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The Prep Beat

News updates on area high schools. By Sun sports staff writers Chuck Stark, Jeff Graham, Annette Griffus and Nathan Joyce.

The Prep Beat: Colville’s Schanz commits to UCLA

In one of the better stories coming out of the state this year, Emma Schanz, a senior at Colville High about an hour north of Spokane, committed to UCLA on Monday. Schanz’s story is unique in that she trains in a 3-lane, 20-yard hotel pool. She ...
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Minding Your Business

Reporter Tad Sooter keeps tabs on the West Sound economy, nonprofits and health care.

Minding Your Business: Volunteer tax helpers needed

  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers to provide free tax help during the upcoming income tax season. You don’t need to be an AARP member or have an accounting degree to pitch in. Training will be provided for volu...
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Trails & Tides

Tristan Baurick, the Kitsap Sun's outdoors and public lands reporter, writes about hiking, biking, kayaking and everything else Kitsapers do under the sun.

Trails & Tides: Forest Service delays decision on journalism restrictions

After getting an earful from journalists, First Amendment advocates and lawmakers, the U.S. Forest Service says it will delay finalizing rules requiring the press to get special permits and pay a fee to shoot photos or videos in wilderness areas...
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Road Warrior

Travis Baker blogs about the problems and idiosyncrasies of Kitsap highways and byways.

Road Warrior: Fourth & Torval in Poulsbo part of a much larger plan

The in basket: Norm Mundhenk wrote nearly a year ago, saying “In Poulsbo, Torval Canyon Road runs into Fourth Avenue, forming a sort of T-junction. However, Fourth Avenue ends in a short cul-de-sac as soon as it crosses Torval Canyon. “The sig...
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Peninsular Thinking

A conversation about Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Manchester, Seabeck, Southworth, Suquamish, Belfair, Keyport, Olalla, Bangor, Hansville, Indianola, Port Gamble, Allyn, Port Ludlow, Gig Harbor and every once in a while something about the good folks who don't have the good fortune to live here.

Peninsular Thinking: Tell your story

Click to see a larger version. Might I suggest an activity for you on Thursday? Come tell your story. Or just come and listen to others tell theirs at Story Night in Manette. The event starts at 7 p.m. and we have to be out of there by about 9 ...
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Watching Our Water Ways

Environmental reporter Christopher Dunagan discusses the challenges of protecting Puget Sound and all things water-related.

Watching Our Water Ways: Amusing Monday: New worlds explored with GoPro

The GoPro action camera is the force behind hundreds of amazing videos. Thanks to this unique camera, we have raced across the land, soared into the sky and dove beneath the waves. We have not only followed people closely as they’ve undertaken ...
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Kitsap Caucus

A blog about politics and government in Kitsap County as well as Washington state political news as it relates to Kitsap County.

Kitsap Caucus: Inslee stumps for Bowling

Just kidding. You’re not really invited. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was scheduled to be in town on Sunday for a campaign fundraiser for 35th Legislative District Senate candidate Irene Bowling, a Democrat. We asked permission to go, but were ...
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The Blogstroke

Annette Griffus covers swimming, from age-group to high school and the Olympics.

The Blogstroke: USA Swimming announces Golden Goggles nominees

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton was nominated for a Golden Goggle award as part of the 4×100 medley relay team from the Pan Pacific Championships in August. The race is under the relay performance of the year category. Also on the team were Matt ...
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Cheers To You

An exploration of all things wine with local wine expert Mary Earl.

Cheers To You: Washington Wine Harvest 2014

Washington wine makers are up to their ears in grapes right now.  With all those hot summer days we had, some vineyard sites and grape varieties are running ahead of the usual schedule.  Many Washington vineyards began harvesting at the...
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Honoring Equity And Respecting Tradition (HEART)

An informative source of information dealing with issues and people from our Faith Community.

Honoring Equity And Respecting Tradition (HEART): Polls, Gay Kids and Using God As Your Bully

Recent conversation on radio and other social media has been speaking to recent polls showing some changes in how we Americans view certain trends .  One was actually a little surprising to me , that Americans “36 percent”  actu...
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Bainbridge Conversation

Reporter Ethan Fowler engages island residents in a conversation about their community.

Bainbridge Conversation: Fire Commissioners to determine whether to place facilities levy at Oct. 9 meeting

Bainbridge Island Fire Commissioners will likely determine at their Oct. 9 meeting whether they will place a potential 20-year, $17 million facilities bond measure for a possible election in February. The bond would finance replacing the island’...
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The Bremerton Beat

If it's about Bremerton and happening now, it's on the Beat. Written by the Sun's Josh Farley.

The Bremerton Beat: A bike ride around Bremerton, in pictures

I love a good bike ride around Bremerton, a dynamic city where change is constant. Recently, I trekked all the way to the Oyster Bay Chevron station — you remember the story — from downtown. I made sure to fill my trip with lots of interestin...
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Kitsap Frames

Meegan M. Reid keeps you up-to-date, gives some behind-the-scenes scoops, shares photos from the Kitsap Sun Staff (and readers) and provides you with a few tips to help you take better photos.

Kitsap Frames: FRAMES: Photo Challenge #81: Wildlife ROUND 1

Our wildlife challenge is in full swing! Deadline is still October 3rd and a recap of the challenge and its rules and regulations is located HERE. Here are a FEW of the entries this far: Heron and Eagle by Noelle Morris Barred Owl by Ed Palm ...
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Sustainable Spring: Adventures in Green Living

Spring Courtright shares her tips and adventures in sustainable living on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Sustainable Spring: Adventures in Green Living: Did Flea Shampoo Kill Boo?

This week I had the sad task of bearing bad news to my 14 year-old friend Coea about his cat, Boo, dying in the night. Boo was 13 years old and had been with Coea and his Mom since he was a kitten. Coea’s Mom, my good friend, was away for t...
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The Stark Truth

Former Kitsap Sun sports editor Chuck Stark shares insight, laughter, news, views and analysis of Kitsap sports and beyond.

The Stark Truth: Links: NFL arrogance, ‘The Daily Show’; Sherman, Anthony Kim (remember him?) & more

What I’m reading and watching online: MAYBE MAARK CUBAN  was right when he talked about the NFL being to arrogant and big for its own britches. Cuban’s comments were made six months ago. Don Banks of mmqb.si.com writes this: A l...
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The Commute

An informative and entertaining discussion on our ferries and highways with Kitsap Sun reporters.

The Commute: Eight names submitted for new ferry

The name Illahee that many of you readers selected through this blog has a 12.5 percent chance of winding up on the next 144-car ferry. Eight names were formally submitted  to the state Transportation Commissionby last Friday’s deadline. Th...
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Kitsap Crime and Justice

The Kitsap Sun staff writes about crime and criminal justice issues.

Kitsap Crime and Justice: Is there more or less mayhem in Kitsap when the Seahawks are playing?

Two things about Kitsap: our people are notably unselfconscious about going into public wearing sweatpants and pajama bottoms and we love the Seahawks. Not sure if the two are related, but yesterday, as the Hawks prepped for the opening day game a...
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COPD and Other Stuff

This is a patient-to-patient blog to exchange information and resources...from COPD to Arthritis to Cellulites to Sarcoidosis to Sleep Apnea to RLS to Psoriasis to Support Groups to Caregivers and all points in between.

COPD and Other Stuff: Lymphedema – Not even a mom can love it. … fight it, yes – with all that is in her – and dads fight too.

Lymphedema – Not even a mom can love it. … fight it, yes – with all that is in her – and dads fight too. Lymphedema is alive and well in Kitsap County. I have it, many folks have it and many of us know nothing about it other than it is pro...
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Humanity is like a Patchwork Quilt

Each patchwork piece contributes to holding the quilt together, yet each is unique.

Humanity is like a Patchwork Quilt: Missing Robin Williams

Like so many others, I was saddened by the death of Robin Williams. His roles brought such laughter and such depth of thought to all of us, and he will be incredibly missed. Robin Williams was one my favorite actors. Back in the day, I used to wat...
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Pumas Insider

Sports reporter Jeff Graham provides the inside scoop on Kitsap's professional soccer team.

Pumas Insider: Pumas beat Stampede, reach PDL title game

The Kitsap Pumas beat the Ocala Stampede 2-1 on Friday, getting goals from Joaquin Rivas in the 41st minute and Jesus Sanchez in the 89th minute. Kitsap plays in the PDL championship game Sunday at 10 a.m. PST.
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League of Women Voters of Kitsap

Information blog from the League of Women Voters of Kitsap.

League of Women Voters of Kitsap: 2014 Primary Election Candidate Forums for Kitsap County

It’s time again for the Primary Candidate Forums for Kitsap County so mark your calendars. All of  the forums will be held at the Norm Dicks Hall at 345 6th Street in Bremerton. Below is the forums schedule.  BKAT will be recording eac...
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Kitsap Farm to Fork

A couple of farm girls, Diane Fish and Shannon Harkness, share their experiences with farming, cooking, local food, and building the Kitsap Foodshed.

Kitsap Farm to Fork: 2014 Farm Business Planning Course!!

Plan to Succeed! Farm Business Planning Course beginning in Kitsap County BREMERTON – WSU Kitsap County Extension will be offering its popular Ag Entrepreneurship Course on starting and sustaining a profitable small farm or agricultural enterpri...
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Sea Life

Explore aquatic animals, plants and seaweeds that inspire everything from cinematic monsters to tasty dishes to local economies.

Sea Life: Terrific tides, a cruel crustacean and a smooth operator

A girl scout holds one of the many fried-egg jellies (Phacellophora camtschatica), large and small, that we found beached or at the water’s edge. These don’t have a significant sting. However, the similarly sized, brick red lion’s mane jell...
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From the Editor's Desk

From the people behind the news at the Kitsap Sun.

From the Editor's Desk: Kitsap ‘Life,’ always changing

Our Sunday features section will have a new look beginning Oct. 7, giving our ‘Life’ pages a more local feel and a little more variety. At a newspaper where there’s always more to do than we have hands to do it with, this change allows for a...
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Kitsap A&E

Arts and Entertainment reporter Michael Moore eventually takes a break from his perpetually growing agenda of attending the plays, concerts, openings and other gigs that make up the West Sound's nightlife scene. And when he does, he'll share a bit of what's come across his desk or gone through his mind here on this blog.

Kitsap A&E: Arnold’s ‘Fat Kid’ film makes another festival stop

The indie film “Fat Kid Rules the World,” which co-stars Bainbridge Island’s Dylan Arnold, has taken an unorthodox approach to promoting itself, including screenings on the recent Van’s Warped Tour. Now, director Matthew Lillard has booked...
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