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Construction under way

The “high school road” won’t necessarily get you there, and the library’s Zen garden isn’t very. Changes were plenty for motorists and pedestrians alike Monday, as the first day of an expected three-week closure went into effect at the busy intersection of Madison/High School. Drivers to and from the ferry and downtown Winslow were forced to adjust to detours that, by virtue of the few alternative routes at hand, took them miles out of their way. “It’s a huge ‘block,’” conceded Randy Witt, director of public works for the city. With an array of lumbering and noisy equipment, Ace Paving crews got started on the island’s new traffic roundabout, the first phase of a $1.513 million reconstruction of High School Road, from Madison west to Sportsman Club Road.

  • Sep 27, 2001

These shoots are made for walkin’

There are, in this world, those fussy folks who don’t want you to walk on the grass. But then there are Ann and David Knight, who are building a business of grass for walking. The Knights are not talking lawns, though. Their business is TimberGrass, purveyor of fine bamboo floorings and panels. “People buy this because it’s beautiful, durable and sustainable,” said Ann Knight. “The wood is harder than oak or maple, more stable, and you don’t get a lot of gapping between the boards.”

  • Sep 27, 2001

City, fire district brace for I-747

Mukilteo fraternity-watch salesman Tim Eyman’s third try at reforming government in Washington would cause pain to local government, but the impact wouldn’t be immediate. Initiative 747, which will be on the November ballot, would limit the growth in property-tax revenue to a maximum of 1 percent annually without voter approval. Both the city and the Bainbridge Island Fire District say constraints of that magnitude would show up first in capital budgets for new projects, rather than day-to-day operational budgets. “We’re going to make our best guess on the conservative side and budget as though 747 passes,” Mayor Dwight Sutton said. Presently, growth in property-tax revenue is limited to 6 percent annually. If property valuations increase more than 6 percent, the taxing district must lower the tax rate to stay within the revenue limitation. The revenue-growth limitation does not include valuation increases caused by new construction and improvements, which are calculated separately and taxed at the same rate as the pre-existing valuation base. So overall, revenue can grow by more than 6 percent. Initiative 747 changes the so-called “limit factor” to 1 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

  • Sep 26, 2001

To mayoral candidates: How would you lead?

We concede the point: Mayoral candidate Darlene Kordonowy knows the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan line by line. Her opponent, Chris Llewellyn, understands it less in detail, more in concept. Anyone disagree? Then perhaps we can get on with the process of selecting a mayor, based on what the mayor actually does. These thoughts are occasioned by last Wednesday’s mayoral debate before Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce members, in which the two hopefuls cited their accomplishments and pedigrees – and in one embarrassing instance, tried to trap the other into misstatements over the specifics of the comp-plan. It looked like Gore vs. “W” redux, the wonk versus the teddy bear.

  • Sep 26, 2001

Redistricting may bypass Bainbridge

Legislative redistricting in the wake of the 2000 census should mean almost no changes for Bainbridge Island voters – and no division of the island – according to draft plans released this week by the four redistricting commissioners. The commissioners – one appointed by each of the four state legislative caucuses – each released their own maps showing how they would re-divide Washington’s nine federal congressional districts and 49 state legislative districts. The mandate is to re-equalize district populations, to account for the 1 million additional residents Washington gained between 1990 and 2000.

  • Sep 26, 2001

Knobloch, Vann look strong in primary

Voters in Bainbridge Island’s central district gave a green light in the city council primary election to two political newcomers. Bill Knobloch and Deborah Vann, two neighborhood activists who stake out environmentally oriented positions, ran well ahead of two candidates linked to the building industry. With an estimated 35 percent voter turnout in the mail-only election, Azalea Avenue activist Bill Knobloch, a leader in the effort to stop the Wing Point Country Club’s plans to build a driving range, was leading local builder Bill Nelson by a margin of 1,476 votes to 933, a 56-35 percent margin.

  • Sep 22, 2001

“Mayoral hopefuls woo businessIn their first joint appearance, the candidates cite their concern for Winslow.”

"Agreeing that a vital downtown core is a critical element of the island's quality of life, two mayoral candidates tried to persuade Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce members that they know what the city must do to enhance local business.The business community has been somewhat neglected, and we need to bring them into more participation, mayoral candidate Chris Llewellyn said in a face-off before chamber members Thursday.Her opponent, Darlene Kordonowy, said that many of the issues facing the business community call for decisions from a source other than the mayor's office.The mayor doesn't make a lot of the decisions (that impact business), Kordonowy said, but the mayor can set priorities, say downtown business is important and we need to pay close attention. "

  • Sep 22, 2001

Dot com keeps vessels in ship shape

If there’s one thing a boater can count on, it’s that things will break. And there’s at least a strong possibility that wherever the boat is, the replacement part isn’t. That situation, Hal Cook thought, was begging for a hi-tech solution. So he created Go2Marine, a Bainbridge-based on-line parts store that can get almost anything almost anywhere, and can go it overnight if you really need it. “There is a huge need to get the right part fast for boats of 100 feet or less,” Cook said. “Supply stores in local markets will have some things, but we have a lot of additional stuff that people need.”

  • Sep 22, 2001

Music for the long road back

Although Dewey Palooza is a benefit for a family in need, the evening of music and food planned for Sept. 29 may feel more like a big party. All the performers are friends of the family – musicians who have sung with Larry Dewey for years, showcased by him at Seabold Second Saturday events. “Pat and Larry Dewey have contributed so much to our community,” Bruce Haedt says, “teaching our children, organizing arts events, being our friends. “We want to give them a gift of celebration and joy.”

  • Sep 22, 2001

Mayoral hopefuls woo businessIn their first joint appearance, the candidates cite their concern for Winslow.

Agreeing that a vital downtown core is a critical element of the island's quality of life, two mayoral candidates tried to persuade Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce members that they know what the city must do to enhance local business.The business community has been somewhat neglected, and we need to bring them into more participation, mayoral candidate Chris Llewellyn said in a face-off before chamber members Thursday.Her opponent, Darlene Kordonowy, said that many of the issues facing the business community call for decisions from a source other than the mayor's office.The mayor doesn't make a lot of the decisions (that impact business), Kordonowy said, but the mayor can set priorities, say downtown business is important and we need to pay close attention.

  • Sep 22, 2001

Sidewalks trip daycare plan

To Doug and Kathy Hartley, the blackberry-choked property on the east side of Madison Avenue at New Brooklyn Road looked like an ideal new site for their First Years Daycare operation. It offered a central location, on the way to the ferry. And the new buildings going up nearby looked like they could add to their customer base. “Some of the people who will be moving into those (Sakai Village) townhouses will have kids,” Kathy Hartley said. “We thought it was a great spot.” So they made a deal for the land, designed a 4,600-square-foot building with three outdoor play areas and 17 surface parking spots.

  • Sep 22, 2001

Bainbridge soars on WASLsStatewide results show island students at the top.

Bainbridge students got high marks on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning tests - higher than most of their peers around the state.District officials attribute the students' success on the standardized tests to parents who send students to school ready to learn, kids who are motivated, and teachers who are talented.There aren't many districts that can match this district's parent and community support, said Faith Chapel, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and we also have a dedicated set of teachers who work toward aligning curriculum to help students meet standards.

  • Sep 22, 2001

The long roadDewey Palooza helps a family trying to come back after a devastating injury.

Although Dewey Palooza is a benefit for a family in need, the evening of music and food planned for Sept. 29 may feel more like a big party.All the performers are friends of the family - musicians who have sung with Larry Dewey for years, showcased by him at Seabold Second Saturday events. Pat and Larry Dewey have contributed so much to our community, Bruce Haedt says, teaching our children, organizing arts events, being our friends.We want to give them a gift of celebration and joy.

  • Sep 22, 2001

Whale of an auction at marine centerThe Poulsbo facility hopes to bring in funds to upgrade its tanks and displays.

Several years ago, a dead gray whale washed ashore in Liberty Bay. Alarmed neighbors asked that it be carted away before it began to smell.But Poulsbo Marine Science Center members smelled something much different: opportunity.The whale's skeleton now hangs from the center's ceiling, the centerpiece of a facility now looking for new funds and members among Bainbridge and North Kitsap residents.Almost everybody under the age of 40 on Bainbridge - or Kitsap County for that matter - has probably had classes there, says Dick Krutch of Bainbridge Island.

  • Sep 22, 2001

Diversity issue pops up in new guise

News that the city’s infrastructure requirements frustrated a local couple’s efforts to build a day-care center on Madison Avenue, reported elsewhere in this issue, reminded us of a journalism professor years ago who defined an “event” as “a process made visible.” In this instance, our concern is not with the event. In today’s less-than-robust market for commercial real estate, Doug and Kathy Hartley should be able to hold onto their present Knechtel Way location for the First Years day-care operation, or perhaps find another home. Nor can we quarrel with the city’s decision to require sidewalks and a paved street, the items that drove up the Hartleys’ construction budget by roughly 20 percent, forcing them to scrap the project. Because the Hartleys specialize in caring for the very young – lots of tots in strollers – sidewalk access seems a reasonable requirement. But it calls our attention once again to an underlying process – the difficulty of maintaining diversity on an island whose desirability makes it a magnet for the affluent.

  • Sep 22, 2001

Dot com keeps ships in shape Ex-Pee Wee grid chief Hal Cook has 20,000 things for boaters on the Net.

If there's one thing a boater can count on, it's that things will break. And there's at least a strong possibility that wherever the boat is, the replacement part isn't.That situation, Hal Cook thought, was begging for a hi-tech solution. So he created Go2Marine, a Bainbridge-based on-line parts store that can get almost anything almost anywhere, and can go it overnight if you really need it.There is a huge need to get the right part fast for boats of 100 feet or less, Cook said.

  • Sep 19, 2001

“Dot com keeps ships in shape Ex-Pee Wee grid chief Hal Cook has 20,000 things for boaters on the Net.”

"If there's one thing a boater can count on, it's that things will break. And there's at least a strong possibility that wherever the boat is, the replacement part isn't.That situation, Hal Cook thought, was begging for a hi-tech solution. So he created Go2Marine, a Bainbridge-based on-line parts store that can get almost anything almost anywhere, and can go it overnight if you really need it.There is a huge need to get the right part fast for boats of 100 feet or less, Cook said. "

  • Sep 19, 2001

New townhome project proposedThe plan would cluster 56 units on High School Road East.

"The homebuilder who created the Weaver Creek subdivision in Winslow wants to build 56 homes on the 10-acre Martin-Patterson tract on the northwest corner of Ferncliff Drive and High School Road.By clustering the units on the west side of the tract, away from Ferncliff, he hopes to defuse the kind of neighborhood opposition faced by the Woodland Village project farther north on Ferncliff. "

  • Sep 19, 2001

Dawn of uncertain timesA search for explosives put the Wenatchee out of action Monday.

"On the newsstands, the morning headlines put Americans under the shadow of war.That cloud passed directly over Bainbridge Island on Tuesday, as fear of terrorism took the ferry Wenatchee out of action for four hours during an exhaustive search for explosives.Law enforcement officials were called after the vessel made its 8:40 a.m. departure from Seattle.Crew members - who are under strict instruction to report anything out of the ordinary - reported hearing an inexplicable metal on metal sound below the engineering decks, with the noise thought to be coming from outside the hull, Washington State Ferries spokesperson Susan Harris-Huether said.The crew heard the sound just before the vessel left Colman Dock, but didn't connect it with a possible threat until they were under way, Harris-Huether said.They just heard it the one time, like someone had attached an incendiary device or something, she said. That was their concern. "

  • Sep 19, 2001

Middle East peace: Is there a chance?A scholar offers his insights as part of the library lecture series.

If you wonder if peace has a future in the Middle East, Joel Migdal can offer more than a casual answer. We know that it is going to take the establishment of a Palestinian state, and the withdrawal of Israel from 95 or 96 percent of the Gaza strip, said Migdal, who will lecture on the subject next month as part of the Bainbridge Library Speakers Forum, and some compensation to the Palestinians for the 4 percent they don't withdraw from.Migdal brings a lifetime of scholarship to the question.

  • Sep 19, 2001