Growing pains felt in second quarter

Past and present continue their collision throughout the second quarter of 2007.

Eagle Harbor liveaboard and island icon Dave Ullin perhaps sums up the zeitgeist when, stone-faced at a public meeting, he tells a Seattle developer:

“I think you should move to another planet.”


Following a winter of hoops glory, April brings a different brand of sports jubilation for those opposing plans for an 80,000 seat racetrack in Bremerton. Many islanders worry about funding and traffic should the plan move ahead. Track backers lament the region’s economic loss following the decision by the International Speedway Corp. to abandon the project.

Students and staff at Bainbridge High School vacate the school’s 200 building, which is destined for the wrecking ball. Meanwhile, a study shows Bainbridge teens use alcohol and drugs considerably more often than teens elsewhere in the state.

The arrival of spring heralds hope anew for seekers of affordable housing, who are offered a shot at one of four “luxury” condos at the Vineyard Lane project. The one-bedroom units top out at 1,078 square feet and range in price between $220,000 and $270,000

Park planning ramps up on opposing shores of Eagle Harbor. On the north shore, the city unveils its latest vision for Waterfront Park. Meanwhile, several entities begin a joint planning effort across the harbor at Pritchard Park.


...And the winning bid for the new Bainbridge High School wing: $22.6 million. The contract is awarded to Leo Finnegan Construction of Tacoma, the firm that built Sakai Intermediate School. Historic cherry trees scheduled to fall victim to the expansion are instead spared by a last-minute effort and moved to Sakai.

A cache of paintings, drawings and illustrations by iconic American artist Herbert Paus is discovered in the attic of a Bainbridge Island home. Paus’ style defined the pop-art aesthetic in the early part of the century. His son Jack, from whose attic the trove was exhumed, agrees to a show at Wing Point Country Club.

High tech on the high seas: Bainbridge Police launch their new 33-foot patrol boat. The $647,000 vessel was funded by a grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security.

Anger rises as the Planning Commission reviews a number of proposed code changes that would alter the face of Winslow. Most controversial is a proposed increase in allowable building heights downtown from 35 to 55 feet. Several opposition groups form.


After a two-year hiatus, the island’s arts and literary magazine Exhibition is back in print. The magazine is available for $7 at finer stores around Bainbridge.

Who ya gonna call? Ed Call! The U.S. Navy veteran and preparedness expert signs on with the city for a year-long effort to boost disaster planning.

School’s out, and the wrecking ball is in: Bainbridge High School’s venerable 200 Building is razed to make way for a larger, modern wing.

A new report rekindles the long-running debate over whether to connect Ericksen Avenue to Hildebrand Lane. But is it already open? Some 100 cars per hour cut through a nearby lot at rush hour, according to the study.

Noises on: The council OKs revisions to the local noise ordinance, giving police better tools to curb public disturbances. But the ordinance sidesteps the question of off-hour deliveries to downtown businesses, the subject of months of debate between merchants and neighbors.

IslandWood environmental learning center hosts an international group of some 30 conservationists, here to discuss “biodiversity offsets,” greenspeak for balancing development against no net loss of the natural environment. Several potential projects, one in Winslow and another on Country Club Road, are reviewed.

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee announces his support for Hillary Clinton for president. The Clinton campaign promptly names Inslee co-chair of its Energy and Environmental Task Force.

Always a Spartan: Neal White closes out a 23-year career at Bainbridge High School, retiring as the school’s athletic director after earlier stints as teacher, counselor and coach.

New Housing Resources Board director Carl Florea wastes no time getting acclimated. He calls for construction of 50-100 units of affordable housing on city-owned land off New Brooklyn Road.

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