North Kitsap

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. "

Check out the latest addition to the Kingston Library

New manager brings ideas for improvements.

Join the Kingston clean team

Volunteers needed to pick up trash.

Suquamish Elders bless Olympic College site

"POULSBO - Gray skies and rain gave way to warm weather Wednesday afternoon as officials from Olympic College and the Suquamish Tribe made a path through scrub brush and felled trees at the proposed campus site on Poulsbo's northwestern edge. It was a good omen. The sun is coming out, Olympic College president Carl Jonietz observed quietly. This is auspicious. Arriving at the chosen spot, new Suquamish Elder Gene Jones led the group through the ritual blessing of the land. Six candles were lit, one placed on the ground, the others distributed to members of the tribe. "

Bringing two cultures together

Wednesday's gathering of Suquamish Tribal members and officials from Olympic College in Poulsbo was just another sign that two different cultures can grow in understanding of one another without trampling on each other's traditions.

NK overtakes Klahowya in final minutes

"SILVERDALE - By the time 77 minutes of Tuesday's soccer game with Klahowya had ticked past, the North Kitsap High School girls soccer team apparently had decided it wasn't going to be able to go through the Eagles. Luckily for North, they got an opportunity in the dying minutes of regulation time to go over them, instead. Lindsey Ross tucked a 25-yard free kick under the crossbar after lofting it over both Klahowya's defensive wall and freshman goalkeeper Alicia Langdon for the only goal in the Olympic League matchup at Silverdale Stadium. That was just a nice shot, Klahowya coach Troy Oelschlager said, tipping his cap to Ross' game-winning marksmanship. I bet if she took 10 of those shots, she wouldn't make more than one of them. One point was all it took for NK to escape with three points that allowed it to stay tied atop the Olympic League table going into the Thursday, Sept. 21 round of games, when the Vikings had a bye. "

Poulsbo Place okay put on hold

Split vote keeps Poulsbo Place off council agenda for next two weeks.

Ward defends Poulsbo Place

Stephenson backs city's position to postpone plat discussion.

Kitsap voters say no way to sales tax hike proposal

Transit officials looking ahead to ways to sustain service.

Contract awarded to build fire stations

M J Shockley wins with bid of $3.8 million.

North end gets 60 day water hookup freeze

KPUD suspends issuing new water connections until Nov. 14.

Districts get hitched

"Voters approve Fire District 14, NKF&R merger. "

NK grads return to teach

"POULSBO - Megan Watson just couldn't do it. Watson, in her first year as a teacher at Suquamish Elementary, found that one of her old teachers, Fran Shields, was now a colleague. Shields said, You can call me Fran. I was like, 'Uh ... no.' Watson said. Watson is just one of many North Kitsap-area graduates to find herself working alongside her childhood friends, neighbors, and teachers. Watson's tie to the North Kitsap School District is even stronger than most; her grandfather, Dick Endresen, is the school board president. "

“NK loses match to CK, 40-28”

Central's Roy gains 221 yards in win.

Commissioners purchase largest chunk of forest in county history

Officials to preserve Banner forest from development for at least three decades.

Kingston duo espresso-ing themselves

"KINGSTON - With nicknames like Smitters and Jitters, it was only natural that Kris Smith and Karen Felmly should find one another. Not surprisingly, the two exuberant women quickly became friends and, after mulling it over, decided that they had the makings for much more than a relationship - they had the makings of a business. Opening their first ever espresso stop in the Kountry Korners gas station at the intersection of Miller Bay Road and State Route 104, the dynamic duo quickly expanded into their own shop just down the sidewalk. Now, what to name this new enterprise? Hmmm. Smitters and Jitters Espresso was simply too good to resist. "

Time for board to agree on kids

"They're choosing up sides, deciding who will play offense and who will play defense while the parents try to understand what's happening on the field. That description could be about any good soccer game, but unfortunately it describes almost every recent North Kitsap Soccer Club board meeting. This outstanding local club has endured month after month of in-fighting, bickering and hurt feelings. People who care deeply about children and providing them with an opportunity to learn and enjoy playing soccer have become locked in bitter accusations and arguments. "

Hometown supports Shipley on eve of Olympics

"POULSBO - Scott Shipley may have called his parents, Dick and Sue Shipley, very early this morning after he competed in the Olympic kayaking finals in Sidney, Australia. Or, maybe he didn't. If he likes his result, he'll call, Sue said on Saturday. If he doesn't he won't, and we may have to look for the results online. Sometimes when Scott doesn't race so well, Sue Shipley explained, it takes him a while to call his folks. No matter how well Scott Shipley does this week, the eyes of Poulsbo will be on him. "