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Navigate Your Bainbridge Tomorrow: Five Ways to Participate

Tomorrow, October 1, from 7-9 p.m., you are invited to speak your mind about the course currently being set for Bainbridge through the Comprehensive Plan Update. Comprehensive Plans are a sort of sea chart for the direction a community will take over the next 20 years. The Update is required by the Washington State Growth Management…

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Lacking Key Information, City Council Divided on Public Safety Building(s)

At the September 23 City Council meeting, opinions about where a new police station should be located were, if you’ll pardon the pun, all over the map. The preferences from City staff, councilmembers, and the public ranged from (a) co-locating the current City Hall with the Police Department, (b) co-locating the Police and Fire departments…

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Letter to the Editor: Proposed Police Oversight Plan Lacks Independence

Our city council will consider another police oversight proposal Tuesday night. Islanders for Collaborative Policing does not support it.  We’ve made two really positive steps, as a city, in terms of police oversight this year. First, we’ve recognized the importance of oversight. Second, we’ve realized that—in a small city like ours with very few complaints—oversight…

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Letter to the Editor: It’s Climate Week on Bainbridge

Last Tuesday, our City Council passed a resolution declaring September 21–27 Climate Week on Bainbridge Island. I am a representative of one of the two organizations proposing the resolution, Quality Bainbridge and Sustainable Bainbridge. We proposed this for many reasons: As in other efforts, Bainbridge Island should be a leader on this vital issue. We…

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Joe Kunzler

Holy Heart Failure Batman! Navy Growlers Buzz Bainbridge Thursday Night

[Updated at 1:57 p.m. September 19.] Last night, September 18, at approximately 8:15 roaring plane noise and bright lights jolted Bainbridge residents onto their feet. Some ran outside, others attempted to comfort children awakened by the sound, and still others reached for their glass of wine for a refill. The mystery hit Facebook, with numerous…

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City Council Passes Resolution Supporting I-594, Background Checks for Gun Sales

I-594 is a Washington State initiative that, if passed, would require background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms. Tuesday night, September 9, the Bainbridge City Council voted 6-1 for Resolution 2014-20, which expresses support for the initiative and authorizes City Manager Doug Schulze to forward the message to the State Legislature. Before the…

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Lynne Griffith

Washington State Ferries Gets a New Chief

Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced today, September 10, that Lynne Griffith has been appointed to head up its Washington State Ferries (WSF) division as Assistant Secretary. Griffith replaces David Moseley, who resigned last April. Moving from her position as head of Pierce Transit, Griffith officially assumes her leadership role…

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Aquaculture Arrives on Bainbridge: Potential Environmental Disaster or Economic Boon?

Now that the Shoreline Master Plan has been approved by the Department of Ecology, Bainbridge Island is open for offshore aquaculture, or fish and shellfish farming. The first and so far only applicant, a community shellfish farm project of the Puget Sound restoration Fund, was submitted and approved back in 2009 and subsequently received its…

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Whistleblower Tells What Really Happened to the Tacoma Ferry and Why It Could Happen Again

A Washington State Ferries (WSF) repairs supervisor has come forward to Inside Bainbridge to set the record straight about why the Tacoma ferry is out of service, with estimates that it will not be fixed until at least December. The Tacoma suddenly lost power during its 12:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge Island on…

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‘Let’s Get This Done’: Fire Chief Wants Station 23 Fully Staffed for Public Safety

At the August 14 meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners, Bainbridge Island Fire Chief Hank Teran said to the commissioners, “Lets’ get this done.” What he was referring to was fully staffing Station 23, the one on Phelps at Day Road and 305. The 2009 fire levy staffed Station 22 and began the process…

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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-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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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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