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Fire on Olympic Terrace Leaves Home Severely Damaged

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall [Updated at 9:03 a.m. September 16, 2014.] Dispatchers received a 911 call at 6:50 this evening, September 15, about a structure fire at a house on Olympic Terrace in a quiet neighborhood near Manzanita Bay to the west of Miller Road and Koura Road. The caller reported seeing flames. Other…

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Hurricane Ridge

Missing Bainbridge Hiker Emerges, Healthy and Safe, from Olympic Wilderness

Islander Kelly Hall told his family to expect him at the trailhead around 1 p.m. on September 4. That would be six days after he set out from the Obstruction Point Trailhead on a long wilderness hike along the Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. When he didn’t show up as expected, his family…

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Fallen Tree on Point White Leads to 9-Hour Outage: PSE Explains Why

Yesterday, August 4, sometime after 1 p.m. a large tree came down on Point White Road, knocking out power to over 300 residents of the area. By around 2 p.m., emergency responders had announced the closure of the road. One Point White resident contacted IB this morning to say her power didn’t come back on…

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12-foot skiff that capsized in Eagle Harbor

Coast Guard Issues Safety Warning After 8-Person Rescue in Eagle Harbor (w/ Mayday Audio)

In response to the emergency involving eight people and a dog rescued from Eagle Harbor waters Sunday evening, August 31, the Coast Guard Station Seattle has issued a safety reminder to boaters in the Pacific Northwest. Seven adults without lifejackets, a four-year-old child, and a dog tumbled into Puget Sound after their overloaded boat capsized around…

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Station 23

‘Let’s Get This Done’: Fire Chief Wants Station 23 Fully Staffed for Public Safety

At the August 14 meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners, Bainbridge Island Fire Chief Hank Teran said to the commissioners, “Lets’ get this done.” What he was referring to was fully staffing Station 23, the one on Phelps at Day Road and 305. The 2009 fire levy staffed Station 22 and began the process…

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The Meek Family

Interview with Family of Bainbridge 8-Year-Old Behind Last Night’s Eagle Harbor Water Rescue

Third-grade Ordway Otter Grace Meek and her dad Sean were out fishing last night, August 31, in their 12-foot skiff when Grace heard someone calling out, “Help us.” The eight year old told her dad what she had heard. They were near Blakely Rock and the buoy, and there were a lot of seals nearby….

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Bainbridge Woman Rescued from Eagle Harbor Waters with Life-Threatening Injuries

At approximately 9:30 this morning, September 1, people in a sailboat in Eagle Harbor spotted a woman in distress in the water. They attempted to pull her to safety but were unable to. A couple in a large power boat arrived to assist and succeeded in pulling her aboard. They covered the woman, who was seriously…

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Eight People and a Dog Rescued from Capsized Boat in Eagle Harbor

Tonight, August 31, as it was getting dark in Eagle Harbor an 8-year-old girl with her father on a 12-foot skiff heard cries for help coming from the water. She sounded the alarm, and her father sent out a mayday call at 7:52. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer said that the Good…

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ferry terminal

Yesterday’s Sewage Spill Released 67,000 Gallons

The City of Bainbridge Island reported this afternoon, August 11, that during yesterday’s sewage spill about 67,000 gallons of raw sewage were released into Eagle Harbor. Yesterday, City Manager Doug Schulze said that he thought only a small amount of sewage had been released. The last spill, in January, released about 145,000 gallons. The one before…

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Eagle Harbor

Sewage Spill in Eagle Harbor: People Warned to Stay Away

The Bainbridge Island Police and Fire Departments are warning people and pets to stay away from the waters of Eagle Harbor near the ferry terminal for a sewage spill. The warning was issued around 2:07 this afternoon, Sunday, August 10. City Manager Doug Schulze said the spill happened when crews were working early this morning…

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Jenise Paulette Wright missing child

FBI and Kitsap Sheriff’s Office Broaden Search for Missing Girl

A joint law enforcement investigation between the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Seattle Division is underway in the search for missing six-year-old Jenise Paulette Wright. Through its Washington D.C. office, the FBI announced its involvement in the case last night, Tuesday, August 5. They have established an investigative command center in Bremerton, Washington, at Crossroads…

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Janice Wright

Kitsap Sheriff Asks for Help to Locate Missing Girl

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating a missing child. Jenise Paulette Wright, age 6, was last seen by family members at around 10 p.m. Saturday, August 2, when she went to bed in her family home at 1438 NE Steele Creek Drive in East Bremerton, a residential unit…

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bainbridge ferry traffic

Ferries Assesses Its Communications After Wrongly Turning Away Thousands of Passengers Tuesday

Anyone riding Washington State Ferries (WSF) on the Seattle/Bainbridge, Seattle/Bremerton, and/or Edmonds/Kingston runs just after noon Tuesday, July 29, knows how chaotic things were after the Bainbridge-bound Tacoma lost power and required tug assistance. With the Wenatchee under repair, the failure of the Tacoma left Seattle/Bainbridge passengers with one-boat service from the Walla Walla until the…

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Walla Walla

Ferry Service Back to Near Normal Levels, but No Answers Yet About the Tacoma

With the return of the Jumbo Mark 11 Wenatchee ferry following repairs to its stern tube seal, which was leaking water into the vessel, the Washington State Ferries (WSF) system is providing service again, as of today, August 1, at close to normal capacity. The Wenatchee began servicing the Edmonds/Kingston route this morning on the 7:55 run,…

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Ferry Service Resumes with One Boat but WSF Warns There’s Limited Capacity

After the sudden propulsion failure of the ferry Tacoma on its way from Seattle to Bainbridge today, July 29, the Washington State Ferries held the smaller-sized Walla Walla at Colman Dock in Seattle until the Tacoma could be towed to and secured at slip 2 in Eagle Harbor. But the 2:05 Walla Walla sailing finally…

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View from the Tacoma by Tim Wilson @timwilson626

Stranded Tacoma Being Hauled to Bainbridge Terminal; One-Boat Service to Resume

The 202-vehicle-capacity Tacoma ferry that lost power in Eagle Harbor near Rockaway Beach is now being transported by two tug boats to the Bainbridge Island terminal, where it will unload its passengers and vehicles. Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced it will run a single ferry, the 188-car-capacity Walla Walla, to service both directions of the Seattle-Bainbridge…

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WA ferry

Both Directions of Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry Service Suspended

[Read the update to this breaking story.] The Tacoma 12:20 p.m. ferry heading from Seattle to Bainbridge Island lost power at approximately 12:45 near Rockaway Beach before arriving at its destination. The boat dropped anchor and waited for assistance. Foss Tugboat Company dispatched a rescue tug to transport the Tacoma to the Bainbridge terminal to unload its passengers. The…

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Update on Helicopter Crash in Puget Sound

The helicopter that crashed today, July 12, around 3:30, was a privately owned 1958 Bell. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Wilson said the male pilot and his two female passengers had taken off from somewhere in the Seattle area and landed on a privately owned beach in Kingston. Just after they took off again,…

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Helicopter into the Water off Kingston

A 911 call came in at 3:30 this afternoon, July 12, about a helicopter in Puget Sound off Kingston, just off the end of Lindvog Road. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Aid units responded from Hansville, and the Coast Guard immediately launched a response boat from Seattle. The three occupants of the helicopter swam to…

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lost dog

IB Will Post Lost & Found Pets: Here’s What We Need from You

It’s that time of year. Dogs and cats freaked out from fireworks run off in fear, become disoriented or even injured, and don’t know how to get home. We know that many of you are missing pets and some have found or seen lost ones. We would like to help by creating a master list…

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