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Sixteen hours on and eight hours off for two weeks. After three days off, back in again for another grueling half-month shift of 16 hours on, eight hours off. That’s the schedule 30,000 firefighters are working to contain the wildfires that are scorching Eastern Washington. Three firefighters gave their lives in that effort. North Kitsap and Poulsbo firefighters are among those on the front lines of fires in Eastern Washington. Meanwhile, their brethren were here protecting homes and lives after a windstorm downed trees and power lines last weekend.
Community Events, September 2015
Starting last Wednesday, the Kitsap county fair has been in full swing: The rides, the food, the displays and all the animals are a great time to be had for all. But how did all this happen? According to Sunny Saunders, the Kitsap lead safety manager, planning for the next year’s fair begins as soon as the previous one is over. The fair board holds monthly meeting year-round to plan and coordinate all aspects of fair management.
Nature Valley, the granola company, put out a new video—a "chilling" video according to many people—this summer as part of their #rediscovernature campaign. In it, an off-camera voice asks three generations of people some variation of the same question: "When you were young, what did you do for fun?"
I have been observing discussions at public meetings and around the community about Kitsap Transit’s priorities, funding and services. Those conversations usually involve the restoration of Sunday bus service or the proposed restoration of the 30-minute fast ferry to Seattle. As part of the recession cuts, Kitsap Transit and its executive board cut Sunday bus service to the poor, disabled and mobility challenged to meet budget demands. I think as a community we all swallowed hard and understood it as a necessary step to address the financial challenges at the time.
As we sat down to watch the first GOP debates between candidates vying to be the Republican presidential nominee, my 8-year-old son, Lindell, asked, "So, who are the bad people?"