Cruise ship captain from Bainbridge assists in rescue of downed pilot

A Cirrus SR-22 crash lands about 225 miles off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, after a Seattle pilot ditched the aircraft after running out of gas.    - Photo courtesy of Holland America Line
  • Jan 28, 2015 at 11:52AM

Eric van der Wal of Bainbridge Island will certainly have an amazing story to tell when he gets home from his cruise around Hawaii. Van der Wal is captain of the ms Veendam, a Holland America Line cruise ship that was called off course this weekend to rescue a pilot who had to ditch his single-engine airplane into the ocean after it ran out of gas hundreds of miles off the coast of Hawaii.


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Island mountain bike team coach seriously injured in riding accident

  • Jan 27, 2015 at 4:42PM

Jay Abbott, head coach of Bainbridge's middle school mountain bike team, is in a coma after crashing during a team training ride on Sunday.

Olympic Ambulance warned for violating city code

  • Jan 27, 2015 at 3:26PM

Olympic Ambulance has been warned by the city of Bainbridge Island for illegally operating its ambulance business out of a residential home near Meadowmeer Golf Course.

Voters demand lower class sizes; paying for it is school districts’ dilemma

  • Jan 27, 2015 at 11:14AM

OLYMPIA — School districts around Washington are priming their fiscal pumps in coming weeks, asking local constituents to support special maintenance and operations tax propositions to maintain current programs, as well as bond measures to support facilities development and transportation needs.

Education funding in Washington state - a history lesson and constitutional mandate

  • Jan 27, 2015 at 11:13AM

According to Article IX of the Washington State Constitution, the state’s “paramount duty” is to provide an “ample” and “uniform” education for all children.

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