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FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014 | Vol. 114, No. 28 | WWW.BAINBRIDGEREVIEW.COM | 75¢

Survey shows overwhelming support for $17 million bond

The path of the pioneers

73 percent favor ballot measure for new fire department facilities BY BRIAN KELLY

Bainbridge Island Review

Eric Morgensen photo

Nearly 200 teenagers and 100 adults from across Kitsap County — including 42 teens and 22 adults from Bainbridge Island — dressed up to recreate a historical pioneer voyage late last month. They began with a march through downtown Winslow to the Seattle ferry and proceeded to camp and trek across the dusty plains near Plymouth, Washington for three days with no phones, watches or other modern devices. Below, handcarts used by the “pioneers” are poised to make the long journey home.

Nearly 200 local youths live the pioneer experience BY LUCIANO MARANO Bainbridge Island Review

Nearly 200 local teenagers voluntarily put away from their cell phones for four days. They walked away from their computers and not a single one of them downloaded, tweeted, texted or updated a status for almost 300 hours. Completely off the grid and dressed in full pioneer attire — long dresses, aprons and bonnets for the ladies and loose-fitting shirts, suspenders, vests and traditional hats for

the guys — the tech-free teens painstakingly reenacted the Atlantic Ocean crossing and exhausting frontier trek of America’s early pioneers. “We want youth to recognize their own strengths as they better understand the commitment and strength of pioneers who left their homelands

across Europe in search of a place to practice their religion in peace,” said event organizer and trek leader Shari Whyte. The educational trek late last month was sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and involved nearly 200 young participants ranging in age from 14 to 18 as well as 100 adult volunteers from several faith-based groups across Kitsap County — including 42 teens and 22 adults from Bainbridge Island. The pilgrimage began with a march through downtown Winslow TURN TO PIONEERS | A10

Bainbridge Island residents strongly support a $17 million bond measure to pay for new and rebuilt fire halls for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, according to a random survey of islanders conducted by the polling firm of CFM. Consultants with the Portland, Oregon-based company presented the results of the survey, conducted June 16 and 17, to the fire department’s board of commissioners Tuesday. The survey found that 73 percent of those polled favor the bond measure, with 43 percent of respondents strongly favoring the bond measure, which would pay for the replacement of the fire department’s headquarters station on Madison Avenue and the island’s south end fire hall on NE Bucklin Hill Road. The bond would also finance needed improvements at the department’s north end fire hall on Phelps Road. Tom Eiland, a principal with CFM, said the survey numbers were “pretty impressive,” and said there

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“People seem to be very pleased with the service they are getting from the department ... You’re not going to get much higher than this.” Tom Eiland Principal, CFM

was “strong support” for the bond proposal. The bond measure would require a 60 percent “yes” vote to pass. “You’re 13 points above that benchmark,” Eiland said. People polled were told the new facilities would be financed by a 20-year, $17 million bond that would raise assessed values by 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. According to the survey, 16 percent of respondents opposed the bond measure and 12 percent were undecided. Eiland told the fire board to consider the 12 percent who were undecided as “no” voters. Those who opposed or were undecided about the potential ballot measure were TURN TO BOND | A10

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Bainbridge Island Review, July 11, 2014