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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.

Commissioners unsure who will serve as ’08 chair

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

Fans flock to films Friday

  • Dec 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:15AM

The smooth sounds of jazz emanated from the trumpets and saxophones of South Kitsap High School marching band as patrons entered The Orchard.

County shines when it comes to waste

  • Dec 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:14AM

For the seventh consecutive year Kitsap County has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the 2007 EPA WasteWise Program Local Government Partner of the Year.

Author thrilled over Cedar Cove Days

  • Dec 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:14AM

The popularity of Cedar Cove, Debbie Macomber’s fictional rethinking of Port Orchard, has only grown over time, drawing attention from fans across the country — even the world. Macomber first came to write about Port Orchard after several other book series, thinking that it was time to feature an area she knew intimately.

PSRC gets frosty reception

  • Dec 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:14AM

Public testimony taken at a Port Orchard meeting of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) overwhelmingly favored Kitsap County's disassociation from the regional advisory council and make all planning decisions locally.

Setting sail as old St. Nick is no breeze

  • Dec 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:14AM

Every year, Donna Printz says she is going to retire. But then every year, she’s back answering the phone for Santa and planning his day sailing along South Kitsap’s shoreline to greet anxious residents. “This is my 13th year,” said Printz, secretary of both the Port Orchard Yacht Club, which hosts the lighted boat parade, and Santa himself, since she personally talks to most of the people who request a message from Mr. Claus.

Suspect sought in bank robbery at grocery store

  • Dec 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:14AM

Local law enforcement officials were still searching this week for a man who robbed a local bank branch late Tuesday afternoon, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Angel wants Kitsap out of PSRC

  • Dec 22, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:14AM

Public testimony taken at a Port Orchard meeting of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) on Tuesday night overwhelmingly favored Kitsap County severing its ties with the re-gional advisory council, but PRSC rep-resentatives said the testimony was one-sided.

Manchester Community Plan completed, codified

  • Dec 22, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:14AM

The Manchester Community Plan is, for the moment, completed and agreeable to a group of residents who believe the original document “lacked teeth” in restricting commercial buildings to two stories.

Proposed roundabout takes heat

  • Dec 26, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:14AM

Citing safety concerns, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chief Wayne Senter is asking the city of Port Orchard to reconsider its plan to build a roundabout at the intersection of Tremont Street and Pottery Avenue.

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