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Photo of the Day: Sign in the Dirt at Visconsi Site

Yesterday afternoon, September 21, Gordon Sims took this photograph of a healing mandala within a labyrinth drawn in the dirt at the construction site for the planned Key Bank/Visconsi mall.

Tibetan Buddhists sometimes create sand mandalas. Representing impermanence, they are meant to purify and heal the environment and people who look upon them before they are dispersed by flowing water. The purpose and symbology of a labyrinth (not a maze) is a kind of spiritual and imaginative journey moving on a circuitous path to the center of the self and back into the world again, connecting us with natural and cosmic energies.

Last month the previously forested land shown here was clear-cut to make way for building. Visconsi’s construction schedule was delayed for a few days by a tree sit and community protest of the mall.

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Welcome Fall: It’s the Autumnal Equinox

Today, September 22, marks the autumnal equinox, one of two times of year when the days and nights are just about equal in length at all latitudes. The other day is the vernal equinox, in March. The Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun.

The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, meaning “night.”

This is the first official day of fall.

Joe Michael took these photographs of sky and bubbles at Fort Flagler State Park. Goodbye summer.

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Two Dead German Shepherds Found Dumped at Stottlemeyer Trailhead

Note: This story includes graphic details and a potentially disturbing image.

Yesterday morning, September 20, at about 8:45, Amanda Gorman Jackson pulled up with her horse trailer at the trailhead off of Stottlemeyer Road in Poulsbo. She was meeting a friend to go riding and was the first to arrive. She said what she saw when she got out of her truck made her scream. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

Two German Shepherds were lying dead on a tarp partially covered by a mattress. Jackson, who for years has raised dogs, including German Shepherds, described the situation in detail. She said one was a young male, maybe 3 years old, who had been shot through the temple. The other was a female she guessed to be about 7-8 years old. Jackson said she had a bullet wound through her ear that had “blown out her eyes.”

Jackson explained that both dogs were spayed/neutered and appeared very healthy. “They were beautiful dogs. Their coats and teeth were healthy, and they looked a good weight. The female looked like she had had puppies,” said Jackson. The male had a tan collar with no tags, and the female had no collar.

Two bicyclists came to help after hearing Jackson scream. They called the Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. Jackson said that when the animal control officer, Patrick Griffin-Hall, arrived to take a report “he almost threw up and had to walk away for about five minutes to compose himself.”

According to Jackson and KHS Executive Director Eric Stevens, a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at the scene after Patrick Griffin-Hall but had to interrupt his investigation to respond to an emergency call. According to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Scott Wilson, the deputy noted that the deceased dogs were lying dumped on a blue tarp under a mattress with blood on it. He estimated their ages as Jackson had and said that the female looked like she had been used for breeding. But the deputy did not see gunshot or stab wounds on the dogs. Wilson could not account for the discrepancy regarding the reports of wounds.

Wilson said Griffin-Hall visited a man in the area who breeds German Shepherds and has had past run-ins with authorities. The man said all of his dogs were accounted for. Griffin-Hall could neither confirm nor deny the claim and took no further action.

shot german shepherds photo by amanda gorman jackson

KHS Executive Director Eric Stevens said the dogs are now in the custody of KHS, and necropsies will be performed. The dogs do not have ID microchips.

Stevens called the case “a rare situation” and “very disturbing.” “We don’t have any leads in the investigation at the moment. We would appreciate any help from the public, such as information about missing dogs,” he said.

Stevens could not speak to the legalities of the case because, he noted, the law is ambiguous. “Owners have the right to euthanize a pet if the pet doesn’t suffer. State law allows for shooting of dogs if they are attacking livestock. . . . If dogs are posing a problem we would want people to contact us first [before taking action],” said Stevens.

Jackson said she and her friend, who met her at the scene, want people to know what happened. “The person who dumped these dogs in such a public place obviously wanted this to be seen. It is the main entrance to the trails. Tons of families go there,” she said. ”I don’t want this person to walk around and do it again. . . . I could tell they were healthy healthy dogs. They were still bleeding out when I found them. No rigor mortis had set in. It was a fresh kill.”

Since the incident Jackson has been searching for leads such as missing dog reports on Craig’s List and other places on the Internet. She and her friend are putting crosses at the site, posting about the event around Stottlemeyer, and spreading the word online. “I’m upset. I will never forget this. Whatever happened, those dogs didn’t deserve where they were put and how they were treated. It was not a good person. It was the kind of person who would do it again,” she said.

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Gad Zucs! The Great Zucchini Races 2014 Video & Photo Gallery

The Great Zucchini Races returned to the downtown Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market Saturday, September 20, for a sunny, fun day of ramp heats, campy commentary, and enthusiastic fanfare.

Community members showed their creativity with tricked out zucchinis big, small, and huge. One illegal entry containing cucumber contraband—pickles to be precise—managed to pass muster(ard) and make it onto the ramp. Some zucs really rolled, while others lurched and hurtled painfully to their final resting place.

First aid was on hand, complete with a stretcher. One zucchini, sadly, did not respond to heroic CPR efforts.

Here are video and photo highlights of the hijinks:

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Video by Sarah Lane. Photos by Julie Hall.

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Joe Kunzler

Holy Heart Failure Batman! Navy Growlers Buzz Bainbridge Thursday Night

[Updated at 1:57 p.m. September 19.]

Last night, September 18, at approximately 8:15 roaring plane noise and bright lights jolted Bainbridge residents onto their feet. Some ran outside, others attempted to comfort children awakened by the sound, and still others reached for their glass of wine for a refill.

The mystery hit Facebook, with numerous theories bandied about, the most plausible being alien invasion.

What really happened? According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Seattle spokesperson Allen Kenitzer, three EA-18G Growlers out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station (NAS) veered from their typical flight path and soared over the southern half of Bainbridge Island. Kenitzer said the jets were operating at legal altitude and speed. But because of their lack of muffling system and infamous noise levels, which can reach literally deafening 110 decibels, it is no surprise that locals were alarmed.

Whidbey NAS Public Affairs Officer Mike Welding did not know why the jets flew out of normal range.

The Growler electronic attack capability provides tactical radar and missile system jamming.

Citing serious health risks associated with the jet noise from Whidbey Naval Air Station near Coupeville, Washington, some local residents formed an organization, Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve, to fight the practice of daily flights above their homes and area wildlife habitat. Cofounder Caryn Andrews described the sound of the jets as “ripping the fabric of the universe apart.”

Listen here to a report on the subject on NPR Seattle affiliate KUOW.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island comment line at 360-257-6665 or via e-mail at NASWI@navy.mil.

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Who Takes the Fall for a Dog Bite?

At midday Saturday, September 13, a man was walking his dog on leash on the south sidewalk of High School Road, heading toward Safeway. A second man approaching from the opposite direction and heading to the library tripped on an uneven portion of the sidewalk and fell toward the dog. Startled, the dog bit the man on his calf as he fell at her.

According to a Bainbridge Island police report, a pedestrian called 911 to request a patrol check of two men arguing on the street. The caller said a dog owner was not taking responsibility for his dog biting another man. Kitsap Animal Control was not available, so Bainbridge Island Police Officer Ben Sias responded.

Officer Sias found medics at the scene advising the man who had been bitten. They had been getting lunch when the man approached them and asked for their advice about a dog bite. They told him it needed to be cleaned and seen by a physician.

Officer Sias then spoke with both men involved in the incident. The bitten man showed Sias a puncture wound on his left calf. Both parties were in agreement about the events of the incident, but they disagreed about what should be done about it.

The man who had fallen and been bitten faulted the dog owner for having his dog walking ahead of him and not reined in as he approached. He said he had a $300-$500 insurance deductible that he believed the dog owner should pay.

The dog owner said it was not his fault or financial responsibility since the man had lunged at his dog.

Officer Sias informed the two men that a crime had not been committed and that it was a civil matter they would have to settle between themselves or through lawyers.

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i was out of my mind when i shot at you by hobvias sudoneighm

Some of IB’s Favorite Story Titles

Ah, the art and science of titling. A bad title can sink an article, while a good one can set it aloft. The topic often dictates the title, but there are those times when the title inspires the content. Getting it right can be a minor agony, but when it trips off the mind in style it is a singular satisfaction.

There is no formula. Some topics demand serious mindedness, direct clarity, pithy explication. Others get to be sassy, coy, flip, flamboyant, silly, or sly.

We don’t always get it right, but we have fun trying, and you often let us know either way.

Here are some of your favorite titles from stories we’ve published over the years.

  1. Rooster Head Falls from Sky
  2. Law and Ordure: Police Department Toilets Erupt Like ‘Geysers’
  3. Pignapping Pranksters Put Porker on Roof of Bainbridge High School
  4. Car Plummets into Ravine as Samaritan Tries to Pull It from Road’s Edge
  5. Good Dog! How to Teach a Proper Door Greeting with Visitors, Followed by Martinis
  6. Photo of the Week: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Life by Ferry
  7. Animal Tales: This Punk Needs Schoolin’
  8. Flying Balls! Bainbridge’s Table Tennis King Is Crowned
  9. Are Bainbridge Islanders ‘Privileged Whiners’?
  10. I Heart Banana Slugs
  11. House Fire on Sunrise: Heated Toilet Cracks, Helps Douse Flames
  12. Meet Gidget Our New Widget
  13. Two More Chevron Stations to Open at Highway 305 and High School Road
  14. Islander Releases New Addition of the ‘Common Errors in English Usage’ Maid by You
  15. City Council to Face Off in ‘Hunger Games’ Survivalist Showdown
  16. Mole Infiltrates Inside Bainbridge, Gives Shocking Exposé
  17. ESPN Signs over Monday Night Football Slot to Bainbridge City Council
  18. See Crap? Use This App
  19. Shoreline Property Owners Secede from Bainbridge, Incorporate as ‘Vista City
  20. Photo of the Day: Existential Anxiety on Miller Road

And then there’s the police blotter:

  1. Police Blotter 8/1/13: Flipping the Bird and Then Flipping Over
  2. Police Blotter 7/30/14: Unwanted, Intoxicated People of Both Genders
  3. Police Blotter 5/28/14: Raccoon Burgles Home & Punched in the Eye
  4. Police Blotter 5/20/14: Surprised German Tourists, Surprise House Guest
  5. Police Blotter and Crime Log 5/13/14: Dog Pushes Drunk Driver into Ditch
  6. Police Blotter 2/26/14: Take Ambien, Back into Police Car
  7. Police Blotter 2/11/14: Eager Seahawks Fan Forgets to Turn off Car
  8. Police Blotter 1/4/13: Driving Under the Influence of a Purse Pharmacy
  9. Police Blotter 12/4/13: Potty-Mouthed Harassers Let It Fly
  10. Police Blotter 11/26/13: Appliance Theft FAIL
  11. Police Blotter 10/17/13: Four Vodkas and Ready to Drive
  12. Police Blotter 6/18/13: Slow Car “Chase” Followed by Slow “Escape Attempt”
  13. Police Blotter: Defiant Drunk Driver Stands Her Ground, Goes to Jail
  14. Police Blotter 2/5/13: Naked Man at Best Western
  15. Police Blotter 1/8/13: Regularly Littering McDonald’s-Eating Contractor
  16. Police Blotter 10/22/12: Booze Pants
  17. Police Blotter 10/9/12: Hit and Run Driver Leaves Apology Note Before Fleeing

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Olympic Terrace House Fire Likely Caused by Spontaneous Combustion

Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) investigators say they have determined the cause of the fire that occurred Monday evening, September 15, in a two-story home at 11084 Olympic Terrace to be accidental.

After interviewing witnesses and the homeowners, BIFD identified spontaneous combustion to be the probable cause of the fire.

The homeowners had recently applied a linseed oil-based stain to a back deck of the home. They left rags used to apply the stain in a pile on top of a small storage shed. As linseed-based products are highly susceptible to spontaneous combustion, according to investigators, such conditions are likely to have caused the fire.

The three people in the home were alerted to the fire by neighbors, who helped them evacuate. According to the BIFD, when firefighters arrived at approximately 7 p.m., the left side of the structure and the attic were in heavy flames.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading into other areas of the house, containing fire damage to the roof and second floor. Other areas of the home sustained water and smoke damage.

There were no injuries.

A friend of the family and cofounder of Buy Nothing Bainbridge (BNB), Rebecca Rockefeller, has organized a donation effort to help supply the displaced older couple and their daughter with needed food, clothing, and other necessities. Madrona School has organized a food train for the family. Find out how you can help here.

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Earthquake This Morning Largest to Hit Western Washington in Over a Decade

A 4.0 earthquake centered in Hood Canal about 17.5 miles west of Bremerton and approximately 21 miles west of Bainbridge Island rattled area residents at 3:06 a.m. today, September 17.

The quake, 10.3 miles deep, was felt as far away as Seattle and Everett, but there have been no official reports of significant damage.

Although its effects were mild, today’s earthquake is the largest to strike Western Washington in over 11 years, according to Pacific Northwest Seismic Network data. A 4.8 quake rattled the area on April 25, 2003, also west of Bremerton.

Bainbridge Island residents described this morning’s quake in various ways. One resident said it was “like a washing machine that’s bouncing because the clothes have all migrated to one side.” Another thought her dog was shaking the bed from scratching until she realized her dog was not in the room. She said, “There was no sound, unlike most of the California quakes I’ve lived through.” Still another local said she awoke to her mirror shaking, concluded it was an earthquake, and promptly resumed sleep. Others described beds shaking and doors rattling.

A resident approximately 5 miles from the quake, near the little town of Holly, Washington, said no one in her house noticed: “Two dogs, two cats, three kittens, and four people—nothing.”

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cat on homework by Robin DeGrassi James

Poll: Do Our Kids Have Too Much Homework?

With the new school year underway, how’s it going? Is the drive to meet common core requirements overburdening our kids with homework? Should our kids be more challenged? Are our schools getting it about right with homework levels?

Tell us what you think in our new poll here or in the right column of our Home page.

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Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Marine Services

Explosion at Blake Island Sends Victims to Hospital with Severe Burns

This evening, September 14, two people aboard a boat moored at Blake Island suffered severe burns when their vessel exploded and caught on fire.

An initial 911 call at 4:47 p.m. reported an explosion and fire aboard a private boat at a public marina on the north side of Blake Island.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Marine Services dispatched 33-foot SAFE Boat Marine 1 with six firefighters/medics from South Kitsap Fire & Rescue to respond to the emergency. Two sheriff’s deputies assisted as well. Emergency personnel arrived at Blake Island at approximately 5:11 p.m. Medics assessed the male patient as sustaining 2nd-degree burns and the female as sustaining first-degree burns.

They administered medical aid and then transported the seriously injured patients to Seattle at 5:29 p.m.

Marine 1 arrived at Seattle Fire Dock (next to Colman Dock, Pier 53) around 5:50 p.m. and transferred custody and care of the two burn patients to Seattle Fire Department for further transport to a medical treatment facility.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

It’s zucchini season, which for my family means zucchini bread. This recipe is my mother’s, and I don’t know where she got it, but I’ve never had better zuc bread anywhere. Yeah, I know I’m making another grand claim for “The Best” (see The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe), but to me this is the best zucchini bread, which seems to be my personal, admittedly high-minded, criterion for sharing recipes with you.

As ever, you are free to disagree, but since you, like many of us at this time of year, may be looking for ways to use up your abundance of zucs, especially those big suckers that aren’t as good for ratatouille, this recipe is worth your time.

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups unbleached wheat flour (you can experiment with other flours for a gluten-free bread, but you might want to add mashed bananas to help the ingredients cohere)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tsps. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 tsps. vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups raw, grated zucchini
  • 1-2 cups raisins, optional

zucchini bread loafCream the eggs, oil, and sugars. Add flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, and baking powder. Fold in zucchini, vanilla, nuts, and raisins.

Bake in two greased and floured loaf pans at 325 degrees F for approximately 45 minutes, or until they pass the toothpick test. DO NOT OVERCOOK. This is my baking mantra. Overcooked baked goods are not worth the time or calories.

Alternative: This recipe also makes excellent zucchini muffins, which tend to travel well in kids’ lunches, so I find myself often cooking this recipe in a muffin tin. I usually freeze half of the batter, since our family can’t eat a whole batch before it gets stale, and I like having batter stowed away to bake up fresh for another day. The cooking time for muffins should be cut way back to between 20 and 30 minutes, checking to ensure that you do not overcook.

Enjoy!

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[From the archives: originally published August 7, 2011]

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zucchini by courtney gibbons

Got a Champ Zuc? Join the Great Zucchini Races Next Saturday

Here’s what you can do with that zucchini that got away on the vine rather than trying to pass it off to a friend. Bainbridge Island’s Great Zucchini Races event is back by popular demand, and your zuc might just be the next free-wheeling winner, particularly if you bribe the judges.

Bring your decked-out supersonic squash on wheels Saturday, September 20, to The Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market at Town Square/City Hall. Participants can check in their zucchini racers beginning at 11 a.m. The races start at 1 p.m.

Individuals, families, businesses, and community groups are encouraged to enter a zucchini of any size, with creative decorating encouraged. There are no formal categories or rules for the event. The point is quirky family-friendly fun, with “humor, satire, and whim” emphasized.

Zucchinis are raced down a wooden ramp in a series of heats, and multiple award certificates for winners will be handed out, along with bragging rights.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the races in 2014 after a several-year hiatus,” said Tim O’Brien, Manager of the BI Farmers’ Market. “This is a fun, family-friendly, and frankly zany community event that is a good time for all.”

The brainchild of Bainbridge Island farmer Betsey Wittick of Laughing Crow Farm, The Great Zucchini Races are a beloved local tradition launched in 1986. After a fews years’ off, the event is back, with Van Calvez, aka “Dr. Vrrroom!,” returning as emcee.

For an information sheet with tips, tricks, and day-of-event details, email bainbridgefarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Here is a video by Charlie Bermant of the 2006 Bainbridge Island Great Zucchini Races:

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Suspect in Murder of Jenise Wright Arraigned Today with Competency Undetermined

Gabriel Gaeta, the 17-year-old in custody for the alleged rape and murder of his 6-year-old neighbor Jenise Wright, faces arraignment this afternoon, September 12, in Kitsap County Superior Court.

At his first court appearance on August 11, the defense and prosecution in the case agreed that Gaeta should be mentally evaluated to determine his competency to stand trial. At a subsequent hearing on August 28 the mental evaluation had been postponed. It was rescheduled for September 3, with today’s hearing set to review the results.

According to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Wilson the second competency exam was canceled for undisclosed reasons. “We really are no different than we were at his first court appearance on August 11,” said Wilson.

As of this morning, the Prosecutor’s Office still had not received evaluation results, and the charges against Gaeta remain unchanged:

  1. Murder in the first degree with three aggravating circumstances of concealing commission of a crime, sexual motivation, and particularly vulnerable victim
  2. Felony Murder in the first degree with two aggravating circumstances of sexual motivation and particularly vulnerable victim
  3. Rape of a child in the first degree with two aggravating circumstances of sexual motivation and particularly vulnerable victim

Jenise Paulette Wright missing childInvestigators say they found DNA and circumstantial evidence linking Gaeta to the crime. Wright’s body was discovered on August 7 buried in mud in a ravine behind her home in the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park in East Bremerton.

Gaeta’s bail was set at $1 million based on what defense attorney Kelly Montgomery called the “heinous” nature of the alleged crime. Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge said Gaeta, who turns 18 in December, will be tried as an adult. He could face a life sentence but cannot be put to death because he was a minor when the alleged crimes were committed.

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Photo of the Day: BHS Girls Show up for ‘Ms. Roboto’ Meeting

About one-third, or 20, of the students who attended the first meeting of the Bainbridge High School Robotics Club (Spartronics) this week were young women, a major uptick from last year’s world-ranking inaugural team of 35 boys and 4 girls.

According to parent volunteer leader Kevin Hawkins, the female students stayed for part 2 of the meeting about the Girls Generation competition, coming up in October.

The Spartronics ended their rookie season last school year with an impressive showing, ranked in the top 5 percent worldwide.

If you really want to, listen to the 1983 hit “Mr. Roboto” by Styx:

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Bainbridge Frog Nabbed from Colman Dock

A 45-pound frog has been reported missing from its temporary home at Colman Dock in Seattle.

The 40″ x 30″ x 24″ sculpture on a large base had been on display at the Seattle Ferry Terminal for over a year, since last summer. Part of a community art project on Bainbridge Island that includes 36 frog sculptures created by prominent Island artists, it was intended to be auctioned off to raise money for charity this Saturday, September 13.

Designed by Bainbridge-based artist Diana Montgomery, Clark Frog Kent and was sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Review.

When the auction committee team went to pick up Clark Kent today, September 11, he was missing.

Ferry officials confirmed that the frog is missing and have reported the presumed theft to the Washington State Highway Patrol.

Bainbridge Island Downtown Association Executive Director Jerri Lane said, “We hope it is a prank and that the frog will be returned in time for the fundraising auction.”

Anyone with information regarding the missing frog should call 911.

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Enterovirus D68 Suspected in Cluster of Ill Seattle-Area Children

Seattle health officials are working with Seattle Children’s Hospital to investigate a cluster of patients with severe respiratory illness who tested positive for a possible enterovirus infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to determine if the Seattle-area patients have the strain of enterovirus, EV-D68, that appears to be spreading in other U.S. states, particularly in the midwest.

As of today, September 11, there are no confirmed cases of EV-D68 in Washington, but health officials suspect the virus will show up. “Although we can’t currently say that these cases are definitely due to EV-D68, it would not be surprising if the virus is confirmed on further testing,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief of Communicable Disease and Epidemiology at Public Health-Seattle & King County.

Enteroviruses are very common, with over 100 types. But the EV-D68 type has previously been uncommon in the United States. Current outbreaks of EV-D68 in other states are resulting in significant numbers of children requiring emergency department visits and hospitalizations, primarily for difficulties with breathing, complicated by severe asthma. U.S. health officials are still learning about the illness and risk factors for infection. Check for updates here.

Health officials report that if EV-D68 does appear locally it is likely to spread rapidly and widely, as the virus is communicated like the common cold. Children with asthma or compromised immune systems who contract the disease are at greater risk for serious respiratory symptoms.

Kitsap Public Health District spokesperson Karen Bevers said that as of yet there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Kitsap County.

About EV-D68

EV-D68 can be present in saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum and is believed to spread from person to person through coughs, sneezes, or contact with contaminated surfaces. Infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with the disease and become sick.

EV-D68 causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms, including runny nose, cough, and difficulty breathing, sometimes with a fever. A minority of people, typically asthmatics, may have more serious infections.

According to Public Health-Seattle & King County, anyone who has difficulty breathing or who appears seriously ill should be evaluated promptly by a doctor.

Tips to Prevent EV-D68 Infection

There are no vaccines for enterovirus infections. To decrease the risk for such infections, Public Health-Seattle & King County recommends the following:

  1. Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (alcohol hand gel is not as effective as hand washing for fighting enteroviruses).
  2. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid contact with ill people.
  4. Do not go to day care, school, or work while ill.
  5. Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  6. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, toys, telephones, and computers, especially if someone is sick.

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Bainbridge High School

Celebration of Life Scheduled for Michael Anderson

A celebration of life event for Michael Anderson will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. in the Bainbridge High School Commons.

Anderson drowned in Tiger Lake near Belfair on Sunday evening, September 7. He was pulled from the water by boaters responding to a woman screaming about a swimmer in distress. They performed CPR until medics arrived on shore. According to Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detective William Adam, Anderson had to be transferred to a second boat to be brought to shore because the first boat’s engine failed. EMTs were unable to revive Anderson.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell released autopsy results for Anderson, showing his cause of death to be freshwater drowning. Stockwell said that in this case the apparent cause of death turned out to be the actual causal factor but that in many cases an autopsy shows hidden causes such as heart attack.

Anderson worked for the Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) for two decades, serving as the BHS Career and Technical Education director, business teacher, leadership adviser, and head varsity tennis coach. He also was head tennis coach at Kingston High School. 

Anderson attended West High School in Bremerton and Central Washington University, earning his business education degree in 1977. He is survived by his daughter Hanna Anderson.

“Mike enthusiastically coached tennis and a variety of sports,” said Bainbridge High School Principal Mary Alice O’Neill. “We are all shocked and saddened by the tragic death of our friend and colleague.”

BISD Superintendent Faith Chapel said, “You could not find a nicer person. He was warm and caring—a Spartan through and through. Mike was a positive presence at the school and highly respected and appreciated by the community.”

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Expect delays

Steer Clear of Madison During Overlay Paving Friday

The City of Bainbridge Island has scheduled overlay work downtown on Madison Avenue this Friday, September 12.

Workers will be paving between High School Road and Wyatt Way from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The roadway will be reduced to stop-and-go one-lane traffic with flaggers.

Travelers are advised to use alternate routes.

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Lynne Griffith

Washington State Ferries Gets a New Chief

Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced today, September 10, that Lynne Griffith has been appointed to head up its Washington State Ferries (WSF) division as Assistant Secretary.

Griffith replaces David Moseley, who resigned last April. Moving from her position as head of Pierce Transit, Griffith officially assumes her leadership role at WSF in October. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the management of safety, operational, and budgetary goals and collaborating with community and labor partners and other WSDOT divisions.

The first woman to hold the position, Griffith will face major challenges heading up WSF, which has suffered a series of recent setbacks including the breakdown of the one of its key vessels, the Tacoma, in July, and criticism of the organization’s communications with the public and press. WSF is still investigating the cause of the sudden failure of the Tacoma and does not plan to put it back into service until at least December.

“I am very pleased Lynne is joining the WSDOT team, and I want to thank Captain George Capacci for serving in the interim role,” said Secretary Peterson. “Our ferry system is an iconic symbol of the state of Washington and a vital link in our statewide transportation system. It will be in good hands with Assistant Secretary Griffith.”

Griffith has more than 35 years of experience in the transportation industry. In addition to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Pierce Transit, she worked at C-TRAN in Clark County and and managed bus and specialized transportation for people with disabilities at Atlanta’s MARTA, one of the largest transit authorities in the United States.

“I am excited to work with the 1,700 men and women who are responsible for providing such an important transportation connection to Washingtonians,” said Griffith. “It is no small task to operate service reliably and safely on such a large scale, and I am looking forward to this opportunity.”

Secretary Peterson sent a memo to Governor Inslee today with both short-term and long-term goals to move the division forward under Griffith’s leadership.

“Coming from an Island community [Bainbridge] that relies heavily on WSF services, I personally understand and appreciate how this leadership role is important to keeping the economic engine of Washington running,” said Governor Inslee. “I am pleased someone as capable and experienced as Lynne Griffith is joining our team to make this system even better.”

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