Different strokes equal big gains for swimmers

POULSBO — In a sport where a single breath — or a single half-second — can mean the difference between winning and losing, the North Kitsap swimming team has been working to reduce both. The team has seen a bumper crop of best times this year, often achieving 20 or more best marks in a single meet. Already the team has qualified one competitor, Jacklene Salwei, for state. And while Greg Braun is proud of that achievement, he is also proud of the way every swimmer has improved. “A lot of these kids swim differently now than they did at the beginning of the year,” Braun said. “Those who are swimming for the first time are starting to look like serious swimmers.”

Cross country team sprints toward postseason today

POULSBO — Cross country will be the first of the North Kitsap High School teams to reach into the postseason. The team will travel to Lakewood’s Steilacom Park today to take part in the 15-part league meet.

Kingston’s hazy crystal ball: UGA sparks local debates

KINGSTON — Preserving wildlife, the Carpenter Creek watershed and even homeowner views were topics of concern at an EIS scoping meeting held Monday evening at Kingston Junior High. About 50 people gathered in the commons area to suggest items that should be covered in a draft environmental impact statement for three proposed sub-area plans for Kingston.

South hands North Kitsap sixth straight loss

POULSBO — For the first play of North Kitsap’s rivalry game against South, North Kitsap kick returner Patrick Gilbert caught the ball at the 15, then weaved his way upfield. Gilbert eluded the Wolves’ tacklers. His blockers plowed forward. And the North Kitsap fans, who filled the stands to which the 0-5 Vikings take on their rivals from the South, started cheering. Gilbert was finally brought down at the 50. He and the kick-return team united and marched off the field to cheers. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there as North was handed a 47-0 loss by its rival from the South.

County gets the jitters over unknown substances

The suspected anthrax scare that for five hours shut down the Bremerton Transportation Center on Sunday, worried a region already jittery over possible bio-terrorism attacks.

Disaster training has paid off

Local and Kitsap County officials have had "disaster drills" for years. They hoped they would never need to implement those plans. Now we know that all the planning paid big dividends.

Freeholders agree to nonpartisan, district elections

If voters approve a proposed new county charter in an election scheduled for February 2002, they will change the manner by which county council members are elected. Then they’ll have the chance to change back in November 2003.

What a difference a month makes

Was it only a month ago that our main concerns were getting our kids back to school, the local primary elections and whether the Mariners were winning? Was it only a month ago that we dutifully mumbled through the Pledge of Allegiance instead of considering how such a pledge could cost us the lives of our friends and neighbors? Was it only a month ago that we barely heard a low-flying aircraft or wondered if every sniffle was the first symptom of Anthrax? Was it only a month ago that we felt safe?

Changes a brewing at Kitsap Community Arts Center

SUQUAMISH — After four years as owner of the Coffee Cantina and serving as manger for the Kitsap Community Arts Center, Don Downing is taking his world famous zesty clam chowder recipe and hitting the road. “My financial resources are completely exhausted and so when it became apparent that KCAC could no longer afford my modest salary, I had no choice but to resign, put the coffee shop up for sale and seek employment elsewhere,” Downing said in a statement. His resignation is effective Nov. 1.

County terrorism danger is much lower than other areas

POULSBO — The county scored one out of five possible points, Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management Director Phyllis Mann told members of the Poulsbo City Council Wednesday night. And while in most cases low scores are a bad sign, Mann said when one is counting the possibility of terrorism here — it couldn’t be better.

PUD plans telecom backbone for region

Over the next few months Kitsap County will be shedding its jellyfish image in terms of telecommunications access and getting a little backbone. Actually, thanks to the Kitsap Public Utilities District, it will be a lot of backbone. Members of the Regional Telecommunications Committee were briefed Thursday on how KPUD was working to expand and improve access throughout the county.

Blessed be these dogs, cats and pigs

A group of animals and their owners gathered Saturday for a blessing and to celebrate St. Francis Assisi's love of animals.

State says money to widen Hwy 305 is not in jeopardy

According to the Department of Transportation, the $7 million earmarked for Poulsbo work remains intact--for now.

Freeholders still split on district-only council election options

An option under consideration--ask voters to decide if county council members should be elected in district-only or country-wide elections. Public comment is invited at the board's next meeting on Oct. 11.

Red Cedar Farm offers patchwork of pumpkins

Thousands of area youngsters visit a maze of pumpkins and sample pumpkin pie and farm life.

White Horse housing/golf project back on course

Court says project is vested under 1983 standards.

Making dollars and sense out of economy

State, Kitsap County, Poulsbo and school districts are bracing for budget cuts.

Poulsbo man dies in Totten Rd. crash

Two men also injured Sunday, one seriously.

Kingston Farmers Market season a bountiful one

Last chance this weekend to get homegrown goodies and fun.

Regis will challenge Bruce in Poulsbo mayoral race

Regis edges out Sherry Appleton by a five-vote margin.