We almost got through airport security without a hitch this
morning, but then they pulled Larry aside. Said it was a random
check. They wiped some goo on his palms and ran them under a
machine searching for bomb residue. Guess they didn’t find any.
Outside of that, we got from the hotel to the plane like
clockwork. Got a couple Dixie-size cups of Starbucks on the 737 and
a two-bite bag of pretzels/bagel chips. Tried to sleep because we
got up at 4:30, but you know how that goes.
You know how they measure your carry-on bag to make sure you’re
not sneaking on an extra inch or two. They should do that with
people. There are some big people. Pretty soon they’ll start
measuring them and if they’re too big they won’t let them sit in
coach. They just did something like that with ferries. The Coast
Guard bumped up the average person’s weight from something like 150
to 185, off the top of my head, so they can’t carry as many
San Diego looks pretty nice. We haven’t done any sightseeing,
but the sun is coming out and it’s getting more comfortable. Can’t
complain, considering it was in the 20s or 30s up there this
morning when we left.
I haven’t been here for years. Once, when I was covering the
Tacoma Stars, the team flew me down with them to cover a game
against the hated San Diego Sockers. But it was in and out the same
night. I remember something about barely being able to leave
because it was late and the airport’s right downtown and they shut
it down at night because of the noise, or something like that.
We’ll probably kill some time around town today and plan our
coverage. We don’t get on the Stennis until 7:30 tomorrow morning.
Don’t know when she’ll pull out. You know, OPSEC.
Since there hasn’t been much happening in Kitsap lately, Larry
and I decided to pop down to San Diego and jump on the USS John C.
Stennis for her last leg home to Bremerton. We can’t tell you when
that will be because it’s super secret. We don’t even know how long
we’ll be away. The editors just said go and you’ll get here when
you get here.
What I can tell you is we plan all kinds of good coverage of the
ship’s recent deployment, the Tiger Cruise, what it’s like to live
on an aircraft carrier and some of the characters.
We got in about 9:30 a.m. and the ship had already arrived. So
it’s here and that much closer to getting all these guys and gals
Charlotte Garrido, county commissioner and chairwoman of the
Kitsap Transit board of directors, said Tuesday that the agency and
service development director John Clauson have a verbal agreement
about him replacing Dick Hayes as executive director. All that’s
left is signing the papers on Wednesday. Garrido said she believes
Hayes considered Tuesday his last day running the show.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, Hayes, who was the director for more
than 28 years, wondered where all the time went. Then it took all
nine board members and all the agency’s department heads taking
turns to get through a four-page resolution honoring him and Kitsap
Transit’s accomplishments. “The resolution speaks to that,” he said
of the time.
Employees got an old propeller from the Carlisle II, spiffed it
all up and mounted it on a wheeled platform for Hayes, a huge
booster of passenger-only ferries. A plate on it reads, “Your
leadership as the founding executive director and your dedication
and commitment to land and water transportaton will benefit the
citizens of Kitsap County for many years to come.”
Hayes also got two standing ovations and a the traditional bus
“I’m not sure I’ll miss the stress and strain, but I’ll miss the
people,” he said. “It’s just been wonderful. I thank everybody for
sticking with me and the staff for putting up with me.”
The state is looking into fixing the Highway 3-Highway 304
interchange, the worst bottleneck in the county.
That’s where Highway 3 comes south from Silverdale and merges
from two lanes to one as it passes the car dealerships and sewer
plant. Highway 304 whittles from three lanes to one if you count
the carpool lane. Then they meet, with Highway 304 going over
Highway 3 and becoming the right lane of Highway 3. It’s a funky
connection, but not really the problem. The problems are the merges
themselves. During the evening commute, cars get all backed up on
I hadn’t heard any plans for a fix, then it shows up this
morning in the state Senate’s proposed supplemental transportation
budget. Eleven projects would split $27 million for very
preliminary design, engineering or to buy right of way. Highway
3-304 would get $500,000. This would be the first step, and who
knows when if ever it would get done, but at least they’re thinking
I vaguely remember writing something years ago about a study on
blasting more lanes out of the basalt cliff. I think they
determined it’d be too expensive, or dangerous. In fact, I think
there was argument that a bridge across Sinclair Inlet would be
just as cheap.
Ron Landon of Olympic Region DOT said they want to eliminate the
“drop lane” coming down Highway 3 from the car dealers.
“The $500,000 would be to start some preliminary engineering to
see how best to reconfigure that intersection to take away that
drop lane and keep a good level of service on the leg coming in
from 304,” he said.
Ferry folks will be riding the Bainbridge and Bremerton boats
this week to tell people about plans to renovate Colman Dock in
It’s not the fancy expansion and redevelopment they were talking
about earlier, with a garden on the roof and all. It’ll just be
fixing up what’s there, a big job in itself. The cost is estimated
at $210 million.
The big plan was shelved because of low ridership projections and
the focus on preserving existing facilities, according to a
Department of Transportation information sheet. But the same paper
says by 2030, the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route’s ridership is
expected to increase by 39 percent, and by 25 percent for
Seattle-Bremerton. Last year, 8.5 million riders used the Seattle
Part of the environmental process’ first step is outreach, which is
bringing officials aboard the ferries. They’ll ride the 4:40 p.m.,
5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. sailings from Seattle to Bainbridge on
Wednesday and the 4:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. departures from Seattle
to Bremerton on Thursday. The following Thursday, Feb. 16, there’ll
be a public meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Puget Sound
Regional Council board room, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, a short
walk from the dock. Public comments will be accepted between
Wednesday and March 15.
Colman Dock is aging, deteriorating and not the best place to be
during an earthquake. The plan is to replace the timber trestle
part of the dock, replace the main terminal building, reconfigure
the dock layout, replace the vehicle transfer span and overhead
loading structures on the northern slip, and replace vessel landing
Advantages would be fewer conflicts between cars and pedestrians,
better pedestrian connections to local transit service, and removal
of tons of creosote-treated timber piles form Elliott Bay.
The tentative timetable is environmental process and preliminary
design into 2013, design from 2013 to 2015 and construction from
2015 to 2020.