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Burn ban begins Saturday, July 157/14/2017

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal announces the implementation of a Phase One burning ban effective at 12:01 am Saturday 7/15/17.  According to Fire Marshal David Lynam "Outdoor burning bans have become commonplace during summer months and into the fall due to our nice summer weather.  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." 

As of Saturday morning, burning permits are suspended and all 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.

Community forum explores Kitsap’s LGBTQ history and future7/6/2017

​The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, in partnership with the Kitsap Pride Network and Q Youth Resources, presents a community forum exploring the history and future of Kitsap County's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 14 in the Eagle's Nest located at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton. The event is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion will include members of LGBTQ organizations as well as those who provide services to the community. They will shed light on the challenges the LGBTQ community has faced due to its diverse composition, biases, and recent, significant legislation. Featured will be Quinn VanOrsby and Maggie Rich of Q Center; Emily Randall of Planned Parenthood; and J. Data Logan, chair of the Council for Human Rights.

For more information on the County for Human Rights, go to www.kitsapgov.com/boards/humanrights/council_for_human_rights.htm .

Homes for All project presentation to Port Orchard City Council July 117/6/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido will present information about "Homes for All" to the Port Orchard City Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11.  The program describes efforts to address homelessness with new housing in the form of cottages. The meeting takes place in the Robert G. Geiger Council Chambers, 216 Prospect Street, Port Orchard.

The public is welcome to attend to learn more about the Homes For All partnership of local, city, and tribal leaders as well as service and faith-based organizations, who are working to create a village of tiny and affordable "Kitsap Cottages."

"These cottages introduce a practical form of housing that is needed in our community," said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido.

Homes For All was created to coordinate diverse efforts responding to local homelessness following the 2016 Point-In-Time Count, which identified 1,733 individuals living unsheltered.

The 2016 Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan includes goals of making homelessness rare, brief and one-time. The plan also directs continuous improvements to the local homeless response system while expanding community engagement and partnerships.

Several of the Kitsap Cottages were built recently by local volunteers. The planned "Kitsap Cottages" village will provide residents and neighbors with a sense of community, security, and sanitation, as well as connections to transportation and social services.

Donations are being collected to pay for materials to construct additional cottages and provide furnishings. Donations of property are also welcome. To volunteer or donate, e-mail homesforall@co.kitsap.wa.us or call (360) 337-7287. Learn more about Homes For All at www.kitsapgov.com/hs/housing/hcc.htm .

Fire Marshal reminds residents to use alternate number to report fireworks complaints6/30/2017

Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam is reminding local residents to use 360-307-5811 to report fireworks and other less-urgent incidents instead of calling 911. "The 911 call center can easily get overwhelmed with less urgent calls during the holiday," Lynam said. "Using this phone number allows dispatchers to spend time on the more urgent issues that need immediate attention."

Kitsap 911 is asking residents to use this line for noise complaints, reckless drivers who are no longer in the area, reports of events that happened before that day, or other less-urgent concerns.

Do call 911 if there is eminent threat of fire, vandalism, breaking and entering or other more urgent situations.

The alternate line will be in operation from 1 p.m. June 30 until 7 p.m. July 5.

Be Prepared – Be Safe – Be Responsible this July 46/27/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Fire Marshal, David Lynam, announced today that with retail firework stands opening tomorrow, citizens are urged to celebrate legally and safely. "We see property loss and injuries from fireworks every year and they are all preventable," said Pyrotech Specialist Angela Donn with the county fire marshal's office. "There are several ways to protect children and the public from fireworks related injuries," says Donn who offers the following:

  • Let the professionals handle it – There are several Independence Day festivals and free fireworks display shows in our area.
  • Have a plan – Be prepared! Be safe! Be Responsible! Follow these safety tips:
    • Purchase only legal fireworks from licensed stands.
    • Never let children light fireworks – 45% of all firework related injuries happen to children under 14.
    • Think about your pets; loud noises often scare pets, especially dogs and horses.
    • Discharge fireworks in a safe area. With the dryer weather grass and other vegetation becomes more susceptible to fire.
    • Have a bucket of water, hose or fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
    • Keep spectators at a safe distance.
    • To prevent injuries – follow the directions on the label
    • Duds can be dangerous and should not be relit. Wait at least 15 minutes and place duds in a bucket of water.

Legal consumer fireworks go on sale at locations in unincorporated Kitsap, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo at noon on Wednesday, June 28 until 10 p.m. on July 4. The sale of fireworks on Bainbridge Island is limited to July 1 – July 4.

As a reminder, authorized firework discharge periods are the same as last year and are limited to July 4th between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. in the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island, and the cities of Bremerton and Port Orchard. Fireworks may not be discharged at any other time of year.

Certain fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and skyrockets are strictly prohibited off of tribal lands. Having or setting-off these fireworks off tribal land is illegal and subject to civil and criminal penalties of up to $1,000. The possession or discharge of sky lanterns, M-80s and larger, cherry bombs, tennis ball bombs, and legal fireworks that have been altered is a felony subject to a fine and/or imprisonment.

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Contact:  David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal. (360) 337-5777, dlynam@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Holiday closures for recycling and garbage facilities and services6/22/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  The Independence Day holiday, July 4th, 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 Tuesday, July 4th.

Poulsbo Recycle Center — Closed Tuesday, July 4th.

Bainbridge Island Transfer Station — Closed Tuesday, July 4th.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility — Always closed on Tuesdays.

Olympic View Transfer Station — Open

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

  • Waste Management and the City of Poulsbo are on their regular schedule.
  • Bainbridge Disposal is closed July 4th. Service will be one day late for the remainder of the holiday week.

For more information, visit https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Pages/solidwastehomepage.aspx or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Volunteers needed for summer count of homeless6/22/2017

Volunteers are needed to support the Point-In-Time Count and help gather information about homelessness in Kitsap communities. The count is scheduled for Thursday, July 13 throughout the county. Adult volunteers are needed including college students; those from civic, faith-based and non-profit organizations; veterans; business and neighborhood groups; and bilingual individuals.

Volunteers will be assigned to small teams to survey people experiencing homelessness where they live. Team leaders are also needed, including social service providers, mental health professionals, faith-based outreach groups and others. Data collected during the count will inform local, state and federal funders about the scope of homelessness in Kitsap County and help channel funding and other resources to local communities to help people exit life on the streets and prevent homelessness.

No experience is needed. Trailing will be provided. Pre-registration is required at www.surveymonkey.com/r/3SHPN3L or contact Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Program Specialist Amy Musselwhite at amusselw@co.kitsap.wa.us. Registered volunteers will be contact directly by team leaders the first week of July.

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Contact:  Amy Musselwhite, Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Program Specialist. (360) 337-7287, amusselw@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Construction begins July 18 on new Seabeck Holly Road bridge6/20/2017

 

Kitsap County Public Works begins construction of a new bridge on Seabeck Holly Road at the Anderson Creek crossing beginning July 18, 2017. The anticipated completion date of the project is December 2017.  The new bridge replaces an existing 29-foot timber bridge built in 1950 that is showing signs of deterioration. The new bridge is a 50-foot concrete girder bridge with reinforced concrete abutments. It will provide improved safety for motorists, better stream function in Carpenter Creek, and will prevent bridge scour during high tide events.

Seabeck Holly Road is the main route into the Holly community therefore the road will remain open at all times during construction. Travel is restricted to one lane of alternating traffic in the work zone. During work hours, flaggers will direct traffic through the work area minimizing delays to the maximum extent possible. During evening and non-work hours, motorist must follow yield signs posted at both ends of the bridge. Immediate access for emergency vehicles is maintained at all times.

The contractor, Pacific Pile and Marine, is completing the project under a $1.1 million construction contract. The work will occur during normal working hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To learn more about the project go to www.Bit.ly/SeabeckHolly

Washington tops nation in support for seniors, adults with disabilities6/20/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - Washington was ranked first in the nation for supporting seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers based on measures such as accessibility, choice, quality of life, caregiver support and transitions between health facilities and home. The AARP released its annual report June 14, recognizing the state's accomplishments.

The third edition of the State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard highlights changes states are facing as the number of older citizens continues to increase and is expected to double in the next 20 years, according to the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

"This recognition is wonderful to receive," said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder. "There is no manual for aging gracefully.  What we do know is that it's different for everyone and we need systems in place that can be nimble and responsive to the concerns of our seniors and their families. That's why how we respond locally and across the state is so important."

Washington's ranking confirms decades of commitment to person-centered care for individuals and their caregivers through innovative service models. The state was also recognized for making improvements in the percent of Medicaid and state funding that goes to older people and adults with physical disabilities, subsidized housing opportunities and improving quality of care.

"Washington state has always led the way on health care, and now AARP confirms that our state's long-term care policies foster individual dignity and choice so people can be cared for at home and in their communities," Governor Jay Inslee said. "All of these important gains are now threatened because of actions in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with deep cuts to long-term care services and support. As Medicaid is the largest insurer of these services, many seniors will lose coverage. I will fight to make sure our seniors and others are getting the services they need so that Washington state can continue to be the best in the country."

Credited with the high ratings is the strong network of caregivers, providers, social workers, nurses, and many others who help Washingtonians continue to have choices in how they live their lives.

"The Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care is dedicated to providing quality services, and linking individuals to local resources to enable seniors to age in place.  Most seniors, and their caregivers, are not aware of our free services to support choices for aging in Kitsap," said Stacey Smith, administrator of the county's Division of Aging and Long-Term Care.

Washington's ranking also emphasizes decades of commitment to person-centered care for individuals and their caregivers through innovative service models and making improvements in the percentage of Medicaid and state funding that goes to older people and adults with physical disabilities, subsidized housing opportunities and improving the quality of care in assisted living homes.

"We live in challenging times. We are fortunate to live in a county that provides leadership and funding to support seniors as they navigate through their aging journey," said Mari Van Court, chair of the Kitsap County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board.

For more information on the Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, go to www.agingkitsap.com or call the Kitsap County Senior Information and Assistance line and Caregiver Support Center at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418.

Paving will close the Fairgrounds & Central Valley intersection Thursday6/19/2017

Final paving at the intersection of NE Fairgrounds Road and Central Valley Road NW, and at the intersection of NE Fairgrounds Road and Silver Pine Drive NE will close those areas Thursday, June 22, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,  while Public Works prepares and paves the final asphalt cover. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area, or expect significant delays as they follow the posted detour route. Paving is weather dependent and would need to be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

The paving essentially completes the project that began last summer. Some minor ancillary work will continue Friday, and through next week.  The project widened the existing travel lanes, constructed 5-foot sidewalks, and installed left-turn lanes on all four quadrants of the intersection.

For more information, contact Steve Nichols, Construction Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or by email at help@kitsap1.com.

To learn more about the project go to http://bit.ly/fairgrounds-centralvalley

Kitsap County recognized for using alternative fuels6/16/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works recently received a "Best Achievement" award from Western Washington Clean Cities for use propane autogas as fuel in select fleet vehicles. 

"It's great that county staff and our investments in alternatively fueled vehicles is being recognized by the Department of Energy. This not only makes environmental sense, it makes financial sense without compromising the functionality of our fleet," said Commissioner Rob Gelder. 

The County converted 10 vehicles to run on propane autogas and installed new on-site fueling facilities. "Kitsap County is a leader in implementing efficient business practices and this recognition highlights and confirms our commitment to energy and cost savings while contributing to healthier communities," said Commissioner Ed Wolfe.

"Alternative fuels can burn cleaner than conventional gasoline, and are often more cost-effective for some vehicles," according to Keith Swearingen, Equipment Services Manager for Public Works.  "We continue to explore and evaluate alternate fuel sources, including electric, to power the County's fleet."

About Western Washington Clean Cities:
Western Washington Clean Cities is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to expanding the use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. A program of the U.S. Department of Energy, it provides education, technical expertise, networking opportunities and funding assistance to help members invest in local, sustainable transportation solutions. For more information, go to http://wwcleancities.org/ .

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Contact: Keith Swearingen, Equipment Services Division Manager, 360.337.5777 or kswearingen@co.kitsap.wa.us

Stormwater Open House at the Long Lake Community Center  June 216/15/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works is hosting a Stormwater Open House on June 21, 2017 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at the Bob Oke Long Lake Community Center, located at 5448 Long Lake Road, SE in Port Orchard.

If you have questions or concerns about stormwater drainage or flooding issues on or near your property join us for this open house.  We want to hear from you.  Stormwater staff will be available to listen to your concerns and gather input regarding our services and programs. They are also available to answer questions and provide a variety of brochures and resources.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Stormwater Division's services as well as the Clean Water Kitsap program. Clean Water Kitsap is a partnership program between Kitsap County Public Works, the Kitsap Public Health District, Kitsap Conservation District and WSU-Extension. We work together to protect water quality by identifying and reducing sources of pollution, providing technical assistance for a variety of best management practices related to septic systems, livestock manure management, rain gardens and more.

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Contact:  Eva Crim, Water Quality Program Manager, Stormwater Division (360) 337-5777 or ecrim@co.kitsap.wa.us

Kevin Kelly appointed as new District Court Judge6/14/2017

​(PORT ORCHARD, WA) - The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners appointed Port Orchard resident and Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin P. Kelly as District Court Judge at their regular business meeting June 12. Mr. Kelly's appointment is through 2018 to complete the term of the Honorable Judge Stephen Holman who is retiring the end of the month after serving in the position since 2006. Mr. Kelly will officially take the seat July 1.

"Kevin has served the citizens of this county for over 27 years with distinction and compassion. We look forward to his continued contributions to this community in his new capacity as judge," said Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of Commissioners.

Mr. Kelly, currently Chief Deputy for the District Court Division of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and a deputy prosecutor since 1990, has presided over trials for a wide range of crimes, including homicides. He has argued before the Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court. The last three years, his emphasis has been overseeing deputy prosecutors who practice in District Court and involvement in Kitsap's Behavioral Health Court and Veterans Drug Treatment Court.

"The District Court looks forward to working with Kevin," said Presiding Judge Jeffrey J. Jahns. "He has an impressive legal background and is an excellent addition to the court."

A graduate of Kent State University, he earned a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and was admitted to practice in 1989. He is a member of Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys District Court Committee and has lectured on prosecutorial ethics and family support issues. He also served on the Washington Statewide Family Council and the Child Support Judicial Case Processing Task Force.

His community involvement includes service on the Kitsap Humane Society Board, and as a youth court mentor and a member of the South Kitsap Rotary Club.

"The number and quality of candidates who participated in the process was impressive," said County Commissioner Ed Wolfe. "It made the selection process challenging and instilled great confidence in me that there are highly capable attorneys in the community who could step into any future vacancy on the Kitsap County bench and be a great success."

Mr. Kelly was selected from a pool of eight applicants. The Kitsap County District Court, also known as the "People's Court," has jurisdiction over misdemeanors and gross misdemeanor crimes, which carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. District Court also has jurisdiction in civil cases up to $100,000.

"This process was challenging to the applicants. We appreciated the time and effort they put into completing the application and submitting themselves to scrutiny by the Board as well as the local bar," said Commissioner Rob Gelder. "We also extend our thanks to District Court Presiding Judge Jahns and wish Judge Holman well on his retirement."

 
Judge Kevin P. Kelly
Judge Kevin P. Kelly

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Contact: Karen Goon, Administrator, 360.337.7080 or kgoon@co.kitsap.wa.us

Getting ready for Medicare? Learn more at free class June 226/12/2017

Are you turning age 65? Will you soon be eligible for Medicare? A free "Welcome to Medicare" class is being offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22 in the Orchid Room of Harrison Medical Center, 1800 Myhre Rd, Silverdale. The event is sponsored by the local Kitsap County State Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program and the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

The class will provide information on Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare supplement and advantage plans; Part D prescription drug plans; and fraud prevention. Walk-ins are welcome to the class but pre-registration is preferred as space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To register, call (800) 562-6418 or contact the Kitsap County SHIBA program at (360) 337-5700. A class flyer is available here.

 

Commissioners to hold hearings on the Critical Areas Ordinance 6/9/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)  The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to hold three public hearings on the Draft Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). These hearings follow a public review period in March, Planning Commission hearings in April/May, and Planning Commission Findings and Recommendations on June 6, 2017. 

The hearings on the Critical Areas Ordinance will be on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 20, Poulsbo City Hall (200 NW Moe Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370)- SPECIAL MEETING
    • Open House @ 4:30 PM
    • Hearing @ 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, June 21, Silverdale Water District (5300  NW Newberry Hill Road, Suite #100, Silverdale, WA 98383)- SPECIAL MEETING
    • Open House @ 9:00 AM
    • Hearing @ 10:00 AM
  • Monday, June 26, Commissioners Chambers, Kitsap County Administrative Building (619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98466)
    • Open House @ 4:30 PM
    • Hearing @ 5:30 PM

The Kitsap County Critical Areas Ordinance is undergoing a required update under the Washington Growth Management Act.  The CAO (Kitsap County Code, Title 19), is the portion of local code which provides development standards for protecting the environment and minimizing risk to human safety. Critical Areas include:

  • Wetlands,
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas,
  • Geologically Hazardous Areas,
  • Frequently Flooded Areas, and
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas.

More information is available on the County's CAO webpage .

Craig Adams appointed as new county Information Services Director6/9/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA)  The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the promotion of Craig Adams as the new Information Services Director to replace Bud Harris upon his retirement November 30, 2017 after 18 years of service. Mr. Adams will serve as acting director beginning October 9 and assume the position fully December 1.

"Promoting Craig affords the County continuity in leadership," said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of Commissioners. "He knows Kitsap County's technology environment and work culture, and has developed relationships with county elected and appointed officials.  We are fortunate to have such a highly qualified internal candidate and look forward to the ideas and leadership he will bring to the organization."

Mr. Adams, a Poulsbo resident and veteran of the Navy's nuclear program, joined Kitsap County in 1997. He has an advanced degree in information systems and technology, and extensive familiarity with the county's technology systems. Craig has worked in several positions here. He started as a computer specialist, became a programmer/analyst, served as the interim GIS manager and most recently, as the County's Application Services Manager. Craig has been instrumental in negotiating our strategic enterprise software contracts, and is a driving force in strategic information systems strategies.

Information Services is the central information technology hub for Kitsap County, and provides software development and support, network infrastructure, network solutions, and cyber security to all County departments and some other local entities. The department also maintains telephone and video capabilities, land-based geographic information systems and crime record databases for law enforcement and first responders. He has been a key member in the creation of the County's current strategic technology vision and will continue to work towards implementing and expanding it.

"I am very excited with the opportunity to lead Kitsap County's Information Services Department as we adapt to future technologies and pursue innovation," Mr. Adams notes. "I look forward to continuing to work with a great technology team and leaders within and across Kitsap."

Craig Adams, new Information Services Director

Craig Adams, new Information Services Director

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Contact: Karen Goon, County Administrator, 360.337.7080 or kgoon@co.kitsap.wa.us 

Stormwater Open Houses coming to South and Central Kitsap6/8/2017

​(Port Orchard) – Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division is hosting Stormwater Open Houses at locations in South and Central Kitsap. All events begin at 4:30 and end at 7 p.m. Please join us for one of these events.

 

June 13, 2017
Bob Oke Community Room
Long Lake Community Park
5100 Long Lake Road SE in Port Orchard

June 14, 2017
Seabeck Conference Center
13395 Lagoon Drive NW in Seabeck

June 15, 2017
Burley Community Hall
14853 Burley Avenue SE in Burley

If you live in South or Central Kitsap and have questions or concerns about stormwater drainage or flooding issues on or near your property please join us at one of these open houses.  We want to hear from you.  Stormwater staff will be available to listen to your concerns and gather input regarding our services and programs. They will also answer questions and provide a variety of brochures and resources.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Stormwater Division's services as well as the Clean Water Kitsap program. Clean Water Kitsap is a partnership program between Kitsap County Public Works, the Kitsap Public Health District, Kitsap Conservation District and WSU-Extension.

We work together to protect water quality by identifying and reducing sources of pollution, providing technical assistance for a variety of best management practices related to septic systems, livestock manure management, rain gardens and more.

Clean Water Kitsap web page
http://www.cleanwaterkitsap.org/Pages/Home.aspx

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Contact: Eva Crim, Water Quality Program Manager, 360.337.7066 or ecrim@co.kitsap.wa.us

Kitsap County Aging & Long-Term Care offers Alzheimer's program June 136/7/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) Kitsap County's Division of Aging & Long Term- Care, and its Family Caregiver Support Program, is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to present a special two-hour education program Tuesday, June 13 from 3-5 p.m. at the Village Green Community Center in Kingston.

​If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. Click here for a flyer describing the event and registration information.

Stormwater Open House set for June 7 for the Harper community5/30/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division is hosting a Stormwater Open House June 7, 2017 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. for residents of the Harper/South Colby community. The Open House is at the South Colby Methodist Church located at 2881 Harvey Street SE in Port Orchard.

Join us for this Open House if you have questions or concerns about stormwater drainage or flooding issues on or near your property.  We want to hear from you.  Stormwater staff will be available to listen to your concerns and gather input regarding our services and programs. They also are available to answer questions and provide a variety of brochures and resources.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the Stormwater Division's services, as well as the Clean Water Kitsap program. Clean Water Kitsap is a partnership program between Kitsap County Public Works, the Kitsap Conservation District, Kitsap Public Health District and WSU-Extension. We work together to protect water quality by identifying and reducing sources of pollution, providing technical assistance for a variety of best management practices related to septic systems, livestock manure management, rain gardens and more.

If you live in South Kitsap but are unable to attend this event, there are two additional open houses in June, visit the link http://bit.ly/stormopenhouse for details.

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Contact: Eva Crim, Water Quality Program Manager, Stormwater Division (360) 337-5777 or ecrim@co.kitsap.wa.us

​​​Junk Furniture Roundup at Olympic View Transfer Station June 115/26/2017

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Junk Furniture Roundup is set for Sunday, June 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This ONE-DAY ONLY event is held at the Olympic View Transfer Station in the Olympic View Industrial Park across from the Bremerton National Airport on Highway 3.

Residential customers may bring the following non-repairable unusable furniture to the Olympic View Transfer Station at no charge for disposal during this event:

  • Bookcases
  • Tables and chairs
  • Desks
  • Patio furniture
  • Mattresses
  • File cabinets
  • Entertainment centers
  • Sofas
  • Sleeper sofas
  • Beds
  • Dressers
  • Baby furniture

Be prepared to unload your own items and for extended wait times. Loads containing regular household garbage are charged the regular rate.

Household hazardous waste is not accepted at this event. All loads are pre-screened on site.

Secure your load with a tarp, cargo net, chains, straps and/or bungee cords. Tie larger items directly to your vehicle or trailer. If any light weight or loose material can fly out of a moving vehicle, cover the load with a tarp. Driving with an unsecured load in your vehicle is a violation of Washington State law. Fines range from a $216 traffic violation to a $5,000 fine and jail time if something falling out of your vehicle causes bodily harm.

Be sure the items you bring for disposal are not in good enough condition for reuse by local nonprofit organizations.

Visit What Do I Do With It? at http://recycle.kitsapgov.com, an online guide for recycling and disposing of household items, and to find out more about donation options.

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Contact: Chris Piercy, Recycling Coordinator, 360.337.4898 or cpiercy@co.kitsap.wa.us

Multiple night closures of SR 104 (Hood Canal Bridge) rescheduled for June 7 & 85/26/2017

State Route 104 Hood Canal Bridge night closures scheduled between 12:01 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Friday, June 2, Saturday, June 3 and Monday, June 5 have been rescheduled.

The SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge will close several times between 12:01 a.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8. Each closure will last about one hour. To help traffic moving, the bridge will reopen to vehicles for at least 30 minutes between each closure.

The night closures are related to a project that replaces mechanical components of the bridge's drawspan. Drivers can expect additional night closures throughout the summer. The closures will be announced as they are scheduled.

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Learn the essentials of disaster preparedness in Kingston June 15/25/2017

​With threats of flooding, landslides and earthquakes, it is vital that individuals and communities are prepared and plan for worst-case scenarios. Learn the essentials of disaster preparedness at a presentation in Kingston June 1. The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management is offering a free public presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Village Green Community Center, located at 26159 Dulay Road.

This presentation is designed to provide essential information on preparing for and recovering from a disaster. Primary disaster risks in Western Washington will be addressed, and the likelihood of losing immediate access to normal transportation and communication resources in a major disaster. Guidance on strengthening resiliency to disasters will also be provided including what supplies need to be gathered to have at home, work and the car.

The Department of Emergency Management will also introduce the "Map Your Neighborhood" program, a strategy in which neighbors can support each other in times of disaster.

For more information, contact Dave Rasmussen, Public Information Officer, at (360) 307-5874 or drasmuss@co.kitsap.wa.us. Disaster and emergency preparedness tips and resources are also available at the Department of Emergency Management's website, www.kitsapdem.org .

Sit a while and relax in Kingston’s giant Adirondack chairs5/23/2017

​Visitors coming into Kingston will do a double-take when they see the dozen giant-sized Adirondack chairs throughout downtown. As part of a local branding effort for Kingston to sit, relax and stay a while,  the hope is the brightly colored chairs will encourage people of all ages to stop and enjoy them while taking in the mountain and sound views, beautiful beaches, parks, and marina.

"The chairs are a great visual around the community that will convey fun and excitement, not to mention a reason to come play and stay in Kingston," said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder, who supports the effort to increase economic development and tourism in North Kitsap. He hopes the chairs will grab the attention of those passing through town and get them to stop and enjoy the community while supporting local businesses and activities.

Commissioner Gelder has been involved in the planning for the big chairs for nearly a year, along with Port of Kingston Executive Director Jim Pivarnik and brainchild of the initiative, Susan Rodgers, owner of Cleo's Landing in downtown Kingston and long-time community advocate. She has had two big chairs in front of her business for years and saw how much they attracted people to climb around on them, sit and chill, take photos and look out over Apple Tree Cove. She worked with Doug Woodside, local builder and owner of Decks & Patio Covers in Kingston, to construct the additional chairs that were put in place earlier this month.

The chairs were paid for by individual and business sponsors, including Commissioner Gelder who purchased four chairs using his discretionary funds and placed them at Kola Kole and Arness county parks downtown. Other chairs are at the Port of Kingston's Mike Wallace Park,  Kingston Mercantile & Marine and Cleo's Landing.

As the buzz spreads about the big chairs, Kingston will join other Washington communities known for their oversize attractions like the Frogs on the Rock on Bainbridge Island,  the Run of Giant Salmon in Olympia and Hat and Boots in Georgetown.

Doug Woodside said there is already interest in four more chairs and they need four more orders as the chairs are built in blocks of eight. Local Kingston businesses and organizations interested in having chairs of their own can contact the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce at (360) 297-3813.

New adirondak chairs in Kingston, WA

You can see pictures of the new chairs here.

Open House for Silverdale Transportation Implementation Strategy set for June 65/22/2017

​Kitsap County invites you to a second Open House to learn about and provide input on the Silverdale Transportation Implementation Strategy (TIS).

Silverdale TIS Open House #2
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Open House at 6 p.m., Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Central Kitsap High School Auditorium
3700 NW Anderson Hill Road in Silverdale

The TIS examines current and future transportation movements within Silverdale, identifies transportation needs and concerns, and develops strategies and priorities for improvements. The project focuses on vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and freight movements.

During the first open house, staff presented the initial TIS analysis on how the current and the future transportation systems in Silverdale function. You can view the presentation at http://bit.ly/silverdaletis.

During the Second Open House, staff seek public input on strategies to address the transportation issues, in both the current and future systems, as identified in the TIS. 

To learn more about the project go to http://bit.ly/silverdaletis.

For more information, contact David Forte, Transportation Planning, Kitsap County Public Works 360.337.5777 or help@kitsap1.com.

Auditor schedules special filing period for 2017 races with no candidates5/22/2017

​(Port Orchard, WA) – Kitsap County Auditor Dolores Gilmore called for a special three-day filing period for nonpartisan offices in which no candidate filed for the 2017 Primary.

The special filing period begins at 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 24 and ends at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Candidate filings will be accepted online and in the Kitsap County Auditor – Elections Division office at 619 Division Street in Port Orchard.

Filing will be accepted for the following positions:

  • Port of Keyport District No. 8 Commissioner Position 2, 6-year term
  • Port of Tracyton District No. 15, Commissioner District 3, 2-year unexpired term
  • Rocky Point Water District No. 12 Commissioner Position 3, 4-year unexpired term
  • Sunnyslope Water District No. 15 Commissioner Position 2, 4-year unexpired term
  • Sunnyslope Water District No. 15 Commissioner Position 3, 6-year term
  • Old Bangor Water District No.19 Commissioner Position 1, Short and 2-year unexpired term
  • Old Bangor Water District No.19 Commissioner Position 2, Short and 6-year term
  • Old Bangor Water District No.19 Commissioner Position 3, Short and 4-year unexpired term

Applicable filing fees are due at the time of filing and there is no withdrawal period for candidate filings submitted during the special three-day filing period. This special three-day filing period will be conducted pursuant to RCW 29A.24.181. 

For all of the latest Kitsap County Auditor – Elections Division news, visit: facebook.com/KitsapCountyAuditor, twitter.com/kitsapauditor.


Contact:  Kyle Joyce, Kitsap County Elections, kjoyce@co.kitsap.wa.us | (360) 337-7128
Kitsap Fast Ferries: Frequently Asked Questions Webinars5/19/2017

Join us for a webinar beginning on May 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM PDT.

Register now! Click HERE.

​Kitsap Fast Ferries Bremerton-Seattle service launches on July 10! Attend Kitsap Transit's first-ever webinar series on May 24 and 25 to learn more about the service and ask questions.

The May 24 webinar will cover schedule and fares, while the May 25 webinar will cover reservations. Both webinars will be broadcast from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific. Attendees who miss the webinars can see the presentation at the agency's Citizen Advisory Committee meeting in Bremerton at 6:30 pm on May 25.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Community members needed to write voters’ pamphlet statement on proposed South Kitsap Fire and Rescue lid lift5/17/2017

​PORT ORCHARD – The Auditor's Office is seeking individuals to serve on a committee to draft a voters' guide argument against a proposed South Kitsap Fire and Rescue lid lift measure on the August 1, 2017 Primary ballot. 

The ballot measure appearing in the August 1 Primary Local Voters' Pamphlet includes the official ballot title, explanatory statement, arguments "for" and "against" the measure, and rebuttals. The committee writing the argument in favor of the measure was already formed.

Committee members do not have to be residents of the district in order to draft arguments. Interested parties should contact the Elections Division by 4:30 p.m., May 19. Please email auditor@co.kitsap.wa.us or call 360-337-7128 if interested.

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Contact: Kyle Joyce at kjoyce@co.kitsap.wa.us or 360.337.7130

The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma celebrates lives of veterans Memorial Day weekend5/17/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  Six deceased veterans will be remembered and honored in ceremony and song at The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma VIII Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 27 during Memorial Day weekend at the Kitsap County Administration Building plaza, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.

The ceremony honoring the departed begins at 9:45 a.m. The remains will be received from the Kitsap County Coroner and escorted to Tahoma National Cemetery near Kent in a formal processional including local and regional veteran motorcycle clubs. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Participants in this year's event include the Duncan Creek String Quartet, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Suquamish Tribe, Civil Air Patrol and Citizens on Patrol.  The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma ceremony is sponsored by the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, the Kitsap County Coroner's Office, the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board and Combat Veterans International.

For more information on the Run to Tahoma and other veterans' programs, visit http://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/veterans/VABoard.htm or contact Andy Sargent, Veterans Assistance Program and Veterans Advisory Board Coordinator, at 360.337.4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us

Stormwater Open House May 24 in Sunnyslope5/16/2017

(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division is hosting a Stormwater Open House in Sunnyslope.

Stormwater Open House
May 24, 2017
4:30-7 p.m.
Sunnyslope Community Club

Please join us at the open house to address questions or concerns about stormwater drainage or flooding issues on or near your property. We want to hear from you. Stormwater staff will be available to listen to your concerns and gather input regarding our services and programs. They will also be available to answer questions and provide a variety of brochures and resources.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Stormwater Division's services as well as the Clean Water Kitsap program. Clean Water Kitsap is a partnership program between Kitsap County Public Works, the Kitsap Public Health District, Kitsap Conservation District and WSU-Extension. We work together to protect water quality by identifying and reducing sources of pollution, providing technical assistance for a variety of best management practices related to septic systems, livestock manure management, rain gardens and more.

There will be several open houses held around Kitsap County during May and June so if you can't attend this one, visit the link http://bit.ly/stormopenhouse to find another date and location.

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Contact:  Eva Crim, Water Quality Program Manager, Stormwater Division (360) 337-5777

Public discussion on community impact of new school construction in Central Kitsap5/16/2017

The Central Kitsap Community Council is working to create a cohesive community image within Silverdale's rapidly changing landscape. Results from a survey last month show a strong interest in understanding how upcoming construction projects will contribute to this community collage.

At the June 7 meeting of the CKCC, Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe will lead a public discussion with Central Kitsap School District Superintendent David McVicker and Business & Operations Director Doug Newell on impacts of new school construction.  They will address the following questions:

  • What's happening with CKSD construction projects at the CK, Olympic, Klahowya, and Barker Creek schools?

  • How will the new buildings reflect changing education needs and ensure that students are ready for the local workforce and college? 

  • How will the construction impact traffic and for how long?

  • How will CKSD's vision for "partnerships with a passion" contribute to our community's future?

The meeting takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 in the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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