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Parks may acquire first four open space parcels

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

The city is poised to hand over 70 acres of forests and beaches to the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District, gift-wrapped with nearly $100,000 in cash for trails and other improvements. “I’m very excited,” said parks board chair Tom Swolgaard. “Some are already open for use, but others will need some work.”

Council irked by fine print on deal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

The City Council demanded greater transparency in deal-making Monday, after learning that a recent agreement may have cost the city millions in potential revenues. Some councilors said they were unaware of vital financial details of the city’s agreement to help residents of the Islander Mobile Home Park purchase their homes. “There was a huge cost to the city we didn’t know about,” said Councilman Bob Scales. “The impact of the decision made with the mobile home park will last for many years.”

Council moves to hike parking fees

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

A proposed fee increase in downtown parking lots could boost rates by $3 a day and pave the way for better roads, more bike paths and safer walkways. The City Council voted Wednesday to raise the daily parking fee at the city’s ferry terminal lot from $7.25 to $10 and to double the commercial parking tax. The increased tax would mean a private lot charging $8 per day would likely increase rates to about $11, said the proposal’s author, Councilman Bob Scales.

Mooring plan stirs liveaboards' passions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

Liveaboards swarmed ashore Tuesday night to pack City Hall and declare their opposition to proposed fees and regulations affecting their free, wayfaring lifestyle. “Freedom is a big issue for us,” said Eagle Harbor liveaboard Mike Martin. “We have a sense of purpose: It’s to be free and outside the current system. You need to understand us as people. That’s how it works out there.”

Council agrees to land swap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

Gain a prime piece of Eagle Harbor shoreline for a forgotten backwater lot. City Council members laughed at the notion they wouldn’t unanimously approve such a swap. “This is one of those rubber-stamp opportunities,” joked Councilwoman Christine Rolfes before the council approved trading four-fifths of John Nelson Park for the strawberry plant property at the foot of Weaver Road.

Klasky to lead IslandWood -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

Ben Klasky has been named executive director of the IslandWood outdoor learning center. Klasky, who begins his new assignment in January, will replace retiring director Carole Grisham. Klasky was chosen from among hundreds of candidates who were screened for the position through a nation-wide search and will be moving to Bainbridge Island to make his home, IslandWood said.

Drugs, guns seized

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

Bainbridge Island Police seized loaded guns, drugs, stolen jewelry and a pipe bomb in raids on two island homes Monday. Officers also arrested four adults on felony drug, stolen property and illegal weapons charges, police said.

Council relents, agrees to add staff

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

The City Council voted to add a new staff attorney, engineer and office specialist at a workshop on the 2005 preliminary budget Monday. While the city will have to sign three new paychecks, councilors and staff said the new hires will cut overall costs in the $35 million budget and boost efficiency.

Political landscape unchanged

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

Local voters marked familiar names on their ballots Tuesday, maintaining the party balance in 23rd District legislative and Kitsap County commission seats, in unofficial final returns. Phil Rockefeller (D-Bainbridge Island) trounced Bremerton real estate agent Doug Kitchens, earning almost 59 percent of the vote to ascend to District 23’s Washington State Senate seat, left open with the retirement of Democrat Betti Sheldon.

Council warned of budget woes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

City staff forecast a bleak financial future at Wednesday’s budget workshop, even as community groups lined up to plead for more money. “We may have a train wreck on the horizon,” said Councilman Bob Scales.

Strawberry pier deal close to OK

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

The island has moved a step closer to a new waterfront park at the head of Eagle Harbor. The Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board voted Thursday to let go of its 99-year lease on John Nelson Park in Winslow, enabling the city to swap the five-acre parcel for the former Strawberry Plant property at the foot of Weaver Road. The exchange is contingent on City Council approval.

Incumbents strong in 23rd District -- Election Results

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

Local voters favored incumbents and familiar faces Tuesday, maintaining the party balance in 23rd District legislative and Kitsap County commission seats, in unofficial final returns early Wednesday morning.

Dogs, horses may share park facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

Joining hooves and paws, horse and dog enthusiasts formed an inter-species alliance Thursday, urging the park board to approve a proposed equestrian arena at Battle Point Park. Mollie Bogardus and other Friends of the Arena at Battle Point Park have lobbied for over five years to secure a public arena for the island’s horse riders.

Teen pleads guilty in crash

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

In a courtroom filled with grieving teenagers and sorrowful relatives, a 14-year-old Bainbridge Island girl pleaded guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide and driving without a license, in the crash that killed 16-year-old classmate Sarah Gillette. The defendant entered the courtroom of Kitsap Superior Court Judge Russell J. Hartman wearing a pony tail, skirt and white cardigan sweater, her eyes cast downward. Her mother sat behind her, crying.

Mobile home park is a done deal

  • Nov 2, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22PM

The residents of Islander Mobile Home Park often describe the last six months as a roller-coaster ride. Yesterday, their ride ended. “I feel exhilarated. I feel stunned,” said Bill Isley, who has helped lead his neighbors toward owning their homes. “It’s been a race, its been a battle, its been a roller-coaster. It hasn’t sunk in yet, but I’m glad it’s over.”

Council favors more bike/ped spending

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

It’s not often you see one dollar instantly turn into four. But trails advocate John Grinter witnessed it with glee at last week’s City Council budget workshop, when the council voted to nearly quadruple funding for trails, bike lanes and sidewalks. The move gave Grinter hope he may nail the target he’s had his sights on since his son was born.

Islanders can't wait to cast their ballots

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

The Election Day flood had nothing to do with yesterday’s heavy rain. The greater downpour came from island voters spilling into polling places and clogging ballot boxes. “They flooded in when we opened and it’s been constant ever since,” said poll worker George McKinney as he helped voters cram ballots into large blue boxes at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Playhouse yesterday morning.

Ferry security funding sought -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Bainbridge Island) wants the Department of Homeland Security to reimburse the state for $121,000 in overtime costs associated with providing troopers and bomb-sniffing dogs at the ferry terminals. The Washington State Patrol’s request for the reimbursement was recently denied by the federal government, on grounds that Washington state was in “non-orange” alert status when the overtime costs were incurred, from April 22 to Aug. 2.

Police warn of creep in truck -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

Bainbridge Police are seeking information on suspicious incidents in which a man in a pickup truck approached youths waiting for their school buses this week. The first incident was reported at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Wyatt Way and Lovell Avenue, when a middle-school-aged girl reported that a suspicious man pulled up and offered her a ride.

Lawyer: Teen to plead guilty in crash

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

A 14-year-old Bainbridge girl, behind the wheel of a speeding SUV that crashed and killed another teen in August, will plead guilty to vehicular homicide at her juvenile court arraignment next Thursday, her attorneys said. The defendant, who is not being named in the newspaper because she is a minor, faces a maximum sentence of nine months in juvenile prison if convicted.

City of Tacoma News: Tacoma City Council

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

1. Council to vote on rate increases for water, sewer and solid waste; 2. City Council to hold public hearing on the 2005 Property Tax Levies; 3. City may spend $30,000 on City Manager search; 4. Grant would help fund Tacoma’s Weed and Seed program; 5. Legislative policy goals and budget process lead study session agenda; 6. Planning Commission hearing set for 2005-2010 Capital Facilities Program; 7. City offices closed Nov. 11.

Inslee finds ferry threat 'sobering'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

Congressman Jay Inslee said he will try to obtain federal funding for even more bomb-sniffing dogs at ferry terminals, in the wake of FBI reports that the Washington State Ferries have been under surveillance by suspected terrorists as recently as May 10. Inslee, a Bainbridge Island Democrat, was briefed on the confidential FBI report last Wednesday.

Oil spill touches Bainbridge shores

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

Oil that spilled in South Puget Sound last week lapped at the shores of Bainbridge Island but is not expected to significantly impact wildlife or habitat. A thin sheen of oil was first sighted Friday off Restoration Point and spread to Eagle Harbor and the island’s south shore over the weekend, according to city officials and state Department of Ecology reports.

Unlikely allies band to oppose I-872

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

An initiative to change the state’s new primary is riding high on a wave of voter discontent, with some polls showing about 67 percent pledging support for the measure. But a coalition of unlikely allies hopes to unmask Initiative 872 as restrictive to voter freedoms and harmful to third parties. Democrats, Republicans, Greens and Libertarians oppose I-872’s Louisiana-style system that would advance the two top vote-getters to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. The two major parties say I-872 would unfairly favor incumbents and limit choices in voting districts. Third-party candidates say the the initiative would dramatically reduce their chances of advancing to the general election.

Security stepped up at Winslow terminals

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:21PM

More state troopers and bomb-sniffing dogs went to work screening cars and passengers at Washington State Ferry terminals starting this week, meeting a U.S. Coast Guard deadline to boost ferry security system-wide. The heightened security comes as officials acknowledged concerns about the vessels being vulnerable to attacks, and amidst new reports that the ferry system is under surveillance by terrorist groups and individuals, according to FBI documents obtained by a Seattle newspaper and published over the weekend.

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