Bainbridge Island briefs

Free at Bloedel

Dec. 11 is Gratitude Day at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

Entry is free thanks to a grant from Bainbridge Community Foundation and supported by community partner Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center and other donors.

Timed tickets are still required. Go to

They are open Tuesdays through Sundays year-round; hours now are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist showing

Artist Julie Anne Mann, an Olympic Peninsula native, comes home in her first West Coast showing of Forest Portraits.

Her large-scale, etched drawings will be shown Dec. 3-31 at Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island. The Forest Portraits series depicts the unusually anthropomorphic nature of conifer trees found in the Pacific Northwest.

Born in Bremerton and raised in Port Angeles, Mann left Washington to pursue an education and career in New York. Having graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan she continued to engage in the arts showing nationally.

She recently relocated to the Peninsula after 25 years in New York. For details go to or robyking

Blakely compost

A new three-bin collection system is coming to the Blakely Elementary cafeteria for composting.

Students will be able to send their food scraps and paper waste to be turned into compost. Students will be making a difference by diverting waste from landfills.

Very little waste generated in the lunchroom is recyclable due to contamination issues. But the emphasis will be on redirecting compostable items.

For details contact Melanie Danelli at

Tree permits

Olympic National Forest holiday tree permits are available to purchase online through

Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found at

“For every tree that is found, cut and carried home as a holiday fixture, a new story is created,” Forest Service chief Randy Moore said. “These stories become the precious memories that create traditions worth carrying on for generations and further connect families with their local forests.”

Cutting a Christmas tree also improves forest health. The permit system helps to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees. Removing these trees in designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can open areas that provide forage for wildlife.

To obtain a permit go to and select Olympic National Forest Christmas Tree Permits.

Funding restored

A lawsuit filed by the state challenging the Trump administration’s reprogramming of $89 million in appropriation funding for Naval Base Kitsap will no longer be needed following President Biden’s termination of a national emergency declared by Trump.

As a result of Biden’s action, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson agreed Nov. 18 to dismiss his lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by Ferguson after the Trump administration identified a list of targeted projects that included nearly $89 million to build a pier maintenance facility at Naval Base Kitsap.

Washington’s Bangor submarine base is home to the U.S. Pacific Fleet of Trident ballistic missile submarines. Trump’s declaration would have subverted the $88.96 million project to build a pier and maintenance facility at the base, including a boat shop, small-craft fueling station and storage tank, and permanent berthing for two 250-foot blocking vessels.

Sakai yearbook

A school-student-only contest is taking place at Sakai Elementary for art for the yearbook cover.

The illustration only needs to depict Sakai spirit, school themes or shows the school’s heritage.

Students can use colored pencils, pens paint or pastels on an 8½ inch by 11 inch vertical sheet of white paper.

Entries to the office are due by Jan. 3, 2022. Entries will be displayed anonymously in the school for voting by students. The top 25 most creative ways of showing Sakai spirit or heritage will be in the yearbook.

BI police log

Nov. 15 – Fraud theft – identity. Sakai Village Loop NE.

Nov. 15 – Theft. High School Road NE

Nov. 15 – Assault. Madison Avenue N.

Nov. 16 – Attempting to elude pursuing police vehicle. Winslow Way E.

Nov. 16 – Child neglect.

Nov. 17 – Driving under the influence. Highway 305 at Winslow Way

Nov. 17 – Motor vehicle traffic accident. Highway 305 at NE Day Road E.

Nov. 17 – Sex offense. Madison Avenue N.

Nov. 18 – Suicide threats mental investigation.

Nov. 19 – Felony warrant. High School Road.

Nov. 19 – Sex offense. Winslow Way E.

Nov. 19 – Theft motor vehicle parts. Finch Road NE

Nov. 21 – Vehicle theft prowling, NE Manitou Park Blv.

Nov. 22 – Traffic accident, North Madison Ave. NE at Highway 305

Nov. 22 – Harassment, Hildebrand Lane NE.

Nov. 22- Traffic accident, Forest Lane NE at NE Koura Road.

Nov. 23 – Sex offense

Nov. 23 – Robbery, High School Road NE

Nov. 24 – Traffic accident, NE Seabold Church Road at Highway 305

Nov. 24 – Traffic accident, NE Day Road E. at Highway 305

Nov. 25 – Traffic accident, Olympic Drive SE

Nov. 26 – Driving under the influence, Hildebrand Lane NE

Nov. 27 – Traffic accident, Madison Avenue N at Highway 305