Daily Archives: July 27, 2010

Police blotter: Car thief prefers Willie Nelson over Santana


A thief who rummaged through a few vehicles on New Brooklyn Road was lucky enough to find a Chevy Suburban that was not only unlocked, but had the keys at the ready.

Scanning his (or her) newly-acquired CD collection for the perfect getaway soundtrack, the thief decided in favor Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson and Joe Cocker. Not making the cut was Carlos Santana, who’s album of jazz fusiony salsa-rock was left in the driveway.

The blotter is below.
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PHOTOS: Take a ride on the Virginia V

Head over HERE to see my photo gallery of Sunday’s circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island aboard the Virginia V, the only steam-powered ferry still chugging around Puget Sound.

The Virginia V makes an annual trip around Bainbridge as part of a fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. They had a sell-out crowd this year and plan to carry on the tradition into 2011 (in case you missed it this time around).

One ballot, two school levies

The Bainbridge school district is likely to put two levy measures on the November ballot.

One levy would go toward technology upgrades and the other would lift the recently-approved operations levy by $825,000.

Added up, the two measures would total $6.1 million, an amount that school officials are quick to point out is equal to the soon-to-expire 2006 tech levy. So, in essence, taxes would remain the same, school officials say.

The school board is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to put the measures on the ballot.

Read more HERE.

Do Inslee’s Republican challengers have a chance?

Jay Inslee won re-election in 2008 with almost 70 percent of the vote – his best showing since wrestling his U.S. House seat from Republican Rick White in 1998.

According to a recent Seattle Times story, the Bainbridge resident is a “good fit for his largely suburban, well-educated district with his focus on green energy and new technologies.”

His popularity, the Times adds, has made him a contender for governor in 2012.

Yet, Inslee’s seeming lock on re-election to Congress this year hasn’t dissuaded two Republicans from mounting determined campaigns against him.

Former Microsoft manager James Watkins and financial planner Matthew Burke say the federal government can ill afford the debt and stimulus measures they say Inslee and his fellow Democrats are laying on the shoulders of taxpayers.

Read more in the Times story HERE.

The future of the island’s water supply

The city will present the preliminary results from a four-year groundwater modeling project tonight at City Hall.

The aim of the project is to predict how various factors, including population growth and climate change, will affect the island’s aquifers.

The presentation is at 5:30 p.m.

Below is the city’s press release.

Members of the public will have the opportunity next week to learn how the island’s groundwater might be affected by different land use, population growth and climate change scenarios. Staff of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which has been working with the City to develop a hydrogeologic model of the island’s groundwater, will present the results at a public meeting at Council Chambers from 5:30-7 pm on Tuesday, July 27.

“Since groundwater is the sole source of drinking water for island residents, it’s imperative that we have a thorough understanding of our aquifer system in order to make sound, knowledgeable management and planning decisions,” said Cami Apfelbeck, Water Resources Specialist and Groundwater Monitoring Program Manager for the City. “This model will give us a better understanding of the way in which changing conditions may impact our ground water resource.”

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