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After a week of daunting climate news, here’s your Friday reward: Internet news sensation, Kitsap Report TV, in a no-holds-barred interview with Bainbridge mayor Anne Blair on pressing topics like our city council’s military coup, fast food and twerking. Be sure to look for Councilman Bonkowski’s wink.

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This article is from Estately, a real estate sales blog. A little taunting for those unfortunates who don’t live here yet.

13 Reasons You Should NEVER Move to Bainbridge Island

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At first glance, Bainbridge Island appears to be a fantastic place to live. It has beautiful scenery, great schools, low crime, friendly people, and it’s only a short ferry ride from Seattle. It’s no wonder so many people want to move there. However, few people know of the horrors that come with Bainbridge Island living. If you, or someone you love, are considering moving to Bainbridge Island, you’d best read this and then get back on the ferry and return to the mainland.

SEA LIONS THAT BARK ALL NIGHT

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Looking to move out of the city for some peace and quiet? Maybe to a little island where you can hear the waves gently lapping at the shore? Well, hope you like the sounds of flatulent sea lions barking all hours of the night from their offshore buoys. BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! It’s like living across the street from a sea lion frat house during rush week.

YOUR NOVEL WILL REMAIN UNPUBLISHED

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Even if you corner him at the bakery, even if you beg and plead, local PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author David Guterson isn’t going to read your novel. In fact, the likelihood of him offering feedback on your vampire-themed thriller is equal to the likelihood of snow falling on cedars in Hell. (more…)

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I wrote yesterday about the big money that went into our election, and hoped that we could put that kind of money toward local non-profits this year too.

I neglected to mention another, crucial part of our community well-being: our local media. As we all know, the news business has been destroyed by the Internet and is now scrambling to figure out a business model that works in an age when everyone expects their news for free. Paywalls may yet be the future, but I don’t know many islanders who have subscribed to the Kitsap Sun since they started using theirs. I read it at the library if I’m particularly interested in one of their stories, but I don’t intend to subscribe for the privilege of reading Kitsap Sun articles and their Bainbridge-hating commenters.

And that points up the problem with paywalls—-the product has to be unique and very attractive to entice readers to pay, now that we’re all used to free news.

Yet this election surely has demonstrated how important the news is in our community. Without the Bainbridge Review and Inside Bainbridge, we would have only the most partisan of information. In the past month, if people had only the Trippwire, the Bainbridge Notebook and various personal emails on which to base voting decisions, I don’t think anyone could have made a fully-informed decision. I am fully aware of the limitations of my blog, and don’t pretend to be a real news source. I write columns and opinion pieces on subjects that interest me, based on the best information I can find. While blogs like mine serve a purpose, they cannot take the place of news organizations. (more…)

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Inside Bainbridge posted an informational article today about T-PAC and the Quality Bainbridge effort to raise money to support Roth, Tollefson and Townsend.

Two PACs to face off in Bainbridge City Council Election

Here are recent articles the Bainbridge Review has posted about T-PAC and Quality Bainbridge:

Grassroots group to launch new political committee to push back against Tripp campaign

Activist outpaces most council candidates in raising money for November election

Tripp starts political action committee to support slate of three candidates for Bainbridge City Council

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Yesterday, the Council wrestled with ways to cut another $3.5 million from its budget, directing staff to reduce labor costs by $1 million, sell $1 million in surplus property and cut another $1.5 million from expenses using a Council-developed set of priorities. But, according to the Review, Council acknowledged that cuts alone cannot stabilize our foundering City. Among other ideas, they talked about the possibility of moving the island’s municipal court to City Hall, out-sourcing police services to Kitsap County and minimizing long-range planning. 

Over the past several years, City Hall has been wracked with conflict and rancorous dissent.  Council members have vehemently disagreed with the administration and with each other. The public has shown up to Council meetings in larger and angrier numbers. Trust in City Hall has been shredded. As citizens have grown frustrated with their government, displays of temper and disrespect have sometimes substituted for true participation in the democratic process. In my 15 years on the island, this is a low point in civic life. (more…)

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Former P-I reporter Gil Bailey sent these reflections to mark today’s final print edition Seattle P-I.

Mourn not for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, whose print edition ceased publication today (Tuesday). It was not a great newspaper. Sometimes it was not even a good newspaper.

Mourn for the 140 plus women and men who lost their jobs. Care for them, help, support and pray for them. They fought the good fight, and lost because of the owner of the P-I, the Hearst Corporation.

Business decisions, some very bad judgments, and the owner’s basic lack of interest in its newspapers killed the P-I, and make its new online operation very questionable.

Only in small part the P-I is a victim of the internet which  destroyed classified advertising, and cut into readership. (more…)

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Sunday’s panel discussion at the library about the future of news was a chance to see the faces behind the bylines of local and not-so-local media: David Nelson from the Kitsap Sun, Dennis Anstine from the Review, Selina Shearer from BITV. For gravitas we had Bill Richards, who writes for both Seattle papers as well as Crosscut.com and panel moderator Knute Berger, grizzled (and I mean grizzled) veteran of the Seattle Weekly, Seattle Magazine, and Crosscut and many others. Representing the bottom of the news food chain was yours truly.

As a panel participant, I wasn’t taking notes, so my account is subjective and not necessarily reliable. BITV filmed it, and will be adding it to their tv schedule in the next week or so. You’ll also be able to watch it on the BITV website by going to the “watch channel 12 ‘live stream'” link.

The conversation didn’t focus on local news as much the demise of print newspapers in general, a foregone conclusion to everyone on the panel. There was the obligatory acknowledgement of cool digital tools running print into the ground–Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Craigslist, Google, blogs. But in large part it was a eulogy to a world-that-was, and a frank admission that no one knows how we’ll gather and deliver news when the last newspaper has died or gone online.  It’s clear that newspapers that are dying. It’s equally clear that journalism is not. (more…)

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This column was sent to me by islander Gil Bailey, who is retired from the Seattle P-I and a past president of the PNW Newspaper Guild. I don’t necessarily share all of his views but this is an important conversation, and it’s going on all over the country.

If you’re interested in how this is affecting the local media scene, come to the Bainbridge Media Panel this Sunday, February 8, from 4- 6 p.m. at the Bainbridge library. I’ll be on the panel along with our local big boys, with Seattle’s Knute “Mossback” Berger moderating. 

The count of jobs lost this year in the newspaper business is 2,069   not including the 170 jobs in peril and almost certain to go at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  Last year the loss among the estimated 52,000 newsroom jobs nationwide was 15,000, according to unusually unreliable sources, the publishers of those newspapers.

Even the New York Times is in financial trouble.

Jobs have been lost at the Bainbridge Review, not to mention one edition a week.

Yes, the new editor has improved the content  there is less content, and not as frequent content.  The same has  happened at the Kitsap Sun, although no editions have been lost.

The Seattle Times has not gone bankrupt, yet.  But it is on the edge.  Its staff has been reduced and the paper is searching for funds to pay its debts looking at everything from land sales to its pension cuts. (more…)

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The Sun has posted an article about my request for documents in the Koenig police misconduct case. The article is pretty accurate about the Bainbridge Police Guild’s lawsuit against me to prevent the release of the documents. You can read my post about the records request here.

All those in favor of the Sun requesting the records and reporting what’s in them, say Aye. This is a job for the guys who get paid for it…

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The Bainbridge Review has posted an article today announcing that Dennis Anstine will replace Douglas Crist as its new editor. Anstine lived on Bainbridge from 1987 until 1993, the Review reported. He’s a 40-year newspaper veteran who’s worked at the Seattle Times, the Portland Tribune, and the Eugene Register-Guard. (more…)

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