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Storms bring floods, sinkholes to South Kitsap

  • Dec 3, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:17AM

Kitsap County has declared a state of emergency in the county, due to flooding from heavy rains, leading to numerous road closures, including major commuter paths such as Highway 3, and a large sinkhole in Port Orchard.

SK students get sweet reward for safety plans

  • Dec 1, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:17AM

If you’re going to give first-graders ice cream, it’s probably best to let them eat it right before recess. And that’s exactly what Hidden Creek teacher Ann Gresley decided to do when South Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters came to her class Wednesday to reward all of her students for creating — then returning — a fire escape plan with their families.

SKFR mulls new Manchester fire station

  • Dec 1, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:17AM

At the most recent meeting of the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners last month, the fire district’s budget for next year was approved, and discussion began on what the next Emergency Medical Services levy measure may include.

County swamped with road closures

  • Dec 4, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:17AM

Kitsap County government hardly started its day on Monday morning before rain closed several roads leading in and out of South Kitsap. The decision to close the government was made before noon, with the county commissioners declaring a state of emergency for Kitsap County.

Port Orchard, 200; Kansas visitors, 6.

  • Dec 4, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:17AM

While only a handful of the anticipated Westboro Baptist Church members actually appeared to protest near a local soldier’s funeral Friday, hundreds more showed up to show their support for the man’s family and denounce the protesters. Video: Counter-protesters speak

Commissioners to meet Wednesday night

  • Dec 5, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:17AM

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in the commissioners' chambers in Port Orchard. The agenda, viewable on www.kitsapgov.com, is the same as for the scheduled Dec. 3 meeting which was postponed due to inclement weather.

Web Extra: Emergency personnel discusses flood effort

  • Dec 6, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:16AM

Kitsap Department of Emergency Manager official Michael Gordon talks about how the department dealt with flood conditions.

The clean-up begins

  • Dec 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:16AM

Now that the water has finally receded, Port Orchard officials have opened the roadways and business owners and residents can assess the damage and start cleaning up some of the hardest-hit areas in South Kitsap. Mayor Kim Abel said compared to other areas, Port Orchard has been lucky, explaining “we still have damage — the sinkhole is a big one.”

City starts talking budget

  • Dec 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:16AM

The Port Orchard City Council held a public hearing on its 2008 budget in spite of low attendance from Monday’s storm. State law requires cities to hold hearings before Dec. 7, and the board had a quorum with all but Rick Wyatt present.

Boyer says budget cuts sliced deep

  • Dec 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:16AM

Like many other county departments, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department has expressed public support for the recent budget-cutting process. Within this, however, the sheriff has warned of dire consequences if the money is not allocated in the near future. Furthermore, the cuts put the department in the running to become “the lowest-staffed agency in the country,” according to a written statement by Sheriff Steve Boyer.

Kitsap first to declare emergency

  • Dec 7, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:16AM

This week’s flood fell short of epic disaster proportions, but not because Mother Nature didn’t pull out all the stops. Instead, the county’s preparedness level and careful planning served to mitigate the damage. One of the first actions of Kitsap County’s Department of Emergency Management is to connect to 911 and filter out the life-threatening situations for immediate attention. Video: Emergency personnel discuss flood effort

Web Extra: Ferry summit takes place in Bremerton

  • Dec 7, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:16AM

A ferry summit in Bremerton on Friday Dec. 7 brought together a diverse group dedicated to iron out all of the system's problems.

Santa stops by to sip tea

  • Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:16AM

Last weekend in Port Orchard, several children sat down to a fancy tea with Santa Claus, which was perhaps a dream come true. But for Heather Cole, the woman who hosted the event, the tea parties meant only some of her dream has come true, but not quite all.

South Kitsap family heading to Disney World

  • Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:16AM

A South Kitsap family that was in the running to win a paid vacation courtesy of the Disney Corp. and ABC’s “Good Morning America” learned last week it had been chosen for the grand prize. “I’m in shock — tonight I’m going to be screaming in my pillow,” said Sarah Acoba when the television crews arrived at her home to deliver the good news.

Commissioners unsure who will serve as ’08 chair

  • Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:16AM

After the first of the year the Kitsap County commissioners will either have a new board chairman or they won’t. The board elects its own chairman, with the choice usually agreed upon prior to the meeting. While there is no mandated order, the board has followed a south-central-north rotation for the past few years.

Commissioners to address budget particulars

  • Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

After announcing a balanced 2008 budget, the Kitsap County commissioners are fine-tuning the numbers and sweating out some of the small stuff. In the week before they will ratify the final budget, they are turning their attention to details such as utility bills and overtime pay.

Cedar Cove festival could be coming to Port Orchard

  • Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

The scene is idyllic — a small town nestled into the corner of an ocean inlet, bedecked with charm, colorful characters and enough stories to fill seven books. And if the world of Cedar Cove, found in a series of books written by Debbie Macomber, sounds familiar, it’s because the author based her fictional, small-town paradise on Port Orchard. And with a little help from some local residents, Macomber will bring the characters and story back into the city for a days-long festival.

Rain did $20 million worth of damage to Kitsap

  • Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

As the water has receded, it appears the Dec. 3 rainstorm swept at least $20 million in damages down the drain, according to preliminary reports. Susan May, a spokeswoman for the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) said that damage to public property was estimated at around $18 million.

Video: Ferry Summit seeks solutions

  • Dec 13, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

Coverage of the Dec. 7 Puget Sound Leadership Ferry Summit, with videos of the participants and a portion of an address by U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks.

Coppola stays on planning board

  • Dec 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

Port Orchard Mayor-Elect Lary Coppola intends to complete his term on the Kitsap County Planning Commission, saying there is no conflict of interest. And South Kitsap Commissioner Jan Angel, who nominated Coppola to the Planning Commission in 2001, agrees.

Taking one last ride

  • Dec 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

If there is a heaven and people can indeed look down on us after they die, longtime Port Orchard resident Edwin Simonson would have enjoyed quite a sight Tuesday afternoon. To say goodbye to the 88-year-old motorcycle enthusiast, Simonson’s family enlisted the help of a Harley-Davidson hearse that carried him on a final ride through town past his favorite spots before putting him to rest at Sunset Lane Cemetery.

Sewer rate hike talks prompt billing questions

  • Dec 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

South Kitsap residents may soon face a rate increase on their sewer utility, which raised concerns among those attending a public hearing on Wednesday about the per-house method of determining rates.

Marina tenants cry foul over crime situation

  • Dec 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

The Port Orchard Police Department plans to increase its presence along the waterfront after a group of marina tenants this week expressed fear and frustration over what they see as a rising tide of criminal activity in the area.

Sinkhole due to non-standard piping

  • Dec 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

It took a small, wheeled robot to figure out how to handle the 50-foot sink hole on Bethel Avenue — and the results aren’t great. After sending a wheeled-camera into a broken drainage pipe, the city’s Department of Public Works is blaming sinkhole on a non-standard pipe running along Bethel Avenue.

Commissioners approve pay raises; Bauer named 2008 chair

  • Dec 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:15AM

The Kitsap County Commissioners approved a pay increase for elected officials that will bring their salaries in line with other county employees. Additionally, North Kitsap Commissioner Steve Bauer was elected board chair for 2008.

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