Driver better after crash -- News Roundup

A young woman badly injured in a highway crash at Hidden Cove Road Friday evening was in serious but stable condition at Harborview this week.

Lauren Clinefelter, age 20, of Port Orchard, has regained consciousness but remains in intensive care, Bainbridge Police Officer Rob Corn said.

Clinefelter was injured when her vehicle was struck broadside as she tried to cross the highway from east to west at Hidden Cove Road. The impact pitched her late-model Toyota into the air and over a guard rail, with the vehicle coming to rest at the bottom of a steep gully on the west side of the road.

She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center following the 5:25 p.m. crash.

The driver of the other vehicle, Glenn Kellow, age 55, was treated at the scene and released.

Kellow was traveling southbound at an estimated 40 mph in a Ford Explorer when Clinefelter pulled out in front of him.

“All the drivers (on the highway) pulled over to help,” Corn said. “911 calls came flowing in from cell-phones.”

Clinefelter is employed by That’s A Some Pizza in Winslow, and was out doing deliveries when the crash occurred. Cause of the collision appeared to be her failure to yield, Corn said.

– Douglas Crist

Farm sales up for debate

The long-debated issue of whether farmers should be allowed to sell their goods at stands year-round reached the Planning Commission in a public hearing April 16.

Fourteen people urged the city to allow year-round sales. Farm supporters asked why there was any need at all to regulate farm sales, which they say generate little traffic compared to home day cares and other uses.

“It seems like much ado about nothing, because farms are already doing retail sales and no one’s aware of complaints,” said Matt Albee, owner of Eleven Winery. “The issue is being treated as a potentially increasing issue, but the real issue is that farms are disappearing. No one is moving in and setting up farms.”

A proposed ordinance revision prepared by the city planning department would have sellers apply for conditional use permits, but farmers said the $1,900 permit cost would be prohibitively expensive.

Commission members instead suggested allowing small-scale sales with little expense and paperwork.

Planning officials said permitting was intended to head off potential conflicts between farms and residential neighbors.

“There is a fear that if year-round sales are allowed, it would increase conflict with the increasing residential density,” planner JusTina Guyott said.

The commission will continue the public hearing on the ordinance change at 7 p.m. May 13 in the city hall council chambers.

– Tina Lieu

City looks at tourism

The City Council’s Community Relations Committee, the Lodging Association, Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Downtown Association and the Arts and Humanities Council will hold a panel discussion on island tourism, 9-11 a.m. May 3 in the council chambers.

The discussion will explore how tourism can enhance the island’s cultural and economic vitality, and identify opportunities for cooperative efforts between the city and the business, arts and environmental communities. Information: 842-2545.

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