Daily Archives: June 22, 2009

UPDATED: Search is on for woman missing from Bainbridge ferry

The Washington State Patrol is asking for help in finding a missing Spokane woman who left her car aboard a ferry on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle run.

Amy Story, 27, of Spokane drove aboard the M/V Tacoma at 2:55 p.m. on Bainbridge Island, troopers said. Their investigation found she walked off the boat in Seattle, but left her Mitsubishi Galant onboard.

Story was visiting family in Sequim and may be trying to get back to Spokane, troopers said.

Story reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder and might not be taking her medications. Her family told police she has experienced similar episodes in the past.

She is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 230 pounds, with medium-length straight brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a green striped sweater and blue jeans.

The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call Detective Russ Haake at (425) 401-7788.

Police blotter: Landlord kicks lippy tenant where it counts

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Tired of the guff an office tenant was giving him and his maintenance crew, the owner of a Day Road business park followed up a left and a right with a boot to the center. They both ended up getting arrested.

Also in this week’s police blotter, a drunk driver on the go tries to refuel on booze at Safeway and gas at Chevron before setting off for a round of stop sign running and lane swerving. Her request to the arresting officer: “Can we do this later?”
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Pick a property, make it a park

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You have just over a week to nominate properties for purchase by the Bainbridge park district.

Flush with cash from the voter-approved levy lid-lift, the district is slated this year to receive around $800,000 to purchase new properties. The district can leverage or save that money to buy big ticket properties priced beyond the 2009 allotment.

Here’s my story on the Parkland Acquisition Committee’s efforts to gather input from residents. And click here to go directly to the park district’s property nomination form.

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Rest in peace, Lew

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I had the honor of working with Lew Andrus a few times.

I often thought that Lew was the kind of guy I’d like to be at his age: sharp, fit, creative, curious, optimistic, engaged and cracking jokes that make the people around me blush.

Hanging around him, you never would have caught a hint of the brutal stuff going on in his body near the end.

Here’s his obit.

Exhibit: Port Blakely graffiti artists’ ever-changing canvas

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This week is your last chance to see island photographer Philip Meadow’s Port Blakely mill exhibit at Cafe Trios.

Meadows, a transplant from the U.K., was quite taken by the ever-changing canvas that the old lumber mill building has become. For years, graffiti artists have created overlapping images on the walls, ceiling and floor of the crumbling concrete structure at the center of Port Blakely Park.

Meadows’ exhibit features huge images and 360 degree panorama shots of the artwork spraypainted on the building’s interior.

He’s looking for a new place to show the exhibit. You can reach him here, and check out his online gallery (here) and blog (here).

Here’s what Meadows had to say about the exhibit in a recent post:

The mill was shut down in 1922 and over time, the mill’s buildings were destroyed. All that remains of Port Blakely mill today is the old generator building which has become a canvas for graffiti artists and a playground for BMX and skateboard riders. Although some people may find these activities to be somewhat unfitting use for such a piece of history, it has to be said that the young people that are attracted to this location remain respectful in their own way.

Philip Meadows, self-portrait
Philip Meadows, self-portrait

Marshall: “Terminal rage” takes hold of ferry commuters

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This week, Islander columnist Becky Fox Marshall explores the commuter angst that’s all the rage at the Winslow ferry terminal.

To the list of rages in our modern world – road rage, air rage, work rage – you can add yet another, unique to Bainbridge Island – ramp rage.

The ramp of which I speak is the passenger ramp onto the ferry. Oh, and parking rage. The parking to which I specifically refer is the parking lot at the ferry terminal.

Maybe together these can henceforth be known as “Terminal Rage.”

Now that I’m not a Seattle ferry commuter, riding the ferry has actually become – again – a pleasant experience. And so it was with light hearts that I and three of my friends and coworkers met at the ferry terminal one Saturday afternoon to head over to the big city for dinner out and a show.

We waited near the flag pole as the ferry unloaded, seeing that a good many people formed a long line to the right of the rope that divides the ramp into one side for those intending to board, and one side for those tromping off the vessel.

Once unloaded, the go-ahead was heard on the loudspeaker and boarding began. And so we moved on down the ramp, ending up on the left side of the rope.

A fellow who had been queued up on the right took umbrage with our boarding technique and stood out from his line to dress us down. I couldn’t catch all of what he said but it boiled down to this: “So you think you’re special? Why can’t you get in line with the rest of us? Are you special?”

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