Daily Archives: February 1, 2010

Architect chosen for new Wilkes school

The Bainbridge school district chose Seattle-based Mahlum Architects to design the new Wilkes Elementary School.

Mahlum’s client list includes Seattle, Tacoma, Edmonds, Olympia and Orcas Island school districts.

The new Wilkes will be built using money from the recently-approved $42 million capital bond.

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More on American Marine’s closure

Meegan M. Reid photo

I noticed on Sunday that Columbia State Bank banners were already covering the American Marine name at the Winslow Way branch. State troopers were guarding the doors while federal regulators continued with the closure and transfer process.

A quick scan of the headlines today shows that American Marine’s closure made national – even international news – with the Wall Street Journal, MSN, Fox News, New York Times, and news outlets in Germany, Argentina, Malaysia and Russia reporting on it.

According to the Seattle Times, American Marine was among six banks that closed nationwide on Friday. Fifteen banks have been shut down since the beginning of the year.

The other two Washington-based banks that failed in this month are Bellingham’s Horizon Bank and Seattle’s Evergreen Bank.

For a timeline of American Marine’s rise and fall, click below.

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Senior center contract delayed…again

The City Council’s back-and-forth over what to do with the proposed senior center redevelopment is starting to make the island’s seniors a little dizzy.

In just over a month, the council has moved the project’s design contract forward, then back, then forward, and then back.

“Oh my gosh. It’s frustrating,” senior center president Don Fisher said after the council opted last week to not approve the contract until the project’s scope and cost are reassessed.

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