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Free Tuesday and Thursday Nights? Your Chance to Run for City Council or School Board

If you’ve had a hankering to get your hands into city or school government and you don’t mind the occasional pillory of public opinion, get ready to run. The deadline for candidacy filing is fast approaching. Four positions will be opening on the Bainbridge City Council in 2016: Council District 1 At-Large, Council District 2 North…

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Tot Lot

Madison Tot Lot Update

Jim Laughlin, the applicant for the development project at Madison near the tot lot, nearly bent himself in half at the April 14 Council meeting to show how much he wants to honor the City’s and the public’s wishes regarding the Tot Lot. Laughlin’s original plan would have moved the tot lot to the corner of…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 4/22/15: The Eight Days of Tax Fraud

POLICE BLOTTER April 20 Shoplifter with Expensive Taste. The owner of a Madison Business told police that sometime between 3:30 and 4 a theft occurred in her store. She said she had been in the back of the store conducting interviews and was alerted to the theft after the fact. A large group of women…

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Monte Vista Drive house fire

Smoke Inhalation Cause of Home Fire Death

The victim of a fatal house fire at 6554 Monte Vista Drive early Saturday morning has been identified as Anne A. Schlee. According to Kitsap County Chief Deputy Coroner Tony Stewart, Schlee died of asphyxiation as a result of inhalation of combustible materials. Schlee, 83, was found by Bainbridge Island firefighters in the upstairs bedroom of the two-story…

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5 BI Tax Districts Pledge Green Commitments for 2015 in Honor of Earth Day

The Bainbridge Island tax districts—COBI, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Bainbridge Island School District, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District, and Kitsap Regional Library —are uniting in a big way for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. On April 14, the City Council proclaimed the first-ever BI Intergovernmental Recognition of Earth Day. What that means is…

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Bainbridge Burglary Stats: How Do We Compare to the Rest of the Nation?

Zane Schwarzlose, the Community Liaison at Protect America, which is a home security company, recently created an online tool that people can use to see how their cities compare to the national average in terms of crime. According to his research, Bainbridge looks pretty darn good. The online tool uses the FBI’s recently released Uniform Crime Report…

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Traffic Emphasis Hits Bainbridge This Afternoon

You may be seeing a lot of patrol cars on Bainbridge today, April 20. That’s because the Bainbridge Island Police, the Washington State Patrol, and the Bremerton Police are collaborating to target speeders and distracted drivers on the Island between noon and 4 p.m. Target Zero Manager Marsha Masters of the Washington State Patrol explained…

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Agate Pass Bridge Nesting Peregrine Falcon Shot

[Updated 1:19 p.m. and 2:49 p.m. April 20, 2015.] In early April, West Sound Wildlife Shelter got a call about a stressed raptor walking in the parking lot on the northwest side of Agate Pass Bridge. Unable to fly, the bird was spotted near the beach trail head on the Casino side of Highway 305….

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Monte Vista Drive house fire

House Fire Victim Found

The body of a resident of a Bainbridge Island house destroyed by fire early this morning has been recovered. The woman was in her mid80s. Her husband, also in his 80s, was able to escape the blaze uninjured. A neighbor spotted flames and called 911 just before 1 a.m. Firefighters fought the fire at the Monte…

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Monte Vista fire

Overnight House Fire: One Resident Unlocated

At 12:57 this morning, April 18, fire crews were dispatched to Monte Vista Drive for a house fire. A neighbor of the home on fire called 911. Firefighters arrived on scene within nine minutes, but by then the home was fully engulfed in flames. An elderly man had escaped, but his wife was missing, and firefighters had still…

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sunny lily by Marilynn Gottlieb

Weather: Mr. Blue Sky

In a word: gorgeous. Get ready for a series of sunny and increasingly warm days and cool clear nights. Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island: Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42 degrees F. North-northeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 64 degrees F….

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Chief Hamner Talks About Tonight’s Ferry Incident

Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner told IB about the BIPD’s response to tonight’s incident at the Bainbridge ferry terminal in which a woman was believed to have made a bomb threat against a ferry worker. He said that one or more people called 911 after they believed they overheard someone making a bomb threat. Bainbridge…

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Incident at Ferry Terminal Is a Bomb Threat

At about 7 p.m. this evening, April 16th, a person made a threat against a ferry worker at the Bainbridge terminal. The person made reference to a bomb. Bainbridge Police responded to the scene. Washington State Patrol officers then arrived on scene as well. The suspect was detained for questioning. The suspect is known to law…

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Ferries Suspended for Law Enforcement Activity at Bainbridge Terminal

Law enforcement activity at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal has delayed ferry service between Bainbridge and Seattle. The 6:20 p.m. Puyallup departed Seattle at 6:38 this evening and is currently sitting in the waters at the front of Eagle Harbor. Washington State Ferries (WSF) estimates that it will land at 7:45 p.m., which at this time looks…

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UPDATE: Amber Alert for Abducted 2 Year Old Cancelled

UPDATE (April 15, 3:06 p.m.): The boy has been found unharmed. Two-year-old Ronnie Tran and his 40-year-old mother were abducted today in Des Moines by his grandmother Vien Nguyen. His mother was subdued with an electrical stun device and then bound with plastic tie straps. Even so, she was able to escape. But Nguyen got…

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Bainbridge Bakers Asks Community for $100K; Should You Pay?

by Julie Hall [Updated 3:15 p.m., 7:48 a.m. April 15, 2015] Bainbridge Island mainstay Bainbridge Bakers in Winslow Green has made a public plea for help—specifically $100,000 through a gofundme campaign. One of Bainbridge Bakers front staff managers, Ben Goldsmith said he started the gofundme page with approval from the company’s current owner, Mike Loudon….

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 4/14/15: Booze Hauls, Mattress with Cats, Your Tires Are Gone

POLICE BLOTTER April 13 Two Major Booze Hauls. At 10:12 in the morning, Officer Gary Koon was dispatched to the Safeway for a theft. The store director said two separate thefts had occurred the day before. He provided CDs of instore video. The first incident happened at 5:45. A white male in his mid to late…

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Weather: More Rain, Wind, and Possible T-Storms

More rain is expected Monday and Tuesday, with thunderstorms and wind. Sunny and warmer conditions are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday. Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island: Monday A 90% likelihood of rain. High near 53 degrees F. South wind around 15 mph. Monday Night A 100% prediction of rain, with thunderstorms also possible…

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Downtown Road Closures This Week

Getting around downtown will be a little trickier this week because of some projects requiring lane closures on some key downtown arteries. Wyatt Way Between Gideon/Grow and Madison, Wyatt Way will be reduced to one lane with flaggers starting tomorrow, April 14, through the 15th. Verizon will be conducting some overhead line work. Also on Wyatt Way, PHC…

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National Volunteer Week Starts Now: Wear Your Button, Do Your Part, Celebrate

You can’t spit on Bainbridge without hitting a volunteer. Last year, volunteers donated 1,397 hours of their time to the City of Bainbridge Island alone. We have about 17,700 volunteers on the Island, or about three-quarters of the Island population, something the City was able to determine through a community survey in 2013. This week, National…

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