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The government is responsible for providing health care services to the U.S. tribes from a long-standing trust, said Danette Ives, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribal Health Service director. The IHCIA was passed in 1976 to provide a program and legal framework for health services, and now requires reauthorization to make Native American coverage comparable to the rest of the country.
"'Healthcare expenditures for Indians are less than half of what America spends for federal prisoners,'" she said, quoting the reauthorization fact sheet. "That one really gets me."Historic walking tours take spooky out of Port Gamble
Happy to oblige, several walks are planned for the next few months, inviting residents and visitors alike to dive a little deeper into at what first glance seems to be a pretty town. Below the surface, however, are the tales of how the town came to be and its founders and early settlers. Smith and other Port Gamble aficionados are brushing up on their local knowledge to prepare for the first tour.It's pro v. con for Port of Poulsbo park plan
The federal grant is tied to the State Route 520 bridge becoming a tolled viaduct, which the state has until Sept. 30, 2009, to begin doing, said port Manager Mike Bookey. At the state level, the sale of the Chinook and Snohomish ferry boats will benefit either a public transportation district or a county ferry district, but not a port system. State Rep. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island) is working on House Bill 2730 which will allow port districts to receive funds from the sales as well.Breakfast back from the brink of extinction
As planning continues for a traffic-based analysis of the area, a phase two portion of the plan is being added to the works. If approved by the Poulsbo City Council this month, it would take a closer look at the entire corridor, from State Route 305 to Lincoln Road, and would incorporate the evaluation of additional intersections, regional stormwater facilities, the North Kitsap School District property, Languanet Lane and neighborhood connectivity.
Poulsbo Public Works director Jeff Bauman said the expansion of the study is the answer to concerns of some who wanted an in-depth look into the area, instead of just traffic condition documentation, and a level of service and right-of-way review.New signals to enhance safety on SR 3 near Poulsbo
Work will start Monday, Feb. 4, and the new traffic signals at Pioneer Way Northwest and Big Valley Road Northeast are expected to be up and running in mid-May.State law enforcement looks to X-out speeding