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Suquamish murder suspect arrested

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:48PM

SUQUAMISH — Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested DuWayne Bender, a 24-year-old Suquamish man, on suspicion of the July murder of Barbara Sneed at her home in Suquamish. Police arrested Bender at about 7 p.m. Thursday at another Suquamish residence. An arrest warrant was issued after a match was made between DNA evidence at the murder scene and samples given by Bender, said Chief of Detectives Mike Davis.

City of Seattle, governor pay tribute to Chief Sealth

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

SUQUAMISH — For Joan Bittinger of Poulsbo, the pilgrimage to Chief Sealth’s grave site was part art lesson and history lesson. With four children and husband in tow, she was among hundreds who gathered for the wreath laying ceremony at the cemetery held Friday. “I just wanted to find out more about the chief,” she said as she waited in downtown Suquamish for the arrival of tribal, Seattle, state and county officials. She was doing research for her latest painting depicting the white, black and Native American cultures. Bittinger used the occasion as a history lesson for her 11-year old son, who is home-schooled.

Honored veteran recalls war for students

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

KINGSTON — In 1944, a wounded American sergeant named John Hawk found himself in a furious battle against German tanks near Chambois, France. Despite a wound that opened his right thigh Hawk, who had enlisted in Bremerton, manned a bazooka, then offered himself as a human aiming stake for the American tank destroyers.

Voters re-elect Bruce as Poulsbo mayor

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

POULSBO — Incumbent Mayor Donna Jean Bruce topped challenger city councilman Mike Regis in the unofficial general election counts and will continue her position in Poulsbo’s top seat for the next four years. Bruce, who served the last three years as appointed mayor, was re-elected on the platform that she would ensure the Poulsbo’s small town character remains intact and that the enhanced quality of life here continues to improve. She also promised to continue her “lead, don’t meddle” governing style which has proven effective for the city during her tenure.

Council considers censuring Mike Regis

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

POULSBO — The word was uttered just moments after city council voted unanimously to refuse the final offer from the Poulsbo Police Department bargaining unit, sending over a year of contract negotiations into arbitration. “Censure” was first discussed earlier this year after councilman Mike Regis violated city protocol by discussing executive session material pertaining to the proposed contract with a law enforcement official.

Endresen, Camp, McDonald win school board seats

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

Dick Endresen recturns to the board, as does Bethany McDonald.Brad Camp is the only new face on the board.

NKF&R Fire Commissioners race is neck and neck

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

Leon Thomas holds slim lead over incumbent Ivar Slothaug.

Odden, Milton elected Poulsbo fire commissioners

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

Voters in Poulsbo overwhelmingly chose Randy Odden over his opponent Ginger Magures to Position 2 on the District 18 Fire District Board. “I am pleased to be able to continue working with the board,” he said Tuesday night. But he added, there is a lot of work after the campaigning is over. In the district’s other race, Darryl Milton was unopposed for Position 5 on the fire board.

Poulsbo Port Commissioner race too close to call

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

DeCarlo holds slim lead over Nan Mader

North Kitsap voters have their say

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

By the numbers, unofficial election results from 10:15 Tuesday night.

Bruce leads in Poulsbo mayoral race

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

Henry, Stern, Rudolph, Quade ahead in city council races

Black financial clouds lift at Olympic College

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

POULSBO — Dark clouds rolled over the dirt, scrub brush and mud at Olhava Monday afternoon, but blue skies were pushing through from the west. A sign of better things to come? Perhaps. Supporters of Olympic College Poulsbo this week received their first good news since the project received the approval of the Poulsbo City Council over a year and a half ago. The $13 million in state funds, which represents the fiscal backbone for the branch campus, are safe and sound, according to the Office of Financial Management.

Fishline gears up for the holiday season

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:47PM

POULSBO — As many families throughout North Kitsap are enjoying the prospect of an enormous Thanksgiving turkey and a Christmas tree ringed deep with presents, others are hoping that they will have enough food to get them through the fall and winter months. Despite all the celebrations, holidays are tough times for some here — something that local food banks like Fishline are trying to rectify.

Charges reinstated against Wheat

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

PORT ORCHARD — The 1999 DUI and cocaine charges previously dismissed against Suquamish Tribal Attorney Scott Wheat were reinstated by a Pierce County judge on Monday following a daylong hearing. Judge Frederick Hayes decision was based on strong circumstantial evidence that false drug test results were given to the Drug Court on five different occasions.

Who Won?

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

Election results for the general election will be posted to this website as they become available Tuesday, Nov. 6. Remember to cast your ballot by mail or at the polls.

House panel agrees to convert four Trident submarines

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

For several years, senior Navy officials and politicians have heavily promoted the plan that the four oldest Trident submarines at Subase Bangor are worthy of being converted into cruise missile or other conventional platform assets, rather than being decommissioned. But, funding for that conversion was the sticking point, until now.

New owners enrich flavor at Cantina

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

SUQUAMISH — Ed Barnhardt and Carol Rose hope to create some solace in Suquamish, as new owners of the Coffee Cantina. One of the first things they did was change the name to match their vision.

Halloween time trick-or-treating a big hit in Little Norway

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

POULSBO — Tiny dinosaurs mingled with bears. Peter Pan and Captain Hook shook hands and Elvis was sighted — likely not for the last time — surrounded by aliens in Poulsbo as hordes of kids from all reaches of Kitsap County hit Front Street in search of sweet treats. Halloween night brought over two thousand children and parents to Little Norway, and some of the best costumes this side of Transylvania. Superman took off work early from the “Daily Planet” and numerous Batmen left the crime of Gotham City up to Commissioner Gordon for a chance to engage in the family-oriented fun.

Halloween more treats than tricks in Kingston

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

KINGSTON — Little Red Riding Hood, a black cat, fairy princess and a ghoul or two were a few of the pint-sized Halloween partiers who gathered up candy by the handful. But that wasn’t the only treat of the night at the Builder’s Club Halloween Fun House Wednesday.

Rock wall is top issue for port candidates

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

POULSBO — The eroding rock wall at Waterfront Park is shaping up as the top issue for the Port of Poulsbo Commissioner candidates as they make their final pitches before the Nov. 6 general elections. With threatened moorage at the marina and structures along the shoreline, the matter is much more than an election issue though — it’s a fullblown problem.

Rotary Club shells out support for Oyster Park

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

POULSBO — When Coast Oyster Plant was razed into a pile of rubble along Fjord Drive, many nostalgic residents in Poulsbo recalled “better days” when the local shellfish industry boomed and families reaped the financial benefits that accompanied harvest time. Others, however, looked to the future and envisioned small waterfront amenity which would serve generations yet to come. Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Director Mary McCluskey and the Poulsbo NK Rotary were among them — seeing more than broken oyster shells and rotten wood but an opportunity as well.

Suquamish Elementary’s Enriquez wins truck

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

SUQUAMISH — It was time for Vicky Enriquez to have some good luck. Enriquez, a para-educator at Suquamish Elementary, endured her share of tragedies last year. Her husband Alberto died in a car accident and a daughter died in a fire. Enriquez, who returned to work this year after a one-year leave of absence to be with her family, came back to a small piece of luck as she won a 1991 Ford Explorer as part of a raffle held by Hope4Youth. Enriquez bought four raffle tickets at a garage sale for $20.

Poulsbo woman aids rescue workers at World Trade Center

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

For 15 days, Poulsbo resident Dee Dee Rattey comforted fears, eased worries and rescued the rescuers from emotionally surrendering to Ground Zero in New York City. Firefighters, police officers, construction workers, steel workers, sanitation workers, and barge crew members on the front lines of the World Trade Center recovery efforts streamed into Respite Center number three where Rattey volunteered. An American Red Cross volunteer for the past six years, Rattey took her skills to New York City on Oct. 6 and helped people, who spent hours digging through the rubble, to put their own pieces together. Rattey, who specializes in trauma response counseling, left her private practice in Poulsbo and headed into a war zone.

School board candidates offer a mix of approaches

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

Five candidates--three North Kitsap School board positions. Voters this year have a variety of candidates and solutions to problems to choose from. The candidate for district five, Kingston, is Brad Camp; he is unopposed. There are two candidates for district three, Suquamish; Bethany McDonald, the board president who is pursuing her second term on the board, and Christopher Tibbs, an Olympic college student who is pursing his first.

Fire district candidates battle for board seats

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 5:46PM

The candidates for the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue’s fire commissioners’ board are both seasoned commissioners—each with a dozen years of tenure. The Poulsbo fire commissioners race is just the opposite, featuring a contest between relative newcomers. Due to the merger of the former Hansville Fire District 14 with NKF&R, current board members Leon Thomas and Idar Slothaug, each long-term members of their own fire boards, now must run against each other. Both candidates have deep roots in their communities and bring unique qualifications to the board. In the Poulsbo District 18 race, newcomer Ginger Jones-Magures opposes Randy Odden, who was appointed to the board last year

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