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Rockaway Beach residents asked to reduce water use

Water5_13374983_ver1.0_640_480City officials are calling Rockaway Beach residents to ask them to reduce water use, specifically landscape irrigation.

A new release from the city said the Rockaway Beach water system, which serves about 90 homes, is experiencing “unusually high water consumption.” The increase is putting stress on the system that pulls water from a single well with limited capacity.

While it hasn’t been dangerously hot on the island, higher than normal temperatures have hit the region, along with dry conditions.

No other areas of the city’s water system have been affected, according to the city.

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The tugboat Pacific Knight helps maneuver the state ferry Tacoma to the Bainbridge Island dock after it lost power while making the 12:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge on July 29, 2014. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN

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Bainbridge wildfire danger increases

Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter said rising summer temperatures have dramatically increased the danger of wildfires on the island.

Currently, the fire danger is “moderate” – which could be raised if temperatures stay high and rain continues to not fall in the near future.

Currently, only recreational fires are allowed on Bainbridge. Carpenter’s guidelines for recreational fires include:

– Fires may not be larger than 3 feet in diameter.

– Only dry, natural fire wood may be burned.

– Fires should not be closer than 25 feet to combustible structures such as houses, fences and sheds.

– A garden hose should be kept handy to extinguish a fire after people are done with it.

– Watch for sparks and embers blowing in the wind.

– An adult should be present at all times.

– Extinguish all fires before leaving a site.

“People don’t realize we have a potential wildfire problem on the island,” Bainbridge Fire Chief Hank Teran said recently. “If we have dry climate and proper fuel conditions we can have significant potential to have a wildfire. Since 1989, we average between 10-30 wildfires in a calendar year and we’ve been very fortunate they’ve been contained.”

For more information, visit the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s website at or contact the fire marshal’s office at 206-451-2033.

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Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for June 7. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.

0607_BI_01-1ROWERS TO NATIONALS | Fast-improving club sends two boats to Tennessee.

WHITHER WATERFRONT PARK? | Islanders share ideas for improvement.

SCHOOL CONFIGURATION | District taps brakes on school closure discussion.

PUGET SOUND HEALTH | Warning signs in seafloor sediment.

KILMER TOWN HALLS | Climate change central in congressman’s island visit.

COMING UP: BHS bids goodbye to Brent Peterson.


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Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for May 31. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.

0531_BI_01NATURAL HEALING | Wounded veterans visit IslandWood.

FARM TO TABLET | Bainbridge firm offers farmers high-tech marketing.

‘GIVE FOOD A CHANCE’ | Islanders join Monsanto protest.

UNDERWATER GARDENING | Divers replant eelgrass meadow.

COMING UP: The future of Waterfront Park.


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Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for May 24. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.

0524_BI_01A SPRING SURPRISE | Photos from the spontaneous Scotch Broom Festival.

RACES SET | A roundup of candidates seeking office this fall.

AMPHIBIAN INVASION | Three-dozen frog sculptures arrive for community arts project.

PARK FOR POOCHES? | Vincent Road site proposed for sprawling dog park.

COMING UP: Bainbridge firm offers farmers a high-tech marketing platform.

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Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for May 17. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.

0517_BI_01A ‘SINGULAR SENSATION’ | BPA’s ‘A Chorus Line’ continues to wow audiences through May.


VISIT FROM AN ASTRONAUT| Bonnie Dunbar speaks at Sakai Intermediate School.

SCHOOL CONFIGURATION: “No change” is popular option among meeting participants.

COMING UP: Some good news for island canines and their owners.

Weather: There will be mostly cloudy skies and a chance of rain every day for the foreseeable future, according to the National Weather Service.

At least it will be warm, with highs around 60.

Sports: Boys soccer beat Kennedy Catholic Tuesday to advance to the state quarterfinals. The defending state champion Spartans play Glacier Peak on Saturday.

Two tennis doubles teams qualified for state as expected. Spartans softball rallied from an early loss at districts to qualify for state.

See a full Spartans schedule here and follow the Sun’s Prepzone on Facebook for updates.

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week. Contact Bainbridge correspondent Tad Sooter at

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Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for May 10. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.

0510_BI_01FOR SALE: A SLICE OF JAPAN | Fuurin-Oka ryokan seeks new owners.

BOARDWALK FOR FAY | Project would protect vegetation and visitors.

ROCKY FUTURE FOR ROCKAWAY? | City needs environmental permit to avoid long delay.

COMING UP: An astronaut visits Bainbridge.
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Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for May 3. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.


STREAM OF KNOWLEDGE | Sakai Intermediate School students join cleanup of Murden Cove watershed.

ROUNDABOUT FOR 305? | The state says replacing a signal with a roundabout at Highway 305 and Suquamish Way would improve traffic.

LOCAL SCOUTS  WEIGH IN | Local Boy Scouts respond to the national organization’s proposal to lift its ban on gay members.

‘A CHORUS LINE’ | The demanding musical comes to Bainbridge Performing Arts.

COMING UP: Community discussion begins on a possible school closure.


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The park district and Land Trust celebrated the opening of the Hilltop park and trail on Wednesday.
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Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for April 26. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.


CLIMBING TO VICTORY | Arborists descend on Bainbridge for an unusual competition.

PLEASANT BEACH PHASE 2 | A swimming pool and gym are just a couple new additions planned for fast-changing Lynwood Center.

CONCERN FOR FLETCHER BAY | Increasing levels of bacteria put Fletcher Bay on the “threatened” list for shellfish growing.

BIG PLANS FOR ROTARY PARK | Ballfields will get long-awaited renovations over the next two years.

COMING UP | Students become citizen scientists in watershed project.

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A look at The Waypoint and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art site. Click and drag the image to scroll around.
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islander.4.19We’re revamping our Friday blog post to feature more Islander content. Here is the Bainbridge Islander preview for April 19.


Shooting for the stars | The Bainbridge High School Rocket Team celebrates a successful first season.

Locals respond to the Boston tragedy | Bainbridge Island runners witnessed the destruction of the Boston Marathon bombings first-hand. See an islander’s photos here.

School closure grows more likely | Two of the three proposed options from the School Configuration Committee would result in closing a school.

Sailors excel in Dyes Inlet | Photos from the Silverdale Regatta capture the excitement of sailing without the windburn.

Coming Up: The park district prepares for an overhaul of its flagship baseball fields. Find more Bainbridge news on the Bainbridge Islander page.

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A sunny view of Eagle Harbor from Pritchard Park on Tuesday. Click and drag the image to scroll around. Continue reading