Speed limits

A public hearing will be set at the Bainbridge City Council meeting Dec. 13 for the islandwide Speed Limit Ordinance.

Also on the agenda is consideration of a moratorium on inns in Neighborhood Centers and fines for parking enforcement.

You can go to the City Hall council chambers for the meeting and listen with the help of new devices purchased to improve that process. You can also watch on Zoom, BKAT Channel 12 on Comcast or Channel 3 on WAVE, or livestream on the city website once the meeting starts by clicking “In Progress” on the Agendas & Minutes page.

Dudes opens

Dudes Donuts opened its door Dec. 1 in Port Orchard with a ribbon-cutting.

The gluten-free, plant-based donuts will be served in the new Dudes Donuts Headquarters downtown. Pegasus Coffee, a 43-year-old specialty coffee roaster and retailer in BI, acquired Dude’s Donuts, a specialty wholesale bakery in Kitsap and Pierce counties, last year on Dec. 1.

Matt Grady, president of Pegasus Coffee, called the new cafe opening “a very exciting moment.” The cafe will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dude’s Donuts was founded in 2019 by the husband-wife team Easton and Amanda Shepard. Dudes Donuts began selling at local farmers markets in Bremerton, Port Orchard and Silverdale in the summer of 2019. For details go to

Energy rewards

Puget Sound Energy is piloting a new energy-efficiency program for people on Bainbridge Island called Peak Energy Rewards.

People can join by enrolling their smart thermostat. If you don’t have one you can get one installed through the program with help from a rebate to cover costs.

PSE will then use the thermostat to smooth out energy demand during peak times, raising the temperature when it’s cold and lowering it when it’s not. You can opt out temporarily just by adjusting the thermostat yourself. Participants will receive $75 a year and be eligible for higher rebates on heating equipment, weatherization and more. To join, email

Product fair

A Home Compostable Product Fair will take place at Bainbridge Island City Hall Dec. 12 from 1-3 p.m.

City staff will be on hand to explain the new law, vendors will be there to explain their products and attendees will be able to test sample products.

BIMA concert

Blues, jazz, gospel, soul and rhythm and blues vocalist Elnah Jordan teams with Seattle pianist Eric Verlinde for a People Get Ready concert at Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

Jordan has performed in San Francisco and on Broadway. Verlinde has been on the Seattle scene for 20 years.

Cost is $25; members get in for $22.

Ometepe calendar

Students at The Island School have made a calendar about Bainbridge’s Sister Island Ometepe.

It is being sold at Town & Country and Bainbridge Safeway from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and at Blackbird Bakery the same dates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donation is $10. The theme of the 2023 Kids Can Make a Difference calendar is “Same but Different.”

Goalie’s artwork

Artwork called “Emergence of the Kraken” by Stefan Frei of Bainbridge Island will be unveiled soon at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.

Frei is the goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders. The 6-foot-by-6-foot artwork took more than 150 hours to complete and was created by Frei at his BI art studio. He used layers that combine his signature geometric shapes with historic maps of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle.

Currently on display at WaFd’s downtown branch is another Frei piece titled, “Evolution in Motion.” Frei also substituted plywood for canvas for another piece that was auctioned off to support the Sounder’s RAVE Foundation to provide access to community playfields.

Rolfes named

State Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island) has been re-elected by her colleagues to chair the powerful Senate Ways & Means Committee when the legislature convenes in January for the 2023 session.

“It is a true honor to continue to lead our budget team,” said Rolfes, who has led the committee since 2018.

Under Rolfes’ leadership, the state’s credit rating received its first upgrade in 22 years and marked the first time Washington secured Moody’s Investors Service’s highest rating.

Rolfes will also serve on the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee.

Author honored

Dylan Tomine of Bainbridge Island has received a National Outdoor Book Award for his memoir “Headwaters: The Adventures, Obsession, and Evolution of a Fly Fisherman.”

The book shares his journey from steelhead bum and flyfish guide to conservationist, including exploring the politics of saving fish. He has been involved with the Wild Fish Conservancy’s efforts to protect Puget Sound from net-pen aquaculture.

BI police log

11-21: Traffic accident, NE Hidden Cove Road at Highway 305

11-21: Traffic accident, Highway 305

11-21: Burglary, harassment Winslow Way East

11-21: Burglary, Wyatt Way NE

11-22: Traffic emphasis, Winslow Way East

11-23: Harassment, Madison Avenue North

11-23: Criminal impersonation, Winslow Way East

11-24: DUI, Hildebrand Lane NE

11-24: Shoplifting, High School Road NE

11-26: Theft, NE Eagle Harbor Drive

11-26: Assault, NE Manitou Park Blvd.

11-26: Traffic accident, NE Baker Hill Road at Island Avenue NE