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SPARTANS ROLL ON: Bainbridge barrels through Metro tourney. A14-


Bad day to drive on Highway 305 Rollover crashes closes main thoroughfare, bus nearly flips BY RICHARD D. OXLEY Bainbridge Island Review

Dispatch lines blew up and emergency crews had their hands full Tuesday after multiple mishaps just hours apart on Highway 305. A two-car accident closed down Highway 305 near downtown Winslow on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The accident was caused by a Poulsbo woman, 67, who was driving a 2007 Toyota Matrix, according to Bainbridge Island police. She was pulling out from Vineyard Lane onto the highway and failed to yield to a northbound vehicle, a 1996 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by a 41-year old Bainbridge Island woman. “She was making a right turn but she didn’t see the northbound PT Cruiser. She pulled out in front of it,” said Bainbridge Police Officer Ben Sias. “The PT Cruiser tried to avoid the collision; the impact or evasive action popped it up on the roof.” The Toyota ended up in a nearby ditch. Its driver was removed through its rear hatch. The Poulsbo woman was then transported to a hospital for medical treatment. The Bainbridge Island driver walked away. “She had an obvious arm injury but declined treatment,” Sias said.


Brian Kelly / Bainbridge Island Review

A Bainbridge Island firefighter tries to get a good look inside an overturned vehicle after a two-car crash on Highway 305 in Winslow Tuesday. There was no indication of impairment of either driver, according to Bainbridge Island police officers. Earlier that same day, a bus driver nearly flipped a school bus into a ditch further north on Highway 305. No one was injured in the school

bus accident. A Bainbridge Island police officer said the driver was the only one aboard the bus at the time of the mishap. The accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5. The driver of the Central Kitsap School District bus was traveling south on the highway when the the vehicle’s

tires sank into the soft shoulder of the road and the weight of the bus titled the vehicle toward the roadside. The driver of the bus is believed to have been pulling over to the side of the road to allow an ambulance to pass.

Shoreline creeping closer to Fort Ward barracks BY RICHARD D. OXLEY Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge Island’s Fort Ward housed soldiers for decades, and through multiple wars, before it was converted into a park. Now it faces a new battle — with nature. Erosion is creeping inland toward the aging barracks that overlook the shore, particularly those at the northwestern end of the park. “That corner was about 14 feet from the bank four months ago,” said Terry Lande, executive director with the Metro Park & Recreation District. “The king tide we had in December beat up that area real good, now it’s at about 10 feet,” he said. “We lost four

Shelter sees rise in animal shootings

feet in a week.” Lande brought the issue to the parks board at a recent meeting. He noted that it is difficult to gauge the erosion that the park will experience in the coming years. Lande presented the board with a few preliminary options, but noted that a public process will be necessary in order to ultimately decide what to do with the two buildings. One option was to move the building closest to the eroding bluff. Another would be to entirely remove the northwestern most corner of the building. The park district estimates that it would cost between $80,000 to $100,000 to move the building. If officials decide SEE BARRACKS, A20

Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review

The small bluff running adjacent to the Fort Ward barracks is advancing toward its northwestern corner.

Officials with the West Sound Wildlife Shelter are startled and distressed at the rise in patients coming in with gunshot wounds. “There is a trend in shootings,” said Mike Pratt, director of wildlife services for the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. “It’s very disturbing.” Pratt said that when he started working in wildlife rehab 20 years ago, shootings of animals weren’t uncommon, but with education the occurrences became rare. But in 2012 the shelter treated 52 patients with gunshot wounds, considerably higher than the normal, according to Pratt. “We might have taken in two animals a year with shootings in past years,” he said. “Over the last two years it has just sky rocketed.” The shelter is taking in a range of animals such as ones that might be considered nuisances like coyotes, raccoons and even squirrels. But what’s more troubling to Pratt is that animals that aren’t normally in conflict with humans are also being shot, such as songbirds, by a variety of firearms. “It ranges everything from pellets to a .22 to a shotgun. I had an owl in recently that was just peppered by a shotgun,” he said. “A turkey vulture came in that was shot. Who is he hurting?” Pratt is also concerned because of where the animals are showing up injured. “You are finding them residential areas where you shouldn’t even be target practicing,” SEE SHOOTINGS, A9

Bainbridge Island Review, February 08, 2013  
Bainbridge Island Review, February 08, 2013  

February 08, 2013 edition of the Bainbridge Island Review