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Bainbridge Conversation

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

Bainbridge Conversation: UPDATED: Historic tug Chickamauga dismantled, two pieces salvaged

Tristan Baurick/Kitsap Sun The Chickamauga pictured in February at its dryland home in Port Townsend. ***This story has been updated to include cost of the disposal, towing and other expenses, condition of the boat and the court date for the s...
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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: Backcountry horse club has made its mark on Green Mountain

The local chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The club, which uses horses to get into the hinterlands for hunting and long rides, has played a major role in making Green Mountain a ma...
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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: Economy named Times’ player of the week

Bainbridge soccer player Will Economy earned Seattle Times player of the week honors for the week of April 7-12. Economy leads the Spartans (6-1) with 10 goals and five assists. He’s scored a goal in each of Bainbridge’s seven games. Tweet ...
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Kitsap Crime and Justice

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

Kitsap Crime and Justice: Lots of questions, few answers

By coincidence, as I was writing this story about Frank McDonald, the man whose quick and painful fall became all-too-real and all-too-public, I heard this story on the radio.   It is about a young man who became addicted to child porn. H...
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Road Warrior

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

Road Warrior: Loxie Eagans on-ramp stops worry driver

The in basket: Janice Kelly writes, “Monday through Friday, I take the entrance ramp to the freeway on Loxie Eagans going southbound. I come down Auto Center Way and have to make a quick entrance to the freeway after the light. “On many days t...
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The Blogstroke

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

The Blogstroke: Nathan Adrian, and some guy named Phelps, headline Mesa Grand Prix

Bremerton gold medalist Nathan Adrian along with long-distance queen Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte are set to headline the next Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz. There’s also this guy named Michael Phelps that will be swimming. Heard he’s p...
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Minding Your Business

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

Minding Your Business: Busch ad campaign features Bainbridge tugboat crewman

Busch Beer is rolling out an ad campaign that “celebrates everyday people who work hard at their jobs and in their communities.” Bainbridge Island tugboat deckhand Andy Freeman fit the bill. Freeman is one of eight workers across the country ...
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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: K pod makes rare spring visit to South Sound

K pod, one of the three pods of orcas that frequent Puget Sound, came south through the San Juan Islands yesterday and were spotted in South Puget Sound late this afternoon. It’s quite unusual to see K pod coming into Puget Sound this early in t...
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Cheers To You

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

Cheers To You: Weekly Wine Defined – Bud Break

The start of the grape vines’ growth cycle begins in the spring with bud break. The small buds on the vine start to swell or “break” out and shoots begin to emerge from the bud. The buds have been hanging out since the previous summer. Durin...
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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: Natural Allergy Fighters

  Does this make you want to sneeze? Birds, bees, flowers and trees…oh how I love springtime! However, I’ve had years where I’ve cursed the coming of spring sunshine due to the allergies it brings. This year I’m very happy to be al...
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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): God’s Not Dead/ 12 Years a Slave

Watched two good movies lately , one at the theatre God’s Not Dead.  One by rental 12 Years a slave . GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will e...
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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: The Spieth Show: From Gold Mountain to the Masters

Jordan Spieth’ s tied for the lead going into the final round of the Masters, and nobody’s surprised. You could see the talent when he won the Junior Amateur at Bremerton’s Gold Mountain in July of 2011. He’s my story after the final matc...
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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 #76: Repetition

Repetition is a basic photography concept. Having one umbrella in the frame is great, but having 2 or 3 or even 7 not only really makes a statement of “hey, it’s raining, ” but suddenly those umbrellas become a pattern and patterns are visua...
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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: Downtown Bremerton: the dreams that have yet to come to the old JC Penny’s

The removal of 30 concrete tiles this month from the Harborside Parking Garage downtown got me thinking about the gritty building itself. Most of you will recall Ron Sher, the prominent Puget Sound developer who’s turned aging malls into vibr...
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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: Digging into Common Core

A few weeks ago there was a flurry of Facebook links critical of the Common Core standards being expanded in schools across the country. The primary method of those complaining was to take what seems like common sense to show how ridiculous Common...
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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: Supreme Court ruling and the local impact

Today’s Supreme Court ruling eliminating caps on how many federal races an individual can contribute to could have an impact here if ever there is a federal race that is considered “in play.” We have not seen that in a while. The Citizens Un...
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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: Sun Article Features Bev Cobain and League’s Saturday Forum

By Rachel Seymour POULSBO — Bev Cobain, a retired Bremerton nurse, can’t stress how important it is for people to educate themselves on how to handle suicidal thoughts and depression. Cobain, who specialized in mental health nursing, has not o...
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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: Kudos to Youth!

  On Friday March 21st I attended the 20th annual Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights at Olympic College in Bremerton.  I was once again amazed and encouraged by what our youth are able to accomplish. The Rally is supported by Kitsap S...
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Pumas Insider

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

Pumas Insider: Pumas finalize preseason schedule

The Kitsap Pumas will play seven preseason game this spring, beginning with a matchup with Seattle University and former Pumas coach Peter Fewing. The Pumas, who open the Premier Development League season May 11 at home against Vancouver, finalize...
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The Commute

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

The Commute: Who would pay for fast ferries?

I’m getting a hard time about a story I wrote last week. It was about two bills in the Legislature that would allow Kitsap Transit to create fast ferry districts within its larger bus district. I said the people within those fast ferry districts...
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Forecasting Kitsap

Aspiring weatherman Matthew Leach talks about the complex and intricate weather patterns over Kitsap.

Forecasting Kitsap: **WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY issued for entire peninsula

  It’s here, folks! The first REAL snow of the season. A lot of you have expressed that it has taken long enough, but at least it got here. This won’t be a tremendously heavy snow for our region since most of the heavy precipitation wil...
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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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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: Mantel Cell Lymphoma, Stem Cell Harvest and Transplant, Despair, Hope, Prayer, Love, Courage – Terry’s Story

Greetings:  Kitsap Sun has a group of sharp, sometimes annoying, bloggers I admire most of the time for taking the time to teach and educate the rest of us.  Terry is one of them.  A few days ago, several bloggers posted  in...
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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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