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Is That a Radio Tower, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Bainbridge Island City Manager Doug Schulze recently received FCC approval for a 10-year lease to operate an informational community radio station, at no cost, on two AM frequencies, 600kHz and 1700 kHz. Why two? Currently the City, working with Sustainable Bainbridge, is conducting testing to determine which spot on the dial (or digital display) will send…

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New Year's by Gary

Planning to Party on NYE? Fire Marshall Offers Some Safety Tips

State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy is encouraging you to party safely this New Year’s and offering some tips you might not be thinking about as you plan how to updo your hair or ponder just how late you will be able to stay awake. Duffy says that get-togethers increase the risk for fire. And that…

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Lifeguard training

Photo of the Day: Aquatic Center Lifeguards Hone Their Skills

Today, December 20, Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center lifeguards got some refresher training in using the backboard for pool rescues. They took turns playing the victim in various scenarios involving different locations in the pool, including the access ramp and the frog slide. The lifeguards practiced turning victims onto their backs and then leading their fellow…

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A Sneak Peek at the Bainbridge Harrison Care Facility

The Bainbridge Harrison urgent, primary, and specialty care facility opens in just a few weeks. But you don’t have to wait that long to see it thanks to a guided tour yesterday, November 3, led by architect Matthew Coates and facility Operations Manager Meg Becker that provided plenty of photo opportunities. Primary Considerations Coates started…

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Police by Leonard Bentley

BIPD Is Looking for a Few Good Men and Women Who Like Uniforms

Do you want to serve your community, but bake sales, car washes, and walkathons are just not your thing? If you like uniforms and want to provide an important service, consider joining the Bainbridge Island Police Department Reserves. Reserve Officers perform a variety of functions including responding to medical emergencies and traffic accidents; patrolling the…

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The Rotary Club Wants You to Watch This Emergency Preparedness Video

The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island has long been active in advocating for emergency preparedness in our community. To encourage locals to get prepared and educate them about how, the Rotary has decided to make public a video about emergency preparedness that two of its members made. Tom McCloskey and Adrian Sawyer put together the video…

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Neighborhood Watch

Bainbridge Police Want You to Organize Your Neighborhood for Security

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department has been telling you this for years: Organize your neighborhood for emergency preparedness. Now the Bainbridge Island Police Department is taking up the refrain but, in their case, with an emphasis on security. BIPD is coordinating the Island-wide Neighborhood Watch program. To launch it, they are hosting a Neighborhood Watch…

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Fallen Tree on Point White Leads to 9-Hour Outage: PSE Explains Why

Yesterday, August 4, sometime after 1 p.m. a large tree came down on Point White Road, knocking out power to over 300 residents of the area. By around 2 p.m., emergency responders had announced the closure of the road. One Point White resident contacted IB this morning to say her power didn’t come back on…

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The Meek Family

Interview with Family of Bainbridge 8-Year-Old Behind Last Night’s Eagle Harbor Water Rescue

Third-grade Ordway Otter Grace Meek and her dad Sean were out fishing last night, August 31, in their 12-foot skiff when Grace heard someone calling out, “Help us.” The eight year old told her dad what she had heard. They were near Blakely Rock and the buoy, and there were a lot of seals nearby….

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National Night Out

National Night Out August 5: BIPD Officer Carla Sias Gives a Preview

This post is part of our new collaboration with Bainbridge Community Broadcasting. BCB is a nonprofit, all-volunteer audio broadcasting organization under the umbrella of Sustainable Bainbridge. Currently they are creating podcasts about community news and events. Soon they hope to be streaming live on the Internet. In our partnership, IB will be sharing BCB podcasts with our readers,…

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Climate Action Bainbridge Memorial Event for Lac-Mégantic Oil Explosion Victims

On July 6, 2013, 47 people were incinerated when an oil train carrying the highly flammable crude from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. This Thursday, July 10, Climate Action Bainbridge (formerly Coal Free Bainbridge) wants to join, as they put it, “countless other communities that have designated this week as…

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Zombie prep

Practical KCDEM Disaster Prep Steps You Can Take Today

The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management issues disaster prep tips each month. The March list seems especially timely for a month of wind and heavy rains. KCDEM writes that, when it comes to disasters, “Planning for your recovery is just as important as planning for your response.” They recommend that now, before disaster strikes,…

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king tide bainbridge by joe michael

Climate Change on Bainbridge: We’re Talking Wyckoff, Visconsi, SMP & Waterfront Park

There isn’t much argument anymore that we’re well down the path of human-induced climate change. Albert Einstein’s famous definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, tells us that as the results of our behavior remain the same, we have to change business as usual to keep from reaching…

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firefighters camped out

Why Was a Crowd Camped out at the Fire Station Overnight?

The forty-seven chilly, physically fit, mostly young people lined up outside the fire station on Madison at 305 early this morning, November 4, were hoping for one thing: to get on the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s job waiting list. Several dozen firefighter hopefuls spent the night camped out, having arrived as early as 7 p.m….

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Bainbridge Island Fire Department Phelps Road Station

Think Your Fire Commis- sioners Vote Doesn’t Matter? Think Again

First, you might be wondering what a fire commissioner does. Here’s what the RCW (52.14.010) has to say on the matter: The affairs of the district shall be managed by a board of fire commissioners composed . . . of registered voters residing in the district. . . . The board shall fix the compensation to be…

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Watch out in School Zones, Lead Foot, for $700+ Fines

Following some recent calls to police regarding speeding in school zones, Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner has issued fair warning: The cops are watching, and hefty—as high as $784—fines await speeders. A press release issued by the BIPD said that the “reminder is provided as a courtesy.” It explained that fines are determined by…

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FM Radio Meeting

Bainbridge Broadcasts Its Plans for a Local FM Radio Station

by Steve Giovanis with Sarah Lane Approximately three dozen people gathered at the Waterfront Park Community Center Tuesday night, September 17, eager to discuss the potential for a Bainbridge-based low-power FM radio station in anticipation of the October 15 deadline for station applications from communities across the country. The FCC-issued deadline follows President Obama’s signing…

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Earthquake button

Letter to the Editor: Bainbridge Fire Dept. Urges You to Prepare Your Family for Disaster

by Luke Carpenter, Assistant Chief, Fire Marshal, Bainbridge Island Fire Department Are you prepared to handle a disaster? September is National Preparedness Month; it’s a good reminder to make sure that you and your family are prepared to cope with the effects of a disaster in our community. On a larger scale, it offers your fire department…

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Bainbridge April 22 2013 earthquake

Monday’s Bainbridge Earthquake Part of Recent Jump in Puget Sound Seismic Activity

At 7:53 p.m. last night, April 22, a small 0.8 magnitude earthquake buzzed Bainbridge Island’s north end. The epicenter was near Phelps Road on Teem Loop Road off of Sumanee Place. Today, April 23, just after 4 p.m., another Washington quake of 1.3 magnitude rattled south of Tacoma. The quakes were small and caused no reported damage….

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Bainbridge Police Step up Security in Wake of Boston Bombings

An early morning meeting today at the BIPD among lieutenants Denise Giuntoli and Phil Hawkins and Interim Public Safety Officer Larry Dickerson led to direct action to increase vigilance and security on Bainbridge in light of the bomb attacks yesterday at the Boston Marathon finish line. The BIPD have doubled their on-duty officers to four…

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