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Citizen committee discusses summer tolls

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:04AM

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Citizen Advisory Committee is keeping a “pretty aggressive” schedule this month and next in order to prepare its recommendations for the new toll rates scheduled to take effect this summer. Reema Griffith, executive director of the Washington State Transportation Commission, said the CAC would be meeting twice a week for the next two weeks.

Oke memorial bill dies in Senate

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:04AM

A bill proposing to name the new span of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge after the late Sen. Bob Oke is no longer viable as it failed to clear the Washington State Senate by last week’s deadline. Sen. Derek Kilmer, (D-Gig Harbor), said the deadline for bills to pass either the Senate or House was Feb. 19, and Senate Joint Memorial 8026 had remained in the Senate Rules Committee since it passed the Transportation Committee Feb. 6.

Funding for Drug Court post in doubt

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:04AM

The Kitsap County Drug Court received a last-minute reprieve earlier this month when the county, local municipalities and tribes kicked in enough money to fund a compliance officer for six months. But depending on what happens next week in the Washington State Legislature, the program’s future could be murky.

Port pushes pause button on SEED plan

  • Feb 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:04AM

The Port of Bremerton Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to “pause” progress on its Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) project until a third-party review can be completed on both its business plan and financial scheme. “I am absolutely bombarded with inquiries from people in calls, e-mails and in public regarding SEED,” Chair Cheryl Kincer said during the board’s study session devoted to the project. “It is so obvious that not everyone has all the answers to their questions.”

Bay Street’s oldest structure comes tumbling down

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:04AM

Shoppers walking along Bay Street might notice something new in the north facade of storefronts — a giant, gaping hole. Howard Minor’s building at 731 Bay St., which has remained empty and in great need of repair for some time, has been demolished, taking with it many years of the owner’s hard work and memories.

Downtown getting construction this summer

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:03AM

City of Port Orchard Public Works Director Maher Abed outlined upcoming Bay Street improvements to a small group on Monday evening, describing projects that will have portions of the road under construction from the end of March through September. During the meeting, Abed and Washington State Department of Transportation Field Engineer Tom Barton fielded questions regarding the undergrounding of wire-based utilities in the downtown core and the road improvements on Bay Street from State Route 16 to Bethel Avenue.

Beach drive bird rescue

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:03AM

Michael Pratt, director of wildlife services at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island, answered the call of Manchester resident Keith Morris Tuesday, who saw an eagle on the side of the road, flopping around in a ditch with a limp wing. Morris and another driver began calling Animal Control and the Department of Fish and Wildlife until someone could come out and help the injured bird two hours later.
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Botkin defends SEED project, rallies for support

  • Feb 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:03AM

At the same meeting during which the Port of Bremerton commissioners approved suspending work on the Port of Bremerton’s Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) project, the initiative’s director Tim Botkin remained steadfast in his belief of its worth. “I will challenge anyone to name another project that has the potential we have with (SEED),” Botkin said Tuesday, referring to the clean technology business park and incubator that the port estimates will eventually bring 2,000 new jobs and more than $200 million in private investments into the county.

Students get ethics lesson

  • Feb 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:03AM

Students from nine local school districts gathered in Bremerton this week for the third annual Ethics in the Workplace Conference, receiving an intramural lesson about how ethics are acquired and applied.

Kitsap decency ordinance proposed

  • Feb 29, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:03AM

Attention drawn to a Gorst coffee stand staffed by skin-baring baristas has prompted the investigation of what it would take to establish a countywide decency ordinance that would control such behavior.

Senior Kitsap judge to retire

  • Mar 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:03AM

The longest serving judge on the Kitsap County Superior Court bench has announced his retirement, and that he will not seek a fifth elected term. “My wife is now retired and we’re looking toward spending some time together,” Judge Leonard Costello said on Monday. “I’ve been here 28 years and it’s time to move on.”

Port clarifies SEED ‘pause’

  • Mar 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:03AM

The Port of Bremerton’s Board of Commissioners clarified Friday what a “pause” in its Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) project will entail, voting unanimously to delay any new contracts until independent reviews of the endeavor’s merits are completed. “I did not call for killing the project,” said board president Cheryl Kincer, explaining that pausing progress on the clean technology business park and incubator represents “due diligence on the part of the port,” something she said she had been asking for “as far back as the end of last year.”

Port cancels Botkin’s contract as SEED director

  • Mar 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:03AM

Shortly after the Port of Bremerton board of commissioners clarified what a pause in the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) plan will mean, consultant Tim Botkin was fired from his position as the project’s director. Board President Cheryl Kincer confirmed Monday that port Chief Executive Officer Ken Attebery dismissed Botkin on Friday, a month before his contract was to expire at the end of March.

Burley-Glenwood students enjoy reading, Dr. Seuss

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 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?

Macomber’s publisher donating to Cedar Cove Days

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 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.

Bridge tolls could go up another $1

  • Mar 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:02AM

Everyone will pay a dollar more to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge come July if recommendations from the span’s Citizen Advisory Committee are implemented, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. After completing what Reema Griffith, executive director of the Washington State Transportation Commission, called an “aggressive” meeting schedule, the CAC decided to recommend raising the toll prices to $2.75 for those with transponders, and to $4 for those without.

SEED project flying on auto-pilot for now

  • Mar 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:02AM

For the time being, the Port of Bremerton’s Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) project will coast just fine without a consultant at the helm, according to Chief Executive Officer Ken Attebery. “Chief Operating Officer Tim Thomson and I have become familiar enough with the (pending grants and contracts) to take them to conclusion,” Attebery said this week, after confirming he released SEED Director Tim Botkin from his contract Feb. 29 for a “host of reasons.”

Jellyfish, orcas and sharks! Oh My!

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:02AM

Students of Janet Osborne’s third grade class at Manchester Elementary worked amid piles of fabric, sheets and scraps of every color littering the tables. On two large tables shoved together, a grid of their hand-drawn artwork shows what will eventually become a quilt. Long-time quilters Sarajane Rants and Madeleine Fraley are working with the students to create a large, colorful quilt showing different creatures from the Puget Sound.
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Troubled Bay St. bar getting a Mako-ver

  • Mar 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:02AM

Amid piles of furniture, power tools and pieces of wood, Mike Gold is working to remodel the inside of what was once a bar with a reputation for trouble. Gold and his business partner, Eric Houg, are opening The Slip 45 Sports Bar and Shipwreck Lounge at the location of the Mako’s Bar and Grill, which held the attention of the Police Department for its reputation of fighting and drug activity.

Lantz to retire, endorses Abel

  • Mar 10, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:02AM

As state lawmakers prepared this week to wrap up their latest legislative session, one longtime Democrat announced that she is wrapping up her 12-year career in the 26th District. “I believe it is time to turn my full attention to my family,” said Rep. Pat Lantz, D-Gig Harbor, explaining that she plans to focus on her husband, three children and five grandchildren. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people ... (but I) will not seek a seventh term.”

Pastor pleads guilty to raping church members

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:02AM

A South Kitsap pastor pleaded guilty last month to raping and molesting at least four girls who attended the church he ran out of his home in South Colby, according to court documents. Robbin Leeroy Harper, 60, a longtime pastor with The Church in South Colby, pleaded guilty to eight counts that include first-degree child rape, first-degree child molestation, and fourth-degree assault.

Olalla homemaker’s life flowering

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:02AM

Sharon Gakin of Olalla isn’t afraid to take on new tasks and skills. She’s been doing it her whole life. From shucking oysters and picking blackberries for canneries when her husband, Bob Gakin, was in the military to floral arrangements and garden structures in her retirement, Gakin’s resume reflects an entrepreneurial outlook on life.

Chaplain stepping down after 20 years of service

  • Mar 11, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:02AM

For 20 years, death called and Pastor Melvin Byrd answered. As a chaplain for South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Byrd spent at least one week a month of the past two decades waiting for the phone to ring, knowing that at any moment he could have another date with tragedy.

WSF forced to postpone planned boat swap

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:02AM

The last-minute discovery of a problem with the steel welding on a Washington State ferry serving the San Juan Islands has delayed boat swaps that would have affected both the Triangle and Bremerton routes, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division. Previously, the ferry system had planned to loan the Tillikum from the Southworth-Vashon-Fauntleroy route to the Bremerton-Seattle route while the 124-car Kitsap went into dry dock for a “week of scheduled maintenance.”

Nose ring policy challenged

  • Mar 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:01AM

Maria Alvestad-Ereth had her nose pierced with a friend in an effort to find something to set her apart from the rest of the crowd. “As soon as we got to school, that wasn’t the case, because everyone else had them, too,” said Alvestad-Ereth, 13. “It was just something else that not everyone had, something else that set us apart.”

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