Kitsap County, WA

Too big, not a priority, city says in turning away park offer

PORT ORCHARD – Thanks, but no thanks. It’s too big. That was Port Orchard Mayor Rob Putaansuu’s response to Kitsap County’s offer to give Veterans Memorial Park back to the city. The city turned down taking ownership of the county park because of the cost of...
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Trying not to be driven to distraction

Last Sunday while I was pondering the worsening situation in Ukraine, I sought refuge in distraction. Initially my distraction was a news story about a baby elephant who was abandoned by his herd and rescued by workers at an African wildlife preserve. They finally found him a companion who brought the pachyderm baby out of his depression — a German Shepard. ...

Funding advances for Port Orchard downtown revitalization

The House Appropriations Committee has advanced new funding championed by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer to support the reconstruction of the Highway 166 /Bay Street Corridor in downtown Port Orchard. The funding will help advance the design of the project, which will reconstruct a segment of the city’s main street at...

Changes in free summer lunch program upset some

A popular food program is making its return to the South Kitsap School District this summer, but some aspects have drawn concern from parents. The Free Summer Lunch program will provide meals to children 18 years old and younger in Port Orchard. Director of Food and Nutrition Services Aaron Bradford said the program has provided many benefits over the years.

Levy lift is too much considering property values

So, the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue wants to lift the Levy Lid to $1.50 from the current rate of $1.21/per $1,000 valuation? Not so fast.  All of us in Kitsap County just received, this month, a “Notice of Value” for our homes, and my neighbors and I are still reeling from “sticker shock!” The increased values are extremely excessive and well over what I ever thought might be the case. ...

In Kitsap, fireworks, like everything else, are more expensive this year

John Miller's phone has been ringing off the hook. Customers will not stop asking him about fireworks. Miller and his wife, Janice Ventura, have owned Boomtown Fireworks in Bremerton for 15 years. Since the pandemic began, firework sales have been the highest Miller and Ventura have ever seen. They can't know what this year's...

Economic Development Board building connections in Kitsap County

Members of the Economic Development District (EDD) Board went on a tour of Kitsap County to visit economic points of interest in mid-June. Members learned firsthand about the specifics of Kitsap’s economy, the opportunities and challenges that are being addressed, and their connection to the region. The day began...

Bird Flu Detected In Washington’s Kitsap, County Suspension Of Poultry Shows Continue

The Washington state Department of Agriculture announced another bird flu case Thursday. A backyard flock in Kitsap County tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza on June 29th. Kitsap is the 11th county with bird flu detected in domestic flocks, with 27 infected flocks statewide. All infected flocks have had contact with wild waterfowl, which are known to transmit the virus without showing symptoms.

Man found not guilty of hate crime but gets 55 months for harassment of gas station clerk

Despite hearing that a white man tailored his racial slurs against a Native American convenience store clerk in Bremerton while threatening him, on Tuesday a Kitsap County Superior Court jury found him not guilty of a hate crime. However, the jury convicted Aaron Maurice Mylan, 31, of Port Townsend, of felony harassment for threatening to kill the clerk at the 76 gas station at 4650 Werner Road on April 24. The argument started when Mylan was told to...

Fizzle or boom on fireworks with higher costs?

Fourth of July celebrations in Kitsap County are getting back to pre-pandemic levels, but firework vendors are feeling the pressure of inflation due to limited stock and increasing costs. Vendors opened for business across Kitsap County at noon June 28, but customers noticed higher fireworks prices for the second year...

One killed in mobile home fire in South Kitsap

One person is dead following a mobile home fire in South Kitsap on Wednesday night that fire officials believe was started while the sole occupant of the home was cooking in the kitchen, according to South Kitsap Fire and Rescue.  Crews received a call just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday for a fire...

Bird flu has been detected among Kitsap County flock

Bird flu has been detected in Kitsap County after a backyard flock tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on June 29. Infected flocks have had contact with wild waterfowl — known to spread the virus without showing symptoms.  The cold, wet conditions that have lasted further into the year have...

What Jesus said about a public spectacle

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. The court determined it is ok to hold public prayer services at the 50-yard-line, in front of fans, students and players. Joe Kennedy and others who wish to make a public spectacle of their prayers may wish to consider Christ’s opinion handed down in Mathew 6:5-6. ...