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Sutton hails win for open space levy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:29PM

Voter support for an $8 million open space levy didn’t surprise Mayor Dwight Sutton. The level of that support – 68 percent – did. “It’s a great outcome,” said Sutton, who proposed the levy earlier this year and shepherded it to Tuesday’s ballot.

Voters go with Kordonowy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:29PM

Twin themes that emerged from Tuesday’s elections were “work hard, think green.” The winners of the mayoral and three city council races did that. They campaigned virtually full time. And they established themselves early on as environmental candidates, allowing them to carry their campaign to the Bainbridge business community.

Legacy of the Seattle pioneers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:29PM

When Suzanne Selfors and her daughter Isabelle Ranson disembark from the schooner “Sea Scout” at Alki Point next Tuesday, they will be retracing the steps of ancestors. Selfors and Ranson with other descendants of Seattle’s first white settlers – the Bells, Borens, Dennys, Lows and Terrys – will be recreating the Nov. 13, 1851 debarkation from the schooner “Exact” to kick off a year-long celebration of Seattle’s 150th anniversary.

UPDATE:Kordonowy, open space levy earn easy victories

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:29PM

Darlene Kordonowy and a levy to save Bainbridge open space rode overwhelming voter support to victory Tuesday. Kordonowy earned better than 63 percent against Chris Llewellyn in the race to succeed Dwight Sutton as the next mayor of Bainbridge Island.

Restroom has gone to pot

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:29PM

Pity the potty. Damaged by insects and the elements, its fixtures worn and its porcelain sullied, the Waterfront Park restroom has seen its last flush. Monday afternoon, temporary fencing went up around the building, which includes a storage area and several covered picnic tables. It will be razed after testing for asbestos and lead paint determines disposal options.

Twin filmmakers uncover a conspiracy

  • Nov 8, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 3:29PM

It’s 3 a.m. by the time the film crew finishes adjusting lighting in a Seattle parking garage, and the cameras finally roll. The actors advance, plastic guns in hand. Suddenly, the garage elevator doors open and out pedal police on bikes, brandishing the real article. That’s not part of the script, someone says. “Drop your weapons!” police yell – and for a heart-stopping moment an actor is too frozen with fear to comply.

City looks at ‘conservative’ budget for ‘02

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

Anticipating approval of state Initiative 747, which would limit the increase in property tax collections to 1 percent annually, the city administration is proposing a “pretty conservative” budget for 2002.

Do islanders still want ferry repair yard?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

As a year-long study of the ferry maintenance facility at Eagle Harbor begins, legislators want to know whether Bainbridge Island wants the facility. The initial feedback suggests that the answer may be “No.”

Roll out the roundabout

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

The new traffic roundabout’s grand opening Tuesday went like counterclockwork. The last glitch in the much-delayed project proved to be a reverse stencil job on the directional traffic signs.

Finding a way for all children to learn

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

In late spring of 2001, after one year in the district, special services director Merle Montani quit abruptly, citing the need to finish her dissertation. Without time to conduct a national search for a new director – and aware of the shortage of special education personnel nationwide – the district hired the principal of Woodward Middle School, Clayton Mork. Mork, who calls himself “a systems guy,” continued the assessment of special education programs begun with last spring’s roundtable discussion.

Does money talk in Bainbridge elections?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

ELECTION COVERAGE: Live election coverage for Bainbridge Island -- Sponsored by BIB, Northland Cable and the Bainbridge Review. Mayoral, Council, Fire Commissioner and School Board races will be featured, with interviews from the candidates. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. On a state and national level, it is generally conceded that money is indispensable to a successful political campaign – a badly outspent candidate seldom wins. If that also holds true for Bainbridge Island, then you’d put your bets on Darlene Kordonowy for mayor and Bill Nelson for the central ward city council seat, because both have far outspent and out-fundraised the opposition. But observers of the Bainbridge Island political scene say the personal touch may still be more important than a media campaign. “A big part of the campaign on Bainbridge Island is vouching,” said David Harrison, a political science faculty member at the University of Washington and an adviser to Sen. Maria Cantwell, who has run for both school board and the state legislature. “People who get behind a candidate and spread the word to their friends can be tremendously important.” According to statements filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission, Kordonowy has raised some $24,500, compared to the $8,400 raised by her opponent, Chris Llewellyn.

‘This ferry ride was brought to you by...’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

State ferries may become floating advertising kiosks to keep the boats afloat. But they won’t be floating billboards -- external advertising visible from the shores is not in the cards. “We are accepting information from companies, organizations and individuals about advertising, and asking for their best estimates on how much revenue some or all of their programs could raise,” said Washington State Ferries public affairs Director Pat Patterson.

Should this land be our land?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

Call it the dream of fields. And woods. And perhaps a little shoreline as well. The desire to preserve the island’s natural features and farms underpins the $8 million open space bond levy that goes before voters Nov. 6. The campaign got an unexpected push last week, when the city came to terms with Akio Suyematsu for public purchase of his 15-acre working farm on Day Road East.

Every child deserves an education

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

Maggie Mackey still attends Bainbridge High School, even though she graduated last spring. Like other students with multiple disabilities, Maggie qualifies for public education until she is 21, under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. “In our house we call it ‘post-graduate work,’” said Sheri Ley-Mackey, Maggie’s mother.

This pig flew, to Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

“Pigasus” may not be as graceful as her mythical near-namesake, but she has her feet on the ground. The prodigious pink porker – a 3-foot high, 100-pound fiberglass sculpture – landed on the northwest corner of Wyatt and Madison this week sporting running shoes, wings and a big grin.

Council candidates woo business support

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

Six candidates for the island’s three city council seats tried to persuade the island’s business community Thursday that they are better able to keep the wheels of island commerce turning. Each candidate answered three questions at the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly lunch meeting at the Commons.

The next mayor of Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

Chris Llewellyn knows what it’s like to be poor on Bainbridge Island. “I was a single mother at one point,” she recalls, “and I was so poor that I had to sell my bed to buy a chainsaw to cut firewood to keep the house warm.” Llewellyn has shared a lot of experiences with a lot of people on the island where she has lived most of her life.

The next mayor of Bainbridge

  • Oct 27, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 3:28PM

For Darlene Kordonowy, being in the middle of small-town politics is a way of life. She grew up in Belfield, N.D., population 1,054, where her father was mayor for 26 years. “Our life revolved around politics, the Ukranian Catholic Church, and how the boys did in sports,” Kordonowy said.

Walkers find island’s back roads

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

The Great Island Friday walking group may not travel fast, but it goes the distance. “Power walkers drop us right away,” member Ron Williamson said. “We are a meandering group – we stop, we look. “We especially like small houses and mailboxes that are funky, the art that people have in their yards – the things that make this island what it is.” In four years of casual Friday rambles, TGIF has covered more than 700 miles of island trails, beaches and roadways.

City, Suyematsu come to terms

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

After three years of negotiations, the city has reached agreement with owner Akio Suyematsu for public purchase of his 15-acre farm on Day Road East, to preserve the land as open space.

Long on love, but in short supply

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Driving up to the home of Suzanne and Cameron Fischer, one notices the bright plastic toys scattered across the green lawn. The interior of the house is neat – considering that six kids call it home. Three are the Fischers’ own and three are foster children. All are crammed onto the sofa to watch movies. “You can tell which are mine by the hair,” said Suzanne Fischer, indicating the three whose tousled mops are, like their mother’s, flaming red. The infant, toddler and 5-year-old who are the foster additions are otherwise indistinguishable from the Fischer kids.

What ‘they’ think of U.S.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Jonathan Miller-Lane loves a good question. “A really good subject can hook anyone,” Miller-Lane said. “You have to have a question that you yourself are truly interested in.” He poses one both pointed and timely when he asks a panel of Bainbridge youth and adults Oct. 24 how Americans perceive their national values – as opposed to what the rest of the world understands them to be.

Candidates square off at forum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

An overflow crowd at the city council chambers heard the candidates for Bainbridge Island mayor and city council articulate similar visions for the community, while disagreeing on how to bring those visions to reality.

Retirees: still doing good work

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Few encounter Bainbridge nonprofit organizations without meeting the retired volunteers who contribute time and money to many of these organizations. And as more families need both parents in the workforce and have less time to give, retirees take up the slack.

District slow to renew Rowley contract

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27PM

Breaking from standard practice, the Bainbridge School Board let Superintendent Steve Rowley begin the school year without a three-year contract in hand. School officials confirm that over the summer, the school board declined to add a third year to Rowley’s contract, set to expire at the end of the 2002-03 school year. At the same time, the board made provisions for his possible departure by naming another district official as Rowley’s immediate successor.

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