North Kitsap

Don Nakata leaves legacy of caring

"Don Nakata died on Tuesday. But, the spirit of Kaizen lives on. Nakata, president of Town & County Markets, suffered a major stroke while vacationing with his wife Ellen in Louisiana, where he died at Lafayette General Hospital. The couple was enjoying a bus tour and had told their friends how excited they were to have a chance to see the Mississippi River. "

Skatepark location still in question

"KCAC delays decision, needs more information. "

North volleyball raises record to 12-2

"POULSBO - Come see this team, Jeff Campbell told someone before the North Kitsap High School volleyball team played a match against Port Angeles Thursday night. We're doing pretty good. 'Pretty good' may be an understatement from Campbell. After the Vikings made it a very rough night for the Rough Riders of P.A., beating them in three straight sets, the Vikings found themselves with a 12-2 record overall - 8-2 in league. The Vikings had a relatively tough go of the night in the first two matches, winning both 15-6. They dominated the third, but couldn't help hearing a little razzing from the stands as they did. As the Vikings racked up 14 points with ease, then spent fifteen minutes trying to put the Rough Riders away for the night, a fan shouted from the back: It takes fifteen points to win! FIFTEEN! The Vikings got the message, and Amber Markwick served North Kitsap to a 15-4 win in the third game. "

Donations mean improvements for district

"SUQUAMISH - Suquamish Elementary principal Joe Davalos has seen changes in his school over the years, and many of those changes have been for the good. Two years ago, the school could afford to expand the playground. Last year, they purchased televisions and VCRs for half the classrooms. Next year, Davalos said, they hope to do the same with the remaining classrooms. We're one of the few schools that doesn't have TVs and VCRs in every room, Davalos said. We just bought them when we could and pushed them around on carts. The money for the TVs and VCRs last year came from the school's PTSA, and that money was donated by parents and individuals. It's always from varied sources, Davalos said. People who really have a sense of what it is we're trying to do try to contribute in any way they can. He added, I feel very fortunate. But Suquamish Elementary is not the only fortunate school. Every North Kitsap school receives money and items from donations. "

Council okays Poulsbo Place

"In a vote so confusing that Security Properties officials had to ask what had happened, the Poulsbo City Council approved the plat for the first 10 new homes in Poulsbo Place. The approval won't be final, however, until SPI sets aside $550,000 to guarantee construction of the Iverson Street road extension. Steve Dymoke, vice-president of SPI expects the road funding issue to be resolved this week, with certificates of occupancy to be issued shortly after that by the city. If that all happens, owners of the new homes could be moving in by Halloween. The council's approval came following a week of solid progress by SPI on a list of 43 punch list items that had caused the council to delay approval of the plat last week. Tom Curren, SPI president, Mayor Donna Jean Bruce and City Engineer John Stephenson met during the week to resolve issues and move the project toward approval. "

Making the grade – seventh grade

"POULSBO - The transition from grade school to junior high can be difficult. There are new classrooms, new books, and new faces. So, Poulsbo Junior High is doing something different. A week ago they packed more than 200 incoming students on buses, drove them up to Island Lake Camp (along with a group of parents, educators and student volunteers), and had a retreat. What we were trying to do, said assistant principal Tony Bainbridge, is accomplish a lot of different things before school starts. The retreat had been something that Principal Gregg Epperson has wanted to do for a while, Bainbridge said. It became a reality Sept. 12. "

Schools invite your opinion

"If you're one of those people who feel strongly your school district should spend money and make decisions, now's your chance to have a say-so. The North Kitsap School District is hosting a series of community forums at each school over the next few weeks (the forums for Vinland and Breidablik will both be held at Vinland). The forums are designed to get your reaction to a series of facilities recommendations developed by a task force of citizen volunteers. We'll also be running a series of articles in the Herald that highlight what some of the issues are with the school district's facilities. "

District asks community to help design future of North Kitsap schools

"Series of meetings planned to gather ideas, reactions. "

Skatepark proposal gaining momentum

Wednesday meeting to decide park's location.

Kingston junior high gets new athletic director

Byrd takes over in newly-made role

Short-handed Panthers open season with loss

"POULSBO - With only 18 athletes ready to take the field Thursday during Poulsbo Junior High's first football game of the season, Coach Jim Isenhour knew it was going to be a difficult game to win. He proved prophetic, with the Port Angeles Stevens Middle School Riders coming away with a 22-7 victory over the Panthers. But, Isenhour likes the spirit those few athletes showed. The game began ominously for the Panthers, when small, speedy freshman tailback Greg Donnell got the kickoff for Port Angeles. Before many of the parents had even found their seats, Donnell had found the end zone, scooting and weaving more than half the distance of the field to make the score. The point-after attempt failed, and the Riders held a 6-0 lead over Poulsbo. "

“Tribal council, gaming commissioners at odds”

Monday night meeting could result in ouster.

Local water hookups now down to a trickle

"Lawmakers, DOE, PUD seeking solutions to unclog system. "

Swim team studies Olympics for tricks

Team learns lessons from the world's best.

Fourth-quarter collapse downs Vikings

Loss drops football team to 1-2 record.

How big did your garden grow?

"Fat zucchini, pumpkins, tall corn, sunflowers and dahlias make for great fun at Valley Nursery. "

Panthers top Cavs in volleyball win

Poulsbo comes out on top in year's first match.

Port fills vacant commissioner spot

Gilbert chosen from boar interviews.

Precision NK passing defeats Bremerton Knights

Vikings beat Bremerton by 4-1 score.

New business a shoe in on Front Street

"POULSBO - There's an old saying in the business: If the shoe fits, wear it. This saying may very well have dual meanings for Brian Ballestrasse of Lemolo and could also read: If the shoe business fits, buy it. So, when Sluys Shoes was put up for sale, the seven-year veteran manager from Nordstrom's simply couldn't pass the opportunity up. Ballestrasse had visited Little Norway before and said, I always really liked the town and community here. While searching for a home here though, he was forced to make the dreaded Edmonds-Kingston commute each morning. Although traffic backups for the ferry are notorious, Ballestrasse said they weren't unbearable in his case. At least I was going in the right direction, he explained with a smile and a shrug. "