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School sports fees debate rages on

  • May 16, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:20PM

POULSBO — Spirited conversation amongst members of the community took place on May 10 as sports fees took to the field during the North Kitsap School District Board meeting. The NKSD Athletics and Activities Committee unveiled its recommendations for participating fees for the 2007-08 school year, showing that eliminating all activity bus runs at middle schools next year would save enough to lower fees parents shell out for sports.

911 Briefs

  • May 16, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

Three airlifted in car crash Saturday POULSBO — Three people were airlifted after a car accident at about 10:55 a.m. May 12 on Port Gamble Road, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. ...

The time is ripe again for berries

  • May 16, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

KINGSTON — Berry shortcake will soon become the main staple in Kingston — at least for the Kiwanis. The group kicked off its annual berry sale this month, and soon a plethora of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries will make their appearance in town. “We’ve only received a couple of phone calls so far,” said Kiwanian and berry sale coordinator Dave Muller. “We’re mailing all of our past customers, and we rely a lot on word of mouth.”

Poulsbo visioning effort begins

  • May 16, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

POULSBO — Project Poulsbo got off to a good start Saturday morning as more than two dozen people attended the first community conversation at Vinland Elementary School. The event was designed to gather ideas about how Little Norway should be developed in the next 20 years as city officials work to update the city’s 1994 comprehensive plan. “We had a nice mix of people and a good cross-section,” said Mayor Kathryn Quade. “There were some people who normally don’t make it down to city hall.”

Poulsbo voters approve fire levy

  • May 16, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

Voters down Kitsap Regional Library levy

  • May 16, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

Measure fails 55 to 44 percent.

Viking Fest has arrived

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

POULSBO — At least one question will be answered during today’s 39th annual Viking Fest parade: What will Mayor Kathryn Quade be riding?

Library lid lift fails to get support

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

Kitsap County voters decidedly defeated a property tax increase that would have guaranteed operation of the Kitsap Regional Libraries’ operation and growth for the next five years in a special election Tuesday.

Meeting circles safety

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

HANSVILLE — A little over a year ago, Hansville residents met for the first time in recent years to formally address traffic safety concerns in the area. Tuesday evening, they gathered again at the Greater Hansville Community Center to examine what route the Greater Hansville Area Road Safety Advisory Committee plans to take in hopes of solving the ongoing problems.

North End voters ignite levy lift

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

POULSBO — Poulsbo Fire Department officials have something to cheer about after Tuesday’s vote, which passed their levy lid lift by a 55 percent margin. In the city, 3,615 residents cast their ballots in favor of the lift, outweighing the 2,935 who voted against it.

Port Gamble resident mushing toward Iditarod

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

PORT GAMBLE — The 1,150 miles between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska represent a long, cold, lonely stretch of the world, yet every year around March about 80 teams of mushers and dogs line up to cross it — with nothing but their gear, wits and confidence in their dogs to go the distance.

Chamber gears up with new executive director

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:19PM

KINGSTON — As the summer months approach, so will out-of-town visitors and the Kingston Chamber of Commerce’s busiest season. In anticipation, the chamber recently filled the executive director position, hiring local business owner and community volunteer Nancy Tietje.

Poulsbo man makes run for nation’s top job

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

POULSBO — Compared to the likes of national political giants like Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, Poulsbo resident Dal LaMagna knows he’s a long shot for the presidency, but that’s not keeping him from trying. LaMagna, who recently moved to Washington, D.C., officially announced his candidacy last week for the Democratic nomination for president.

Council makes downtown parking mandatory

  • Mar 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

POULSBO — Before the Poulsbo City Council voted on an interim emergency zoning ordinance on downtown parking requirements Wednesday night, Councilman Ed Stern warned his colleagues about the dangers of unintended consequences.

Debate over sports fees and buses rolls forward

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

POULSBO — The collective wheel of the buses that transport students home from after middle and high school activities will be in the hands of North Kitsap School District Board members sooner rather than later.

Reality Theater tackles ‘The Laramie Project’

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

POULSBO — The North Kitsap High School Reality Theater will live up to its name tonight. Students, most of whom were mere children in 1998 when Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyo., will tackle the ambitious and heart wrenching production that followed.

Keyport Mercantile returns to town

  • May 19, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

KEYPORT — During its heyday the Keyport Mercantile was at the center of the community’s activity, but as time passed, it became simply another aging building with little hope of recovery. Many in the area expressed their desire to see someone accept the challenge of restoring the store’s interior and breathing life back into what was once the community’s center, but no one person could do it.

Catwalk struts in money for children

  • May 22, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

KINGSTON — North Kitsap residents were moving to the rhythm and “vogueing” like Madonna Sunday afternoon at the second annual Kitsap Style Fashion Show as models glided down the catwalk to raise money for the Kitsap Foster Care Association’s Dream Project.

Study reveals how tribe helps Kitsap

  • May 23, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

SUQUAMISH — The Suquamish Tribe has a lot to be proud of, and it showed that pride May 17 during an afternoon lunch when it presented the first economic impact study for 2006. Heralding such visitors as 23rd District Representatives Sherry Appleton and Christine Rolfes, Poulsbo Mayor Kathryn Quade, Poulsbo Councilman Jim Henry, Suquamish Tribe Executive Director Wayne George and many other tribal members and local government officials, the tribe and Port Madison Enterprises showed how much they have grown and helped Kitsap County since 2001.

Spectrum, KHS taps assistant principal

  • May 23, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

KINGSTON — The North Kitsap School District didn’t have to look far to find its newest administrator, choosing Suquamish Elementary counselor Jackie Finckler as the assistant principal position at Spectrum Community School and Kingston High School. “I am excited. I think it combines a number of my strengths,” Finckler said. “I am looking forward to it.”

Jensen claims back-to-back lutefisk titles

  • May 23, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

POULSBO — Local lutefisk eating legend Eric Perkins almost regretted encouraging Jake Watrous to enter Sunday’s Viking Fest lutefisk eating contest at the Kvelstad Pavilion. Before bowing out at the three-and-a-half-pound mark, Watrous put a scare into both Perkins and reigning champion, Puyallup’s Charles Jensen. Even so, Jensen retained his title by consuming more than four pounds. Perkins literally lost his ‘fisk as he finished second for the second straight year.

NK Pool closure a possibility

  • May 23, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

POULSBO — The waters in the North Kitsap Community pool are cooler than they once were but issues surrounding its maintenance and operation costs are reaching a rolling boil.

Viking Fest shines through the rain

  • May 23, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

POULSBO — Even though State Rep. Sherry Appleton’s request for “the god of rains” to give Little Norway a break during Viking Fest didn’t come true, the weekend showers failed to dampen the spirit of the celebration. “I think it’s been highly successful,” Viking Fest executive secretary Kathi Foresee said. “It’s been good.”

Safe Routes to School walks with full funding

  • May 23, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:18PM

SUQUAMISH — Suquamish students are going to see just how far $500,000 will go before the sidewalk ends — it could take them all the way to school safely. At least that’s what Gail Petranek hopes.

Poulsbo airman out on the front lines

  • May 23, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 5:17PM

BAGHDAD, IRAQ — Even before the World Trade Center towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, Jarred Taylor knew his place was out on the front lines in the war on terror and not nestled in the peaceful surroundings of Little Norway. Taylor, the son of Kent and Simone Taylor of Poulsbo, was recently recognized for his valorous action in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq by the British Royal Air Force.

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