South Kitsap

SKHS planning to have a tragedy next week

Normally tragedies can't be predicted, but South Kitsap Fire and Rescue knows it will respond to a fatal accident next Wednesday morning. Unlike most fatal accidents, however, this one will be pretend.

Chamber events aim to attract business, visitors

The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce is planning two events meant to raise the city’s business and tourism visibility, respectively.

Aiding the transition from military to civilian

Military members looking to make the transition to the civilian workforce can now look to the state for help.

Port officials probed about annexation

During an unusually interactive meeting last week, the Port of Bremerton's Board of Commissioners answered several audience questions, including one about why it began the process of annexing the South Kitsap Industrial Area into Bremerton.

South Kitsap High School teacher and assistant athletic medicine trainer Ryann Springer inspects a softball player's knee during a game last week. She was arrested Tuesday for sexual misconduct.

SKHS teacher faces five years for misconduct

Wearing her hair down to cover her face, a South Kitsap High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her students appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court Friday to face formal charging. Ryann C. Springer, 25, pleaded not-guilty to one count of sexual misconduct with a minor, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

South Kitsap High School teacher and assistant athletic medicine trainer Ryann Springer inspects a softball player's knee during a game last week. She was arrested Tuesday for sexual misconduct.

SK commissioner race has new face

Kitsap County Democrats meeting on Monday to endorse either Monty Mahan or Charlotte Garrido in the South Kitsap commissioner’s race got a surprise when a third candidate began passing out fliers.

School district considers in-house candidate

The South Kitsap community received its first opportunity to meet superintendent candidate Dave La Rose in a question-and-answer forum Wednesday at East Port Orchard Elementary.

Annexation backers talking up plan

With the annexation of McCormick Woods into the city of Port Orchard on the table, advocates of the proposal have realized that communicating with those affected by the proposed action as the most important step.

Mother arrested in death of baby

A former Port Orchard woman was arrested Wednesday for the apparent beating death of her toddler last February, the Port Orchard Police Department reported. According to the POPD, the 22-year-old woman was booked into Kitsap County Jail May 28 for rendering criminal assistance in the suspected homicide of her 22-month-old girl in Port Orchard. She was released the following day without being charged with a crime.

Port commissioner says SEED needs stronger leadership

Over lunch Wednesday with the Kitsap County commissioners, Port of Bremerton Commissioner Bill Mahan expressed concern that the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) project will not succeed without leadership.

City OKs hike to water rates

The Port Orchard City Council on Monday passed an ordinance that revises the city’s water rates and connection charges in order to generate more revenue and keep up with expected growth.

Ferry change causes Sunday back-ups on Vashon Island

A smaller boat was moved to the Washington State Ferries’ Point Defiance/Tahlequah route Sunday, creating back-ups on the nearby Triangle Route as drivers sought an alternate way off Vashon Island. According to spokeswoman Susan Harris-Huether of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division, the 34-car Hiyu ferry began shuttling passengers between South Vashon and Tacoma June 1, replacing the 60-car Rhododendron.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll hikes OKed for next month

It’s official — the tolls to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will be a dollar more come July. Last week, the Washington State Transportation Commission voted to approve the TNB’s Citizen Advisory Committee’s recommendation to raise the price to cross the new bridge by a dollar for both cash and electronic toll collection(ETC) payments.

Dangerous SR-16 intersection to finally get a fix?

State proposal on table to begin work in AugustAfter years of promises and false starts, steps are now in the works that may finally bring an overpass to the Burley-Olalla interchange along State Route 16. Located in unincorporated Kitsap County, the intersection is the last “at-grade” (meaning one that does not have its own on-ramp) entry point on the road connecting Port Orchard and Tacoma. It has been the site of many serious accidents over the years.

A Washington State Patrol trooper directs traffic Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Bethel and Sedgwick roads during the second power outage in South Kitsap in two days.

Small fire causes South Kitsap PSE customers to lose power for second time in three days

A second power outage in three days hit South Kitsap residents Thursday afternoon, shutting down power to about 4,500 customers, according to Puget Sound Energy. Spokesman Joseph Harris said power went out Thursday at about 1:15 p.m. due to "equipment failure" at the company's East Port Orchard substation.

A Washington State Patrol trooper directs traffic Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Bethel and Sedgwick roads during the second power outage in South Kitsap in two days.
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Republican files for Kitsap County Auditor

One of the last uncontested county races was filled on Wednesday, when Poulsbo Realtor John Clark declared his intention to oppose Walter Washington for the… Continue reading

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Loose horse struck by cars, euthanized in South Kitsap

A 27-year-old South Kitsap woman was cited for driving without vehicle insurance last weekend after her car struck a horse on Bethel-Burley Road, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported. According to the report, witnesses called 911 shortly before 10 p.m. June 1 to report that an injured brown horse was walking on Bethel-Burley Road near Edmonds Street and had been struck by at least two cars.

Judge candidates make their case to Kitsap Bar

Two candidates for the open seat on the Kitsap Superior Court told the regular meeting of the Kitsap County Bar Association on Friday that they… Continue reading

Power outage cancels class at SKHS

Two power poles that went down Tuesday near South Kitsap High School resulted in a school cancellation on Wednesday.

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“Contrived Ending” tugs the heart strings of 20-Somethings

Changing Scene Theatre stages the Northwest regional premiere of Denver playwright’s slice of life June 12-28.

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