As of Wednesday evening, Walt Elliott had tallied 43.28 percent of votes, with 264. Jerry Kirschner was second with 199 votes while Tom Coultas trailed with 140.
By now, the discovery of untyped streams is no longer surprise for Wild Fish Conservancy staff and their volunteers. The group has completed stream-typing work from Olympia to the San Juan Islands, wherever grant money is available.
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will begin work this month on a new Point Casino. The planned 52,000-square-foot building will be constructed adjacent to the existing 20,000-square-foot building off Hansville Road. The tribe will break ground on the project Aug. 15 with hopes of opening the new casino in early 2012.
Water typing maps — created by the state Department of Natural Resources and relied on by most local governments for safeguarding stream habitat — are widely inaccurate and incomplete. A creek mapped in the wrong place or missed entirely may not receive the development buffers and protections it should under state law. By the same token, a non-existent stream erroneously marked as “fish bearing” can be a headache for property owners.
The Port of Kingston is no sleepy marina. The district is nearing the end of a successful string of waterfront construction projects. It launched a passenger ferry service to Seattle in spring. It’s eyeing the creation of a parking facility, and will begin work on a new master plan this fall. The Port of Kingston is a district poised to make moves. The direction it chooses will depend in part on who is elected to the open seat on its three-member commission this year.
PORT GAMBLE — Kitsap’s newest theater is also among its oldest.
The newly formed Port Gamble Theater Company and Olympic Property Group are putting the finishing touches on a renovation project that will allow the 1906 theater to reopen permanently.
The Port of Kingston’s SoundRunner passenger ferry is in uncharted waters. In its sixth week, the ferry has passed its own mark for continuous service, topping the five weeks it ran during its troubled startup last fall. The approach of SoundRunner staff is noticeably different since the service relaunched May 31, Hansville commuter Michael Szerlog said Wednesday. “Much more professional,” Szerlog said. “They seem to have it together.”
At least three people were hospitalized over the holiday weekend from incidents involving illegal fireworks in North Kitsap. A 36-year-old man suffered injuries from a homemade sparkler bomb Saturday on Lillehammer Lane off Pugh Road, according to Poulsbo Fire Department. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton for treatment. Also on Saturday, a mortar-style firework exploded in the hands of a 44-year-old Seattle man, as he attempted to fire the explosive off a boat in Liberty Bay. The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
KINGSTON — The Port of Kingston is pursuing a grant to study potential for a downtown parking garage.
The port will apply for up to $200,00 from the Federal Transit Administration this month to pay for a feasibility study and preliminary design of a parking structure, port Project Manager Kori Henry said
KINGSTON —Even as surveyors went to work on the Stillwaters Fish Passage last week, the realization of the decade-long effort was still sinking in for supporters.
“I’ve said for the longest time, I can’t really exhale until I see the bulldozer in the driveway,” said Naomi Maasberg, administrative director at Stillwaters Environmental Center. “I can see the bridge, I can see the culvert gone and I can see the water flowing slowly.”
POULSBO — An osprey nest and an electrical malfunction ignited the cell phone tower fire that closed down State Route 305 for 12 hours Monday in the Lemolo area. Kitsap County Deputy Fire Marshal Tina Turner said an electrical malfunction at a lighted beacon on top of the 150-foot tower caught the bird’s nest on fire before 4 a.m. Monday. Turner said the birds likely damaged the beacon or its 110-volt power wire while building their nest, contributing to the fire.
KINGSTON — The Spirit of Kingston sailed for Seattle Tuesday, within a minute of its 6:40 a.m. scheduled departure time. It was a good start for the Port of Kingston’s passenger ferry service, which resumed this week after a six-month hiatus. But to attract a steady crowd of commuters, SoundRunner will need to be punctual day in and day out.
“The most important thing for commuters is consistency and reliability,” said Carol Maziarz, one of 41 passengers and about 20 commuters on the ferry Tuesday. “The proof will be consistency.”