COVID dominates high tales of 2021

COVID dominates high tales of 2021

Prime tales of the yr


Hackers have been a priority on BI as companies fell sufferer to fraud as extra of them turned to on-line in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BI ethics board didn’t discover any validity to complaints made towards former Councilmember Kol Medina, who left to take a job in Walla Walla.

Sound Publishing, father or mother firm of the Bainbridge Island Evaluate, supplied grants to native companies to assist them with promoting throughout troubling instances of COVID.

Rasham Nassar was named new mayor of BI.

Historic rains precipitated the second sewage spill at Eagle Harbor in every week because the wastewater plant overflowed.

Gov. Jay Inslee introduced plans for reopening companies, below sure restrictions.

The Bainbridge Island College District started a pilot COVID-testing web site.

Ridership on state Ferries dropped 40% as a consequence of COVID.

Landslides, downed bushes on energy strains and energy outages attributable to windy climate, wreaked havoc on BI.

BISD was in search of assist for its upcoming Enrichment and Operations Levy, together with its Know-how Levy.

BI narrowed its new metropolis supervisor search to a few.

The WIAA introduced plans to begin its Fall sports activities season in February, after months of delays as a consequence of COVID.

Additionally, after months of delays as a consequence of COVID, the BISD introduced it was going to return to in-person studying the next Monday, nonetheless, college students might nonetheless select to do distance studying from house.

The general public was involved that two roundabouts scheduled to be constructed that summer season would trigger visitors woes as a consequence of building.

A survey of the highest money-makers amongst public servants in BI confirmed former metropolis supervisor Morgan Smith on the high at $188,600 a yr. The deputy metropolis supervisor was second, metropolis lawyer and finance director tied for third and new police chief Joe Clark fifth.

BI’s local weather change advisory committee gave tips about how town can scale back its carbon imprint.

Youngsters repurpose outdated supplies and switch it into artwork at a brand new enterprise in BI.

Swedish introduced it could shut its major clinic within the spring.

Bainbridge introduced it could re-join the Olympic League for sports activities this yr as a consequence of points attributable to COVID, together with transportation woes.

The town and BI Parks agreed to work collectively to enhance trails.

College students have been bodily again in class this week.

BI agrees to rent Blair King of Coronado as its new
metropolis supervisor.

Even funeral properties have gotten environmentally pleasant utilizing varied methods to minimize their carbon footprint on the outside.

The Sportsmen’s Membership in BI was taking steps so folks might use the ability safely throughout COVID.

A neighborhood landscaper was being environmentally pleasant by utilizing oyster shells.

Whereas many issues have been shut down or scaled again throughout COVID, that wasn’t true at Wing Level golf on BI, which noticed a file variety of rounds performed.

A cougar was killing livestock on BI.


The Bainbridge Island College District was divided about returning to highschool or sticking to on-line studying due to persevering with considerations about COVID.

Puget Sound Power once more tried to indicate BI residents the necessity for a brand new “Lacking Hyperlink” transmission line.

Island Music Guild began a fundraiser to “Save the Music” after months of points associated to COVID restrictions.

Islanders have been involved about having to go elsewhere for the COVID vaccine as a result of sufficient of it wasn’t obtainable right here to satisfy the demand.

New Councilmember Brenda Fantroy-Johnson stated it must get to the reality relating to the selection of the previous Harrison Medical Heart for a police-court facility.

Each BI faculty levies handed simply.

The Washington Newspapers Publishers Affiliation was involved {that a} vote for BI’s new metropolis supervisor was taken in secret, which might be a violation of the state Open Conferences Act. Nonetheless, metropolis lawyer Joe Levan argued it was a technique to rank the candidates, not a remaining vote, subsequently it was authorized.

Councilmember Brenda Fantroy-Johnson, on this system “Brave Conversations,” inspired folks to speak about race to make it extra acceptable as a difficulty that might be brazenly and truthfully mentioned.

A public data request filed by the Bainbridge Island Evaluate confirmed quite a few emails despatched to town relating to considerations a couple of potential police-court facility on the former Harrison Medical Heart constructing.

Companies in BI have been enthusiastic about Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to reopen them in restricted capability as a part of Section 2.

A Kingston man was charged for being a part of the riot on the U.S. Capitol the earlier month.

BI museums have been set to return to enterprise in a restricted capability as a part of the governor’s reopening plan.

The legislature was able to go a regulation that may assist renters keep of their properties, however harm landlords financially.

New metropolis supervisor Blair King stated it was his job to assist the council work collectively.

David Kotz of BI is exclusive in that he does all of it – from reducing down the bushes to creating his personal completed wooden furnishings.

Bainbridge Performing Arts deliberate a rework that can join it higher to the City Sq..

BI regarded into offering hazard pay for frontline grocery staff.


The BI Planning Fee, a minimum of a number of the members, have been at odds with town’s Design Requirements Evaluate Board relating to the proposed Wintergreen Townhomes undertaking. Some stated you “can’t have all of the whistles and bells” if you wish to have inexpensive housing as a result of it could not make sense for builders.

BI police chief Joe Clark was anxious some drug addicts would not obtain the assistance they want due to regulation enforcement’s determination to cease arresting folks for possession of medicine.

BI determined to place welcoming indicators round city that emphasize “Range, Fairness and Inclusion.”

An ultramarathon round BI isn’t about velocity, however about technique, race director Chris Heiden stated.

A theater was a part of new amenities set to open at Bainbridge Excessive College.

After honoring well being care staff for a yr by ringing a church bell downtown on the similar time day by day, David Beemer determined to cease that on the one-year anniversary.

The Bainbridge Artisan Useful resource Community lastly reopened after COVID closures.

Three Bainbridge Excessive College college students on the junior varsity volleyball crew died in a automobile crash after one of many matches.

The concept of placing bike trails at a BI park introduced a mountain-sized debate to city as fans battled environmentalists.

Specialists in psychological well being share ideas in coping with tragedy at BHS.

The household of one of many ladies who died within the automobile crash began a scholarship as a memorial to their daughter.

A graduate of Bainbridge revealed a marriage information on what to do throughout COVID.

BI regarded into banning accommodations downtown briefly.

After a prolonged day without work as a consequence of COVID, the BI saddle membership was again in motion once more.

A BI enterprise matched start mothers with adoptive mother and father on-line in a trend much like on-line courting.


Looking forward to Fall, the Bainbridge faculty district already was planning to return to in-person instruction.

Neighbors have been involved a proposed 82-unit house complicated at Madison Avenue and Wyatt Manner could be a detriment to their public park.

The police-court facility was placed on maintain till new metropolis supervisor Blair King might overview the whole lot of the undertaking.

Digital visits to the physician have change into extra frequent below COVID and are prone to proceed afterward as a consequence of its many conveniences.

Clarence Moriwaki, president of the BI Japanese American neighborhood, in contrast internment throughout World Struggle II to their latest mistreatment throughout the nation.

Conferences have been happening to debate the way forward for Island Heart.

A growth moratorium ended on BI.

All residents age 16 and older grew to become eligible for COVID vaccines.

The BI council denied the brand new Winslow Resort amid considerations over its course of.

Some companies in BI truly have been capable of thrive throughout COVID due to modifications they made to suit the state of affairs.

It took a crew effort to battle COVID on BI, with varied teams working collectively on big vaccination occasions.

Memorials have been set for the women who died within the accident final month.

The concept of a boardwalk on Eagle Harbor was mentioned at a BI council assembly.

The listening to examiner validated an ethics criticism about former councilmember Kol Medina.

BI environmentalists Olaf Ribeiro and Charles Schmid have been honored with their very own days by the Metropolis Council.

Mayor Rasham Nassar’s fascinating background explains why she’s so captivated with so many points Bainbridge Islanders care about.

BI council members have been set to obtain big raises because it had been so lengthy since that had occurred, and the time wanted to do the job had elevated a lot.

BI lastly made some headway in engaged on a Housing Motion Plan.

Goats have been getting used as an environmentally delicate technique to clear land for the Sakai Path extension.

A neighborhood lady with most cancers chooses demise with dignity.


BI’s Design Evaluate Board loves the reworking plan of Bainbridge Performing Arts facility.

BI faculties OK new race, fairness coverage.

BI’s on-line Ethics Board assembly heats up over race.

Mountain bike fans in the reduction of their request for trails at a BI park, however opposition nonetheless is robust.

BI seems at property tax aid for builders involved in inexpensive housing.

Lights have been proposed for soccer fields, however neighbors have been towards them, despite the fact that they’d be directional and reduce sky air pollution.

A $1 million donation solved the mountain bike path challenge. It will not be at a nature park, however subsequent to Strawberry Hill Park, which incorporates quite a few leisure amenities, similar to a skate park, canine park, tennis courtroom, ballfields, and so forth. The bike path could be positioned subsequent door, due to a 10-acre land donation.

Shifting to Section 3 in Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan meant amenities like a climbing enterprise on BI might once more have clients.

New metropolis supervisor Blair King made his mark at his first Metropolis Council assembly, serving to to maneuver the occasion alongside. It was a lot shorter than earlier conferences had been in consequence.

Regardless of improved COVID numbers and fewer authorities restrictions, Bainbridge Rotary selected maintaining its public sale digital for a second-straight yr. PAWS did the identical factor.

Throughout submitting interval Mayor Rasham Nassar picked up a challenger, as did Councilmember Joe Deets, whereas 4 filed for an open seat to be vacated by Councilmember Christy Carr.

The BI Metropolis Council had a significant dialogue on if an excessive amount of cash is spent on policing right here, and never sufficient on social companies. It was a dialogue happening throughout the nation throughout a defund police motion.

Bainbridge faculties superintendent Peter Bang-Knudsen mirrored on challenges of COVID and his hope for a return to normalcy.

BI awarded grants to 40 companies to assist them get well from COVID.

BI canines have been being utilized in a examine to attempt to sniff out COVID.

Retro data and books have been successful at Backstreet Beat in BI.


The Bainbridge faculties superintendent known as on the neighborhood to vary its “tradition of nope” to an “island of hope” to encourage extra optimism throughout COVID.

Islanders celebrated Scotch Broom in a enjoyable manner with a parade.

Lastly, the Youngsters Museum reopened following an extended closure as a consequence of COVID.

Bainbridge faculty district needed to maintain athletics within the Olympic League subsequent yr to save lots of on transportation prices and in addition to stay extra aggressive.

Some members of the Ethics Board needed to maintain their course of extra secretive.

BI checked out bettering its wastewater remedy plant and charging a lodging tax.

BI Parks regarded into shopping for the Bainbridge Athletic Heart.

The BI Metropolis Council determined to make strikes to ban straws and different plastic objects that harm the setting, previous to the state mandating it.

Main enhancements have been made on the KidsUp! playground.

Winners of the general public artwork contest have been introduced in BI.

Work started on Eagle Harbor Drive’s new biking and strolling paths.

BI ponders what to do with $7 million it receives in federal funding for COVID restoration.

The Class of 2021 graduates in particular person, however with many limitations as a consequence of COVID.

Extra particulars got here out about shopping for the BAC. The value was a lot decrease than a brand new facility at Sakai Park would have been. Some neighborhood members have been upset anyway as a result of the placement is farther from city.

A minority report got here out about Island Heart, saying metropolis authorities was too controlling within the course of so it was not correct of what the residents there needed.

BI companies satisfied metropolis authorities to reduce its plastics regulation some in the meanwhile.

Bainbridge Group Basis handed out $420,000 to native nonprofits to assist them get well after COVID.

BI Parks votes to purchase the BAC for $13 million.

BARN volunteers construct tiny homes to assist the homeless.

Molly McCabe of BI gained a statewide Excellence in Transforming Award from the Enterprise Trade Affiliation of Washington.

BHS was allowed to remain in Olympic League as principals overrule the faculties’ athletic administrators in voting.

BI Public Artwork Committee One thing New program picked a duo who sculpts as its winner once more.


Even in areas the place they have been authorized, few folks set off fireworks on the 4th of July as a consequence of dry situations.

Islanders tried to maintain cool throughout an excessive heatwave.

BI Planning Fee continued to debate definition of Landmark Timber.

Barbecue grill began two-alarm home hearth in BI.

BI’s Koura Path lastly opened to the general public.

BI resident drew upon caregiving expertise to put in writing Alzheimer’s information.

Regardless of early considerations, BISD COVID numbers have been minimal

How does BI spell aid? Companies open at 100% capability.

BI Council mentioned the inexpensive housing disaster.

Developer pushed for 31 unit inexpensive housing undertaking close to Walgreens.

BI Little League Majors seize district championship.

Metropolis supervisor was a sufferer of racism.

Heatwave kills 4 in Kitsap County.

County sought enter on plan for growing older and long-term care.

Kitsap considers tax for inexpensive housing.

2 tackle mayor for council spot.

Metropolis’s buy of BAC figuring out thus far.

3 candidates problem incumbent Deets for BI council seat.

‘Reflection’ sculpture purchased by BI for $11,500.

BI information helps Poulsbo climber suggest on Mount Everest.

BPA will get $1.6 million for rework.

Island Heart density was a key challenge for BI fee.

Commissioners urge BI council to guard homes from hearth.

Uber-like app now obtainable for BI Journey.

Neighbors battle over entry highway close to Wilkes Elementary.

Native creator publishes a ebook about help canines.

BI council seems at PSE transmission line proposal.

State reaches 70% vaccination aim.

Ethics allegations made towards 2 on BI council.

Efforts to cease BAC sale upset proprietor.

A BHS graduate was instrumental within the profitable launch of Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.

Plug your ears, ferry walkway building goes to be noisy.


Moriwaki, Deets and parks profitable as mayor trails in major election.

COVID, housing and funds mentioned at BI faculty assembly.

Shoreline house owners lastly get probability to debate administration plan.

BI parks presents info on BAC.

Virtually 400 folks registered for a pickleball match.

Neighbors objected to accommodate deliberate close to wetlands.

Use of pressure regulation considerations police departments.

Dinah Manoff, retired actress turned novelist, releases first ebook.

BAC’s title modified to the BI Recreation Heart.

Drive-in, walk-in films will run by August.

Island resident claims that the BI Metropolis Council was ill-informed a couple of neighborhood dispute over an entry highway close to Wilkes Elementary.

‘Searching Bigfoot’ film premiers at Lynwood theater.

Metropolis Council voted ‘no’ on inexpensive housing, however allowed Madison Sidewalk Mission to increase.

Many uneasy as BI faculties begin up.

BI Council decides to not disband Ethics Committee.

New ‘resimercial ’ consignment retailer opens in Winslow.

Ultimate election outcomes; Peltier edges Mandlekorm to win by 26 votes.

PSE explains points with underground transmission strains.

Masks not required for outside sports activities this fall.

Kitsap knowledgeable urges neighborhood to put on masks in public indoors.

Inslee stated get pictures or lose job.

$7 million? ‘Want we had $70 million’ to assist take care of COVID, BI council members say.

Insurance coverage consultants warn customers to watch out coping with long-term care mandate.

Metropolis affords driving directions on easy methods to negotiate a roundabout.

Summer season camp offers youngsters one thing to cheer about.

Athletes started prepping for college sports activities with COVID tips in place.

Make it your self within the BARN.


COVID instances climbed larger than ever.

BI college students returned to in-person courses.

BHS water polo mother and father have been confronted with paying larger participation charges for membership sport.

BISD faculty board accepted a $59.6 million spending funds.

Psychological well being was a much bigger concern than ever as faculties began the brand new yr.

BI parks formally opened the Public Recreation Heart in BI.

BI activist helped ladies musicians out of Afghanistan.

Providing on-line courses and companies in the course of the pandemic was a blessing in disguise for Winslow Artwork Heart.

Legal professional spoke out concerning the a few years of lip service BI has given to inexpensive housing.

A brand new south entrance path to Gazzam Lake Protect was accomplished by the park’s division’s Summer season Trails Crew.

A BI physician and nurse practitioner wrote a report objecting to the waste of the Pfizer vaccine, which might have been used to assist many in growing nations.

The Sustainable Transportation Committee realized that {dollars} would go additional if BI transportation initiatives have been bundled.

BI College District noticed scholar enrollment enhance from final yr.

Eight nationwide champs got here from the BI Pacific Fusion Premier Martial Arts crew, which gained 27 titles on the Taekwondo Nationwide Championships in Las Vegas.

BI delayed a call on increasing the Madison Avenue Sidewalk Mission.

BI mayor stated video put collectively by metropolis workers on police-court facility was ‘propaganda.’

COVID deaths have been as excessive as ever in Kitsap County.


Chris Smith challenged Brenda Fantroy-Johnson for BI council.

The BI Particular Wants Basis reopened Stephens Home to assist these with particular wants.

Kitsap youths have been hit laborious by the Delta variant.

A scarcity of Washington State Ferries crew led to quite a few crusing cancellations.

Bainbridge Group Basis Report confirmed BI vulnerabilities.

Washington State Redistricting Fee proposed legislative modifications.

Tom Goodling and David Maron ran for place on BI parks board.

BI wanted extra data on PSE’s ‘Lacking Hyperlink’.

BI council election heated up at debates and the largest division was on the police station-courthouse challenge.

2 newcomers, Jon Quitslund and Kent Scott, confronted off for the South Ward council seat.

BI Planning and Group Improvement director Heather Wright left BI to fill the same job in Poulsbo.

A $500 incentive was accepted for Kitsap County workers who’re totally vaccinated by the tip of the yr.

2 candidates confronted off for BI hearth fee submit.

Neighbors made peace over entry highway.

BI Evaluate and North Kitsap Herald gained 22 WNPA awards.

BI faculties have been higher off with COVID than others in Kitsap.

Metropolis Council prioritized security over environmental values for the nonmotorized transportation plan for Eagle Harbor Drive.

WSF reduce BI and Kingston service to at least one boat every as a consequence of workers shortages.

League of Ladies Voters debate featured rapid-fire solutions.

BI metropolis workers and neighborhood stakeholders drafted an ordinance on plastic and waste discount.

The Fall Live performance Sequence returned to the Manor Home at Nice Seaside Village.

BI Parks mentioned concepts for main rework of Strawberry Hill Park.

BHS band gained the Excessive Percussion Award for Division A faculties on the Puget Sound Competition of Bands.

BI Metropolis Council and planning fee mentioned an inexpensive housing undertaking proposed by Bethany Lutheran Church.

The nonprofit Puget Sound Restoration started providing memberships to the Port Madison Group Shellfish Farm on BI to encourage neighborhood oyster farming.

Kitsap County’s Proposition 2 was on the poll to enhance 911 dispatch companies.

The Sakai Path work was accomplished for the Nov. 3 grand opening.

Halloween occasions befell across the island.


Dad and mom criticized BI faculty district’s outdoor-mask coverage.

BI elected new council members.

COVID charges start to drop in Kitsap County.

BI Evaluate begins mailing newspapers to readers to make sure well timed and dependable service.

Fort Ward Stables renovation undertaking clears hurdle towards completion of two-phase undertaking for an academic facility, an architectural faculty and workplace house.

COVID charges proceed to drop in Kitsap County.

Youngsters ages 5 to 11 are cleared for COVID vaccines.

COVID Pfizer pediatric vaccines got on the Commodore Choices faculty.

A person tried to steal an ATM at Fletcher Bay Mart.

BI Evaluate reporter Mark Krulish ends 4 years protecting sports activities in Kitsap County.

REAC complained a couple of lack of respect from the Metropolis Council relating to fairness considerations.

BI celebrated the primary anniversary of its Local weather Motion Plan.

A BHS grad and creator of a free app for school financing acquired a $980K grant from Invoice Gates.

Bainbridge Group Basis honored Bainbridge Group Pharmacy, Bainbridge Prepares, town, BI Fireplace Division, Rotary Membership of BI Senior Group Heart and Island Volunteer Caregivers for vaccinating 82% of BI residents ages 12 and older, which was the very best charge in Kitsap County.

The Sakai Connector Path formally opened to the general public Nov. 4.

BARN volunteers helped a Poulsbo Center College scholar make 1,000 cranes to finish his Eagle Scout undertaking.

4 new startups braved COVID and opened for enterprise in Winslow.

The BI Metropolis Council adopted a regulation to additional scale back plastic waste from foodservice and lodging companies.

The BI faculty district stopped requiring college students in grades 7-12 to put on COVID safety masks open air.

Blakely Elementary College gained an award for studying setting design.

BI couple offers $1 million for Kitsap Humane Society’s veterinary middle.

Vacation occasions returned after COVID restrictions started to ease.

BI Metro Parks agrees to construct the Misplaced Valley Path, which is able to join Winslow and Gazzam Lake Park.

Lynwood Theatre held a particular screening of “A Match Made at Christmas,” a regionally made rom-com that includes BI actress Shannon Dowling.

BI repaired the sliding slope at NE Yeomalt Drive.


BI doesn’t simply lack inexpensive housing, all housing stock is low.

BI celebrates annual Tree Lighting occasion at Winslow Inexperienced.

Thanksgiving weekend purchasing on the island was extra like ordinary this yr.

Scouting out Christmas bushes on BI? They’re shorter this yr.

Regardless of COVID, faculty district begins getting again to its traditions.

Bainbridge Performing Arts closed out 2021 with music and comedy at a brand new venue — Bainbridge Cinemas – whereas their outdated one is transformed.

The thirty eighth Annual Winter Studio Tour returned with 40 juried artists promoting hand-crafted artwork at six native studios and neighborhood halls.

Kitsap County group opposes BI police growth to Harrison Medical Heart.

PSE picks the ‘Lacking Hyperlink’ route line that can run from Murden Cove to Winslow.

KPHD urges public to not transmit COVID this vacation season.

BI resident carries on custom of establishing vacation lighting show on Ferncliff Avenue for greater than 50 years.

Parking continues to be a significant concern for the Wintergreen Townhomes inexpensive housing undertaking as listening to examiner reviewed paperwork and testimony earlier than making a call.

First Sundays Concert events returned for seventeenth season with eight in-person performances by classical and jazz artists at Waterfront Group Heart.

BI considers rising growth charges that haven’t been raised in 15 years.

BI trainer was charged with vehicular assault following an accident that despatched a Poulsbo man to Harborview Medical Heart in Seattle.

The Kitsap Sports activities Corridor of Fame inductees included 2001 Little League crew from Bainbridge Island that superior all the best way to the World Sequence.

Jewish neighborhood celebrated Hanukkah on Bainbridge Island.

BI Operations and Upkeep crew gears up for chilly climate.

Kitsap County approves $7M for psychological well being applications.

Snow was the massive information to finish of the yr as a number of inches fell, inflicting issues on the roads regardless of plowing and de-icing efforts by town and county.

A memorial at Bainbridge High School honored three students who died in a car crash.

A memorial at Bainbridge Excessive College honored three college students who died in a automobile crash.

Wintergreen Townhomes, affordable housing in a commercial area, led to a long discussion in various governmental bodies.

Wintergreen Townhomes, inexpensive housing in a business space, led to an extended dialogue in varied governmental our bodies.

Mayor Rasham Nassar’s diverse background showed why she was so passionate about issues important to islanders.

Mayor Rasham Nassar’s various background confirmed why she was so captivated with points essential to islanders.

Bainbridge Island had a great season in baseball, thanks to four pitchers going on to throw at Division 1 schools in college.

Bainbridge Island had an important season in baseball, due to 4 pitchers happening to throw at Division 1 faculties in school.

After almost 30 years, Puget Sound Energy finally was able to convince residents that a transmission line would lessen power outages on Bainbridge lsland.

After nearly 30 years, Puget Sound Power lastly was capable of persuade residents {that a} transmission line would reduce energy outages on Bainbridge lsland.

High school graduation was able to take place in person, although students were limited in the number of family members and friends who could attend.

Highschool commencement was capable of happen in particular person, though college students have been restricted within the variety of members of the family and buddies who might attend.

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Goats were used as an environmentally friendly way to clear vegetation from the new Sakai Trail.

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Goats have been used as an environmentally pleasant technique to clear vegetation from the brand new Sakai Path.


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Goats have been used as an environmentally pleasant technique to clear vegetation from the brand new Sakai Path.


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Goats have been used as an environmentally pleasant technique to clear vegetation from the brand new Sakai Path.


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Goats have been used as an environmentally pleasant technique to clear vegetation from the brand new Sakai Path.