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It all comes down to the race inside

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:17PM

"We're tired of writing endorsements.We're tired of scripted debates and cynical campaign ads on television, tired of achievements trumped up, voting records distorted, shortcomings blown all out of proportion.And we're really, really tired of the thousands of meaningless campaign signs cluttering up local roadsides - an unhappy irony, we think, that the road to our collective future could be so ugly.So we've decided that since most readers have already made up their minds how they're going to vote Nov. 7, we're dropping out of the madness altogether. For the rest of this campaign season, we resolve: no more endorsements. "

"Endresen, Angel, yes on charter govt."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:17PM

"So, why should Bainbridge Island care about the races for Kitsap County commissioner? Well...10 percent of your property tax bill still goes to county government, to support courts, election services and what not; commissioners serve on various regional planning boards whose decisions impact the island; and we are, after all, still Kitsap, not King. "

Tear it out and start anew

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:17PM

"The clinical term would probably be cathartic. To those charged with demolishing the inside of the future Marge Williams Center Friday morning, one could probably get by with something less stuffy - perhaps fun.This is pretty cool, said Ty Evans, catching a breather next to an overflowing dumpster in the building's driveway. It's a great way to release stress on a Friday afternoon.Evans was one of a 15-person work crew, mostly comprised of Windermere Real Estate employees volunteering for community service, who got the Williams Center project under way at long last. "

Budgeting under way as I-722 looms

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:17PM

"For the second year in a row, a citizen initiative looms over the city budgeting process.Initiative 722 - which would roll back last year's increases in local taxes and fees, and cap future valuations on island real estate - shadows the task in uncertainty.It's like I-695 - nobody knows how it will be interpreted, said Ralph Eells, finance director for the city. A worst-case scenario, he suggested, would result in city staff layoffs and cuts to both discretionary spending and essential services.I don't mean to sound alarmist, Eells said, but we don't have $1.5 million we can take off the top. "

Is Adopt-A-Road project going to the wayside?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"For lack of support, the Adopt-A-Road program is losing coordinator Nancy Sutter.Sutter said there are hundreds of volunteers for the garbage-cleanup program, but many simply aren't doing their jobs.I get sick of people (who are not volunteers) calling me and complaining about the trash on their road, said Sutter, who has managed the program for the past seven years.A frustrated Sutter said that people don't want to get involved anymore, and think that it is someone else's job.It's a democracy, and everyone needs to participate, Sutter said, not only a few old ladies like me. "

Red ink

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"This much we know:At least one of the five will die, suddenly and with much shedding of blood.As to who gets the axe - or the knife, or perhaps the pistol - they're not saying. And after a successful preview showing, it seems there are still a few sanguinary surprises to be wrung from the comic-macabre Deathtrap, opening this weekend at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Playhouse.There were a lot of gasps, and people saying, 'oh-ho...' says director Debra Bedient, of first-night audience reaction to the play's grisly twists. I like that. "

Tenants fear sale of building

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"They are potential victims of the island's economic change, these 13 modest-income renters on Madison Avenue.They fear that the wheels of commerce may carry them off the island, where some were born and have lived their entire life.Their apartment building at 550 Madison Avenue - a low-key, brown complex, just north of Wyatt Way - is in the process of being sold. And if the transaction goes through, residents fear that rent increases would drive them out of the building and off of Bainbridge.We were told 'you will not be living in this building at these rents very much longer,' said Jeff Hyskell, who said he talked to one prospective buyer last Friday morning. But where are we going to go? "

Woodland utility work put on hold

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"Road work scheduled to begin this week at the intersection of Ferncliff Avenue and High School Road has been postponed indefinitely, according to Dave Nelson of the city public works department.The work would have included extension of city sewer lines north on Ferncliff, to serve the proposed Woodland Village development.Public works officials said that Woodland Village developer Doug Nelson elected to defer the work, possibly pending resolution of a court challenge to the size of the development. "

Jazz band picked for Disneyland performace

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"After four years of practice, the Bainbridge High School Jazz Band will get its day in the sun.Disneyland has selected the band to perform on stage during Disney Magic Music Days this spring.The kids and I are are very excited about the Disneyland performance, said Stephanie Lindjord, the band instructor. Only a small handful of high school bands from around the nation are selected to perform in the park.High school bands from all over the nation audition each year in hopes of performing in front of a real audience at Disneyland. Lindjord said that those groups who are selected to play must demonstrate exceptional musical quality and appearance. "

"Rockefeller, Sheldon, Harrison"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"Ferries and education - they're central to the interests of Bainbridge Island, and certain to dominate the next legislative session.With so much at stake, we believe Bainbridge Island will be best served by the trio of Phil Rockefeller, Betti Sheldon and David Harrison, and we urge voters to back them at the polls Nov. 7. "

Fort Ward losing battle with change

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"Residents fear that rapid change is threatening to destroy the historic character of the Fort Ward neighborhood.And ironically, the real culprit is history. The area was carved into hundreds of small lots 40 years ago. And because those owners all have vested legal rights, there may not much the city can do.The fort, on the island's south end, was built at the turn of the century to defend the entry to Bremerton and the Naval shipyard there. In 1958, the fort was decommissioned. Roughly half the land went to the state for Fort Ward Park. The remainder was auctioned off.The developer who bought the land platted what he called Fort Ward Estates - more than 200 postage-stamp sized lots of roughly 6,000 square feet each. He marketed them as summer camp lots, someplace to pitch a tent or build a small cabin in the woods.The subdivision plan was filed just one week before Kitsap County imposed regulations that would have prevented such small-lot developments. And once the map was duly filed, the island was stuck with the subdivision. That was when the genie was let out of the bottle, said Sarah Lee, longtime resident and neighborhood sewer commissioner. "

"Parking garage project retooled, again"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"Art and culture are significant Bainbridge Island values. So is a vibrant downtown Winslow. And affordable housing remains a huge problem.To pull those needs together, the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority is proposing what it calls the Bainbridge Cultural Center on Town Square, in the area between the farmers' market plaza and the back of the businesses on the north side of Winslow Way.We don't really have a space for civic functions, said island architect Bill Isley, acting as a consultant for the KCCHA.The arts auction, for instance, has had to move off the island because there is no place here big enough to host it. That sort of thing should stay here, he said.The plan will be presented at a joint city council/KCCHA workshop at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at city hall. "

Cadillacs and Cowboys

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"Even if you don't show up in a Cadillac, you may go home in one. Or, depending on the amount of Lone Star you consume, riding a horse.The possibilities are certainly intriguing, at a pair of October gala events that benefit two of Bainbridge Island's favorite causes - literacy and taste.First up is the fourth annual Auction for the Arts, slated for Oct. 21 at Kiana Lodge just across the bridge.Billed by organizers as the fun that funds that arts, the event promises an evening of elegant amusement, with proceeds going to a quartet of island cultural organizations - Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, Bainbridge Performing Arts and Bainbridge Music and Arts.The groups provide an array of services for the island, including arts education, scholarships for student artists and musicians, popular events like the quarterly Arts Walk, local theater and music productions, and several arts publications. "

"No on I-732, I-728, I-729"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"We don't like initiatives that impact the state budget process. Measures that mandate spending carve out a preferential position for recipients, leaving others to try and even things out through their own means.Three initiatives on the Nov. 7 general ballot would affect the funding of Washington public schools; while we support several in principle, all reflect the state Legislature's ongoing inability to deal responsibly with public education, and we urge a NO vote on each. "

The next celestial quest

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:16PM

"The people who brought a first-class astronomical observatory to Bainbridge Island have a new goal:Outer space.The Battle Point Astronomical Association and its president, Mac Gardiner, want to attach a telescope for amateur astronomers to the International Space Station, which they believe would produce a steady stream of breathtaking photographs.When the Hubble Telescope was pointed at the blackest part of the sky, it saw tens and tens of thousands of galaxies - brand new, Gardiner said.Although its public profile has declined in recent years, the Boeing-built International Space Station is an ongoing project, Gardiner said. In fact, most of the recent space-shuttle launches have involved the ISS.But the station's mission has changed over the years. During the height of the Cold War, the space station was something the United States needed to have before the Soviet Union got one. Then, while enthusiasm for manned space flight persisted, the station was seen as a launching pad for manned expeditions to the planets.Now, the purpose is scientific. NASA and Boeing are inviting applications from people interested in seeing their project included, and will select from among the submissions. "

Council fails to reach accord on housing regs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"The Bainbridge Island City Council decided Monday to take a two-pronged approach to the suddenly contentious issue of affordable housing - a short-term fix for people now in the process, and a broad review of the whole concept.But even those actions won't be quick or easy.I think what you heard today indicates that virtually every member of the council wants changes in the comprehensive plan, Councilman Norm Wooldridge said. "

M's fans flock for chance at tickets

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"It was a mob scene to rival, in theme if not in spirit, the one made by the Seattle Mariners at home plate last week as they won the American League division playoff series.This scene, however, took place Sunday morning at the Pavilion building, and involved some 400-plus Mariner fans. Camped inside and out, they were in desperate hope of departing with treasured tickets to Games 3 and 4 of the American League Championship Series games across the water between the hometown M's and the New York Yankees.I decided there were only three good reasons for getting out of bed early on a Sunday morning - my wife, my church and good baseball tickets, said Bainbridge resident Gary Marcy, who joined the ticket-crazed throngs. "

"No on I-745, I-722, I-713"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"Nature, 'tis said, abhors a vacuum.We might fairly apply this maxim to state politics, where a leadership void shares blame with zealots and charlatans for the spate of initiatives before voters Nov. 7.We have in this space commented sourly on the bland term of Gov. Gary Locke; we suggest again that lacking an executive with a dynamic vision and the ability to massage sensible programs through a polarized Legislature, we wind up with snake-oil salesmen like Tim Eyman and sideshow barkers like John Carlson setting the political agenda for the state. Their tool of choice: the citizen initiative.But very few of life's problems can be reduced to a simple yes/no proposition. So we wind up with overly simplistic ballot measures - often misleading or patently unconstitutional - that cause more problems than they purport to solve, leave messes for the courts and Legislature to clean up, and further feed public cynicism. "

"Bainbridge loses a leader with death of Don Nakata, 66"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"It's been a time for tears and hugs at the Town and Country Market on Winslow Way.Tuesday night, word first reached Bainbridge that Don Nakata, 66, president of the island-based six-store corporation, had died of an apparent stroke in Lafayette, La., while on vacation with his wife Ellen. By Thursday, not only the employees but most of the city had heard.Not just our employees but our customers found that it's okay to walk through the T&C and have tears in your eyes, said Town and Country store director Lyla Derosier.He was a gift to all of us, said Wayne Loverich, part owner and director of the corporation.He was a visionary leader, a very loving, caring and generous man. "

Ready for the pennant

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"Quoth the sage:Pitching's what wins it.Agreed Graham Wright:We've got a local boy (Poulsbo's Aaron Sele) pitching, and they've got a crippled staff. The local boy's going to be our edge.Kitted out in full Seattle Mariners regalia, Wright and his family were among the throng of islanders heading across the water on Friday's 11:10 ferry, to see the hometown nine face the Chicago White Sox.In tow was the family broom - shaken free of garage spiders - in anticipation of a game-three victory in the divisional playoff. They're gonna sweep, Kathleen Wright predicted, already looking ahead to the next series against the Oakland A's or New York Yankees. "

Phil vs. Phil for 23rd

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"The two major-party candidates for state House of Representatives, position 1, in the 23rd District both support greater legislative oversight of the state Department of Ecology.Both support overhauling education funding. Both oppose Initiative 745, Tim Eyman's Son of 695. Both describe themselves as pro-choice. They're even both named Phil.So what are the differences between Democratic incumbent Phil Rockefeller and Republican challenger Phil Rasmussen?Judging by their performances at a Tuesday Eggs and Issues debate, sponsored by the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce, the differences mainly relate to priorities. "

Council to spar over housing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"The Bainbridge Island City Council will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, to discuss the city's affordable housing ordinance.The purpose of the meeting will be to consider the inconsistency between the comprehensive plan, a 1999 council resolution, and the ordinances on the books - and particularly the uncertainty created for purchasers of affordable housing, including the Weaver Creek sweat-equity project. "

Not taking comfort in school zone

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"A point of clarification is in order.After our Wednesday story on speeding drivers and related traffic problems around Blakely Elementary School and other island public schools, more information came across our desk.To help clear up any supposed ambiguities about the 20-mph speed limit that goes into effect when children are present, Bainbridge Police were kind enough to send over a supplemental paragraph from the Washington Administrative Code. "

Scenes from a golden age

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"A creaking door. Ominous footsteps. A scream. A murder.All inside your head.That was the power of old-time radio, when a few foreboding words and a well-timed sound effect could chill a million listeners to the bone.A lot of people my age remember it, and a lot of people have no idea what real radio was able to do, said Frank Buxton, local stage and screen veteran and collector of old radio programs. We get a lot of young people who are just fascinated.Buxton and company bring the magic of a bygone entertainment era back to the island this weekend, with their annual autumn production of On the Air: From the Golden Age of Radio. Two shows are slated Saturday at the BPA Playhouse. "

'Student Xing': Who slows down?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"The phrase is, at first glance, pretty straightforward:When children are present.But with motorists roaring through the Blakely Elementary School zone at all hours - even when class is in session - parent Susan Brink isn't sure that a law meant to slow traffic for the safety of students is doing what it's supposed to.It's not when they're off to the side in the (school) yard, not when they're approaching - it's when they're in the road, Brink concluded, after talking to several law enforcement agencies about the 20-mph speed limit in school zones. It just seems wrong, especially since these are little kids. You can't count on them to use the best judgment.Brink, a resident of Mabrey Lane just north of the south-end K-4 school, walks her first-grade son Cameron to the school grounds each morning and walks him home in the afternoon, because she distrusts passing motorists. Other parents on her street drive their kids to school - despite the fact that the campus sits just 100 yards away.The problem, under informal scrutiny by a number of parents in the area, reflects a variety of conditions - constant traffic, poor access for pedestrians and bicyclists, and a law that seems to mean different things to different people. "

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