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The Top 10 Stories of 2015 | North Kitsap Herald

  • Jan 8, 2016 at 2:18PM

Here are the top 10 stories of 2015, as selected by the staff of the North Kitsap Herald

10 Most-Read Online Stories of 2015 |

  • Jan 8, 2016 at 2:24PM

The 10 most-read stories of 2015 on

$25,235: Neighbors help neighbors through Lions/Raab fund

  • Jan 8, 2016 at 2:28PM

Poulsbo-area residents donated $25,235 to the Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund this season. While that’s less than the $28,349 donated during the 2014-15 campaign, the funds will help neighbors put food on tables, keep their lights and heat on, keep a roof over their heads, and get to medical appointments and work.

Human needs likely to be impacted this year | 2016 Forecast

  • Jan 11, 2016 at 1:59PM

Looking back is easier, and we can surely report that, as we close out 2015, we are making progress. Fishline is seeing a slow, gradual decrease in the number of households needing help when compared to our peak in 2012. Folks are working again, access to affordable healthcare is increasing because of recent reforms and households are getting by through sharing resources and expressing a resilience that is inspiring to see.

'We can find the hope necessary to begin to feel safe again'

  • Jan 14, 2016 at 6:30PM

Sheriff Gary Simpson writes about the search for murder victim Robert Hood

Poulsbo officials auditing former city clerk’s records

  • Jan 16, 2016 at 10:00AM updated Jan 18, 2016 at 10:02AM

Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson said she shared with city employees information about a former city clerk’s resignation to quell rumors floating around City Hall about the circumstances regarding the clerk’s departure. That has the former clerk’s husband crying foul, saying information about his wife’s resignation is confidential.

Didn’t like legislators’ comments at meeting

  • Dec 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

I was surprised to learn that the Legislative Round Up on Dec. 2 at Bainbridge High School was an annual event organized by the North Kitsap and Bainbridge school districts. If you are on the NKSD mailing list, you would have learned about it on Dec. 1 — which may explain the negligible turnout from North Kitsap.

Local clowns join team of craniofacial plastic surgeons in Lima, Peru

  • Jan 18, 2016 at 10:00AM

Four clowns who are members of Poulsbo-based Caring Clowns International are headed to Peru Jan. 28 to Feb. 5, joining a team of craniofacial plastic surgeons who will be performing 20-25 surgeries in Lima.

These hens are Hawks fans | Slice of life

  • Jan 18, 2016 at 10:30AM

Cindy and Dale Blattman's hens are Hawks fans. And, post-playoffs, the 12 flag is still proudly posted

Demolition operations at NBK-Bangor Jan. 20-21

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 2:20PM

Naval Base Kitsap will conduct demolition operations that may involve noises and/or activity visible to the public Jan. 20 and 21, the public affairs office reported.

Community celebrates Chamber of Commerce's partners for progress

  • Jan 21, 2016 at 9:00AM updated Jan 22, 2016 at 9:09AM

Ardis Morrow’s extensive community service resume runs deep. But she still did not anticipate the standing ovation of the entire hotel’s banquet room when she was awarded Person of the Year, at the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala and community awards dinner at Clearwater Casino Resort, Jan. 16.

Woman fatally injured in collision on Clear Creek Road

  • Jan 21, 2016 at 10:37AM

Poulsbo Fire Department, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, and Navy Region Northwest responded to the scene at 6:44 a.m. When crews arrived, they found a bystander, who was a construction worker, had used his own tools to remove the woman from her vehicle and had begun CPR on the woman, with other bystanders assisting. Medics took over but were not able to revive her.

Identity theft suspect arrested; more arrests expected

  • Jan 21, 2016 at 2:27PM

The Poulsbo Police Department is investigating an identity theft case involving at least 41 victims, Deputy Chief John Halsted reported Jan. 21

Woman killed in collision on Clear Creek Road identified

  • Jan 21, 2016 at 3:26PM

Carolyn Marie Shaw of Poulsbo died at the scene. A construction worker had used his own tools to remove her from her vehicle and had conducted CPR on her, with other bystanders assisting, until medics arrived, Poulsbo Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Matson reported. Medics took over but were not able to revive her.

Sheriff’s sergeant in DUI controversy announces he’ll retire

  • Jan 21, 2016 at 4:08PM

The Kitsap County sheriff’s sergeant at the center of a drunken-driving controversy will retire at the end of the month. Sgt. Jim Porter submitted a one-sentence memorandum on Jan. 7 stating his intention to retire on Jan. 31, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson reported.

Rainy weather jeopardizes road conditions

  • Jan 21, 2016 at 5:02PM

Stormwater was coming up through manholes in some parts of town Jan. 21, and water was overflowing onto some town roads. On 8th Avenue, the south fork of Dogfish Creek was overwhelming a culvert and threatening to overflow.

Poulsbo's deputy police chief wants to return to sergeant's position

  • Jan 21, 2016 at 5:14PM

Poulsbo’s deputy police chief said he likes being a cop. But since he took on the No. 2 job in the department, he doesn’t feel like he is one anymore. And so John Halsted has asked the police chief and mayor to return him to his former job as a sergeant. He made the request Jan. 20; it’s being reviewed now by City Attorney Kylie Purves and the attorney for the police union, he said.

Hudson Auto tree-replacement should be finished in spring

  • Jan 29, 2016 at 4:31PM

More than six months after he cut down several curbside trees in front of his auto dealership on Viking Avenue, Darrin Hudson has filed with the city a landscape plan he says will “look nicer and more eye appealing.”

Message from the Moose: Mariners mascot helps pitchers promote D.R.E.A.M.

  • Jan 29, 2016 at 4:37PM

Students in the Poulsbo Elementary School gymnasium roared ecstatically as members of the Seattle Mariners D.R.E.A.M. Team — led by the Mariner Moose — arrived to talk about Drug-free, Respect, Education, Attitude, and Motivation, Jan. 26.

Leaders from 57 Northwest Native Nations meeting this week in Suquamish

  • Feb 1, 2016 at 5:53PM

Leaders of Native Nations from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Southeast Alaska, Northern California and Western Montana are meeting at Suquamish’s Clearwater Casino Resort through Feb. 4 for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians' Winter Convention.

Hopes N.H. voters ask questions before voting

  • Feb 5, 2016 at 2:54PM

After watching the clown show in Iowa from remote Washington State — with the name calling, the deceit, and the bombastic behavior of all the third-grader Republican candidates — I do not understand how the good people of Iowa have coronated three of the worst presidential contenders ever.

Poulsbo’s city staff shuffle: New city attorney, city clerk, deputy police chief

  • Feb 5, 2016 at 2:00PM updated at 4:49PM

Poulsbo has a new city clerk, a new city prosecutor and a new deputy police chief. The Poulsbo City Council confirmed Mayor Becky Erickson’s appointment of Rhiannon Fernandez as city clerk and Alexis Foster as city prosecutor, on Feb. 3. Meanwhile, Sgt. Andy Pate is serving as interim deputy police chief, succeeding John Halsted, who asked to return to his former position as sergeant.

Best training is life or death issue for SEALs

  • Feb 5, 2016 at 2:53PM

An important lesson learned during the Vietnam War is that those whom we put in harm’s way need to be supported regardless of our agreement or lack thereof for the policies that put them there

One bad apple creates question about others

  • Feb 5, 2016 at 2:55PM

How many fibbers do we have in the state House of Representatives?

First thoughts: Poulsbo’s new prosecutor, city clerk

  • Feb 5, 2016 at 4:49PM

The city’s two newest officials discuss some of their goals as they prepare to start their new jobs

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