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North Kitsap School Briefs

  • May 31, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:55PM

School briefs for the North Kitsap area.

Seattle-Kingston passenger ferry company gives up service certificate

  • May 31, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:55PM

Aqua Express’ passenger-only ferry service might be giving up the ghost for good. The company decided to relinquish its Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission passenger-only ferry service certificate, according to a press release from the Seattle-based company. The certificate was originally granted in July 2004. The ill-fated passenger-only ferry service between Kingston and Seattle began in January 2005 and lasted 10 months.

Bremerton crash puts two North End women in hospital

  • May 31, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:55PM

A two-car collision Thursday sent two North End women to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton for sustained head injuries.

Port Gamble Medieval Fair takes attendees back in time

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:54PM

It’s embarrassing being caught naked in public. Just like a terrible nightmare, those new to Port Gamble’s Medieval Fair this weekend found out the hard way — informed by knights, lords and ladies — they were indeed nude. A quick, panicked look down assured they were covered; however, some were immediately escorted to changing rooms for proper medieval attire.

Vinland elementary students prove Poulsbo's got talent

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:54PM

Friday afternoon in the Vinland Elementary gym it looked like an “American Idol” or a “So You Think You Can Dance” audition. Although students strutted their top dance moves and belted out their best vocal harmonies on stage, it wasn’t an audition for either of the über-popular shows. It was Vinland’s fourth annual end of the year talent show.

Keyport oil spill cleanup complete

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:54PM

The “Little Mo” has resurfaced from the depths after sinking and leaking roughly 25 gallons of oil into the water off the shores of Keyport. Officials believe the boat, which was berthed at a private dock at the end of Grandview Boulevard, sank because of an incorrectly placed bilge hose. The boat has been raised and is now floating, said Department of Ecology (DOE) spokesperson Larry Altose.

Teething squirrel probable culprit of Monday morning Poulsbo blackout

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:54PM

The Viking City got a taste of the Viking Age Monday morning during a one-hour power outage. And an area squirrel may have gotten a taste of more than he bargained for. According to Puget Sound Energy spokesperson Joseph Harris, it was a squirrel that sparked the circuit shutdown leaving 1,804 homes and businesses in the dark between 8:38 a.m. and 9:46 a.m. Downtown Poulsbo and the Poulsbo Village, among other areas along State Route 305, were without electricity.

Viking Fest draws near-record highs for attendance, but funding at all-time low

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:54PM

The numbers are in for the 2008 Viking Fest celebration, and in more ways than one it’s shaping up to be a record-setting year. Though not all those ways are on the plus side. Viking Fest board president Ron Krell said funding for the event is running lower than ever before, with about $8,000 of ground to make up still. He and Executive Vice President Kathi Foresee estimate the corporation will barely break even this year, and will have to cancel some scholarships to make that happen.

Kingston officials want more public input on city's 'to-do' list

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:54PM

Kingston residents’ voices are sought to help prioritize items on the town’s future “to-do” list. After a six-month-long brainstorming effort on behalf of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Committee and Department of Community Development, Kingston’s sub-area plan is almost complete. However, KCAC co-chair Greg Plats said the committee wants the public to be involved in deciding the future of their town as the intent of sub-area planning is to turn residents’ visions for Kingston into reality.

North Kitsap bands dominate at California music festival

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:54PM

The five sections of the North Kitsap High School band know how to jam and can bring down the house. And that’s exactly what the 81 members of the NKHS wind symphony, symphonic band, percussion ensemble, varsity jazz band and LAB jazz band did at the Heritage Music Festival at Fullerton College in California May 22-25. The NKHS musicians competed with approximately 1,900 musicians who comprised 31 instrumental groups, and all of NKHS’s groups placed either first or second at the festival.

North Kitsap School Briefs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:54PM

Updates from schools and school events in the North Kitsap region.

Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe gives lion's share of donations to area schools

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (PGST) is helping to bridge the financial gap in local education programs. On Friday, the tribe awarded more than $26,900 to 18 non-profit organizations with money earned from its Point No Point Casino. Because of recent North Kitsap School District budget cuts, the majority of the money was awarded to local schools.

Former detective hits city of Poulsbo with $10 million claim

  • Jun 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

Former police detective Grant Romaine alleges emotional distress and civil rights violations.

Visa Inc. honors Kingston teen as young entrepreneur of the year

  • Jun 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

Republican declares candidacy for North End commissioner seat

  • Jun 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

Romaine files $10 million claim against City

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

POULSBO — Grant Romaine, a former detective for the Poulsbo Police Department, has filed a $10 million notice of claim against the city of Poulsbo.

Fire up the fireworks

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

NORTH END — North End independence celebrations are just around the corner, but they certainly aren’t free from the economic woes plaguing the country.

SOP: ‘Save our pool!’

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

POUSLBO — Armed with signs of every size, shape and color, nearly 150 kids and adults marched through downtown Poulsbo Wednesday in support of the North Kitsap Community Pool.

Chocolate and espresso funding college dreams

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

POULSBO —?Peter Crabtree knew from a young age if he wanted money he had to work for it. And work for it he has, combining two of America’s deepest passions: chocolate and espresso.

City tosses metropolitan park district idea into mix

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

POULSBO — Time is ticking away for the North Kitsap Pool, and the city of Poulsbo took its first crack Wednesday night at trying to find a solution.

Calling all golfers! Tourney still has room

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:53PM

KINGSTON — Improving conditions for Kingston High School’s athletes relies on a continuous battle for funding. However, what the battle lacks in money it has in supporters.

Poulsbo Realtor running for county auditor

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 3:52PM

PORT ORCHARD — One of the last uncontested county races was filled on Wednesday, when Poulsbo Realtor John Clark declared his intention to oppose Walter Washington for the Kitsap County Auditor position.

Kitsap County boys soccer — the best of the best

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 11:08AM

F - Francisco Garcia, senior, Bremerton: Simply put, Garcia was a scoring machine. Tallying 17 goals, along with six assists, Garcia led the Olympic League in scoring as well as overall points (40). Lightening fast and a magician with the ball, Garcia punished nearly every team he faced, overcoming occasional double- and triple-team coverage to put points on the board.

Gas prices: Maybe we’re the problem

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 10:30AM

Gasoline now averages $4 a gallon. It is a level that most thought they would never see in their lifetime. And, it is expected to go higher – possibly to $5 per gallon by the end of the summer. The price hike has far exceeded any cost of living adjustments people get in their pay or retirement incomes. It is making it much harder for people to get by and causing many to cut back on things that make life enjoyable such as vacations, family outings, visits to family and friends. It is putting a big crimp in the national economy. People are now beginning to discover how much of our daily lives use petroleum-based products: roads, driveways and tennis courts that use asphalt; plastics in piping, containers and molds. It is a reliance on items that most cannot conceive of doing without. So, it begs the question – how far can this go before everything really goes south? Of course, if there are major changes in government policies on energy use and consumption and the public takes its blinders off by realizing it is a big part of the problem, then something can be done to avoid a calamity. The oil embargo/crisis of the 1970s could have been the turning point on putting the US onto the road of energy self-sufficiency. Instead, we blamed Carter and his seemingly unfeeling response to people not wanting to turn the heat down: “put on a sweater.” We wanted Reagan and his view that America can do no wrong and that whatever path we take, it is the right one. We didn’t need to conserve energy or look at requiring fuel-efficient cars. We should let the marketplace decide what we should have. If we wanted to drive fast in big heavy vehicles that consume gas, then so be it. What matter that oil is a finite resource and when it runs out, that’s it. Since it would not happen in the foreseeable future, why worry about it? Well, that time is approaching far more rapidly than anticipated. The energy consumption of China now rivals the United States and its economy is much stronger than ours at this point. The demand has exceeded the available supply and with the free market in action, prices have gone up dramatically. Just as the conclusion reached in “Who Killed the Electric Car?” pointed to all facets of society, so, too, can the culprits in the price hikes in gasoline and petroleum production be identified. The oil industry has been likened to a drug pusher by getting the United States hooked on gasoline for powering its transportation vehicles. Consumers have become heavy users, ever demanding bigger size and comfort over fuel-efficiency and smaller cars. Government policies have kowtowed to the automobile and energy industries, thereby stymieing any real progress in making the United States energy independent. For too long we have been told we can have whatever we want without any cost to ourselves. And, certainly, we don’t need to pay attention to what may happen in the future since that will be someone else’s problem, not ours. It is a selfish, self-serving approach to life that we are loath to give up.

Letters to the Editor

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 12:00AM

According to our Washington State Constitution, “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children ... .”

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