Monthly Archives: October 2008

The day the music died

The Glass Onion record store was one of the first places Adam Haney visited after an 11-year absence from Bainbridge Island.

A lot has changed, the 35-year-old said while perusing the sale racks, but at least his old record store is as it was when he left it.

Jeff Crawford is still at the register; ready to impart his best-album-of-the-year picks or slip his regulars loaner copies of rare recordings. Old vinyl records — the Beatles, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra — still crowd the walls, competing with flashy posters of new bands that come and go.

“I grew up on the island and used to come here,” Haney said. “I came back to the island four months ago. It’s kinda cool this place is still here.”

Still here, that is, until Saturday.

The Glass Onion, Kitsap County’s last independent record store, will close its doors for good at the end of the day, capping a 17-year life span that began in the era of Grunge on cassette tape and ended as more consumers sought the latest American Idol release on the Internet.

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She can swim…but can she dance?

You may have heard of Emily Silver. You may have heard she is quite the swimmer. Maybe you even saw her on television winning an Olympic medal in Beijing. “Not bad,” you might have thought. But the burning question remained: Can she dance? More specifically, can she disco dance to ABBA in golden bell bottoms?

Silver answered that question Thursday, and the Sun was there to cover it. Click here for the Kitsap Sun’s multimedia coverage of Silver’s triumphant return to Bainbridge High School, including a story, a video (with dancing), and a slideshow of her Beijing exploits.

If that’s not enough Silver, click here for a story in today’s paper about Silver’s nomination for a top swimming honor.

Inslee rumored as possible pick in Obama cabinet

Congressional Quarterly mentioned island Congressman Jay Inslee as a possible choice for interior secretary in Barack Obama’s cabinet, should he win the presidential election next month.

Here’s what CQ had to say about the Bainbridge Democrat:

During six terms representing suburban Seattle, he has become one of the leading liberal voices in the House on energy and natural resources issues. He is a strong advocate for environmental protections on public lands and has opposed controversial proposals to allow more logging in national forests. So for environmental groups he would be an attractive pick. Advancing renewable sources of energy is a top priority of his, and Inslee would mark a clear reversal from Bush administration priorities to aggressively expand oil and gas development, and mining. But he would be a controversial choice who could alienate conservatives and Western energy producers.

What do you think of Inslee, as interior secretary, taking the helm of the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management?

City money will help pay for artificial turf fields

Despite passionate opposition from environmentalists, legal threats and the city’s financial troubles, the City Council on Wednesday voted to contribute more than a quarter of a million dollars to the construction of artificial turf fields at Battle Point Park.

“When you vote for this, you can’t get rid of it or cover it up. You can’t get rid of it because it’s plastic,” said artificial turf opponent Chris Van Dyk. “It’s environmentally irresponsible.”

With only Council Chairman Bill Knobloch voting against the spending proposal, the council approved handing $300,000 to the Bainbridge park district to replace two existing soccer fields. The park district plans to install artificial turf on what is now largely hard-packed sand, improving the field’s playing conditions and reducing the amount of maintenance a natural grass field would otherwise require.

“This is a very difficult question,” said Councilman Barry Peters, noting environmental concerns and recent city revenue shortfalls that have led to service and project cuts. But the council “made a promise to these folks that want this field. It may be passionately opposed by some, but it’s passionately supported by many.”

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A more homey Homecoming dance

Forget the tux, the corsage, the fancy dinner – heck, even a date for this year’s Homecoming dance.

Bainbridge High School is taking a stripped-down, casual approach to Friday night’s Homecoming festivities to attract more students to an increasingly desolate dance floor.

“Students were intimidated because they had to dress up and because everything had become fancy,” Principal Brent Peterson said. “We want this to be more accessible to get a more diverse, inclusive group.”

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Liveaboard plan sidelined by state

The city sidelined a plan for regulating Eagle Harbor’s liveaboards this week after the state reversed its position on a key, and possibly contradictory, maritime regulation.

“Suddenly, we had a new interpretation (of state law) brought to us” from the state Department of Natural Resources, said Councilwoman Hilary Franz, who has led efforts in recent months to develop three options for creating an open water marina, the first of its kind in the state and the last bastion for a anchored-out liveaboard community in Puget Sound.

DNR’s reversed position on marina regulations last week spurred the city to cancel a discussion of the options at Wednesday’s night’s City Council meeting, further delaying open water marina plans that have spent nearly a decade in development.

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Budget proposal cuts into the meat of municipal matters

Mayor Darlene Kordonowy wants to trim more than the fat.

Her combined $135.5 million budget proposal for 2009 and 2010 would cut into the meat of emergency services, city staff and several core city functions to offset a continuing trend of falling revenues, largely because of the island’s slowing housing market.

“We’ll have to do more with less,” Kordonowy said during her presentation of the biennial budget to the City Council on Wednesday night.

City staffing levels, under her proposal, would take a 10 percent hit, knocking the city’s 152 full-time positions down to 140 in 2009 and 138 in 2010.

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