Bob Smith

Port Orchard Safeway opens April 27; store to hire 75 new employees

From the ashes of what once was the Haggen grocery business on Lund and Jackson, a newly reconstituted Safeway will soon rise in its place. The empty building is being rebranded under the Safeway banner, restocked and will open to shoppers April 27, said Tairsa Worman, Safeway public affairs manager in Bellevue.

Public may get to vote soon on passenger-only ferry service

Passenger-only ferry service connecting Southworth, Bremerton and Kingston with Seattle is being debated by Kitsap Transit board members. But the debate will end soon.

Two people killed in South Kitsap house explosion

Two residents were killed early Feb. 23 by an explosion that destroyed their home at 3585 SE Soholt Lane in South Kitsap.

SK grad returns home to care for Port Orchard’s pets

When Amanda Smith was growing up in South Kitsap, she was surrounded by lots of pets and enjoyed them immensely, she says.

Being an auto mechanic is not just a ‘guy thing’

Maurine Simons is an unexpected face among the five-person automotive technology crew that works inside the repair and maintenance shop at South Kitsap School District’s bus barn.

Crazy Lady Galleries to hang it up

Another small business on Bay Street is closing its doors. Crazy Lady Galleries at 724 Bay St., which features an eclectic mix of whimsical gifts and fanciful art, will soon close its business.

‘Our beautiful borrowed angel’ | Fatal flu ends Piper’s life, but her spirit can’t be dampened

In the end, 12-year-old Piper Lowrey really didn’t get a fair chance at life.

In Olympia: Young introduces bill to change educational assessment emphasis; school funding lurches forward

Jesse Young, 26th legislative district Republican, aims to reform the school assessment process so that the state’s educational focus is on learning rather than student performance on standardized tests.

‘This Old Barn’ | Howe Farm Park is returning to its agricultural past

When the creaky, listing old barn at Howe Farm County Park is fully renovated by the end of February, visitors will get a glimpse of a Kitsap County park that’s in the beginning stages of a transformation to the past.

Port Orchard St. Vincent de Paul needs to raise $100,000 to stave off closure

Port Orchard’s St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and assistance center on Bay Street may shut down operations unless it can raise $100,000 build a new 25,000 square-foot facility on land it owns at 2525 Bethel Ave.

New ‘Wayfinding’ signage should help wayward drivers

Sometime next year, Port Orchard citizens and visitors will begin seeing a new face on some of its directional street signs that welcome residents and visitors to the city.

City Council on fast track to find a new member

Port Orchard’s City Council has a plan to fast-track the selection process for a new council member to assume current Councilman Rob Putaansuu’s seat.

Port of Waterman’s new pier is a source of pride

Earlier this year, motoring along Beach Drive NE near Port Orchard would invariably provide you a glimpse of the 90-year-old deteriorating wooden Port of Waterman pier, which had been closed to public use because of safety concerns.

Elegant greenhouse rising from Port Orchard resident’s back yard

A lovely little brick greenhouse nearing completion has slowly risen in the backyard of Robert Zollna’s home, brick by brick and one reclaimed piece of building material at a time.

Putaansuu: ‘It’s time to heal our community’ and come together

Port Orchard City Councilman Rob Putaansuu glanced at his watch during his mayoral campaign’s election-night party. “It’s 8:05,” Putaansuu said. “We’ll know really soon.”

Putaansuu: ‘It’s time to heal our community’

Port Orchard City Councilman Rob Putaansuu glanced at his watch during his mayoral campaign's election-night party. "It's 8:05," Putaansuu said. "We'll know really soon."

Putaansuu racks up big win in Port Orchard mayoral contest; City Council incumbents win

Port Orchard City Council member Rob Putaansuu, who campaigned on a pro-growth, business-friendly platform, has won a decisive victory over incumbent Mayor Tim Matthes in the city's sometimes bitter Nov. 3 general election.

Matthes apologizes for altercation, but says he followed the law during meeting

In the aftermath of a Friday altercation between Mayor Tim Matthes and Teresa Osinski, executive vice president of the Kitsap County Home Builders Association, Matthes today (Nov. 2) offered an apology to City of Port Orchard staff, citizens and his supporters.

Election season turns ugly: Mayor, Home Builders Association official get in scuffle

The "silly season" has become downright ugly just days before the Tuesday general election. A skirmish during an Oct. 30 meeting between Port Orchard Mayor Tim Matthes and Teresa Osinski, executive vice president of the Kitsap County Home Builders Association, led to a visit by Bremerton Police at a downtown Bremerton restaurant.

South Kitsap district will ask voters to approve $124.99 million school bond issue

A $124.99 million school bond issue to build a second high school in the South Kitsap School District will go before voters Feb. 9.