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Letter to the Editor: Peltier Is a Good Friend and Neighbor

I first met Ron Peltier in the 1970s. We shared ideas about photography, the arts, and building. We were all beginning to build homes, gardens, and families. I was raised on the West Coast, moving from one home to another, never having a real sense of place. I now know that growing a “Home” and…

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Weekend on the Rock October 9-11, 2015: Hair and Pancakes

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of October 9-11, 2015: 1. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Brandy Stier on “Owls of Bainbridge Island” When: Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Where: Waterfront Community Center, 370 Brien Dr. NE Why: I just saw one of these here owls perched on a tree along 305. BILT and the West Sound Wildlife Shelter…

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Owen’s Playground Gets $50K Matching Gift Pledge—Make It Work

Owen’s Playground, the inclusive playground in Phase I of construction on Weaver Road, has a total fundraising goal of $350,000. Fundraisers are now poised to take a big leap toward that goal with a new pledge from an anonymous donor of a matching $50,000 gift. Whatever they raise through the One Call for All Red Envelope campaign…

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Island Crossings

“Suspicious” Fire at Island Crossings Condos Under Investigation

At 3:23 Sunday morning, October 4, a fire in the living room of a vacant third floor condo apartment at Island Crossings on High School Road activated one of the apartment’s emergency sprinklers. The sprinkler extinguished the fire, but the water flow alarm was triggered, alerting everyone in the building to the fire. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 10/7/15: Busy Burglary Suspect Walks/Rides/Drives Thin Line

POLICE BLOTTER October 6 Sorry School Bus Stop Violator. Sergeant Sias gave Officer Kurtis Enget a school bus stop sign violation to look into. The statement indicated that a Mercedes had gone right by a school bus with its paddle extended at High School and Ferncliff. A witness had provided a statement and taken a picture of…

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Letter to the Editor: Mulhern Is a Team Player, Innovative Thinker

Residents of Bainbridge Island will soon have the fortunate opportunity to elect Pegeen Mulhern for the City Council at-large position. I have had the pleasure of having Pegeen Mulhern and her fine family as neighbors for nearly 25 years.   Pegeen is a highly respected, trusted, and well-liked member of our neighborhood community. I can…

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We Got Your Call for All: Half-Price Ads for OCFA Orgs. in Nov. and Dec.

At Inside Bainbridge we like our community organizations. We like them so much want to help them with their end-of-year fundraising efforts. To that end, we’re offering all OCFA organizations half-price ads in the months of November and December as long as we get at least 15 organizations to sign up. That means, once we get…

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Yama by Sarah Lane

Yama Preliminary Report—Find out What the First Year of Study Uncovered

The 2015 Preliminary Archaeology Report on the study of the Port Blakely Yama historical site has just been released. The report summarizes the field research conducted this summer by the Olympic College Archaeology Field School in collaboration with the BI Historical Museum, BI Metro Parks & Recreation, BI Japanese American Community, BI Historic Preservation Commission, and…

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Letter to the Editor: Bury the Wires

I think the money for art at Waypoint would be better spent putting the utility poles underground at that intersection. The first thing one notices coming off the ferry is the incredible array of wires that obscure anything happening in the park or museum. Perhaps Puget Sound Energy could make that a public relations contribution…

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Letter to the Editor: Peltier Will Focus on Environment, Community, and Wise Growth

We first came to know about Ron Peltier when he led the campaign against the Visconsi development. We were impressed by the commitment, inclusiveness, and leadership he demonstrated throughout that process, pulling together significant numbers of citizens to oppose the development and taking pains to educate all of us about all the relevant issues. The…

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Island Power or PSE? Parties Weigh in Before Tonight’s Council Discussion

Island Power is a local nonprofit that wants to switch Bainbridge Island off from Puget Sound Energy and onto our own publicly owned utility district. At tonight’s (October 6) City Council meeting, the Council will discuss the possibility of “placing an initiative on a future ballot to authorize the City to explore the feasibility of establishing…

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Letter to the Editor: Police Station Location Choice Counters Comp Plan

If we are going to spend $15 million for a new police station, let’s get the site right. As a revitalization strategist, I often work with city governments on strengthening downtowns. Sometimes public uses take up too much downtown land. The City of Redmond hired me to analyze moving their fire station out of downtown…

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Letter to the Editor: Why Handcuff PD to a Defunct, Dangerous Building?

Close your eyes and picture a safe, functional, first-rate police station. What I see is a facility where victims of crime do not have to walk past a jail cell to get to the interview room and where there is modern equipment and current technology, updated electrical wiring, and secure parking. Now open your eyes…

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Wenatchee ferry by City of Seattle

Ferry on-Time Performance Drops—Largest Decrease on Seattle-Bainbridge Run

The Gray Notebook, WSDOT’s quarterly performance report on transportation systems, programs, and department management, which was published in August, shows a downturn in on-time performance by Washington State Ferries during the last quarter compared to the same period last year. The quarter, which ended June 30, shows a system-wide decrease by 1.6 percentage points in…

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BCF celebration

Island’s Top Philanthropists Honored by BCF

In a community of outstanding philanthropists, when a few are called out for being the most outstanding, you know they have to be quite special. At the Bainbridge Community Foundation’s Inspiring People Celebration held at IslandWood on September 18, five very special people got the spotlight: Paul and Debbi Brainerd, Ian O’Keefe, and Steve and Becky Mikami….

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OCFA by Sarah Lane

Red Envelopes Are Stuffed! Scores Come out to Help Island Nonprofits

Frank Stowell, a volunteer for ABC, the Association of Bainbridge Communities, showed up at the Filipino-American Community Hall at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 2, to stuff. For an hour he and 157 other volunteers sat at long tables in folding chairs and stuffed 12,ooo red envelopes with the annual Bainbridge fundraising request for One Call for All….

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Water Polo

BI Water Polo Makes Big Splash, Remains Undefeated

The Bainbridge Island Water Polo team so far can’t be beat, now with a season record of 5-0. Thursday night, October 1, the boys took on South Kitsap in an away match and pounded in 15 goals to Kitsap’s 8. Four Bainbridge players scored 3 goals apiece: Mason Ogden, Will Thompson, and Miles Hogger, and Sam Kapel….

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BCB’s Interview with Council Candidates Scott and Medina

Bainbridge Community Broadcasting’s third interview for this fall’s elections is with two of the three City Council candidates who are running unopposed, incumbent Michael Scott and Kol Medina. Sarah Blossom, unopposed for a second 4-year Council term from the South Ward, did not reply to BCB’s e-mail invitations to participate in the interview. You can hear the full interview…

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Letter to the Editor: Co-Locating Police, Court, & City Hall Makes Sense

I support  Proposition 1 on November 3 ballot for two main reasons. I appreciate the positive, transparent leadership of Police Chief Matt Hamner and the collaborative, thoughtful work of our Bainbridge Island City Council. Chief Hamner is leading our Police Department in the right direction. He has improved the department’s professionalism and relationships by fully…

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The Traveler Travels Across the Street—Grand Re-Opening Saturday

The Traveler, Bainbridge’s go-to spot for luggage, maps, and other travel gear, is 20 years old. To celebrate the anniversary, the owners just moved it across the street to the location formerly occupied by Paper Products Etc. To celebrate the move, they’re having a Grand Opening Party this Saturday, October 3, from 9:30 a.m. to…

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