Bender sentenced to life in prison for Suquamish murder

DuWayne Bender pled guilty to the July murder of Suquamish resident Barbara Sneed. On Monday he received a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole. During the sentencing hearing, Sneed’s family spoke about her loss.

Debates on county charter heating up

In a debate that seemed unlikely to change many minds, opponents of the proposed Kitsap County charter argued Thursday night that the document is a prescription for bad government, while supporters claimed it is the county’s chance to free itself from the shackles of a century-old system.

The recession that wasn’t in Little Norway

POULSBO — Concerns that the national recession would knock the jolliness out of the season last month were unwarranted, according to business owners on Front Street. The general consensus among downtown business owners is that holiday sales weren’t just good — many of those on the corridor agreed that they were the best ever. A random sampling of various stores provided substantial proof that for the majority of businesses, the poor sales which have plagued other retailers around the United States skipped over Little Norway’s best known district.

Last days for Mann at the Odin Inn

POULSBO — The Odin Inn closed for the year last week, but it was as busy as ever up to the final hour. The Inn, which is run by NKHS students, has closed its doors for the rest of the school year due to renovation of the pool building. But last Thursday still saw customers searching for seats, students taking orders, and most of all, Eunice Mann overseeing it all.

A new casino sign for the times

SUQUAMISH — After this weekend, motorists passing the Suquamish tribe’s Clearwater Casino can see what’s going on on the big screen. Workers were busy Thursday preparing the foundation for the new sign expected to be up this weekend. The sign is about 9-feet lower than the current sign and features new technology, Clearwater officials said.

Vikings tripped up in league game against P.A.

POULSBO — The visitors’ locker room at North Kitsap High School is separated from the home locker room by a single wall, and after the Vikings’ loss to Port Angeles Wednesday night, NK head coach Bob Fronk briefly grew silent when the sound of muffled cheering made its way through that wall. “It sounds like they’re celebrating,” he said of the neighboring Roughriders. “And they should be.”

North Kitsap Soccer Club members net awards

POULSBO — Jamison Rogayan may have started on the sidelines, but for a few moments on Tuesday he took center stage. Rogayan was just one North Kitsap Soccer Club member to be honored during the club’s annual awards ceremony Tuesday night. He was one of four students — himself, Adam Campagna, Gabrielle Hernandez, and Angela Stickle — to receive a $100 scholarship from the club.

A rough ride: Vikings fall to P.A.

POULSBO — Someday, Sather, Wood and Payne would make a great name for a law firm. For now, the trio of high-scoring players — Lindsay Sather, Mandy Wood, and Ashley Payne — will have to satisfy themselves by driving the Port Angeles Roughriders to the state tournament.

Leave it to cleaver

LEMOLO — Mike Fox has been “bringing home the bacon” for five years but “home” has never seemed so close before. That’s because Fox has never had a chance to bring the entire family to work — something he and his wife, Amy, have been able to do at their leisure since buying Lemolo Meats last month. Even so, “leisure,” in terms of time, is few and far between at the business.

WSF fined for ramp collapse

KINGSTON — Washington State Ferries did not have adequate procedures and emergency action plans in place, or ensure the structural integrity of the Kingston ferry dock components, according to a citation issued by the Department of Labor & Industries. The citation, issued Dec. 11, is part of an investigation stemming from a June 9, 2001 incident when the transfer span at the Kingston dock collapsed, sending WSF worker Tim Seyl into the water.

A journey’s end marks a tradition’s rebirth

SUQUAMISH — Within the spirit of the 1,000 year-old tree, young carvers uncovered a canoe. Within the canoe they discovered lost traditions of their tribe. And within themselves they found the courage to transform their lives. Saturday, six young canoe carvers were honored, and their creation — a 37-foot cedar canoe — was blessed by the Suquamish Tribe.

CKA boys team off to undefeated start

POULSBO — Six of one, half a dozen of another. No matter how you count the wins, the Christ the King Academy boys’ basketball team has jumped out to a hot start. The Eagles have won their first six games behind a hot-shooting foursome of leaders and a dedication to the fundamentals of basketball.

After approaching first win, NK pushed away

POULSBO — The third quarter has been the Achilles’ heel for the North Kitsap Lady Vikings this season. But Saturday night, it was the fourth that did them in.

Science Center reels in large donations

POULSBO — “Wow,” was about all Marine Science Center executive director Michelle Benedict could initially muster last Thursday when she first laid her eyes on a generous donation forwarded by the Kitsap Community Foundation. The $20,000 check was presented by Poulsbo attorney and KCF board member Richard Tizzano but its origins are being kept anonymous. The mystery will continue in the coming months, according to Tizzano who said that the donor will provide similar donations in late-2002 and late-2003.

Oyster Plant Park name is here to stay

POULSBO — Even city councilman Ed Stern thought it was a good idea. And, after casting a minority vote with councilman Jim Henry to name the city’s newest recreational amenity “Oyster Plant Rotary Park,” the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotarian joined the rest of council to afix the name “Oyster Plant Park” on the .22-acre site for good.

Veterans’ Fair set for Friday

KINGSTON —The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is eager to serve the men and women who have served their country. The VA Department is hosting a veterans’ information and assistance fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the VFW Post No. 7329, 26096 West First St. in Kingston.

City, Olhava and college reach agreement

POULSBO — The pen is mightier than the words. Years of talk, deliberation and outright frustrated arguments came to an end Wednesday night as the Poulsbo City Council, Olympic College and officials from Olhava Associates Wednesday night found an elusive patch of common ground and reached a long-awaited agreement on the local branch campus.

Citizens Advisory committee looking for two more members

KINGSTON — The KIngston Citizens Advisory Committee started 2002 the same way they ended 2001 — quietly. Although no official action was taken, discussions about the community center took a different turn Wednesday as members voiced concerns about too much of a good thing.

Meeting about pool concerns scheduled

POULSBO — With renovation on the community pool fast approaching, the North Kitsap School District has scheduled a meeting to address the concerns of Poulsbo Junior High parents. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 in music room two.

Low-income families to benefit from grant

POULSBO — The North Kitsap School District has received a $200,000 Even Start grant that administrators think will be a boon for 30 local families. The money, which is composed of federal funds, will be partially matched by the district, raising the total value of the grant to $325,000.