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Agate Pass Bridge by Doug Kerr

Agate Pass Bridge Cleaning Work Will Mean 21 Days of Daytime Lane Closures

The good news is the Agate Pass Bridge will be clean for the first time since 1991. The bad news is that, for that to happen, the drivers and passengers of the 22,000 vehicles using the bridge daily are going to get 21 days of daytime one-lane travel on the bridge in February. The closures will…

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City Bus Tire Goes BOOM, Slows Traffic on 305

Today at approximately 4:25 p.m. a Kitsap Transit bus blew its front left tire heading north on Highway 305 just north of Lovgreen Road. The bus is currently under repair on the east side of the highway, marked off by traffic cones. Two-lane traffic is moving slowly around the bus. No injuries were reported. Residents…

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Wenatchee to Resume Normal Sailing Schedule

The Coast Guard has cleared the Wenatchee ferry to resume its normal schedule starting on the 4:35 p.m. sailing from Bainbridge to Seattle. The boat was pulled from its 2:55 p.m. sailing from Bainbridge and its 3:45 p.m. sailing from Seattle. According to Washington State Ferries Communications Manager Hadley Rodero, concerns about a problem with…

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Bainbridge-Seattle Run Down to One Boat

As of 3:12 this afternoon, January 20, the Wenatchee ferry has been pulled from service on the Seattle/Bainbridge route due to “operational constraints.” According to Washington State Ferries (WSF), the following sailings will be affected: from Bainbridge Island: 2:55 p.m., 4:35 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. from Seattle: 3:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. sailings…

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Tornado Hits Gig Harbor

The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed reports of a tornado hitting the Gig Harbor area on Sunday, January 18. According to NWS Seattle office meteorologist Josh Smith, the tornado touched the ground at approximately 2:18 p.m. for 10-15 minutes. Its path began 4 miles west-southwest of Gig Harbor and traveled 4.1 miles east. Its…

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12th Man flag by Andy Karmy

Small Power Outages All Over the Island

As of 9 a.m. this morning, January 18, Puget Sound Energy was reporting outages across their service area caused by “damaging winds.” At 8:30 a.m. there were still 234 outages affecting 29,000 customers. Kitsap County has been the hardest hit. On Bainbridge, many of the current 42 outages are small, affecting a single customer here…

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Did You Know IB Has an App? Now It’s Improved

You probably didn’t know because we have done little until now to promote it, but Inside Bainbridge has an app to facilitate following us on your phone and tablet. We just improved it, making it easier to use and easier on the eyes. It includes access to our articles, comments, calendar, ferry cams, weather, YouTube page, Twitter…

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Seahwaks flags by Joe Goldberg

Uh Oh: Just Before Seahawks Game, NWS Predicts High Winds

The news is not good for those of us who depend upon electricity to watch football games. The National Weather Service has just issued a wind advisory, and they’re not talking about Green Bay Packers fans’ mouthing off about the game. The advisory applies to just about everywhere in the Puget Sound lowlands, including Bremerton and…

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Bainbridge City Hall Goes National, Gets Cheese-Pranked

For the 14 people in the United States who haven’t heard the news, on Tuesday Bainbridge Island City Manager Doug Schulze passed an executive order to have today, January 16, be cheese-free Friday at City Hall in solidarity with the Seahawks, who face Wisconsin’s “cheese head” Green Bay Packers in a playoff game on Sunday….

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Photos of the Day: City Staff Turns Blue and Green

Bainbridge Island City staffers showed the love today for their Seahawks. Clad in blue and green and flying 12th man flags, everyone got in on the action in a show of solidarity in advance of this weekend’s Seahawks playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. Both teams go into the postseason sporting a 13-4 record,…

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High School Rower Airlifted Due to Medical Emergency

During a regular indoor workout session this afternoon, a member of the Bainbridge Island Rowing (BIR) Junior (high school) team experienced a serious heart-related medical emergency. According to Bainbridge Island Fire Marhsal Luke Carpenter, the very sick 15-year-old male was airlifted to Harborview Hospital in Seattle for emergency treatment. Bainbridge Island medics received a call about…

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Michael Scott

Our City Council Decisively Votes in Its New Member

The six-member City Council held a special meeting tonight, January 15, to vote in a seventh seat, following the resignation last month of Dave Ward. Councilmembers made their nominations following an interview and evaluation process. Of six applicants, three received nominations this evening from the sitting Council. Councilmember Steve Bonkowski started the nominations with Monica Aufrecht….

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Council Issues Its City Manager Evaluation—Mostly, Council Is “Pleased”

The City Council officially released the key findings of their 2014 performance review of City Manager Doug Schulze at Tuesday’s (January 13) City Council meeting. Overall, the Council reports it is “pleased” with Schulze’s performance. The Council was asked to rate Schulze’s performance in relation to leadership, management, and completion of the 2014 Work Plan. He…

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City Hall Cuts the Cheese This Friday

City Manager Doug Schulze has done nothing untoward in cutting the cheese from City Hall this Friday, January 16. Instead, through the appropriately named Executive Order 121212, Schulze has thrown a wheel of City support behind the Seahawks who this weekend face Wisconsin’s Green Bay Packers in a playoff game. The Packer fans, a.k.a. “cheeseheads,” tend to wear,…

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Say What? Council Rescinds Last Waterfront Park Switcheroo Vote

At the oxymoronically named “special regular” business meeting of the City Council last night, January 13, the Council made yet another rapid change of course on the matter of the Waterfront Park upgrade. At the previous week’s council meeting on January 6, the Council had suddenly decided, after Public Works Director Barry Loveless’s presentation on the…

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New Scam on the Rock: Your Power Is Going to Be Cut

On January 10 at 2:30 in the afternoon, a local real estate broker with several rental properties within the city got a call from one of her Winslow Way business tenants. The tenant told her she had just received a call from Puget Sound Energy telling her that if the overdue power bill for the property were not paid immediately the…

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Police Blotter 1/14/15: Man Tries to Fill Forged Oxycodone Prescription

POLICE BLOTTER January 12 Sisters, Sisters. Officers received a call about a domestic verbal at the ferry terminal at 6:25 in the evening. Officer Trevor Ziemba met with the caller who told him she had driven from Port Townsend to pick up her sister who had taken the ferry. There had been a miscommunication about…

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uss nimitz with cormorants

Photo Series: Nuclear-Powered USS Nimitz Sails by Fort Ward Cormorants

Thank you to photographer Jay Wiggs for sharing these striking shots of cormorants sitting on pilings at Fort Ward Park while the Bremerton-based nuclear-powered USS Nimitz sailed past. The ship was headed to its home port today, January 13, 2015, escorted by the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutters Osprey and Swordfish.            …

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One More Chance at Funding for Waterfront Park Upgrade

After Public Works Director Barry Loveless told the Council at last week’s City Council meeting, January 6, that the City would not be getting any grant money for the proposed waterfront upgrade project, the Council voted to prioritize City dock replacement over enhancing Waterfront Park. There were other factors at play, such as public opinion, but the…

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Letter to the Editor: Councilman Tollefson Faults Colleagues’ Conduct in Public Records Lawsuit

Bainbridge Island recently settled a lawsuit brought by two of our citizens claiming that the City violated the Washington Public Records Act. The suit involved delays and ultimately failure of two members of the Council to produce email messages that they had received concerning City business on their personal email accounts. This suit was a…

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