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


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


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



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

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.… 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

State universal health care by 2026?

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Universal health care for every state resident who wants it could come to Washington by 2026. A bill under… Continue reading

How local state leaders voted

State Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, voted with the majority in passing House Bill 1078, which restores voting rights to felons. If they are not… Continue reading

Senate Democrats propose $59.2 billion state budget

Funding for health care, education and efforts to curb houselessness are promised in a $59.2 billion state budget proposal from state Senate Democrats unveiled March… Continue reading

Local lawmakers vote to implement national 988 suicide hotline

Both of Kitsap County’s state Reps. Drew Hansen and Tarra Simmons voted “yes” for House Bill 1477, implementation of the national 988 system to enhance… Continue reading

BI lawmaker’s bill would help employees

Angelica Relente Columbia Basin Herald A bill moving through the state Legislature would allow workers to bring legal action if labor laws are not upheld.… Continue reading