sea kayak on Rockaway BeachWelcome to Inside Bainbridge, your homegrown online source for what’s up on the rock. Here you will find breaking local and regional news, information, events, profiles, and insider tips, written by Bainbridge Islanders for Bainbridge residents, friends, and neighbors. We are the only genuinely local “newspaper” for Bainbridge Island, Washington, and unlike our competitors we do it without corporate dictates. View our reader Testimonials.

An independent partner of The Seattle Times and King5 News, in addition to news Inside Bainbridge offers a comprehensive online events calendar and up-to-date ferry schedule, tide chart, map, and weather forecast, as well as real-time ferry cams, a SeeClickFix city interface link, and local favorites list—all accessible from our home page. Our goal is to plug you into the important experiences and resources our vibrant community offers and keep you truly on the inside by looking deeper than anyone else does at life on Bainbridge Island.

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We launched Inside Bainbridge in the spring of 2011 to provide a smart, inclusive, practical, and positive online news resource for and about the extraordinary community of Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Julie HallJulie Hall is CoPublisher and Editor in Chief of Inside Bainbridge. She was Editorial Director at Rand McNally and Writing Department Director for the educational development house Proof Positive, overseeing projects for publisher clients such as Glencoe McGraw-Hill. She ran her own writing and editing business for 20 years, covering sustainable living, literature, science, social justice, education, and travel. Her clients included Scholastic, The Mountaineers Books, A.C. Nielsen, Boston University, and many others. She cofounded the online eco-store ProgressiveKid, which sold its wholesale products to retailers around the world, including Whole Foods. She cofounded the blogs ProgressiveKid Reader and On a Ledge, and her articles have been published by The Chicago Sun Times, Reuters, The Seattle Times, and Riverwired. She has a BA in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from Goddard College. Her poems and essays have won numerous awards and have appeared in magazines such as The Nation, The Threepenny Review, River Styx, and Bloom. She has written many nonfiction books for children, including A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids, endorsed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, the PEW Center on Global Climate Change, and the National Association of Science Teachers. She moved to Bainbridge Island in 1994 for the trees. She loves biking, cooking simple fresh food, smelling the nootka roses with her partner and daughter, and being walked by their dogs. Email her at julie@insidebainbridge.com.

Sarah LaneSarah Lane is CoPublisher of Inside Bainbridge. She is a writer, editor, illustrator, graphic designer, and website builder. She cofounded the blogs On a Ledge and ProgressiveKid Reader and has written extensively on environmental and social justice issues. Her articles have been carried by national publications, including The Seattle Times and Mother Earth News. She illustrated A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids, A Story of Witchery (Les Figues Press), and Omiyage (AMIE). Sarah trained teachers through the Chicago-based Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Education Program and taught English and writing to inner city high school and college students. She was Editorial Director of a textbook development company in Chicago, overseeing projects for publishers such as Glencoe, McDougal Littell, and McGraw-Hill. She has 25 years of experience editing and writing educational, business, and website copy. She also is a green-business pioneer and cofounded ProgressiveKid.com, an early online eco-store that sold its wholesale products to Whole Foods and retailers around the world. Her fiction has been anthologized and won awards, including a writer-in-residence grant from Hedgebrook. She has an MFA in Writing from Antioch University and a BA in English from Carleton College. Sarah grew up in Spain and is fluent in Spanish and French. Bainbridge Island has been her home for 19 years. She digs art projects with her daughter, crossword puzzles, talking to birds, and chortling with her partner on their shared daily comedy. Email her at sarah@insidebainbridge.com.

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Lynn Keating SmithLynn Keating Smith is the Business Manager for Inside Bainbridge. She oversees advertising accounts, marketing, and business operations. Lynn and her husband have lived on Bainbridge Island for 13 years, raising two children here. She runs her own graphic design business, Lynnks Design, on the Island. Before moving to Bainbridge, Smith was Graphic Designer at Creative Marketing Incentives/Carlson Marketing in San Francisco for six years. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Active in Island arts and politics, Lynn is also the PTO President of Odyssey Multiage Program. Email her at lynn@insidebainbridge.com.


Judith head shotJudith Bell has worked professionally with dogs and their people for over 30 years. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainer program and holds many other degrees and certifications in the field. She runs BeauJes Dog Training and regularly offers group classes, private lessons, and behavioral counseling for dogs and their people on Bainbridge Island. She has a specialization in “problem” dogs, including dog-dog aggression. Have a question for her Good Dog column here at Inside Bainbridge? Email her at judith@insidebainbridge.com.

Trish Bittman headTrish Bittman moved to Bainbridge Island after discovering it on the Internet. It’s turned out to be all she hoped it would be and more. Trish is a social media manager for several companies, the writer and creator of the blog 3 Kids and a Breakdown, and a freelance writer.

jenbreenJen Breen was born and raised in Seattle. After years living in many different cities, she and husband Tom made their way back to the Pacific Northwest to Bainbridge Island where they are raising their four children. Jen teaches yoga and mindfulness at her studio Bainbridge Yoga House and at Bainbridge High School. She enjoys hanging out with her family and friends in town or out of town in the mountains skiing or hiking. Jen and family feel lucky to have landed on such a wonderful island with an amazingly caring and creative community of people.

briansheadPaul Brians is Emeritus Professor of English at Washington State University in Pullman. Since retiring in 2008 he has lived with his wife, Paula Elliot, in their home on Bainbridge. He is author of numerous articles and several books, including Four Seasons on Bainbridge Island, Common Errors in English Usage, and Modern South-Asian Literature in English. He is a volunteer photographer and writer for the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, a volunteer guide at the Science Fiction Museum in the Experience Music Project, and an active member of the BI Photo Club. He created and maintains a number of educational resources on the Web that have attracted millions of visitors, including the Web version of Common Errors in English Usage.

melissa byrdMelissa Byrd has worked in Animal Rescue in Kitsap County since moving here in 1997. Previously she lived in several states and in Japan during her husband’s Navy career. Wherever they were, she was involved with animals. She has been an Adoption Program Manager at PAWS of Bainbridge and North Kitsap since March 2011. Before that, for four years she was the Animal Care Manager at Rescue Every Dog. She also worked at the Kitsap Humane Society for ten years in many capacities, including as their Rescue Coordinator and Mobile Outreach Adoption Program Manager, during which time she spent many hours taking the shelter on the road, setting up wherever she could park her van and pitch her tents.

Leigh CalvezLeigh Calvez is the author of West Coast Whale Watching, published in May, 2013. A naturalist and nature writer, Leigh has also published her work in American Nature Writing 2003 by Fulcrum Books, Between Species: Celebrating The Dolphin-Human Bond by Sierra Club Books, Ocean Realm, The Ecologist, The Christian Science Monitor, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The Bremerton Sun. She also runs a life coaching and adventure business, Wild Women Adventures and Next Steps Life Coaching, for “women who are ready to embrace their most authentic life.”

CrandellDr. Blain Crandell is a board-certified family medicine doctor with a strong interest in holistic medicine. He and his family have called Bainbridge Island their home since 2007, and he loves the close ties that come from living and practicing in the same community. He is the Kitsap Chapter president of the Washington Academy of Family Practice. When not busy with work, Dr. Crandell likes to cook, sing with the Bainbridge Chorale, and hike with his family. Visit his website.

Chuck EstinChuck Estin has lived on Bainbridge Island for 28 years with his wife and (now grown) two daughters, incorporating food from perennials, chickens, bees, and annuals on their suburban lot and community garden. He practiced permaculture informally as a high school science teacher for ten years, and over the past six years as a permaculturist teaching workshops, designing and installing edible landscapes, managing a nursery, growing produce for local markets, and mentoring apprentices. He has studied “alternative economics” and complementary currencies over the past decade (“Financial Permaculture”), integrating these understandings into his local community development efforts on Bainbridge. Visit BiosDesign.us to learn more about his permaculture business Bios Design.

Jeannette FranksJeannette Franks, PhD, is a passionate gerontologist and for over 20 years has taught ethics, grief and loss, and courses on geriatrics and gerontology for the University of Washington. Currently she is a board member of the Bainbridge Island Senior and Community Center, and is a Hospice volunteer. She also works with the Suquamish tribal elders. Franks published a definitive guide to independent and assisted living titled Washington Retirement Options, and often speaks on retirement options, disability issues, end-of-life issues and is an advocate for accessibility. Jeannette has been traveling the world since she was 15 and speaks Spanish (badly, but is studying it). Most recently she’s been in Cuba, Tanzania, Spain, and Portugal.

Steve GiovanisSteve Giovanis credits his grandfather with sparking his interest in photography. A longtime Islander, Steve grew up in Georgia and has traveled around the world taking photos. He primarily uses a Nikon D300s. He is available for hire to photograph events. Contact him at mykonosisl@comcast.net

Marilyn GottliebMarilynn Gottlieb is a photographer and artist who has lived on the Island for over twenty years raising two amazing daughters with her loving husband, Dan. She has been doing art and photography even longer than that. Her art work is often on display locally and also has been shown nationally and internationally. Her website is www.marilynngottlieb.com.

kevinky-ibKevin and Kyanne Hawkins write the TravelHawks column for Inside Bainbridge. Bainbridge residents since 1996 and world travelers, Kyanne and Kevin combine backgrounds in the hospitality industry with an extensive range of family and business travel experience. Their insider knowledge enables them to zero in on things many travelers miss.

alli krugAllison Krug, who writes our Coop Scoop column, is a freelance medical and science writer/analyst with too many irons in the fire most days. She and her husband run a nonprofit, outdoorhana.org, devoted to encouraging families to enjoy the outdoors and outdoor education. They moved with their two sons to Bainbridge in 2011. Allison finds it relaxing to lift weights while watching the antics of her chickens.

Carina headCarina Langstraat is co-owner of the landscape design build firm Langstraat-Wood with her husband, Erik Wood. She has been building residential gardens for the past 20 years. The gardens she and her staff have built have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, and Pacific Northwest Magazine. She has written articles for The Seattle Times as well as the Northwest Horticultural Society. She has a BA in English from University of Washington and studied horticulture at Edmonds Community College. She and her family moved to Bainbridge Island in 2011. When she is not building gardens for her clients, she and her husband are working on their own garden. They have two daughters and enjoy boating together as a family. Have a question for her Ask the Gardener column at Inside Bainbridge? Email Carina at carina@insidebainbridge.com.

Aleta McClellandRadio personality and astrologer Aleta McClelland has lived on Bainbridge Island with her husband, two sons, and animal family for some 15 years. She believes that as a species we are evolving slowly, painfully, and beautifully into the humane version of ourselves so many of us strive to be. With a visionary and psychological perspective, Aleta combines astrological science with an intuitive empath’s insight to illuminate individual, societal, and planetary patterns and truths. Learn more about Aleta at her website, A Course in Consciousness.

joe MichaelA Northwest native, Joe Michael is an active retiree of CBS News, where starting at age 15 he held most every position available, from sports, photography, and management all the way to network producer. Joe had 42 years of fun that he often said made him feel like he should be paying CBS. Joe traveled a million miles covering worldwide events until his retirement in 1998. He and his wife Barbara have two grown children and two great grandboys, as active as Grandpa Nono. Joe has been a member of Bethany Lutheran Church since arriving on the Rock in 1987. In addition to being an avid photographer, he enjoys helping people from his home and “Doofus workshop” on Agate Point, building anything from salvaged materials. Joe is often known to say, “It’s free, not perfect.”

Rutberg69Dr. Judith Rutberg-Self is a licensed psychologist in private practice on Bainbridge Island. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where she taught in the school psychology program. Dr. Rutberg-Self has worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital and was previously an occupational therapist. She specializes in helping children, adolescents, and young adults overcome learning, behavior, and social-emotional challenges. Visit her website.

Stephanie Viele headStephanie Viele is one of those rare Bainbridge Islanders who not only grew up here, but chose to come back after college, with her high school sweetheart to raise their family. Her interest in health and wellness was inspired by both her mother’s and father’s battles with disease and resulting premature deaths. Those two painful losses sparked her passion for helping people find the power in whole and nutritious food and the balance with which to enjoy their best lives. A Health & Wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor, Stephanie focuses on disease prevention and working with clients to reclaim their health, vibrancy, and energy. She received her nutritional training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is an accredited member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Contact her at healthytransitionsnow.com.

Featured photo courtesy of Jim Cachules.

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30 Responses to “About”

  1. Amos says:

    What a fabulous resource! Love it –
    thank you Inside Bainbridge! We're hooked.
    -The Edwardses

    • salandpen says:

      Thank you, Edwardses! We hope you'll help us make it into something that's useful to you and your family. Please share with us your ideas and feedback any time.

  2. Alex Sanso says:

    LOVE this! Congrats on creating a fabulous resource for BI! You all rock the Rock!

  3. David says:

    wow this is great!

  4. Rock Farmer says:

    Thank you all so much for putting this together!

  5. S.A. says:

    Hey Tina – love the site. You might want to fix the menus on the home page – they hide behind the flash movie when viewed using Chrome. I've got you bookmarked now – great idea!


    • TinaCachules says:

      Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for checking out the site. We're working on browser issues, and will be sure to investigate what you're seeing on Chrome. Thanks for the bookmark, and for taking time to post a comment!

  6. Ellie says:

    Awesome you guys! Congratulations!

  7. JiminFallbrook says:

    What fine work you've done! Jim

  8. Jim Hall says:

    Great work. jim

  9. Diana says:

    Hey Tina and Jim – Miss your family in Davs…..This site is fantastic! I'll be sure to pass it along to my Bainbridge friends, but I'm sure they've already discovered! Well done!

    • TinaCachules says:

      Thank you, Diana! We miss you, too. I love checking in on you and Davis in the Davis Living Magazine–great stuff!

  10. Julie Hall says:

    Thanks Karen!

  11. fusonation says:

    Bainbridge Island is truly lucky to have this team of folks start such a needed service. The website is full of fantastic info–helping first time visitors and daily readers alike. Oh, and articles I WANT to read, as well. Thank you all!

  12. Just found this site and thought I had been missing something. Glad to see that you are just getting started. Keep it up–a fun new resource.

    • redhare says:

      Yes, we've just launched and are pleased with the wonderful response so far from the community. We hope new fans like you will tell everyone you know to drop by. Thanks for your support!

  13. Julia says:

    Gosh Tina and Jim! You have been busy! This is a wonderful resource. Thanks so much! Julia

  14. Aleta says:

    Hey there! What a fun new "newspaper!" Thank you – I've bookmarked the page and will look at it frequently! You've done a beautiful job with this website.

  15. Tad says:

    Wow! I too was glad to hear that this site only started this month. This town needs an open and up to date sharing of information and ideas. A timely and comprehensive news source would be nice too, though I don't think that's what this is intended to be.

    Since moving here a few years ago, I have gotten the impression that insiders wish to keep inside information inside. This site seems to, though I have only spent 5 minutes looking it over, fly in the face of all that.

    Thanks for a fresh idea!


    • Julie Hall says:

      Hi Tad. So glad you found us and like what you see. Indeed, one of our goals is to open up the Island to itself, so to speak, and create a forum for sharing. As you know, we’re just getting started, so you can help us by spreading the good word. Thanks!

  16. TinaCachules says:

    Congratulations on being networked with Seattle Times! Great coverage and writing. Love the new logo!

    • Julie Hall says:

      Thanks Tina. It was your great idea that got that rolling. It’s crazy the kind of spikes we get from the Seattle audience. Thanks for the kind words. Hope you’re all doing great.

      • TinaCachules says:

        Well, it was the creativity and excellent writing that snagged the deal. Awesome to have Seattle eyeballs: I hope it has helped summertime visitors look past the Winslow construction blight and find the real Bainbridge.

        Hope you are all doing great, too!