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Poulsbo’s Taylor touted as hero

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:21PM

POULSBO — Little Norway’s own hometown hero has been honored as such by the U. S. Air Force. Senior Airman Jarred Taylor, a North Kitsap High School graduate, received the Air Force Commendation Medal with valor this month for actions he took in Baghdad one year ago. And his acts of courage weren’t just noticed by the military. An operating combat camera caught them on tape.

McKinstry faces charges

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

Kingston resident Garrett James McKinstry is facing first-degree murder charges in the alleged homicide of his father, Jeffrey McKinstry. The stabbing death took place at the family’s Kingston home on Oct. 11, 2007. The first-degree count indicates the alleged homicide was premeditated.

Setting financial priorities isn’t easy for NKSD

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

Public education may be a basic right for all Americans, but somebody’s got to foot the bill. Contrary to popular belief, the state doesn’t pay the full price tag, said North Kitsap School District Superintendent Gene Medina.

Poulsbo Village awaits Seventh Avenue debut

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

POULSBO — Poulsbo Village patrons awaiting easier access to their favorite stores may have to wait just a little longer. The opening of the Seventh Avenue extension connecting State Route 305 near Forest Rock Lane with the much-visited shopping center hasn’t quite happened yet, but the anticipated thoroughfare is close to making its debut.

Here’s to you, Mrs. Robertson

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

POULSBO — Want to live to be 100? Eat your veggies. That’s the advice from Ada Robertson, and she should know. The Poulsbo resident gathered in the company of family and friends at the Liberty Bay Presbyterian Church on Feb. 2 to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Get down, boogie-oogie bowling

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

POULSBO — The Breidablik Elementary gymnasium is no longer a gym, it’s a disco-bowling alley. There’s a glittery poster that reads, “Groovy Disco Fever.” The lights are off, the Village People are belting out their uber-popular hit “YMCA,” and a disco ball splashes a plethora of rainbow squares around the room.

Burglaries and meth went hand-in-hand

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

PORT ORCHARD — As the investigation into the North End burglaries and car prowls is ongoing, the alleged motive is the only thing that’s clear-cut. “The property was being stolen from victims and either being sold through underground sources or being traded, typically for narcotics,” said Scott Wilson, public information officer for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Speaker to bring Afghanistan to Poulsbo

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

POULSBO — Three area groups have pitched in to bring the topic of Afghanistan to the forefront of North End conversation. The North Kitsap School District Equity Committee, Kiwanis of Greater Poulsbo, and League of Women Voters of Kitsap are co-sponsoring the visit of speaker Walter Yeager, who will share his years of experience in Afghanistan one week from tonight.

Poulsbo takes preemptive strike at future challenges

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

POULSBO — Poulsbo’s Long Range Planning committee is taking a good, close look at the future. And not a moment too soon. Consulting planner Karla Boughton outlined the status of the city’s comprehensive plan during a meeting Wednesday afternoon and pointed out a couple hiccups in the document’s schedule.

Winging it at NKHS

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

POULBO — Packing boxes have been emptied and tucked away but the smell of fresh paint and new construction still lingers in North Kitsap High School’s 500 wing. With teachers working late into the night Feb. 22 and over last weekend, the newly remodeled wing was move-in ready for the students on Monday.

Selfless service earns Acorn Awards

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

KINGSTON — Inspiration and admiration flooded the hearts of the approximately 100 Golden Acorn Awards ceremony attendees last Monday at Kingston High School. More than 30 North Kitsap School District employees and volunteers were honored for their selfless service to the district’s students by the North Kitsap Parent Teacher Association Council.

Operation Christmas Child: Mission Delivery

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

POULSBO — Tamara Henry and her family have been filling Operation Christmas Child boxes for 14 years. Since 2000, she’s coordinated the Poulsbo area collection. But this year was different. This year Henry stuffed shoeboxes. This year she loaded them into trucks and shipped them off.

Online Rotary auction open to bids from around the world

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

POULSBO — The Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary club has officially entered the 21st century. The service organization’s 26th annual auction is ready to roll, and this year bidders won’t have to wait for a silent auction event to make a grab for some really great gear. Instead, the auction will go live online at 5 a.m. March 4, and more than 130 items will be up for bid — much like they would be on eBay — through 9 p.m. April 18.

Poulsbo’s Playter leaves police force after 23 years

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

POULSBO — Poulsbo Police Department’s Sgt. Bill Playter is retiring after 23 years of service, and it’s a good thing. With eight grandkids and six great-grandkids to spoil, he’s going to need all the extra time he can get.

It’s all glitz and glamour for Poulsbo chamber

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

POULSBO — The Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 55th year with a glittering, glamorous bang Friday night. Community leaders and chamber members were treated to the White Diamonds and Champagne Gala at the Kiana Lodge, where Chamber Board President Marlene Mitchell and Secretary Donna Strep honored those who “made Poulsbo shine in 2007.”

911 Briefs

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

NKSD awards bid for recreation complex

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:20PM

A portion of the North Kitsap School District school board’s year-long involvement in the development of the North Kitsap Regional Events Complex Master Plan came to a close Thursday evening, as Fischer General Contracting Inc. was awarded the contractor bid. With a unanimous vote, board members approved the base bid of $1,739,764, which is contingent upon approval from the project’s remaining partners: NKSD, Kitsap County, the city of Poulsbo and the Public Facilities District PFD).

Let's go fly a kite

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

The Downtown Kingston Association kicks off its first event of the year with families looking to dust off old kites or make new ones. The event, Kites Over Kingston, scheduled for March 29 at Mike Wallace Park at the Port of Kingston, brings a new reason to look skyward and hope for sunny weather in early spring.

Wanted: World-traveling delivery person

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

POULSBO — Former home and boat builder Wally Harrison is now in the car business. Toy cars, to be exact. The not-so-retired 80-year-old has transformed his Poulsbo Place garage into a woodworking shop where he’s producing toy cars for kids in Third World countries. And while he’s got the task of creating supply down to an art, he’s hoping to find a little help meeting the demand.

Arrests, investigation into burglaries continue

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

PORT ORCHARD — One more arrest has been made and more are pending in the ongoing investigation of the North End burglaries. Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 18-year-old Shawn Jessep II of Silverdale on Feb. 26. He was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court on Feb. 27 with second-degree burglary and first-degree possession of stolen property. As of press time on Tuesday morning, he was still in the Kitsap County Jail on $30,000 bail.

Soapbox derby races into Poulsbo

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

POULSBO — The Kitsap Soapbox Derby races are coasting into Poulsbo this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the unpowered auto competition will be held on Dauntless Drive near Olhava. A portion of the road will be shut down both days. Normally held on Ridgetop Boulevard in Silverdale, derby organizers are testing out the new location in response to requests from businesses that their Ridgetop access not be blocked.

Brew me up a pint

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

Don Wyatt, owner of the Hood Canal Brewery, stands in front of his tasting room wearing casual open-toed sandals, jeans and an Aloha shirt covered in hops blooms. It seems ironic, as lately these plants are hard to come by and partly to blame for unraveling the once-collectively cool manner of local microbreweries.

Winona LaDuke speaks her mind in Suquamish

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

SUQUAMISH — The grains of wild rice that grow on the plains of Minnesota are varied, diverse. Some are black, some are light, some are short and fat and others are long. Some catch blight while others remain healthy, but all are sacred to the Anishinaabe.

Semi-pro soccer stadium piques interest

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

POULSBO — Rumblings of a new semi-pro soccer stadium are making their way through Little Norway. Seattle Sounders owner Robin Waite confirmed planning is currently in the design stages for a stadium that would seat 5,500-6,000 people on Urdahl Road, at the northeast corner of Finn Hill Road.

Seniors get cyber-savvy

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 4:19PM

POULSBO — Area senior citizens have a newly improved place to call their own. The North Kitsap Senior Citizen Center (NKSCC) in downtown Poulsbo is boasting a handful of changes that have made the Little Norway gathering place warmer, cozier and more comfortable than ever.

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