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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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Hold That Ballot: Here’s Your Chance to Meet the Law & Justice Candidates

If you’ve looked at your ballot, you know that there are a lot of Law & Justice choices you’re going to have to make. Four people are running for Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney: Russ Hauge, Bob Scales, Tina Robinson, and Bruce Danielson. There are four statewide justice positions to be filled (two candidates are running…

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Don’t Miss the First Meeting of COBI’s 20-Year Comprehensive Plan Update Process

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) is about to begin the vital process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, an update that occurs every 20 years. In accordance with the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), governed by RCW 36.70A, our City and citizens spend two years laying out a vision for growth and preservation that…

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Kelly Eisenhood

Meet Your New Police Clerk, Kelly Eisenhood

Long-time Senior Police Clerk Ted Rought will be retiring from the Bainbridge Island Police Department at the end of next week, on July 25. It has been hard to imagine the station without his happy and very tall presence behind the front glass. But the imagining just got easier with the announcement that his position…

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Council Approves SMP, Waterfront Property Rights Activist Talks About Suing

Less than 24 hours after the City Council approved the Shoreline Master Plan as amended by the Department of Ecology, Islander Gary Tripp used his e-mail list, Bainbridge News Wire, to call on waterfront property owners to meet “to develop a strategy to take legal action against the city over the adoption of the SMP.”…

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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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Chief Hamner Looks Back on His First Year with the BIPD

Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner was sworn in one year ago on June 21. Last week he sat down to review the year. He said, “I came here with the idea that I would figure out what’s going on here.” He said his “number-one goal was to build community trust and confidence, to begin the process. I…

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DOE Issues SMP Changes & Responses to Last Summer’s Public Comments

The always controversial Shoreline Master Plan is about to get more attention. On June 23 the Department of Ecology issued a report reviewing the SMP and its history, sharing the Department’s findings, listing required and recommended changes for the City’s SMP update (to which the City must respond within 30 days), and responding to public…

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City Rolls out Its Final, More Restrictive Pot Plan

Monday night, June 23, the Bainbridge City Council made some hard choices in swift fashion about its so-far controversial marijuana regulations. After reapproving last-year’s temporary regulations mid-May, this time with a November expiration, the Council continued to ponder issues such as whether to allow collective gardens for medical marijuana, whether to allow marijuana retail in…

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Lisa Marshall

There’s a New Marshall in Town: Bainbridge Gets Its Attorney

Lisa Marshall has just been named City Attorney by Bainbridge Island City Manager Doug Schulze after what the City called “a lengthy and rigorous selection process.” That process included panel interviews of five finalists by City Councilmembers, senior staff, and Schulze. He explained it was an “extremely difficult decision, as the finalists each had their…

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Letter to the Editor: The City Is Betraying Our Community for the Sake of Profit

Bainbridge Island’s Comprehensive Plan is an idealistic document made up of seven elements. That idealistic nature, and because state law requires development regulations to be consistent with comprehensive plans, create a nightmare for our city government. It’s a nightmare because COBI is addicted to revenues generated by development to fund its bloated payroll. That development-friendly…

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Ted Rought

Retirement Exodus from BIPD—Senior Clerk Ted Rought Tries Again to Retire

Four long-time BIPD employees—Lieutenant Phil Hawkins, Lieutenant Chris Jensen, Officer Steve Cain, and Senior Police Clerk Ted Rought—are turning in their uniforms (three of them within about 30 days of one another) and moving on to other things, leaving the BIPD short-handed at a time of increased police participation in community events designed to regain public confidence….

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Officer Steve Cain

Retirement Exodus from BIPD—Officer Steve Cain Waves Farewell

Four long-time BIPD employees—Lieutenant Phil Hawkins, Lieutenant Chris Jensen, Officer Steve Cain, and Senior Police Clerk Ted Rought—are turning in their uniforms (three of them within about 30 days of one another) and moving on to other things, leaving the BIPD short-handed at a time of increased police participation in community events designed to regain…

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Lt. Chris Jensen

Retirement Exodus from BIPD—Lt. Chris Jensen Looks Back on 24 Years

There is no single impetus for a series of Bainbridge Island Police Department retirements that is hitting the department at the same time that two staff members are recovering from on-the-job injuries and one is on maternity leave. But four long-time BIPD employees—Lieutenant Phil Hawkins, Lieutenant Chris Jensen, Officer Steve Cain, and Senior Police Clerk…

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Gun by Gideon Tsang

A Look at I-594 (Gun Law the BI Council Says It Will Endorse)

I-594 is the proposed state legislation that concerns background checks for firearm sales or transfers. It’s also the legislation that a number of councilmembers spoke about endorsing at a recent Council meeting. People on both sides of this issue have strong feelings. Let’s examine those differing takes. The Law We’ll begin with the legislation itself. I-594…

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An Indian Residential School Survivor Tells Her Story

After over 40 years, Janice Danielson, Manager of Bainbridge Self Storage and U-Haul, still has nightmares every night about the time she spent incarcerated in an Indian “residential school” as a child. She says in her dreams she is always trying to get out and get home, but she can’t. Danielson, who now works on…

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Latest Eagle Harbor Sewage Spill Likely Leaked for Five Days After Inquiry with City

On Friday, May 30, a Bainbridge Island resident contacted Inside Bainbridge regarding a suspected sewage spill in Winslow near her home on Harborview Drive, near Olympic Drive. That morning Inside Bainbridge in turn contacted City Manager Doug Schulze and Community Engagement Specialist Kellie Stickney to inquire about a possible sewage spill in Winslow. Stickney promptly responded…

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Pot Retail on Bainbridge Will Be Limited to Business Industrial Areas

At Monday night’s (June 2) Bainbridge Island City Council meeting, the Council acted swiftly and harmoniously to put some finishing touches on the marijuana ordinance passed May 16, an ordinance set to expire automatically in November. Among those finishing touches, which will be drafted into an amended ordinance up for a vote at a future…

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Council Majority Won’t Support Blair in “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”

At the very end of May 27 City Council meeting, during the Good of the Order, Mayor Anne Blair asked the Council’s blessing to be involved in Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), an organization formed in 2006 “to fight for common-sense gun laws.” She said she had decided to ask instead of just joining the…

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Mail by Jasleen Kaur

Letter to the Editor: Council- members’ Attorney Responds to Ruling Against Her Clients

I am counsel for Council Members Bonkowski and Ward in the Paulson Public Records Act case. The City of Bainbridge Island and City Council Members Bonkowski and Ward take very seriously their responsibilities under the Public Records Act (“PRA”) and they have done so from the outset. In finding fault with the City and its…

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