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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
POULSBO — Like runners in a marathon, members of the Kitsap Regional Telecommunications Committee are discovering the “last mile” is definitely the most difficult — especially when it’s all uphill.
The finish line will be in sight this summer, when the Public Utility District fiber-optic backbone is completed through the county, but the committee needs a second wind before businesses and residents can break the tape.
POULSBO — After being passed for years and years, the water and sewer rate buck will stop with the city council later this year — and none of its members are too happy about it.
Faced with an inequitable rate system, which favors commercial ventures over residents and waste over conservation, the council realized Wednesday night that it must take action to rectify the situation. The fix won’t be easy and will mean higher costs for businesses if a recommended plan from Ed Cebron of Financial Solutions Consulting Group, Inc. and a special citizen advisory committee is accepted.
POULSBO — The North Kitsap Vikings are good hosts, but they may have taken courtesy one step too far Wednesday afternoon.
The Vikings committed seven errors, including four in an overwhelming four-run sixth inning, and helped hand a win to the Port Angeles Roughriders, 10-3.
SUQUAMISH — Motorists on Hwy. 305 Tuesday may have noticed the absence of the totem artwork some here have called an old friend.
Department of Transportation crews Tuesday removed the Agate Pass Totem Pole near the intersection of Hwy. 305 and Suquamish Way. They disposed of the 40-year-old cedar carving at the Suquamish tribe’s request.