Daily Archives: October 24, 2008

Sherman Alexie brings his literary stand-up routine to BI

In typical form, bestselling Seattle author Sherman Alexie did more than read from his book, he put on a performance based on it. His latest is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” based not-so-loosely on his own experience growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Read the Sun’s coverage of his appearances last night in Winslow and Suquamish by clicking here. He got some interesting questions from his Bainbridge audience, including ‘Do Indians, like, have “wo-wo spirituality” where they can predict what’s going to happen?’

South Bainbridge beaches riddled with fecal pollution, study shows

Two dozen sites on Bainbridge beaches showed unhealthy levels of fecal waste, according to a Kitsap County Health District water quality report released this week.

With the city’s assistance, the health district collected over 580 water samples from eight miles of shoreline along south Eagle Harbor, Point White, Crystal Springs and Fletcher Bay between February and June. About 13 percent of all samples showed fecal bacteria levels over the district’s permissible limit. Some test sites, including four between Point White and Fletcher Bay, showed contamination levels of 15 times the permissible limit for fecal coliform bacteria, which is associated with human and animal waste.

The shoreline between Crystal Springs and Fletcher Bay had the highest concentration of contaminated areas. More than 40 percent of the study’s highly contaminated samples came from this stretch of southwest Bainbridge.

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