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Liberty Bay Trail off on right foot

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:08PM

POULSBO — Even City Engineer John Stephenson had to chuckle. “This is very exciting. Get on with it,” the citizen comment about the Liberty Bay Waterfront Trail read. But it wasn’t the tone that made the engineer smile.

Broadband inches closer to North Kitsap

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:08PM

Telecommunications in Poulsbo took two giant, high -speed steps forward this week. But the ultra-speedy, ultra-wide bands for computer communications are still stopped just short of your front door. On Wednesday night, the Poulsbo City Council unanimously approved a telecommunications master permit for the Kitsap Public Utilities (KPUD)district, effectively approving installation of a broadband fiber backbone that will wind its way through Poulsbo.

Fred Hill unveils pier plan

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:08PM

Poulsbo-based Fred Hill Materials announced innovative plans to build a four-mile conveyor belt that would haul gravel and sand from its Shine quarry to a marine pier on Hood Canal, where it would be shipped out. The proposed pier would be located about five miles south of the Hood Canal Bridge, and about 2 miles west of the Lofall ferry dock on the western shore of Hood Canal. The nearest Kitsap point would be the Edgewater Estates.

Suquamish’s Matlock finds art in odd places

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:08PM

SUQUAMISH — They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But if Edward Matlock has anything to say about it, beauty may be sitting unnoticed in the beholder’s basement.

KRCC votes to fund Internet study

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:08PM

City, county and tribal officials took the first formal baby step last week toward providing equal access to what is considered the fourth utility — broadband telecommunications — to Kitsap residents. “I am really excited about this,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Chris Endresen. “Government works best when we work together, and that’s what I see. I see all of these entities working toward the goal of clean economic development.”

Woods seeks second House term

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

Saying that she will continue to fight for Kitsap County’s ferry commuters, Rep. Beverly Woods, (R-Poulsbo), announced Friday that she will seek re-election to the State Legislature from the 23d District, which includes Bainbridge Island and north Kitsap County. “Nobody gets the raw deal that Kitsap County commuters do,” said Woods. “Too many people say that all we can do is increase the ferry fares. Somebody has to say enough is enough, hold the legislature’s feet to the fire and get them to fund the ferry system, our highways,” she said.

Dig deeper – your ferry trip will cost more starting May 12

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

With only minor tinkering, the state Transportation Commission Thursday unanimously approved ferry fare hikes averaging 12.5 percent, on top of last year’s 20 percent increases. The increases will take effect on May 12, the same day that peak-season fares begin. The combination will boost round-trip car-and-driver fares from the present from the current $16 to $22.50 during the summer on the Central Sound routes from Seattle to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island, and from Edmonds to Kingston.

Agate Pass Totem Pole removed for future art

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

SUQUAMISH — Motorists on Hwy. 305 Tuesday may have noticed the absence of the totem artwork some here have called an old friend. Department of Transportation crews Tuesday removed the Agate Pass Totem Pole near the intersection of Hwy. 305 and Suquamish Way. They disposed of the 40-year-old cedar carving at the Suquamish tribe’s request.

Little Norway eyes big rate increases

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

POULSBO — After being passed for years and years, the water and sewer rate buck will stop with the city council later this year — and none of its members are too happy about it. Faced with an inequitable rate system, which favors commercial ventures over residents and waste over conservation, the council realized Wednesday night that it must take action to rectify the situation. The fix won’t be easy and will mean higher costs for businesses if a recommended plan from Ed Cebron of Financial Solutions Consulting Group, Inc. and a special citizen advisory committee is accepted.

April meetings to shape ideas about new high school

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

KINGSTON — Ground won’t be broken for the new Kingston secondary school for another four years. No nail will be hammered, student bused, or doors opened until 2006. But the school will start to take shape this month.

Is the last-mile solution a few short inches away?

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

POULSBO — Like runners in a marathon, members of the Kitsap Regional Telecommunications Committee are discovering the “last mile” is definitely the most difficult — especially when it’s all uphill. The finish line will be in sight this summer, when the Public Utility District fiber-optic backbone is completed through the county, but the committee needs a second wind before businesses and residents can break the tape.

It’s official – Botkin seeks second term

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

County Commissioner Tim Botkin announced Thursday, March 28, that he would run for a second term this fall. “My work is not done,” the Chico Democrat said. “That’s the biggest reason” for seeking another four-year term.

Tim Ryan Construction builds on 45-year mark

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

POULSBO — Building. Tim Ryan has done it all his life in one form or another. But while the numerous structures, houses, offices and commercial enterprises are certainly important to the founder of the Poulsbo-based Tim Ryan Construction, the 69-year-old seemed more proud of the relationships he has maintained than the fact that his business has been around since Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the Oval Office.

Ferry fare hike decision due Thursday

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

State transportation officials will decide the latest round of ferry fare hikes at a meeting April 4 in Seattle. Public comment on the hikes — which average 12.5 percent, but are not uniform — brought few changes to the proposal, after a round of open meetings this past month, ferry spokesperson Pat Patterson said in a news release this week.

Crowd sobered by anti-drinking message at Kingston Jr. High

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

KINGSTON — When she was in junior high, Katie Buchanan never listened to anti-drinking messages. Friday morning, she travelled to Kingston Junior High so someone else might.

Poulsbo Fire crews rescue two from bay

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

LEMOLO — High winds and stormy seas shouldn’t have been enough to swamp Mike Bateman’s seasoned 37-foot fishing trawler in Ne-Si-Ka Bay Wednesday night, but they did. Bateman was at a loss for an explanation the next morning as he stood on the sandy shores of Lemolo with two salvaged, oil-stained wooden boxes full of computer and camera equipment that had gone down with the ship less than 24 hours before.

Wastewater arguments surface in Kingston

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:07PM

KINGSTON — For 10 years, Kingston has been involved in a tug of war by two opposite minded groups about a proposed wastewater treatment plant. It’s a hot topic because Kingston’s 25-year-old wastewater plant that serves about 600 families is failing and the community must build a new sewage treatment plant. According to Rick Gagnon, sewer utility manager for Kitsap County Public Works, the current wastewater plant, located in downtown Kingston, is on its last breath and is a virtual time bomb.

Poulsbo’s Captain Ed Shields ‘crosses the bar’

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

POULSBO — With his health continuing to deteriorate, Capt. Ed Shields knew he was close to “crossing the bar” last year. The long-time Poulsbo resident also knew that if he didn’t tell the tale of the hundreds of fishermen who had crossed before him, no one would. No one else could. When Shields finished the six-year effort, compiling a lifetime’s experience and knowledge of maritime history into his book, “Salt of the Sea: The Pacific Coast Cod Fishery and the Last Days of Sail,” it seemed a heavy burden had been lifted and his sails were ready to set for the last time. He died Thursday at the age of 86.

North Kitsap plans traditional egg hunts and Easter services

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

Community organizations are planning egg hunts throughout North Kitsap on Saturday. Area churches have also scheduled a number of special Easter worship services on Sunday.

With age comes wisdom, respect

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

LITTLE BOSTON — The drum beats echoed through the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Center Friday to honor those whose influence will be echoed by generations to come. The tribe honored its elders and inducted more members who have turned 55 years old since the last gathering. Elder honorings are usually held about twice a year.

‘A walk in the park’ that’s anything but

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

POULSBO — The varying terrain of the Olympics Mountain Range has never passed so quickly beneath the feet of veteran hiker Julie Snyder as it will on June 29. That day, the eighth grade teacher at West Sound Academy and a group of nine friends will cover what amounts to a trip from Poulsbo to Sequim on foot. Fifty miles in 24 hours or less.

Stephenson to run for county post

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

Over the last quarter century, Poulsbo resident Barbara Stephenson has balanced and blended her career in the Puget Sound banking world with equal parts community service. Stephenson, who has served over the last decade as executive director of the United Way of Kitsap County, hopes her combined experiences will equal a viable election bid for the county treasurer position this fall.

Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty for Lord

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

PORT ORCHARD––In a surprise announcement in Superior Court Friday afternoon, the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office announced that it will not seek the death penalty against Brian Keith Lord. Lord is accused of the murder nearly 16 years ago of North Kitsap 15-year old Tracey Parker. Lord, dressed in a jail uniform and restrained, was present in Judge Karlynn Haberly’s courtroom for the announcement. He sat quietly and appeared to be relaxed during the proceedings.

Supporting Poulsbo’s Scandinavian tradition

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

POULSBO — In the old days, if a Viking wanted something he usually just pillaged a foreign land and took it. Fortunately, over the centuries the group has become much more refined, even dignified, in its methods. Now, they ask politely. This is exactly what organizers of Viking Fest are doing this year as they prepare for the mid-May celebration.

NK School district eyes state budget cuts

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

POULSBO — Reverberations from state budget cuts to education funding have reached North Kitsap schools. While it’s too early to tell if the state’s cuts will have any significant effect on the school district’s programs, number of teachers, or class size, the district has begun calculations on how much money it lost in the cuts.

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