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Over 88% of Bainbridge High School Juniors Opt out

This week Bainbridge High School (BHS) and Eagle Harbor High School (EHHS) sophomores and juniors were scheduled to take the Smarter Balanced test, newly implemented this year. Passing the test will be a necessary prerequisite to graduate starting next year, but this year’s 11th graders already took the High School Proficiency Exam last year to determine…

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Hug a Cop: It’s National Police Week

This week, May 10-16, is National Police Week, and today, May 15, is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. In honor of your local officers, you don’t have to hug anyone—you can just pick up a blue ribbon from the Police Station (at 305 and Winslow Way) and put it on your lapel or your vehicle. People…

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mike scott

Mike Scott Announces Bid for City Council Seat

[Updated May 1, 2015, at 7:35 a.m.] Bainbridge Island City Council member Mike Scott, who was appointed to a vacant position on the Council after Dave Ward stepped down in January of this year, announced today that he is a candidate to retain his seat in the upcoming election in November. Scott said, “I was honored…

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green power

Bainbridge Leads County by Choosing 100% Green Power

In a split decision at the April 28 meeting, the City Council decided that 100 percent of the electricity used to power City facilities will be offset by power generated from Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program. Bainbridge is the first city in the County to do so and only the third in the State. The decision represents a…

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bainbridge police

BIPD Promotes Three Officers to Sergeant as Part of Department Reorganization

The Bainbridge Island Police Department recently decided to change its organization from a more procedural style with lieutenants reporting to the chief to a more operationally focused one with sergeants overseeing shifts and reporting to a deputy chief. Three of the numerous BIPD officers who elected to take the Civil Service Commission exam were selected for promotion:…

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slice of the pie

Community Service Orgs Ask City Not to Outsource Management of Their Financial Support

From 1993 until the beginning of 2011, Health, Housing and Human Services, or HHHS, managed the distribution of Bainbridge City funds to local community service organizations. But in 2011, due to hard economic times and reduced tax revenue, the City cut contract funding to HHHS so that the bulk of available funding could go directly to the organizations…

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Inslee signs CIT bill

Inslee Signs Crisis Intervention Training Act Named After Bainbridge Man Killed by Police

On Friday, April 24, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Douglas M. Ostling Act, which will require that all Washington state law enforcement receive crisis intervention training. The act is named after a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by a Bainbridge police officer after a 911 call. In 2012, Ostling’s parents were…

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Tot Lot

Madison Tot Lot Update

Jim Laughlin, the applicant for the development project at Madison near the tot lot, nearly bent himself in half at the April 14 Council meeting to show how much he wants to honor the City’s and the public’s wishes regarding the Tot Lot. Laughlin’s original plan would have moved the tot lot to the corner of…

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Being green

5 BI Tax Districts Pledge Green Commitments for 2015 in Honor of Earth Day

The Bainbridge Island tax districts—COBI, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Bainbridge Island School District, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District, and Kitsap Regional Library —are uniting in a big way for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. On April 14, the City Council proclaimed the first-ever BI Intergovernmental Recognition of Earth Day. What that means is…

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Traffic Emphasis Hits Bainbridge This Afternoon

You may be seeing a lot of patrol cars on Bainbridge today, April 20. That’s because the Bainbridge Island Police, the Washington State Patrol, and the Bremerton Police are collaborating to target speeders and distracted drivers on the Island between noon and 4 p.m. Target Zero Manager Marsha Masters of the Washington State Patrol explained…

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National Volunteer Week Starts Now: Wear Your Button, Do Your Part, Celebrate

You can’t spit on Bainbridge without hitting a volunteer. Last year, volunteers donated 1,397 hours of their time to the City of Bainbridge Island alone. We have about 17,700 volunteers on the Island, or about three-quarters of the Island population, something the City was able to determine through a community survey in 2013. This week, National…

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well city

Bainbridge Is One Well City

According to the Association of Washington Cities, 66 of every 100 people are overweight, 54 have a poor diet, 47 have high stress, 27 get little or no exercise, 16 have poor emotional health, and 4 use drugs. To combat those numbers, AWC offers what it calls the Well City Awards to cities meeting nine…

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Shoreline by Doug Kerr

Legal Challenge Against City Over SMP Fails

On April 8, the petitioners and respondents in the legal challenge brought by Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management et al. against the City of Bainbridge Island and the Washington State Department of Ecology learned that the challenge is going nowhere. The Growth Management Hearing Board’s decision issued this week supports the City’s Shoreline Management Plan as it…

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Visconsi cleared site

Walgreens and Key Bank Going into Visconsi Site

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) has provided building permits for construction of a full-service Walgreens at the Visconsi-owned site on the corner of Highway 305 and High School Road. According to the permit application, the Walgreens will be a single-story store with a drive-thru pharmacy. The building will be 14,475 square feet on a 1.57…

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Ben Sias

Officer, Civilian of the Year Named at BIPD Gala

At the annual Bainbridge Island Police Department Gala Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 27, held at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Officer Ben Sias was named Officer of the Year. He was awarded a Plaque and Bar for being the highest performing officer in 2014. Sias’ colleagues and volunteer civilians were also honored by the department…

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City Finalizes Location of New Police Station

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall After more than a year of citizen meetings, consultant work and presentations, and Council discussions, the City Council has finally made a decision about where to locate a new police station for the Island. At Tuesday night’s (March 31) meeting, Councilmembers voted 6-1 in favor of a parcel located…

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Russ Melhorn

Bainbridge Amputee Vet Ignored by VA Gets Help from Local Fireman

Bainbridge resident Russell Melhorn served 22 years in the United States Navy. During the Vietnam War he was exposed to a heavy dose of Agent Orange, a deadly chemical used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicide warfare program. Since retiring from the Navy Melhorn’s health has deteriorated. Doctors told him that exposure…

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COBI Staff

City Recognizes Long-Time Service of 5 Employees

Five City of Bainbridge Island staff members were honored this week for their long-term service to the City. They were recognized this week by City Manager Doug Schulze who awarded them with special certificates, talked about them during the City Council meeting, and wrote about them in his weekly newsletter. Four employees just crossed the 20-years-of-service mark: Karl Shaw,…

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Meet BIPD’s Four New Recruits

The Bainbridge Island Police Department has just hired four new officers to replace those who retired this year. Joining the staff are lateral hires Kurt Enget, Bill Shields, and Chuck Kazer and new recruit Cameron Lewis. Enget and Shields started on February 17. Kazer and Lewis started March 16. Cameron Lewis As the newbie to police…

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Council Set to Pass Tamer Leash Law, Considers Off-Leash Trial at Pritchard

At the March 24 City Council meeting, the Council will be voting on and likely passing a much softened version of their originally proposed dog leash law. At this week’s March 17 meeting, the Council had the chance to discuss the latest version on the table and they decided to advance it to next week’s consent…

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