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County planner excited to take city post

  • Jan 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:09AM

Kitsap County Senior Planner James Weaver is excited to take the reins over at the Port Orchard City Hall with the newly titled City Development Director position. Weaver was asked to take over when Planning Director JoAnne Long-Woods resigned earlier this month. Mayor Lary Coppola has since changed the scope of the position, hoping to streamline application processes and improve communication between departments.

Freedom fleeting for SK sex offender

  • Jan 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:08AM

A Level III registered sex offender who just weeks ago was released to live in Manchester was arrested this month and returned to jail, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported. Spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said that Chad Michael Rock, 34, was arrested earlier this month for “escaping from community custody” and is now serving his sentence at Kitsap County Jail.

Botkin: It’s time to pony up for SEED

  • Jan 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:08AM

The time has come to ante up support for the Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) project if the venture is to proceed smoothly, according to material presented by the project director to the Port of Bremerton on Tuesday. “It is time that we get this under construction and show people tangible results,” SEED Director Tim Botkin said after the meeting.

Electric Car Video

  • Jan 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:08AM

See a video of Billy Joe Knight and Robert Gakin's electric vehicle

County admin director retires

  • Jan 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:08AM

Kitsap County will lose a valuable resource this spring when Administrative Services Director Ben Holland retires. “I love this job,” he said. “I like the people who work for me and I like the people I work for. I think I’ve done some good things, keeping the board informed about the budget. But retiring at this time has always been my long-term plan.”

Macomber’s publisher donating to Cedar Cove Days

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:02AM

Cindi Lucarelli brought her fundraising presentation to the Port Orchard City Council last week, which she used to pitch her goal of a Cedar Cove Days festival celebrating the books of area author Debbie Macomber. Lucarelli’s slide show presentation included pictures of South Kitsap’s waterfront and nearby communities Bremerton and Gig Harbor, and she presented it to Macomber’s publishers at Harlequin Publications in the hopes of raising more money for the $400,000 to $500,000 festival scheduled for August of 2009.

Oke bill moves on

  • Feb 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:07AM

After a public hearing during which only one person spoke out against naming the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge after the late Sen. Bob Oke, the Senate Committee on Transportation voted unanimously to move the bill forward. “I don’t believe this new bridge would have been built without Bob Oke in the Legislature,” said Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) before the hearing, noting that “it was an incredible feat of courage by Bob to get it built, and it is the only major project in the state that has been completed, as opposed to the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the State-Route 520 Bridge.”

SK man charged in $30 million swindle

  • Feb 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:07AM

A former Port Orchard man who fled to France and Poland to avoid arrest was indicted last month on more than two dozen counts of fraud after allegedly bilking investors out of $30 million, according to the United States Attorney’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service. Charles Nolon Bush, 68, made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Jan. 22 after being extradited from Warsaw, Poland, and charged with securities fraud, 13 counts of wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud and 15 counts of money laundering.

Harrison breaks ground on new facility

  • Feb 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:07AM

Ground was broken — at least ceremoniously — Wednesday on a construction plan that will more than double the size of Harrison Medical Center’s Urgent Care facility in Port Orchard. “This is going to be bigger and better than ever,” said Scott Bosch, Harrison’s Chief Executive Officer, noting that the new building will be three stories and 36,000 square-feet — 3,000 feet more than the existing building.

Triangle Route back to normal — for now

  • Feb 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:07AM

After limping for three weeks on two, frequently delayed boats, the Triangle Route was back to full strength today, according to the Washington State Ferries. On Friday, WSF Spokeswoman Susan Harris-Huether explained that the M/V Chelan — which went into dry dock last month and left the Southworth/Vashon/Fauntleroy route missing a boat — would be coming out of dry dock Friday night and be returning to service by Wednesday.

Angel begins raising money, hosting meetings

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:07AM

South Kitsap Commissioner Jan Angel kicked off the first of several fund-raising events last week in South Kitsap, during which she outlined some of her main platform points in her run for 26th District Rep. Pat Lantz’s (D-Gig Harbor) seat in Olympia. Angel, 61, drew in more than 50 people, including her husband, children and a slew of grandchildren, to the lobby of The Gallery Dance School, owned and operated by her daughters Kara Morkert and Erin Brinkerhoff.
Web Extra: Hear the audio interview with Commissioner Jan Angel.

Invalid ballots common in Kitsap

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:07AM

Almost one-third of the 9,000 presidential primary ballots already cast in Kitsap are invalid because they did not indicate a party preference, according to County Auditor Karen Flynn. “This is a primary, and primaries belong to the parties,” Flynn said. “If a voter does not select one party or another, their ballot will not be counted.”

POPD limits access to waterfront tower

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:07AM

With an area that reportedly fostered illegal activities now off-limits at night and increased patrols by the Port Orchard Police Department, Port Orchard Marina officials are hoping that concerns recently raised about security for its tenants will be alleviated. “The observation tower has a chain and sign on it now (closing it off at night),” said Steve Slaton, the Port of Bremerton’s director of marine facilities, at the most recent meeting of the port’s board of commissioners.

Burley-Glenwood students enjoy reading, Dr. Seuss

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:03AM

It wasn’t the typical parent night at Burley-Glenwood Elementary, but Dr. Seuss isn’t a typical children’s author. On Thursday evening the school dedicated an event to the late author, born March 2, 1904, and known for creating characters such as the Cat In The Hat, Yertle the Turtle and the Lorax — and what better way to celebrate Seuss than to sit down and read?

Coffee, controversy brewing in Gorst

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

A new coffee stand in Gorst is attracting attention — both positive and negative — by taking the idea of baristas in skimpy outfits and removing even more clothing. Unlike nearby stand Natte Latte, which features women serving coffee in tiny pants, the barista working at Espresso Gone Wild Tuesday afternoon was wearing nothing above her waist but strategically placed flower stickers, and below the waist only a tiny pair of underwear.

Locke draws fire for Bush bashing at Scouting event

  • Feb 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke’s comments at Wednesday’s Kitsap County Boy Scout breakfast are still resonating, but not because of its pro-scouting message or the ability to raise extra funds for the cause. Instead, Locke’s controversial comments about the current political situation and his contention that the government tramples on citizens’ rights left many attendees feeling the speech’s content was unsuited to the occasion.

Visitor’s cabin on the block

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

Amid racks full of pamphlets and maps in the visitors cabin located just off State Route 16 at the Sedgwick Avenue exit, volunteer Howard Stage, 81, passes the time reading a newspaper and chatting with his friend Tom Hokanson, 71. During the winter months, the South Kitsap resident doesn’t see many people pass through the center on his shifts, especially this Thursday with the cold weather, rain and strong winds.

Council makes changes to Design Review Board

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

The Port Orchard City Council is looking to change the make-up of the city’s Design Review Board for a second time. The idea for the board was conceived during the drafting of the Downtown Overlay District. It would be comprised of a number of community residents and development professionals to look at the design of buildings going into the city’s core.

SK woman arrested after shoplifting spree

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

A 37-year-old South Kitsap woman was arrested last week after allegedly stealing merchandise and purses from dozens of stores and other victims in the area, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported. The incident began Feb. 1 when a deputy responded to the Fred Meyer department store in East Bremerton after an employee called to report having an uncooperative shoplifter in custody.

Kitsap County Auditor Flynn to retire

  • Feb 11, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn will retire at the end of March, leaving office 21 months before the end of her term and necessitating a special election to fill the unexpired period.

Parties caucus in SK

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

Marcus Whitman student Ariana Aspuria sat among the dozens of clusters scattered around the South Kitsap High School library during the Democratic caucus Saturday. Her teacher, Mark Brown, was a precinct committee officer at her table, and the convener for the event.

Kitsap County Auditor planning to retire

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn will retire at the end of March, leaving office 21 months before the end of her term and necessitating a special election to fill the unexpired period. “I served a good long time in this office,” said Flynn, who was first elected in 1986. “It is time for me to be moving on and spend my life with friends and family.”

Wi-Fi is now live on Triangle Route

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

The company providing wireless Internet access on several Washington State Ferries routes announced last week that service on the local Triangle route is now active. “We’re providing a strong and persistent Wi-Fi signal to the terminals and auto holding areas as well as to the ferries servicing the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth run,” said Bob Davis, a vice president with Parsons, the company hired by WSF in 2006 to put Wi-Fi on most of its routes.

Lantz opposes naming bridge after Oke

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:06AM

While strong support exists in the Washington State Senate for a bill that suggests naming the new span of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge after the late Sen. Bob Oke, at least one local representative said the feeling is not the same in the House. “There is no interest in (Senate Joint Memorial 8026) in the house,” said Rep. Pat Lantz, (D-Gig Harbor), referring to the bill that was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee and passed on to the Rules Committee last week. “There is no one from the (26th) district championing the idea in the house.”

Sinkhole design team wins approval

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:05AM

The sinkhole repair design will cost around $80,000, and construction is scheduled to begin in April, according to an update given by Public Works Director Maher Abed to the Port Orchard City Council on Tuesday. Abed requested approval to sign a contract with WestSound Engineering to design the reconstruction of the pipe that caved in during the Dec. 3 rain storms.

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