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"Where other farms have been priced off their land, one of the island's biggest growers barely uses any soil at all.But Northwest Sea Farms, Washington's largest grower of pen-raised Atlantic salmon, still faces challenges spurred by suburbanization. A growing residential population in the Fort Ward area has objected to management of the fish farm in Rich Passage, raising aesthetic, safety and ecological concerns.(The salmon farmers) are in an odd place, not through any fault of their own, said South Beach Drive resident Henry Jameson. Everything is changing, and they are going to come under increased pressure, simply due to the growth of the population.Jameson and other neighbors have objected to the salmon operation's proposal to replace aging fish pens with new facilities that many feared would blight their waterfront views."
"You know it's a small world when a pop superstar and a citizen diplomacy project that helps Southeast Asia converge - where else - through Bainbridge Island.But that's the happy news, as our own Peace Trees Vietnam organization this week accepted a $5,000 donation from pop singer Natalie Merchant."
"With 80,000 fish in eight pens, John Steiner's Atlantic salmon farm in Rich Passage is small for an aquaculture operation.That doesn't make running it any less work.One of the common things with all of the farmers out here is that you get to go through some of the worst days in your life, said Steiner, and that's when it's 30 degrees outside, waves are pouring over the fish pens, and you're just really getting pounded by the howling wind.But on a calm summer morning, all of that seems hard to imagine as Steiner arcs out smoothly from the dock in his motorboat and casually moors against pens full of salmon jumping in such constant frenzy that one wonders if they don't envy the pleasant weather above."
"Islander Alan Vogel is a modern Midas.In these days of environmental awareness, his ability to turn disused barns into tables pioneers the way for recycling as a kind of alchemy.I don't do this for the money, says Vogel, although he admits that he makes gold enough to line a pocket-sized business. Stroking the uneven surface of a 64- by 80-inch table whose body came from a barn in Sequim and whose legs are made from Montana wood, he explains that his real ambition is to supply families with tables that will serve as heirlooms."
"If there was one item not to be missed at the Rotary Auction, those in line at the gates of Woodward Middle School Saturday morning knew precisely where it was.But what article, exactly - amidst the panoply of trinkets, power tools, and old Barbara Streisand albums - made the pique of an early rise and the quarter-mile spread of parked cars on Sportsman Club Road bearable, few shoppers would have agreed.And although this was apparent as soon as the gates were opened and bargain-hunters sprinted in myriad directions, it also became frightfully clear that, amidst a crowd of thousands, almost anything of arguable value incited competition most fierce."
"With its legislative membership now complete, the new Joint Task Force on Ferries is ready to get to work.But its job is tremendously complicated by the upcoming Initiative 745, said Sen. Betti Sheldon (D-Bremerton), a newly appointed member of the task force.That initiative, expected to earn enough signatures to appear on the November general ballot, would mandate spending 90 percent of state transportation money on highways - whatever that means. The initiative will make an already challenging job much more difficult, Sheldon said in an interview with the Review Monday.We won't know until November whether the initiative will pass, Sheldon said."
"America's youth may not incline her to reviving the past, but island students' lively approach to history bodes well for the future.I prefer to work hands on, said Chase Sandbloom, who placed seventh in the recent National History Day competition. First-place and $1,000 winner Catherine Macala agreed that textbooks are not the most stimulating way to learn about former times."
"So, we were going to use this space to opine on some land use issue or other. Then we went down to the Team Winslow barbecue Monday evening for some dinner, and were largely deafened by the opening salvo of street-dance entertainment, an island rock band calling itself the Future.A hot dog! we yelled to the woman at the food booth. HOT DOG! The server just looked at us helplessly until we pointed to the proper tray; we paid our three bucks and sulked off to munch away in a corner, realizing that whatever point we were going to make about island zoning had been bludgeoned from our mind by a pounding bass guitar. But what the hey - we can talk about music."
"Bainbridge's newest and arguably most spectacular office building is the product of sheer serendipity - being taken to the cleaners in the right way at the right time.I took some clothes to the cleaners, said John Ellis, building principal, and the woman at the counter said I had to pick them up by next week. I asked why, and she said the building was for sale. When I told my brother Ed that, he said, 'buy it.'So the Ellis brothers bought the old PFR drycleaners on the northeast corner of Winslow Way and Ferncliff Avenue in 1995."
"Are they building a school in the Grand Forest?Not exactly. But two of the island's next three public schools will probably be right next door.We love the trails, we love the trees, said Bruce Weiland, Bainbridge Island School Board president. But as kids come (to the island), we've got to have schools for them.Weiland said the school district office has received a number of calls over the past week, since signs were posted announcing a future school site in a wooded area off Mandus Olsen Road, south of Koura Road."
"As stimulating as exercise and strangely intoxicating - that's a trip through the world of island artist Sylvia Carlton.I get hungry when I paint, says Carlton, because I'm concentrating so hard. Chewing pensively on the end of her paintbrush, Carlton confesses that like Van Gogh, she loves the smell of turpentine.Although I won't cut my ear off, she laughs, claiming to avoid the thinner Gogh must have ingested when sucking on his brushes to clean them."
"Helpline House has run out of room to count its blessings.Bainbridge Island's one-stop social service agency is remodeling its barn to create more usable space for the Clothing Connection program, which receives donated clothing and gives it to those in need.It's time now to really respond and help the volunteers do a better job, said Helpline House director Joanne Tews.The barn's large basement, presently used to receive and distribute medical supplies, for storage - and for material that nobody can find another place to put - will be remodeled and brightened to serve as the Clothing Connection, dubbed the Barn Marche by the patrons and volunteers."
"Local coaching legend Steve Killpack, founder and leader of Bainbridge's water polo program, resigned this week after 16 years as the first and only head coach of the boys' and girls' teams.He turned the program over to Jeff Clark and Mead Trick, both of whom played for him as students.This is the first day in 16 years I haven't been the coach, Killpack said Tuesday. I'm really going to miss it, but at the same time, it's a relief."
"In one of the less glorious moments of his professional career - his first day on the job, actually - a person believed to be the editor of this newspaper wound up on the seat of his pants.The date was July 3, 1999, the event, the Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale; his folly was avarice, and the object of his downfall was a weathered metal watering can.Having been foiled in several previous auction visits, by those more fleet of foot, in his quest to pick up such an item at a discount, the editor was certain that 1999 would be the year - he would come home with a watering can, and would have a good yarn to share with readers as well. Alas, although he leapt with the drop of the rope and sprinted across the auction grounds in record time, eyes fixed on the singular prize amidst a jumble of garden equipment, his feet slipped on the damp schoolyard pavement - thud - and he suffered the double indignity of watching the coveted watering can snatched up and spirited away to a garden unknown."
"Amidst the treasure comes the junk.Or vice versa.It's Dave Corn's duty to spot the difference.You got anything I can blow up or stab somebody with? asks Corn pointedly, as a donor motors up with a pickup load of items for this weekend's Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale.Most of the stuff turns out to be acceptable - no propane tanks, for example, or useless scrap metals - and the driver rolls on through to the heart of the Woodward Middle School grounds, to drop off items that will be inspected and priced by other Rotarians and volunteers."
"While new parents may not always agree on the baby's name, the need to fill out a birth certificate forces them to make a decision. But with no such deadline, public facilities can go nameless indefinitely.With at least two groups suggesting names, the Bainbridge Island School Board is prepared to crank up the process for naming the now anonymous high school gymnasium, and perhaps the football and baseball fields as well."
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Farvour alleged to have fondled female motorists during routine traffic stops
Fancy-free dog -- lost when owner falls in park -- is found through the kindness of ranger
"Protection of the island's salmon spawning areas may begin with wider buffer and setback requirements around local streams.Policies to that end were laid out in an ordinance made available to the public this week, expected to be introduced to the city council at next Wednesday's meeting."