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Annexation outcry, 911 failure, PTA finances among top stories

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Feb 1, 2013 at 9:24AM

Residents tell the Poulsbo Port Commission why they're opposed to annexation. County and state officials investigate why efforts to call 911 from a cell phone failed. Gordon Elementary School PTA's finances are under review. Those are the top stories in the Jan. 31 North Kitsap Herald, available at newsstands and in stores.

Elmer's Restaurant's soft opening | Slideshow

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 4:00PM updated at 6:14PM

Poulsbo's Taprock Grill converted into an Elmer's restaurant within a week. Staff practiced with the new menu during a soft opening on Jan. 31.

Vinland Dolphins show Hawks pride

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 1:22PM

Seattle Seahawks gear was being worn by staff and students, during a special, themed free dress day.

State ferries renamed after the Seahawks

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 11:54AM

Passengers traveling on the Washington State Ferries on Super Bowl Sunday will board the “M/V Russell Wilson” or cross Puget Sound on the “M/V Richard Sherman” as Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the vessels be named in honor of the Seattle Seahawks.

The history of building boats on Liberty Bay | Now & Then

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 10:13AM

At the risk of mixing my metaphors, my head has been swimming with boat building for the last few weeks. “Boat Builders on the Bay” is the subject of this year’s major exhibit at the Poulsbo Historical Museum, and what a lesson it has been for me. One of the side benefits of planning and installing exhibits is the education I receive while doing the research for them.

Alves is courteous, compassionate

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 10:08AM

Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s novel about the inhumane treatment of African slaves was just about the same age as Poulsbo Elementary fifth-graders. Some years back, a movement arose to ban that book because it used the N-word. Never mind that it was a powerful statement against racism. Saner minds prevailed and I thought that kind of rigid thinking had passed.

But they say it in rap songs

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 10:07AM

It should be a respite to Richard Walker that thanks to him and his unceasing endeavor to get out the news, this story has been picked up by The HuffingtonPost,, Komo News, The Daily Caller, Q13Fox,,, NBC News,, TriCity Herald, Washington Times, Long Island News, and many, many others. Thanks a lot, Rick.

Annexation is not a win-win

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 10:01AM

The port is committed to protection of the downtown waterfront, bay and harbor and serves as a steward of the Liberty Bay community, promoting environmental preservation and restoration, improved public access and public spaces. This sounds like a win, win, right? Probably not.

Opposed to Port of Poulsbo annexation

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:59AM

The proposed annexation more than doubles the size of the current port and includes an immediate tax increase of 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value of all annexed properties. The port did not engage the communities that would be affected by this expansion and only held one public meeting last week.

Reasons to support annexation proposal

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:58AM

Let me offer several thoughts on port expansion. While the port is fiscally sound, it is operating in break-even mode. Almost every penny of revenue received in 2014 is committed to operations and maintenance. Our creosote breakwater has a limited life — and a $7 million to $12 million replacement cost.

Our stands on the Feb. 11 ballot measures | In Our Opinion

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:56AM

The North Kitsap Herald supports Port of Poulsbo Proposition 1 for these reasons. The port could do more to encourage economic development and jobs growth, and that’s good for everybody.

Wagner filling in as principal at Poulsbo Elementary

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:42AM

Doug Wagner is filling in for Claudia Alves as principal of Poulsbo Elementary School. The North Kitsap School District is investigating Alves’ repeated use of the N-word in discussions with a student and his parents about how the word differs from other words.

Public meeting Feb. 3 on drug use in Poulsbo

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:44AM

A public meeting is scheduled Feb. 3, 7 p.m., at City Hall regarding neighborhood drug abuse awareness

North Kitsap School Board wants your input on budget priorities

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:43AM

The North Kitsap School Board hosts a Community Café in the North Kitsap High School Commons on Feb. 6, from 6-7:30 p.m. The topic: Priority setting for the 2014-15 operating budget. The meeting will include small-group discussions with each board member.

Gordon PTA finances under review

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 3:14PM

A panel of PTA members conducted a review of Gordon Elementary PTA’s finances Jan. 17, after some discrepancies were alleged. Cindy Kleinfelter, Washington State PTA director for Region 1, said the review panel’s findings would be forwarded to the local PTA’s board of directors, which would decide the next course of action.

Downtown businesses showing their Seahawks pride | Slideshow

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 2:09PM

The support for the Seattle football team has continued to grow throughout the season.

Poulsbo's Taprock Grill becomes Elmer’s Restaurant Feb. 1

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 9:00AM

The restaurant location off of Highway 305 in Poulsbo Village is owned by Elmer’s Restaurants, Inc. The company has decided to convert the restaurant over to its namesake.

Kingston band writes Seahawks tribute song | Kitsap Week

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 1:00PM

Hep Replacements want New Jersey to know that "The 12th Man's a comin'"

Columbia Winery finds new leader, stability | Kitsap Week

  • Feb 2, 2014 at 10:00AM

Columbia Winery has had a trying dozen years. The longtime Washington winery has changed hands three times since 2001 and now looks like it will enjoy some much-needed stability.

Kitsap teen competes in EMP’s battle of the bands | Kitsap Week

  • Feb 1, 2014 at 1:00PM

Nabii Ko$mo is taking his sound to Seattle as one of 12 artists selected to compete in the Experience Music Project’s 2014 Sound Off! competition.

Annual Backyard Bird Count begins Feb. 14 | Kitsap Week

  • Feb 2, 2014 at 9:00AM

If your family enjoys watching birds at your backyard feeders — or anywhere else, for that matter — the Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event you’re sure to enjoy.

NW comic show lands at Kitsap Mall | Kitsap Week

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 7:00AM

The Pacific Northwest Comic, Toy and Gaming Show will be at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale on Feb. 1.

Kitsap Transit riders want Sunday service

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 7:00AM

If a random sample of riders is any indication, people who ride Kitsap Transit want Sunday service to come back.

Unsuccessful calls to 911 spark multi-agency investigation

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jan 29, 2013 at 2:43PM

Local, state and federal emergency management officials take 911 access seriously. So, when Ash and Angie Daignault of Suquamish weren’t able to connect to 911 when their 10-month-old daughter had a seizure Jan. 16, the incident started an investigation that ultimately involved officials at Kitsap County CenCom, the state Emergency Management Division, and the manager of the state Enhanced 911 Unit.

Residents speak out against port district annexation

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 11:08AM

The Port of Poulsbo has entertained the idea of expanding its boundaries for nearly one year. Little, if any, opposition to the notion presented itself during that time. In fact, only a handful of supportive voices were raised at port meetings and a town hall on the topic. But at a Jan. 24 forum hosted by the North Kitsap Herald at the Poulsbo City Hall, the opposition finally showed up.

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