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Do you ever Google yourself? Check to see if you’ve done anything new that you should be aware of, a la Tyler Durham? OK, sorry. I won’t give you anymore “Fight Club” references, but seriously, have you done that, Googled yourself and your family and friends?
For more than 30 years, South Kitsap students have displayed their artwork at the Sidney Art Gallery downtown Port Orchard — and this year is no different. “The show is up — they put up at the end of December,” said teacher Jennifer Lee-Wilken, the head of South Kitsap High School’s fine arts department.
Newly instated Mayor Lary Coppola began his tenure at Port Orchard’s City Hall by giving every employee an “Easy” button from Staples. The large, red button when pressed says, “That was easy,” and is supposed to represent the idea that the residents of Port Orchard are customers. Coppola said he wants this attitude reflected in City Hall.
At Howe Farm County Park, visitors can now enjoy a new off-leash dog area and recently completed parking lot. The restrooms, however, will have to wait for spring.
In November I was visiting family in New Hampshire and had a chance to catch up on some local news there. A bit of news I ran across while also sampling doughnuts was relevant to Kitsap County and actually all of Washington state. In looking back through the year of local reporting and what I had read, there seems to be some closure or updating required regarding one particular local news tidbit here at home.
A special surprise greeted longtime Port of Bremerton Commissioner Mary Ann Huntington at her final board meeting earlier this month. “What an honor and a total surprise,” Huntington said after receiving three special recognitions from her fellow commissioners at the Dec. 11 meeting.
In two months when Mako’s Bar and Grill’s liquor license expires, Port Orchard Police Chief Alan Townsend said he will be recommending to the Washington State Liquor Control Board that it not be renewed.
We share the concerns of Kitsap residents who showed up Tuesday night for a public meeting in Port Orchard between county officials and leaders of the Puget Sound Regional Council. And while we’re not generally given to conspiracy theories, we can’t help be a little uneasy about the deference shown by both the city and the county to what seems like, in essence, an unelected government.
After the first of the year the Kitsap County commissioners will either have a new board chairman or they won’t. The board elects its own chairman, with the choice usually agreed upon prior to the meeting. While there is no mandated order, the board has followed a south-central-north rotation for the past few years.
The job our county officials have done on the proposed general fund budget for 2008 seems too good to be true. For the first time in years, the commissioners do not plan to use reserve funds to balance the budget. Instead, their stated policy is to keep the amount of expenditures equal to or less than annual revenues.
A Kansas-based church is planning to protest a funeral in Port Orchard on Friday for a Bremerton soldier who died in Afghanistan earlier this month, prompting outrage from local residents who plan to respond with a show of support for the family.
A series of meetings held earlier this month to questions ferry riders is just the beginning of an extensive survey the Washington State Transportation Commission will be conducting over the next year. “This is part of a very, very big effort underway,” said Reema Griffith, executive director of the commission, explaining that the legislature gave the commission $350,000 to conduct “a very detailed assessment” of the Washington State Ferries system.
I was watching Andy Rooney recently on “60 Minutes,” something I never do. Have you noticed that he is missing one eyebrow and the other sticks out for about four inches to the side? It makes him look a bit like a unicorn. I am not sure if that is the look he is going for, but it was interesting.
I’ll believe the Legislature and Gov. Gregoire will restore Initiative 747’s 1 percent cap on property tax collections when they actually do it, I told Tim Eyman.