South Kitsap Briefs

KEDA expands

Having won a $500,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce, Kitsap Economic Development Alliance has hired two new team members to launch its new “WAV-C” maritime autonomy and innovation program.

Hired were program manager Seth Abelson and business development manager Rochelle LeMay.

WAV-C stands for Washington Autonomous Vehicle Cluster. The maritime autonomy industry is a fast-growing sector of the maritime industry. Such clusters bring key components together to solve industry challenges that limit growth and innovation.

In addition, James Davis joins KEDA as the organization’s new economic development manager. He comes to Kitsap after most recently serving as Business Development and ScaleUp program manager for Thurston Economic Development Council.

4 on health board

Four nonelected members have been appointed to the Kitsap Public Health Board.

The move was required by state law.

Stephen Kutz was appointed by the American Indian Health Commission and the Suquamish Tribal Council.

Three community representatives — Drayton Jackson and Drs. Tara Kirk Sell and Michael Watson — were nominated by the health board and appointed by the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners. Those three were among 40 applicants for those spots.

St. Olaf concert

The St. Olaf Orchestra, conducted by Chung Park, will perform at Bremerton High School Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. as part of its national tour.

The concert is free for all students and $10 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at

Named “one of the best college orchestras in the nation” by Time magazine’s Richard Ostling, the St. Olaf Orchestra is known for its passionate music-making and professional-level performances. Highlights include Symphony No. 1 in G Major by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, standout soloists from the ranks of the St. Olaf Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s gripping and poignant Symphony No. 6 Pathétique.

The St. Olaf Orchestra was named winner of the 2018-19 American Prize for Orchestra Performance among colleges and universities for the second time.

Judge: $0 fine

Judge Piper Thornburgh ruled not to fine any of the protesters at the Trident base as part of Ground Zero’s annual commemoration of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

“You have admitted the infraction, and I have found that it was committed. I am reducing your fine to zero,” the judge said.

Those arrested and charged were Michael Siptroth, Br. Gilberto Perez, Dr. David Hall, Rev. Anne Hall, and Caroyln Wildflower.

Siptroth said, “With real national security, no one in this country would be hungry or without health care and a decent place to live.”

Hall added, “We were engaged in a ritual protest, part of a forty-year effort to bring public attention to the presence and danger of nuclear weapons and to offer our prayerful hope for the future.”