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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can Bainbridge Island Protect Itself from a Landslide Like Whidbey’s?

What can our Island community, not unlike Whidbey Island, learn from the large landslide that damaged one home and threatened and/or isolated some 25 others in Coupeville in the early morning hours Wednesday, March 27? We’ve suffered our own landslides, also called mudslides, here, the worst recent one tragically killing a family of four in…

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Mental Health First Aid

Still Time to Sign up for Nationally Recognized Mental Health First Aid Course

USA Today, NPR, and ABC News have covered it. Mental Health First Aid, a nationally recognized course, has been in the spotlight because it addresses a serious health care gap. As many as 1 in 4 people has a mental health disorder, according to research, but first responders aren’t adequately trained to manage mental health…

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Island “Pre-Recovers” from Emergency? Get Ready at the Disaster Prep. Event March 2nd

Leslie Marshall is ready. She is Bainbridge Island CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) certified, and for the past five years has been helping organize the Commodore neighborhood where she lives in preparation for an emergency such as a large earthquake. Now she’s urging her neighbors, fellow CERT members, and the community at large to attend…

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Preparing for Emergency: Opting out En Masse

by Scott James Ross and Bill were working on a project together. The band saw quieted down and both men removed their ear protection to continue their conversation. Their construction project of two new beehives was going well. “So how was Salatin’s talk?” Bill asked. Ross answered, “That guy is an infectious speaker, to be…

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Preparing for Emergency: Security

by Scott James A dozen folks of varying ages filtered in through the double doors of Ross’s barn just after the dinner hour. Hugs were exchanged among old friends, and newcomers were greeted with enthusiastic handshakes. Sam called the session to order. “Welcome everyone! It’s great to see you again. For those of you who…

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Preparing for Emergency: Come Together

by Scott James The apple trees were destroyed. And Ross was frustrated. He knew he should have put up a deer barrier before planting the bareroot trees on Friday. But he thought the new trees would be okay for two nights while he was traveling for work. On Monday morning he awoke to find several…

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Preparing for Emergency: Localmotion

by Scott James Let’s start with the Big Picture of transportation in North America and then work our way down to our neighborhoods. It’s not clear how long we’ll be able to continue national and international travel via planes, which may be doomed for their massive carbon hit, significant fuel requirements, and the general unprofitable…

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Preparing for Emergency: Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

by Scott James, December 24, 2012, 6:00 a.m. The night was silent. Nani and Bill carefully crawled out of their bed, reaching underneath to pull out their hiking shoes. “Was that an earthquake?” Bill asked. Nani replied, “Either that or we just got hit by a semi truck.” They heard glass shattering in the background. Nani…

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Preparing for Emergency: Gimme Shelter

by Scott James, December 17, 2012, 9:40 a.m. Amy walked into the garage, dripping wet. “We got it off finally,” she announced to the small group of neighbors gathered. “Thank goodness we had channel locks. It took two of us ten minutes working on that rusted cutoff valve before the water finally stopped!” The earthquake…

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Preparing for Emergency: Come on Baby Light My Fire

by Scott James, December 10, 2012, 6:00 a.m. Ross and Lisa were on their way to town one Saturday afternoon. Slowly. With the bridge still under repair, only small amounts of fuel were being brought onto the island via barge, and that was being rationed for the town’s emergency vehicles. Most folks—including Ross and Lisa—had run…

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