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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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Pertussis on Bainbridge Now at ‘Outbreak’ Level

The Kitsap Public Health District has announced that an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, is occurring in North Kitsap County, with most cases on Bainbridge Island. Kitsap County typically has 14 recorded cases of pertussis annually, but in stark contrast it has already had 19 reported cases so far this year in January alone. Twelve…

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Coast Guard Searching for Plane Believed to Have Gone Down in Hood Canal

At around 1 this afternoon, January 26, a person called 911 to report having seen a small plane going down into the Hood Canal near Seabeck. Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue is responding to the scene and trying to get their sights on the water. The Coast Guard has confirmed that a helicopter departed from…

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Station 21

Fire Department Makes the Case for the Fire Levy and Bond Measure

Your ballot should be arriving any day now. On the ballot, you will be asked whether you support a general levy increase for additional firefighter/EMT staffing on Bainbridge. And you will be asked to consider a bond measure for fire stations and capital equipment. Yesterday, January 21, Bainbridge Island Fire Department Chief Hank Teran, Assistant Chiefs…

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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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Want to Know What It’s Like to Be a Bainbridge Cop? Sign up for Citizens’ Police Academy

Everyone I’ve ever talked to about the BIPD Citizens’ Police Academy, and there have been a lot of graduates who have eagerly told me about it, says the experience is not to be missed. The only reason I haven’t done it yet is the time commitment: two hours once a week, in the evenings, for…

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Another Person Jumps off Bainbridge Ferry

Washington Sate Ferries (WSF) has confirmed that a female passenger jumped from the Puyallup ferry today, January 10. WSF spokesperson Susan Harris reported that the woman was on the 11:30 a.m. ferry from Bainbridge Island and jumped into the water at approximately noon as it was pulling into Seattle’s Colman Dock. Authorities rescued the woman,…

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Perspectives on Wednesday’s Rescue of a Man Who Jumped off the Ferry

Midway through the 9:40 sailing from Bainbridge Island to Seattle this morning a man jumped off the Puyallup ferry into Puget Sound in an apparent suicide attempt. At approximately 10 a.m. a female passenger sitting in the back of the boat saw the man climb the side railing and leap into the water. Jim McDonough,…

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Capsized Kayaker off Battle Point Dies

by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane Last night, December 14, at 11:02 the Coast Guard pulled a capsized kayaker from the waters off the west side of Bainbridge Island near Battle Point. The 52-year-old Brownsville man was unresponsive when he was flown by Coast Guard helicopter to Harborview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The kayaker, Mike…

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Puget Sound at Night by Russell Andes

Coast Guard Searching Bainbridge Island Waters for Missing Kayaker

A kayaker last seen near Bainbridge Island this afternoon, December 14, is overdue returning home. Mike Gianneschi, 52, of Brownsville, is the subject of a Coast Guard search this evening. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles and a 45-foot Response Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle are…

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Station 23

After Tense Debate, Fire Commis- sioners Approve Fewer Staff Than Chief Wants

On Thursday night, December 11, the Bainbridge Island Fire Commissioners did not give Fire Chief Hank Teran permission to pursue hiring as many new staff members as he wanted, but he nonetheless gave them a gracious and sincere thank you when they approved six new FD staff. The requisite levy increase will now go to…

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Storm Damage Updates

[Updated at 9:39 and 10:15 p.m., December 11] Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is reporting multiple power failures across Bainbridge Island. Crews are being dispatched. No restoration time estimates have been provided. As the wind whips up, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) and Police Department are beginning to respond to reports of downed trees and…

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Hazardous Weather Warning: High Winds and Landslide Risk

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a hazardous weather statement for today and tonight for the Seattle area. High winds of 30-40 mph are expected to begin at about 4 p.m., with gusts of up to 60-65 mph developing later this evening. The worst wind is predicted to ease after midnight and taper off…

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Body Washes Ashore on Kingston Beach

Today, December 9, just after 3 p.m., a homeowner on President Point Road NE just south of Kingston discovered a body on the small beach below the bluff where his home is located. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene. They believe the body is that of an adult male. The homeowner who…

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Weather: Urgent Flood & High Wind Warnings

The National Weather Service has issued an “urgent” coastal flood warning for the Seattle area starting early Wednesday morning at 4 a.m. through Thursday afternoon. A coinciding “urgent” high wind advisory also is in effect for late Wednesday night through Thursday evening, potentially affecting commuters. Tidal overflow is expected to produce flooding in low-lying areas…

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Casino Evacuated for Two-Alarm Garage Fire, Four FDs Respond

This morning, December 2, at 11:11 fire crews were dispatched to a seven-story attached garage at the Clearwater Casino. North Kitsap Fire and Rescue spokesperson Michelle Laboda reported that, while crews were en route, casino employees upgraded the fire to a commercial structure fire, as the flames were spreading from car to car. Laboda said…

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Space Heater Cause of Marshall Road House Fire

Investigators have concluded that last night’s house fire at 6568 Marshall Road was caused by contact between an electric space heater and combustible materials in a bathroom of the home. Pressure from the blaze in the bathroom burst the room’s window. Firefighters pulled down what was left of the bathroom’s exterior wall to ensure that…

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House Fire Near Gazzam on Marshall Road

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall Bainbridge Island firefighters responded to a call at 6:20 tonight of a 1,500-square-foot house on fire on Marshall Road, in the north Gazzam Lake neighborhood. The home’s single occupant reported the blaze and heavy smoke after safely evacuating with her dog. Her two cats are still unaccounted for. The fire…

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Station 23

Poll: Should Fire Station 23 Be Staffed to Improve Safety of North Islanders?

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall A fire this morning on the north end of Bainbridge Island that destroyed a house, injured a resident, and killed a dog trapped in the home received its first response from Kitsap Fire and Rescue units in Suquamish. Units from Station 21 on Bainbridge Island took longer to get…

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Generator Cause of House Fire; Family Dog Likely Died in Blaze

by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane [This story was updated at 9:57 a.m. November 17.] The fire that incinerated a Port Madison home this morning began when the homeowner attempted to start his generator after an outage left about 4,000 Puget Sound Energy customers without power. According to Bainbridge Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter, firefighters have…

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