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Make your vote count — use it | In Our Opinion

  • Nov 2, 2015 at 9:00AM updated Nov 3, 2015 at 9:47AM

Nov. 3 is Election Day. If you haven’t voted, we urge you to do so. Ballots must be postmarked by that day or deposited into an election dropbox by 8 p.m. Election Day.

Matthes apologizes for altercation, but says he followed the law during meeting

  • Nov 2, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Nov 3, 2015 at 8:58AM

In the aftermath of a Friday altercation between Mayor Tim Matthes and Teresa Osinski, executive vice president of the Kitsap County Home Builders Association, Matthes today (Nov. 2) offered an apology to City of Port Orchard staff, citizens and his supporters.

Olympic defeats North Kitsap for league title | Football

  • Nov 2, 2015 at 5:31PM

The Olympic Trojans beat the North Kitsap Vikings 17-14 Oct. 30 at Silverdale Stadium to win the league football title and keep their undefeated record intact.

Stoll selected for outstanding service award

  • Nov 2, 2015 at 12:00PM

Helen Stoll, member and leader of Bethany Lutheran Church of Bainbridge Island, has been selected to receive the Helen Norris Award for outstanding service from Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSN).

Make this a safe and sane Halloween | Kitsap Weekly

  • Oct 30, 2015 at 10:00AM updated Oct 31, 2015 at 7:05AM

A dark, rainy night and little masked marauders will present a challenge to drivers Saturday night. If you’ve forgotten, Halloween is Oct. 31.

Hoskins places third, wins $1,000, in statewide Best Bagger Competition

  • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:00PM updated Oct 31, 2015 at 7:02AM

Central Market courtesy clerk Ryan Hoskins takes third in statewide Best Bagger Competition

Port of Kingston taking interim measures during manager vacancy

  • Oct 31, 2015 at 6:57AM

Port of Kingston commissioners moved forward Oct. 28 in their search for a new manager following the resignation of David Malone.

Two, maybe five, Olympic League titles for North Kitsap

  • Oct 30, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Oct 31, 2015 at 6:55AM

North Kitsap has, so far, clinched Olympic League titles in boys tennis and volleyball in this exciting athletic season.

Emma Otis, outdoorswoman and Girl Scout leader, 114 | Passages

  • Oct 26, 2015 at 9:00AM updated Oct 29, 2015 at 9:59AM

Emma Otis credited her long life to an active outdoor lifestyle, eating oatmeal every day, and even enjoying a little rock 'n' roll. And a long, active life she enjoyed.

AmericanWest Bank branch is now a Banner Bank branch

  • Oct 29, 2015 at 6:22AM

“While the signs on our buildings [have changed], the people inside are the same you’ve come to know and trust,” Banner announced on its website,

Big Maple Tree Farm to close; owners say they'll miss customers the most

  • Oct 27, 2015 at 4:33PM

HANSVILLE — After 40 years, Big Maple Tree Farm is closing. Owners Don and Suzanne Sandall, 90 and 80 years old respectively, say they’re too old to continue maintaining the property. “After trimming trees for 40 years it’s getting kind of old,” Don said. “I’m 90 years old now … it just got to be too much.”

Poulsbo Route 44 proving a quick way to get around town

  • Oct 27, 2015 at 9:00AM updated at 4:15PM

Kitsap Transit’s newest Poulsbo route is also now its most popular. Route 44 began in February with the intent of connecting downtown to College Marketplace and, by some measures, it’s done just that. “The reaction’s been quite good,” said Steffani Lillie, Kitsap Transit’s service and capital development director.

State attorney general will speak at local Rotary Club meeting Nov. 6

  • Oct 27, 2015 at 3:43PM

Consumer protection. Legalization of marijuana. Those are two of the topics Attorney General Bob Ferguson will talk about on Nov. 6 at the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club meeting in the Sons of Norway Lodge.

Suquamish, S'Klallams will co-host conference of 57 Tribal governments

  • Oct 27, 2015 at 4:00PM

Suquamish, Elwha Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, and Port Gamble S’Klallam will co-host the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians winter conference Feb. 1-4 at Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.

Man, dog injured in travel trailer explosion

  • Oct 27, 2015 at 2:29PM

When sheriff’s officers arrived at the scene of a reported suicide threat at Brazeau Mobile Home Park Oct. 27, the first thing they noticed was the smell of propane emanating from the 20-foot travel trailer.

2A playoffs begin first week of November

  • Oct 27, 2015 at 11:00AM updated at 3:01PM

The schedule for the Division 2A playoffs, beginning the first week of November.

Vikings remain undefeated with big win over Roughriders

  • Oct 26, 2015 at 4:40PM

The North Kitsap Vikings defeated the Port Angeles Roughriders 48-6 on their last home game before playoffs, Oct. 23.

Family of man killed in collision with fire engine sues for negligence

  • Oct 25, 2015 at 9:11AM

The family of a man killed in a collision with a North Kitsap Fire & Rescue engine on July 4, 2014 is suing the department for negligence. Jason T. Foster’s family filed suit in King County Superior Court on Oct. 7. Named as defendants are the department and Scott Sommers, the firefighter behind the wheel of the engine when the crash occurred.

NKF&R settles sexual harassment lawsuit for $675,000

  • Oct 21, 2015 at 3:00PM updated Oct 25, 2015 at 8:26AM

North Kitsap Fire and Rescue’s insurance carrier settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in 2010 for $675,000 in July.

Burglary suspects' car crashes in Suquamish; one apprehended

  • Oct 23, 2015 at 4:47PM

A burglary suspect was caught by a sheriff’s K-9 and another suspect was at large Oct. 23 after a pursuit that ended with a car crash at Gunderson and Miller Bay roads.

Inside the Haggen grocery chain's spectacular acquisition failure

  • Oct 23, 2015 at 10:00AM updated at 4:00PM

Haggen's expansion failed fast. Now, less than eight months after it began, the company plans to shrink from 168 stores in five West Coast states to 37 stores in Washington and Oregon by December. Haggen wants to shed all but 21 of the stores it acquired from Albertsons and keep 16 of its legacy locations, including all Whatcom County stores.

District officials: Parents should have been notified sooner regarding gas odors at Poulsbo Elementary

  • Oct 22, 2015 at 3:00PM updated Oct 23, 2015 at 2:20PM

Poulsbo Elementary School principal Claudia Alves didn’t notify parents of gas-like odors that forced the evacuation of their classrooms — on Sept. 17 and 25 — until Sept. 28.

Change is needed in North Kitsap School District

  • Oct 23, 2015 at 12:39PM

One teacher described the relationship between the central administration and staff as of a monarchy and peasants. This “Us” vs. “Them” attitude, the lack of cooperation, the “my way or the highway” philosophy of past and present superintendents, seems to be part of the district’s calcified DNA. Unfortunately, this relationship existed when I was hired 20 years ago and when I quit 10 years ago.

Challenging the status quo | My View

  • Oct 23, 2015 at 10:13AM

We believe in thinking differently and we are excited to be taking bold, progressive steps to begin to resolve the long-term impact of intergenerational poverty here in the county. And by investing in the United Way Campaign, you are becoming an integral part of this promising first step.

Something’s wrong with guns, or with us

  • Oct 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

In his letter to the Herald last week (“Read Harvard study about U.S. and guns,” page A4), Art Ellison noted from the Harvard study that the U.S. does not have the world’s highest murder rate, and that other countries have mass shootings too.

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