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Once may be too often for BI youth

Bryce and Susan Phillipy want kids to get the message that even one experiment with drugs can spell disaster. The family knows the dangers of drugs firsthand; their 17 year old son, Kyle, has been in a coma at Harborview Medical Center since ingesting morphine Nov 11.

  • Nov 28, 2001

Banding together for feathered friends

Four mesh “mist nets”: $200. Peter Pyle’s “Identification of North American Birds”: $32. A spotted towhee in the hand: priceless. For bird enthusiasts who flocked to a banding demonstration last Saturday at Battle Point Park, it was an invaluable chance to get out from behind the binoculars.

  • Nov 24, 2001

Empress of the North

Dancing snowflakes will spin and twirl when Bainbridge Dance Center and Bainbridge Performing Arts join forces to present “The Snow Queen” Nov 30.

  • Nov 24, 2001

It’s time to muster some real initiative

Something about Thanksgiving made us think of Tim Eyman. Must’ve been the turkey. As we were picking up our birds this week, the irrepressible Eyman handed us another gobbler in the form of his 2002 tax-cutting initiative, and the promise that he would churn out a new measure every year.

  • Nov 24, 2001

New parks, pool driving up tax levy

With new parks and a new swimming pool come new costs to keep them going, park officials say. In February, island voters will be asked to approve a new and higher property tax levy – projected to be $1.48 per $1,000 assessed valuation – to pay the bills.

  • Nov 23, 2001

A welcome look back

Are we “oldtimers” yet? If not, we do feel a bit closer to the coveted status of credentialed Bainbridge local, having attended the premiere screening Friday evening of a new video on the history of Fort Ward.

  • Nov 21, 2001

A mixed family heritage

When Rose and Tom Hesselbrock looked into the tiny face of their adopted daughter Caley for the first time in 1991, the Bainbridge couple, like new parents everywhere, fell in love. Caley’s mixed heritage from an African American birth father and Caucasian birth mother in no way lessened the Hesselbrocks’ regard for their daughter – but her background would present ethical dilemmas as they considered raising a child of color on predominantly white Bainbridge.

  • Nov 21, 2001

Cable discussion runs on fast track

The word for Bainbridge Island’s approach to AT&T is “gingerly.” While city officials believe significant gains could result if AT&T replaces Northland as the city’s cable TV operator, it wants to make sure that some present advantages are not lost in the process.

  • Nov 21, 2001

Heart of the strings

Gary Anderson is always giving his students A’s. As the Bainbridge Orchestra’s concertmaster – principal first violin and head of the string section – Anderson leads the tuning before each rehearsal and performance, adjusting his ‘A’ string to match the oboe and setting the pitch for the rest of the strings.

  • Nov 17, 2001

Celebrating our nation’s first heritage

Coastal Native cedar basket meets Plains Indian powwow drum, as native traditions from all over “Turtle Island” are celebrated during Native American month.

  • Nov 17, 2001

Sowing seeds of hope at harvest time

There’s more than enough hunger to go around this Thanksgiving. Helpline House has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of families using its food bank services over the past year, director Joanne Tews said. “Usually we see 130 families,” Tews said. “This year it’s 160.” A disturbing trend, she said, is the increasing number of people with jobs who can’t make ends meet.

  • Nov 17, 2001

City budget: Let’s stick with the facts

By its very nature, a city budget is a bit of a bore, a bloodless document full of endless numbers. In glancing at the preliminary budget for 2002, though, we were immediately struck – perhaps even smote – by the fact that the largest single expense category is something labelled “support for developers.”

  • Nov 17, 2001

What do we pay for growth?

At first blush, the city’s preliminary budget looks badly askew. Viewed by percentages, the largest item of spending for the coming year is labeled “support for developers.” The budget item totals over $3.2 million – almost 20 percent of the operations budget – in 2002.

  • Nov 17, 2001

A good year for Coho mojo

It begins, as such matters often do, with the coquettish wiggle of a tail. With a like-minded mate, that wiggle becomes a spirited, frenzied flapping, and a brief but intense union on a bed of loose gravel into which will be committed the seed of the next generation. Give the event sufficient vigor – two salmon can indeed make quite a ruckus – and even the neighbors may notice.

  • Nov 17, 2001

Another chapter in the saga of the WTO

For Bainbridge activist/authors Linda Wolf and Neva Welton, writing “Global Uprising: Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century” has served personal ends, and larger ones.

  • Nov 14, 2001

Meanwhile, historians hope to save one of the plant’s last houses.

As a Superfund environmental cleanup rolls on around it, an old house needs a new home. Local historians hope to preserve the former Wyckoff plant’s sole remaining row house, believed to be of pre-World War I construction and the last of 17 that were part of the company town called Creosote.

  • Nov 14, 2001

Two pictures of Bainbridge

Despite the common perception of rapid change, Bainbridge is a rather stable community, according to two new surveys that shed light on island demographics. But we are not economically independent or isolated.

  • Nov 14, 2001

We can use better service

Note to AT&T Broadband: Islanders like their Mariners games. All of them. Second note: They’re perfectly happy to drop cable for satellite dishes, when the service of the local provider falls short.

  • Nov 14, 2001

Wyckoff work draws Cantwell visit

On the home front, the environment still matters. Touring the Wyckoff Superfund site Saturday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell pledged support for completion of cleanup projects around the Northwest, even as the nation’s attention is focused abroad.

  • Nov 14, 2001

Buyout clouds cable service

AT&T Broadband’s buyout of the Northland cable TV franchise on Bainbridge Island will require approval by the city.

  • Nov 14, 2001