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  • Friday, July 16, 2021 1:30am
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Burn Ban 2

Due to rising fire danger, the Kitsap County Fire Marshal moved to a Phase 2 burn ban July 10.

A Phase 2 burn ban prohibits all outdoor recreational burning in the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. The ban began Saturday and remains in effect until lifted. “Continued seasonal warm, dry weather has dried all fuels to a critical point where no outdoor burning is safe,” said David Lynam, county fire marshal.

This action goes beyond the governor’s recent proclamation and prohibits all outdoor burning including charcoal briquettes and recreational/campfires. No outdoor fires are allowed except in free-standing barbecue appliances using natural gas or propane fuel. BBQ appliances should be used on hard non-combustible surfaces.

“We are several weeks ahead of our normal drying pattern due to the heatwave in June. Wildfires in Eastern Washington are growing together, and all available resources are headed that way. Kitsap has resources available but if something kicks off, resources from other areas are tight,” Lynam added.

Burn bans are not anticipated to be lifted until sometime this fall with the return of seasonal rains. This ban and others that are imposed due to fire danger are not the same as the air quality burn bans implemented by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Chat with chief

Join Bainbridge Island police chief Joe Clark on Zoom July 21 at 6 p.m. for “Chat with the Chief.”

Clark does this for community engagement and to share information.

This edition will focus on the BIPD’s marine program and features harbormaster Tami Allen and lead marine officer Jon Bingham.

Meanwhile, the police station has reopened after its long closure due to COVID-19 restrictions. Hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are still encouraged. Call 206-842-5211 or email police@bainbridgewa.gov to schedule one.

BI lacrosse

Six seniors recently finished their careers for Bainbridge Lacrosse.

They are: Aiden Fitzgerald, Louis Visconti, Wyatt von Bereghy, Henry Furner, Cal Breen and Jaden Mass.

Leader retires

Julie Stone is retiring after 19 years running the Independent Living Program at Housing Resources Bainbridge.

During that time the program has served over 200 low-income Bainbridge Island residents who wish to remain in their homes, but whose age or disabilities put them at risk for injury. Working with licensed contractors, the program facilitates and pays for home modifications, including grab bar and handrail installation and exterior walkway improvements.

Under Stone’s tenure, the program expanded to address housing sustainability by repairing water damage, replacing roofs and performing other home maintenance for qualifying projects. Stone also forged partnerships with Kitsap County agencies to coordinate complementary services, such as weatherization.

“Sitting down with folks and getting to know them, their needs and priorities, was one of the most rewarding aspects of the job,” Stone said.

Volunteer sought

The human services funding task force develops funding recommendations for consideration by the City Council.

In 2021, members will meet August-October to review project proposals for a one-year funding cycle. The award process typically involves member participation in one or two orientation meetings in August and September, and then two or three meetings in October and November to receive and review proposals.

Members cannot serve as board members or paid staff of organizations that will apply for community services funding.

To apply go to www.bain bridgewa.gov The first review of apps is July 16.

Jobless claims low

During the week of June 27 – July 3 there were 5,924 initial regular unemployment claims (down 21.1% from the prior week) and 343,246 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 7%) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department.

Initial regular claims applications are 79% below weekly new claims applications during the same period last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The four-week moving average for initial claims is at 6,966 (compared to 6,071 last year). That level represents the lowest levels of initial claims for regular benefits since the onset of the and the fourth-consecutive week initial claims have reached a new pandemic low.

Initial claims applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance increased over the week. Increases in applications from those in management occupations as well as from Office and Administrative Support occupations drove some of the increase. Initial claims applications for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and continued/ongoing claims for all benefits decreased. Decreases in layoffs in Accommodation and Food Services and Construction contributed to the decrease in regular initial claims.

In the week ending July 3, ESD paid out over $221 million for 268,719 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March 2020, ESD has paid more than $19.7 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.

Bridge repaired

The Hood Canal Bridge was set to be repaired this week to fix damage caused by a collision last month.

Crews from the state Department of Transportation were set to fix a concrete barrier on the south side of the bridge.

The fixes caused intermittent delays for travelers.

Local scholars

Honor roll

Jacob Diehl of Poulsbo, Spokane Falls Community College

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