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Running for the good of Poulsbo

They share a vision for a better Poulsbo, but other than that the candidates seeking the offices of city council and mayor this November are strictly individual in their thinking. Some have common issues they feel need to resolved but by and large, the four incumbents and four challengers who will face off in General Election are seeking office for very different reasons. They come from different backgrounds, have varied qualifications and have separate views on how the city should be run. Instead of taking sound bites from our candidates, the Herald gave them 100 words to say their piece as they answered the five questions that matter most in any city election

Parents serve up burgers for small fries

KINGSTON — Call it a McCoup. Parents and staff of the Kingston Cooperative Preschool took orders, worked the drive through and survived a fast-paced few hours on the fast food frontlines. At the end of their three-hour shift they raised $400 for the school.

City council, mayor candidates speak up

POULSBO — Additional chairs were brought into the meeting room at the Valborg Oyen Library Thursday night to accommodate the 30 or so people interested in this city’s Democratic process. But even with nearly every seat filled and candidates seeking election or re-election for council and mayor slots in just three weeks, the mood was surprisingly relaxed.

Keeping an eye on the ‘I’s and Eyman

SUQUAMISH — Dressed as Uncle Sam, Catherine Ahl gave it her all to support Initiative 747. “The government can get used to having less money,” she said citing Initiative 695, which did away with the vehicle excise tax. “I-695 was all doom and gloom. But the ferries are still running and we have some roads,” she continued as she played the role of I -747 author Tim Eyman.

Tides manage one-goal victory over NK Vikings

POULSBO — The two goals Gig Harbor scored against North Kitsap weren’t pretty, but they were enough.

Getting the facts straight for voters

Not everything you hear in an election year is the truth. Ask questions and do your homework before you cast your vote.

Panthers fall to Falcons

POULSBO — The Poulsbo Junior High Panthers shot themselves in the paw Thursday. The Panthers, who entered a game against a tough, athletic Fairview team, stayed with the Falcons for many stretches of the game, stalling their drives, rolling out big plays, and gaining yardage. But the Panthers also committed several turnovers, and the Falcons jumped on the opportunities, racking up enough scores to garner a 24-6 win.

Candidates gather to mull NK school board issues

POULSBO — There weren’t many disagreements — or many spectators — at last Tuesday’s forum for the North Kitsap School District candidates. The dozen or so community members who made it to the Poulsbo Junior High library that evening got to see four of the five school board candidates discuss a range of issues, from year-long school to WASL testing. The tone of the talk remained cordial and positive, with all of the candidates emphasizing their appreciation of the direction the district is heading.

Vikings qualify three runners for districts

POULSBO — Three North Kitsap cross country athletes will be moving on to district competition next week. Jim Robson, Michael Chuol, and Robyn Embrey all placed well enough in Wednesday’s league meet to move on.

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.