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Kitsap budget balanced, but cuts still loom

  • Nov 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:18AM

Kitsap County effectively balanced its 2008 budget last week, making the necessary cuts in order for it to live within its means for now. But along with the sense of accomplishment felt by all involved, there is also the realization it won’t be long before the process begins again.

SK residents plan show of support at soldier’s funeral

  • Nov 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:18AM

A Kansas-based church is planning to protest a funeral in Port Orchard on Friday for a Bremerton soldier who died in Afghanistan earlier this month, prompting outrage from local residents who plan to respond with a show of support for the family.

Habitat comes to SKHS

  • Nov 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:18AM

At 6203 Rhododendron Drive, a few students spent the day hard at work, knee-deep in the mud. A group of high schoolers from South Kitsap got to roll up their sleeves and get a little grime under their nails for the first time this year through Habitat for Humanity.

Bay Street merchants decking the halls

  • Nov 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:18AM

The turkey has been stuffed, carved and is now facing a week of sandwiches, which means it’s time for Port Orchard to break out the trees and lights. On Monday afternoon members of the Port Orchard Bay Street Association took to the streets to line the covered walkway with yards upon yards of icicle lights.

State planning to pick ferry riders’ brains

  • Nov 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:18AM

A series of meetings held earlier this month to questions ferry riders is just the beginning of an extensive survey the Washington State Transportation Commission will be conducting over the next year. “This is part of a very, very big effort underway,” said Reema Griffith, executive director of the commission, explaining that the legislature gave the commission $350,000 to conduct “a very detailed assessment” of the Washington State Ferries system.

Paper carrier confronts armed man

  • Nov 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:18AM

A 57-year-old South Kitsap man was arrested last week for allegedly pulling a gun on a woman delivering newspapers, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Mayor vetoes admission tax

  • Nov 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:17AM

A 5 percent admissions tax increase was passed by the Port Orchard City Council Monday evening — but the ordinance won’t get very far, because Mayor Kim Abel will use her power to veto for the first time since taking office in 2004.

DOD's Growth Management Act compliance questioned

  • Nov 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:17AM

Port Orchard’s Downtown Overlay District (DOD) will face scrutiny when two city residents bring it before the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board, citing a number of housing and environmental concerns.

DOD's growth management compliance questioned

  • Nov 30, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:17AM

Port Orchard's Downtown Overlay District (DOD) will face scrutiny when two city residents bring it before the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board, citing a number of housing and environmental concerns.

Web Extra: Environmental education examined

  • Nov 30, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:17AM

The wisdom of educating the public about environmental matters was examined in detail this week during a conference attended by local representatives of government, business and the general public.

Web Extra: Port Orchard: 200, Visitors: 6

  • Nov 30, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:17AM

About 200 people turned up in Port Orchard to protest the presence of a fundamentalist group that threatened to demonstrate at a soldier's funeral. After only a few minutes, the visitors left town. But the demonstrators continued for more than an hour, supporting causes as diverse as support for the troops and gay rights.

Storms bring floods, sinkholes to South Kitsap

  • Dec 3, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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.

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