Daily Archives: February 8, 2010

American Marine’s failure hits home

In another followup story about American Marine’s failure, Sun business reporter Rachel Pritchett touched on what the bank meant to some of the island’s prominent businesses.

Here’s a bit:

“American Marine has been our bank since Day 1,” said Larry Nakata, president of Town & County Markets Inc. Regularly during the past 52 years, his company got American Marine loans as it expanded its premium grocery stores off the island into Poulsbo and greater Seattle.

Winslow Paint Company owner Mary Hall remembers that it was former American Marine CEO Bess Alpaugh who believed in her and Ken Schuricht when they took over Winslow Hardware in 1994. The bank didn’t forget them later when they opened Winslow Paint Company on Hildebrand Lane.

“We’re very, very, very connected with them,” Hall said.

Rachel also spoke with the widow of American Marine’s founder, Lou Goller, who opened the bank in 1948.

“He would have been horrified, certainly,” said 94-year-old Gloria Goller when asked how her husband would have felt about the failure of the bank. “Old faithful gone bad.”

Islander running for state Supreme Court

Longtime Bainbridge attorney Charlie Wiggins is running for a state Supreme Court seat.

He’s taking on embattled incumbent Richard Sanders, whose impartiality has been questioned by King County and the state Judicial Conduct Commission.

You can see my story on Wiggins’ candidacy here.

Wiggins has been quoted quite a bit in news stories about judicial ethics and elections. He’s also written a few op-eds. Two are below.

Judges should recuse themselves from cases involving campaign benefactors, Seattle Times, March 2009.

Reshaping state law in their own image is the goal of some PACs, Seattle P-I, August 2006.

City vows to put money in the bank

The City Council agreed to fill the city’s reserves with $3 million by the end of next year.

They’ll do it by making substantial cuts and selling city property.

The details about those cuts will come this week, when the council is expected to start slashing at staff levels and city services.

The council last week has hinted that some city support for local nonprofits may get the ax.

Mayor Bob Scales called out the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, the police vehicle fund, the Kitsap Humane Society and the downtown association for likely cuts.

For more about the council’s decision to build up the city’s reserves, click here.