Liberty Bay Trail off on right foot

POULSBO — Even City Engineer John Stephenson had to chuckle. “This is very exciting. Get on with it,” the citizen comment about the Liberty Bay Waterfront Trail read. But it wasn’t the tone that made the engineer smile.

Cougars take a bite out of Vikings

POULSBO — For the North Kitsap fastpitch team, runs against Central Kitsap have been as rare as ice cream trucks in December. In the last two years, the Vikings have scored exactly zero runs against the Cougars.

Community, art mesh at Old Kingston Hotel

KINGSTON — This spring the Old Kingston Hotel will become home to new artists and ideas. The Appletree Cove landmark, if all goes according to plan, will be transformed into a place where creativity, community and service combine.

Vikings crown their new queen

POULSBO — Dressed as a floured and somewhat frazzled baker, Alex Duchemin represented the finest Viking Fest has to offer. She later traded her chef’s hat for a crown. The sanctuary of Christ Memorial Church in Poulsbo erupted with cheers as Duchemin’s name was announced as the 2002 Miss Viking Fest.

Business up, no recession in Kitsap

While the economic health of other Puget Sound counties deteriorated and the state slipped into a recession last winter, Kitsap County remained strong, according to state Department of Revenue statistics released last week. “Other Puget Sound counties, such as King County, boomed bigger over the last decade, and now they are busting bigger,” said County Commissioner Chris Endresen. “Kitsap County is steadier in terms of employment and income.”

Pizza shop serves up learning for students

Class gets a first-hand look at a how a business works.

You can change part of the world

After more than 30 Earth Days, the world, particularly our small part of it, still needs changing. You can change the world in small, but important ways.

Breidablik students visited by special guests

POULSBO — Twelve visiting Mexican students will leave North Kitsap this weekend, but evidence of their visit will remain at Breidablik Elementary for years. The Mexican students, part of an exchange program with Spectrum Community School, helped the Breidablik students kick-start a project that has been waiting a long while to begin: an organic garden in a patch of land behind the school.

Fred Hill unveils pier plan

Poulsbo-based Fred Hill Materials announced innovative plans to build a four-mile conveyor belt that would haul gravel and sand from its Shine quarry to a marine pier on Hood Canal, where it would be shipped out. The proposed pier would be located about five miles south of the Hood Canal Bridge, and about 2 miles west of the Lofall ferry dock on the western shore of Hood Canal. The nearest Kitsap point would be the Edgewater Estates.

Rotary Auction is the best deal in town

The upcoming Rotary Auction Dinner has it all--fun, great food, incredible bargains and it's all for the good of the community.

North track team falls to Wolves

PORT ORCHARD — The North Kitsap track team fell to the South Kitsap Wolves Wednesday, but there were several individual highlights for North. Kolby Hoover grabbed first place in the 400 meter run with a 50.9-second finish — a personal best for him — and also took first place in the 110 high hurdles (16.2). Distance runner Jim Robson grabbed first place twice in the 1600 and 3200 runs. He grabbed the wins with times of 4:39.0 and 10:24.4 respectively.

Broadband inches closer to North Kitsap

Telecommunications in Poulsbo took two giant, high -speed steps forward this week. But the ultra-speedy, ultra-wide bands for computer communications are still stopped just short of your front door. On Wednesday night, the Poulsbo City Council unanimously approved a telecommunications master permit for the Kitsap Public Utilities (KPUD)district, effectively approving installation of a broadband fiber backbone that will wind its way through Poulsbo.

Central Kitsap nets 2-0 win over Vikings

POULSBO — A pair of first-half goals lifted the Central Kitsap Cougars over the North Kitsap Vikings Thursday evening, as the Vikings battled to come back but couldn’t reach the scoreboard. The Cougars’ goals were scored by Broc Gaboviault and Brandon Screen.

Suquamish’s Matlock finds art in odd places

SUQUAMISH — They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But if Edward Matlock has anything to say about it, beauty may be sitting unnoticed in the beholder’s basement.

Tides overwhelm Vikings

POULSBO — Sophomore Heather Case has pitched well for the North Kitsap Vikings this season. But Monday afternoon, the Gig Harbor Tides had their own super sophomore to send to the mound.

Dig deeper – your ferry trip will cost more starting May 12

With only minor tinkering, the state Transportation Commission Thursday unanimously approved ferry fare hikes averaging 12.5 percent, on top of last year’s 20 percent increases. The increases will take effect on May 12, the same day that peak-season fares begin. The combination will boost round-trip car-and-driver fares from the present from the current $16 to $22.50 during the summer on the Central Sound routes from Seattle to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island, and from Edmonds to Kingston.

Woods seeks second House term

Saying that she will continue to fight for Kitsap County’s ferry commuters, Rep. Beverly Woods, (R-Poulsbo), announced Friday that she will seek re-election to the State Legislature from the 23d District, which includes Bainbridge Island and north Kitsap County. “Nobody gets the raw deal that Kitsap County commuters do,” said Woods. “Too many people say that all we can do is increase the ferry fares. Somebody has to say enough is enough, hold the legislature’s feet to the fire and get them to fund the ferry system, our highways,” she said.

Front St. businesses ready for construction

POULSBO — At the end of April, everything changes for businesses on the north end of Front Street. A constant state of construction and traffic disarray will occur until crews from Buno Construction wrap up 90 days of road and infrastructure improvement work and head back to Snohomish. Even though the $1.37 million project will affect everything from traffic to tourism, the majority of entrepreneurs from Jensen Way north to Bond Road are fairly certain the long-term benefits will outweigh the short-term pains.

The Robe Warriors meet at Jewel Box Theatre

When a protesting nun meets a "by the book" judge, comedy and drama result in the newest play offered at Poulsbo's Jewel Box Theatre.

KRCC votes to fund Internet study

City, county and tribal officials took the first formal baby step last week toward providing equal access to what is considered the fourth utility — broadband telecommunications — to Kitsap residents. “I am really excited about this,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Chris Endresen. “Government works best when we work together, and that’s what I see. I see all of these entities working toward the goal of clean economic development.”