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Photo of the Day: Crow Bar

Reader Jeff Dalton had the quick instincts to snap this photo today, April 16, at Pritchard Park of a crow dive bombing an eagle perched atop a tree. This behavior, known as “mobbing,” is designed to protect nested young from predation, either by annoying the predator until it leaves or by distracting it so it can’t find nests…

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Horned lion

Photo of the Day: Startling Horned Lion at Grand Forest

If you happen to see it and are not expecting it, you’ll surely get a jolt of adrenaline. The furry creature, a sort of humanoid, life-sized horned lion in a cape and what seems to be a blue union suit, is standing in the woods right off the entrance to Grand Forest East, on Mandus…

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Fort Ward

How Did Your Beach Rate in 2014 for Bacteria?

The Washington Department of Ecology’s list of top ten beaches for water quality does not include a single Bainbridge beach. It only has one Kitsap beach: Evergreen Park. But we did make the list of beaches with more than one seasonal swimming advisory or closure because of Eagle Harbor’s 2014 sewage spills. We were the…

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Gear Grinder Tessa Vroom on trail

Three Bainbridge Gear Grinders Collect Awards at Season’s First Race

by John Benjes On March 29, the Gear Grinders, Bainbridge Island’s high school level and middle school level mountain bike teams, raced 14 riders in the first statewide competition of the season. Part of a four-race series of the Washington Student Cycling League, last weekend’s race was held in blustery conditions at Port Gamble Trails. The…

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Hockey rink by Linda Cox Arnsdorf

Roller Hockey Rink Gets New Slicker, Safer, Cooler Surface

At one point on Saturday, March 28, almost 65 volunteers were helping in the effort to lay a new surface on the existing Bainbridge Roller Hockey League rink at Battle Point Park—the only outdoor roller hockey rink in the State of Washington. The surface, made by a South Carolina company called Ice Court, is comprised…

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happy dogs on beach

Citizens Launch Petition to Protect Off-Leash Dog Rights at Pritchard Park

A petition campaign was launched yesterday afternoon, March 22, requesting that the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) stipulate off-leash dog hours in its land transfer to the Park District. COBI is transferring ownership of Pritchard Park, which includes rare public beach access on Bainbridge Island, to the Park District. Pritchard Park is comprised of three…

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Photo Essay: Blakely Harbor Park Improve- ments

by Paul Brians The Bainbridge Island Park District has been making considerable progress in its development of Blakely Harbor Park for recreation, historical preservation, and conservation. Here are photos taken recently of the Park, located on southeast Bainbridge.                                  …

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Three Proposed Development Projects Need Your Input

The City of Bainbridge Island is looking for public input on three very different proposed development projects. The first is for ten buildings to be built on 4.5 acres of undeveloped land accessed by the road serving Manzanita Park and the Saddle Club. The developer, Tseng Properties LLC, wants to offer light manufacturing uses such as…

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Tot Lot

Citizens Object to Tot Lot Relocation, Developer Responds

At Monday (February 23) evening’s public meeting following a Design Review Board meeting, about 40 people gathered to hear about the proposed Wyatt Cottages development. The development, which is just in the pre-application stage, would add 32 attached and detached one- and two-story dwellings and parking to the lot at the northeast corner of Wyatt and Madison. Most…

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Stats and Accidents

Bainbridge Island’s 43rd annual Chilly Hilly regional bike event, organized by Seattle-based Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC), saw riders enjoying a stunningly clear morning with mountain views and drier-than-normal conditions, with average temperatures for late February—a high of 51 degrees F. This year’s Chilly Hilly drew an estimated 4,500 participants, more than the 3,000-4,000 annual average but…

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Photo Gallery and Video

Today’s (February 22) Chilly Hilly 2015 was, in fact, not so chilly, and the riders came over from Seattle and elsewhere in droves, enjoying early sun and all-day dry weather. One estimate was that there were 5,000 riders taking part in this 43-year Bainbridge Island tradition. [flagallery gid=1] Photos by Pete Saloutos, Robin Houck, and Sarah…

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Sakai pond panorama

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for a Resounding Yes to a Winslow Central Park

Dear Fellow Islanders: We at “People for Parks” want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the residents of Bainbridge Island. A 69% victory for the new park in Winslow was a resounding affirmation of the Island’s commitment to preserving open space and providing recreational opportunities for future generations of Islanders. Once again, this…

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Letter to the Editor: Super Majority Vote for Park Affirms Community Values

On February 10, the citizens of Bainbridge Island, by a super-majority, voted to create a central park at the heart of the Island. The 23-acre Sakai property now belongs to the community to be a park for generations into the future. First, thanks to the Sakai family, John, Maryann, and Dean, for making a “Park…

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I voted

Election Results: Fire and Park, Yes, Yes, Yes

In today’s special election, Islanders will decide whether the Sakai property on Madison gets turned into a park, whether the Fire Department gets to hire more personnel to fully staff Station 23, and whether the Fire Department may forge ahead with rebuilding Stations 21 and 22. With 8,130 ballots counted and 500 left to count…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote on the Facts, Ignore the Fiction

On behalf of PEOPLE FOR PARKS, I encourage you to exercise your civic duty and vote. I also ask that you be an informed voter and consider the facts: FACT: The Kitsap Sun’s Editorial Board gave the Parks and Open Space Bond a strong endorsement because the value in the land lies far beyond the…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes as Antidote to Visconsi Clearcut

If you’re like us, you’d love to find an antidote for the clearcutting of more than 800 trees that made way for the Visconsi development at 305 and High School Road. Thankfully, there is an antidote. It is 23 acres of open land, much of it wooded, with a 2-acre lake, directly across the 305…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote for a Precious Park, Not Another Housing Project

Dear Friends: Your mail-in ballot for the February 10th special election has already been sent to your home. I hope you will join me in voting YES for the Parks and Open Space Bond for the following reasons: We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save the last large undeveloped parcel of property in Winslow. We can create something…

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Aerial Video of the Sakai Land

The Bainbridge Island Park District hopes to purchase 23 acres of land being offered by the Sakai family for a public multi-use park. The property contains the Island’s second biggest lake and represents the only remaining opportunity for a sizable park in the Winslow area, which is slated to contain 50 percent of the Island’s…

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Letter to the Editor: Eight Reasons to Vote YES for the Park Bond

Dear Friends, Please spread the word: Vote YES on the park bond! Why? Voting YES will protect the LAST natural parcel of this size in the downtown area. Voting YES will not increase taxes. Two older park bonds were retired last month so this park bond just takes their place. Voting YES will give ourselves…

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Letter to the Editor: Let’s Preserve the Sakai Land for Future Generations

Whenever I visited my sister on Bainbridge Island I felt like I was on vacation—that is why I moved here 18 years ago. Now that I have raised a family and established a business in this community, it is not always like a vacation, but the beauty and lifestyle still permeate my consciousness and remind…

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