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Ferry Travel Alerts Starting Tomorrow and Sailing Through Weekend

The Washington State Ferries are warning people to expect heavy traffic tomorrow, September 3, when the Seahawks take on the Oakland Raiders in yet another preseason home game. The game starts at 7 p.m. and WSF is predicting long lines eastbound in the afternoon and westbound in the evening. To help ameliorate the situation, WSF…

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A Few Bainbridge Customers Still Without Power

Puget Sound Energy is confident that the few Bainbridge Islanders still without power today, August 31, ever since Saturday’s storm will be back in the light by some time tomorrow evening or night. PSE reports many damage points to the grid from the storm—about 900—spread out across hundreds of square miles. On Bainbridge the few remaining outages…

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Bring out the Marshmallows—Burn Ban Downgraded

This afternoon, August 31, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department announced that the Phase Two burn ban has been lifted. What that means is that recreational fires less than three feet in diameter and at least 25 feet from buildings and combustibles are allowed at this time. Fires in outdoor fireplaces and campfires in approved locations in…

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Olympic Park Reopens Just in Time for Weekend to Be Over

The National Parks Service announced this afternoon that roads and facilities have reopened at Staircase, Deer Park, Hurricane Ridge, Elwha, Sol Duc, Lake Crescent, and Queets. But hazards and debris are still a concern in the Hoh Rain Forest, Kalaloch, Mora, Ozette, and Quinault areas of the park. Rangers are hoping to reopen Hoh Valley Road, Hoh Campground, Ozette Campground, and…

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Update on Storm Damage: Bainbridge and North Kitsap Hardest Hit in County

Earlier this afternoon, August 30, 8,600 Kitsap customers still had no power. Puget Sound Energy reports that most of those customers were on Bainbridge and in North Kitsap. At 5 p.m. there were just over 50 Bainbridge customers still in the dark. Two additional crews are expected to arrive at the Kitsap Storm Base this…

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Power Blows on Island

Puget Sound Energy reports 223,899 customers are without power so far across the region as a large wind and rain storm presses north and east. Of those customers, more than 5,500 are on Bainbridge. The outages seemed to be spread across the Island—north, central, and south—in mostly small pockets, likely caused by fallen branches and trees….

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High Wind Warning Today—Batten Down Hatches

At 3:57 this morning, August 29, the National Weather Service issued an urgent weather message warning about high winds in the Puget Sound region from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Winds are expected to increase from the south, ranging from 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 to 50 mph. The strongest winds are expected…

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Rainy, Blustery Weather Heading Our Way

In a special weather statement issued at 5:34 this evening, August 27, the National Weather Service is predicting wet weather for tomorrow and Saturday. The wind is supposed to pick up on Saturday as a stronger front comes through. The statement says that gale warnings are possible for marine areas and wind advisories are possible…

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Bainbridge Helps Fight the Fires in Eastern Washington

Islanders are doing their part to fight the fires throughout the state, which as of yesterday, August 25, had consumed more than 709,000 acres in Eastern, Central Washington and Skagit County, according to the Department of Emergency Management. The help comes from our fire department and from our city government. Bainbridge Island Fire Department personnel are working alongside…

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Police Blotter 8/26/15: High Speed Chase Through Island’s Center

POLICE BLOTTER August 25 Scooter Scoots Away. At about 2 p.m. a woman returned home to discover that her scooter was missing from her driveway. She had left it there at about 8 a.m. on the 24th. She had covered it with a gray scooter cover. It was valued at about $2,200. August 22 Tailgating,…

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BI Police Interrupt Large North-End Mail Heist in Progress

Bainbridge police caught mail thieves in the act early Saturday morning, August 22, enabling them to reclaim 138 pieces of unopened mail that had been plucked from dozens of north end mailboxes. Officer Victor Cienega was patrolling Komedal Road, Hidden Cove Road, and the Manzanita area at about 3:30 when he noticed several open mailboxes along the roadways. Near the…

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City Axes Branding Company, Turns to Local Designers for Final Logo

Kellie Stickney, the City of Bainbridge Island Communications Specialist, still feels very strongly that branding Bainbridge Island is essential for the community’s financial well-being. “With Avalara leaving at the beginning of the upcoming year and with the ongoing storefront vacancies on Winslow Way,” she said, “the City, the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, and the Chamber…

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Fires “Deliberately Set” at Fort Ward Park

Just before 7 a.m. this morning, August 22, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department was dispatched to the upper portion of Fort Ward Park for a fire in the brush. Twelve firefighters responded. They were met by concerned walkers at the park who directed them to the fires. Using their year-old brush rig, which is smaller than…

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Kitsap County Assessors to Begin Inspecting Island “Real Property”

What, you ask, is real property, and why are they going to inspect it? Real property, as opposed to that other imaginary type, refers to fixed property, such as land and buildings, that you can’t pick up and put in your pocket. Appraisers from the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office are about to begin conducting inspections…

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Police Blotter 8/20/15: A “Tiny Bit” to Drink and DUI Houdini

POLICE BLOTTER August 19 Protection Order Violation at the Police Station. Officer Jon Bingham responded to a protection order violation in the lobby of the police station. He saw a man walking away slowly outside and a woman with two kids in the lobby. Bingham went outside and asked the man to return to speak…

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Out of the Frying Pan, into the Flood (and Darkness)

Yesterday, we were looking at scorched earth. Today we’re worrying about floods. The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for the region including  eastern Kitsap County and Bremerton.  The warning is in effect until 4:15 this evening, August 14. The NWS also predicted that the heavy rain from thunderstorms…

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Ashbury Site by Bob Holliday

Clearcut on Wyatt: The Story Behind the Ashbury Development

On April 17 of this year, Denova NW LLC, a Kent-based developer, purchased 4.51 acres of wooded land on Wyatt just west of Grow for $1,950,000. Denova, the developer of Bainbridge’s Timberbrook community near Gazzam Lake, is proposing to build an 18-home community on the Wyatt property, with homes going up for sale in late fall. The subject property is…

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David Cobb

Prominent Opponent of “Citizens United” Coming to Speak on Bainbridge

David Cobb is a co-founder of Move to Amend, a leading organization on the front against the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling. Cobb is coming to Bainbridge Monday, August 17, to raise support for Washington Initiative 735, which seeks to make Washington the 17th state to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme…

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Police Blotter 8/13/15: Man with Warrants Shoots Gun, Flees

POLICE BLOTTER August 10 Bainbridge police received notice around 2:22 in the afternoon of “threats with a gun.” A woman had called 911 to report that her three landscapers had seen a man waving a gun on the beach. Officers Dale Johnson and Jon Ledbetter and Chief Matt Hamner responded to the scene. The homeowner…

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Ferry Photo Contest: Enter Your Best Shot Now

The Washington State Ferries is challenging you to share your best ferry photos on Twitter. The winning photo could win you—not a free ferry pass for life—a free, behind-the-scenes tour of a ferry. There are rules—quite a few, in fact. WSDOT (and WSF) employees and contractors are ineligible. The photos must “include a state ferry whether…

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