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Geo bee’s three-time queen

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Robinson finds her way to state meet once more.
Some know where to find the best latte in town. Woodward eighth grader Karen Robinson knows where to find Turin and the Po River. (Answer: Italy.) “Geography is something I enjoy,” Robinson said. “My grandfather’s a ham operator and I would sometimes listen in on conversations. If I didn’t know a place (of another operator), I’d look it up and study the area around that.” Robinson has won the school geography bee and advanced to the state Geographic Bee for three years in a row. On April 2, she’ll attend the state competition at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

Water, water everywhere...

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Groundwater, streams the focus of environmental conference.
No one can say it doesn’t rain enough. Hydrologists just wish they knew how to get more of it back into the ground. The water-naive may think Bainbridge replenishes its drinking water from sources other than precipitation. Not so. “We really need to keep water on the island,” said Stephanie Moret, water resources specialist for the city. “There’s been this idea that water comes from the Olympic Peninsula, but there’s no evidence of this.” The fourth-annual Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference took up the topic of water and watersheds, long an issue championed by conference co-sponsor the Association of Bainbridge Communities and in direct alignment with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, whose work preserves areas for water to infiltrate the soil.

Mayor wants Haney as chief

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

She will announce her preference at tonight’s meeting, for council approval.
Bainbridge Island could have a new police chief this evening. Or not. That depends on whether the City Council is moved to confirm interim chief Matt Haney for the post; Mayor Darlene Kordonowy tonight will announce Haney, who has served as interim chief for the past year, as her candidate of choice. “I don’t know what Council will choose to do,” said Kordonowy, who has been meeting with individual council members to discuss the appointment. Haney emerged as the mayor’s preference after formal interviews earlier this month and discussions with the candidates’ previous employers and co-workers. Some island citizens also have started to lobby for Haney, while King County Sheriff and congressional candidate Dave Reichert called this week to offer his endorsement, Kordonowy said.

Seeking refuge in the USA

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Mike and Carol Gormley hope to avoid deportation to South Africa.
Their brief, “Michael Anthony Gormley and Edith Carol Gormley v. John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General,” might just as well be titled “David v. Goliath.” The odds of the middle-age Safeway grocery baggers winning their fight against deportation to their native South Africa, a case to be heard in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 1, might appear slim. But in four years on Bainbridge, the couple has attracted a cadre of loyal friends, largely fellow workers who have helped them fight for the right to stay.

Island’s undersea nursery

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Beach seining offers a glimpse at the marine life just offshore.
Ankle deep in the chill waters off Crystal Springs, a half-dozen lifejacketed volunteers sift through a roiling pool of seaweed soup, churned up by hundreds of yellow-striped shiner perch. The crew, careful to keep the netted fish submerged, sorts the catch: 30 each of the sculpin and shiners, and all of the more precious cargo, slide into the 5-gallon buckets. Crouched on the shore, Peter Namtvedt Best waves a wand over the silvery finger-length fish he’s placed on the measuring board. The resulting beep lights up the faces of the beach seining team like magic.

No easy answers at mobile home park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Residents mull the future, loss of home equity.
When even your best choice still means losing your home, it can be a hard decision to make. So Islander Mobile Home Park delayed a vote Thursday, on whether to continue working with the park’s purchaser-to-be, the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority – or whether to take their chances with private developers. There was “lots of good dialogue and a lot of emotion, but we’re getting things figured out,” said Rob Sinnett, vice president of the park’s homeowners’ association said. Residents will meet again among themselves before meeting with KCCHA officials again on March 30, he said.

Church bumped in frequency bid

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

The day when Bainbridge tunes to its own 102.5 FM is closer. Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission blocked Bremerton Calvary Chapel’s bid for a low-power FM frequency also sought by Bainbridge Island Broadcasting; the decision leaves the island’s community-access station closer to sole use of the frequency. “We’re happy, of course,” BIB board member Wini Jones said, “but we’re not ready to jump up and down, because it’s not a done deal, not yet.”

Park plans coming into focus

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

New picnic and play areas – and a restroom – head the list of public wants.
Waterfront Park users want to see the return of a real restroom facility. And in a city-sponsored survey in January, island residents didn’t show much preference where it goes. Asked whether they preferred a location below or next to the park’s tennis courts, respondents offered such comments as, “Somewhere!”, “WHEREVER” and “Either, just build one!” Even John DeMeyer, who runs sailing classes in the park for the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District, had but one question when drawings of a new park master plan were revealed: “I was just looking for where the bathrooms are,” he said.

Side by side with friends in need

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Island musicians gather to raise funds for accident victims.
It may be a long journey from accident to recovery, but for Vicky and Laura Spray, the road is lined with well-wishers. “We’ve had many silver linings, many,” said Laura Spray, badly injured with her sister Vicky in a December accident on SR-305. “In terms of people, it’s been an amazing heartfelt journey because of the people who have come into our life because of this experience.” Benevolent strangers brought meals, donated money and even retooled front stairs to accommodate a walker. A benevolent account, set up at American Marine bank under Spray Accident Fund, has helped with mounting bills, and now friends plan a musical benefit March 27.

No word from WSF on galleys -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Washington State Ferries said Tuesday that the selection of vendors for food and beverage service onboard ferries and at docks has been delayed. Selections were supposed to have been announced yesterday, but WSF spokesperson Pat Patterson said that interviews are ongoing. The six finalists for onboard food and beverage service are BH&U Inc. (Port Townsend), Cascade Concessions Services Inc. (Vancouver, Wash.), CDX Corp. (Mukilteo), Sodexho America LLC (Gaithersburg, Md.), Sound Food Cafe, Bakery & Wine Bar (Vashon Island) and Summit Vending, Inc. (Everett).

Three debaters head to Nationals

  • Mar 17, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06PM

Adrian Sampson had a tough debate – with himself. Should he enter the National Speech Tournament qualifier in Duo-Interpretation with partner Ariana Taylor-Stanley, or or in Public Forum with partner Riley Woodward-Pratt? “It was a happy ending,” said Ben de Guzman, English teacher and debate coach. “All three qualified (for Nationals).” The Bainbridge High School Debate Team is sending an unprecedented three students to the National Speech Tournament Beehive Nationals hosted by the National Forensic League in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 13-18. BHS belongs to the Puget Sound District encompassing 19 schools. Only two students can qualify for Nationals in each debate category. Last year, debater Sean Fraga was the first in recent memory to qualify for Nationals.

GOP faithful gird for election battle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

t It’s tough to be a Republican on Bainbridge, many caucus-goers agree.
With nothing at stake for delegates but the formality of ratifying George Bush’s presidential nomination, island Republicans turned their attention March 9 to fine-tuning Kitsap County’s party platform. About 60 GOP faithful mustered for precinct caucuses at the Bainbridge Island Commons. That number contrasted with the overflow crowds that set attendance records last month, when Democrats caucused to pick their own nominee.

Rockefeller bids for Senate seat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

His candidacy is anointed by retiring incumbent Betti Sheldon.
Rep. Phil Rockefeller of Bainbridge Island announced Monday that he will seek the 23rd District State Senate seat being vacated by Betti Sheldon. His candidacy comes with a blessing. When talk began earlier this year that Sheldon would retire at the end of the 2004 legislative session, Rockefeller admitted that he didn’t pay much attention. Then he received confirmation from Sheldon herself. “She told me, ‘I’m quite serious about this. I don’t think I want to do this any longer, and I want you to consider going for the seat,’” Rockefeller said.

Faith, hope and learning

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

t St. Cecilia has families lined up for a Catholic education.
Bainbridge Island now has a Catholic school of its own. St. Cecilia Catholic School this month earned affiliation with the Archdiocese of Seattle, bringing the school the financial, professional development, legal and moral support of the ninth largest K-12 school district in Washington. The school that started out as the Mustard Seed pre-school and kindergarten in fall 2001 now boasts first and second grades, and will add a grade each year until it offers K-8. Parents who have the choice of sending their children to a Catholic school nearby say they are pleased.

...And then there were two –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

Interim Chief Matt Haney and Alexander Perez, chief of police in the city of Inglewood, Calif., are finalists for the top cop job on Bainbridge Island, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy told the City Council on Wednesday. Haney and Perez emerged as finalists after an open house with council members and citizens, followed by formal interviews last week. A decision is expected later this month.

Dear Editor: an island portrait

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

A pastiche of letters forms a portrait of an island, large events and small. Excerpts from 50 years of letters to the editor of the Bainbridge Review reveal more than islanders’ opinions – they reflect decades of demographic change, chronicle issues that resurface with each generation, and sometimes show a small community overtaken by big events. “If you live here for any time, you pick up a lot of history by absorption,” said Steve Stolee, who will direct Island Theater actors in “Dear Editor,” an original dramatic reading March 13. “But the letters give a face to the history.”

Winslow trailer park gets bad news

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

Financing woes may force property redevelopment in five years, not 10.
Just 10 months ago, residents of Winslow’s Islander Mobile Home Park thought their affordable homes were safe for another decade. The Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority had agreed to buy the park property from owner Pat Alderman; a deal that would have kept the 60-space park as-is for 10 years, after which it would be redeveloped in phases to a mix of affordable and market-rate apartments. The arrangement, though, was contingent on the KCCHA obtaining financing to purchase the 6.4-acre property at its $5.5 million appraisal price. And as residents learned Thursday, the state Housing Trust Fund will only finance the project if redevelopment begins in five years, not 10.

A space mission worth its salt

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

Island researcher leads satellite-based study of salinity’s effect on climate.
It’s still T-minus four years until blast-off, and the cozy Parfitt Way offices of Earth and Space Research are far from launch control. But a squall rattling the windows is a reminder that, while the Aquarius space mission may be years away, the realm of ESR’s research is close by. “(The year) 2008 is a long way away, but the time seems to go by quickly. There’s a lot to do,” said ESR president and oceanographer Gary Lagerloef. Early this year, the Bainbridge resident was named principal investigator for Aquarius/SAC-D, a near-earth satellite mission that will provide the first comprehensive measurements of a fundamental component of global climate: salt.

A choral convergence

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

Two hundred vocalists bring Verdi to the island Sunday.
Choristers from Bainbridge Chorale and Choral Sounds Northwest have packed Bethany Lutheran Church as if the occasion were Easter Sunday. Vocalists in the last few rows stand to catch a glimpse of director Mark Adrian’s raised baton. There is a riffle of air as nearly 200 singers open thick scores. After one audible, collective intake of breath, amazing sound fills the small space. It’s a goose-bump moment for the visitor – and for choristers ripping through a passage as theatrical and melodic as any Verdi penned for Aida or La Traviata, the payoff for months of hard work.

Three options for marsh

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

Restoration studies are under way.
Consultants have identified three options for re-establishing a salt marsh above Manitou Beach Drive. For some neighbors, the project is a welcome step toward restoring threatened salmon populations; for others, the potential for flooding and lower property values – and the smell – remain key issues. “Can we do a restoration project without creating a stinky mud flat? That’s a concern,” conceded Mark Ewbank, representing Herrera Environmental Consultants, at a public presentation at City Hall Thursday. Nearly 50 people, most residents of the Manitou Beach and Murden Cove neighborhoods, attended the meeting, at which Ewbank and others outlined options for linking city-owned land to the shoreline to create an estuarine environment accessible to the public.

Sharp pen, sharper wit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

David Horsey pokes ‘em where it hurts.
At the height of “Monicagate,” David Horsey took on President Clinton. The editorial cartoonist drew an devastating yet apt portrait of “Bubba” Clinton clad in socks and heart-print boxers, slouched in a lawn chair in front of a trailer, soda in hand and a cheeseburger resting on his gut, watching a TV rigged with a coat-hanger antenna.

Child to lead Bainbridge Island Broadcasting –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

Elise Child of Seattle has been named executive director of Bainbridge Island Broadcasting, the organization announced. She replaces Wendy Johnson, who is stepping down. Child brings 15 years of experience in community and government media and video production, with stations in Oregon and Hawaii. Most recently, she has served as director of outreach, promotion and programs for community access SCAN-TV in Seattle.

Sounds of the subcontinent

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:05PM

Island School immerses its students in the world of India.
Iridescent and gold-embroidered scarves hang undulating from the hallway ceilings, wrapped in wafts of incense. Indian music drones, punctuated by a drummer in the hallway as sari-clad teachers walk by. For luck, arriving visitors step through the colorful Rangoli chalk pattern drawn on the threshold.

Appleton to seek Rockefeller’s seat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

The Bainbridge incumbent is likely to run for the state Senate.
Another North Kitsap resident has thrown her hat into the ring to run for Phil Rockefeller’s seat in the state Legislature. Democrat and former Poulsbo City Councilwoman Sherry Appleton announced Tuesday that she will seek the 23rd Legislative District, Position 1 seat. Appleton said she declared her candidacy after talking to Rockefeller at Sen. Betti Sheldon’s retirement announcement a week ago. Rockefeller is expected to announce after the Legislative session that he will seek the Senate seat being vacated by Sheldon at the end of the year.

Island in line for low-power radio station

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:04PM

But BIB, Bremerton church can’t agree to share the frequency.
Bainbridge Island Broadcasting and Bremerton’s Calvary Chapel are “MXed.” The term, meaning “mutually exclusive,” describes the dilemma of two organizations improbably linked by the Federal Communications Commission. At issue: an FCC decision that would have the Bremerton-based evangelical Christian church and BIB, the island’s community access television station, sharing the same low-frequency FM airwaves in a new radio venture. The pairing occurred when both organizations applied for the frequency, the only one available in the central Puget Sound area.

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