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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.

Speak Out focuses on solutions not stereotypes

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

POULSBO — Icy flakes fell outside as people participated in what a few people claimed to be the county’s own snow job and others said was paramount to finding a solution. The North Kitsap session of Speak Out — one of three countywide meetings to gather input on how best to balance man’s progress with preserving nature’s resources — was held Wednesday at North Kitsap High School.

Jumping for joy

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

POULSBO – At first too stunned to move when her name was called as Miss Poulsbo 2002, Kristen Eddings then bounced upward in a series of vertical leaps of joy. Her delight in winning the crown was accompanied by thundering waves of applause from the large audience. “I can’t believe it, oh my goodness, I’m Miss Poulsbo,” she said in obvious delight.

America’s ‘hammer’ in the war on terrorism

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

POULSBO — When the war on terrorism was declared soon after Sept. 11, 2001 the very first front lines weren’t in a trench or bunker — they were on the ship deck of the USS Carl Vinson. The Bremerton-based Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier was America’s initial “hammer” to deliver enormous blows against enemy positions and activity in Afghanistan and its entrance into “Operation Enduring Freedom” truly set the stage for the theatre of battle, according to Capt. Rick Wren.

Educators disappointed by low voter turnout

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:06PM

POULSBO — Educators in the North Kitsap School District are disappointed that voter turnout was so low on election day. Forty-four percent of registered voters voted in the North Kitsap election March 12. That’s an eleven percent drop from last year’s bond election, which drew almost 55 percent of registered voters.

North Kitsap school levy now passing

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

POULSBO — The absentee voters who mailed their ballots at the last minute may have saved the North Kitsap School District levy. The four-year levy, which will fund staff, technology, transportation, and dozens of other educational needs, had to receive a supermajority, 60 percent of the vote, in order to pass.

Tribe’s new Wellness Program nets certification

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

SUQUAMISH — A new and impressively improved Suquamish Wellness Center program has “risen from the ashes,” tribal officials announced. The revised program received its initial certification March 8 from the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.

Voters to decide on 9 cent gas tax hike

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

Minutes before midnight Thursday, the Legislature agreed on a $7.7 billion state transportation package that will benefit ferry commuters in Kitsap County. But there was some doubt lawmakers could adjourn on time this year.

Poulsbo’s patriotism flies higher than ever

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

POULSBO — Like the oppressive weight hearts throughout the nation felt Sept. 11, the clouds and poor weather lifted Monday afternoon in Poulsbo as local businesses paid tribute to America on the six-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Employees from Boxlight Corporation, Projector Wholesale Supply and Drury Construction gathered on Powder Hill to show a renewed sense of patriotism as Old Glory flew from a recently constructed flag pole at the complex.

Poulsbo Police warn of rise in fraud scams

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

POULSBO — Victims don’t know that they’re victims until it’s too late but when it comes to identity theft and fraud there are simple steps that can make such illegal acts much tougher on crooks. According to Poulsbo Police Officer Grant Romaine, the less information citizens have floating around in cyberspace or even their mail boxes and trash cans, the less likely they are to become a fraud statistic.

Apple Tree Point back in county’s hands

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

KINGSTON — Plans for Apple Tree Point, a 106-home development near Lindvog Road, have been remanded to Kitsap County staff for review, completing a circle that began seven years ago. The remand is part of a Washington Supreme Court order — which also ruled the project was vested — to determine if it requires an environmental impact statement.

As school levy votes are counted, North Kitsap holds its breath

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

Election is too close to call for school officials, who were a handful of votes shy of meeting the 60 percent voter approval needed on Tuesday night. Friday's count of absentee ballots will determine the election outcome.

No teamwork––no $1.9 million

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

POULSBO — They’ve become accustomed to the rough waters of Liberty Bay over the years, but the Port of Poulsbo Commissioners just can’t seem to find a safe harbor anywhere in the financial storm that has surrounded them in 2002. The primary reason for the lack of shelter is an eroding rock bulkhead that presently serves as the sole buffer for Waterfront Park. The 26-year-old wall has been sloughing since it was built but recent problems there may very well mirror a deeper disintegration in the port and city relationship.

Digging into the history of geoduck harvesting disputes

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

The recent dispute between geoduck divers and the Suquamish tribal government is nothing new—for such a quiet clam, the geoduck has a history that’s anything but calm. Fishing rights, more specifically geoduck harvesting, have long been a bone of contention among tribes and non-tribal governments, and have created long running court battles.

Where will the buck stop on Hwy 305?

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

POULSBO —Widening Highway 305 will improve traffic flows through the city of Poulsbo — but at what cost? Representatives from the State Department of Transportation couldn’t really answer that question during an open house and public hearing at the Poulsbo Fire Station Tuesday night. DOT and city officials were bombarded with questions and comments concerning noise, stormwater runoff, the proposed High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes and wetlands impact, but very few people inquired whether the twice-delayed project even has the financial steam to make it down the 2.2-mile business corridor.

Getting all mushy

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

POULSBO — Members of the North Kitsap High School soccer team paused from their kicking for a few seconds Friday to behold a strange sight: a sled, pulled by a pair of white, fluffy dogs, cruising past the field on the other side of the fence. Driving the sled was Indianola musher Don Duncan. Perched on the sled and wearing a pair of sunglasses was Poulsbo Elementary librarian Nancy Bale. And watching with wide eyes and murmurs at the end of the field were most of the students of Poulsbo Junior High.

City delays Finn Hill widening until 2003

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05PM

POULSBO — With several of Little Norway’s roads slated to take the appearance of third world country routes this summer, members of the Poulsbo City Council Public Works Committee weren’t overly troubled last week when they were asked to postpone plans to widen Finn Hill. The committee’s unanimous decision followed the recommendation of City Engineer John Stephenson, who explained, “There are about five reasons I’d like to delay Finn Hill until next year.”

Kingston has its say about ferry fare hikes

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 6:04PM

KINGSTON — People who attended a Washington State Ferries open house Monday night in Kingston were less than happy that their ferry fares would increase in May, but their criticism was constructive. “They’re not happy with the idea of fares going up but they seem to understand why we’re in the state we’re in,” said Pat Patterson, WSF spokeswoman. She manned the station that addressed funding needs, one of four at the meeting held at the Kingston Junior High Commons.

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