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Worker Falls 40 Feet off Roof

On May 18 emergency responders were summoned to a home on Bainbridge for a man who had fallen off a 40-foot roof. EMTs and police responded to the scene. Officer Ben Sias met with a co-worker of the injured man. Both men worked for a moss removal service. The co-worker said he had been working under the ladder…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 5/27/15: Always Leave the Car in Park

POLICE BLOTTER May 26 Parting Gifts? Officer Mike Tovar spoke with a woman regarding a theft. She said she works for a local company. An employee of the company abandoned his job on May 15, but he was still in possession of a company cell phone and laptop. The company had sent him a letter…

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Puget Sound Energy Work Will Cause 305 Slowdowns

Port Madison Tap 115 kV is the name given to the Puget Sound Energy project that will be happening along 305 over the summer. Lane closures on 305 will largely happen at night between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. until about mid-June. There will also be daytime closures on Komedal Road after that. The main power line that…

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Weather: Warm Tamale

A warming trend will push temps into the mid 70s tomorrow and into the weekend. Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island: Wednesday Cloudy; then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 73 degrees F. East-southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53 degrees F. North-northeast…

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Developer Pledges to Save a Tree

Bainbridge plant pathologist Olaf Ribeiro said he thought it was the first time it had happened in his experience on Bainbridge: At Tuesday night’s (May 19) City Council meeting, a developer pledged to save a tree. The developer was Jim Laughlin. The tree was a historic cherry tree in the path of a proposed gravel driveway that would lead to…

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Bainbridge Grad Chained to Ship in ‘sHell No!’ Protest

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall Chiara Rose (a.k.a. Chiara D’Angelo), the Islander who climbed and perched in protest in a tree slated for clearcut on the Visconsi development last summer at High School Road and 305, is now up a boat. BHS graduate Rose is attached to the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger, a support vessel…

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Council Narrows Police Building Site Options to Two Properties

At the May 19 City Council Study Session, City Manager Doug Schulze asked the Council to make a decision by June 9 on where to locate the public safety facility. By the end of the night’s discussion, the Council had— toward that goal—requested cost information from the City on a list of properties they had narrowed…

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Over 92% of Bainbridge High School Juniors Opt out

[Corrected May 23, 2015, at 1:02 p.m. Percentage of opt-outs was 92.4, not 88.4.] This week Bainbridge High School (BHS) and Eagle Harbor High School (EHHS) sophomores and juniors were scheduled to take the Smarter Balanced test, newly implemented this year. Passing the test will be a necessary prerequisite to graduate starting next year, but…

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Bainbridge Death Ruled a Suicide; Victim’s Friend Speaks out

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office announced today that the official cause of death of a Bainbridge Island woman earlier this week is suicide. After next of kin were notified, Deputy Coroner Nathan Edwards released her identity. Melissa Ripley, 34, died of a single penetrating gun shot wound to the head. Neighbors on Avalon Lane off of…

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One Lane with Flaggers in Your Future

The City of Bainbridge Island has just released its list of Island roads that will be getting the one-lane-with-flagger treatment in the next few weeks. Add these roads to your list of the roads getting asphalt spot fixes, which you can read about here.  Curb and gutter work courtesy of PHC Construction will run from May 14 to…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 5/18/15: Weird Stuff This Time

POLICE BLOTTER May 17 Cracked Windshield, Blocking Tow Ball, and Two Warrants. At about 3:30 in the afternoon, Sergeant Ben Sias saw a man known from prior contacts driving east on High School. He knew there were warrants out on the man. Sias ran his name over the air and learned he had two misdemeanor warrants,…

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Police Chief Comments on Today’s Death Investigation

Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner said he could not confirm nor deny if today’s death investigation involved a homicide, but he reassured citizens this evening, stating, “I will say this: I am confident no one is in danger.” When asked if the death of a Bainbridge Island woman this morning on Avalon Lane was…

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Police Investigating a Death Near Blakely School

This morning at 9:30 Bainbridge police were dispatched to a residence on Avalon Lane near Blakely Elementary School after a neighbor called 911 regarding a death. Police are not saying much about the deceased, an adult female, other than that they are launching an investigation into the manner of her death. Chief Matt Hamner said that…

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John Grinter Running for Park Board

John Grinter has announced his candidacy for Park District Board of Commissioners. He is running against incumbent Ken DeWitt for the 6-year term. An Island resident for 15 years, Grinter has worked with the City and Park District on a variety of projects and is most known for his advocacy for an interconnected network of…

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No Contest: Looky Who Is Your New City Council, but for One

The candidacy filing period for the 2015 Bainbridge Island City Council race closed this afternoon, May 15. For four open seats, three candidates are running unopposed, making our 2016 City Council already a known quantity except for one seat. Sitting councilmember Sarah Blossom is running unopposed in the South Ward. Likewise, sitting councilmember Mike Scott is…

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In an article published on Inside Bainbridge this afternoon we stated that Jessica Fuchs’s husband, Scott A. Fuchs, is the same Scott A. Fuchs who was arrested for sexual voyeurism at Doc’s Marina Grill and sentenced in Kitsap Court last year. Sources indicated that the two were the same person, but they proved incorrect. Bainbridge…

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Hug a Cop: It’s National Police Week

This week, May 10-16, is National Police Week, and today, May 15, is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. In honor of your local officers, you don’t have to hug anyone—you can just pick up a blue ribbon from the Police Station (at 305 and Winslow Way) and put it on your lapel or your vehicle. People…

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You’re About to Be Paved: Island Asphalt Projects Coming Your Way

The City of Bainbridge Island is about to begin asphalt repairs to a long list of roads. Starting May 18 and running until June 2, expect delays around the Island, with roads temporarily reduced to one lane with flaggers. Chris Munter, an Engineer with the COBI Public Works Department, said that this round of work will…

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UPDATED: Agate Pass Bridge Getting Fixed at End of Month—Expect Lane Closures

This post was updated at 4:06 p.m. on May 12 to reflect a new work schedule provided by WSDOT. The damage caused by last weekend’s trailer accident on the Agate Pass Bridge is scheduled to be fixed Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31. WSDOT is warning people to expect delays while crews replace the damaged portions of the pedestrian…

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Ron Peltier Announces City Council Candidacy

Fifty-year Islander and Environmental Bainbridge founder Ron Peltier has announced his bid for Bainbridge City Council, representing the North Ward. In his announcement Peltier cited a pro-development culture at City Hall, unchecked by the current Council, that threatens to destroy the “livability” of Bainbridge and dangerously deplete its natural resources. Many know Peltier as one of…

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