Monthly Archives: February 2009

Bainbridge press forum airs on BITV

If you missed the Bainbridge Island press forum last weekend, you can still catch it on BITV (Channels 12 and 22) starting tomorrow.

Channel 12:
Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Channel 22:
Mon., Fri. and Sat. at 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.

For those that don’t get cable but have high-speed Internet, BITV streams all their shows on the web: (Mac users have to download a doohickey to watch)

Crosscut columnist and former Seattle Weekly editor Knute Berger moderated the event, which included representivives from Bainbridge Island’s print, web and TV-based media. Here’s the recap Berger wrote in his blog:

Last Sunday (Feb.8) I moderated a panel on the future of media at the Bainbridge Island Library. The focus was, naturally, on local, Bainbridge and Kitsap County media, and the panel participants were Dennis Anstine, editor of the Bainbridge Review, David Nelson, editor of the Kitsap Sun, Althea Paulson, island blogger, Selina Shearer, news director of the island’s cable TV program BNews, and’s media reporter Bill Richards. The highlight for me was the turnout. It’s a good sign when a library parking lot is full on a Sunday. The room was packed and the audience Q&A alone lasted an hour and could have gone longer. People are incredibly concerned about where the news is going to come from in these times of big media change. Technology, the collapse of old advertising models, the recession, all are taking a huge toll on traditional newspapers and radio and TV as well. No one is immune. And it’s not as if people were happy with the media’s overall performance even in good times.

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Bermant: “Got stones? Then tell me your name”

Speaking of online comments (see last post), islander and Kitsap News Group reporter Charlie Bermant put out a challenge to commenters to either put a name with the words or keep the words to themselves.

Anonymous posts, Bermant says in Crosscut, are…

…more likely to be nasty, destructive, and in many cases just plain stupid. Bad spelling. Faulty logic. A snotty tone. Since most posters haven’t the stones to attach their own names to these rants, there is no accountability and nothing to impose a standard of truth.

Bermant’s conclusion:

The solution is simple and obvious, and a really great message: Tell the truth. Speak your piece. Sign your name.

They’re STILL talking about prostitutes….

Two days ago, Kitsap Sun crime reporter Josh Farley wrote a followup story about charges filed against four alleged prostitutes who were arrested at a Bainbridge hotel.

Over 48 hours later, readers are still commenting on the story. I think there’s almost 50 now.

To save you a lot of time, here’s a few highlights:

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BI’s change-in-government bill flies through Senate

A bill aimed at allowing Bainbridge Island to hold a special election in May to change its form of government passed the state Senate today.

The bill now goes before Gov. Chris Gregoire for final approval.

“This was one of the fastest moving bills I have seen in ten years,” said Sen. Phil Rockefeller, a Bainbridge Democrat and the bill’s prime sponsor.

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Mossback: “Yeomalt is a part of the old New Deal worth saving”

Yeomalt cabin
Yeomalt cabin

As the country turns its attention to a new New Deal, columnist Knute “Mossback” Berger writes in Crosscut that the remnants of the old New Deal are under threat.

Hundreds of Works Progress Administration-commissioned cabins and other structures have or may soon face the wrecking ball.

One highpoint, Berger notes, is Bainbridge Island’s Yeomalt cabin, WPA structure that volunteers have worked to preserve.

Read Berger’s column here.

Police blotter: Motorcyclist shifts into “bad decision mode”

A motorcyclist leads police on a high-speed chase on island roads, through the woods and later to his home, where he explained that “bad decision mode” had led him astray.

Also in the blotter this week, the makings of a bad knock-knock joke:

“Knock, knock”
“Who’s there?”
“Punch who?”
“Punch you…in the face.”

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Bainbridge + Prostitution = Vegas?

Sorry if that header got your hopes up.

Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil haven’t booked any shows at BPA as of yet. The Luxor has no plans to build a second pyramid on Winslow Way. And you’ll still have to cross the bridge if you want any action at the slots.

The Seattle Times has determined that the recent prostitution arrests are no cause for concern that Bainbridge’s “upper-crust community will start looking like Las Vegas any time soon.”

Huh. I was actually worried it would start looking like Seattle’s Aurora Avenue.

But that little “any time soon” bit has me thinking. How soon is “soon?” Will it take a year, two years, a whole decade before the prostitutes bring palm trees, sunshine and Elvis impersonators* to Bainbridge?

*Oh yeah, that one already happened.

More images of the Ferncliff affordable housing project

The Housing Resources Board unveiled its plans for an affordable housing project on Ferncliff Avenue that incorporates several sustainable design elements. The plans received mixed reviews. Potential residents loved it. People already in the neighborhood panned the project’s potential impact on the area and its architectural style.

To read my coverage of last Friday’s unveiling and public meeting, click here.

Below you’ll find more design renderings and other basic information on the project.

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A year to endure hardship with ox-like fortitude

Thank your lucky stars that it’s the year of the ox.

According to the Chinese zodiac, the ox signifies prosperity through fortitude and hard work. The ox is seen as patient, tireless and capable of enduring hardship without complaint.

Sounds like just thing for a year filled with downsizings, foreclosures and layoffs.

But before you spend the rest of the year bent to the yoke, take time this weekend to celebrate the year of the ox at the island’s annual Chinese New Year festival.

Here’s what’s going on:

The Seattle Chinese Orchestra performs at Island School, 8553 Day Road, at 7 p.m. The orchestra is lead by Roger Nelson, who conducted the Bainbridge Island Symphony for over a decade.

Downtown erupts with firecrackers and dragon dancers during the festival parade. Activities for kids, Chinese food and music will also be on hand. The party starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

For more information, call (206) 780-2328 or visit