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Lions Park goes around once more

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

POULSBO — It was broken. No one knows who did it, but one thing is certain: the city fixed it. When Poulsbo’s only merry-go-round was knocked out of commission by youthful roughhousing, the families that enjoyed the park were missing something. However, late last week, crews from the city’s public works department brought it back to life as the damaged parts were repaired and a new concrete base was poured.

Transit to ask public to drive home goals

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

KINGSTON — Like most public agencies relying on various taxes for funding and at the same time, dealing with increasing fuel costs, Kitsap Transit is looking to make a few changes. But officials don’t want to do it without going to those they serve first.

Pumpkins take on a new face at Poulsbo Elementary School

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

POULSBO — The spirit of Halloween haunted Poulsbo Elementary early last week as 212 differently decorated pumpkins lined the school’s front halls. Librarian and co-organizer Nancy Bale said it was “the most we’ve ever had.”

No pump station, no more building

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

POULSBO — Further delay of the proposed Bond Road Pump Station threatens to put a plug into development in Olhava and the rest of the western part of the city. A query about relocating the project once again by Councilwoman Kathryn Quade at Wednesday’s public works committee meeting brought a straightforward response from Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln.

Kingston High project shifts focus

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

KINGSTON — Construction of everything starts from the ground up and Kingston High School’s foundations are being poured as site work nears its winter cutoff date. While 20 percent of the time allotted to build the new school has passed, the project is on track, said North Kitsap School District capital projects director Robin Shoemaker.

Candidate forum lends insight for questioning voters

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

KINGSTON — A clear picture is tough to draw through one-minute answers, however, the format allowed voters to get better acquainted with their options for two vacant seats on the North Kitsap School District Board Monday night. Four candidates stepped into the spotlight at Kingston Junior High with the aim of explaining their platforms and snagging votes that will land two of them in the board’s open seats.

Olhava sees residential interest

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

POULSBO — As commercial activity in Olhava has moved beyond drawings and into construction, the first residential development entered the discussion stage Monday night. Pacific Properties of Bellevue has proposed to build 185 single family residences on two residential sites under the Olhava Master Plan. The 41.42-acre property is bound by State Route 305 to the north, State Route 3 to the west, Finn Hill Road to the south and Viking Avenue to the east.

Been there, done that

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

POULSBO — Two retail giants descend upon a city of less than 10,000 residents known as a popular tourist destination. What happens next is anyone’s guess. Or it would be had Sequim, not Poulsbo, had it happen first as both Wal-Mart and Home Depot opened within four months of each other in late 2004 and early 2005. The only major difference in the two situations is that Little Norway is getting a Wal-Mart Supercenter while Sequim has a regular store.

Traffic light set to shine on Nov. 7

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

KINGSTON — In less than two weeks, the fate of the Bond and Gunderson roads intersection will be changed and hopefully, for the better. Nov. 7 is the magic date when the much anticipated traffic light is expected to be turned on.

Kingston Inn razing delayed — sort of

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

KINGSTON — Kingston Inn breakfast regulars Louise Love, Alfie Williams and Cecil and Glea Branstetter had just finished their meal at Drifter’s Galley Monday morning and headed over to the old Kingston Inn parking lot, just after 9 a.m. They joined a group of several others who were all waiting to see the charred restaurant torn down to make way for the construction of a new one.

U.S. Coast Guard finishes oil recovery efforts

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

PORT GAMBLE — While the recovery efforts have wrapped up following Monday’s diesel oil spill in Gamble Bay, the investigation as to what happened is still ongoing. The U.S. Coast Guard had finished its recovery efforts by Thursday, said Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers.

Council gives nod to museum plans

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

POULSBO — Plans for the Poulsbo Historical Society’s museum brought smiles to city council members’ faces Wednesday night, but a possible extension of its lease raised more than a few eyebrows. After architect Wayne LaMont showed the council the building’s design, PHS vice president Bob Hawkinson discussed the society’s business plan before igniting the discussion.

Students don thinking caps

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

KINGSTON — Bundles of creative minds buzzed inside of Kingston Junior High Tuesday night. Outside, the popularity of the seven-school Science Olympics was evident with parked cars stretching a half-mile in either direction of the school.

Fuel costs adding to WSF woes

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

POULSBO — Six years after losing the bulk of its capital projects funding when the motor vehicle excise tax was repealed, unpredictable increases in fuel costs have the state’s ferry system seeing red. “The tax was the basis of our capital funding and we lost the equivalent of $100 million a year,” Washington State Ferries system budget director Bill Greene told an audience of about 30 people gathered at the Poulsbo Library Wednesday afternoon.

Gutted Kingston Inn smell getting worse

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:07PM

KINGSTON — The Kitsap County Department of Community Development has determined that rotting food in a freezer within the remnants of the Kingston Inn is the source of the smell that has been wafting through the downtown area this week. DCD code enforcement officer Steve Mount and building inspector Mike Barth inspected the site Thursday and discovered the source of the smell, plus the large number of flies that were infesting the area.

Seeing the learning campus in a new light

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

POULSBO — Utilizing sports fields, rerouting parking and creating user-friendly spaces for theatre groups were some of the many ideas suggested for a North Kitsap recreational event center Tuesday. And in about a month, those ideas will be presented again to the public in the form of what the new facility could look like.

Kingston UGA plan finally moves on

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

KINGSTON — If the Kingston Urban Growth Area working group gets its way, there will be an additional 336 acres of land added to the community’s UGA boundaries by next year. But after a year of research and work, members can only cross their fingers as they pass their recommendation to the Kitsap Planning Commission, which will next study Kingston’s UGA. The Kitsap County Commissioners will have the final say on how much the boundary expands.

PFD receives safety grant

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

POULSBO — Firefighters with the Poulsbo Fire Department will soon be breathing easier after using funding recently received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. PFD was awarded a $169,000 grant that it will put toward the purchase of additional safety equipment for firefighters, including new breathing apparatus for use in burning buildings and larger fires.

Lindvig Bridge plan heads toward a beautiful approval

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

POULSBO — It may not be the troll under the bridge that Councilman Jim Henry mentioned in jest, but members of the city council’s community services committee see it as a step in the right direction. In September, Bight of Poulsbo founder Bill Austin mentioned an idea of making the Lindvig Bridge, which separates Nelson Park and Fish Park, look more appealing and returned to the committee Oct. 12 with a clearer proposal.

Princess puts smiles on children’s faces

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

POULSBO — Even though the sun didn’t shine for the princess, the smiles on children’s faces as she read to them were a more than sufficient substitute. Children of all ages filled the Sons of Norway lodge Sunday morning for a glimpse of Norwegian royalty as the Princess Martha Louise read from her children’s book, “Why Kings and Queens Don’t Wear Crowns.”

Dudley puts down gavel but not shovel

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

KINGSTON — Next summer, Cindi Dudley will definitely be at the Kingston Farmers Market, but she’ll be wearing one hat instead of two — that of a vendor. Instead of running meetings, signing off on financial papers and writing up meeting agendas, she’ll simply be selling her fresh-from-the-garden basil and lettuce from beneath her green garden umbrella.

Tugboat spills oil into Gamble Bay

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

PORT GAMBLE — A 91-foot-long tugboat has been identified as the source of a diesel spill that took place in Gamble Bay sometime between Sunday and Monday morning. The “Agate” was moored at one of the piers located within the old Port Gamble mill site and had a 500-gallon tank on board, said U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers.

Municipal campus proposal delayed

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

POULSBO — Little Norway’s proposed municipal campus remains on track despite not making the scheduled Oct. 19 final presentation date. No date has been announced yet. After the Sept. 27 open house, during which the initial site plan for the 10th Avenue location was presented, the municipal campus planning committee was expected to have any issues raised during that presentation resolved in time for tonight’s city council meeting.

Kingston Cooperative Preschool celebrates being 40 years young

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

KINGSTON — The Kingston Cooperative Preschool has filled the Old Schoolhouse at Kola Kole Park for 40 years, collecting generations of alumni. Now they are inviting everyone back for birthday cake.

Church’s 93-year-old fish tale continues

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 8:06PM

POULSBO — The 93rd annual spaghetti dinner might sound right in places like Palermo or Verona, but in Little Norway it’s been more than nine decades of lutefisk. When a group of ladies at First Lutheran Church decided it would be fitting to have a community celebration in 1912, little did they know 93 years later their congregation would be hard at work every third Saturday in October.

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