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More Details on Biking Coach Jay Abbott’s Accident

Herman Vroom, the head coach for the Bainbridge Island Gear Grinders high school mountain biking team, was able to share more information about the biking accident of middle school coach Jay Abbott on Sunday, January 25. He clarified that the accident happened in Grand Forest East, not at Gazzam Lake as initially reported by Abbott’s wife…

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Bainbridge Company Is Taking Nothing to the Super Bowl in Phoenix

Green Mountain Technologies, which is based on Bainbridge Island, is all about nothing when it comes to waste. The company, which was formed in 1992, helps organizations reduce their environmental footprint by making composting easy and affordable. Now GMT is taking its zero-waste philosophy to the Super Bowl. They’ve been contracted by the City of Phoenix to provide…

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Five Influenza Deaths in Kitsap County This Season

The Kitsap Public Health District is warning people that “the flu can be a severe illness,” so severe in fact that so far this season five people in the county have suffered influenza-related deaths. KPH is urging people to get vaccinated and take measures to protect themselves and others. KPH is monitoring absenteeism reports from schools throughout…

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Gear Grinders Middle School Coach Paralyzed After Biking Accident

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall This Sunday, January 25, on a middle school mountain bike ride near Gazzam, Bainbridge Island Gear Grinders Coach Jay Abbott suffered a crash and landed on his head and neck, severely damaging his spinal cord and cervical nerves. Bainbridge Island Gear Grinders is a mountain biking club with the mission of promoting…

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Virginia Mason Bainbridge Adds Daily Urgent Care Service

As of this week Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center on Winslow Way has expanded its urgent care treatment services for minor injuries and illnesses to seven days a week, with no appointments required. The Clinic is now providing urgent treatment of nonlife threatening conditions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to…

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Posted in Business, Community, Health+Fitness, New 40 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: A Winslow Park Opportunity Will Not Come Again

Voters have a rare opportunity to create a wonderful park in our downtown core area by voting YES on Proposition One. The Sakai property–23 acres, including a lake—is not an opportunity we will see again. It’s now or never, so please vote YES on this park bond! A “YES” vote will not raise our taxes….

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Posted in Community, Environment, Letter to the Editor, Popular 32 Comments

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New Mixed-Use Lynwood Center Development Proposed

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) is currently reviewing an application to develop a 5-acre mixed-use parcel in Lynwood that would include two inns, a restaurant, a park and market gathering place, commercial buildings, townhouses, and single-family homes. The proposed project at Baker Hill Road and Point White Drive was submitted by Blue Moon & Roost…

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Letter to the Editor: Councilman Bonkowski, Please Apologize for Violating Your Oath of Office

Please note that I originally sent this letter to Councilmember Steve Bonkowski (at his Bainbridge City Council email alias) in response to his recent letter on Inside Bainbridge. He has not replied to my letter. Steve, Thank you for breaking your silence over the Paulson/Fortner lawsuit in your Letter to the Editor to Inside Bainbridge on 20…

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Posted in Letter to the Editor, Politics, Popular 51 Comment

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Poll: Who Will You Cheer for on Super Bowl XLIX Sunday?

Remember last year when a frenzied fan left his/her engine running in an illegal spot near the Bainbridge ferry terminal on Super Bowl XLVIII parade day? But not all of us are Seahawks fans, including a member of my (in-law) family who shall remain nameless. Who will you cheer for next Sunday, February 1, starting…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes for a Vital Winslow Park with No Net Tax Increase

Words fly, pro and con, regarding the acquisition of the Sakai property for park uses. Now the words must give way to action. The levy request is in the mail. Please join me in voting for its approval. Here’s what a yes vote means: The community gets 23 acres of park, usable by everyone: stroller-pushers,…

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Posted in Don't Miss This 1, Environment, Letter to the Editor6 Comments

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Video to the Editor: The Sakai Land Levy Would Burden the Working Class & Seniors

The following video regarding Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District Proposition 1 was submitted by Bainbridge citizen James Olsen and narrated by Mary Dombrowski. Related Stories Letter to the Editor: Yes for Sakai Central Park Letter to the Editor: Land Trust Founder Speaks out About the Sakai Land Letter to the Editor: Land Trust…

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Posted in Don't Miss This 2, Letter to the Editor25 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Yes for Sakai Central Park

It is incredible that this amazing piece of property has become available and that our Metropolitan Park District has an opportunity to purchase it for every member of our Island community to enjoy forever. It is suitable for both active and passive recreation. As more and more of the Island’s trees are cut to make way for more stores…

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Posted in Environment, Letter to the Editor, Popular 25 Comments

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Spring Softball Clinics Start This Weekend

Yo Tweens (and your parents)! Softball season is batting up, and you are invited to show your stuff. Softball Spring 2015 Player Pre-Evaluation Warm-Up Clinics Who Should Attend: All players ages 10-12 When: January 25 and February 1, 6:15-8 p.m. Where: Commodore Gym Softball Spring 2015 Player Evaluations Who Should Attend: All players ages 10-12…

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How This Rig off Our Shores is Making a Meadow and Why You Should Care

This floating crane at the mouth of Eagle Harbor is in the process of laying sediment for subtidal eelgrass meadow, extraordinarily rich marine habitat destroyed in decades past by the activities in the harbor at the Wyckoff Creosote Plant site. Between 1903 and 1988, the Plant used creosote, a cancer-causing oily liquid, to pressurize and preserve…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 3, Environment0 Comments

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Grow Village Wins Two Big Green Awards

The National Association of Home Builders just bestowed upon the Bainbridge Island Grow Community the 2014 Platinum Award in the Best in American Living Green Community Category. Grow also won the Best in Green Development Award. Both awards were presented at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this week. The eight-acre Grow Community is the…

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Pot Shots: Two Prospective Cannabis Businesses for Bainbridge

The prospect of marijuana business on Bainbridge has caused quite a buzz here since Washington voters legalized recreational pot in late 2012. The city’s decision to limit marijuana production, processing, and retail to business/industrial zones and Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) law requiring a minimum 1,000-foot buffer from schools and public parks basically left one…

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Dead Gray Whale Found Under Colman Dock

This morning, January 22, before 9, Washington State Ferry workers spotted a dead Western gray whale under the slip usually used for loading Bainbridge-Seattle vehicle traffic. Ferry workers estimated the whale’s length at 25 feet. A ferry passenger said he had seen a gray whale swimming at the surface in the area and wondered if…

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Letter to the Editor: Land Trust Founder Speaks out About the Sakai Land

We Islanders have pulled together many times over the last 30 years to save iconic pieces of open space on our Island, and through that collective community effort we have preserved the character of this Island, with parcels such as the meadow at Highway 305 and Day Road, the Grand Forest, Gazzam Lake, Blakley Harbor,…

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Posted in Community, Environment, Letter to the Editor4 Comments


Letter to the Editor: Many Thanks for a Beautiful Holiday Season

As we say farewell to the beautiful holiday celebration, I would like to extend personal thanks to so many who made it happen: Karen Selvar at Bainbridge Island Farms for selecting the perfect community tree; Matt Baker and Jonathon Davis who secured the tree against wind and weather; and Denise Harris and her wonderful crew…

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Posted in Community, Holidays, Letter to the Editor, Popular 20 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Councilman Bonkowski Defends Decision to Withhold Hard Drive

What is happening here? The Paulson/Fortner lawsuit has confused, disappointed, and divided our community and now is poised to extract over half a million dollars from Bainbridge Island taxpayers. I am pained to think that I may carry any responsibility for these circumstances. I want the community to know that I did not conduct city…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 5, Letter to the Editor5 Comments

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