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Ray Williamson Pool. Courtesy Photo

BI pool needs extreme makeover

Ray Williamson Pool at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center is showing its age. It’s 51, built in 1970 as an outdoor pool. “Nobody thought this… Continue reading

 

Heather Wright

Planning director switches from BI to Poulsbo

Planning and Community Development director Heather Wright is leaving Bainbridge Island to take a similar job in Poulsbo, which is closer to where she lives.… Continue reading

 

The BI Planning Commission is now looking at the Wintergreen Project. Courtesy illustration

Planning panel split on Wintergreen

The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission looks to be split regarding the Wintergreen Townhomes affordable housing project. After 11 months, they finally got to share their… Continue reading

 

Improvements to the wastewater treatment plant were high on the list of priorities for funding. Courtesy Photo

$7 million? ‘Wish we had $70 million’

It probably sounds like a lot of money to most people, but sometimes $7 million just isn’t enough. “I wish we had $70 million,” Bainbridge… Continue reading

Improvements to the wastewater treatment plant were high on the list of priorities for funding. Courtesy Photo
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Be careful dealing with long-term care

At the same time the state is requiring residents to buy long-term care insurance providers are running away. “Almost all have left the state,” John… Continue reading

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Plug your ears: Ferry walkway construction could get noisy

If it keeps you awake, the state Department of Transportation can provide you with a white-noise machine. Or earplugs. Those were some of the mitigation… Continue reading

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The color scheme of the roundabouts has been toned down. Courtesy illustration

BI council looks to ease 305 roundabout concerns

During public comments at Tuesday’s Bainbridge Island City Council meeting, a few people complained about the $15 million roundabouts to be built on Highway 305… Continue reading

The color scheme of the roundabouts has been toned down. Courtesy illustration
What makes a landmark tree? Bainbridge Island Review File Photo

Planners wonder, ‘What makes a landmark tree?’

The root of the issue is saving trees. The developing Landmark Tree Ordinance does that, but some members of the Bainbridge Island Planning Commission wonder… Continue reading

What makes a landmark tree? Bainbridge Island Review File Photo
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How secretive should Ethics Board process be?

If you file a complaint it shouldn’t be a secret, but much of the rest of the process should be. That’s the overall message that… Continue reading

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Layout of the wastewater treatment plant on Bainbridge Island. Courtesy Photos

BI Council studies wastewater plant, lodging tax

The Bainbridge Island City Council looked at its wastewater treatment plant and hotel-motel tax last week. The council expressed concerns about the wastewater treatment plant… Continue reading

Layout of the wastewater treatment plant on Bainbridge Island. Courtesy Photos

Lawmakers pass $59 billion budget

As the end of the mostly virtual legislative session drew near April 25, lawmakers passed a $59 billion budget that will funnel millions into childcare,… Continue reading

Inslee helps renters, pulls back on landlords

Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law an automatic right for tenants to have an attorney, though it came with a catch — Inslee sent back… Continue reading

How did your state leaders vote?

Legislature enters final weekend

Tax credit for working families passes

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A tax credit for working families in Washington passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote April 11, with lawmakers… Continue reading

State OKs cap on carbon emissions

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A controversial statewide cap on carbon emissions scraped through the Legislature in a 25-24 vote April 8 after lawmakers… Continue reading

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. (file photo)

Incarcerated people to regain right to vote

Rights restored immediately upon release

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. (file photo)

Electric transportation in state budget

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service The state House of Representatives passed a $10.94 billion transportation budget with some bipartisan support. The vote on April… Continue reading

State government OKs $6.23 billion capital budget

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Lawmakers passed a $6.23 billion capital budget April 2 in a unanimous vote, earmarking millions of state and federal… Continue reading

How your state leaders voted

Kitsap County state Reps. Tarrra Simmons and Drew Hansen and Sen. Christine Rolfes all voted with the Democratic majorities on major issues this week. WashingtonVotes.org… Continue reading

More taxpayer funds for child care in the works

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Early childhood care and education in the state would see sweeping reform through the expansion of affordable child health… Continue reading

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