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Kitsap Mental Health staff waiting to see fallout from budget cuts that left 261 patients without treatment

  • Apr 20, 2011 at 7:00PM updated Apr 22, 2011 at 2:04PM

The elderly man, a Kitsap County resident, was admitted to the emergency room because he was likely to kill himself. The hospital, outside of Kitsap County, telephoned Kitsap Mental Health, where he used to be a client before he was discharged, one of 261, due to budget cuts. The hospital needed information on his medication and where they could send him. It’s a scenario those with the community mental health agency say highlights what can happen when people who need mental health treatment are left untreated, and one they say may become more common. Staff at the agency learned about the elderly man’s condition becaus

Port of Kingston introduces new leadership for passenger ferry

  • May 4, 2011 at 6:00AM updated at 9:32AM

Now hiring: Silverdale Trader Joe’s accepting applications

  • May 4, 2011 at 4:00PM updated May 6, 2011 at 2:52PM

The front entrance of the soon-to-be Trader Joe's in Silverdale gets some face work done Tuesday. The grocery store will open later this year — the company has not released a date or month — at 9991 Mickelberry Road Northwest, forme

Mexican wrestling taps into Bremerton - What happens behind the mask, stays behind the mask

  • May 6, 2011 at 4:24PM

El Vagabundo feels comfortable shirtless in front a crowd of strangers, but without his mask, the lucha libre wrestler from Tacoma feels naked. "It's like taking off one of my arms," he said Thursday before La Poblamita 's Cinco de Mayo wrestling fiesta in Bremerton. "It's part of my body and who I am." "It's a part of my life, it's everything to me," he added. "It's part of our culture, a tradition for Mexican wrestlers, and it represents the man behind the mask."

Floating radar station wows North Kitsap residents

  • May 10, 2011 at 8:00PM updated May 11, 2011 at 4:56PM

State seeks comment on Hansville landfill cleanup plan

  • May 13, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 2:28PM

Spokane returning to service on Kingston ferry route| UPDATE

  • May 23, 2011 at 9:00AM updated at 7:14PM

UPDATE, 6 p.m.: A dive team discovered debris blocking the water intake for the Spokane's engines. Repairs are being completed but it's still unclear when the ferry will return to service.

No Viking Cup soccer tournament Memorial Day weekend; may be rescheduled

  • May 24, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 3:53PM

For the second time in three years, changes in the youth soccer season schedule have forced the cancellation of the Viking Cup youth soccer tournament. North Kitsap Soccer Club president Aaron Vernik wrote on the club’s website that the annual Memorial Day weekend tournament is canceled. He said the decision was made in January.

Rockefeller leaving Senate; Rolfes will seek position

  • May 25, 2011 at 6:00PM updated May 26, 2011 at 4:13PM

State Rep. Christine Rolfes, a Bainbridge Island Democrat from the 23rd District, said Wednesday that she will seek an appointment to replace Sen. Phil Rockefeller, a fellow islander who has been appointed to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Kingston passenger ferry riders crave consistency

  • May 31, 2011 at 3:00PM updated Jun 1, 2011 at 3:39PM

KINGSTON — The Spirit of Kingston sailed for Seattle Tuesday, within a minute of its 6:40 a.m. scheduled departure time. It was a good start for the Port of Kingston's passenger ferry service, which resumed this week after a six-month hiatus. But to attract a steady crowd of commuters, SoundRunner will need to be punctual day in and day out. "The most important thing for commuters is consistency and reliability," said Carol Maziarz, one of 41 passengers and about 20 commuters on the ferry Tuesday. "The proof will be consistency."

New Silverdale YMCA opens, new members pack the parking lot

  • Jun 1, 2011 at 8:00PM updated Jun 3, 2011 at 4:46PM

Trudy Dahl and Pat Capps walked side by side on treadmills at the Haselwood Family YMCA shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, just minutes after the official opening. “We’ve been looking forward to this,” said Dahl, 67, of Bremerton, as her friend and neighbor, Capps, played with the instruments on the high tech treadmill.

Poulsbo purse snatcher in East Bremerton said it was just a joke

  • Jun 3, 2011 at 3:31PM

A 21-year-old Poulsbo man was arrested May 26 for stealing an 82-year-old East Bremerton woman’s purse in a grocery store parking lot, saying it was “merely a joke.”

'It's at rest again': Suquamish rededicates Chief Seattle's gravesite

  • Jun 4, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Jun 6, 2011 at 10:00AM

Candidate challenges for County Commission, Kingston Port Commission, two school board positions; City Council candidates unopposed

  • Jun 10, 2011 at 6:00AM updated at 6:23PM

Republican Christopher Tibbs is challenging Democrat Rob Gelder for the Kitsap County Commission position representing North Kitsap County. Tibbs filed candidacy papers Thursday afternoon. He ran for North Kitsap School Board in 2001 and served on the Kitsap County Citizens Budget Committee – with Gelder – in 2008. He is director of sales for Ootopia Coffee Roasters Inc. in Bremerton.

Osprey nest, electrical problem sparked Poulsbo cell tower fire

  • Jun 21, 2011 at 12:00PM updated at 6:22PM

POULSBO — An osprey nest and an electrical malfunction ignited the cell phone tower fire that closed down State Route 305 for 12 hours Monday in the Lemolo area. Kitsap County Deputy Fire Marshal Tina Turner said an electrical malfunction at a lighted beacon on top of the 150-foot tower caught the bird's nest on fire before 4 a.m. Monday. Turner said the birds likely damaged the beacon or its 110-volt power wire while building their nest, contributing to the fire.

Olympic College tuition to increase 24 percent - Two-year plan coincides with rising tuition at state universities

  • Jun 21, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Jun 27, 2011 at 3:45PM

Jonny Stackhouse was shocked to hear Monday that tuition at Olympic College will rise 24 percent over the next two years. "That's crazy," said the 20-year-old from Bremerton. News of 20 percent tuition increases for Washington's universities has grabbed the attention of college students and their parents. But community and technical colleges like Olympic College in Bremerton, who are expected to grow as the cost of university tuition goes up, will face their own steep tuition hikes. The increases are expected to be approved in Olympia Thursday.

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