Monthly Archives: June 2012

Video: Trailer for Bainbridge filmmaker’s documentary about homelessness

Invisible Young Trailer, May 2012 from Steve Keller on Vimeo.

Bainbridge filmmaker Steven Kellar is hosting a pre-release screening and fundraiser for his feature-length documentary, “Invisible Young,” at IslandWood on Saturday.

“Invisible Young” tells the stories of four young adults who were homeless teenagers on the streets of Seattle.

“It takes a revealing look at their families, their day to-day lives, their possible fates, and follows them as they strive for a hopeful, prosperous future,” Kellar writes on the film’s website.

Kellar has produced documentaries for PBS and Lifetime. His next project will explore the challenges small radio stations face against federal regulators and corporate broadcasters.

Proceeds from Saturday’s screening of “Invisible Young” will support the film’s marketing and distribution to social service agencies that help young people.

Tickets are $27, and reservations are required. Click here to make a reservation.

The screening begins at 7 p.m.

IslandWood is located at 4450 Blakely Ave. on Bainbridge Island.

Police Blotter: Drunken driver gives two thumbs up after passing out in intersection


A drunken driver fell asleep at the wheel in the Highway 305-Day Road intersection this week. When roused and asked whether he was OK, the man reportedly gave two thumbs up and gave assurances that he’s done this before.

Also this week, a road rager threatened to cut off a man’s head, apparently because it is connected to an “ugly face.”

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Police Blotter: Failed ‘Paint Night’ pop machine heist leads to car chase


A Bainbridge man made a mess of himself, his truck, a pop machine and a security camera during a failed ‘Paint Night’ caper. Police chased his truck down Ferncliff, Deercliff, and Eaglecliff roads. It wasn’t until he veered onto a non-cliff themed road that they were able to catch up with him.

Also this week, a woman got disorderly over the ownership of yard debris, and a political candidate failed to enlist the Bainbridge police station in his campaign.

The blotter is below.

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Bright red blooms in Murden Cove

Reporter Tad Sooter took some dramatic photos of algal blooms off Murden Cove on Monday. A few nearby residents told Tad the blooms were the brightest they’d seen.

Here’s what he learned about the blooms:

Algal blooms that turned water off several Bainbridge shorelines bright red this week pose no risk to humans or shellfish, according to Kitsap County Public Health District officials.

Environmental Health Specialist Shawn Ultican said the dramatic blooms are caused by Noctiluca, a harmless plankton. Noctiluca blooms are common this time of year and are spurred by sunlight and nutrients in the water, he said.

The rusty-red blooms spread down Manitou Beach and into Murden Cove on the east side of Bainbridge on Monday. Ultican said blooms were also reported in Port Orchard Passage.

Because of their color, Noctiluca blooms are often wrongly associated with harmful “red tide,” which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. Red tide is caused by different plankton species and isn’t noticeable in the water, Ultican said.

For more information on beach closures and shellfish advisories, visit
–Tad Sooter

In the above photo, Stephanie Bowen and her 2-year-old son Alex take a look at the bloom that spread across Murden Cove on Monday.

See more of Tad’s photos below.

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Low tide reveals remnants of Bainbridge mill town

The lowest tide I’ve ever seen at Blakely Harbor revealed some interesting remnants of the Port Blakely mill town that bustled in the harbor a century ago.

On Wednesday, a rarely-seen blanket of water-logged lumber was visible on large portion of Blakely Harbor Park’s beach. Not sure why it forms a zig-zag pattern. Any ideas?

Head down below to see a few more low-tide curiosities.

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Poll: What do you think of the verdict in the Ostling trial?

After listening to 11 days of testimony and deliberating the the better part of three days, a federal jury took a middle path with their verdict on Friday.

Of the four main claims made in the lawsuit by the parents of Douglas Ostling, the mentally ill man who was fatally shot by Bainbridge police in 2010, the jury agreed with just one – that the Bainbridge Island Police Department failed to properly train officers in how to deal with the mentally ill. The jury awarded the Ostlings $1 million.

The jury disagreed with claims that officers illegally entered the Ostling family’s home, used unnecessary force and failed to render aid to the wounded Douglas Ostling.

How do you feel about the verdict? Cast your vote over to the right.

Head down below to see the results from the Bainbridge Conversation’s poll on how the city should pay for road fixes.

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