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As Kids Head off to College, Here’s Some Good News About Tuition Debt

There’s nothing really good to say about tuition debt as many parents of college-bound kids know only too well. Financial data website Wallet Hub reports that 11.1 percent of all student loans in the United States result in delinquency or default, and student loans continue to be the largest non-housing debt for Americans. But everything is relative….

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sandwich signs by Ann Knight

Bainbridge’s Dagwood-Sized Sandwich Sign Spread

You may be too young to remember the comic strip Blondie and character Dagwood’s super-sized, multilayer sandwiches. But take it on faith that Dagwood is an apt adjective to describe the size of the Island’s spread of sandwich boards or a-frame signs. Reader Ann Knight recently wrote to us about the volume: “I believe the signs are a…

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Letter to the Editor: Find Help with the Housing Crisis Here on Bainbridge

“I cannot find a place to live!” “I cannot afford a place to live!” Almost every day in both the local and national news, there is a story about the housing crisis: rental prices going up, sales prices going up, and inventory diminishing. Here on Bainbridge, last week alone I had four conversations with acquaintances…

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Do You Support Public Power? Island Power Wants to Know

In 2008 Jefferson County voted for public power. Five years later, they flipped on the switch. Now a group of people on Bainbridge is trying to follow in their footsteps and begin the long, complicated process of working toward a publicly owned power utility. Island Power, the entity behind the move, just took the first step,…

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Pot Angeles

Outside Magazine Best Town Contest Comes Down to Port Angeles v. Chattanooga

The town that beat out Bainbridge in just the second round of the 2015 Outside Magazine Best Town contest, Port Angeles, went all the way and is now facing off against Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the title of Best Town Ever. Sixty-four cities were selected to compete in the championship. In the first round of competition, Bainbridge…

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Bainbridge in Outside Magazine Competition for Best Town in U.S.

Bainbridge is one of 60 American towns competing for the title of best place to live in America, 2015. The contest, sponsored by Outside Magazine, officially begins tomorrow, May 4. In true democratic fashion, this will be a popularity contest, with winners determined by public votes, which gives an unfair advantage to the bigger cities….

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After 3 Years Still Nothing Brewing in Winslow’s Empty Storyville Site

Entering into a new year, a rather gaping question persists about Winslow: What’s the Storyville with the empty business space in the center of our downtown? Formerly Winslow Hardware and Port Madison Home, the prime 6,000-square-foot Bainbridge Island real estate was purchased in late 2011 for $1.6 million by Storyville owners Islander Jon Phelps, Kris Rosentrater, and Jamie…

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Hey, Working Stiffs: Let’s Look at Jobs for Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day, we’re looking at jobs on Bainbridge Island. The American Community Survey of 2008-12 reported that 10,284 of us were employed, with a slight majority—5,452—being men. Of those male workers, 3,307 were in management, professional, and related occupations. The number of female workers in that category was 2,715. The next highest…

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Bainbridge Gets Credit Rating Upgrade from Moody’s

Moody’s Investor Service just gave Bainbridge a credit rating boost on July 8 by upgrading the City’s long-term rating from Aa3 to Aa2 on the City’s Unlimited Tax General Obligation (UTGO) bonds. Moody’s also upgraded the City’s Limited Tax General Obligation (LTGO) bond rating to Aa3 from A1. The UTGO rating action affects $5 million in…

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As the Rotary Turns: A Behind-the-Scenes Peek at the 2014 Auction w/ Photo Gallery

On the eve of the final dropoff day of the 2014 Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction, cars streamed in with this and that and that and this, while flocks of volunteers prepared the goods (and not-so-goods) for the big day, Saturday, June 28. In sum, approximately 350 volunteers work the Rotary, cleaning, sorting, pricing, and displaying…

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Andie Mackin

Bainbridge Downtown Association’s Andie Mackin Leaves to Work for Seattle’s Downtown

Andie Mackin, the Executive Director of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, who helped keep downtown alive during the difficult sewer system upgrade project that tore up Winslow, who captained the revitalization of the downtown economy, and who positioned BIDA as a model for the Main Street Historical Preservation Program, has accepted a job offer at…

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Historic Winslow sign

Local Tourism Funding at a Crossroads: Bill 2229 in Senate

Tourism is the fourth largest export industry in Washington State, employing more than 153,000 people. But since funding for the state tourism office was cut in 2011, the State has had to limp along with only a basic state tourism marketing program funded by the Washington Tourism Alliance. This has left Washington with a growth…

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2013 Main Street Program Invested $110,000 in Bainbridge Businesses

The Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program nudges businesses into giving stimulus money to local businesses by offering B&O tax credits in return. In 2013, the program generated a high return on investment, including on Bainbridge Island. Contributions to the Bainbridge Main Street Program (through the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association) hit a new record of $110,000…

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Photos of the Day: It Doesn’t Get Any Lonelier Than This

Here is a photo gallery of empty and/or available commercial space on Bainbridge Island followed by a Steve Earle video. [portfolio_slideshow id=68245] Related Stories: A Silk Purse Cannot Be Made from a Sow’s Ear: Two Experts Weigh in on Visconsi Visconsi Development Hearings Highlight City’s Lack of Planning Leadership Google Earth Time-Lapse Images of Deforestation…

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Kitsap Bank Presentation

Kitsap Bank Gives $10,000 Check to Bainbridge Island Downtown Association

Tuesday afternoon, January 21, Mayor Pro Tem Val Tollefson, City Councilmember Steven Bonkowski, Bainbridge Island Downtown Association Executive Director Andie Mackin, and numerous Kitsap Bank officials met for the formal presentation of a $10,000 donation from Kitsap Bank to BIDA through the Main Street Program, which helps communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their…

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StowThat Tells You Where to Put It

Bainbridge is the Google-Named Digital Capital of Washington, and for numerous good reasons. One is that there seems to be no end to Islanders’ excellent techie ideas. The latest is StowThat, a solution to storage needs in an era of grown children moving back home and economics-prompted downsizing. Co-Founder Jason Carroll describes it as the…

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Jerry Clark

Silver Screen Video, The Sequel—Coming Soon to Tormey Lane

The owner of Silver Screen Video, Jerry Clark, was all set to shut down his business of 25 years, due to a changing economy and new competing technology, such as live streaming. But then, after the announcement that his doors would close August 31, he received such an outpouring of love and support—combined with demands…

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Will ‘Buy Nothing Bainbridge’ Change the World?

An increasing movement of people say that humans need to change our definition of “growth.” They say the capitalist economic model of build more/buy more/supersize it is unsustainable, leading to overpopulation, climate change, planetary ecological collapse, and the sixth mass extinction—something a multitude of evidence shows is happening right now, day by day. On Bainbridge Island, there…

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Seen More Tourists on Bainbridge Lately? Here’s Why

Does Winslow seem busier than usual, teeming with meandering people sipping lattes, pausing confusedly in clumps in the middle of intersections, lusting after the perks of small-town life? The entity largely responsible for increased visitorship and the accompanying boost to the island economy is the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association and its recent marketing campaign. The…

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Paper Products Etc.

Paper Products Returns to Its “Roots”: Cuts Staff and Narrows Focus

Co-owner Terry Arndt said yesterday that Paper Product’s sales are 60 percent less than they were two years ago, and that was during the Winslow Way construction, which hurt a number of businesses. So the store is making some changes—what Arndt calls going back to the store’s roots: focusing on paper goods and service. The…

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