Something’s afoot with foot ferry

KINGSTON — When the going gets tough, the tough go to Whidbey Island. A group of about 20 Kitsap County and Kingston representatives headed for Freeland Friday morning on a foot ferry fact-finding mission.

Poulsbo sewage route gets another big pump

LEMOLO — It’s already taken two huge punches on the nose, but whether Richard Best’s appeal of the adequacy of environmental statements concerning a plan to increase trans-Liberty Bay raw sewage flows from Poulsbo to Brownsville will stay down for the count has yet to be determined. For the second time in as many months, Best and members of the Lemolo Citizens Club received disheartening news from Kitsap County Hearings Examiner Stephen Causseaux, Jr. Their appeal of the Kitsap County’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the central Wastewater Facilities Plan has been denied again

Suquamish students prepare Valentine cards for soldiers

SUQUAMISH — One North Kitsap school is making this Valentine’s Day a little sweeter for troops in Afghanistan. The students at Suquamish Elementary prepared Valentines for the soldiers, cutting out paper hearts, adding glitter, and writing personal notes.

Kingston community center undergoes changes

KINGSTON — The community center will be the center of attention tonight at the Kingston Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting.

Voters reject home rule charter

Early returns:No: 54.91 percent, Yes: 45.09

Babe Ruth team honored in Olympia

POULSBO — Months after becoming the third-best 14-year-old team in the country, the North Kitsap Babe Ruth team received one more honor. The team made its way to Olympia Friday and was honored by State Sen. Betti Sheldon, who read a resolution honoring the team on the Senate floor.

Every dog has its law

The Kitsap County Commissioners have approved a new animal control ordinance. There's a reason it took a year and a half to craft--pets are a subject that can set voters to howling.

Junior high bands sizzlin’ at Jazz Fest

POULSBO — For the record, Poulsbo Junior High opened the junior-high portion of the Viking Jazz Festival with a swinging tune entitled, appropriately enough, “Front Burner.” And Kingston Junior High ended the first day with with “Down Home Cookin’,” a tune director Jeff Haag calls a “jazz rock funk number.”

Pianist relives romantic era

Kitsap Music Teachers Association presents pianist Wayne Johnson, who will play "Salon Classics."

Citizens’ group sues DNR over land sale

KINGSTON — The possible transfer of ownership of 390 acres between the state and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is unconstitutional and should be stopped claims a newly-formed North Kitsap Concerned Citizens group. The group filed suit against the Department of Natural Resources in Kitsap County Superior Court last week alleging the transfer would violate the Washington State Constitution.

Port of Poulsbo terminates manager

POULSBO — Claiming that manager Barbara Waltz had committed malfeasance and misappropriations, Port of Poulsbo Commissioners last Thursday night voted unanimously to terminate her from the payroll. The decision followed weeks of speculation about the manager’s future with the port and comes on the heels of a week of administrative leave.

Charter election tough to predict

Charter backers and opponents won’t predict an outcome of Tuesday’s vote on the government reform, but activists on both sides think it’ll be close. Kitsap County Auditor’s Office officials, however, made one prediction: Only about half of the county’s voters will return the ballots that were mailed on Jan. 16.

Why are we still shortchanging our schools

The Legislature needs to overturn the archaic supermajority requirement.

Teen sex offender leaves Seabeck

Nicholas Stroeder was returned to a state juvenile rehabilitation facility on Jan. 31 after authorities learned he had earlier violated his parole.

Reps go high tech to keep voters informed

A small group of area Chamber of Commerce members grilled Rep. Beverly Woods, R-Poulsbo, and Rep. Pat Lantz, D-Gig Harbor, during a Monday video-conference between Olympia and Bremerton. Woods and Lantz both know the current legislature will be judged on how they tackle state transportation issues.

Tribe honors those who seek to stop racism

LITTLE BOSTON — Charlie Poole and Roman Ives were honored Sunday for claiming their place at the table. The two received awards from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s Anti-racism Committee for their tireless efforts in combating racism.

Reserved parking, and no exceptions

POULSBO — “I’ll just be a minute.” “I’m waiting for my kids.” “I just have to grab some lunch, real quick.” “This is just going to take a few seconds.” Excuses, excuses... and while the majority of the “valid reasons” why people unlawfully park in spots reserved for the handicapped are not ill intended, their impacts often are.

Viking girls earn first win of season

POULSBO — Fifty-two days and 16 games after starting their season, the North Kitsap girls’ Viking basketball players earned their first win Friday night. Appropriately, it was a two-point edging of the Bremerton, a team that had earned its own two-point win over the Vikings earlier this year.

NK boys team collapses against Knights

POULSBO — North Kitsap’s boys’ basketball team has hit several bumps in the road this year. But Friday night was more like a three-car pileup.

A good night’s sleep is all in a day’s work

KINGSTON — For Dennis and Beverly Hotz, a satisfied customer is a well-rested one. The couple owns the Bargain Stop Discount Mattresses in Kingston and for the past year and a half have been supplying North Kitsap sleepers with comfort and support.