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Options to Replace Our Dump-Held-Together-with-Tape Police Station Narrowed to Three

At its Study Session tomorrow, July 21, our City Council will consider options for moving ahead with plans to replace the Bainbridge Island police station. The three options currently on the table have been narrowed from five presented on May 14 by the Seattle-based architecture/design firm Mackenzie, which specializes in public buildings and was contracted by the…

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Hold That Ballot: Here’s Your Chance to Meet the Law & Justice Candidates

If you’ve looked at your ballot, you know that there are a lot of Law & Justice choices you’re going to have to make. Four people are running for Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney: Russ Hauge, Bob Scales, Tina Robinson, and Bruce Danielson. There are four statewide justice positions to be filled (two candidates are running…

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Don’t Miss the First Meeting of COBI’s 20-Year Comprehensive Plan Update Process

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) is about to begin the vital process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, an update that occurs every 20 years. In accordance with the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), governed by RCW 36.70A, our City and citizens spend two years laying out a vision for growth and preservation that…

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Bainbridge-Seattle Service to Be Reduced While Wenatchee Receives Needed Repairs

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced that the 202-car Wenatchee ferry will be out of service for approximately one week starting July 30 while repairs are made to the vessel’s propulsion system. Replacement of the boat’s stern tube was originally scheduled to begin July 22; however, the repair work has been delayed due to a lack…

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Police Blotter 7/16/14: Tacoma Is a Little Farther South

July 14 Unfunny Clown. At about 2:33 in the morning a man called to report a prowler outside his residence. He said there was a person wearing white and black outside. He said it looked like a clown outfit. He said the suspect was crouching behind some bushes. The man said he himself was armed…

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Meet Your New Police Clerk, Kelly Eisenhood

Long-time Senior Police Clerk Ted Rought will be retiring from the Bainbridge Island Police Department at the end of next week, on July 25. It has been hard to imagine the station without his happy and very tall presence behind the front glass. But the imagining just got easier with the announcement that his position…

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Letter to the Editor: The Director of the Bloedel Reserve Invites You to Visit Sans Car

For twenty-five years, the Bloedel Reserve has tried to solve the one question that riddles every business on Bainbridge Island outside of Winslow: How can we get walk-on visitors from the ferry out to the Reserve? We’ve dreamed of purchasing shuttle buses and considered making arrangements with RideShare companies, but nothing panned out. So imagine…

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Council Approves SMP, Waterfront Property Rights Activist Talks About Suing

Less than 24 hours after the City Council approved the Shoreline Master Plan as amended by the Department of Ecology, Islander Gary Tripp used his e-mail list, Bainbridge News Wire, to call on waterfront property owners to meet “to develop a strategy to take legal action against the city over the adoption of the SMP.”…

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August Primary Elections: Your Friendly Guide

The 2014 primary elections are August 5. If you’re not confused by the plethora of yard signs with their mix of candidate names and positions, then you’re probably not paying attention. In an effort to help you sort it out, we’ve got a list here of the races and the candidates with their major endorsements….

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Update on Helicopter Crash in Puget Sound

The helicopter that crashed today, July 12, around 3:30, was a privately owned 1958 Bell. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Wilson said the male pilot and his two female passengers had taken off from somewhere in the Seattle area and landed on a privately owned beach in Kingston. Just after they took off again,…

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Helicopter into the Water off Kingston

A 911 call came in at 3:30 this afternoon, July 12, about a helicopter in Puget Sound off Kingston, just off the end of Lindvog Road. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Aid units responded from Hansville, and the Coast Guard immediately launched a response boat from Seattle. The three occupants of the helicopter swam to…

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Weather: Some Like It Hot

It looks like clear skies and hot temps are here to stay a while. With this weekend’s extreme low tides, it’s great beach time. Because of hot dry conditions, the BIFD has issued a wildfire danger warning. Here is the National Weather Service Forecast for Bainbridge Island: Friday Sunny, with a high near 86 degrees F….

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Fire Department Warns of Increasing Wildfire Risk

With dry conditions and sunny, hot temperatures in the upper 80s predicted for the foreseeable future, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) has released a fire danger warning. According to Assistant Fire Chief Luke Carpenter, as of yesterday, June 10, the fire danger in our area was rated moderate. However, the risk could greatly increase in…

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Madison Avenue RePave and Major Traffic Interruptions Ahead

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) has scheduled road improvements on Madison Avenue between Winslow Way and High School Road to begin August 4. A core arterial roadway, Madison will get new asphalt and overlay, as well as storm water drainage improvements and new curb ramps at the Wyatt Way intersection. COBI anticipates the work…

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Police Blotter 7/10/14: Four Backing up Accidents, Lots of Found Stuff

POLICE BLOTTER July 9 Violent Threat Fraud. A man came to the station to report phone fraud. He had received a call at home from a man at a Puerto Rican phone number. The caller told the man that he was a gang leader in his parents’ town and would shoot up their house if…

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Bainbridge Gets Credit Rating Upgrade from Moody’s

Moody’s Investor Service just gave Bainbridge a credit rating boost on July 8 by upgrading the City’s long-term rating from Aa3 to Aa2 on the City’s Unlimited Tax General Obligation (UTGO) bonds. Moody’s also upgraded the City’s Limited Tax General Obligation (LTGO) bond rating to Aa3 from A1. The UTGO rating action affects $5 million in…

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Motorcyclist from Kingston Dies in Collision with Fire Truck

Kitsap County Sheriff’s traffic deputies are investigating the death of a motorcyclist that occurred at 11:02 a.m. July 4 in Kingston. Jason T. Foster, 48, reportedly collided with a North Kitsap Fire & Rescue (NKF&R) truck in the intersection of NE West Kingston Road and Miller Bay NE Road. A preliminary report of the accident indicates that Foster was…

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Chief Hamner Looks Back on His First Year with the BIPD

Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner was sworn in one year ago on June 21. Last week he sat down to review the year. He said, “I came here with the idea that I would figure out what’s going on here.” He said his “number-one goal was to build community trust and confidence, to begin the process. I…

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Fawn Disoriented by Fireworks Drowns After Being Chased into the Water by Dogs at Pritchard Beach

This morning, July 5, a fawn wandering alone on Pritchard Park Beach took to the water to avoid off-leash dogs barking at and chasing it. A person who had been collecting fireworks debris on the beach reported the distressed fawn to West Sound Wildlife Shelter (WSWS) on Bainbridge Island. He explained that by the time…

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IB Will Post Lost & Found Pets: Here’s What We Need from You

It’s that time of year. Dogs and cats freaked out from fireworks run off in fear, become disoriented or even injured, and don’t know how to get home. We know that many of you are missing pets and some have found or seen lost ones. We would like to help by creating a master list…

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