Bob Smith

Q&A session about Port Orchard city code change March 21

PORT ORCHARD — Should Port Orchard change its current second-class city status to become a non-charter code city? Members of the City Council and Mayor… Continue reading

About 1,000 Kitsap County customers without power Friday morning

PORT ORCHARD — A blustery windstorm Friday morning has resulted in nearly 1,000 customers without power in Kitsap County. Puget Sound Energy has sent crews… Continue reading

Gary Riggins | Passages

PORT ORCHARD — Gary Riggins of Port Orchard died of a heart attack March 5. Gary was a retired, wounded veteran. Memorial services will be… Continue reading

Five county road projects to affect traffic flow | Road Report

PORT ORCHARD — Five road projects undertaken by Kitsap County work crews will affect traffic over the next week. These ongoing projects are as follows:… Continue reading

Rolling in the dough? That’s not the case for pot shop owners

PORT ORCHARD — Meet Michael Lyman: a native of Port Orchard, graduate of South Kitsap High School and a 2014 accounting graduate of University of… Continue reading

The irreplaceable Jessie Turner

I really appreciated the front page article about the passing of Port Orchard’s super volunteer Jessie Turner in the Feb. 24 issue of the Independent.… Continue reading

It’s never too late to get ready for ‘The Big One’

PORT ORCHARD — As earthquakes go, the recent 4.2 shaker near Belfair was small potatoes for quake-savvy Puget Sounders. The quake resulted in barely a… Continue reading

Low-cost spay-neuter event at Bremerton Petco on March 12

BREMERTON — Animal Rescue Families will host a low-cost spay and neuter event on Sunday, March 12 at the Bremerton Petco store, 4209 Wheaton Way.… Continue reading

Tax prep in exchange for food bank donations

KITSAP COUNTY — Liberty Tax Service is teaming up with all Kitsap County food banks to fight hunger. During the week of March 19-25, Liberty… Continue reading

St. Patty’s celebration at McCormick Wood Golf Club

MCCORMICK WOODS — McCormick Woods Golf Club is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party March 17, featuring the group Dueling Pianos. They are an all-request,… Continue reading

Olympic finishes in fifth, North Kitsap sixth in 2A state basketball tournament

YAKIMA —Two Kitsap basketball teams return home among the top six 2A teams in the state. Olympic lost 69-49 to Lynden March 4 in the… Continue reading

Olympic loses in semifinal, now in bid for third; North Kitsap plays for fourth

YAKIMA —Selah overpowered Olympic 83-57 March 3 in the semifinal of the 2A Boys State Basketball Tournament, in the Yakima SunDome. Olympic now faces Lynden… Continue reading

Fire hydrant flush underway in McCormick Woods

MCCORMICK WOODS — Seeing water flowing down the street from your home in McCormick Woods? The City of Port Orchard public works department says there’s… Continue reading

Nashville-based Ira Wolf performs in Olalla March 11

OLALLA — Indie-Americana singer-songwriter Ira Wolf will perform in concert Saturday, March 11 at the Olalla Community Hall. Showtime is 7 p.m. Prior to the… Continue reading

Scholarship added by Kitsap Community Foundation

SILVERDALE — The Kitsap Community Foundation has added a scholarship for South Kitsap High School seniors and Olympic College students seeking a four-year degree in… Continue reading

South Kitsap neighborhood watch meeting March 8 at Eagles club building

PORT ORCHARD — A neighborhood watch meeting on Wednesday, March 8 will be led by Deputy Schon Montague, Kitsap County Sheriff’s community resource officer for… Continue reading

Olympic one step closer to state title game, North Kitsap will play for fourth

YAKIMA — It took overtime to do it, but Olympic High’s boys basketball team is headed to a semifinal showdown March 3 against 21-3 Selah… Continue reading

Angel’s veterans bill passes unanimously by state Senate | In Olympia

OLYMPIA — The state Senate voted unanimously March 2 to pass a bill sponsored by Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, to connect veterans with jobs… Continue reading

Pot tax revenue a welcome source for government coffers

By BOB SMITH Kitsap News Group PORT ORCHARD — Four and a half years after Washington voters passed Initiative 502 to legalize the sale of… Continue reading

The Grey House cafe celebrates glass art installation

Debbie Macomber’s The Grey House Cafe celebrated the unveiling this week of Lisa Stirrett’s newest glass art installation, a stunning 4-foot-diameter fused glass sign that… Continue reading