Author Archives | redhare

ferry baby zoe with captain and crew

Ferry Baby Zoë’s Family Meets Captain & Crew Who Assisted with Birth

A local celebrity was aboard the 9:35 a.m. ferry on Saturday. But unlike most celebrity appearances, this little star slept through the whole thing.

Baby Zoë and her parents Christina and Chris Hammond and three-year-old sister Ava gathered to meet Captain Russell Fee and crew members who helped her sail into this world as her mother’s labor progressed rapidly on the 5:20 a.m. Bainbridge Island boat to Seattle on October 22. The Hammonds thought they would have plenty of time to make it to Swedish Hospital in Seattle for the birth of their second child, but Zoë had other plans, and before Captain Fee could get his boat ashore, she had arrived.

While Zoë quietly snoozed (following a wakeful night), the rest of the group chatted on smoother seas about the emergency that resulted in a very happy ending.
ferry baby zoe blanket
Chris and Christina thanked the captain and crew, offering them a gift of appreciation. And in turn the ferry crew gave the Hammonds a one-of-a-kind blanket to remember her unusual birthday by. Washington State Ferries (WSF) Communications spokesperson Broch Bender also was there to meet the Hammonds and present gifts on behalf of WSF.

Captain Fee described the morning crossing: “Up in the wheelhouse I heard that contractions were 7-9 minutes apart. Then they were five minutes apart. Then I got a call that the crew was moving Christina upstairs [to the medical emergency room]. The next call was that there would need to be an ambulance. We increased our speed from 18 to 22 knots with all four generators working.”ferry baby zoe blanket

“It was not our plan. Thank you. I didn’t feel concerned at all the whole time,” Christina Hammond told Captain Fee and the crew members who had repeatedly checked on her in her car and finally helped move her upstairs.

Three nurses, two doctors, and several EMTs who happened to be aboard and answered the captain’s call for assistance delivered Zoë, who arrived at 6:01 and was taken by ambulance to Swedish, with no further complications. The Hammonds expressed gratitude to those who assisted with the birth and to the paramedics who transported them once in Seattle.

Captain Fee talking with Hammonds

Captain Fee talking with Hammonds

Captain Fee said it was a rare pleasure to be able to meet people under happy circumstances who have had medical emergencies on the ferry. “People have heart attacks, for example, and we usually have no idea what happens to them after they leave us,” he said.

Creating an air of inevitability to the occasion, Captain Fee and Chris Hammond discovered they both graduated from California Maritime Academy. Hammond is interviewing with WSF this week for a job on the ferries. Captain Fee told him, “Use my name!”

Related Stories

Photos by Julie Hall. Featured in lead photo from left to right: Brian Jonsson, Captain Russell Fee, Christina and Zoë Hammond, Chris Hammond, Ava Hammond, George Conomos, Dave Houck, John Steinberg. 

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)

Posted in Community, Kids, News, Slider, Transportation1 Comment

west-shore-big-leaf-frosted by Paul Brians

Weather: Clear and Cold, with Slight Warming Trend

The crisp clear weather is expected to continue into the middle of the week, with daily highs in the 40s and night-time temperatures hovering in the 30s. Rain may return by Wednesday night.

Here is the National Weather Service Forecast for Bainbridge Island:

  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 47 degrees F. North wind around 8 mph.
  • Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 33 degrees F. North-northeast wind around 8 mph.
  • Monday Sunny, with a high near 48 degrees F. Northeast wind around 5 mph, becoming calm in the morning.
  • Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36 degrees F. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm in the evening.
  • Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 50 degrees F. Calm wind.
  • Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37 degrees F.
  • Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50 degrees F
  • Wednesday Night A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 44 degrees F.

Photo courtesy of Paul Brians.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in New 4, News, Weather0 Comments

cams ferry

Bainbridge Ferry Commuters to Get Highway Traffic Cameras

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced plans to install additional traffic cameras to assist commuters and travelers affected by ferry traffic.

The new cameras will be placed on Highway 305 at two locations: Winslow Way and High School Road.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has purchased the cameras and plans to install cable lines for them on December 3. They will activate the cameras shortly after the cables are set up and provide information to the public about how to access the camera footage in real time to track traffic.

Related Story

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in News, Popular 3, Transportation1 Comment

deal with it dog by Playing Cards Central

Holiday Special: IB Offers 25 Percent off Ads for Local Businesses

The holiday shopping season is revving up, and we are here to help you get your business noticed at this important time of year.

With over 3 million readers in three years and an audience that has climbed to 5,000-6,000 views a day, Inside Bainbridge is THE place to be noticed. And now we’re offering a whopping 25 percent off our normal ad rates for local businesses.

Ads must run at least one month, with a contract commitment by next Friday, November 21.

Call 206-588-5364 or email lynn@insidebainbridge.com.

Holiday Special Ad Rates/Options*

  • Large Box Ad: full views on home page or inside pages one month/$375; three months/$337.50 per month; six months/$300 per month; twelve months/$281.25 per month
  • Large Box Ad: half views (in rotation) on home page or inside pages one month/$300; three months/$243.75 per month; six months/$206.25 per month; twelve months/$187.50 per month
  • Medium Box Ad: full views on home page or inside pages one month/$300; three months/$243.75 per month; six months/$206.25 per month; twelve months/$187.50 per month
  • Medium Box Ad: half views (in rotation) on home page or inside pages one month/$240; three months/$195 per month; six months/$165 per month; twelve months/$150 per month
  • Small Box Ad: full views on home page or inside pages one month/$225; three months/$187.50 per month; six months/$168.75 per month; twelve months/$150 per month
  • Small Box Ad: half views (in rotation) on home page or inside pages one month/$150; three months/$131.25 per month; six months/$120 per month; twelve months/$108.75

View our regular Local Ad Rates/Options page. Your rate for this special deal would be 75 percent of that listed.

*Note that our banner ads are not eligible for this deal, and this one-week offer is not retroactive.

Nonprofits!

Local nonprofit organizations are still eligible for our Red Envelope 50 percent off ad deal! Contact us at 206-588-5364 or lynn@insidebainbridge.com.

Related Stories

Photo courtesy of Playing Cards Central.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 3.0/5 (2 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)

Posted in Business, Community, Inside Bainbridge News, News0 Comments

icy pond at Battle Point

Weather: Temps Plummet into the 20s

Keep your chickens insulated, protect your plants, and keep your bird baths and hummingbird feeders unfrozen with warm water. Clear and frigid temperatures will continue through the weekend, dropping into the mid 20s at night, about 15 degrees below the normal nighttime low of 40 degrees F for this time of year.

Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island:

  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 44 degrees F. North wind 7 to 11 mph.
  • Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 26 degrees F. North wind 5 to 9 mph, becoming calm.
  • Saturday Sunny, with a high near 45 degrees F. North-northeast wind around 7 mph.
  • Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 25 degrees F. East wind 7 to 9 mph.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 47 degrees F. North-northeast wind around 6 mph.
  • Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 25 degrees F.

Photo of icy seasonal pond at Battle Point Park by Julie Hall.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Slider, Weather0 Comments

Tacoma ferry damage

Extensive Damage to Tacoma Ferry Puts It out of Service Until Summer

Officials from Washington State Ferries (WSF) have released details about the engine failure that suddenly powered down the Tacoma as it was approaching the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal in the waters of Eagle Harbor on July 29. The Jumbo Mark II ship, the largest type in the fleet, has been out of commission since, with many wondering when it will be repaired and resume its busy service between Seattle and Bainbridge.

According to the Puyallup‘s Chief Engineer Mark Nitchman, after two fuses blew in the Tacoma‘s engine a circuit breaker protective surge arrester device failed to trigger, leading to a “cascade of events” that included a “20,000-degree fireball” arc flash that Nitchman called hotter than the sun’s surface. The resulting explosion that occurred “scared the hell out of a couple of engineers” on the engine deck but caused no injuries, Nitchman said. It left heavy damage in two of the ship’s four generators.

Extensive and painstaking analysis of what went wrong revealed a design glitch whereby the surge protector does not trigger when two fuses blow but does if one or three fuses fail.

Engineer Mark Nitchman holding faulty fuse

Engineer Mark Nitchman holding faulty fuse

Nitchman explained that because the ship is 17 years old it is out of warranty and replacement parts are no longer available. The German company Siemens that supplies most of the vessel’s machinery will have to start new to create a fuse and arrester relay system that will fix the problem. The other ships in the same class, the Wenatchee and Puyallup, also will need retrofitting to replace the faulty system in their engines.

WSF Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith, who took the helm in September, said repairs are expected to cost about $1.8 million and will be covered by WSF’s emergency funds. Although the organization has insurance, she explained, it has a $3.7 million deductible.

Griffith said that the previous target date of early 2015 for getting the Tacoma back in business is likely unrealistic. “We want to do this right and not rush,” she said. Nitchman said WSF engineers will “try to break everything” and add redundancies before they launch the Tacoma back in service. It also will have to undergo assessment and approval by the U.S. Coast Guard, its supervising agent. Griffith said realistically they are looking ahead to the summer season for getting the vessel sailing safely again.

WSF Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith with Mark Nitchman

WSF Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith with Mark Nitchman

A high-level manager at the WSF Repair Facility on Bainbridge Island came forward to Inside Bainbridge on September 4 to say that the ship’s practice of switching from three to two generators between each sailing throughout the day to save fuel costs is taxing the switchboards and could have caused the failure of the fuses. When I asked WSF officials yesterday if that could have been a factor in the Tacoma‘s engine black out, they said no, explaining that the ferries have been switching from three to two generators at each sailing since 2007 and that the fuses in question have never blown in the history of WSF. (Read more here Whistleblower Tells What Really Happened to the Tacoma Ferry and Why It Could Happen Again.)

The largest class ship in the WSF fleet, the diesel electric Tacoma is 400 feet long and has 6,200 displacement tonnage, the weight of the water it displaces at sea. Its capacity is 202 vehicles and 2,500 passengers.

Tacoma docked at Bainbridge Repair Facility

Tacoma docked at Bainbridge Repair Facility

Carrying 22.5 million riders annually, WSF is the largest ferry system in the United States and the fourth largest in the world. Established in 1951, the organization’s 22 vessels make 450 departures a day. Despite its impressive history, in recent years WSF has been dogged with underfunding, engine problems, and management mishaps, which were on display following the failure of the Tacoma when thousands of commuters were mistakenly turned away from sailings because of a communication breakdown.

Related Stories

Lead photo courtesy of WSF; others by Julie Hall.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in News, Popular 4, Transportation0 Comments

Bainbridge Island City Hall

Firewall Problem Takes Down City’s Internet

If you’ve been having trouble connecting with the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) online, it’s because COBI’s Internet service has been out since yesterday afternoon. COBI Community Engagement Specialist Kellie Stickney said that it was a firewall problem. When the firewall was relaunched, the problem was resolved.

The problem, which affected City Hall, the police department, and the municipal court, is believed to have occurred at approximately 5:30 Tuesday afternoon, but the city was unaware of the problem until this morning because yesterday was an official holiday, Veterans Day.

During the service lapse, city agencies were unable to send or receive emails. According to Bainbridge Island Police Officer Walt Berg, the Department of Licensing (DOL) also was offline, which would have made it impossible for the police to run license as well as criminal checks. DOL didn’t answer its phone so IB wasn’t able to verify this.

Stickney said that, since becoming aware of the problem this morning, city staff worked continuously to restore service. Internet service resumed at about noon today, November 12.

Photo by Julie Hall.

 

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Emergencies, Government, News, Popular 30 Comments

Veteran's Day 2014 girls scouts

Girl Scouts Serve Veterans Day Dinner to Those Who Have Served

The Orange Blossoms, Girl Scout Cadette troop #46449, and the Island Girls, Girl Scout Junior troop #43861, served local veterans at Bainbridge Island’s annual Veterans Day Dinner last night at the American Legion Hall.

Veterans enjoyed a prime rib dinner catered by Bainbridge Island Barbecue, with the girls bussing tables, managing the buffet line, and serving beverages.

Bainbridge Island Girl Scouts have been serving the Colin Hyde Legion Post for 14 years. With the original set of troops now in college, this is the second round of Girl Scout troops to serve the Veterans Day Dinner.

Troop leader Kari Seybolt-Murphy said, “Last night I got several messages from girls from Troop 2003 saying how much they missed this event. It is always a highlight in our year.” Girls Scouts 2014 Veteran's Day dinner

“It was an honor to serve those who have served our country,” said troop leader Tess Haddon.

Related Stories

Photos courtesy of Tess Haddon.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Community, Culture, History, Holidays0 Comments

snowy bainbridge by Pete Saloutos

Weather: Cold Temperatures Continue, with a Chance of Snow

An arctic air mass on the heels of the cold front that moved in earlier this week will bring continued cold temperatures well below normal through the weekend and a chance of snow Thursday.

  • Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 42 degrees F. East wind 6 to 10 mph.
  • Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 32 degrees F. East wind 10 to 15 mph.
  • Thursday A chance of snow after 10 a.m., possibly mixing with rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 41 degrees F. North-northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
  • Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of rain before 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35 degrees F. East-northeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
  • Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 44 degrees F. Light north-northeast wind becoming north 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
  • Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 35 degrees F.
  • Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 44 degrees F.
  • Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 34 degrees F.

Photo courtesy of Pete Saloutos. 

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in New 3, News, Weather0 Comments

christine chapman

Crumbs Cakery Serves up Artful Sweets for Your Special Occasion

To see her work, one can only conclude that Christine Chapman, owner of Bainbridge-based Crumbs Cakery, is of an exclusive order of cake masters. If taste is the judge, the fact that many of her customers are already repeats suggests that she gets more than the design right.

Chapman grew up in Austria making cakes from scratch with her seasoned baker grandmother and mother. When she began having her own children—three boys—she found herself taking her home-grown cake making to a whole new level, creating themed cakes for the evolving interests of her sons.

Like many professionals, as a baker Chapman has no professional training. Possibly her best claim to authenticity as a cake maker is the fact that she has never purchased a cake from a store.

baby cake

Baby cake

Although she has an established menu, her made-to-order cakes are her best-sellers. Having launched her business from her Bainbridge Island home kitchen in August, she said, “So far I’ve gotten the most orders for boys birthdays, from dragons to Legos to Seakhawks to Minecraft themes.”

Having submitted each of her cake recipes to and gained approval from the Washington Health Department, Chapman offers a range of flavors, styles, and sizes. Her college degree in building restoration is evident in her approach to creating cakes. She declines the title of artist but acknowledges the influence of her educational background in her cake making, pointing out her sculpting: “I like working with my hands.”

Her floor-to-ceiling, double-doored pantry of astonishingly wide and meticulously organized cake-making supplies reveals the science in the art of her cake work. From measuring tape to protractors, rolling pins to dowels, exacto knives to fondants, Chapman hand-cuts each square of her popular Minecraft cakes, hand-colors her frosting, and uses as much organic, locally produced ingredients—butter, flour, sugar, eggs—as she can get her hands on.

Top of plane cake, in process

Top of plane cake, in process

For her made-to-order jobs, she often provides via email initial design sketches to customers. I asked her if she has a background as an artist, and she guffawed, saying, “I’ve gotten better.”

About the local response to her cakes, Chapman said, “It has exceeded expectations.” Laughing again, she added, “It’s probably because my sketches are so lousy.”

When I asked what her personal favorite flavor is, Chapman said salted caramel. I asked her what her customers like best, and she laughed, “salted caramel.”

Crumbs Cakery Serves up Artful Sweets for Your Special Occasion

The Hulk’s hand, in process

These days Chapman is creating 1-2 cakes a week, which keeps her quite busy. “I thought it might be one a month. Right now this is as much as I can handle.”

Related Stories

Photo of Christine Chapman with her tools of the trade, plan, and Hulk hand by Julie Hall. Baby cake courtesy of Christine Chapman.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.2/5 (6 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +2 (from 2 votes)

Posted in Business, Community, Don't Miss This 4, Eat+Drink, Restaurants1 Comment

rabbits dumped at BPP

Citizens Concerned About Pet Rabbits Dumped at Battle Point Park

Pet rabbit dumping at Battle Point Park is nothing new. Not too many years ago a population of domestic-turned-wild rabbits managed to scrape out a living at the park and burgeon into a sizable number, at its height well beyond one hundred, based on anecdotal sightings.

In the last few years, whether from predation or disease or both, that population has dramatically diminished, but there are still occasional sightings in the park and the neighborhoods around it.

In the last two days three apparently abandoned pet rabbits have been found on the north end of Battle Point, along with the cardboard boxes of hay they were presumably transported in. The boxes were left on the ground under a tree, and the rabbits were spotted near the boxes nibbling grass. After someone posted on Facebook photographs of two of the rabbits and boxes, a flurry of concerned citizens responded. Stephanie Bowen and Erin Bang-Knudsen went out immediately to catch the rabbits, fearing for their safety. Bowen said, “They were coming up close but then backing away as if they were scared and traumatized. Once we held them they calmed right down and cuddled with our kids.”

abandoned rabbit boxesBowen thinks the rabbits, whom she believes are juveniles, are part of a litter someone dumped. She said, “The weather is cold, and they don’t know how to forage for food or find shelter. It’s cruel. There are other options than abandoning them.”

That evening Rich McClelland while walking his dog spotted a third rabbit at the north parking lot of Battle Point Park. He watched it cross the road, Frey, back and forth. “It looked confused, as if it was looking for something—maybe its companions—and unaware of the danger of cars,” he said. When he passed the rabbit a second time on his way back, he approached it and it hopped over to him, leaned into his hands, and allowed itself to be picked up and carried to his home.

Like one of the first two, the third rabbit had distinct markings that included a white body and black ears and “eyeliner,” indicating that they are probably litter mates. McClelland’s wife Aleta said the rabbit was in good health but extremely thirsty. Dehydration can quickly lead to death in rabbits. “She didn’t know how to find water,” Aleta said.

bunnyThe first two rabbits have found homes (one with Bang-Knudsen), and the third has good prospects.

Bowen and the McClellands have returned to the park to see if there are other rabbits from the litter still there.

Frustrated about the dumping, Bowen is offering a $100 reward for information about where the rabbits came from and how they ended up at the park. People with information can email contact@insidebainbridge.com.

The Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale takes in (and adopts out) homeless rabbits, as do other rabbit rescue organizations like Rabbit Haven in Gig Harbor.

Related Stories

Featured photo courtesy of Lea Szalay; photo of boxes courtesy of Stephanie Bowen; photo of third rabbit courtesy of Aleta McClelland.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Animals, Don't Miss This 3, Outside, Parks+Trails3 Comments

305 accident

Rush-Hour Injury Collisions This Morning Back up Highway 305 and New Brooklyn

Two collisions during morning rush hour delayed commuters and left victims hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries.

A collision on Highway 305 and Reitan Road at approximately 8 a.m. slowed traffic to a near standstill and then to one lane for over an hour. A car turning left heading southbound from Reitan Road onto Highway 305 collided with another vehicle heading north on 305. Air bags in both cars were deployed, and both drivers were transported to the hospital for treatment.

A similar collision occurred at approximately 7:10 this morning on New Brooklyn Road. The driver of a 1993 Acura Legend turning left from Sands Road onto New Brooklyn failed to yield to a driver of a 1998 Lexus heading east on New Brooklyn. The Acura collided with the Lexus and knocked it into a utility pole.

The driver of the Lexus was treated by medics at the scene, and the Acura driver was transported by ambulance to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.305 collision

Bainbridge Island Police Officer Ziemba issued a citation to the young woman driving the Acura for failure to yield and lack of auto insurance. Officer Ziemba noted that the Acura’s windshield and windows had significant condensation that would have made it difficult for the driver to see.

Traffic on New Brooklyn was limited to one lane for nearly an hour.

 

Photos of Highway 305 collision scene by Sarah Lane. 

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 3.5/5 (2 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)

Posted in Accidents, Don't Miss This 4, News, Roads0 Comments

tcremodel

Rad Time-Lapse Video of a Day in the Life of the Town & Country Remodel

Downtown Bainbridge Island’s iconic Town & Country Market recently completed Phase I of four phases of a long-overdue remodel. Not to worry, the other phases are well underway, with an estimated completion date of next May. (View an overview of each phase.)

The ever-changing landscape of the store as it continues to serve customers during its renovation process is hard to track for even the frequent shopper. And yet the dedicated staff and management help ensure that shoppers find what they seek week by week.

Check out this time-lapse video footage of the remodel construction from yesterday, November 8.

Related Stories

Video courtesy of Town & Country Market.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Business, Community, Don't Miss This 3, Video0 Comments

frozen pond reflection by paul brians

Weather: Cold Front on the Way with Possible Freezing Temps

A cold airmass out of Canada is bringing the chilliest weather of the season this week to most of the country. Temperatures in our area will plunge into the 30s starting tomorrow night, with day-time highs in the mid 40s. Freezing temperatures are expected Tuesday night, so gardeners take care of your plants.

Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island:

Sunday Afternoon A 70 percent chance of rain mainly before 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52 degrees F. Northwest wind around 6 mph.
Sunday Night A 30 percent chance of rain before 10 p.m. Patchy fog after 4 a.m., with a low around 42 degrees F. South wind 5 to 14 mph becoming north-northwest.
Monday Patchy fog before 10 a.m. and then mostly sunny, with a high near 50 degrees F. North wind around 11 mph.
Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36 degrees F. North-northeast wind 8 to 11 mph.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 45 degrees F. East wind 11 to 14 mph.
Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 32 degrees F.
Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 45 degrees F.
Wednesday Night A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35 degrees F.
Thursday A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43 degrees F.

Photo courtesy of Paul Brians.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in New 2, News, Weather0 Comments

mushroom by Marilynn Gottlieb

Photos of the Day: ‘Shroom Safari

With the rain and the waning sunlight, up sprouts a magnificent menagerie of all manner of mushroom. Bring it, November in the Pacific Northwest!

Bainbridge Island photographer Marilynn Gottlieb shared these ‘shroom shots. Alas, no toads are sitting on them, but one can dream.

mushroom by Marilynn Gottlieb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mushroom by Marilynn Gottlieb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mushroom by Marilynn Gottlieb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mushroom by Marilynn Gottlieb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mushroom by Marilynn Gottlieb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mushroom by Marilynn Gottlieb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mushroom by Marilynn Gottlieb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mushroom by Marilynn Gottlieb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Stories

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Features, Photo of the Week, Popular 20 Comments

fall color by Joe Michael

Weather: Sunny and Cooler

The rain and wind storm that blustered through our area and knocked out power to thousands on Bainbridge Island yesterday brought a sunny and cooler front on its heels.

According to the National Weather Service, by midday today after the fog burns off we should see calm sunny skies with a day-time high of about 50 degrees F, extending through Saturday. Night-time lows will dip in to the low 40s. Patchy low-lying fog will hang around at night and into the mornings.

Expect rain on Sunday, followed by more sunshine into the first part of next week.

Related Stories

Photo courtesy of Joe Michael.

 

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Slider, Weather0 Comments

candles

Winslow Substation Damaged, 2400 Customers Still Without Power

As of 3:30 this afternoon, November 6, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reported heavy storm damage in Kitsap County, with the worst on Bainbridge Island.

Two circuits were damaged by a tree that broke a power pole directly outside the Winslow 12 substation. PSE was able to restore power to 1,300 customers through switching. But approximately 2,400 customers remain without power.

PSE anticipates that the majority of the remaining customers will have power restored late this afternoon, with a small number remaining out until the pole is replaced and the damage is repaired later tonight.

The rest of the county is experiencing smaller scattered outages. The PSE Kitsap Storm Base in Poulsbo was opened at 12:30 p.m.

PSE advises people to stay away from downed power lines and report outages by calling 888-225-5773.

Related Story

 

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Emergencies, News, Slider, Weather3 Comments

Ross Olsen and Winchester by Pat Egaas

Wheelchair Accident Victim Upgraded from Critical to Serious Condition

On the evening of October 29, a well-known Bainbridge Island resident, Ross Olsen, collided with a small pickup truck while traveling in his motorized wheelchair along Madison Avenue in Winslow.

Following the accident, which threw Olsen, 52, onto the ground, he was airlifted to Harborview Hospital in Seattle for emergency surgery. According to friends (Olsen does not have family in the area), he sustained five compound fractures in both of his legs. Doctors operated late on the night after he arrived to put in plates and external screws at each break. His blood pressure was dangerously unstable for several days, and until today, November 6, he was in critical condition in the ICU.

This afternoon Olsen’s close friend Laura Weingaertner contacted Inside Bainbridge to provide an update of his condition, after spending two hours visiting with him. He as been upgraded from critical to serious but stable condition. Weingaertner said he will most likely remain in the ICU for a few more days, as he is still on supplemental oxygen. Doctors have not been able to repair the more severely broken leg due to swelling. Surgery on that leg will likely be next week.

Weingaertner said the hospital is allowing visitors (call for times). “Ross would love to see people. His tube has been removed, and he now has his cell phone so feel free to call if you have his number,” said Weingaertner. “Someone dropped off a basket of messages from the Island and he LOVED it; they are hanging around his room!”

Olsen’s dog Winchester was riding with him in his chair at the time of the accident. He was treated for injuries by Winslow Animal Clinic, which opened its doors after closing to provide emergency care. Winchester is staying with a friend and doing well.

Related Stories

Photo of Ross Olsen and Winchester by Pat Egaas, used with permission by Pat Egaas.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Accidents, Don't Miss This 5, News0 Comments

puget sound energy fixing wires

Power Outages, Trees and Wires Down

Updated at 1:29 p.m., 1:34 p.m., and 1:46 p.m., 2:11

The blustery rainy weather today has knocked out power in several locations around Bainbridge, and downed trees and wires are blocking roadways.

Here are the most significant current problems. We will update information as the world turns.

Significant Power Outages

  • 2442 customers in the Fletcher Bay/Lynwood Center neighborhood lost power at 11:23 a.m. Estimated repair time is 3:30 p.m
  • 92 customers in the Sunrise/Winthers neighborhood lost power at 8 a.m. Estimated repair time is 1:30 p.m.

Road Blockages

  • A large tree and wires are down in the triangle around Fletcher Bay, Lynwood Center, and Bucklin Hill Roads. Fletcher Bay is blocked from three directions—Bucklin Hill, Lynwood Center, and High School. Traffic is being diverted.
  • Bainbridge Disposal and the surrounding neighborhood is not accessible at this time because of the three directions of barricades noted above. Bainbridge Disposal trucks are driving around the road block at Lynwood Center and High School and going up to Vincent Road from there. People hoping to do a dump run are advised to avoid the area until the roadway is clear.
  • Downed trees on Spargur Loop and Sunrise Drive earlier in the day have been cleared.
  • A tree has fallen on wires in the Garibaldi Loop neighborhood.

Related Story

Photo by Julie Hall.

 

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Emergencies, News, Weather0 Comments

Washington State Patrol WSP car by Julie Hall

Washington State Patrol Institutes New DUI Testing Method

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has just added the next-generation of breath-testing instruments for DUI enforcement.

The Draeger instrument is easier to use and produces faster results that are equally as effective as previous generations of breath-testing devices. The Draeger utilizes a dry gas standard instead of a liquid solution to verify that the instrument is working properly. Previously, liquid solutions have had to be mixed locally by scientists, monitored for temperature, and checked regularly by technicians.

“The Draeger instrument will produce the same accurate results as our previous instrument, but with far less maintenance,” said Lt. Rob Sharpe, commander of the Patrol’s Impaired Driving Section. “They are also easier for officers to operate, and help speed the processing of DUI suspects.”

WSP received legislative approval in 2010 to switch to the dry gas. Since that time the Patrol has worked to integrate the new method into it law enforcement process, including updating the user interface for officers. “The Draegers would have been fine right out of the box for simply testing breath alcohol levels,” Sharpe said. “We wanted to make them fit into our state’s DUI enforcement program so that officers can produce better reports, faster, and get back into service.”

“This is another step in our agency’s long-standing effort to remove dangerously impaired drivers from our state’s highways,” said Chief John R. Batiste. “We’ve made great strides toward our goal of zero annual traffic fatalities, and this device will help move the needle even further.”

In 2013, 440 people in Washington state were killed in traffic collisions. Of those deaths, 188 involved an impaired driver. Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, “Target Zero,” aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities by the year 2030.

The Patrol expects to begin deploying the new Draeger instruments in time for the December holiday season.

The Draeger system will replace the National Patent Analytical Systems DataMaster, which has been used since the 1980s and is no longer being manufactured.

 

Photo by Julie Hall.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Posted in Crime, Government, News, Popular 30 Comments

“Bainbridge
Bay Hay and Feed