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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.”

Locke’s speech both insulting, embarrassing

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:05AM

Had former Gov. Gary Locke’s remarks last week at the annual fundraiser for Kitsap County’s Boy Scouts merely been tactless, the appropriate response would have been for the event’s organizers to simply conclude it was a mistake to invite him in the first place and make a note not to repeat the same mistake next year. But Locke’s performance went so far beyond the pale that we feel obliged to heap just a little more scorn before moving on.

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.

Moore alleged to have molested minor

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

Former Port Orchard City Councilman Tye C. Moore was back in jail this week after being arrested Sunday night for child molestation, according to the Port Orchard Police Department. As of Thursday, Moore, 37, was still in custody on $50,000 bail after pleading not-guilty to one count of second-degree molestation.

Students participate in mock chemical disaster

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

When they arrived at the scene, a tank truck was on its side, slammed against a guard rail of the Tremont Street overpass, and leaking a corrosive chemical into Blackjack Creek. They found the driver unconscious, traffic backed up in both directions and emergency responders unsure of what to do. Luckily for the Quest students at Hidden Creek Elementary, this was a scenario presented to them in class, rather than a real emergency. But in the next several weeks the advanced-placement students will determine every step of the emergency response from arrival to final cleanup in this mock emergency.

Olalla lawyer faces charges for hitting bicyclist with car

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

A local defense attorney was charged this month with vehicular assault after hitting a bicyclist in Olalla while allegedly driving drunk in November. Jeniece L. LaCross, 36, who practices law in Kitsap County, was arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court Feb. 8 on one count of vehicular assault and three counts of reckless endangerment.

SKFR stairclimb Sunday

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:05AM

South Kitsap firefighters will be suiting up and climbing stairs for a good cause for not just one weekend, but the next two. Battalion Chief Steve Wright of South Kitsap Fire and Rescue said this year instead of just participating in the annual Scott Firefighter Climb at Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle, the department has decided to go the extra mile — or mile of stairs, perhaps — and raise money beforehand, as well.

Gig Harbor woman eyes Seaquist’s seat

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:05AM

A Republican candidate from Gig Harbor will be kicking off her campaign on March 1 for a seat in the Washington State House of Representatives. Marlyn Jensen, longtime Gig Harbor resident and business owner, announced this week she plans to run for the Position 2 representative seat in the 26th District currently held by Rep. Larry Seaquist, (D-Gig Harbor).

If I were a carpenter ... oh wait, I am

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:05AM

A long, open, garage-like breezeway at South Kitsap High School reverberated with nail-pounding loud enough to overpower the auditory behemoth of exiting teenagers Thursday afternoon. As the day came to an end, Tim Shaffer’s construction class inched closer to a completed tool shed. A cluster of students standing on the roof nailed down the last few rows of shingles of the house-shaped unit.

Driver charged in bicyclist’s death

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:05AM

A Bremerton woman is due in Kitsap County Superior Court on Monday to face a vehicular homicide charge after allegedly striking and killing of a 41-year-old Port Orchard bicyclist in September while driving on a canceled driver’s license. Delores Magneson, 59, has been ordered to appear on Feb. 25 by the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, which filed the charge last month.

Fire district considering 2009 levy

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:05AM

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue officials spent much of Wednesday discussing if and when they should ask voters to approve a 50-cent Emergency Medical Services levy to boost staffing, improve existing facilities and add a new fire station in Manchester. “We have a lot of stations that have been around a long time,” SKFR Chief Wayne Senter told the district’s board of commissioners during the retreat, explaining that his staff has been deferring normal maintenance for years to funnel more of its funds toward emergency services.

S. Kitsap attorney planning to run for judge

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:04AM

A Port Orchard attorney has announced his candidacy for the Kitsap County Superior Court, but is deferring his decision as to which of the eight positions to seek until the June 6 filing deadline. Bruce Danielson, 55, currently a sole practitioner, began his campaign this week by filing financial disclosure paperwork and declaring his intention to run.

Sedgwick hosts Chinese visitors

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:04AM

An overcrowded table of students sat in the center of a noisy common space during the lunch hour at John Sedgwick Junior High on Friday. Atypical of many teens during their lunch hour, this group was carefully attentive and spoke clearly and articulately with their guests.

Pieces of Olalla’s past sought by local author

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:04AM

Local author Gregg Olsen, who previously chronicled one of the more infamous residents of Olalla, is currently turning his attention to some of the tamer aspects in the life of the community he calls home. Doug Sacrison, a recent Western Washington University graduate, said he is working with Olsen to create a “historical account of the area through collected photographs.”

Program gives small businesses a boost

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:04AM

A little-known but widely appreciated program sponsored by Olympic College exists to provide consulting services for local small businesses, offering advice and coaching to increase the chances of success and profitability. “A large corporation can afford to hire a management consultant at thousands of dollars a day,” said Rand Reidrich, who directs the local Small Business Development Center. “We want to make the same options available to ‘mom-and-pop’ businesses that could never afford these services.”

New website on the way for Port Orchard City Hall

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 at 9:04AM

With oversight from Councilman Fred Chang, the city of Port Orchard is looking to revamp its Web site and greatly expand the site’s offerings.

City council OKs design review board

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

The Port Orchard City Council approved Mayor Lary Coppola’s five selections for the Design Review Board on Tuesday evening. Coppola appointed five after council revised a previous decision to establish a seven-person board. Members of the board will include three residents living within the city or within the city’s urban growth area, and two professionals who either live or own a business within city limits.

Family keeps PO man’s dream of a POW plate alive

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

A bill that just passed the Washington State Senate and is scheduled for a hearing in the House today would help veterans like the late Dean Gehring, a longtime Port Orchard resident, qualify for special Prisoner of War license plates. According to his family, Gehring — who passed away last November at 78 — had tried for years to get one of the plates, but did not meet Washington state requirements.

Citizen committee discusses summer tolls

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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, 2008 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.

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