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Ferry fare tour makes stop in Kingston

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

KINGSTON — The series of meetings to discuss proposed ferry fare increases makes its stop in Kingston Monday. The open house style meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. March 4 at the Kingston Junior High Commons. People can peruse “information stations” staffed by Washington State Ferries employees. They can then give their opinions in writing and or orally.

Rough budget waters threaten foot ferries

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

A House Democrat transportation plan introduced last week would boost passenger-only ferry services in Kitsap County, lawmakers say. But key transportation leaders in the Senate apparently don’t harbor a similar commitment, casting doubt on the survival of the House Democratic proposal to fund foot ferry service from Kingston and Southworth to downtown Seattle.

Geoduck divers file lawsuit against tribe

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

SUQUAMISH — A group of Suquamish geoduck divers filed an estimated $12 million lawsuit on Monday against the Tribal Council and Suquamish Seafood Enterprises board members. The suit alleges that Seafood Enterprises overtaxed geoduck harvests and that the Tribal Council overstepped its authority to limit the number of divers. The $12 million amount is what the divers claimed was illegally obtained by the tribe through taxes and/or not allowing qualified members to dive.

Budgetary hands are tied for now

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

POULSBO — Facing $1.6 billion in budget shortfalls, the Washington State Legislature is getting ready to submit a budget where nearly every state-funded program, including previously sacred funds for education and health care could suffer funding cuts. Officials at long-term care facilities are fearing the worst if the $71 proposed cut from Gov. Gary Locke’s supplemental budget is adopted.

Will Martha and Mary survive the cutback?

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

POULSBO — It’s been helping the old, the young and just about everyone in between for almost 111 years, but whether Martha and Mary Lutheran Services will be around to continue this rich tradition in the future is unknown. The Washington State 2002 budget has taken the form of a black cloud over the Poulsbo facility and has the potential to bring the non-profit business’ tradition of caring to a premature end.

Artist makes big waves in Poulsbo

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

POULSBO — Barry Iles takes a step back on the tall scaffold, looks a harbor seal in the eye and goes back to work. For the mural artist, the devil is in the details, even when the painting in progress is 20 feet off the ground.

Poulsbo readies for summer of road and sewer work

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

POULSBO — For Poulsbo, the months of June, July, August and September might very well seem like the “endless summer” as it plods forward with construction projects that will eventually change several key locations in and around the city.

Funding for reading program at risk

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

KINGSTON — As part of the Washington Reading Corps program, North Kitsap second and third graders spend about 30 minutes a day turning pages and changing obstacles into knowledge. The program, which is offered at Wolfle and Breidablik, faces possible funding cuts from the state Legislature.

Simple majority fails by one vote in House

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

POULSBO — At least one North Kitsap school board member was disappointed by the Washington State House’s failure to pass a bill that might have have made it easier for voters to pass school levies.

Fishing for answers about new city hall

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

POULSBO — Mike Regis’ fishing trip for answers on the proposed Poulsbo municipal campus ended up at the wrong lake last Wednesday night and he managed to catch little more than ill feelings between himself, city staff and fellow council members.

Kitsap Quilters living in a material world

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

POULSBO — Like paintings at an art gallery, texture and colors in cloth were on display at Poulsbo Junior High. From Elvis to cats, these masterpieces, however, can be thrown over your shoulders or keep you warm while you sleep. Just more than 200 quilts were part of the Kitsap Quilter’s quilt show last weekend. Thousands visited the kaleidoscope of fabric to gather an eyeful of beauty and inspiration.

Telecom committee pushes for city ISPs

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

POULSBO — Describing Kitsap County’s telecommunications dilemma as a four-lane highway with no on ramps, Poulsbo City Councilman Ed Stern last Thursday said assistance was needed if the area was ever to bridge the “last-mile” gap between customers and begin creating additional family wage jobs. This help could come in the form of a “public sector solution” and possibly the “municipalization of Internet Service Providers.”

What you can do with those plastic milk cartons

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

POULSBO — North Kitsap residents can have their questions concerning changes the county plans to make in its recycling policy at a meeting to be held Friday, Feb. 22 in Poulsbo. Officials from Kitsap County Solid Waste Division and members of the solid waste advisory committee will hold a special meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Poulsbo library.

Poulsbo will delay Lincoln ‘solution’

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

POULSBO — With two huge street renovation projects looming on the horizon like a mushroom cloud, the city public works committee Wednesday night decided to postpone proposed Lincoln Rd. safety work and continue to review impacts of another unexpected bomb that came in the form of the Iverson Way extension.

Poulsbo hires PR expert for projects

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

POULSBO — The information superhighway will precede actual infrastructure. This seemed to be the concept Wednesday night when the public works committee unanimously agreed to hire Leslie Demich of Olympia as the primary public information source for two huge projects that will snare Poulsbo’s Front Street traffic for the majority of the spring and summer.

School district dives into pool remodeling

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

The North Kitsap School District board of directors approved spending $2.8 million toward the remodeling of the community swimming pool at Thursday night’s meeting. The pool, plagued in recent years by moisture and mold problems in the building’s shell, will undergo a significant remodeling—with even more improvements to be made than the district first anticipated, thanks to a favorable bid climate and an improvement in state matching funds.

Let the games begin at Point No Point

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

LITTLE BOSTON — The new carpet smell still dominated the air. The lights glowed. The game screens blinked. The neon was paled only in comparison to the beaming faces of casino and tribe officials. Welcome to “a new era” in gaming in the North End.

A night to remember with daddy’s little girl

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

POULSBO — Red velvet, Mary Janes, tiaras, satin gowns and a bond that is like no other — that’s what daddy/daughter dances are made of. More than 300 dads and their dates gathered at the North Kitsap High School gymnasium for the ninth annual Daddy/ Daughter Dance Saturday.

City won’t charge for delinquent utility bills

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

POULSBO — The checks were in the mail, really. But somewhere on the way from point A to point B there was an unscheduled drop off at point C. Confused?

Voters likely to decide if gas tax will go up

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

The recent embarrassing financial disclosures by tax-initiative king Tim Eyman appear not to have diminished the chances he will get the public vote he demanded on a statewide transportation plan. “There is no less of an appetite for a public vote on a state transportation revenue package,” Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, said just days after Eyman admitted to paying himself to work on his Permanent Offense initiative campaigns.

Commuters could pay less to ride the ferry

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

Beginning next week, Central Sound ferry users will get a chance to sound off on proposed fare increases at a series of workshops. The increases, proposed by the Tariff Policy Committee, average 12.5 percent. But the increases are not uniform. Some uses will see greater hikes, while daily commuters will see the possibility of an actual price decline.

Voters turn down the charter

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

It wasn’t a controversial proposal to implement district-only balloting that killed the proposed new Kitsap County charter, former freeholders and members of the pro-charter Committee for Better Representation said Tuesday night. It wasn’t a plank to create a new county executive, either, or a provision for nonpartisan elections.

Something’s afoot with foot ferry

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

KINGSTON — When the going gets tough, the tough go to Whidbey Island. A group of about 20 Kitsap County and Kingston representatives headed for Freeland Friday morning on a foot ferry fact-finding mission.

Former manager files grievance against port

  • Feb 9, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 6:03PM

POULSBO — “I’m not going to sit on my laurels,” former Port of Poulsbo manager Barbara Waltz said Thursday, two weeks after being terminated from her position via a unanimous commissioner vote. Calling the decision “wrongful,” Waltz addressed claims leveled against her at meetings on Jan. 17 and Jan. 24 with a point-by-point grievance statement this week. The former manager noted that while she was following port procedure by responding to the commissioners’ charges, the elected trio did not follow their own policy concerning employee infractions.

Babe Ruth team honored in Olympia

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:02PM

POULSBO — Months after becoming the third-best 14-year-old team in the country, the North Kitsap Babe Ruth team received one more honor. The team made its way to Olympia Friday and was honored by State Sen. Betti Sheldon, who read a resolution honoring the team on the Senate floor.

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