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Sarah Smiley: First ride-along a dangerous rite of passage

  • Mar 6, 2016 at 12:00PM

What’s the scariest thing you did last week? Here’s mine: I voluntarily got into a “two-ton killing machine,” according to the driving instructor, and let my child take me for a drive — a drive that included two rotaries.

Bremerton High School given career guidance award

  • Mar 3, 2016 at 3:00PM

Bremerton High School was named a recipient of the 2016 Career Guidance Award of Excellence.

Taking a moment to honor the lost

  • Mar 3, 2016 at 10:28AM

A moment of silence was held during the food truck brawl Wednesday, March 2 at Olympic College, to honor students Ryan Bowker and Tory Carlson, both of whom passed away last week.

Editorial: Don’t divert cleanup funds

  • Mar 6, 2016 at 8:00AM

One of the gray linings in the silver cloud that is cheap gasoline is a significant loss of revenue for a fund that since it was created by state voters in 1988 has helped to clean up thousands of sites contaminated by hazardous waste.

Locals make Seattle Pacific dean’s list

  • Mar 5, 2016 at 8:00AM

SEATTLE — The following students made the Seattle Pacific University 2015 Autumn Quarter Dean’s List. Students on the Dean’s List have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade point average.

Sheriff’s office: Jail inmate death an apparent suicide

  • Mar 4, 2016 at 8:00AM

PORT ORCHARD — A Kitsap County Jail inmate was pronounced dead at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton Feb. 27 after being found by sheriff’s corrections officers unconscious and non-responsive in his single-person cell.

A calling for compassion: A day at work with the Kitsap County Coroner

  • Mar 3, 2016 at 10:18AM

Even on a good day, Greg Sandstrom’s job forces him to face despair and grief that would send most other people spiraling into depression.

Winds wreak havoc on power, roads

  • Mar 1, 2016 at 6:09PM

BREMERTON – High winds have knocked trees into power lines and disrupted traffic in the area.

Olympic College again eligible for $1 million Aspen Prize

  • Jan 26, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Mar 1, 2016 at 9:18AM

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Olympic College as one of the nation's top 150 community colleges, Jan. 25. The designation makes Olympic College eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

Poor coho returns demands caution | Being Frank

  • Mar 1, 2016 at 9:16AM

Lack of monitoring by federal fisheries managers last year allowed Southeast Alaska commercial fishermen to exceed their harvest quota by more than 100,000 chinook. Most of those fish were bound for Washington waters.

Winds 20-45 mph expected March 1

  • Feb 29, 2016 at 7:31PM

BREMERTON – March will likely come in like a lion, according to the National Weather Service.

Olympic College student among those killed in Belfair

  • Feb 27, 2016 at 11:00AM updated at 8:13PM

BREMERTON – An 18-year-old Olympic College student was one of four people who were killed at a rural Belfair residence Feb. 26.

Five, including suspected shooter, reported dead in Belfair home

  • Feb 26, 2016 at 3:16PM

A man reportedly shot and killed himself in front of Mason County Sheriff's deputies as they attempted to end a standoff that began earlier in the day Feb. 26.

Statement from the McDonald family

  • Feb 26, 2016 at 1:41PM

The following statement was sent to the Port Orchard Independent on behalf of the McDonald family. Their parents and grandparents, William and Maria McDonald, were killed early Feb. 23 by an explosion that destroyed their home at 3585 SE Soholt Lane in South Kitsap.

Task forces will dedicate DUI emphasis patrol to teens killed in Seabeck crash

  • Feb 26, 2016 at 8:00AM

The emphasis patrol sponsored by the Kitsap County and Pierce County Traffic Safety Task Forces and hosted by the Gig Harbor Police Department will take place in both Kitsap and Pierce Counties on Feb. 27, a little over a year after Luther Stoudermire, 18, Kassidy Clark, 16, and Jenna Farley, 14, lost their lives.

KeyBank adds surcharge-free ATMs in Bremerton Walgreens

  • Feb 25, 2016 at 6:00PM

In Bremerton, there are new ATMs at the Walgreens at 3333 Wheaton Way; 6432 SR 303 NE; and 3929 Kitsap Way.

Ferry committee hosts public meeting

  • Feb 25, 2016 at 4:22PM

Washington State Ferries and the ferry advisory committee will host a public meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 in the Council Chambers of the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St.

Removing barriers to employment for our veterans | My View

  • Feb 25, 2016 at 4:20PM

Members of the military are a critical part of the local economy, doing everything from creating small businesses to bringing their unique work ethic and skills to employers looking to fill jobs. Just as they had our backs while serving our country, it’s important that we have theirs as they transition from the military into civilian employment.

Community briefs (Feb. 26, 2016 edition)

  • Feb 26, 2016 at 5:00PM

Vaping discussion March 10, Easter bunny at Kitsap Mall March 3-26

Court report: Hit-and-run charges for driver who had wheel fly off truck

  • Feb 26, 2016 at 1:00PM

A 63-year-old Bremerton man was charged with hit-and-run after one of the wheels of the blue Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving flew off and smacked into two other vehicles, damaging them.

Sarah Smiley: Have our kids learned meanness from us?

  • Feb 28, 2016 at 10:00AM

“I’m glad he’s dead.” “Good riddance.” “What a worthless human being; I’m glad he’s gone.”

Editorial: Support open records

  • Feb 27, 2016 at 8:00AM

At a recent hearing on HB 2576, Walter Elliott, Port of Kingston commissioner, made the bold statement “public records requests take 80 percent of our tax revenue”, and that the port had “almost nothing left” to spend on economic development. Nobody asked him for any clarification, leaving the impression that the port spends 80 percent of its revenue, or of its operating budget, on handling records requests.

Semi-formal dance to raise money for LGBTQ+ scholarship

  • Feb 26, 2016 at 11:00AM

Hosted by the MOGAI (Marginalized orientations, genders and identities) and Allies group, the dance is a fundraiser, and will include refreshments and entertainment in the price of a ticket. There will be a DJ provided by Mastermind Karaoke, dancing, a raffle for a “date night” basket, professional photographs.

Cookie time

  • Feb 25, 2016 at 4:00PM

Girl Scouts with Bremerton Daisy troop 42186 posed with Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent in her office to kick off the Scouts’ annual cookie sale. Community booth sales begin March 3.

Kitsap Regional Library nominated for national medal

  • Feb 25, 2016 at 1:00PM

Kitsap Regional Library was announced as one of the 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

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