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Environment- al Bainbridge Meets Tonight to Prepare for 9/11 Comp Plan Meeting

The group Environmental Bainbridge is holding an “On the Ground” meeting tonight, August 28, in anticipation of the upcoming Comprehensive Plan update citizen input meeting in September. According to Debbi Lester, tonight’s Environmental Bainbridge meeting is a followup to the KeyBank/Visconsi Mall protests and a chance “to come together to achieve a shared vision through the Comprehensive Plan…

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Band on the Run: Council Changes Weekly Meeting Day, Again

Many of us had just gotten used to Bainbridge Island City Council meetings being held on Mondays instead of Wednesdays, a change implemented in February. Leaf wavers take note that the Council has decided to move its meeting time once again, now to Tuesday evenings. The change will begin Tuesday, September 2. Take a trip…

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The Six Madronas Taken Down at Waterfront Park Were Diseased

In late May, Bainbridge Harbormaster Tami Allen noticed that a madrona near the City’s kiosk at Waterfront Park didn’t look right and seemed to be leaning dangerously close. What she didn’t know was that that particular tree and six others were suffering from what was probably a canker fungus. Arborist Katy Bigelow, who was hired…

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Leaf Brandishers at City Council

Leaf-Brandishing Citizens Counsel the Council on the Comprehensive Plan Update

Dozens of people showed up to last night’s (August 25) City Council meeting bearing tree leaves to bear witness to the clearcut of 830 trees for the development of a mall at High School and 305 by Ohio-based Visconsi Companies. A number of the leaf bearers signed up to address the Councilmembers during the public…

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Three New BIPD Officers Take the Oath of Office

At tonight’s (August 25) City Council meeting three Bainbridge Island Police officers took the oath of office: Deputy Chief Jeffrey Horn and two new patrol officers, Jon Bingham and Jon Ledbetter. Chief Matt Hamner told the Council that when he was sworn in 15 months ago as Chief he was told to hire officers who…

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Mailboxes by Beate Meier

Letter to the Editor: Speak Your Mind About the Visconsi Mall at Tonight’s Council Meeting

Please consider going to the City Council Meeting, Monday, August 25, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall to stand up and express yourself regarding the Keybank/Visconsi Mall. Arrive early and sign the Public Comment sign in sheet only if you wish to speak. The Public Comment sign in sheet will be…

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Ask a Cop: What’s with All the Traffic Stops?

This is the first article in our new series Ask a Cop. Send your questions for the Bainbridge Island Police to We’ll get your answers and post them here. Detective Aimee LaClaire is providing the answers. Dear BIPD: I have some questions about the police and the traffic stops you make. It seems like…

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Class Action Lawsuit Over Debt Collection Letter Sent from Prosecutor to Bainbridge Woman

A class action complaint against Missouri-based debt-collection company Bounceback filed by Seattle law firm Terrell, Marshall, Daudt and Willie, PLLC, accuses the company of improperly using the Kitsap Prosecutor’s Office seal in its dealings with a Bainbridge Island woman. The woman wrote a bad $41 check to Goodwill. Seven and a half months later, she received…

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City to Begin Invasive Weed-Targeting Herbicide Application on Rights of Way

At Monday night’s (August 11), City Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement formalizing what has been the ongoing arrangement between the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board and the City of Bainbridge Island, in which KNWB provides weed education and noxious weed eradication assistance. More controversially, the Council also unanimously approved a…

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National Night Out

Stayed in on National Night Out? What You Missed (w/ Photo Gallery)

If you didn’t show up at Sakai Intermediate School Tuesday night, August 5, for the annual National Night Out police-community celebration organized by Officer Carla Sias, you missed out on a great deal. First there was the free food: hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and cotton candy. Then there was the free music: lively guitar by…

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FBI and Kitsap Sheriff’s Office Broaden Search for Missing Girl

A joint law enforcement investigation between the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Seattle Division is underway in the search for missing six-year-old Jenise Paulette Wright. Through its Washington D.C. office, the FBI announced its involvement in the case last night, Tuesday, August 5. They have established an investigative command center in Bremerton, Washington, at Crossroads…

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National Night Out: Free Fun & Food Tuesday

National Night Out is the evening of police-sponsored events across the country that promote involvement in crime-prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhoods united against crime. This year’s NNO, the 31st national, happens Tuesday night, August 5, at Sakai Intermediate School. An estimated 37 million people in more than 16,000 communities across the United States will…

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Police Oversight Ordinance: Worries About Its Scope and Public Expectation

At Monday night’s (July 28) Council meeting, the Bainbridge City Council had a brief discussion about the proposed Police Citizen Advisory Board and the related draft ordinance that City Manager Doug Schulz had given them for their review. The ordinance was the outcome of the work of a citizen task force established earlier in the…

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Ferries Assesses Its Communi- cations After Wrongly Turning Away Thousands of Passengers Tuesday

Anyone riding Washington State Ferries (WSF) on the Seattle/Bainbridge, Seattle/Bremerton, and/or Edmonds/Kingston runs just after noon Tuesday, July 29, knows how chaotic things were after the Bainbridge-bound Tacoma lost power and required tug assistance. With the Wenatchee under repair, the failure of the Tacoma left Seattle/Bainbridge passengers with one-boat service from the Walla Walla until the…

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BIPD Officer Trevor Ziemba Nominated for State Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year

A Crisis Intervention Officer, or CIO, is a specially trained law enforcement officer who works in concert with other CIOs to respond to calls and incidents involving mental illness. Bainbridge Island’s CIO, BIPD Officer Trevor Ziemba, has just been nominated by the Criminal Justice Training Commission of Washington State as CIO of the Year. The…

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Chief Hamner Gets a Deputy

The recent influx of Indianapolitans to Bainbridge has now risen to two. Police Chief Matt Hamner, who came to Bainbridge last year from Indianapolis, has just hired Jeffrey Horn as his new deputy, fresh from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Horn will start work with the Bainbridge Island Police Department this Monday, August 4. Hamner,…

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$3.5M Raised to Get Bainbridge Leg of Visionary Sound to Olympics Trail Moving

Imagine this: taking a safe, stress-free bike ride or walk along Bainbridge Island’s main transit artery, Highway 305. Sound radically beyond your risk-taking nature or ability level? The mild-mannered but tenacious architect of this idea, 40-year Bainbridge Island resident Don Willott, says the separated trail with a vegetation buffer is decidedly not just for commuters or…

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Barb Seitz and Ted Rought

Photo of the Day: Ted Rought’s Last Day with the BIPD

Today was the last day at work for Senior Police Clerk Ted Rought, who is retiring after about 20 years with the Bainbridge Island Police Department. Fellow staff sent him off with stereotypical donuts and other baked goods. His colleague Senior Police Clerk Barb Seitz, a master quilter, made Rought a race car-themed quilt—Rought is…

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City Begins the Big Sewage System Swapout in Eagle Harbor

Today, July 22, a team from the Seattle-based Frank Coluccio Construction Company began the work of replacing the aged and frail sewer lines in Eagle Harbor. This morning several 30,000- to 80,000-pound Caterpillar excavators were parked at the ready along Hawley Way, which has been reinforced with metal plates. The reason for the plates is…

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Options to Replace Our Dump-Held-Together-with-Tape Police Station Narrowed to Three

At its Study Session tomorrow, July 21, our City Council will consider options for moving ahead with plans to replace the Bainbridge Island police station. The three options currently on the table have been narrowed from five presented on May 14 by the Seattle-based architecture/design firm Mackenzie, which specializes in public buildings and was contracted by the…

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