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‘Middle name David’ takes on Goliath

  • Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

A Port Townsend attorney is challenging U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Belfair), in what is admittedly an uphill battle. “My middle name is David,” said Paul Richmond, who formally announced his campaign yesterday with events in Port Orchard and Port Townsend. “We’ll see what I can do against Goliath.”

DOT revs Hood Canal closure awareness

  • Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

POULSBO — Efforts are shifting into gear to provide drivers alternate modes of transit during the Hood Canal Bridge closure in 2009. The Department of Transportation is now working to fuel public awareness on the subject. DOT representatives at last week’s Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce luncheon said they’ll focus this spring on informing the public of all their commuting options.

Debating duo take their act

  • Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

Kingston High School’s senior Frank and sophomore Mitch Murdock aren’t average teenage boys. Instead of spending their time making weekend plans, texting or hanging out, the Murdock brothers dedicate hours to reading newspapers, philosophy, law and foreign policy journals and the CIA World Fact Book.

Soap box derby goes A-Oh-Tay

  • Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

POULSBO — It was a scene straight out of “The Little Rascals” this weekend on Dauntless Drive at Olhava. Colorful coaster cars and helmeted drivers peppered the make-shift track near Poulsbo’s College Marketplace for the Kitsap Soap Box Derby Association’s first Little Norway race. But there certainly were no He-Man Woman Haters in sight.

Pinewood Derby all stars to compete at district

  • Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

POULSBO — Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos from Cub Scout pack 4571 showed up to Poulsbo’s First Lutheran Church Sunday night with one mission in mind. Bearing their hand-crafted derby cars complete with pirates, super-heroes and phantoms, the boys were ready to race.

It’s an all-day affair

  • Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

KINGSTON — Pat Pearson’s full-day kindergarten class at Gordon Elementary knows how to listen and pay attention all day long. Actually, the 21 budding pupils have it down to a science.

KPUD plans for future growth

  • Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

HANSVILLE — Kitsap County Public Utility District managers plan to give county water systems the hook up to ensure water supply meets prospected growth demands for the North End.

Project aims to inject new life into Miller Bay

  • Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

INDIANOLA — The Miller Bay Estuary in Indianola is about to get a little life put back into it. GEO Engineers has designed a new passage to enable the ocean tides to enter and exit the estuary naturally along with salmon, herring, smelt and other sea life. Today, the estuary’s decrepit state has one culprit: its current culvert, situated beneath Chief Sealth Drive.

Baby, she was born to sled

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:17PM

In the winter of 1994, when Port Gamble’s Iditarod competitor Laura Daugereau was 11 years old, she tied a makeshift dog harness to her little blue sled. Buster, her half-lab, half-samoyed, took off so fast the sled flipped backward. Instead of crying or giving up, she laughed.

Them’s fightin’ words

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

POULSBO — It’s expensive to lose your temper in the city of Poulsbo. If the situation comes to blows, that is. An ordinance defining fighting in public — including verbal bouts that could incite violence — as a gross misdemeanor was adopted by the Poulsbo City Council Wednesday night. A violation of the new rule is punishable by one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Breidablik students enjoy a slice of “Pi”

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:18PM

POULSBO — On March 14 Breidablik Elementary students memorized numbers to infinity and beyond — sort of. In an effort to celebrate national Pi day, Breidablik’s da Vinci room math specialist AmyBeth Fisher gave her students a worksheet that contained 143 numbers of Pi. She then challenged her third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to memorize as many numbers as possible past Pi’s 3.14 decimal point.

Feeling the need to belong

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:17PM

PORT GAMBLE — Education is a basic right but only some Native Americans are taking full advantage of it. In North Kitsap the number of Native American students who complete their high school education isn’t near where North Kitsap School District (NKSD) or tribal leaders would like.

School district, law enforcement debrief on standoff

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:17PM

POULSBO — Communication was the name of the learning game during a two-hour, closed-door debriefing between the North Kitsap School District, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and Poulsbo Police Wednesday.

Poulsbo affordable housing development loses funding

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:17PM

POULSBO — The Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority’s (KCCHA) self-help housing program is taking a hard hit in the budget process, one that is blasting the next planned development in Little Norway.

Pain at the pump: North Kitsap goes alternative

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:17PM

POULSBO — By now any North Kitsap resident with a set of wheels is certainly aware of the skyrocketing prices found at the pump. With a gallon of regular gasoline inching ever closer to the $4 mark, the sting of refueling for many is worse than ever.

Athletic fetes, coaching configurations dominate 2007

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:22AM

North Kitsap athletes shined in 2007, from dominating the baseball diamond to splashing their way into the high school state swim meets. Above all, it was a year when teamwork prevailed and the seemingly impossible came true.

BlueJackets roster is long on talent

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:22AM

Fall baseball has wrapped up at universities around the country, allowing the Kitsap BlueJackets to all but finalize the team’s 2008 roster. Matt Acker, BlueJacket’s head coach, will welcome some familiar faces back to the Kitsap Fairgrounds Ballfields and expects some of the names to change before the season begins.

Whew! Vikings have a near-brush with defeat

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:22AM

The North Kitsap varsity boys nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory Wednesday night as they skimmed by with a 44-42 victory against the Port Angeles Roughriders. In a contest that afforded no breathing room whatsoever, the Vikings were “kind of doing our own thing. We weren’t really focused on the team concept,” said 6’7’’ senior Taylor Hoffer. “But a win’s a win.”

NK Explosion wraps up exceptional season

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:22AM

For the 14 weeks bookended by September and December, the 9- to 11-year-olds on the North Kitsap Explosion ’96 team called the soccer field home. And in their home, they reigned supreme. The under-11 boys’ select team finished the season with a dominant first-place rank in the gold-platinum division, taking top honors over teams from Issaquah, Enumclaw, Tacoma, Redmond, Gig Harbor and North Kitsap.

Kingston nets decisive win against Roughriders

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:22AM

KINGSTON — That’s no typo on the Kingston Buccaneers varsity girls’ basketball roster. Sophia Baetz, the 5-foot, 7-inch point guard who led the team’s 58-38 win against Port Angeles on Jan. 4 really is a freshman.

Second half is a tough one for Bucs

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:22AM

KINGSTON — Aaron Lawrence has David’s size and Goliath’s heart and it shows on the basketball court. The Kingston High School’s varsity boys basketball player, all 5 feet, 5 inches of him, managed to sink 18 points during the Buccaneer’s home 86-48 loss to Fife (Tacoma) on Jan. 8. And yes, he always plays like that.

Kingston girls get it done against Fife

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:22AM

KINGSTON — Kevin Strozier has a message for teams headed to Kingston High School to play his varsity girls’ basketball team: Welcome to Kingston and you had better be ready to play. His message to his team? Play hard from start to finish — the game isn’t over until the buzzer screams. Nothing punctuated this more than the Bucs’ at-home 60-33 victory over Fife.

Two out of four ain’t bad

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:21AM

PUYALLUP — Sometimes, second place is just fine for Kris Goodfellow, head coach of the combined North Kitsap and Kingston high schools’ varsity gymnastics team. Especially when only one point separated her gymnasts from Rogers High School of Puyallup — the same Rogers that placed fourth in last year’s state meet.

The buckets just wouldn’t fall

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:21AM

POULSBO — The North Kitsap High School Vikings just couldn’t get their shots to sink in their 61-47 home loss to Foss on Jan. 9. “They were a really good basketball team. I wasn’t surprised at all,” Head Coach Tony Chisholm said of Foss. “We didn’t turn the ball over so that didn’t cause the loss. The loss came down to missed shots. We played well enough on defensive end to win. It’s unfortunate that to win the ball has to go through the rim.”

Look out districts, here come the Fab Four

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Apr 26, 2008 at 9:21AM

Perhaps there’s too much chlorine in the pool these days at the North Kitsap Community Pool. Or maybe the North Kitsap/Kingston (NKK) swimmers have been hanging out with each other too much and are starting to share personalities. Whichever the case, it’s working for the 400-relay team of Josh Despard, Justin Roulanaitis, Ryan Eggers and Tyler Rencher, who are going into next week’s district meet with a qualifying time of 4:02, according to head coach Greg Braun.

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