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City gets Salter parcelPurchase of the 14.5-acre Johnson farm at Fletcher Bay also was announced.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:54PM

"For Jim Salter's birthday, he and the city exchanged gifts.In a Thursday morning ceremony that included a round of Happy Birthday to the 86-year-old islander, city officials concluded purchase of Salter's five-acre woodland off Wardwell Road.Purchase price is $140,000, to be paid to Salter and his wife Lucille in installments over 10 years. Payments began with a check for $10,000, handed to Salter by Mayor Dwight Sutton at the ceremony.I'm just trying to find out if it's certified, Salter said, examining the draft.Cash it quick - that's disappearing ink, Sutton rejoined. "

"Bainbridge is doing its share, Bev"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:54PM

"While talking about statewide transportation funding last week, Rep. Beverly Woods once again chided Bainbridge Island for being insular about traffic congestion.Her complaint is that the slow, crowded crawl from a Bainbridge job back to the peninsula cut too deeply into her crews' productive time.And, the Poulsbo Republican said, our city has resisted solutions like a second bridge to the peninsula, or a wider Highway 305.Why is this our problem? "

Murder in the neighborhoodBainbridge author Fredrick Huebner puts the scene of the crime very close to home.Your home.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"Anyone who looks for friends and neighbors in the new Fredrick Huebner mystery set on Bainbridge may be missing the point. For islanders who read the book - or come to Eagle Harbor Books to hear Huebner read July 19 - the Bainbridge setting of Shades of Justice may be the most familiar feature, as compelling as any fictional character.If you're writing about violation, said Huebner, whose book features a double murder, you do want a lovely, serene settings for contrast. "

Lavender all abuzzSummer color dazzles at this year's garden tour.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"One might find a lavender farm like Sheila and Greg Kent's acres in a sunny corner of Provence. This weekend, though, the purple herb can be seen closer to home - the Kent farm is one of six gardens open to the public for the annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour, July 14-15. The French are famous for planting rows and rows of lavender, Sheila Kent said. There's a 'lavender route' that cuts through Provence.The Kents recall the miles of purple fields they enjoyed during their happy year together in France, just after college. When they considered a garden for the two-and-a-half acres they purchased off North Madison Avenue, they didn't immediately make the association. "

Enthusiasm for Ericksen plan mixedSidewalks and bike lanes conflict with some properties.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"The battle of good vs. good raged full tilt Monday night as the city public works officials presented various plans for Ericksen Avenue improvements.What people want, it seemed, is both more and less. "

Olympia may yet break gridlock Locals want ferries added to the package.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"Gov. Locke can call all the special sessions he likes to come up with a transportation package. But the Washington Legislature won't accomplish anything without a dramatic change in attitude somewhere, Bainbridge Island's representatives say. And one of Locke's political allies says that the change may have to come from the governor himself. "

Stuck on the rail of public vs. private

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"As imbroglios go, it leaves us straddling the rail.A fence sits too close to the road, in the way of proposed bike lanes. The property owner wants to see the fence stay put; city officials are split on the issue. That the fence was built in the public right of way does not seem to be in dispute. The owner supports the construction of bike lanes, but wants the improvements to accommodate the fence, which went up with the blessing of a permit eight years ago; planners say the owner was warned during permitting that the fence might have to be moved in the future, but they can't find such documents in the record.So the city will let the fence stand where it is, turn the ditch into a culvert and put the bike lane on top of that - splitting the extra construction costs with the property owner. "

Never sticking to the straight 'n arrowThe Concerts in Park series debuts with Rocking Arrow.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"Dante the weimaraner is asleep, one ear flopped across the overstuffed arm of the chair.Snoozing dog is a good sign, Rocking Arrow band member David Bray says. He only sleeps when practice is going well. The rehearsal is smooth. Rocking Arrow has the relaxed, assured air of performers who have worked together over time. They face each other to sing, each acknowledging the rhythm in ad hoc dance moves. The musicians change key and tempo without losing a beat. The harmonies blend without a glitch.The band is gearing up for their July 11 appearance as opening act for the free Concerts in Waterfront Park series, sponsored by the city and park district and running weekly through the summer. "

"Will money get rotary, roadwork done early?Contract perks will give the construction firm incentive."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"The city has run out of time to force a contractor to build a traffic roundabout before school resumes in the fall.But persuasion in the form of money might still get the job done.I'm optimistic that the incentives we are building into the contract might get the work done before school begins, city engineer Jeff Jensen said this week.Bids for the High School Road reconstruction, which includes a controversial roundabout at the corner of High School and Madison Avenue, are to be received by July 13, a Friday. "

Revenues eyed for parking garageEarmarked funding would come from existing sources.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"Legislation so new that it's not yet effective may allow the city to build a downtown parking structure without imposing new taxes.Called community revitalization financing, the measure allows cities to designate a geographic benefit area, and use a portion of property taxes from that area to pay for public-works improvements. "

"Living the cause of liberty and rightsDefenders of the Constitution, Arthur and Virginia Barnett are real American heroes."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"Arthur and Virginia Barnett's Fourth of July was bracketed by her 88th birthday and the couple's 65th anniversary. The proximity of private and public celebration seems fitting, for the principles that were the moral foundation of the new country have formed the keystone of the Barnetts' merged lives. Attorney Arthur Barnett may be best remembered for defending Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese American who resisted internment during World War II. Sustained by Virginia's support and their mutual Quaker beliefs, Arthur withstood pressure from all sides to abandon Hirabayashi's case. "

"A grand, ideal Fourth of July"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53PM

"Sometimes I worry about this community, a city councilman commented, as we stood together admiring antique cars in the American Marine Bank parking lot Wednesday morning. There seem to be so many fights of neighbor against neighbor. But then the Fourth of July comes along, he mused, everybody gets together, and there's not a bad thought anywhere. "

Let's get the ball rolling

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Back in 1993, a local entrepreneur and former city councilman purchased a Madison Avenue building housing the island's defunct bowling alley (now the local health club), and after weathering various brainstorms, decided that it should become an arts and crafts mall. Thus came into being the Landing; chock full of vendor booths it was - even a latte stand - but after a brief period of excitement, the business inspired more notice for its garish highway-reflector wall decor and sign code violations than for its tenants' wares. "

"Suquamish youth seriously hurt in Monday collisionAlcohol and high speed were involved, police say."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"A 17-year-old Suquamish youth suffered serious facial injuries in a two-car collision at Blakely Avenue/Baker Hill Road Monday morning.Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, police said, and the youth was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault even before he regained consciousness.Police said the suspect, behind the wheel of an early 1990s Honda Accord, was heading east up Baker Hill and ran a stop sign as he turned north onto Blakely.His vehicle was struck on the driver's side by a southbound 2001 Toyota Sequoia SUV, driven by Beth Guy, 41, of Bainbridge Island. "

"Town Square resurfaces, with art spaceThe search for a third angle for the parking garage continues."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"The on-again, off-again Winslow Town Square project has surfaced again, this time with an arts orientation to go with the underground parking and affordable housing.Art is almost the definition of what our community is, said Winslow architect Peter O'Connor, one of the plan's proponents.And this is a way of keeping some of the people that make this the place that it is. "

"From heartbreak, a romanceAn island author finds inspiration in family tragedy."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"As author Jill Barnett's life has changed dramatically over several years, so has her work. Barnett, a successful paperback romance writer, breaks into the hardcover mainstream market for the first time with Sentimental Journey, the World War II novel she reads at Eagle Harbor books July 5. "

"Pool outpacing fund driveWith 2-3 months before completion, money is short."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Taps opened Friday afternoon at the new Don Nakata Memorial Pool, for a landmark leak test as the facility and its 250,000-gallon tank near completion.Construction is outpacing the park district's ability to pay for it, though, as volunteers continue a campaign to tap local donors for $500,000 in private funding.In fact, the district is still $175,000 short of what it needs to pay for the bare bones facility - with a mid-September or early October opening date looming. We were, and are, very confident that the capacity is there to raise the money, said Dave Lewis, Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District director. There's a lot of potential there, and when if it comes to fruition, we'll be in pretty good shape.Confidence, though, is just one of the faces Lewis and other district officials are wearing. The other is concern. "

"'Re-Doogal's' clears first review hurdleA split vote sent the project on, with a reduced buffer next to the ravine."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"A divided planning commission Thursday gave its blessing to the so-called Re-Doogal's mixed-use project, after being told that additional buffer space along the adjacent ravine could rule out underground parking.By a 3-1 vote with two abstentions, commissioners recommended the project be approved as proposed. In so doing, they rejected a planning staff recommendation that called for 10 feet more space between the ravine and the project than the applicants sought. "

"Builders sue city over housing fund surchargeThe fee to support affordable housing is illegal, the suit contends."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Saying they should not be taxed to support general public obligations, three Bainbridge Island builders have filed suit to strike down a building-permit surcharge the city uses to support affordable housing. We're not against affordable housing, said Andy Mueller, one of the named plaintiffs. But that should be funded by the public at large, not by a small group of people. We want our money back. "

Lawsuit bad for everyone

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Here lies the grave of John O'DeaWho died maintaining his right of wayHe was right - dead right - as he marched alongBut he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong.* * * * *This epitaph - apocryphal, no doubt - seems appropriate to the lawsuit local homebuilders have filed against the city.They challenge the legality of the city's building-permit surcharge, which was imposed, by its own terms, for the purpose of financing the Housing Trust Fund. To the builders, it's a clear case of right and wrong. Washington law says that construction and development can't be taxed to raise revenue, no matter how laudatory the purpose. What the city can do, they say, is levy a fee that covers the cost of the permitting process. But since the money raised by the surcharge is stated explicitly to be for other purposes, they argue, the surcharge is illegal. "

"Clueless, but tuneful'Kitsap's best cover band' returns to the street dance."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"The band playing the July 3 Bainbridge Island Street Dance and Barbecue, No Clue, has multiple musical personalities.Not only are they Michael Wright, Brian Feldtman, Jerry Barlow, Fred Pinard and Marshall Fosh Miranda, but they're also Van Morrison, Lynrd Skynrd, the Doobie Brothers and Billy Joel. When we do a tune, we want it to sound like the band who recorded it, Wright said. We'll listen to a song hundreds of times before we even sing it. Then we'll play it 50 times.No Clue tries for exactitude; their stated mission is to be the best rock cover band in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. "

Stuff piling up for Rotary Auction

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"The computer room was already lined with machines, from the slightly out-of-date 486 IBMs and Mac Power PCs, to a Texas Instruments museum piece.The generational difference - in technology, and its comprehension - was not lost on Rotary Auction volunteer George Scott.There were two 12-year-old kids in here putting computers together, just flying through 'em, said Scott, a retiree visiting from Boston, who was putting in hours at the auction setup with his Rotarian hosts. Unbelievable, he said. I still don't know what I'm doing.The auction, which annually draws thousands, runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30 at Woodward Middle School. "

"Make Wyckoff public, group says"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Overturning a recommendation made five years ago, a citizens committee now urges that the entire 50-acre Wyckoff site be turned into a public park - possibly even under federal ownership - when it is cleaned up from years of contamination.The change is not one of heart, but hope.We did look at public ownership the first time around, but dismissed it as not feasible, said Judy Hartstone, a member of both the 1996 and 2001 citizens committees.But now, with the involvement of Jay Inslee and his office, we think there is a chance it can be done. "

"Kushner sells office, will retireThe businesswill be owned by islander Jim Laws."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Ed Kushner's real estate office will stay in the family - the Windermere family.Kushner, who started the business with two partners in 1978, this week announced sale of the Bainbridge office, a Windermere Real Estate affiliate, to corporate colleague Jim Laws.We wanted ownership of the office to be a person who was good for the people in our office and for the office, who was good for the community of of Bainbridge Island, who was good for Windermere in the big sense, and who was good for us, Kushner said, identifying goals he shared with his wife Karen. We concluded that if we could meet those first four criteria, the last one would take care of itself. "

Wyckoff cost may be asset

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52PM

"Five years ago, a citizen committee charged with envisioning a post-cleanup Wyckoff site proposed a development plan, believing they had no other choice.At tonight's city council meeting, a second committee will propose that the whole parcel go into public ownership - to be used as a park, relegating development proposals to a fallback position. "

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