Kitsap County News

Holiday closures for recycling and garbage facilities and services8/18/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  The Labor Day holiday, September 4, results in several changes to drop-off and curbside garbage and recycling. Regular facility schedules resume following the holiday.

Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facilities — Closed Monday, September 4.

Poulsbo Recycle Center — Always closed on Mondays.

Bainbridge Island Transfer Station — Always closed on Mondays.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility — Always closed on Mondays.

Olympic View Transfer Station — Open

Residential and Commercial Collections for Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris:

  • Bainbridge Disposal, Waste Management and the City of Poulsbo are on their regular schedule.

For more information, visit or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Alison Sonntag appointed as new Superior Court Clerk 8/17/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) — The Kitsap Board of County Commissioners appointed Port Orchard resident Alison Sonntag as the Kitsap County Superior Court Clerk at their August 16th Board meeting. Ms. Sonntag replaces David W. Peterson who served as Clerk for 17 years and retired on August 4, 2017. She has served as Chief Deputy Clerk in the Kitsap County Clerks office since 1993.  Her appointment is through the end of 2018.  


“Alison is well respected by staff in the Clerks Office and by other elected officials.  She has the support of her predecessors and I have confidence that she will provide continuity in Clerks Office services as well as the leadership to guide innovation,” said Charlotte Garrido, Chair of the Board of Commissioners.  


Ms. Sonntag’s community involvement includes serving as an elected precinct committee officer for the Nebraska 223 precinct.  She is a member of the Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee 26th District Democrats as well as a member of the Port Orchard Business Professional Women, and a past member of the Board of Kitsap Legal Services.


“Alison has worked in the justice system for over 35 years and understands the importance of keeping accurate, accessible court records.  Her familiarity with the process and the needs of citizens and legal community will be beneficial especially as the Office looks to implement needed technology changes in the near future,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe, District 3 representative.


“Alison has a passion for public service and a demonstrated commitment to providing high quality customer service, as well as empathy, to the public who may be struggling with the legal system when they walk into the Clerks Office,” said Commissioner Rob Gelder.


The Kitsap County Superior Court Clerks Office serves as the records keeper and financial agent for the Superior Court, creating and maintaining all Superior court files, staffing court hearings, providing jurors for all courts within Kitsap County, and offering passport services.  Ms. Sonntag will oversee a staff of 37 employees.

Alison Sonntag, Kitsap County Superior Court Clerk

Alison Sonntag
Kitsap County Superior Court Clerk

Stage 1 burn ban still in effect8/16/2017

With the recent lifting of the air quality bun ban, it's a good time to remind residents that we are still under a Stage 1 burn ban that was put into place July 15.

"Outdoor burning bans have become commonplace during summer months and into the fall due to our nice summer weather, according to Fire Marshal David Lynam. "The warm, dry conditions have overcome our wet winter and now much of the material on the forest floor is as dry as the kiln dried lumber we buy in a lumber yard." 

Under a Stage 1 burn ban all burning permits are suspended and outdoor burning throughout the county is prohibited except for campfires in designated areas at campgrounds and small recreational fires on residential property.  The prohibition on outdoor burning in Kitsap county is in coordination with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and our neighboring counties including Mason, Pierce, King and Snohomish.

Stand Down offers resources, free services to veterans and their families8/15/2017

Veterans and their families are invited to the fall 2017 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Ave.  in Bremerton.

Complimentary services for women and men veterans and their families will be available including dental screening, Veterans Assistance, housing, employment, education, counseling and more. Qualifying veterans and family members may also receive free clothing, sleeping bags, groceries, and personal hygiene items.

Agencies providing services at the Stand Down include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, Veteran Service Organizations, Kitsap Legal Services, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, Abraham House, Asset Building Coalition, Housing Solutions Center, WorkSource, Department of Social and Health Service, Red Cross, Kitsap Community Resources and Kitsap Transit.  

This event is open to Kitsap County veterans and their families only. Please provide DD214, military retiree ID card, or VA card.  Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship.  Those who are active duty transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2017 are encouraged to attend to gather information and resources to assist in their transition to civilian life and make it as seamless as possible.

The event is sponsored by the VFW 2669 Riders Group, Kitsap Sun, Kitsap Credit Union, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, City of Bremerton, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, AL-P-109, DAV Chapters 5 & 22 and Women's Auxiliary, Michael & Karen Johnson, Abraham House, Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board and Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance.

For more information, contact the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program Coordinator Andrew Sargent at (360) 337-4811 or .

Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights Dec. 15; Applications now open for workshop proposals8/10/2017

The 27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017 at Olympic College. This year's theme is "Historical Perspectives and Moving Forward."

The Council for Human Rights is honored to announce the conference keynote speaker is Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. He will present "History, Honor, Healing and Hope: The timeless - and timely - story of the devastating impacts of fear, prejudice, intolerance and failure of political leadership during World War II, and the hopeful, healing power of redemption to let it not happen again."

Applications are now open for conference workshop proposals for the conference. Please complete the online application here. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 13, 2017

Nominations are also being accepted for the Linda Gabriel awards, recognizing individuals and organizations who work to support human rights in Kitsap County. Please complete the online nomination form here.

For more information and updates, visit the Council for Human Rights website or contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650,

Kingston Town Hall with Commissioner Gelder, Sheriff Simpson Sept. 68/9/2017

    Applications open to participate in Sept. 21 Community Open House

Commissioner Rob Gelder will join with Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson for a Town Hall meeting with the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 in the Village Green Community Center, located at 26159 Dulay Road in Kingston. Council members, as well as the public, will have an opportunity to hear about ongoing planning and services in the greater Kingston area and ask questions.

Save the date for the Kingston Community Open House that takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 21 in the Village Green Community Center. Over 50 county departments, local agencies and nonprofit organizations will be on hand with information on their programs, initiatives and planning efforts. Applications are now open to reserve a table for the open house. Please fill out the online application here.

The Kingston Community Open House provides area residents, developers, businesses and others the opportunity to learn about community events, activities, projects and planning, volunteer opportunities, and other initiatives all in one evening. County departments anticipated to participate include Parks, Public Works, Community Development and Emergency Management alongside dozens of non-profit and community groups.

The mission of KCAC is to develop and promote a sense of community vision and pride, and to facilitate communication between the citizens of Kingston and county government, and within the community. The Kingston Community Open House provides a venue to do that with many Kingston organizations and their neighbors all in one place.

Space is limited –  please register as soon as possible. For-profit businesses are not eligible. Applications are available online here or through the KCAC website at . For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650 or .



Silverdale Way improvement project underway, alternate traffic routes advised8/4/2017

​The Silverdale Way NW Road Improvement project gets underway next week with the contractor mobilizing and staging equipment. Construction is anticipated to begin mid-August and completed by September 2018. The project is designed to improve safety, increase roadway capacity, and enhance stormwater collection.

During construction, travel may be restricted to one lane of alternating traffic. All businesses will remain open during construction and driveway access will be maintained at all times.  Motorists can expect delays, and are encouraged to travel during off-peak hours, adjust schedules, or find alternative routes to work or business destinations. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work area, minimizing delays to the maximum extent possible. Immediate access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Silverdale Way NW will be widened to five lanes, beginning 550 feet south of Byron Street and extending to Anderson Hill Road, which includes two southbound lanes, two northbound lanes, and a center turn lane. To enhance the cycling and pedestrian experience, five-foot bike lanes, eight-foot sidewalks and six-foot planter/landscape areas are included in the project.

New street lights throughout the project area, a new traffic signal at the intersection of Byron Street, and upgrades to the existing storm system to provide treatment for the approximately 43-acre drainage basin are also included in the project. A traffic study conducted in 2012 showed daily traffic counts support the need for widening the road to increase capacity. To accommodate the widening, retaining walls will be constructed on both sides of Silverdale Way north to NW Byron Street and NW Lowell Street.

"This is an exciting project that will address many long-term needs in Silverdale," said Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe. "As Silverdale continues to grow and develop, we need to develop a streetscape that will provide for all modes of transportation and capabilities, and address the growing congestion that limits circulation, while still supporting the business community and residents.  I believe we've accomplished that with this design."

Kitsap County Public Works conducted an online public survey in 2016 to choose a theme for art on the west side retaining wall. The public selected the "Marine Aquatic," combined with "Activity" and "Patriotic" themes, to reflect Silverdale overall and Old Town specifically. Other design features included in the survey were landscaping options, crosswalk and sidewalk designs, and district and wayfinding signs.

This second phase of the project is one of four segments identified in a pre-design study conducted in 2010 to improve the Silverdale Way NW corridor from NW Newberry Hill Road at State Route 3 to Anderson Hill Road.  The first phase was completed in 2014 and includes the roundabout at the Chico Way NW/NW Newberry Hill Road/Silverdale Way NW intersection. The study also recommends widening NW Newberry Hill Road from SR 3 to the roundabout, and Silverdale Way Road NW from Byron Street to the roundabout. There are no design or construction start dates scheduled for these segments at this time.

Ceccanti, Inc. of Tacoma was selected as the contractor for the $7.8 million construction project.  The total cost is estimated to be just over $11 million. Crews are scheduled to work 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

To learn more about the project and sign up for electronic notifications and weekly updates, go to or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Household hazardous waste collection event coming to Bainbridge Island8/2/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – Residents in Bainbridge Island and the north end of Kitsap County can bring their hazardous household chemicals to a free, one-day collection event scheduled for Saturday, August 26 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the City of Bainbridge Island Operations Maintenance Facility (7305 NE Hidden Cove Road).

This event for Kitsap County residents is limited to household products. Event staff cannot accept waste from businesses or other non-household organizations. Containers must be 5 gallons or smaller, and containers cannot be emptied and returned.

What to bring:

  • oil-based paints and stains
  • adhesives
  • aerosols
  • paint thinners
  • corrosive cleaners
  • lawn and garden chemicals
  • pool and spa chemicals

Not accepted:                          

  • Latex paint. It is not hazardous and can be solidified with cat litter or concrete mix before disposing in the garbage.
  • Products with local recycling options (search for options):
  • Motor oil and antifreeze
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
  • Household and vehicle batteries
  • Propane tanks
  • Empty containers

This one-day event supplements the permanent, year-round Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in Bremerton. View the facility's webpage for more information.

Visit the event webpage for more information.

A portion of Panther Lake Road West closes July 17 for culvert replacement7/7/2017

​Kitsap County Public Works is closing a portion of Panther Lake Road West beginning July 17 and expected to remain closed until late August. This project replaces an existing culvert located on the north side of Panther Lake near a wetland complex. The deteriorating metal culvert there is being replaced with a new 12-foot span, three-sided precast concrete culvert. Replacing the culvert there improves roadway safety, and enhances fish passage.

The road closes to all vehicles and pedestrians at the construction area. A detour route is established and will be posted on Bear Creek Dewatto Road. Private drives will remain accessible at all times during the construction.

The 1.5 month-long project is being done by Mike McClung Construction Co. from Buckley Washington under an $180,000 construction contract. Crews will be onsite working Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To learn more about the project go to or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Volunteers needed for Sheriff’s Office Citizens On Patrol5/26/2017

Applications are now open for volunteers dedicated to helping others who want to support the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office while improving the quality of life for citizens. The Citizens On Patrol program offers the opportunity to interact with the community, enforce handicap parking regulations, help with boat inspections, conduct security/vacation checks on homes and be the eyes and ears of law enforcement.

Volunteers are also trained to assist with traffic control, mark and process abandoned vehicles on county right-of-way, and perform junk vehicle VIN inspections. COPs work in teams of two. Training, uniforms and vehicles are provided.

Volunteers must be able to pass extensive criminal and credit background checks including a polygraph exam, have an excellent driving record and commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month and two-hour monthly training sessions and meetings for at least a year. Those working full time or serving on active military duty may find it difficult to meet these time commitments.

For information on this and other volunteer opportunities and to apply to the Citizens On Patrol program, click here or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650,

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