Bob Smith

‘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.

Bridge over Blackjack Creek installation is under way today

Port Orchard has a new civic landmark today. The Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway Project has taken a leap forward with the installation of the Blackjack Creek bridge that is part of phase 4 of the project.

Bridge over Blackjack Creek could be in place by next week

Port Orchard’s Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway Project will soon have another, very visible, sign that it’s taking one more step toward eventual completion.

Campaign contributions issue ruffles feathers on both sides

Is money from outside organizations unduly flowing into the campaigns of Port Orchard mayoral and city council candidates? It depends on who you ask.

SKFD asking voter to approve bond measure to upgrade equipment

Kitsap County Fire District 7 is asking South Kitsap residents served by South Kitsap Fire and Rescue to approve a bond measure to issue $4.9 million in general obligation funds through Proposition 1, which would be collected from excess property taxes annually over five years.

Explosive housing costs in Seattle are sparking interest in Kitsap County’s real-estate market

Is South Kitsap and Port Orchard on the cusp of becoming a viable alternative for King County residents being priced out of their housing market?

Christensen to mount write-in challenge for Council seat

Clancy Donlin will have an opponent, after all, in his general-election race for the Port Orchard City Council's at-large seat.Port Orchard resident Bill Christensen is gearing up to run a write-in campaign for the seat.

Central Dock, Bay Street Meat Company have new partners

A new partnership team will operate the Central Dock Restaurant and the Bay Street Meat Company, both located in the Port Orchard Public Market.

High winds, rain down trees, cut power to thousands in South Kitsap

Thousands are without power in Olalla; Port Orchard has 159 without power, PSE reports.