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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.

Lawrence to give up 'his' cars

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

While the United States searches for Saddam Hussein’s WMDs, law enforcement officials in the Puget Sound area are searching for Kevin Lawrence’s BMWs. But unlike the search in the Middle East, everyone agrees the cars exist. And the effort now has the promised cooperation of the man who may really know where they can be found.

And the fall races look like this...

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Friday’s last-minute filings created a four-way race for the at-large City Council seat on Bainbridge Island, but none of the four candidates is incumbent Michael Pollock. As promised earlier this week, Pollock, a Crystal Springs resident, filed in the city’s new southwest ward, where he will oppose former council member Jim Llewellyn.

Youth hurt in hi-speed crash -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

Alcohol and high speed were likely factors in a fearsome one-car wreck that left an island youth with a leg injury early Tuesday, Bainbridge Police say. Parents of the driver, a 16-year-old boy, called 911 after he contacted them by cell-phone from the crash scene on Blakely Avenue south of Tani Creek. Officers arrived to find the youth clear of the wreck and laying in the back of his parents’ car.

Starbucks set to woo island anew

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

After a fitful, five-year courtship, the dandy of caffeinated delights looks poised to consummate its relationship with Bainbridge Island. Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks will open a kiosk in the Village Safeway in late August, a Safeway spokesman said Tuesday. “I do know it’s definitely going in – they’re building it out here,” said Doug Dunmire, head grocery clerk at the store and the only manager available for comment.

Commodore coming down

  • Aug 2, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47PM

First came the ravages of nature and time; now heavy equipment will finish the job. Wholesale demolition of the badly leaking, 1940s-era wing of the Commodore Bainbridge building began Thursday morning, following several weeks of salvage work and asbestos abatement.

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