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"Kitsap County voters wished Republican candidate Jan Angel a happy birthday last night by choosing her over Democratic contender Dusty Wiley as the next District 2 county commissioner.With Wiley gaining nearly 48 percent of the vote, Angel secured just under 52 percent, according to unofficial final tallies provided by the Kitsap County Auditor's Office.Though not ready to call the race at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, where she and others celebrated her birthday and campaign, Angel still couldn't help but be excited and grateful by the early returns. "
"We can see the theater marquee now: Creepers From the Black Lagoon, perhaps, or The Vine That Ate Winslow.Indeed, our dreams have lately been haunted by the sinister English ivy, truly the stuff of campy '50s sci-fi. Ever since we took the shears to the noxious weed in our neighborhood a few weeks back, saving three trees from its fiendish clutches, hedera helix preys on our hapless mind; suddenly aware of its threat, we find the devilish vine lurking in every hollow and shadow.Removal of the invasive weed - which can throttle and bring down native trees, harm understory plants and destroy habitat for birds - was the subject of this year's Earth Day effort back in April.We can only conclude that whatever valiant efforts were undertaken by islanders, they weren't enough, as a casual stroll through Winslow last week showed. "
"Kitsap County joined the ranks of major Puget Sound counties by taking the first step in becoming a charter county last night.County voters approved an initiative yesterday allowing the election of 21 freeholders to write a home rule charter that could drastically change the way the county is set up.I really believe it will be a wonderful thing for Kitsap County, said Jim Martin, chairman of the Home Rule Committee. "
"Fluctuating numbers left District 26 candidates hopeful last night as they vied for the narrow lead necessary to take positions 1 and 2.Preliminary election results in Kitsap County indicated political newcomer Brock Jackley, D-Manchester, could clinch a close race for Position 2, ultimately sweeping the election against Republican candidate Lois McMahan - a former representative - with 52.1 percent to her 47.6 percent. "
"When the first railroad lines were laid more than 100 years ago, any town left off the line died. When the first highways were built this century, any town left off the highway died. To Kevin Dwyer of the Kitsap Economic Development Council, any community without good telecommunications lines will face the same fate as the unfortunate towns left off the railroad lines and highways.If they (cities) weren't on the lines, they were far removed from commerce, said Dwyer, of Bainbridge Island. If you're not connected, you're not going anywhere.The theory is particularly relevant to Dwyer, who sees Kitsap County stuck between the high-tech ambition it has for growth and the rural surroundings it wants to do it in. "
"How much would you pay to ride the bus?More precisely, how much would you pay so your neighbor could ride the bus too?Island voters may get the chance to decide, as several city officials mull the possibility of a local transit levy to restore some bus service on Bainbridge next year.We're being held hostage by off-island voters, Mayor Dwight Sutton said, and we can get out from under that.The idea of local transit funding comes after the failure in September of a three-tenths of a cent, countywide sales tax increase. That hike would have restored Kitsap Transit money lost to last year's Initiative 695 - 45 percent of the agency's operating and capital budget disappeared with elimination of the state Motor Vehicle Excise Tax. "
"Even as its levy rate drops, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department expects increased tax revenues to cover expansion of the Madison Avenue fire hall. A fire-protection property tax levy of $1.20 per $1,000 assessed valuation is being proposed for 2001, down from $1.28 this year. The lower rate would be offset by an increase in local assessments and new home and commercial construction.The net effect for 2001 is that while the tax rate will go down, fire department tax revenues will go up by about $300,000, to $3.3 million.That would mean the owner of a $300,000 Bainbridge home would pay $360 for fire protection and emergency aid services next year. "
"While the presidential election seesawed with nail-biting ferocity across the nation, voters in the 35th District concerned about roads, ferries, taxes and schools, reelected the Position 1 and 2 incumbents by large margins.First term incumbent Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton, won reelection for a second term handily with an unofficial tally of 16,134 or 59 percent of the vote, to 9,822 (37 percent) for challenger Frank Dare, the state social worker who was fired from his job when he decided to run for office. "
"Jay Inslee will serve a second term representing Washington's 1st Congressional District.Good win, said Inslee, a Bainbridge Island resident, in an acceptance speech in Shoreline.Inslee easily outdistanced challenger Dan McDonald, taking 55 percent of the vote in mid-evening returns, and holding a seat that has swung like a gate over the past decade. "
"The poetry slam was born nearly 20 years before in a Chicago bar as a drunken challenge between two dueling verse-twirlers.Sunday afternoon's slam at the San Carlos, the first-ever sanctioned such event for Bainbridge Island's teens, was a far calmer affair - in presentation if not in theme. And that's the point, according to the event's emcee, Michael Ricciardi of Auburn's Spoken Word Lab.It's poetry meets professional wrestling, said Ricciardi, who himself has been a part of several Seattle-area nation slam championship-contender teams. Without the body contact. Hopefully. "
"It generated praise. It generated scorn.More than anything, it generated mail - more than 400 written comments to city hall over a two-month period.Now, with an experimental traffic calming project on Madison Avenue winding down, it's up to city officials to decide whether it actually worked.It's been a fun exercise, because it provoked a lot of comments, Mayor Dwight Sutton said Thursday, in his office overlooking the controversial project. That's okay right there.The roadway will be restriped to its original layout Nov. 13, but could return in modified - and permanent - form sometime next year. "
"The parking lot was full. Perhaps, as Mayor Dwight Sutton suggested, that was in itself a comment on the state of bike and pedestrian access around Bainbridge.I bet 90 percent of you had to drive here because there wasn't a bike path to follow, Sutton told an overflow crowd, at a workshop on non-motorized transportation planning at city hall Thursday evening.We hope to change that.The 100-person turnout surprised organizers, filling up the council chambers and spilling over into an adjacent meeting room.The event marked the formal kickoff of the city's new Comprehensive Non-motorized Transportation Plan, informally referred to as the bike/ped plan. "
"Think of Rachel Símon as a fresh-air version of Anne Frank.Rachel, the preteen heroine of Remember My Name - the fall Bainbridge High School production which opened last night for a three-week run at the LGI theater - is a young Jewish girl growing up in the south of France during World War II.As the German war tanks roll over her homeland, Rachel's parents make the agonizing choice to send her under an alias to live in a remote French mountain village - naively believing that she may be able to live there untouched by the cruelties of war until peace has returned.Instead, the shy, sweet-natured 10-year-old winds up concealed amidst a conflicted cast of characters with the Maquis - the French Underground resistance movement - and finds her burgeoning being and beliefs challenged to their core by a cruelly zealous Nazi lieutenant.The show is the first directed by Bob McAllister following his retirement last summer after a 30-year teaching career at BHS.The first time I read it, it brought tears to my eyes, said McAllister, who was casting about for a message production in the vein of last year's Bang, Bang, You're Dead. "
"And the winner of the Lamest Objection to the Madison Avenue Traffic Calming Project Award is (drum roll please)...My SUV won't fit in the lane!And you're asking for sympathy? But from the first day, the project that saw curves, cones and other goodies thrown in to slow traffic on one of Winslow's busiest streets was bound to pit competing interests against each other. Its merits depended wholly on what you use Madison Avenue for.If you see it as a speedway to the ferry terminal, the project might as well have been designed by the devil himself. If you actually use downtown as something other than a route to somewhere else - say, as a destination for shopping or other human interaction - the new crosswalks were heaven. "
"Bald is beautiful at Sakai Intermediate School, where several teachers now sport shaved heads to support colleague Shelley Evans.Diagnosed with breast cancer in early September, Evans recently went through the first stages of chemotherapy, losing all of her hair. Six Sakai teachers had their heads shaved in support, in front of fifth and sixth graders last week.It was incredible, it was awesome - I had no idea there was so much support and love out there, Evans said.Teacher Tim Harris first approached Evans about the plan, to Harris responded, Oh, you silly.But she was surprised when others volunteered.I thought it was going to be just him, Evans said. Before I knew it there were five others, including teachers Jim Starrs, Doug Olson, Rick Moore, Bob Dwyer and Adam Rabinowitz. "
"Faced with community support for a revived elementary swim program, the Bainbridge School Board will form a committee to look at alternatives.We want to try to create a study-group, not long-term but focused, school board president Bruce Weiland said, not to pit people against each other, but to better address the swim needs of the district and meet some of the swim-group positives that came out of this program. "
"We walked through the valley of the shadow of self-doubt last week - not the kind of stroll one is allowed, in a job that demands sufficient professional ego to fill that chasm and spill out over the sides.Weary of the political season, and questioning our capacity for thoughtful endorsements in some races, we resolved to bow out with a few to go. Maybe we needed a good pep talk, or a hug.We got the former via a call from a reader Friday evening, long after we're usually out of the office. "
"Hundreds of political campaign signs disappeared from island roadways last week, taken in a crackdown by the city.En route to a meeting Monday morning, city code enforcement officer Will Peddy still found a few more to be removed.I've really got to get dressed for this ordeal, Peddy said - clad incongruously in a dress shirt, slacks and work gloves - as he pulled over to take down a few signs for Democratic candidates near the Agate Passage Bridge.The sweep was made by Peddy and public works crews at the direction of Mayor Dwight Sutton, after complaints from some island citizens that the promotional efforts of candidates and campaigns had gotten out of hand.City ordinance prohibits political or commercial signs in local road rights-of-way, including the strip along each side of the highway. "
"Not afraid of the dark? Or does mommy keep the night-light glowing?Whatever degree of fright they can take, island kids will have their pick of haunted (or unhaunted) houses this Halloween weekend.From a candyland playland to a witch's den to an alien autopsy, the level of scariness varies. And to help parents and kids pick just the right fright, we've ranked three haunted Bainbridge abodes on our Terrific Terror Meter™. "
"Bainbridge Island Police Chief Bill Cooper is one of 20 applicants being considered for the top cop's job in Federal Way - a position that will likely be filled by year's end.Cooper, who has been Bainbridge's police chief since January 1999, says he doesn't want to leave the island. He may, however - because, in a sense, he was never here.Cooper, 49, who came to Bainbridge from Tumwater, still lives and commutes from his home in neighboring OIympia. He hasn't been able to sell his house there in its more than 16 months on the open market, and can't financially manage a move here until a sale happens.As a result, he has wearied of what has become a two-to-three-hour drive each way over an average of four days a week. "