Monthly Archives: May 2008

Food, water, shelter

In other belated news from Wednesday’s council meeting (besides the Winslow Way thing – see below), a new water resources specialist position was approved. The council made sure that the new job, which will focus on water quality and quantity, won’t mean another desk at City Hall. Public Works agreed not to hire for one of their two open engineering spots, and to swap it permanently for the water specialist position.

Also, the death knell was sounded for the Quay project. The effort to preserve over 70 downtown units as affordable housing was hit hard by an appraisal that put the complex’s value far below its asking price.

“The plug’s been pulled. Life support has ended. The Quay project is over,” said Ed Kushner, who has helped rally support to purchase the Quay.

The mayor’s farmland advisory group released its report on city-owned farms. In recent years, the city has purchased about 60 acres of farmland to support local farmers and bolster island food sources. The report stresses the need for better management of the largely fallow properties. Look for my story on city-owned farms next week.

Biking to work and school


Bike rodeos, free coffee and card-and-clothespin noisemakers are a few things that make this Friday’s Bike to Work Day an all-island event. Bainbridge schools – especially Sakai – have a host of events and giveaways to encourage kids to ride to class. Squeaky Wheels will be passing out free bike schwag at the ferry terminal for adults on their way to office jobs in the big city.

Hats off to Squeaky Wheeler Joel Levin who snagged all the noisemaker makings, designed the poster (right) and is waking up early to hand out coffee at 4:30 a.m.

Checkout Squeaky Wheels’ newly refurbished website for more information on Bike to Work Day (pssst – it also has island ride maps, a detailed how-to guide for ferry commuters and a calendar of regional cycling events).

My story is below.

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Police blotter: “bouncing powdered sugar mini donuts”


If you ever want to attract the attention of a cop, just toss a few “bouncing powdered sugar mini donuts” before his eyes.

That’s lesson number 1 from this week’s blotter.

Lesson 2: don’t insult your wife’s cooking, bust your own lip to end the argument, blame the bloody mess on your wife, threaten to punch an officer, and then hope your trusty refrigerator is going to rescue you.

Read on for all the details .

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Judge blocks view of police investigations

A Kitsap County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a suit by the Bainbridge Police Guild blocking the city and police department from releasing two misconduct investigations into a Bainbridge officer.

The investigations involve police misconduct claims brought by island attorney Kim Koenig, who was arrested for obstructing an officer and resisting arrest.

I managed to get one of the investigations before the judge’s decision and passed it on to Kitsap Sun courts and cops reporter Josh Farley. Read his report on the investigation below.

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Condo dwellers halt Harbour Pub’s plans


The lines may grow outside, but the inside of the Harbour Public House isn’t budging to accommodate. Read my story below.

Pub loses to condo dwellers in latest ruling
By Tristan Baurick

The state Court of Appeals ruled last week against the proposed expansion of the Harbour Public House, a popular tavern and eatery overlooking Eagle Harbor in downtown Winslow.

The court sided with the residents of the neighboring Harbourside Condominiums who believe an additional all-ages dining area would block views, boost noise and increase traffic and parking problems.

According to Judge Elaine Houghton, the expansion “would not fit the character” of an earlier agreement struck between the pub’s owners and the condo’s residential association. Houghton also noted that the pub’s proposed roofline “would change the character of the view from the condominium property.”

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Bush grants memorial park status


National Park status was granted on to the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American internment memorial today.

President Bush signed into law the Consolidated National Resources Act and its package of 60 public lands measures, including the memorial designation and Snohomish County’s Wild Sky wilderness preservation bill.

The memorial on Eagle Harbor’s south shore honors the 227 islanders of Japanese decent who were sent to internment camps during World War II. The Bainbridge group was the first of 110,000 Japanese-Americans from various states incarcerated during the war.

Rep. Jay Inslee, who pushed the bill through Congress, hopes national park designation will help the island’s Japanese-American community group put the finishing touches on a memorial he says will attract visitors from across the region.

“I’m proud of our community for fashioning this memorial and hope federal designation will help them raise funds necessary to bring it to completion,” the Bainbridge Democrat said.