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The Two Chiefs Thank You for Your Cooperation

Bainbridge Fire Chief Hank Teran and Police Chief Matt Hamner are psyched about the community’s respect for the fireworks ban over the July 4th weekend. This morning they issued the following letter to the community to show their appreciation: In targeting for thanks “all of you who complied” with the ban, the Chiefs are acknowledging that compliance…

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Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run in Indianola—Police Want Your Help

Early this morning, July 4, at about 3:05, a 23-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle in the 20500 block of Nachant Drive NE in Indianola. The driver of the vehicle drove off. Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies and an officer from Suquamish Police Department arrived on scene at about 3:13. They discovered the unresponsive pedestrian…

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Brush Fire Early This Morning on New Brooklyn

Just after 6 a.m. this morning, July 3, residents of the Commodore neighborhood spotted smoke coming from the woods between the high school and the bus barn on New Brooklyn. When Bainbridge Island Fire crews arrived, they found a 20 foot by 20 foot area of brush in the deep woods on fire. Fire Marshal…

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Blame It on the Heat? A Week of Odd Motor Vehicle Accidents

This past week Bainbridge witnessed some odd driver behaviors, almost one each day. It may be that we Washingtonians aren’t able to process so much sun. Here they are, right out of the Police Blotter. It all began on the afternoon of the 22nd at 5:19 in the afternoon. A vehicle heading south on a private…

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Police Blotter 7/2/15: Injecting Heroin at T&C

POLICE BLOTTER June 29 Something Fishy. Officer William Shields spoke to the manager of American Gold Seafood Fishery, which is located on South Beach Drive. The manager said that sometime between June 25 at 4 p.m. and June 26 at 7 a.m. someone had accessed the dock and tampered with a net in the fish…

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IB’s Top 10 Stories in June 2015

Here are the most-read articles Inside Bainbridge published in the month of June, 2015, in descending order: Bainbridge Bakers Reopens Under New Ownership Firm Presents Branding Package Proposal: What They Were Thinking Polar Pioneer Surrounded by Kayaktivists off Fay Bainbridge Bainbridge Man Injured in Crash That Blocked SR 305 for an Hour Zia to Close…

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BIPD Asks for Public Compliance to Fireworks Ban but Will Enforce

This afternoon the Bainbridge Fire Department issued a ban on discharging consumer fireworks, in effect for the July 4th season. The ban is a response to historic hot, dry weather conditions and low fuel moistures, which have already led to a rash of brush fires in the last several days. The Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Section 8.28.100…

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Fireworks Banned on Bainbridge for Season

[Updated at 4:04 p.m. and 5:52 p.m., June 29, 2015.] At about 3 p.m. today the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) announced that the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) has banned personal-use fireworks, effective immediately. The ban is a response to the extreme fire danger this year due to record-breaking dry, hot weather conditions. The…

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Weather: A Hot Dry Week and Fourth Ahead

[Updated July 1 at 10:55 a.m.] Sunny skies and hot temperatures are predicted in our area for the foreseeable future, with no rain in the forecast. On Saturday, July Fourth, temps are expected to reach the low 80s. Because of record dry conditions, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department is advising extreme caution with outdoor fires…

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Following Recent Brush Fires, BIFD Asks You to ‘Be Very Careful and Very Vigilant’

Although thunderstorms moved through over the weekend, Bainbridge Island Assistant Fire Chief Jared Moravec said this morning, June 29, “In a nutshell, they didn’t produce enough precipitation to fill a nutshell.” He added, “It’s still extremely dry. We’re asking people to be very careful and very vigilant with any type of outdoor burning.” In fact, Moravec…

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PSE’s Energy Efficiency Advice During Heat Wave

Puget Sound Energy has more than 1.1 million electricity customers. As temperatures climb into the 90s, the company is encouraging those many customers to be energy conscious. PSE reports that excessive heat puts extra demands on the power grid but says our region uses more energy on cold winter days than we will during this heat wave. The…

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Weather: Urgent Fire Warning with Possibly Abundant Lightning

The National Weather Service has issued an urgent red flag warning for this afternoon, June 27, through Sunday night. The warmest temperatures of the year so far will fuel already extremely dry conditions and create an unstable air mass that could result in wind, thunderstorms, and abundant lightning through the weekend. Precipitation that could accompany…

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Islanders Gather at The Pub to Celebrate Pride Proclamation

by Christina Albrect Tinling Even before today’s momentous SCOTUS decision clarifying full Constitutional rights for LGBTQ couples, the Island’s queer community was already basking in its own local legal affirmation. Tuesday night, June 23, members of the Island’s BLGTQ community & straight allies gathered at Harbour Public House to celebrate the unanimous vote by the…

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Weather: Excessive Heat Watch and Possible Thunderstorm

The National Weather Service has issued an urgent weather message about an excessive heat watch in the greater Puget Sound region starting Friday afternoon through late Saturday night. Temperatures are expected to rise into the high 80s to low 90s Friday afternoon and increase into the mid 90s on Saturday. Clouds are predicted to move…

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Two Bainbridge Accidents Highlight Mowing/Trimming Dangers

Lawn mowing can be a dangerous business. Two Bainbridge incidents from the past week highlight the potential dangers of mowers and powered lawn tools and the need to exert caution. On June 18, a woman parked her car at her place of employment on Madison. When she returned to the vehicle, the safety glass in her rear…

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Poll: Should Hildebrand and Ericksen Be Connected for Thru Traffic?

With the new police and court facility planned on Madison Avenue adjacent to City Hall, the key north-south Winslow artery will experience even more traffic and slowdowns. Indeed, many wonder how police vehicles will safely maneuver through downtown. With Madison further burdened, some are returning to an old question: Should Ericksen Avenue be connected to Hildebrand Lane for…

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Police Blotter 6/24/15: Why You Don’t Want a Shark Buoy

POLICE BLOTTER June 23 Delayed Report of Accident. A woman called the station to talk about an accident that had occurred two hours earlier. She told Officer Jon Ledbetter that at about 12:45 p.m. she was in the left turn lane of Day Road West preparing to turn onto 305. As she waited for the…

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Letter to the Editor: City Should Have Been More Transparent and Inclusive with Branding

I am writing in response to Inside Bainbridge’s stories on June 15, 2015, “Firm Presents Branding Package Proposal: What They Were Thinking,” and June 17, 2015, “Branding Process Not Clear Cut,” in which IB point out the consultant’s proposed crest had been met with disfavor.  Given the way the City approached this endeavor, the public…

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Who Are Your Friends & Neighbors to Serve on City Boards, Committees, & Commissions?

At tonight’s (June 23) City Council meeting, the Council will be asked to approve the appointments and reappointments of 23 Bainbridge Islanders to City boards, commissions, and committees. Following a March 2015 call for volunteer participation in the advisory groups to fill vacancies, 32 people responded. Mayor Anne Blair served on all of the interview committees. Other Councilmembers—Steve Bonkowski, Wayne…

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Police Blotter 6/22/15: Paint Night Fallout

POLICE BLOTTER June 15 Wood Avenue Speeders. A woman requested a speed monitoring sign on Wood Avenue. She said there are regular speeders along that stretch due to the fact that there is no speed limit sign posted. She suspects the limit is 25 mph. Senior Police Clerk Kelly Eisenhood will check with the City…

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