Daily Archives: May 26, 2009

Historic Bainbridge house makes annual “endangered” list

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation named the century-old house at 216 Ericksen Avenue to its “Most Endangered Historic Properties of 2009” list.

You can read my story and a related debate in the comments section by clicking here.

If you’re interested in seeing the trust’s complete list (which also includes the P-I globe), visit the trust’s site here.

Elections update: School bond trailing by just 65 votes

The Bainbridge Island School District’s capital facilities bond was 65 votes shy of passing, according to the Kitsap County Auditor’s elections update today.

Approval of the $42 million bond edged up slightly to 59.73 percent of the vote, auditor elections officials reported today at 4 p.m. The measure needs 60 percent to pass.

Military and overseas ballots continue to trickle in. The auditor’s elections office received and counted 29 overseas ballots today, and a few more are expected in the coming days.

Elections officials said 77 Bainbridge ballots are undergoing review before they’re counted. Most have signature discrepancies.

Elections supervisor Dolores Gilmore doubted the few remaining votes will turn the election.

“It’s hard to tell when there’s just a handful,” she said. “It would have to be a lot (of ‘yes’ votes). I don’t know if there’s enough left.”

The auditor’s office will release its next elections update on Friday.

At last count, the island’s change-of-government measure was holding on to a decisive win with 69.7 percent of the vote.

Police blotter: Woman catches a “young and cute” thief in the act

A Bainbridge woman didn’t let a would-be thief’s apparent good looks dissuade her from a confrontation. Noticing the “young and cute” man rummaging though a suitcase near a car with a busted window, the woman stepped up and began asking questions. The beauteous bandit responded honestly, flipped his wavy locks to the side and fled the scene.

Also this week, the island’s Buddhist temple experienced reported some strange phenomena. Furniture was mysteriously moved, the fridge was unplugged, lanterns were broken and sand rained down from above. Who you gonna call? Crazy Neighbor Busters. Turns out the church’s neighbor was, according to police, suffering from mental health issues and making unwanted visits to the temple.

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Video of the Virginia V

The Sun produced a short video of Mosquito Fleet survivor Virginia V’s visit to South Kitsap last week. You can find a related story and photo gallery here.

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 tour.

Click here for my story about last year’s trip.

And click 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.