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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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Skate Park benefit at The Orchard Theater

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

Local skateboarding advocates are gaining speed on an effort to build a world-class skate park in South Kitsap as they close in on a park designer and kick off more fundraising efforts.

Undergrounding bids rejected, project scaled back

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

The bids came in and the Port Orchard City Council backed away, opting to head back to the drawing board on the city’s long-planned undergrounding project.

Could the city of Bremerton annex SKIA?

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

The Port of Bremerton Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to take another month to consider its options before possibly petitioning the City of Bremerton to annex the South Kitsap Industrial Area.

Abel hoping to make changes in Legislature

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

During her four years as mayor of Port Orchard, Kim Abel quickly learned that much of the changes she hoped to enact simply could not be accomplished at a city level.

Rossi keeps making his case in Kitsap County

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

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi is developing a strong Kitsap County presence, having made four campaign stops here in the past two months and planning to maintain a high local visibility for the remainder of the election season.

Garrido seeks to reclaim SK Commissioner’s seat

  • Mar 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:01AM

The race for South Kitsap commissioner heated up this week, with the formal rollout of Monty Mahan’s campaign and former commissioner Charlotte Garrido’s expected candidacy announcement.

Sign business dimming, not dead

  • Mar 18, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 3:58PM

For 15 years, Port Orchard resident Chuck Hamling has had no shortage of foot traffic at his home business on Olney Avenue, where he makes and repairs neon signs.
Audio Slideshow: Hamling talks about the process of creating neon art.

Manchester woman charged with murder

  • Mar 18, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:01AM

A 33-year-old South Kitsap woman was charged with killing a woman she went home with after meeting up at a local bar last week, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Sinkhole bids coming in, construction in April

  • Mar 18, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:01AM

The City of Port Orchard’s Public Works Department is closing in on repair work on the large sinkhole that has marred Bethel Avenue since the Dec. 3 storms.

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