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Realtor 'boot camp' aims to help veterans

  • Today at 5:38PM

BREMERTON – A "boot camp" for Realtors designed to train real estate professionals to help active duty and former military clients will be held Thursday, July 9, at the Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside.

Sheriff's Office seeking suspect in fatal collision; victim identified | Update

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 11:00AM updated Jul 7, 2015 at 2:38PM

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office is trying to locate the suspect in a fatal hit-and-run collision in Indianola early July 4.

BKAT has problems

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 11:50AM

Most know of our local public access channel in the county known as BKAT that we help pay for by an added charge to our local cable bills. Most are probably unfamiliar with the inner working. I recently viewed a government meeting on BKAT which was followed by a program known as DemocracyNow. The show was highlighting the law enforcement shootings around the country but more only in a gotcha style of programming meant more to damage rather than being factually presented in context. I admit that the recent national incidents are concerning but should they be broadcast here locally using our local taxpayer funds in an inflaming manner. That was my beginning question.

First Choice Health ends contract with Harrison Medical Center

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 4:39PM

In what has become an all-too familiar pattern, Harrison Medical Center has announced that as of Sept. 1, it will no longer accept First Choice Health insurance. The two sides have been negotiating reimbursement terms for more than a year. For the time being, they’re at an impasse.

October opening planned for shopping center

  • Jun 25, 2015 at 10:00AM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 2:35PM

Trails at Silverdale expected to be half open by October and fully open Spring 2016

A walk for those who are no longer here with us

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 3:00PM

Walking doesn’t sound like anything difficult. And in most cases, it isn’t. But once you’ve walked for someone else, walking becomes a spiritual experience. On June 27-28, I took part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life at Bremerton High School. I’d participated in three Relays before — in Everett and on Whidbey Island. This was my first Relay in Kitsap County.

Washington Youth Academy graduates class of 2015

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 11:00AM

The Washington Youth Academy in Bremerton celebrated its second largest graduation class on June 20 with 140 students. The largest class was the previous one at 144. Students volunteered 7,809 hours of community service to the Kitsap County community, valued at $67,000, according to Washington Youth Academy Director Larry Pierce. Service projects ranged from restoring a Sept. 11 Memorial in Kitsap County to landscaping and event support. Each cadet was also trained to be part of a Community Emergency Response Team, the first time all of the cadets in a class received the disaster management training.

SCOTUS rules that love wins out

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

After so many decades of meetings, organizing, strategizing and hoping, it’s hard to wrap our arms around the full impact of last Friday’s historic decision. It’s joyous and emotionally overwhelming to hear that SCOTUS, the Supreme Court of the United States, has affirmed, unequivocally that we are equal under the law and that our relationships and marriages will be recognized in every one of the 50 states. For many of us, it’s a day that we could never have imagined.

Kitsap Transit: Do a better job with outreach on meetings

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

Kitsap Transit scheduled a series of public meetings to let residents give input on the proposed Wheaton Way Transit Center in Silverdale and on the North Viking Park & Ride in Poulsbo. There were public meetings in Poulsbo City Hall, two hours later in the Silverdale Beach Hotel, and two hours after that in Port Orchard City Hall.

State legislators still talking budget; session continues

  • Jul 5, 2015 at 11:00AM

The session that would never end is still not over. For six months – officially 168 days and counting on Thursday – the state’s 147 citizen legislators and chief executive have been passing policies and playing politics. They’re not done yet. The current special session, their third, extends through the end of July and they may need every day to achieve détente in outstanding conflicts on education and transportation bills.

When your kid is afraid to go near the water

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 3:00PM

Two of my sons have suffered from a fear of the water, both for good reasons. When Owen was 4, he fell in a neighbor’s pool during a birthday party. He lay face down in the deep end until an attentive grandmother jumped in to get him. It would be nearly five more years before Owen would go more than knee-deep into any kind of water, but I never stopped confronting him with the opportunity. Yes, “confronting” him. When your child is afraid of water, suggesting that he kayak, go fishing, or Heaven forbid, get in an inner tube at a water park, becomes an all-out confrontation.

Councilman Mike Sullivan has his game face on

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 12:00PM

BREMERTON—Facing a diagnosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Bremerton City Councilman Mike Sullivan is far from giving up. “There’s a clock running,” he said. “We just don’t know how big that clock is.” Sullivan, 65, who spoke by phone from his home on Tuesday, said he’s undergoing chemotherapy and plans to be back at work “as soon I begin to react favorably to the chemo.”

Walking for a cure

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 11:00AM

BREMERTON—They started walking about noon Saturday, June 27. As the heat crested 90 degrees, they kept kept walking. When the moon peaked, they were walking. And as the sun crept over Sinclair Inlet, they were still out there, wearing out the soles of their shoes. For almost 24 hours, about 200 people from 30 teams walked the track at Bremerton High School during the 2015 Relay For Life at Bremerton High School to benefit cancer research. This is the 30th anniversary of the relay and the 20th time it’s been done in Bremerton-Central Kitsap.

Planning Commission hearing on proposed Ag Code July 7

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 8:59AM

Kitsap County's Department of Community Development will host an open house regarding a proposed agricultural code at 4:15 p.m. July 7 in the Commissioners Chambers, Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St.

NAVFAC Northwest to hire 200 new employees

  • Jun 30, 2015 at 2:15PM

The positions range from engineers and contract specialists to skilled trades such as maintenance mechanics, electricians, and utility system operators. These positions are located at Naval Base Kitsap — Bangor, Naval Base Kitsap — Bremerton, Naval Station Everett, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Bremerton's gay community celebrates legalization of same-sex marriage

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 5:57PM

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide today in a landmark 5-4 decision. Honor Bar in Bremerton near Evergreen Park is celebrating at 7 p.m., according to their Facebook page, and the first glass of Pride Punch is on them.

Festival marks years of work to put Kitsap's waters on national map | Water Trails Festival

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 3:58PM

Come Saturday, chances are you’ll be able to see Kitsap County Commissioners Ed Wolfe, Rob Gelder and possibly Charlotte Garrido on the water in kayaks. They say it’s the perfect way for them to celebrate the three to five years of work by the county and volunteers to ensure that the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails happened.

Schedule of events June 27-28 | Water Trails Festival

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 4:15PM

Schedule of events for the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival

Designation puts Kitsap’s waters on center stage | Water Trails Festival

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 3:47PM

When most people hear the term “water trails,” they might think kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. But the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails, and its designation as part of the National Water Trails system, means much more.

Polynesian outrigger canoe club will be in festival | Water Trails Festival

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 3:39PM

They’re on the water at least three times a week from March to October. Some are natives of Hawaii. Some are folks who have traveled to Hawaii and love the culture. Others just like to paddle. They are the Hui Heihei Wa’aa Polynesian outrigger club of Kitsap County, and they are more than 60 members strong.

City can't restrict firework use until 2017

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 3:35PM

BREMERTON—Despite extremely dry temperatures for the area, fireworks will still be legal July 4 from 11 a.m - 11 p.m. Bremerton City Council members and the fire department support changing city code to allow banning the discharge of fireworks during times of extreme danger. However, any new city laws restricting the use of fireworks must be in place for 365 days before it takes effect. Meaning, 2017 is the earliest any new regulation would be imposed.

There’s more underwater than you think | Water Trails Festival

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 3:21PM

There’s no doubt in Jim Gunderson’s mind that the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails and its national status is bringing new divers to the area. “It’s bringing more attention to what is under water in Kitsap County,” said Gunderson. “It’s an absolute treasure and most people don’t know that.”

‘Cap’n Safety’ had roles in two films, TV program | Water Trails Festival

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 2:49PM

If you’ve ever watched “Master and Commander,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” or “Once Upon a Time,” you’ll think the man in charge of safety for the Kitsap Water Trails Festival Paddles looks familiar. His name is Captain John Morrison — “JB” to his friends — and he is the safety captain for the Brownsville Brownie Challenge Paddle on June 27 and the Keys to Keyport Fun Paddle and Raffle on June 28.

Northwest BeechBoys, paddling app, and glamping | Water Trails Festival

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 2:42PM

A group of private pilots based at Bremerton Airport who have taken precision flying to a higher level will perform at the Water Trails Festival on June 27.

Third structure fire in a week for Central Kitsap Area

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 11:00AM updated at 1:32PM

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue received a call at approximately 7:23 p.m. on June 25 in reference to a possible residential structure fire at 4000 block of Robinson Road NE.

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