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Video: Discussion on Bainbridge Vote to Change Form of Government

The Kitsap Sun Editorial board hosted a discussion about the May 19 vote to change from a mayor-council form of government to council-manager. Dennis Vogt, an Island resident who led the effort to get the question on the ballot, spoke on behalf of the manager form. David Harrison, an Island resident and government policy scholar,  spoke to the existing form.

We apologize for the low audio quality in the beginning of the video. The sound increases about 11 minutes in. the conversation also becomes more lively towards the end.

– posted by Kitsap Sun web staff

Police blotter: Pot-laced lollypops?


How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? I dunno, but I bet it’s a trip when you’re licking one laced with weed.

Bainbridge High’s vice principal stopped by the police station this week to drop off some drug paraphernalia (you know, the usual) and get a lollypop checked for marijuana. Yep, that leafy stuff usually smoked or baked into treats can apparently be converted into a form fit for “lacing” into hard candy. Police have dutifully sent the the lollypop to the lab. Results are due in two to four months, so don’t hold your breath.

Also this week, a mastiff attacks a 4-year-old, teens go on an craft supply shoplifting spree in Winslow and another guy gets busted for yelling in a park.

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Dave’s Farmtopian Vision


I spent a lot of time hanging out at the Day Road farms last week for a story on city-owned farmlands. You can read that story here.

I came across Dave Ullin volunteering a lot of sweat and time building an irrigation culvert. Dave’s not a farmer, but I always like to hear Dave’s thoughts, so I sat down on one of the boulders awaiting its place in the culvert and asked him what he thought about the state of farming on Bainbridge.

Dave is Bainbridge Island’s answer to Henry David Thoreau. His life is barebones simple. He lives in an anchored-out tugboat without heat, electricity and plumbing. He eats a lot of tug-grown sprouts and stinging nettle sauerkraut. He hauls his own water and uses his hand-forged tools for a variety of volunteer projects, from felling logs for Yeomalt Cabin to ripping out invasive plants at Waterfront Park.

He also spends a lot of time thinking, and sometimes he puts his thoughts on paper. So when I asked him about farming, he stopped by my office later and handed me an essay entitled “Dave’s View: a Vision for Affordable + Sustainable Living.”

I couldn’t quite fit any of my conversation with Dave into the farming story, but you can read his essay below.

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Police blotter: ‘Nice day’ yeller gets busted


After a cold, dark and wet winter, the last week’s worth of sunny skies have been enough to make anyone want to go to a park and yell out some hallelujahs. But watch the decibels. A Bainbridge man’s sunshine praises didn’t get an amen from the neighbors, nor from the cops called to the scene.

Also this week: a brass knuckle brawl at the library and two mysterious cases in which burglars stole nothing but a shower and a nap.

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Doughnut throwers go national


The island’s high-speed doughnut throwers have gone national.

Humorist Dave Barry posted the Sun’s recent police blotter item about a truckload of islanders attempting to toss doughnuts to a second truckload while heading north on 305. You can see Barry’s blog post and about a dozen or so reader comments here.

I think our local readers had wittier comments. Here’s a choice one from my original story:

“I am sure once the call went out on the radio, all the cops descended on that area to gather the ‘evidence’ for ‘processing’ and coffee!”

Food, water, shelter

In other belated news from Wednesday’s council meeting (besides the Winslow Way thing – see below), a new water resources specialist position was approved. The council made sure that the new job, which will focus on water quality and quantity, won’t mean another desk at City Hall. Public Works agreed not to hire for one of their two open engineering spots, and to swap it permanently for the water specialist position.

Also, the death knell was sounded for the Quay project. The effort to preserve over 70 downtown units as affordable housing was hit hard by an appraisal that put the complex’s value far below its asking price.

“The plug’s been pulled. Life support has ended. The Quay project is over,” said Ed Kushner, who has helped rally support to purchase the Quay.

The mayor’s farmland advisory group released its report on city-owned farms. In recent years, the city has purchased about 60 acres of farmland to support local farmers and bolster island food sources. The report stresses the need for better management of the largely fallow properties. Look for my story on city-owned farms next week.