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Landowners line up to sell open space

With $8 million in public funds available, island landowners are lining up to sell their property to the city. This, before the new Open Space Commission even has a process by which to consider parcels for purchase.

  • Feb 6, 2002

Brown leads viewers on Underground tour

Karol Brown invites her audience to “get on board” the famed Underground Railroad Feb 9. In a one-woman dramatization for the “Inquiring Minds” series, Brown portrays Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds of slaves to freedom.

  • Feb 6, 2002

Ferry bills take shape

The Washington State Legislature is taking a hard look at regional transportation funding districts as a piece of the overall transportation puzzle before tackling a 10-year funding package for comprehensive transportation projects across the state.

  • Feb 6, 2002

Charter, park levy going down to defeat

It wasn't a proposal for district-only balloting that killed the proposed new Kitsap County charter, former freeholders and members of the pro-charter Committee for Better Representation said Tuesday night. It wasn't a plank to create a new county executive, either, or a provision for nonpartisan elections. To hear charter supporters during an election-night gathering at the Givens Community Center in Port Orchard, the charter was done in by a lack of voter awareness and the local Democratic Party leadership. Whatever the reason, the charter looked doomed for failure in early results released Tuesday evening. With 44,600 ballots counted, Kitsap County voters were rejecting the measure by a margin of 54.91 percent (24,489) opposed and 45.09 percent (20,111) in favor. Also apparently failing was the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District maintenance and operations levy. The two-year, $4.78 million levy, was earning 57 percent support; as an excess levy, it needed 60 percent approval to pass.

  • Feb 5, 2002

Charter, levy to be decided Tuesday

Charter backers and opponents won’t predict an outcome of Tuesday’s vote on the government reform, but both sides think it’ll be close. Kitsap County Auditor’s Office officials, however, made one prediction: Only half of the county’s voters will return the ballots that were mailed out Jan. 16.

  • Feb 2, 2002

Educators frustrated by student drug use

Despite a quarter century of prevention programs, Bainbridge students still drink and take drugs. Now, with survey results pointing to undiminished tobacco, alcohol and drug use, the Bainbridge Island School Board has asked the district’s Health Committee to find solutions.

  • Feb 2, 2002

Boom went bust in 2001

Mirroring the national recession, building activity on Bainbridge Island dropped sharply in 2001 from the previous year. Only 166 permits were issued for single-family homes last year, a 22 percent drop from the 213 issued in 2000 and the lowest level since 1996. “No question about it, there has been a precipitous drop in the amount of single-family work,” said architect Sean Parker, who said his office had eight to 10 single-family jobs in 2000, but only two or three in 2001.

  • Feb 2, 2002

Lloyd Jones brings the Beaver State blues

Four Swallows restaurateur Mike Sharp always knew where to find a busboy or dishwasher. “I’d go to the bulletin board up at Helpline,” Sharp said. “They’ve helped a lot of local restaurants out that way – and lots of young kids have gotten their first job. I wanted to pay Helpline back.”

  • Feb 2, 2002
Photographer Terry Moyemont traveled to Crete a number of times before finally purchasing a home there. His photographs displayed at BPA are a familiar voyage through Cretan landscapes and its inhabitants.

Returning Ulysses’ gaze

Although they depict faraway places, the photographs in “The Cretan Glance” are the opposite of travel pictures. Rather than the recording transient impressions, the new exhibit in the Playhouse lobby depicts the beloved home photographer Terry Moyemont discovered in 1989.

  • Feb 2, 2002
Photographer Terry Moyemont traveled to Crete a number of times before finally purchasing a home there. His photographs displayed at BPA are a familiar voyage through Cretan landscapes and its inhabitants.

A decade later, it’s the same story

The all-night binge took place in a tent on the beach at Blakely Harbor, with featured inebriants including beer, marijuana and cocaine. With each hit, the four Bainbridge High School seniors present would declare, “See you in the emergency room” – a gleeful disavowal, one recalled, of “everything we learned in school and the media about the evil of drugs.”

  • Feb 2, 2002
Jon Jacobson

Family loses home in blaze

Years ago, when her parents remodeled her bedroom, Erica Jacobson left her mark for posterity. Before the walls were covered with paneling, she painted: “The home of Joyce, Jon, Erica, Jon Jr. and Randi Jacobson.” Sadly, the message was uncovered as the home itself was lost – flames laid bare the wall Tuesday evening, in a blaze that left the Jacobson family homeless.

  • Feb 2, 2002
Jon Jacobson

Wetland wasn’t, court rules

Declaring that a “wetland” created by illegal dumping is not protected by law, a Kitsap County Superior Court Judge has ruled that the city of Bainbridge Island was wrong when it required the owner to get a special permit to build a home.

  • Jan 30, 2002

Fight comes at cost of community

What price, “principle”? Sometimes, it seems, a needlessly high one. As reported elsewhere in this issue, a Superior Court judge has ruled that the city misconstrued state land-use law when it shut down a home-construction project in Murden Cove for lack of a specific permit.

  • Jan 30, 2002

He knows the investor’s mind

Ask any investor what his or her goals are, and the answer is likely to be: “Financial success.” But in reality, that “obvious” answer is more than likely incorrect, says Paul Heys, who has been studying investment psychology for years. And the gap between stated objectives and underlying objectives is the investor’s worst enemy.

  • Jan 30, 2002

Island drivers slowing down, police say

Most egregious moving violation: 96 mph on the highway. Worst offense by a young driver: a high school girl with a carload of friends, cited for going 75 mph in a 35 zone on Sunrise Drive. Most unusual offender: probably the garbage truck driver nicked at 53 mph – 18 over the limit – also on Sunrise.

  • Jan 30, 2002

Council reopens debate on 2002 budget

Driven by its new members, the Bainbridge Island City Council is considering a significant restructuring of the 2002 budget to trim some $2.6 million in spending, mostly from public works.

  • Jan 30, 2002

Her spiritual quest spread by word of Net

After Oriah Mountain Dreamer penned “The Invitation,” she received RSVPs from all over the world. Mountain Dreamer, who will read from two books based on that first poem on Jan. 30, became a publishing phenomenon when her writing criss-crossed the world via the Internet.

  • Jan 30, 2002

Not just pickin’ and grinnin’

Alive and Well is just that – and playing Feb. 1 at Island Center Hall for the First Fridays series. The pick-up band that will play back-up for guitarist Larry Dewey is a floating group of friends who support each other musically.

  • Jan 30, 2002

Feds: HMC/Znetix ‘a $74 million fraud’

Lacking proper financial records – some of them allegedly burned by the CEO’s wife – and even a marketable product, principals in a Bainbridge health club defrauded investors nationwide through $74 million in stock sales, federal regulators charge. The federal Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday filed suit against Znetix, Inc., Health Maintenance Centers, Inc., founder and CEO Kevin L. Lawrence, principal Donovan C. Claflin and several others. Investigators allege that Lawrence used investor funds to lead a “grossly lavish lifestyle,” spending millions of dollars on cars, boats and property.

  • Jan 26, 2002

Girls find strength in numbers

Girl times three equalled victory for the Bainbridge High School Math Club, at a statewide competition last week in Spokane. The all-girl sophomore team of Ari Clark, Rebecca Ferrell and Allana Pritchard led the club to first place in state, beating other sophomore teams at the first-ever “Trimathalon” competition.

  • Jan 26, 2002