Bainbridge residents are encouraged to attend a community
meeting that will include long-range planning, new vessel
construction, route-specific issues, liquefied natural gas and
other topics will be discussed at a Washington State Ferries
meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 23.
The meeting will be held in Suite 210 of the Bainbridge
Island Museum of Art, located at 100 Ravine Lane.
The ferry system hosts community meetings twice a year and also
takes input from customers and the community through its Ferry
Bremerton’s meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2,
in the Kitsap Conference Center’s Oyster Room, located on 100
Due to a recent uptick in crime, Bainbridge Island Police Chief
Matthew Hamner is urging owners of older Honda Accords and Civics,
as well as owners of Subaru Legacy cars, to ensure that their
vehicle is locked when they park it near or at the Bainbridge ferry
Models of the vehicles from 1995 to 2005 are being targeted the
Investigators believe the suspect or suspects drive to
Bainbridge in a stolen car, park the vehicle on the island, walk on
a Seattle ferry as a passenger and return later to Bainbridge to
steal a different vehicle.
Police believe the thieves are able to steal the Honda and
Subaru vehicles with little trouble because of their knowledge of
the cars’ equipment.
Hamner said owners of these car models who park within proximity
of the ferry need to be especially diligent in locking their cars
and aware of their surroundings.
“Sometimes a few simple steps to secure your belongings can be
enough to deter theft,” said Hamner, who has strong leads in the
According to the Puget Sound Regional Council, the
Seattle-Bainbridge route in 2013 transported 6.3 million people,
including 3 million walk-on passengers – more than any other
Washington State Ferry route.
Civic-minded islanders have a busy dance card tonight. They can
choose between a potluck and discussion with new City Manager Doug
Schulze or a Washington State Ferries community meeting.
Discussion group VillageSpeak will hold a dinner forum with Schulze
beginning at 6:30
p.m. at OfficeXpats in the
Bainbridge Pavilion. The conversation will include opening remarks
by the city manager, a moderated discussion and a Q&A session
with the audience.
The event is free but attendees are encouraged to bring a dish
to share and a $5 donation. A standing reception will follow the
discussion at 8:30 p.m. Schulze (pictured)
joined the city on Nov. 5. He previously served as manager of
Another meeting will take place across town at the same time.
WSF brings its traveling
community outreach tour to Bainbridge at 6 p.m. in the Art
Ferries chief David Moseley will discuss the upcoming
legislative session, staffing issues and other topics. This is a
good time for ferry riders to bring forward questions and
complaints. WSF already held a meeting in Bremerton, where
proposed service cuts are a hot topic.
Tad Sooter photos
HERE to see my photo gallery of Sunday’s circumnavigation of
Bainbridge Island aboard the Virginia V, the only steam-powered
ferry still chugging around Puget Sound.
The Virginia V makes an annual trip around Bainbridge as part of
a fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island
Historical Museum. They had a sell-out crowd this year and plan
to carry on the tradition into 2011 (in case you missed it this
Washington State Ferries has the final design for its new
144-car ferries. That’s it up top.
There’s no funding yet to build them, but the finished design
puts Todd Pacific Shipyards in a ready position for the time when
the money does materialize.
WSF expects to get funding from the state Legislature to build
one or two of the ferries between 2011 and 2013. Its long-range
plan calls for adding two 144-car boats to the fleet in 2014. One
would replace the 87-car Evergreen State and the second would allow
WSF to shift another 87-car ferry to a backup role. The only backup
now is the 37-car Hiyu.
Five more 144-car ferries are projected to eventually join the
fleet after 2027.
here to see the full story.
The Virginia V makes a regular stop on the island for an annual
summertime Bainbridge Island Historical Museum fundraiser.
I went on last year’s four-hour excursion. The boat was loaded
with island history buffs and a few BI newbies who wanted to get to
know their island better. Historian Andy Price and former
Washington secretary of state (and island son) Ralph Munro MC’d the
here for my story about last year’s trip.
here for a blog post of extras I couldn’t fit
into the story.
The next trip is July 26. It sold out last year, so make sure to
call the museum at (206) 842-2773 to make a reservation.
Travel magazine put the Bainbridge-Seattle route on
its list of the most beautiful ferry rides in the United
Here’s what the mag had to say about the Bainbridge trip:
“Glide past sailboats and cruise liners on this quick
hop across Puget Sound, with views of Seattle’s skyline and the
snow-covered flanks of the Cascade Range. Weather permitting, you
can even make out the 14,410-foot peak of Mount Rainier, about 100
miles away. Disembark on Bainbridge and spend the day exploring the
island’s hiking trails and downtown cafés (try the caramel pecan
French toast at Café Nola), then time your return trip to watch the
dusk settle over Puget Sound, and the city itself.”
So put down your newspaper (unless it’s the Sun) on your next
trip and take in one of the best views around.
Ads on state ferries dominate car deck walls, spill from ceiling
to floor in stairwells and even crowd tables so’s you can gaze at
Ichiro or organic rice pilaf while sipping your coffee.
Now the ads have crowded out the historical photos that lined
the passenger deck.
Here’s blogger and longtime journalist
Chuck Taylor’s take:
Puget Sound ferry riders, remember those wonderful historical
photos that adorned the walls of the three Jumbo Mark II Class
boats, the MV Puyallup, MV Tacoma, and MV Wenatchee? The selection
of nicely framed blowups was appropriate to each vessel — old-time
pics of those cities’ distant past.
Well, they’re gone, replaced by wall-sized advertising,
presumably because Washington State Ferries is navigating the
economic storm that has state government listing to starboard.
Despite calls from transportation experts for a statewide tax to
maintain the ferry system, the idea appears to have gained little
traction in Olympia.
“I don’t think you’ll see an (motor vehicle excise tax) or
anything else that the Transportation Commission put forward,” said
Rep. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, who attended a briefing
Monday about the state’s long-term ferry plan. “We’re looking at
the transportation budget to see how we can accelerate the
boat-building process without revenue increases. If we don’t have
new state taxes and we’re serious about the ferry system, then we
need some agreement on making the ferry system a priority for the
first time in a decade.”
Postponing highway projects to meet ferry system needs by
well-placed legislators, Rolfes added.
Read Ed Friedrich’s story about the the proposed ferry funding
State Rep. Christine Rolfes’ bill allowing out-of-state firms to
build state ferries was debated at a House hearing on Monday.
Listen to the Bainbridge Democrat discuss her bill in the video
above, and read Ed Friedrich’s coverage of the bill
Declining steel prices have put on hold the sale of four ferries
moored off Winslow.
The 80-year-old Illahee, Nisqually, Klickitat and Quinault were
slated for purchase by Environmental Recycling Systems. The company
planned to tow the ferries to Mexico for use as scrap. But slumping
value of steel has ERS second-guessing its $500,000 purchase.
Washington State Ferries is now seeking new bids for the boats,
which were pulled from service in late 2007 after the U.S. Coast
Guard discovered their rusting hulls. The boats have been awaiting
their fate at WSF’s Eagle Harbor maintenance yard for over a
The Bellevue woman who went missing aboard a Bainbridge-bound
ferry earlier this month may have killed herself, her husband said
in an email to her work colleagues.
Seattle Times reported today that Lynn
Stafford-Yilmaz’s co-workers at Bellevue Community College, where
Stafford-Yilmaz taught English, received an e-mail from her husband
noting that she had “decided to end her life” before embarking on
her late-night trip to Bainbridge.
A friend of Stafford-Yilmaz forwarded to the Times an e-mail
from Mustafa Yilmaz that, in part, read: “Considering the
situation, the note she left behind and the evidence, her family
believes that Lynn decided to end her life that night. This was
very unexpected for all of us.”