordby said this week.We're continuing to investigate the things we can do, but we've got to be careful, Nordby said. "

Fire department eyes I-722Capital projects would be imperiled if the tax-relief measure is upheld.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"If tax-cutting Initiative 722 goes into effect this year while its constitutionality is being challenged, the Bainbridge Island Fire District is in good shape to absorb the revenue loss.But if the measure is upheld, the district will need to find new sources of revenue for its capital program. "

"Books bound for African villageOrdway students, Rotary join a Ugandan school project"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"Students in Amukarat, Uganda, don't have pencils or paper - using their fingers to write their assignments in the dirt.So Peter Emau, a Uganda native and Bainbridge resident, has island students helping the African village that lacks school supplies, books and printed literature. It is just so exciting, Emau said of the project, which will see a series of educational booklets sent to Uganda. It keeps on expanding.Emau, a research scientist at the University of Washington, knew that essential educational tools are absent in the village schools of Amukarat. The project began when Emau's brother, Gabriel Emau, a 30-year veteran teacher in Amukarat, asked Emau to print up his teaching notes so that his students could have something tangible they could learn from. "

No more 'chadology' in Kitsap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"George and Dick, Al and Joe. Who would have guessed that the most powerful name in post-election America would be Chad?Maybe Karen Flynn, our esteemed county auditor - she's seen more than her share of those maddening little punch-hole thingies (dimpled and otherwise) in her years as Kitsap's chief elections honcho. The thought occurred to us this week while watching yet another news report on the Florida recount quagmire. So we gave Flynn a call to say hi. "

Follow the moneyJudith Smith-Levin's characters wade through the crimson to find the green

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21PM

"When author Judith Smith-Levin says she has made a new friend, she really means it - the author's characters are her companions. Old friends and new inhabit Green Money, the third of Smith-Levin's police procedural/romantic mysteries. I love my characters, Smith-Levin says. They hang out with me, but I'm not in charge. They do what they do. In the latest book, the torching of a homeless woman is prelude to a series of creatively gruesome murders that homicide lieutenant Starletta Duvall and Sergeant Dominic Paresi must solve. "

Just where in the world is Winslow?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:20PM

"Editor's note: This is the first story in an intermittent series examining the city's comprehensive plan.* * * * *Putting half the island's future growth in Winslow underpins Bainbridge Island's Comprehensive Plan. Certainly, that directive fuels much of the public debate about development.But that apparently simple idea can confuse more than clarify - not everyone agrees on where Winslow actually is, a question that some say was never really settled during the comprehensive planning process. "

What do you get out of the second floor?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:20PM

"You could say they put the bureau in bureaucracy.That's because the city's executive and finance departments exist in a nebulous area of public service in which, for the average citizen, not much readily apparent is done.Storm drains overflow in your neighborhood? Call public works. Building permit take too long? Gripe about the planning department. Get a speeding ticket? Hate the cops.But what do taxpayers get for their buck from the second floor of city hall? "

BHS gets top marks in annual school guide

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:20PM

"We're Number Four!That statement may not make for a rousing high school cheer, but it's a pretty proud proclamation of Bainbridge High School's place in the pantheon of central Puget Sound secondary schools.BHS ranks fourth among 66 public high schools in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties in two key prestige categories - reputation ranking and first-year University of Washington student grades - as compiled in the Seattle Times School Guide, an annual comprehensive guide to regional homes of secondary learning published this week. "

Might be time for a new standard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:20PM

"Where's Winslow?With our five-year review of the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan now under way - and, predicated as that plan is on Winslow being the hub of future growth - we thought some definition of terms might be useful.After all, underpinning the whole comp-planning project has been the notion of putting 50 percent of future development in the Winslow area. As we found out, there has been some disagreement about the boundaries of our little urban growth area (within the larger, official UGA of incorporated Bainbridge), with hopes and perceptions varying. Our findings are relayed on page A1 of this issue. "

Traffic cop in budget proposal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:20PM

"Two cops and three computers.That's the essence of the new budget items sought by Bainbridge Police for next year.We're doing alright, Chief Bill Cooper said, assessing the department. We've got a good facility now, good equipment, good support. Life is pretty good.Authorized to have 21 commissioned officers this year, the department is currently down to 19 because of turnover. Two desired candidates have been identified, Cooper said, but academy time and other training will keep them off the beat for months.For 2001, citing an increase in calls for service and internal reorganization, Cooper would like three more officers as well. The preliminary budget from the mayor's office would give him two.One would be a full-time traffic enforcement officer, to deal with ongoing citizen complaints of speeding drivers on local roadways. The position would be a permanent day-shift assignment, with duties including radar enforcement in problem areas as well as accident investigation.The second would be a deputy chief, to handle administrative duties including overseeing day-to-day department operations; personnel and financial issues; and fleet and equipment management. "

City files to overturn I-722

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:20PM

"Saying that tax-limitation Initiative 722 has all the constitutional defects of Initiative 695 and then some, the city of Bainbridge Island filed suit this week to nullify the Tim Eyman-sponsored measure.He's put better window-dressing on 722, said Thomas Ahearne, the attorney representing the city. But substantively, it has the same problems.Ahearne, a Bainbridge Island resident and partner in the Seattle firm of Foster, Pepper & Sheffelman, also represented the city in its successful challenge to I-695, which replaced the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax with a flat $30 license-tab fee and required a popular vote to raise taxes. "

Internet service pulling the plug

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:20PM

"A California company's financial failure will cost several hundred Bainbridge Island customers the high-speed Internet connections they get through their television cable.ISP Channel has notified customers that it will no longer guarantee service after Dec. 1, and will shut down operations entirely by the end of the year. "

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