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Police Blotter 2/25/15: Dog Poop on Car Handles

POLICE BLOTTER February 23 New Sweden House Prowl. A woman called police and informed them that at 12:30 in the afternoon, she exited her residence and headed to her detached studio on New Sweden. When she left her residence, just 50 yards away, she left a laptop and a cell phone on her kitchen island. When…

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Bainbridge High School Teacher Accused of Misconduct with Student

[Updated at 7:40 p.m., February 25, 2015.] The Bainbridge Island School District announced today that allegations have been made of misconduct between a Bainbridge High School (BHS) teacher and a student at the school. Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner said the police department launched an investigation into the matter as soon as they were made aware of…

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Photos of the Day: Holy Torpedo!

Photographer Robert Dashiell captured these images of the USS Bremerton (SSN-698) submarine passing Bainbridge Island through Sinclair Inlet this morning, February 25. Commissioned in 1978, the 360-foot-long Bremerton is the oldest United States sub currently in active service. It is armed with four 21-inch torpedo tubes aft of its bow that can launch MK-48 Torpedoes and Harpoon and Tomahawk ASM/LAM…

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Washington State Ferries Says Reserve Early for San Juans Travel

Planning a trip to the San Juan Islands this spring or summer? Washington State Ferries (WSF) is recommending a reservation, and the sooner the better. WSF reports that its new reservation system, launched in January, for travel in the San Juans is already seeing tremendous use and saving travelers disappointment and long wait times. Between…

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Navigate Bainbridge Session Tonight on Green Community & Vibrant Economy

As part of the Comprehensive Plan Update/Navigate Bainbridge process, the City is hosting listening sessions in February and March, inviting citizens to help shape the future of Bainbridge Island. An important session tonight, February 25, focuses on Vibrant Economy and Green/Well-Planned Community. Citizens will have the opportunity to give input on issues including future growth, land and energy conservation,…

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Seattle Seawall Work Brings More Changes for Ferry Commuters

The ongoing Seattle Seawall Project is bringing further significant changes for ferry commuters who use Colman Dock. Starting Wednesday, February 25, the following changes take effect, continuing through next fall: The Marion Street exit will close and a temporary exit between Marion and Madison Streets (closer to the fire station) will open. Vehicle traffic exiting at this location…

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Puyallup Pulled from Service Sunday Night, Leaving Ferry Travelers in a Jam

Yesterday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m. the Washington State Ferries (WSF) removed the Puyallup from service, resulting in seven cancelled sailings on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route. The cancellations happened between 5:30 and 11:40 p.m. Many ferry commuters switched over to the Bremerton ferry. This came after a morning of runs with limited car-space because of the…

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Stats and Accidents

Bainbridge Island’s 43rd annual Chilly Hilly regional bike event, organized by Seattle-based Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC), saw riders enjoying a stunningly clear morning with mountain views and drier-than-normal conditions, with average temperatures for late February—a high of 51 degrees F. This year’s Chilly Hilly drew an estimated 4,500 participants, more than the 3,000-4,000 annual average but…

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Senate Committee Approves $33M for ‘Safety Improvements’ to Highway 305

On Wednesday, the State Senate Transportation Committee approved legislation including eleven bills that would fund $15 billion worth of transportation projects throughout the state. Among the proposed funding is $33 million for “SR 305 Construction – Safety Improvements.” The funding is not certain yet—the package must be moved to the Senate floor via action of the Rules…

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Photos of the Day: Behemoths off the Sandspit

This is the view from the Sandspit on northeast Bainbridge Island of the container ships currently parked offshore. Thank you to Diane Walker for these striking photos that give a perspective of just how massive these ships are. The one closest to shore, the Herma P, is 885 feet long and 102 feet wide. Its…

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Herman P container ship courtesy of M L Jacobs

Shipping News: Bainbridge’s Marine ‘Parking Lot’

[Read our followup to this article, with more details and photos: Photos of the Day: Behemoths off the Sandspit] Back in December we reported on four container ships and one cargo ship “parked” in the waters off of southern Bainbridge Island, a federally designated anchorage zone for overflow ships headed for the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Recently,…

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Council Approves Tougher Tree and Land Clearing Protections

This week it just got a little harder and more costly to cut down Bainbridge’s finest—its towering resident trees. Ordinance 2015-03 (formerly 2014-38), modifying the Land Clearing regulations in the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code, went into effect on Monday, following approval by the City Council on December 10, 2014. Crafted by the Tree Ordinance Ad Hoc Committee,…

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City Considers Changing Electric Charging Station and Its Parking Rules

At last night’s (February 17) City Council meeting, Public Works Director Barry Loveless asked the Council to approve a capital improvements purchase of a new electric vehicle charging system for Winslow Way in front of Blackbird Bakery. The old system, explained Loveless, hasn’t been working for months. That’s because the company that installed it, Blink,…

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Police Blotter 2/18/15: Smile! You’re on Camera in Your Own Bathroom

POLICE BLOTTER February 16 New Parking. Officer Victor Cienega was driving through the area of Madison Ave. and Winslow Way near Bjune at 1:13 in the afternoon when he saw a vehicle parked in the lane of travel. He pulled in behind the vehicle. There was no one in it. He talked with a nearby…

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Get a Free Sign to Help Firefighters Find Your Home in an Emergency

Most of us are all too familiar with the experience of hunting for someone’s house in backroad Bainbridge neighborhoods that split and curve every which way with inscrutable, if any, address signage. The good news is the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) wants to help you help them find your home, the quicker the better…

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Hiker Rescued from Fall at Gazzam Preserve

This afternoon, February 16, at approximately 2:40 the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) received an emergency call for rescue of an injured hiker who had fallen down a steep slope. The 25-year-old woman had walked down the Close Trail at Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve and on her way back up attempted as a short cut to climb a…

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Public Hearing Shows Support for 6-Month Moratorium on New Industrial Aquaculture Permits

On January 20th the City Council decided to impose a 6-month moratorium on new industrial aquaculture activities off the Island’s coastline. At a public hearing on the matter, February 10, the Council heard nothing but praise for their decision. City Attorney Lisa Marshall preceded the hearing with a brief review of the events leading up to…

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Low-Income Seniors Report Ongoing Abuse at Winslow HUD Facility

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. February 13, 2015—see note below.] Residents of the federally subsidized Winslow Arms Apartments at 220 Parfitt Way have come forward with allegations of ongoing harassment and abuse in their housing complex. Six residents of Winslow Arms approached Inside Bainbridge with complaints about the apartment manager, who will be referred to as…

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Police Blotter 2/11/15: The Bombs Bursting in Air

POLICE BLOTTER February 10 Speeder with No Plate or License. At 8:05 in the morning, Officer Mike Tovar was parked on the southbound shoulder of Manzanita Road in the 13400 block. He saw a southbound approaching vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. He obtained a radar reading of 44 mph in a 35 mph…

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Election Results: Fire and Park, Yes, Yes, Yes

In today’s special election, Islanders will decide whether the Sakai property on Madison gets turned into a park, whether the Fire Department gets to hire more personnel to fully staff Station 23, and whether the Fire Department may forge ahead with rebuilding Stations 21 and 22. With 8,130 ballots counted and 500 left to count…

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