South Kitsap

Why would we spoil the place to which we’re connected?

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?

SK students’ creativity reigns at Sidney Gallery

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.

Coppola takes reins as Port Orchard’s mayor

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.

Work on Howe Farm finished — just about

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.

How’s that NASCAR outcome looking now?

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.

Marina playground will bear Huntington’s name

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.

Problems at downtown bar ‘escalating’

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.

PSRC’s influence should concern all Kitsap voters

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.

Commissioners unsure who will serve as ’08 chair

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.

County’s fiscal discipline a good first step

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.

SK residents plan show of support at soldier’s funeral

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.

State planning to pick ferry riders’ brains

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.

We are what we read — or at least I am

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.

Court’s actions call for a special session

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.

Beverly Russell

Beverly Russell Burdick, of Port Orchard, died on Sept. 4 at Harrison Medical Center.She was 66. She was born Jan. 7, 1941, in Port Orchard… Continue reading

Marie Blythe

Marie Evelyn Blythe died at home on Aug. 22, 2007.She was 66.She was born in Gunner, Texas, on April 21, 1941.Marie is survived by her… Continue reading

Beverly King

Beverly Wayne King, of Port Orchard, died on July 6, 2005, at home.She was 84.She was born on June 6, 1921, in Landis, Saskatchewan, to… Continue reading

Fred Barger

Fred Ray Barger, of Port Orchard, died on Nov. 15, 2004, at home.He was 52.He was born on Oct. 6, 1952, in Vancouver, Wash., to… Continue reading

Ernest Todd

Ernest A. Todd, 91, a Port Orchard resident, died June 12, 2004.He was born on June 6, 1913, in Garner, Iowa to Lester and Mary… Continue reading

Geronimo Fejarang

Geronimo Camacho Fejarang, 86, a resident of Port Orchard, died Jan. 11, 2004, at Harrison Memorial Hospital. He was born on Sept. 23, 1917, in… Continue reading