Kitsap County

Climbers work on a multi-pitch climb on The Tooth, a basic alpine climb in Mount Baker — Snoqualmie National Forest. Contributed / Ralph Wessels

Kitsap Mountaineers teach students to climb ‘essentially anything’ in the Pacific Northwest

“If you climb Mount Baker, you get up there toward the very top and you’ll see steam coming up out of the mountain from the… Continue reading

Climbers work on a multi-pitch climb on The Tooth, a basic alpine climb in Mount Baker — Snoqualmie National Forest. Contributed / Ralph Wessels

Kitsap suspects among 19 arrested in meth distribution ring bust

SEATTLE — Nineteen people, including suspects from Port Orchard, Bremerton and Poulsbo, were arrested in a multi-state meth distribution ring that centered around the South… Continue reading

Columbia Bank’s ‘Warm Hearts Winter Drive’ helps homeless shelters | Holiday Hearts

POULSBO — Columbia Bank is accepting donations of cash and new winter wear through Dec. 31 to benefit those who are homeless. Donations can be… Continue reading

Extra DUI patrols in force for the holidays

Law enforcement agencies are participating in extra patrols aimed at getting impaired drivers off the roads over this holiday season, now to Jan. 1. In… Continue reading

You can recycle after Christmas — including your tree

KITSAP COUNTY — While you’re busily decorating your Christmas tree for the holiday season, keep in mind that you can recycle it once the celebration… Continue reading

Downtown Poulsbo, by Andrea Parmalee

Reader-submitted snow photos | Photo Gallery

A collection of reader-submitted photos, taken during Dec. 8-9 snowfall. Send us your snow photos and we will post them in this photo gallery. You… Continue reading

Downtown Poulsbo, by Andrea Parmalee
“White Christmas for Poulsbo Viking,” by Cindee Still

Kitsap Transit buses on snow routes; Human Rights Conference canceled

Enjoy the snow. But if you have to travel, drive safely. All school districts in Kitsap County, including Bainbridge Island, cancelled school today, according to… Continue reading

“White Christmas for Poulsbo Viking,” by Cindee Still

Here’s how local restaurants fared in health department inspections

Here’s how local restaurants scored in health department inspections in September and October. A score of 75 percent or lower means closure; 76-85 percent, alert;… Continue reading

State: For every $100 increase in the average rent, homelessness increases 15 to 32 percent

POULSBO — For every $100 increase in the average rent, homelessness increases 15 to 32 percent, according to the state Department of Commerce. The average… Continue reading

Create a Housing Trust Fund to invest in best solutions | Kitsap Housing Crisis

Community investments in ferries are as crucial to our future as investments in our people. Affordable housing is at the center of the human systems… Continue reading

For a modest investment, housing solutions are available | Kitsap’s Housing Crisis

I am a fiscally conservative mayor, so the amount of money needed to bring some true and lasting relief to our housing crisis is rather… Continue reading

K-9 Units: the benefits and importance to the community

K-9 Units: the benefits and importance to the community

Dedication is incredibly important to law enforcement K-9 units. It’s not an easy, cushy assignment. Each dog and handler requires massive amounts of training, not… Continue reading

K-9 Units: the benefits and importance to the community
Kingston Cove Yacht Club spreads holiday cheer to Kingston Food Bank | Holiday Hearts

Kingston Cove Yacht Club spreads holiday cheer to Kingston Food Bank | Holiday Hearts

KINGSTON — Barb Fulton, director of the Kingston Food Bank, was overwhelmed as she accepted five large boxes filled with food, and $420 (enough for… Continue reading

Kingston Cove Yacht Club spreads holiday cheer to Kingston Food Bank | Holiday Hearts

Keep livestock safe this winter | Pets & People

In October, Kitsap County saw record-breaking rainfall, and the storms and power outages of 2016 are expected again this winter. Bad weather is not just… Continue reading

BPD K-9 Ando chews on a toy as a reward for succesfully tracking KCSO Deputy Aaron Baker on a training session Nov. 15 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.                                Michelle Beahm / Kitsap News Group

Deep bond between K-9 handlers and their canine partners

Not every dog is suitable for K-9 units. It takes a very specific temperament. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Hedstrom, whose K-9 partner is a… Continue reading

BPD K-9 Ando chews on a toy as a reward for succesfully tracking KCSO Deputy Aaron Baker on a training session Nov. 15 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.                                Michelle Beahm / Kitsap News Group

Police are ‘last resort’ for mental health issues; helping people in crisis can be a challenge

BREMERTON — “Mental health-related issues are now the majority of our job,” said Steven Strachan, Bremerton’s chief of police. “Family members call looking for ‘help’… Continue reading

Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Gay, left, with his K-9 partner Max, and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Baker, right, with his K-9 partner Heiko, take a break from training on Nov. 15 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.                                Michelle Beahm / Kitsap News Group

The importance of K-9 units

K-9 units are, according to Bremerton Police Officer Bryan Hall, “a great symbol of the positive aspects of law enforcment.” But why do law enforcement… Continue reading

Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Gay, left, with his K-9 partner Max, and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Baker, right, with his K-9 partner Heiko, take a break from training on Nov. 15 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.                                Michelle Beahm / Kitsap News Group
Vikings defeat Orting 44-21; Archbishop Thomas Murphy is next | Road to State

Vikings defeat Orting 44-21; Archbishop Thomas Murphy is next | Road to State

POULSBO — The North Kitsap Vikings defeated the Orting Cardinals 44-21 Nov. 4 to advance to the first round of the 2A State Football Tournament.… Continue reading

Vikings defeat Orting 44-21; Archbishop Thomas Murphy is next | Road to State

Re-elect Supreme Court Justice Wiggins

We are the current and past presidents of the Kitsap County Bar Association, which has approximately 250 attorneys practicing law in Kitsap County. We are… Continue reading

Reckless driving, assault cases in court | Court report

The following cases have been filed in Kitsap County Superior Court or District Court: Driving without an interlock/driving with license revoked: A 43-year-old Port Orchard… Continue reading