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Prime pumpkin picking | Slideshow

  • Nov 1, 2011 at 3:13PM

Port Gamble S'Klallam Head Start students pick pumpkins and learn about farm animals on a fall-fun field trip.

Kingston Buccaneers face past rivals Friday in the playoffs

  • Nov 1, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Nov 2, 2011 at 11:19AM

The Kingston High School Buccaneers may remember their last encounter with the Steilacoom Sentinels best for an ill-fated two-point conversion attempt.

Diesel spill contained after fish-pen fire

  • Nov 3, 2011 at 4:01PM

Environmental officials believe the amount of diesel fuel that flowed into Rich Passage late Wednesday and Thursday was less than 100 gallons after a small but hot fire destroyed a shed and an air compressor at the fish-rearing pens off Bainbridge Island’s Beans Point.

When the world came to town: At the 1962 World’s Fair, Louis Larsen escorted astronauts, Kennedys, and the King of Rock

  • Nov 3, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Nov 4, 2011 at 7:13AM

Louis Larsen of Kingston may be nearly 90, but he can recall with crystal clarity details from his extraordinary job 50 years ago. Without much prompting, he remembers greeting John Glenn, the first man to orbit Earth. And singer Nat King Cole. And the other King — Elvis Presley. As director of special events for the 1962 Seattle’s World Fair, he has been recounting his story to promote “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy,” in bookstores now.

15 athletes at state cross country today

  • Nov 4, 2011 at 11:36AM

Fifteen students from the North Kitsap School District travel to Pasco today to compete in the WIAA 2A State Championships. Of the athletes competing, 13 girls and two boys will attend. North Kitsap’s Ian Christen and Kyle Ramsey were the only boys from the district to earn a pass to State this season.

'From Alone to Aloha': Poulsbo author writes about journey from abandonment and abuse to healing and joy

  • Nov 4, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Nov 9, 2011 at 5:03PM

“From Alone to Aloha” is Sonia Lien’s story about her journey of hope — from the destructiveness of bigotry to the defeat of bigotry, from abandonment and abuse to healing and joy, from profound loneliness to reunion with long lost family.

Eagles fly past North Kitsap, return to state | Football

  • Nov 4, 2011 at 11:10PM

It was all working for the Lindbergh football team Friday night as the Eagles topped North Kitsap 38-17 to advance to the 2A state tournament for the third time in the past four years. "It's a beautiful thing," said Lindbergh coach Pat O'Grady. "We've kind of got it figured out. Hopefully it stays figured out."

Sentinels end Kingston Buccaneers' playoff series | Football

  • Nov 4, 2011 at 11:00PM updated Nov 5, 2011 at 7:13AM

The Kingston Buccaneers' playoff series ended after their first game Friday night. The Steilacoom Sentinels defeated the Bucs at North Kitsap High School Stadium 38-17. The Sentinels go on to play the Othello Huskies next week. The Bucs retire their uniforms until the 2012-13 season.

About 50 take their frustration with bank fees, lack of jobs to the streets

  • Nov 7, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Nov 8, 2011 at 9:12AM

SILVERDALE — Martine Meyer hasn’t been able to use her degree in graphic design since she graduated in 2008. In fact, Meyer, 26 and living in Silverdale, hasn’t had a job in those three years. Meyer’s frustration is similar to those being expressed in the nationwide movement known as Occupy Wall Street, which has branched into just about every major U.S. city and many surrounding communities.

National test of Emergency Alert System Wednesday

  • Nov 8, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 2:33PM

The Washington State Patrol is reminding everyone that tomorrow’s national test of the Emergency Alert System is just that: a test. This is the first time there has been a nationwide test of EAS, and there is concern that it could trigger calls to 9-1-1 from people unfamiliar with the process.

Restaurant owner charged with felony theft of sales tax, filing false state tax returns

  • Nov 8, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Nov 9, 2011 at 7:14AM

The operator of restaurants in Kitsap and Jefferson counties was charged Tuesday with filing false tax returns to cover up the felony theft of nearly $463,000 in sales tax he collected from customers but never remitted to the state. The charges against Rohn M. Rutledge, 47, were filed in Kitsap County Superior Court Tuesday by the Financial Crimes Unit of the state Attorney General’s Office at the request of the state Department of Revenue.

January fire on Country Woods Road is still being investigated; faulty Christmas lights 'not the cause'

  • Nov 8, 2011 at 3:49PM

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s office continues to investigate a fire that extensively damaged a home on 11611 Country Woods Road in Kingston early Jan. 16. According to the Jan. 21 North Kitsap Herald, a remotely monitored fire alarm in the house activated at 12:30 a.m., prompting a response by North Kitsap Fire and Rescue. Firefighters extinguished flames in a corner of the first floor. Fire damage was limited to the downstairs but heat and smoke affected the entire house.

Gelder has slight lead over Tibbs in early returns for County Commission, District 1

  • Nov 8, 2011 at 8:00PM updated Nov 9, 2011 at 11:00AM

Rob Gelder had a slight lead Tuesday in his bid to win another year on the Kitsap County Commission. With 25,000 ballots left to count Tuesday night, Gelder, a Democrat, received 22,545 votes to Republican Chris Tibbs’ 21,061.

Henden defeats Torrens for North Kitsap School Board, District 4

  • Nov 8, 2011 at 8:00PM updated Nov 9, 2011 at 6:53AM

Businessman Scott Henden defeated Val Torrens Tuesday for North Kitsap School Board District 4. With 9,158 ballots counted Tuesday, Henden received 4,936 votes to Torrens' 4,160.

Links to updated local, county, state election results

  • Nov 8, 2011 at 8:00PM updated Nov 9, 2011 at 11:35AM

Click on these links for updated local, county and state election results.

Voters reject veterans and homeless levy

  • Nov 8, 2011 at 8:00PM updated Nov 9, 2011 at 11:36AM

Kitsap County voters overwhelmingly rejected Prop. 1, the Veterans and Human Services Levy, Tuesday. With 25,000 ballots left to county Tuesday night, the measured received the support of 17,998 voters, but was rejected by 28,284.

Wednesday ballot count will likely settle Kitsap County Commission race

  • Nov 9, 2011 at 1:54PM

The County Commission District 1 race isn’t over yet. With 25,000 ballots left to count, Rob Gelder leads with 22,545 votes to Chris Tibbs’ 21,061 — a difference of 3.37 percent. “That race is too close,” Kitsap County Elections Manager Dolores Gilmore said Wednesday. “If you are behind by over 5 percentage points, that’s difficult to overcome. The wider the percentage, the less (a shift in results) happens.”

One killed, one injured in car crash on Little Boston Road

  • Nov 11, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Nov 16, 2011 at 4:21PM

One man was killed and another airlifted to the regional trauma center after an apparent one-car crash late Nov. 10 on Little Boston Road between Hansville and Cliffside roads, about six miles north-northwest of Kingston.

Kingston relay team places 13th at State

  • Nov 13, 2011 at 2:55PM

The Kingston High School swim team sent its first athletes to State this season. On Saturday, the 200 Yard Medley Relay team continued to make school history.

Man charged with vehicular homicide stemming from boat-trailer collision

  • Nov 14, 2011 at 5:00PM updated Nov 17, 2011 at 4:19PM

A Suquamish man has been charged with vehicular homicide from a Nov. 20, 2010 incident. Mark Nilluka, 45, was arraigned in Kitsap County Superior Court on Nov. 7 for the death of Florentino Tabafunda. Trial is scheduled to begin March 6 at 9 a.m., according to the Washington Courts website.

Car flips on shoulder of South Kingston Road

  • Nov 15, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Nov 16, 2011 at 4:21PM

No injuries were reported after a vehicle flipped onto its top on the shoulder of South Kingston Road Tuesday afternoon.

Two teens plead guilty in pranking case; hearings scheduled for four adults

  • Nov 16, 2011 at 12:00PM updated Nov 20, 2011 at 7:38AM

Two teen boys each received a year of probation and 116 hours of community service for their part in a night of pranking that included two drive-by shootings with Airsoft rifles in Poulsbo and two fast-food thefts in Silverdale. The teens pleaded guilty in Kitsap County Superior Court and were sentenced Oct. 6. They were each charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of third-degree theft.

Coast Salish music, storytelling shared at Port Gamble S'Klallam | Video

  • Nov 17, 2011 at 3:18PM

Che oke’ten, a member of the Saanich First Nation on Vancouver Island, gave a free performance sponsored by the Kitsap Regional Library events program.

Snow possible in lowlands; county expects icy roads in morning

  • Nov 17, 2011 at 4:52PM

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory that includes the possibility of snow showers across the lowlands of Western Washington late tonight through Saturday. Accumulations are not likely in Kitsap County, but conditions change and there is the potential. Cooler temperatures are expected across the area through this weekend. As a result, wet roadways may ice up tonight and will likely ice up Saturday morning, the county Department of Emergency Management reports.

Severe-weather shelter will open Friday in Bremerton

  • Nov 17, 2011 at 4:55PM

Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management has activated the county’s Severe Weather Shelter Plan because of impending freezing weather conditions.

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