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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: 35th LD Senate Audio

Still undecided in the 35th Legislative District Senate race? With ballots having arrived to nearly every registered voter’s mailboxes by now, you might want to hear from the three state Senate candidates before mailing it back. Or you just...
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Minding Your Business

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

Minding Your Business: Sonic Drive-In approved for Poulsbo

The Poulsbo city planning department gave the green light Tuesday for a Sonic Drive-In restaurant. Plans for the much-hyped fast food restaurant were submitted back in April. The Sonic will be built at the northwest corner of Highway 3...
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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: Video: What to do when you meet a mountain goat

The National Park Service is asking the question again: What should be done with Olympic National Park’s overabundance of mountain goats? Should they be shot, moved or left alone? You can weigh in at three meetings set for August. Information ...
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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: Covering all bases: Katie Lee, Bill Carter, M’s attendance & more

Congrats to Katie Lee for her strong showing at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships at The Home Course in Dupont. Lee knocked off Annie Park, the 2013 NCAA champ from USC, 1 up in the round of 64 but lost the next day. Park and E...
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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: Stormwater: Can we stop the menace we created?

I’ve completed the seventh story package in a 10-part series examining the Puget Sound ecosystem, with a special focus on indicators of ecological health. We’re calling the project “Taking the Pulse of Puget Sound.” Jenifer McIntyre of th...
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The Blogstroke

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

The Blogstroke: Adrian finishes LA Invite with meet record, plus a podcast & videos

Nathan Adrian had the fastest time in Saturday’s prelims of the 50 freestyle at the L.A. Invite, popping a 21.90 seconds swim in the morning. That was enough for the Bremerton Olympic champion as he came back to Berkeley to continue his training...
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Road Warrior

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

Road Warrior: Drive unimpressed with 3-304 merge proposals

The in basket: David McCloskey e-mailed to ask and comment about a state Department of Transportation study of ways to make traffic flow more smoothly west of Bremerton on the way to Gorst, including consultant work by the Parametrix company ...
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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...
Reader Blog

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: When teenagers defy our expectations

On Monday when we heard the scanner call of a drowning at Island Lake my heart stopped a bit. My family had been there the evening before. My youngest, Apollo, he who cuts his own hair, had been swimming. It’s what you do when it’s warm out....
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The Commute

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

The Commute: Bremerton ferry naming decision coming in November

We’ll know come Nov. 19 whether a new Bremerton ferry is called Illahee, the name you chose. That’s the day the Washington State Transportation Commission is scheduled to vote on a recommendation from its ferry committee. The schedule was anno...
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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 ...
Reader Blog

Cheers To You

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

Cheers To You: Spicy Eating with a Quenching Drink

Did you know, eating spicy foods may help cool you down? If you think about the world’s hot spots and their cuisines, like Mexico, India, Malaysian, Thailand, Szechwan, and New Orleans, spicy peppers permeate most dishes in those climates. Why d...
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Bainbridge Conversation

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

Bainbridge Conversation: Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 16

The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen. Crime log stats from July 6 to July 1...
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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’s new girls basketball coach a dribbling phenom

I’ll have a story on Central Kitsap’s new girls basketball coach Nikki Nelson in Thursday’s Kitsap Sun. But until then, here’s a little something to wet your whistle on CK’s latest hire. Nelson, a Chewelah native (that’s about an hour ...
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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: The view over Bremerton

Photo by Robert Johnston. Have you ever had the privilege of flying over Bremerton? Robert Johnston, a member of the Army National Guard, has. Johnston, who also works at the Shipyard, sometimes gets a chance to fly on Chinooks and Blackha...
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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: From The Archives Friday: January 1969 Frozen Kitsap Lake

I realize it is a sweltering July day but since it is darn right freezing here in the Photo Cave (I kid you not, the air conditioner is on so high that my hands are like ice cubes and I’m shivering as I edit photos) I am going with these shots f...
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Pumas Insider

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

Pumas Insider: Pumas clinch playoff berth, eye division title

The Kitsap Pumas can clinch the Premier Development League’s Northwest Division title on Friday with a win over Washington Crossfire. The Pumas have already clinched one of the division’s three playoffs berths. Kitsap (7-1-4, 25 points) trails...
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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: Microaggressions and More at the Olympic College’s Diversity Conference

  Olympic College Diversity Conference – Great Job!   Olympic College’s first Diversity Conference was very well done, with so much good thought provoking information I am still processing it all.         What I e...
Reader Blog

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...
Reader Blog

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: One Face of MRSA, Resistance Bug, in Kitsap County

One Face of MRSA – What Does the Resistance Bug MRSA Look Like in Kitsap County?  Here is one face. A Look at MRSA   Ignoring edema in your lower legs? I did. Ask your doctor how to get rid of it – permanently…not just take water p...
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Kitsap Crime and Justice

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

Kitsap Crime and Justice: How will the race for Kitsap prosecutor shake out?

Former Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola has analyzed the county Prosecuting Attorney’s race and has concluded 20-year Prosecutor Russ Hauge won’t make it past the primary. In our state’s primary election system — technically it’s a ...
Staff Blog

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...
Reader Blog

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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