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The Blogstroke

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

The Blogstroke: Adrian arrives in Singapore in advance of meet

Coming off his strong performance at the Pan Pacific Championships last week, Nathan Adrian of Bremerton arrived in Singapore in advance of the Singapore Swim Stars meet Sept. 5. The meet is a one-day event that features some of the elite swimmers...
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Bainbridge Conversation

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

Bainbridge Conversation: Officer leaves Florida to join Bainbridge police force

Contributed photo / City of Bainbridge Island “I fell in love with the island the moment I got off the ferry and could smell the trees,” says new BIPD Officer Jon Ledbetter. Officer Jon Ledbetter became the third new hire for the Bainbridge...
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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: Our favorite fair photos (and a plea to enter yours for challenge #80)

I was a bit slammed this whole week with assignments for the upcoming high school football preview section so I am ONLY just getting to this fair and rodeo recap (apologies). I also figure that a recap of OUR favorite shots would be a good opportu...
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Minding Your Business

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

Minding Your Business: Advertising pot: No cute donkey logos, no free mini-doobies

Washington pot shops haven’t really needed to advertise yet. There’s so little recreational marijuana to go around that stores are struggling just to keep product in stock. Eventually though, there will be enough supply, and enough stores o...
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Road Warrior

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

Road Warrior: Real-time congestion info IS available for Kitsap County

 The in basket: Tom Baker of the city of Bremerton electronic shop e-mailed me on July 24 to say, “I happened to be in Bellevue during the I-90 lane closures, and paid a bit more attention to the WSDOT Traffic Map on my Android phone. When ...
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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: Final explosion frees Elwha River at Glines Canyon

I believe it is important to commemorate the final day of the Glines Canyon Dam — even though only a relatively small chunk of the structure had been left in place since February, when flows in the Elwha River covered over the last 30 feet. In ...
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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: CK, NK among teams to watch in preseason poll

The Associated Press released a preseason poll for the first time in recent memory. Central Kitsap in the 3A and North Kitsap 2A were among teams to watch. Class 4A 1. Bothell (6) 0-0 92 2. Chiawana (2) 0-0 89 3. Skyline (1) 0-0 75 4. Federal Way ...
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The Commute

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

The Commute: Ferries made 99.5 percent of sailings, were on time 95.8 percent of time

Washington State Ferries topped its goals last quarter for reliability and on-time performance. For April through June, ferries completed 99.5 percent of 40,823 scheduled trips. The goal is 99 percent. The 206 missed sailings were 74 fewer than du...
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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...
Reader Blog

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: Keep those campaign ads and claims coming

During last year’s legislative race between Nathan Schlicher and Jan Angel we attempted to get to the truth or truthiness of the campaign ads sent by the candidates and their supporters. We also looked at claims made in debates and letters to th...
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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: The Pink-a-Nator petitions to park at the courthouse

Surely you’ve seen the Pink-a-Nator. It’s hard to miss the Pepto-Bismol pink utility truck with the slogan “Servin’ it up curb side.” The food truck dishing out specialty burgers, po’boys and other hearty comestibles has had a regula...
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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: Keith Jackson, Tom Sneva, Throwin’ Samoan to be inducted into state HOF Thursday at WSU game

Marc Blau, the executive director of the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame, sent out this press release on Sunday. Three new members of the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame will be inducted during the Rutgers-WSU Cougars football...
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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: Bremerton police blotter, Aug. 12-21

The Bremerton police blotter has been on hiatus for about a month. With apologies, here’s the latest installment: Theft from a pay box, Burwell Street at Pacific Avenue: Police responded to the Harborside Parking Garage for a report of someone...
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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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Cheers To You

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

Cheers To You: Chill with Cool Dinner Ideas

With this streak of hot days, firing up the stove for a home cooked meal is the last thing on your mind. A hot kitchen would not be a very pleasant place to hang out. Wouldn’t you rather be on the patio, sipping a chilled bottle of rosé with a ...
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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: Volunteers needed for Kitsap parks board

The Kitsap County Parks Advisory Board is looking for a few new members. The 12-member board helps the county parks department craft policies, make decisions on land acquisitions and contributes on special projects. Members also serve as liaison...
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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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Kitsap Crime and Justice

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

Kitsap Crime and Justice: Three prosecuting attorney challengers file PDC complaint

Comes now, the three candidates challenging Prosecuting Attorney Russ Hauge to lead Kitsap County’s criminal and civil prosecutors, alleging those same lawyers are cooperating with Hauge and are breaking campaign finance laws. The complaint to t...
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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): Fall Out From Hobby Lobby

Psalm 139   Verses 13,14,&15 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15My fram...
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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: Best Salad in the World

OK, I know, I’m a healthy person and I should love salads, right? Well, I don’t. Or rather, I didn’t until this salad found me. Over the solstice weekend Mum and two of her wonderful friends from the Winslow Cohousing Group came to stay at ...
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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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