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Night closures of SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge canceled11/14/2018

The Washington State Department of Transportation has cancelled a series of night State Route 305 Agate Pass Bridge closures that were scheduled over three weeks in December. As a result, both lanes of the bridge will remain open throughout the month of December.

The work that was to occur involved replacing seven overhead steel horizontal bridge members that were damaged by an overheight load. The repairs were in preparation for a bridge painting project scheduled to begin in 2019. WSDOT has cancelled the work to allow staff more time to prepare for the task. Times and dates of the work will be announced as it is rescheduled.

In addition to the above bridge work, in February 2019 WSDOT crews will return to the bridge for its annual bridge inspection. Crews at that time will reduce the bridge to one-way alternating traffic during daytime hours. Specific information will be forthcoming on that work as the time approaches.

For more information, contact Doug Adamson with the Washington State Department of Transportation at adamsod@wsdot.wa.gov, 360-357-2716.

Tickets on sale now for 28th Annual Conference for Human Rights Dec. 711/6/2018

​The 28th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton. This year's theme is "Building Community in a Polarized World: Celebrating Our Togetherness." Tickets are now on sale at https://kitsapconferenceforhumanrights.bpt.me.

The conference begins with breakfast and a special introduction from Harriette Bryant of the Bremerton Housing Authority and Partnering for Youth Achievement. Participants will attend workshops (details below) throughout the morning and gather together again for a delicious lunch and time to network. The afternoon features facilitated discussions.

The conference is organized by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and sponsors include Olympic College, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap Sun and the Shiers Law Firm.

To purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship levels, click here.

General ticket categories are adult, youth, and adult with informational table. Ticket prices include breakfast and lunch. Sponsorship levels of support are also available, which help fund youth scholarships. 

2018 Conference Workshops (participants will select two workshops to attend during the conference):

The Power of Empathy for Ourselves and Others with Marcia Christen of Northwest Compassionate Communication

Dignity and Equality: What are Human Rights? with Judy Arbogast of the Council for Human Rights

Building Community Through Volunteering with Tamra Ingwaldson of United Way of Kitsap County

Considering RACE and ACES with Sonia Barry of North Kitsap School District

Affordable Housing with Regina Adamson of Kitsap Public Market

How to Kill an Indian With a Piece of Paper: Blood Quantum Laws and Contemporary American Indian Identity with Noel Purser of the Suquamish Tribe

-  Healing Roots: Tools for Survivors with Beckie Evans and Erika Anderson of Life Keys Energy

Disaggregating Population Data to Shed Light on Health Disparities with Maya McKenzie of the Kitsap Public Health District

The Restorative Circle Experience with Sue Miglino of the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County

Peer Support 101: Building Community Resiliency with Pattie Marshall of the Health Care Authority Behavioral Health and Recovery Division

Bully You, Bully Me (A Search for the Bully Within) with Karen Vargas of Living Life Leadership

For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle at (360) 337-4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us. To learn more about the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, click here.

The Salmon Are Coming! - November 310/30/2018

(Bremerton, WA) - Celebrate the return of the salmon to Kitsap County this weekend on Saturday, November 3.  Watch migrating salmon, attend activities for all ages, and learn from experts and Salmon Docents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these free salmon viewing events.

  • Chico Salmon Park - Golf Club Hill Road and Chico Way (Bremerton)
  • Mouth of Chico Creek - Kittyhawk Drive (Bremerton)
  • Salmon Haven at Dickerson Creek - Northlake Way (Bremerton)
  • Keta Legacy Foundation Rhododendron Preserve (Bremerton) - guided tours at 10am and 1pm
  • Otto Jarstad Park (Gorst)
  • Clear Creek Ridgetop Pavilion (Silverdale)
  • Cowling Creek (Poulsbo)
  • Fish Park (Poulsbo)

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  A visit to the Rhododendron Preserve involves a hike down to the stream through old growth forest.

For more information and directions to the viewing sites, visit www.kitsapsalmontours.org

Kitsap Salmon Tours is brought to you by City of Bremerton, Chico Salmon Park Stewardship Group, Clean Water Kitsap, Clear Creek Task Force, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, Keta Legacy Foundation, Kitsap County, Kitsap Poggie Club, Kitsap PUD, City of Poulsbo, Suquamish Tribe, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Sea Grant, and WSU Extension.


Legacy lots, land use discussed in Manchester Nov. 610/29/2018

​Jim Bolger, assistant director of the Kitsap County Department of Community Development, is the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Manchester Library, 8067 East Main Street. The topics of discussion will include legacy lots and other land-use issues unique to Manchester. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and learn more about development in the community.

The MCAC will also review its 2018 work plan and begin work on updating it for 2019.

For more information, visit the MCAC website here or contact Jennifer Haro in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080, jharo@co.kitsap.wa.us.

 

Second half property taxes due October 3110/26/2018

​Kitsap County Treasurer Meredith Green reminds taxpayers that second half property taxes are due on October 31.  Payments must be paid or postmarked by October 31 and can be made online at www.kitsapgov.com/treas, via mail, or in person.  The county administration building is open from 8 AM to 4:30 PM weekdays and is located at 619 Division Street.  If you're mailing your payment, we recommend mailing it on October 30 to ensure an October 31 postmark.

If you missed paying your 1st half taxes, you can still pay only the first half with interest and penalties if postmarked by Oct. 30.  Tax statements are also available on the treasurers website. 

Ballots mailed this week10/16/2018

Ballots for the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election will be in the mail later this week. Voters have an opportunity to vote on several local and state ballot measures, as well as on races for local, state and federal offices.

Local Voters' Pamphlets were mailed over the weekend and should arrive ahead of the ballots. The pamphlet is also available online at kcowa.us/lvp.

"We are expecting additional interest in this midterm election because people are more engaged this year," Dolores Gilmore said. "Kitsap County voters have an opportunity to impact important races and measures."

Just like the Primary, no postage is required for returning ballots. The county added five new ballot drop boxes earlier this year, one each in Seabeck, Naval Base Kitsap, Keyport, Indianola and at Olympic College's Poulsbo campus. For a list and maps of ballot drop locations, go to kcowa.us/vote. Additionally, the state provided funding for elections this year so ballots could be returned by mail without the need of a stamp.

Residents not currently registered in Washington can register in person at the Kitsap County Auditor's Office, 619 Division Street in Port Orchard through October 29.

Ballots must be returned to one of the county's drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, or postmarked by that day.

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Contact: Steve Gardner, Auditor's Office, 360.337.7128 or sgardner@co.kitsap.wa.us

DiCaprio explores climate change in Sustainable Cinema's latest feature10/16/2018

​Using his celebrity status to draw attention to the problem of global warming, actor and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio travels the globe to witness firsthand the effects of an impending environmental disaster in "Before the Flood," showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay St., Port Orchard, presented by Sustainable Cinema. This film is an insightful look at how climate change affects our environemnt and what can be done to present the desmise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet. Sustainable Cinema is sponsored by Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. For more information, go to www.dragonflycinema.com.

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Port Orchard Fires Result in Arrest due to Several Counts of Arson10/12/2018

(Port Orchard, WA)-  A 34 year old suspect was arrested on Thursday October 12, 2018  in connection to several Port Orchard fires that occurred in September and early October.

"These were dangerous fires.  In one instance a propane tank was hidden under debris in a garbage can on the side of the road and lit on fire.  The firefighters had no idea of the potential danger when they arrived – they thought it was a routine garbage can fire.  Our Fire Marshals and detectives did a terrific job bringing the case to a quick resolution," said David Lynam Fire Marshal and Manager of the Kitsap County Building and Fire Safety Division.

The arrest was made for the connection to the following fires:

  • September 5, 2018 - House Fire on SE Cedar Road
  • October 4, 2018 - Brush, debris and fence fire along Woods Road
  • October 5, 2018 - Brush fire along Farmer Dell Road
  • October 7, 2018 - Improvised Explosive Device/ Fire along Farmer Dell Road 

The arrest was made due to investigative efforts from the Kitsap County Fire Marshal's Office, The Kitsap County Sherriff's Department.

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Department of Community Development 
360.337.5777 | help@kitsap1.com.



Caregiver conference offers free seminars on dementia, healthcare systems, grief10/10/2018

November is Family Caregiver Month and to honor this, Kitsap County's Aging and Long-Term Care Family Caregiver Support Program hosts free seminars for unpaid family and volunteer caregivers during its annual Family Caregiver Conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required.

This year's caregiver support seminars include:

  • Dementia Overview - Types and Symptoms, Denise Hughes
  • Caregiver Grief and Guilt, Dr. Kriss Kevorkian
  • Let's Talk Healthcare Systems, Mari Van Court
  • Strategies and Resources for Dementia, Denise Hughes

When trying to juggle multiple roles, caregivers may put aside tending to their own well-being, resulting in increased stress, health problems, depression, and/or feelings of anger and anxiety about their situation. This year's Family Caregiver Conference seminars offer unpaid caregivers the opportunity to increase their resiliency, network with each other, and gain relevant information and knowledge of local resources from professionals in the community.

Complimentary refreshments and a light continental breakfast will be served. Professional caregivers may also attend for a $15 fee. Registration is required for everyone. Call (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418. Individuals who may require special accommodations should contact Vicki Hanson at (360) 337-5700, (800) 562-6418 or TDD (360) 307-4280.  One-week advance notice is needed for interpreter services.

The state of Washington estimates that more than 900,000 people provide care for another adult. A caregiver's role may have developed slowly or suddenly and can be physically and emotionally demanding.

Located in Silverdale, the Kitsap County Family Caregiver Support Center offers free services to support caregivers. Trained staff are available to provide practical information and options for ongoing support. The center also provides a library of materials and free personalized consultation with a professional case manager.

Anyone 18 years of age or older, living in Kitsap County and providing unpaid care for an adult with functional disabilities is eligible to utilize services. To learn more, call (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418, or stop by our Caregiver Support Center at 9857 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment.

Check fire extinguishers for Kidde recalled products10/4/2018

​(Port Orchard, WA)- The Kitsap County Fire Marshal's Office responded to an accidental house fire that started on the exterior of the home on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Port Orchard, WA. The homeowner tried to use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, however the extinguisher fell apart and did not discharge as intended.

"Upon investigation, we found that the extinguisher that the homeowner tried to use, appeared to be one of the Kidde Fire Extinguisher models recalled back in November 2017," according to David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal. "This is a safety issue that we don't want to happen again. We want everyone to check their fire extinguishers and make sure the model you have isn't on the list of this major recall," said Lynam.

The Kidde recall includes 134 models of fire extinguishers with plastic handles, a total of about 37.8 million extinguishers. Already one death was reported due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment. To find out more information about this recall, visit Consumer Product Safety Commission's Website: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and#.

Courthouse closure set for October 1110/3/2018

Pursuant to GR 29 the Kitsap County Superior and District Courts, and the Courthouse building, will close October 11, 2018 to facilitate comprehensive courthouse security training for all building occupants. All other County offices and buildings are operating on normal schedules October 11.

There will be no public access to the Courthouse and no public services available in the Courthouse for the entire day. Follow the link for a copy of the Superior and District Courts' Administrative Order.

Closure of the Courthouse on October 11, 2018 shall be construed as a non-judicial day as prescribed under Article 4, Section 6 of the Washington State Constitution, RCW 2.08.030 and RCW 3.30.040.

Please forward any questions you may have to Frank Maiocco in the Superior Court or Clint Casebolt in the District Court. Thank you for planning accordingly.

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Contacts:  Frank Maiocco, Court Administrator, Superior Court, FMaiocco@co.kitsap.wa.us or 360.337.3305 or Clint Casebolt, Court Administrator, District Court, ccasebol@co.kitsap.wa.us or 360.337.4959

Join a focus group and help shape the future of cable TV in Kitsap10/2/2018

​(Port Orchard, WA) - What's your vision for media in Kitsap County in the next 10 years?  Sign up for a focus group on October 24-25 to weigh in on the future of community media,public technology, and cable television service.

Kitsap County is seeking your input on the future of cable service, community media, and technology needs for the next 10 years. Comcast and Wave Broadband submitted requests to renew their cable franchise agreements with the County.  A community process is being undertaken as part of the cable franchise renewal process. The process examines the past performance of Comcast and Wave and identifies future services that residents, schools, community groups, businesses and local government want included in the new cable franchise agreements.

Kitsap County is hosting a series of four focus groups October 24-25. There is an afternoon and evening group each day.  These focus groups provide a chance for interested community members to learn about franchise renewal and provide input regarding future services you want available through the cable systems serving the County.

Sue Buske of The Buske Group, a nationally recognized public policy consulting firm, will facilitate the focus groups. These groups provide information on

  • The cable franchise renewal process currently underway
  • How cable systems work, and how they can work in the future
  • Public, educational, and government access to cable television resources
  • Ways community groups and organizations, schools, businesses, residents, and government agencies can use a cable communication system.

 

The focus groups gather input from participants through brainstorming and completing an online questionnaire. There is no charge, and refreshments are served.

If you're interested, select the group that is most appropriate or convenient and RSVP online. All groups cover the same information but focus closer on the community in the title.

While the four scheduled meetings have a focus group title, they remain open to anyone who wishes to attend.  Each if these meetings will be very similar in agenda and format.  Each of the meetings will begin with an overview covering the "why" portion of the a franchise renewal and then the facilitator will attempt to draw out ideas on how the residents might better utilize our local PEG cable channel.  All County residents are encouraged to attend any of these meetings.

RSVP online here (kcowa.us/focusgroups) –or by email to George Geyer at gfgeyer@co.kitsap.wa.us or by phone at 360.337.4404

Wednesday, October 24
1:30 - 3:30pm     Government, Business and Technology
Kitsap County Administration Building
619 Division St., Port Orchard

5:30 - 7:30pm     Community Education
Kitsap County Administration Building
619 Division St., Port Orchard

Thursday, October 25
1:30 -3:30pm       Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations
Silverdale Water District
5300 NW Newberry Hill Rd. #100, Silverdale

5:30 – 7:30pm     Arts, Culture, & Heritage
Silverdale Water District
5300 NW Newberry Hill Rd. #100, Silverdale



Clearwater Casino Resort one of 150 businesses recognized in first year of Washington’s Green Business Program10/2/2018

Kitsap County, WA – Clearwater Casino Resort was recently certified as EnviroStars Tier 1 Partner and is the first casino/resort in the state of Washington to achieve this certification. EnviroStars, Washington's green business program, has helped more than 150 businesses of all sizes and type improve their sustainability during the program's first year.

The Clearwater Casino Resort earned EnviroStars recognition by implementing a set of best practices in their facilities that include energy and water conservation, replacing inefficient lighting with LEDs, pollution prevention, and recycling. "Becoming certified as a Tier 1 partner is certainly an accomplishment when you consider the size and complexity of the operation. The team at Clearwater Casino Resort continues to demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship that is to be commended," said Eirik O'Neal, Kitsap County Education and Outreach Specialist.  

The Suquamish people have been living in the Suquamish area for thousands of years and understand firsthand what it takes to make good decisions to help the environment. "Here at the Clearwater Casino Resort, we pride ourselves on becoming a Tier 1 Partner with EnviroStars. There are 84 measures in Tier 1 that we have met and are excited to continue perfecting. We are currently working on a piece of Tier 2 that includes Solid Waste and continue toward the completion of Tier 2," said CEO Samuel Askew. "We'll continue to work with our Green Team committee to become the most efficient business we can become."

EnviroStars helps businesses implement best practices that save energy and water, generate less waste and pollution, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions – choices that are both good for business and good for Kitsap County's environment. Kitsap County supports EnviroStars as part of a coalition of 21 Washington cities, counties, utilities, and local public health jurisdictions reaching from Whatcom County to Pierce County.

To find green businesses near you or get environmental assistance for your business, visit EnviroStars.org.

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Contact:  Eirik O'Neal, Education and Outreach Technician, 360.337.5777 or eoneal@co.kitsap.wa.us.

New Cooking Oil Recycling Station in South Kitsap9/28/2018

Kitsap residents can now recycle their used cooking oil for free at the South Kitsap Recycling and Garbage Facility in Olalla. This is the fourth cooking oil recycling station in the county.

Why is it important to recycle used cooking oil? Cooking oil poured down the drain clogs pipes used in sewer and septic systems. These clogs cause 65% of sewage spills.

What happens to the cooking oil? It is refined and recycled into biodiesel in Salem, Oregon, by a company called SeQuential. Biodiesel is a clean, non-toxic alternative to petroleum diesel with a carbon footprint up to 85% smaller than petroleum diesel.

 How to use cooking oil recycling stations:

  • Stations are for residents with cooking oil from their home kitchens. Cooking oil from businesses cannot be recycled at these stations.
  • Before bringing your cooking oil, filter it at home using a strainer, coffee filter, or cheesecloth. Throw away the food particles you filtered out.
  • Take your empty container home to reuse or throw away. Do not leave it in the recycling area.

 All four county-owned disposal and recycling facilities now have used cooking oil recycling stations. For driving directions and hours, visit kcowa.us/dropoff.

 North Kitsap Recycling and Garbage Facility (Hansville)
7791 NE Ecology Road, Kingston, WA 98346

Central Kitsap Recycling and Garbage Facility (Silverdale)
8843 NW Dickey Road, Silverdale, WA 98383

South Kitsap Recycling and Garbage Facility (Olalla)
2850 SE Burley – Olalla Road, Olalla, WA 98359

Olympic View Transfer Station
9380 SW Barney White Road, Bremerton, WA 98312
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Contact: Lisa Edge, 360.337.5777 or ledge@co.kitsap.wa.us

Applications open for Conference for Human Rights workshop proposals9/21/2018

The 28th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights will focus on "Building Community in a Polarized Environment: Celebrating Togetherness" and takes place Dec. 7 at Olympic College in Bremerton.

Applications open for workshop proposals

Applications are now open for conference workshop proposals. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15, 2018.

Presentations are sought that reflect the conference theme or provide skill-building such as mediation, anti-bias training, mental health awareness or resiliency. Interactive and participatory workshops in particular are preferred. Workshops may also address topics of concerns local community groups have identified this year including: homelessness; barriers to navigating services (language, computer access, health care insurance, transportation); systemic racism; and the detention of immigrants. 

Proposals should identify whether the workshop is an entry-level presentation or assumes some knowledge of the topic. Workshops specifically geared towards youth are also welcome. Please complete the online application here.

Nominations accepted for Linda Gabriel Awards, recognizing contributions to human rights

The Kitsap County Council for Human is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Linda Gabriel Awards. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 5, 2018.

The Linda Gabriel Awards (formerly known as the Wall of Fame Awards) are presented each year at the annual Conference for Human Rights to recognize youth, adults, organizations and lifetime achievements that made significant contributions to human rights efforts in Kitsap County. Linda Gabriel, who passed away in 2014, was a founder of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights in the late 1980s.

For a complete list of recipients, please click here. For more information and to make a nomination, please complete the online application form here. 

Interested in joining the Council for Human Rights?

Applications are open for representatives from north, south and central Kitsap. Complete the online application here.

For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

 

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What’s up in Manchester? Attend the community open house Oct. 2 to find out9/18/2018

Are you new to the Manchester area or recently retired and looking for volunteer opportunities? Are you a commuter who finds it hard to keep up on what's happening in your community? Learn more about road, sewer and stormwater improvements and talk to state and local agencies providing services that impact your neighborhood at the Manchester Community Open House taking place 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Manchester Elementary School Library, 1901 California Ave. E, Port Orchard.

The Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee brings together representatives from Kitsap County departments, Manchester State Park, the Navy's fuel depot, South Kitsap School District, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, the Port of Manchester, the Manchester Water District, Friends of the Manchester Library and others to share information about ongoing projects, initiatives, services and resources. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Jennifer Haro in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 307-4212, jharo@co.kitsap.wa.us. To learn more about the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee, click here or go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/MCAC.aspx.

Sustainable Cinema presents "The Anonymous People," a film about recovery9/18/2018

Sustainable Cinema, in partnership with the Salish Recovery Coalition, presents "The Anonymous People" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay Street, Port Orchard.

There are 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Social stigma has silenced recovery voices for decades. Now they step forward and tell their stories, looking to change the conversation about addiction from problems to solutions.

Sustainable Cinema is sponsored by Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. For more information, visit www.dragonflycinema.com.

County rolls out proposed 2019 budget at community open houses9/17/2018

Kitsap County will roll out its proposed 2019 budget at a series of community open houses, beginning September 24. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend to learn more about the county's spending plans in the coming year. Staff from the Department of Administrative Services will share an overview of the proposed 2019 budget and the public will be invited to ask questions or provide comments.

"The Commissioners' goal over the years has been to increase transparency of the County budget," said Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. "This year, we're wanting to build upon that by getting out of the office and closer to our community through open houses." 

In past years, county departments presented their budget requests to Commissioners and the Citizens Budget Committee during formal, televised proceedings. These were replaced with more informal discussions this month that allow a broader, in-depth review with each department.

The final proposed departmental budgets will be presented during the community open houses, which are scheduled as follows:

  • Sept. 24, Commissioner District 1, North Kitsap, 4:30 p.m., Poulsbo City Hall, 200 NE Moe Street, prior to the Commissioners' regular business meeting, also held in city hall, which begins at 5:30 p.m.;
  • Oct. 3, Commissioner District 3, Central Kitsap, 5 p.m., in conjunction with the Central Kitsap Community Council meeting in the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road;
  • Oct. 8, Commissioner District 2, South Kitsap, 4:30 p.m., prior to the Commissioners' regular business meeting in the County Administration Building, Port Orchard.

A final public hearing on the budget is scheduled Dec. 3 during the Commissioners' regular business meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

To review budget documents prior to the open houses, visit the Department of Administrative Services website at https://www.kitsapgov.com/das/Pages/bgt.aspx .

Prepare for the rain:  Clear fallen leaves to prevent local flooding9/17/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) – Fall weather is here, and the rainy season is about to begin.  Storm drains clogged with leaves can cause local flooding of roads and private property.

Tips to Prevent Clogged Storm Drains 

  • Keep neighborhood storm drains free of leaves and debris. 

  • If you see a clogged storm drain, use a rake, shovel handle or stick to clear the drain. If this does not help, report the blockage to Kitsap1: 360.337.5777. 

  • NEVER remove a storm drain lid or attempt to clean a drain located in a busy street. 

  • Do not wade into water when you are unsure of the depth.

Check Your Gutters and Downspouts 

  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris. 

  • Replace leaky or broken gutters. 

  • Make sure downspouts are directed away from your house.

Tips to Dispose of Leaves 

  • Dispose of leaves by turning them into compost for your garden, putting them in curbside yard waste bins, or taking them to local composting facilities.

  • If you use a landscaping company, ask the landscaper to take the leaves with them. 

  • Do not blow or sweep leaves into the road, ditches or storm drain.

"Kitsap County performs regular maintenance of the stormwater system," says Chris May, Kitsap County Stormwater Division Program Manager. "During the rainy season, we work extra hard to minimize local flooding. People can help by maintaining their property and contacting us if they see a problem."

To report blocked storm drains or flooding issues in your area, call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Burn ban lifted9/17/2018

Due to recent rains, and the return to early fall-like weather, the burn ban is lifted in unincorporated Kitsap County. Burning may resume effective immediately subject to normal rules, regulations and permitting requirements.

“Early fall like conditions have considerably reduced the chance of wildfire prompting this action," said David Lynam, County Fire Marshal. "Permits are still required for general burning through local fire districts,” Lynam added.

Road safety improvements at Carney Lake Road SW begins September 249/14/2018

Kitsap County's Department of Public Works is making safety and stormwater improvements to Carney Lake Road SW, between SW Grace Street and SW Alta Vista Drive. The project widens and resurfaces the existing roadway to accommodate two 11-foot lanes and 6-foot shoulders (5-foot paved with 1-foot gravel).

The project realigns the existing 90-degree horizontal curve to improve safety and makes stormwater improvements for approximately 1,850 lineal feet of Carney Lake Road SW. It will include two bioretention cells on the east side of Carney Lake Road SW, south of SW Grace Street.  

The project begins September 24, 2018 and is expected to be complete by April 2019.

To reduce traffic delays and expedite the project schedule, signed traffic detours may be used during working hours. When detours are not in place traffic will be limited to one lane alternating traffic through the project area. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone and emergency vehicles will always have immediate access. The road will reopen to two-way traffic during non-working hours.

The work is being done by Northwest Cascade, Inc. under a $1,031,310 construction contract. The work will occur during normal working hours between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.

For more information: Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com.

To learn more about the project go to kcowa.us/CarneyLake

Residential fire restriction lifted9/7/2018

​(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Fire Marshall has lifted the prohibition on recreational fires in Kitsap County. Recreational fires in approved locations and in appliances can resume immediately.

"Cooler weather, shorter days and a more fall-like weather forecasts allows us to lift the recreational fire ban," said David Lynam, County Fire Marshall. "Fire danger is still precarious, and caution is still the name of the game," Lyman added.

A Phase 1 burn ban remains in effect. Officials expect it will remain in effect until rain arrives in the fall.

Stand Down offers resources, free services to veterans and their families 9/7/2018

Veterans and their families are invited to the fall 2018 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Ave. in Bremerton.

Complimentary services for veterans - women, men 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.

This event is open to Kitsap County veterans and their families only. Please provide a DD214 form, military retiree ID card, or VA card. Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship. Active duty members transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2018 are also invited to attend to gather information and resources that will assist in their transition to civilian life, making it as seamless as possible.

The event is sponsored by the Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance (KAVA), 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; and the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board.

Service providers include Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, Veteran Service Organizations, Northwest Justice Project, Washington Department of VA, Abraham House, Asset Building Coalition, Housing Solutions Center, WorkSource, Department of Social and Health Service, Red Cross, Kitsap Community Resources and Kitsap Transit.   

For more information, contact the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program Coordinator Andrew Sargent at (360) 337-4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us . To learn more about resources available through the Veterans Assistance Program, visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/VAB-LANDING.aspx .

Get in the know at Discover Kingston, the annual event that connects community9/5/2018

Do you live in the greater Kingston area and want to find out about what's going on in your community? Newcomers, old-timers and everyone in between are invited to Discover Kingston: A Neighborhood Open House, an opportunity to connect with and support local community groups, agencies and resources. The event takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road, Kingston. Drop in any time - there is no scheduled programming!

Discover Kingston offers information on local economic development, environmental stewardship, affordable housing, support services, emergency planning, regional trails networks and recreational activities for all ages available in the community. Snacks will be offered to keep attendees energized. Children and families are welcome and encouraged to attend!

For more information, contact chair of KCAC, Beth Berglund, at kcacchair@gmail.com. To learn more about KCAC, other local resources and upcoming community events, visit their website here or go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/KCAC.aspx .

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Welcome to the NeighborWoods: New interactive nature park opens in South Kitsap8/29/2018

In years past, northwest kids learned about native plants, wildlife habitats, and developed outdoor adventure skills through scouting and summer camps. With the opening of a new, interactive Forest Explorer Trail adjacent to the playground in South Kitsap Regional Park, learning about the natural environment can be fun and interactive through simple trail challenges and nature education activities. An opening celebration is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 with a ribbon-cutting, guided trail tours and miniature train rides with the Kitsap Live Steamers. Everyone is welcome!

South Kitsap Regional Park is located outside the Port Orchard city limits at the intersection of Jackson and Lund avenues.  Access and parking to the nature trail is off the Jackson Avenue park entrance. Long-time Kitsap County residents may know the park by its previous name, Jackson Park. 

The Forest Explorer Trail is a 1/3-mile, semi-loop that features a series of stations challenging the trail user to see more, do more, and learn more. Children of all ages will learn about the forest environment, perform simple activities for exercise and movement, and develop observation skills to explore the local "NeighborWoods."

The explorer trail guide is Boomer, a fictional mountain beaver who shares his forest insights on illustrated interpretive signs,

"This is a new venture for our Kitsap County Parks and it is already proving to be a popular nature-oriented play facility," said Assistant Parks Director Travis Buell. 

The trail construction and signage was funded with a grant from the National Park and Recreation Association and the Walt Disney Company. The Kitsap project was one of 25 selected from a national "Meet Me in the Park" competition for innovative family-oriented park features. Local organizations contributed additional funding and volunteers to assist in the trail construction over several months, including Port Orchard Rotary, Columbia Bank – Port Orchard branch, Marcus Whitman Middle School, South Kitsap High School track students and the MountainEars, a Disney fan club

For more information, contact Steven Starlund, Kitsap County park & open space planner, at (360) 337.5312, sstarlun@co.kitsap.wa.us or go to www.kitsapgov.com/parks/.

Not your common pain in the grass: How to control noxious weeds8/28/2018

​Noxious weeds are not your common pain-in-the-grass weeds - they are plants that are highly aggressive and may be toxic to humans and animals. These plants often cannot be controlled just through cutting, digging or pulling and are like a cancer on the land that needs to be managed. They pose an ecological threat and often impact wildlife and nearby waterways. 

Many noxious weeds spread by root and shoot fragments, and by seeds. State law (RCW 17.10) establishes rules to control the spread of these plants to preserve ecological integrity and reduce negative economic impacts of noxious plant species. The Washington State Weed Control Board has a list of three categories for control and management, available at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=16-750.  

The local Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board is mandated to ensure known populations of noxious weeds do not spread within the county, using a matrix to determine what noxious weeds are the highest priority for management. A full list of noxious weeds in Kitsap County can be downloaded here along with the control matrix to provide citizens information on priority levels for noxious weed management.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Where are noxious weeds found?

Many noxious weeds are found along roadways, open areas and even in backyards. Weeds often travel the roadsides and use the roads to continue to spread. The seeds of noxious weeds may be picked up by cars, people and mowing equipment, causing them to spread rapidly.  One noxious weed plant can produce over 10,000 seeds and most plants have evolved to produce multiple seed sets in one season.  Often these plants move from roadsides to adjacent lands, causing problems for private landowners. Many open fields and parks are vulnerable lands and prime locations for many of the most aggressive plants to take root. Control then becomes more difficult and if not done properly, the infestation can become more aggressive.  

How are noxious weeds controlled?  Why are chemicals used to control noxious weeds?

Like an infection, if noxious weed populations are not managed properly, they may spread more rapidly and become more aggressive and harder to manage. The Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control program works to ensure that known populations of noxious weeds are managed and maintained in the most effective manner to protect the land within the county. Noxious weed infestations are identified, and seeds are prevented from setting by cutting down plants and flower heads. The area is then searched for seedlings and smaller plants that are managed before they have had a chance to set deep, large roots. For some noxious weeds, the best management is a small amount of herbicide to fully work through the plant to get to the root of the problem. In some cases, simply cutting back or digging out a noxious weed can leave roots behind and create a more aggressive plant. With a small amount of product (normally less than 10 ounces of a 1 percent solution of Vastlan on a normal roadside site), the noxious weeds can be managed while allowing grasses and other desirables to thrive and fill in the area previously inhabited by the invasive weeds. Visit the Kitsap County noxious weed Facebook site to see photos of roadside treatments.

What if I don't want chemicals used?

Landowners who do not want a herbicide product used in the immediate vicinity of their property are invited to 'adopt a spot' to maintain and keep weed free. This includes signing an agreement to be on site at least once per week to ensure noxious weeds are not blooming. Any plants that are identified must be removed, including flowers and roots. Please make sure to wear gloves whenever pulling noxious weeds as many of them are toxic and can cause skin irritations, or if ingested may cause digestive issues. 

For more information on the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Program, contact Dana Coggon at Dcoggon@co.kitsap.wa.us.

 

Fire Marshal, Sheriff's Office investigates Illahee Preserve fires8/27/2018

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal and Sheriffs’ office is investigating a series of  fires of suspicious origin. Seven separate fires have been ignited in the Illahee Preserve and along highway 303 between NE Riddel and NE McWilliams Road since August 17. On Friday August 24th four fires occurred on the preserve with the first occurrence in the early morning and the last three near 6:30 p.m.  Due to the rapid response of Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue the fires have so far been limited to vegetation.

“These fires are thought to be related due to their proximity and method of ignition,” according to David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal.  “This is an extremely dangerous time for this kind of activity.  Resources are stretched thin, vegetation is dry, and there’s not much rain forecast.” 

Although no suspects have been identified, Fire Marshals want to talk with anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area.  “Several individuals have described seeing a white male, mid-twenties, six feet tall, very thin, wearing a hooded jacket near the fires over the weekend. We are interested in talking with that person,” Lynam added 

If you see anything suspicious in the area, please call 9-1-1.  Contact the Fire Marshal’s office (360.337.4442) with any information about these recent fires.

Holiday closures for recycling and garbage facilities 8/17/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) The Labor Day holiday results in several changes to drop-off recycling and garbage facilities.

Hansville, Silverdale, and Olalla Recycling and Garbage Facilities
Closed Monday, September 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Regular schedules resume following the holiday.

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 service on their regular schedule.

For more information, visit kcowa.us/dropoff or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Sustainable Cinema presents "Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness"8/17/2018

​Sustainable Cinema presents "Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness," a powerful film exploring perspectives of homelessness in the United States. The film shows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay St., Port Orchard, sponsored by Commissioner Charlotte Garrido.

The unofficial "mayor" of the Davidson Street encampment, Maurice ministers to the homeless. His camp under a railroad track in Indianapolis becomes a real community, supported by church volunteers, until police and bulldozers close in to shut it down.

For more information, visit www.dragonflycinema.com

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Phase two burn ban begins Friday8/16/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) - A phase two burn ban begins Friday at 8:00 a.m. in Kitsap County. "Elevated temperatures for extended periods, and our lack of precipitation has created a high fire danger in Kitsap County, and across the region," according to David Lynam, County Fire Marshal.

During a phase two burn ban no outdoor fires of any kind are allowed. This includes recreational fires as well as the use of backyard fire kettles, chimneys, or fire pits.

"Light fuels including grass, dead brush, leaves, and pine needles, are extremely dry and susceptible to ignition from any type of spark. Even residential fires can ignite light fuels which readily spread to heavier items," Lynam said. "Conditions are just too dangerous to continue any outdoor burning – and resources to respond to a fire if one breaks out are very limited," he added.

No major change in weather conditions are forecasted. County fire districts and departments are regularly responding to small fire incidents daily – all with the potential of spreading to a major incident.

Resources from surrounding communities are extremely limited and help from state and federal agencies are not immediately available. Similar bans are already in effect throughout all lands protected by the Department of Natural Resources and throughout Mason county.

Changes to burning restrictions are likely to continue into the fall when the seasonal rains return.

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