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Household hazardous waste collection event coming to Poulsbo6/1/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) – North Kitsap and Poulsbo residents can bring their hazardous household chemicals to a free, one-day collection event scheduled for Saturday, June 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of Poulsbo facility at 22125 Viking Ave NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370 (north of SONIC Drive-In).

This event is for Kitsap County residents with household products. Event staff cannot accept waste from businesses or other non-household organizations. Containers must be 5 gallons or smaller. Latex paint will not be accepted at this event. 

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

Accepted at no charge:

  • adhesives
  • aerosols
  • antifreeze
  • CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps)
  • corrosive chemicals
  • flammable liquids
  • fluorescent tubes and other mercury lamps
  • household batteries
  • lawn and garden chemicals
  • motor oil
  • oil-based paints and stains
  • paint thinners
  • pool and spa chemicals
  • vehicle batteries

Not accepted:
(Visit recycle.kitsapgov.com to see disposal instructions for items not accepted at this event and to find directions to the permanent collection facility in Bremerton)

  • No latex paint.
  • No sharps / syringes.
  • No marine flares.
  • No business or non-profit waste.
  • No containers over 5 gallons.

Safety Rules:

  • Do not mix products.
  • Transport items in leak-proof tubs.
  • Keep in original containers, or label containers.
  • Keep items out of vehicle passenger area.
Ceremony May 26 celebrates the lives of veterans5/23/2018

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap County Coroner’s Office, Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board and Combat Veterans International invite everyone to The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma VIII Celebration of Life Ceremony, hosted on Memorial Day weekend. The event begins at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, May 26 outside the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.

Join us in honoring with word and song the lives of departed veterans followed by a motorcade to the Tahoma National Cemetery. For more information, contact Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program and Andrew Sargent at (360) 337-4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us .
 Free community forum explores trends, challenges of mental healthcare in Kitsap County5/23/2018

​The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights presents a community forum on mental health to address current trends, challenges with the sociobiological science of mental illness and its effects on individuals and families, as well as an overview of data and statistical trends of mental illness outcomes in Kitsap County. There will also be a look at the community work being done by local mental health advocates and first responders. The event takes place 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9 at Olympic College Engineering Building Rotunda, 1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton.

A panel discussion will include Charles Doyal, supervisor of the Kitsap Mental Health Services Crisis Response Team; Larry Brixius and Jeanette Rerecich Brixius of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Kitsap County; Casey Reed, transition manager for the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success at Olympic College; and Siri Kushner, assessment and epidemiology program manager with the Kitsap Public Health District.

Panelists will share perspectives from their fields related to mental health and illness, and discuss how disparities in people's experiences and access to medical healthcare may factor in. The public will have the opportunity to talk with each other and panelists about what they learn, how it may relate to their own experiences, how to increase equity in mental healthcare and what local community resources are available.

The forum is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome! The event is sponsored with the generous support of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians and the Multicultural and Student Programs Department of Olympic College.

For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us or visit the Council for Human Rights website here.

Water as a Resource in Kingston: An overview presented June 65/22/2018

​Kitsap County's Water as a Resource policy will be explored from many directions at the June 6 meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council, which takes place 7-8:30 p.m. in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road, Kingston.

Kitsap County Public Works will provide an overview of Clean Water Kitsap and the Water as a Resource policy and then review local and regional stormwater infrastructure, management and opportunities. The reclaimed water project at the Kingston Wastewater Treatment Plan will be discussed, including the plan to provide water for irrigation needs at White Horse Golf Course.

The Kitsap Public Health District will review water-quality testing and stream monitoring in the Kingston area with a focus on pollution identification and correction. Stillwaters Environmental Center will provide information on its water monitoring program for Carpenter Creek and the estuary, including observations since the new bridges were constructed.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Jennifer Haro at jharo@co.kitsap.wa.us, (360) 337-7080.

 

Planning, transportation focus of Suquamish meeting June 75/22/2018

Comprehensive planning and transportation will be discussed at the next meeting of the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at the Suquamish Elementary School Library, 18950 Park Blvd.

Kitsap County's Department of Community Development will provide an overview of the county's comprehensive plan and its impacts on Suquamish. The comprehensive plan guides development in unincorporated areas of Kitsap County through the next 20 years, including land use, economic development, housing and human services, transportation, capital facilities and parks. John Clauson, executive director of Kitsap Transit, will be on hand to give an update on the Kingston passenger-only ferry and implications for Suquamish.

The Suquamish Tribe Police also provide an overview of local criminal activity in the area and answer questions at every meeting.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Applications are now open for the SCAC. If interested in applying, go to the SCAC website. For more information, contact Jennifer Cannon at jcannon@co.kitsap.wa.us or (360) 337-7080.

 

Kitsap County installing all-way stop at Greaves Way and Old Frontier Intersection5/17/2018

​(Silverdale, WA) - Kitsap County is installing an all-way stop at the Greaves Way and Old Frontier intersection. The new signs will be in place by the end of May. Residents brought their concerns to Commissioner Wolfe and the County's Public Works Department. These concerns triggered a review of traffic operations at the intersection, and a community conversation at the March 2018 Central Kitsap Community Council meeting.  A significant number of collisions involved eastbound traffic on Old Frontier turning left. Most are caused by failing to yield right-of-way to westbound oncoming traffic on Greaves Way, turning in front of oncoming traffic. Several motorists reported oncoming vehicles on Greaves Way changing lanes to the through lane at the last minute.

In 2010, Kitsap County constructed Greaves Way to provide a direct connection to SR 3 from the west side of Silverdale. This public investment also made lands accessible for growth and economic development.  For the first few years after Greaves Way opened and prior to development, the daily traffic volumes averaged around 4,000-5,000 vehicles. 

A recent traffic count shows a significant growth with approximately 8,500 vehicles using the road each day. Over the past few years the Department of Public Works has added additional signage to help alert motorists early as to which lane they needed to be in. Additional pavement arrows and dashed striping for each of the two lanes were added, as well as removing vegetation in the median to allow for better sight distances for motorists.

During construction the county built some underlying infrastructure, recognizing traffic signals would be warranted at the intersection eventually. Conduits and electric boxes were installed at the intersection during construction. 

The Department of Public Works is in the process of programming the signal project into the County's Transportation Improvement Plan, but it takes time to secure funding and complete the design.  The All-Way Stop will serve as an interim solution until the signalized intersection can be designed and funded.

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Contact: Jeff Shea, Traffic Engineer, 360.337.5777 or jshea@co.kitsap.wa.us

Candidate Filing Week 2018 begins Monday5/11/2018

 

PORT ORCHARD – Kitsap County residents running for political office may begin filing Monday, May 14. Candidates may file in person, by email, or fax beginning at 8 a.m., Monday through 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. Candidates may file online beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday through 4 p.m. Friday.

Candidates in the following races file with the Washington Secretary of State:  (Use this link to file online)

  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 6
  • State Legislative District 26 and 35, Senators and Representatives
  • Washington Supreme Court Justice Positions 2, 8, and 9
  • Washington Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 2, Judge Position 2

Candidates for these offices file with the Kitsap County Auditor's Office – Elections Division:  (Use this link to file online.)

  • State Legislative District 23
  • Kitsap County Commissioner District 3, Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Coroner, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, and Treasurer
  • Kitsap County District Court Judge, Departments 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Kitsap County Public Utility District, Commissioner District 3
  • Precinct Committee Officers

The deadline to withdraw a candidate filing is 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 21. Candidates who do not withdraw on time will appear on the August Primary ballot and could appear on the General Election ballot in November.

All filing fees or petitions must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. Filing fees are non-refundable.

Candidates may download the 2018 Kitsap Candidate and Measures Guidelines (32 pages, 1 MB)  book, or get one in person at the Elections Division office at 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Updated filing information, forms, and a listing of candidates who have filed is available at bit.ly.com/KitsapFiling. (Link is case sensitive.)

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Community celebration of Kingston's estuary June 95/7/2018

​With the opening of the West Kingston Road bridge, Stillwaters Environmental Center and Kitsap County are planning a community Estuary Liberation Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Stillwaters, located at 26059 Barber Cut Off in Kingston.  Everyone is invited to join the event that will include live music, food, recognition of project partners and guided tours of the marsh.

The celebration marks nearly two decades of planning, fundraising, and construction of the new bridge and another that opened in 2012 on South Kingston Road, adjacent to Arness Park. The bridges replaced culverts that girdled Puget Sound tidal flow between Appletree Cove and the Carpenter Creek estuary, impacting the nearshore ecosystem, an important rest stop for salmon migrating in and out of central and south Puget Sound. With the opening of the upper salt marsh by replacing a five-foot diameter culvert and road embankment with a 150-foot span bridge, the project restores natural functioning and an additional 10 acres of estuary habitat,  accessible to salmon and other wildlife.

As part of an agreement with the Suquamish Tribe, the Navy provided nearly $3 million for the West Kingston Road bridge as a portion of its mitigation for a maintenance pier at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The remainder of the $4.6 million West Kingston bridge project that also included upgrades to utilities running under the bridge, was funded by Kitsap County Public Works road and sewer funds, and Kitsap Public Utility District #1. The state legislature and the Army Corps of Engineers funded the South Kingston bridge project.

For more information on the celebration or to learn more about the Carpenter Creek estuary, visit Stillwaters Environmental Center at www.stillwatersenvironmentalcenter.org or call (360) 297-1226. A flyer for the celebration is available here.

 

Free 2018 Older Americans Conference May 23 in Silverdale5/7/2018

May is nationally recognized as Older Americans month. In honor of this, Kitsap County's Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, in cooperation with the Long-Term Care Alliance, is hosting the 27th annual 2018 Older American Conference, "Engage At Every Age," from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the Silverdale United Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way, Silverdale.  Pre-registration is required.

There will be a series of workshops that include:

  • Interacting with the healthcare system
  • Advance directives, power of attorney and durable power of attorney
  • Cyber security for seniors and explaining the dangers of the Internet
  • Driver safety as one ages
  • Situational awareness.

President John F. Kennedy and the members of the National Council of Senior Citizens first designated May as Older American month in 1963.  Now, older people are not only living longer but staying healthier and more active much later in life. The annual Older American Conference provides resources for seniors while recognizing and honoring their contributions past and present, especially those of veterans who've defended the country.  

Doors to the Older American Conference open at 8 a.m. and complimentary refreshments will be served. The event is free to the public, but due to limited space, registration is required for everyone. To register, contact the Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care to register at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418.

To request special accommodations, contact Vicki Hanson at (360) 337-5700, (800) 562-6418 or TDD (360) 307-4280.  One-week advance notice is needed for interpreter services.

To learn more about programs, services and resources offered through the Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care, call the numbers listed above or click here.
 

Kitsap County District Court graduates three from Behavioral Health Court5/3/2018

(​Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County District Court is pleased to announce the graduation of three participants from the Behavioral Health Court on May 10th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Courtroom 201 at the Kitsap County Courthouse.  

Behavioral Health Court, led by Judge Claire Bradley, is based on a therapeutic court model similar to Drug Court. This is a new program in Kitsap County that began in response to over-representation of those with mental health issues in the criminal justice system.  Behavioral Health Court (BHC) uses a team-based approach between the court, prosecutors, defense attorney, treatment providers and law enforcement.   Collaboratively, the team works to promote accountability and recovery by providing participants with the tools they need to be successful and less likely to find themselves back in the criminal justice system.

The local Behavioral Health Court started in November of 2016.   To be considered for BHC participants must have an identified, underlying mental health issue and meet other eligibility criteria.   Upon entry, participants find themselves with a host of conditions and obligations that must be completed in order to move through program phases.  As participants advance, the structure imposed by the court is gradually eased when they demonstrate good judgment and decision-making skills.     

Behavioral Health Court is chiefly funded within existing county budgets, but was awarded grant funds from the county Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, and Therapeutic Court Programs tax approved by voters in 2013. "The support of the Citizens Advisory Council and County Commissioners for grant funding has made a huge difference in our court and allowed us to expand our program." said Judge Bradley.  "Our grant specifically helps provide legal representation to participants as well as provide for a Behavioral Health Specialist who helps guide participants through the program."

Please contact Mindy Nelson-Oakes at 360-337-4706 for participant interviews and information.

West Kingston Road will re-open by Monday morning4/27/2018

(Kingston, WA)  The new bridge and improved roadway on West Kingston road will be open to all traffic (vehicular, bicyclist and pedestrians) by 8 a.m. on Monday April 30, 2018. Some ancillary work by the contractor, and by Puget Sound Energy, remain on the project. The ancillary work includes landscaping, street lighting and utility adjustments along the shoulders of the roadway. This work can create short delays in the immediate vicinity of the work during regular working hours, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The roadway will be fully open all other times. It's expected all work on the project will be completed by the end of May.

Port gives update on plans for Old Town Silverdale May 24/26/2018

Join the Central Kitsap Community Council and Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe for a presentation from the Port of Silverdale on its ongoing planning for Old Town Silverdale from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 2 at the regular monthly meeting of the Central Kitsap Community Council in the Silverdale Beach Hotel-Best Western, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Commissioner Wolfe welcomes Sheriff Gary Simpson during his First Friday Listening Session from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 4 at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. They will address law enforcement and school safety in Central Kitsap, topics brought up at the April 6 listening session. This is an opportunity for citizens to drop in, voice their concerns and engage in lively conversation.

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

 

Manchester sewer utility extension project updates at May 1 meeting4/26/2018

Get the latest updates on the sewer utility extension project and pump station replacements in Manchester from Floyd Bayless of Kitsap County Public Works during the next regular meeting of the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at the Manchester Library, 8067 E Main Street. Director of Kitsap County's Department of Community Development Louisa Garbo will also provide an overview of her department.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Jennifer Haro in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at jharo@co.kitsap.wa.us, (360) 307-4212.

The MCAC currently has vacancies for at-large representatives and those from the California and Nebraska neighborhoods. Applications are now open. Click here for more information and the online application or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us, (360) 337-4650.

Kitsap County Prize Patrol presents Earth Day Awards!4/24/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) – Take a look inside the County's Earth Day awards on Kitsap County's Vimeo website. Public Works staff and the Board of County Commissioners surprised winners with a visit from our Earth Day Prize Patrol. Tune in and watch their reactions and learn more about how they earned the award. This year's award winners exemplify environmental leadership qualities in programs or projects that emphasize sustainability, waste reduction, recycling, and litter control.

Kitsap County Public Works has presented the annual Earth Day awards since the early 90's. The awards are presented to individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses for their distinguishing environmental programs or projects. The following outstanding achievers make a difference every day as they lead the way and make others aware of environmental issues.

 

Central Kitsap: Environmental Education – Chelsie Webb, Green Team Advisor, PineCrest Elementary School
For the 439 students enrolled at PineCrest Elementary, 4th grade teacher Chelsie Webb is the greenest of them all. Fourteen of these students in grades 1-5 are part of the schools' "Green Team", with Miss Webb's guidance as the team's advisor.

In 2016 Chelsie Webb led the first Green Team to certify as a Washington Green School. A waste audit found many compostables and recyclables in the trash. They achieved their goal to reduce waste on campus and promote a healthier, more sustainable community through classroom recycling and cafeteria composting.

The Green Team meets monthly after school to plan and organize activities, including Earth Day events, which are often held during lunch and recess. Special recycling collections raise funds for the team and the school. Signs and posters encourage and instruct students on what and how to recycle. Morning announcements from the team encourage recycling and composting. Team members wrote and won a grant to buy a composting unit. Recycling audits continue, and the school celebrates the changes!

With his 25 years in the Navy working in Environmental Heath, Silas Berry, also a 4th grade teacher, serves as her co-facilitator. He said, "Chelsie's enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for the environment are what makes her more than a teacher, she is an inspiration to students and staff at PineCrest."

Reflecting on the success of their project, Chelsie Webb-Deskins remarked: "My Green Team inspires me because of their dedication and boundless optimism. We're in our third year and I have students who have been members since Kindergarten. They keep coming back because they desperately want to make a difference in their world and they really do believe that the sky's the limit."

See the Environmental Education Award presentation here.

 

North Kitsap: Adopt-A-Road Volunteers – Kris Libby and Gail Halsavor, Community Beautification Committee, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce
The Kingston Beautification Committee welcomes all volunteers to join their fun, easy, and enthusiastic group. Kingston Chamber of Commerce members, Kris Libby and Gail Halsavor, are the lead volunteer organizers on one of their many projects, the biannual community-based clean-ups.

These clean-up events began years before the Kitsap County Adopt-A-Road program assistance began in 2011. The County program provides litter bags, safety equipment, and free garbage disposal to help keep Kitsap clean! Kris and Gail coordinate numerous volunteers, making sure they have the tools to get the job done.  

Every spring and fall, dozens of community volunteers remove litter, clean, and spruce up the skate park, and remove vegetation. In 2017, they removed over 22 cubic yards of organic debris and garbage from roadways and public spaces. Adopt-A-Road coordinator Kevin Bevelhimer said, "The Kingston Chamber of Commerce goes above and beyond the normal cleanup. The volunteers beautify many of the garden and median areas by removing weeds and sprucing up in general. Kingston is a gateway community to our county and the local pride is evident."

The Kingston Beautification Committee meets the 4th Monday of each month, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Village Green Community Center. If you're interested in participating in community clean-ups or anything else that helps keep Kingston beautiful, they invite you to join.  As one committee member's grandmother often said, "Many hands make light work." 

Watch the Adopt-A-Road Award presentation here.

 

South Kitsap: Waste Wise @ Work Business of the Year – Laura Kneib, Owner and Founder, F.R.O.G. Soap
At F.R.O.G. Soap they reclaim, reuse, repurpose and recycle; and then repeat those processes over and over, each and every day! The name F.R.O.G. stands for "From Reclaimed Oil and Glycerin" – meaning the shop makes soap from local restaurant oil!

Owner and founder, Laura Kneib strives to find new ways to recycle, reclaim and up-cycle ingredients, package, and display items. They have reclaimed nearly 5 tons of vegetable oil for the soap making and repurposed volumes of corrugated cardboard for packaging.

For their efforts, they have won Best New Product Award, two-time Best Gift Shop, and have been a two-time Semi-Finalist in the Kitsap Bank Edg3 Fund Competition. In 2017, F.R.O.G. Soap was honored as Recycler of the Year by the Washington State Recycling Association.

They were featured on KOMO News, local newspapers and West Sound Home & Garden magazine and have shared their methods and recipes from Italy to Bolivia. EnviroStars Waste Wise Coordinator, Eirik O'Neal said, "Not only does Laura manufacture and sell her upcycled soap around the world, she also has a passion for teaching others how to make soap from reclaimed cooking oil. Laura is a great ambassador for Bremerton and Kitsap County and is the gold standard for creativity, innovation and leadership when it comes environmental stewardship and protecting our resources."

Laura's husband, Jay Kneib, said "Laura's passion and creativity are evident in all that she does. Her processes have always been geared towards recycling and sustainability. Every day is Earth Day at F.R.O.G. Soap!"

Watch the Wastewise @ Work Business of the Year presentation here.

 

Waste Wise Kitsap: Colleen Miko, Horticulture Coordinator, WSU Kitsap Master Gardener Program
Since she was first hired in 2011, WSU Kitsap Extension's Horticulture Educator, Colleen Miko, has shared her passion for gardening. She knows that composting make soils rich and plants lush, and recycling organic materials reduces the amount of waste bound for the landfill. She is always looking for volunteers to spread the word that "soil is alive, and soil life matters"!

The twelve week Master Gardener Training Program prepares volunteers to help people learn to garden more productively. In 2017 Colleen empowered 294 Master Gardeners to teach others about the benefits of composting through public outreach.  Last year, 5,771 direct contacts were made at 147 clinics, including Famers Markets. Over 2,000 community members were educated at the Kitsap County Fair and the Home and Garden Show.

At the three Master Gardener Learning Gardens, 933 children and 567 adults attended classes learning how to grow their own nutritious food. Over 3,000 pounds of organically grown produce was given to local food banks. Students also learned all about composting leaves, plant stalks, and inedible food, diverting tons of organic waste from the landfill. Each site has its very own 'black gold' for use as a soil amendment in future gardens.

County Recycling Coordinator Chris Piercy said, "Colleen's efforts to promote composting practices through the Kitsap County Master Gardeners Program is a great asset to the Solid Waste Division. "Teaching the teacher" is a great model for spreading knowledge throughout the community. The Master Gardeners' demonstration gardens and interactions with the community provide a far greater reach than most organizations can accomplish. We appreciate her efforts in supporting our mission of waste reduction and recycling. This is a well-deserved accolade for an outstanding partner with the Solid Waste Division."

Watch the Waste Wise Kitsap Award presentation here.

Kitsap Great Give an opportunity to support county parks4/19/2018

Kitsap Great Give, a 24-hour online fundraising event for local non-profit organizations, takes place April 24, beginning at midnight (though early giving has already opened). This year, joining the Kitsap Great Give is the newly created Kitsap County Parks Foundation, raising funds to preserve, support and promote Kitsap County Parks Department properties, facilities and open space, and continue to foster the ongoing development of public-private partnerships.

Kitsap County is 396 square miles in size. The Kitsap County Parks Department proudly manages 73 county parks, totaling 10,487 acres. The park system is unique in its features and demands with heritage parks, waterfronts and waterways, legacy parks, specialized parks, and community recreation complexes – each offering different recreational opportunities and experiences. The total acreage of Kitsap County parks has increased 67 percent since 2012, while the parks budget is only slightly more than it was in 2007. The Kitsap County Parks Foundation is working to bridge this gap and offer an opportunity for community partners to be a part of preserving and enhancing the county's greatest assets, and establishing a stronger financial support base.

The Kitsap Community Foundation hosts the Great Give as a way to bring awareness about the many non-profit groups in Kitsap that raise funds to support causes from human services, animals and arts to education and the environment. Kitsap County Commissioners will pass a proclamation April 23 in support of this countywide fundraising event. Those wishing to donate to multiple organizations can make their contributions on a single website. Great Give sponsors supplement donations, providing organizations added cash bonuses to help bolster individual contributions.

For more information on Kitsap Great Give, go to https://kitsapgreatgive.org. To learn more about Kitsap County Parks, go to www.kitsapgov.com/parks.

 

State Public Works Board approves loan to county for sewer improvements4/18/2018

The Washington State Public Works Board approved 12 cities and counties for approximately $6 million in pre-construction loans for 2018, including $727,000 for sanitary sewer improvements in Kitsap County. This is the first time in five years the board received funding from the state Legislature to issue loans.

The sanitary sewer improvements include upgrades at four sewage pumping stations, constructed in the Silverdale/Central Kitsap area in the mid-1970s, to provide for future capacity, replace out-of-date equipment, and bring the facilities into compliance with current design standards. The improvements will also upsize sewage conveyance lines which serve the stations. The funding will be used for preliminary engineering, an evaluation of permitting requirements, and extensive public outreach.

"The state's investment in this program is vital for local jurisdictions being able to move forward on key infrastructure projects in a timely manner, thus meeting the current and future needs of our growing community," said Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.

The State Public Works Board announced April 13 its selection of 12 out of 15 projects from applications requesting over $7.5 million. These projects will improve water, sewer, roads, and street systems in rural communities throughout the state. Kitsap was the only county selected. All other recipients are rural cities throughout the state

"State investments in public infrastructure are the foundation for strengthening rural communities where the burden of funding these projects can be a huge obstacle to economic vitality," said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender.   

The 2018 Legislature authorized a total of $14 million for these loans that assist local governments, with the remainder to be awarded later in the year. The Legislature also provided $5 million in emergency loans, available until the funds are exhausted.

The mission of the State Public Works Board is to provide financial and technical assistance to Washington communities for critical public health, safety, and environmental infrastructure that supports community and economic vitality. The Board is comprised of 13 board members, appointed by the Governor for four-year terms. Three represent counties, three represent cities, three represent special purpose districts, and four are from the private sector. For more information, visit www.pwb.wa.gov.

Volunteers needed for Suquamish community cleanup4/17/2018

Want to help pitch in to clean up the Suquamish community in time for Earth Day? Volunteers are needed to join the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee for its annual Suquamish Cleanup, taking place from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 21. Meet at the Suquamish United Church of Christ, 18732 Division Avenue NE. All ages are welcome. Supplies will be provided.

This is a great volunteer opportunity, especially for scouts and high school students who need to complete community service hours. For more information, contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Sustainable Cinema Presents - Death by Design4/17/2018

By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.

“Both jaw-dropping and heartbreaking, Death by Design forces the viewer to reconsider their whole approach to technology, and this mad and unsustainable obsession with constantly upgrading.”

Watch Death by Design Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
at Dragonfly Cinema
822 Bay St. Port Orchard
www.dragonflycinema.com
Suggested Donation

View the poster here


Sheriff Simpson joins Commissioner Wolfe at First Friday Listening Session May 44/16/2018

​Constituents of Central Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe are welcome to drop in during his First Friday Listening Session from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 4 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. Sheriff Gary Simpson will join Commissioner Wolfe to address law enforcement and school safety in Central Kitsap, topics brought up at the April 6 listening session. This is an opportunity for citizens to voice their concerns and engage in lively conversation.

First Friday Listening Sessions are usually held at Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Café in Old Town Silverdale but the May meeting is being moved to the hotel to provide more room for attendees. Other First Friday Listening Sessions are scheduled June 1 and Aug. 3. The July session will be cancelled because of its proximity to the Fourth of July.

In addition to joining Commissioner Wolfe in this public discussion May 4, Sheriff Simpson and deputies serving the Central Kitsap community will host an open house during National Drug Take Back Day, from 11 am. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Silverdale precinct office, 3951 Randall Way. The public will have the opportunity to tour the office, learn neighborhood crime prevention tips and about planned responses for active shooters in schools.

For more information on the May 4 listening session, contact Angie Silva in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us . For more information on the Sheriff's Office Open House, call (360) 337-7101 or e-mail kitsapshpio@co.kitsap.wa.us.

 

Roadway improvements planned along Suquamish Way NE 4/13/2018

Kitsap County's Department of Public Works is making roadway improvements on Suquamish Way NE, from Division Avenue NE to NE Hyak Lane. The project area is part of the Mosquito Fleet Trail and is the only walking pathway from downtown Suquamish to the Suquamish Tribal Administrative Center. Suquamish Way NE serves as the main thoroughfare between Kingston and Bainbridge Island and can have substantial traffic during commute hours. This project improves safety for pedestrians.

As part of the project, the contractor will construct a 5-foot paved shoulder on the north side of Suquamish Way NE and a 5-foot bike lane and 6-foot sidewalk on the south side. A new stormwater treatment unit that uses specially designed filter media to capture and treat storm water pollutants is also included in the project.

The 4-month project begins Monday, April 16, 2018 and is expected to be complete this fall.  The roadway will remain open for the duration of the project; however, motorists can expect traffic delays. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.

The contractor will suspend work during the following events, Chief Seattle Days, August 17-19 and Tribal Journeys, July 25-26.

The work is being done by Sound Excavation Inc. under a $881,000.00 construction contract. The work will occur during normal working hours between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm

For more information contact Julie Hamon, Assistant Construction Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com.

For more information on the project and to sign up for electronic notifications go to http://kcowa.us/suw


Dealing with downtown traffic: Learn what's in the works for Kingston May 24/12/2018

​Transportation improvements on State Route 104 and Washington Boulevard are moving from planning to implementation in the near future. Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder will discuss proposals under consideration for dealing with downtown ferry traffic and new state funding at the next meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council, which takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be time to address questions and comments.

Kitsap County Public Works staff will provide updates on street improvements for Washington Boulevard, South Kingston Road and others. The KCAC Transportation Committee will also share the latest on Kitsap Transit's passenger-only ferry, slated to begin Kingston-to-Seattle service in late summer of this year.  

KCAC currently has two vacancies for at-large positions and applications are being accepted. To apply, fill out the online application form. For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners’ Office at (360) 337-4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us

Stand Down offers information, resources and services to veterans and their families4/11/2018

Veterans and their families are invited to the Spring 2018 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Ave.  in Bremerton.

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

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

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.   

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 + Women's Auxiliary; Michael & Karen Johnson; Abraham House; Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board; and Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance.

For more information, contact the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program at (360) 337-4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Roadway improvements begin on Ridgetop Blvd NW4/11/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County's Department of Public Works begins stormwater and roadway improvements on Ridgetop Boulevard NW from NW Waaga Way (SR 303) to Quail Run Drive. This work is the first phase of a three-phased project that extends from NW Waaga Way to Silverdale Way. Phase II is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2018. Phase III is not scheduled for construction as Kitsap County is currently seeking funding.

This project will make stormwater improvements by installing 7 biorentention cells in the newly designed roadway medians. The project will also construct an additional southbound travel lane from Hillsboro Drive to NW Waaga Way, a 10-foot sidewalk on the east side of the roadway and two mini-roundabouts at the intersections of Marigold Drive NW and Quail Run Drive, along with pedestrian safety improvements throughout the project.

The 9-month project begins April 11 with the contractor mobilizing equipment onsite. Construction is anticipated to start the week of April 16 and be completed by February 2019. The roadway will remain open for the duration of the project; however, motorists can expect traffic delays. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.

The work is being done by Nordland Construction NW under a $3.92 million construction contract.

For more information contact Gunnar Fridriksson, Project Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com.

To learn more about the project and to sign up for electronic notifications on weekly progress go to http://kcowa.us/RidgetopBlvd

As this construction project begins, it is a reminder that this week, April 9-13 is National Work Zone Safety Week. Please be vigilant as you drive through work zones. To learn more about National Work Zone Week go to https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm


Road safety improvements planned at Bethel Burley Road SE – SE Burley Olalla Road intersection4/10/2018

Kitsap County's Department of Public Works is making safety improvements at the intersection of Bethel Burley Road SE and SE Burley Olalla Road in South Kitsap. The project will install a left turn lane on southbound Bethel Burley Road SE, just north of the intersection with SE Burley Olalla Road. The project also includes improvements to the stormwater collection system with the installation of new catch basins within the project limits.

The 3-month project is scheduled to begin on April 23, 2018, and be completed by July, 2018, weather permitting. The roadway will remain open for the duration of the project; however, motorists can expect brief traffic delays. Flaggers will assist motorists through the project area.

The work is being done by Northwest Cascade, Inc. under a $442,321.00 construction contract. The work will occur during normal working hours between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm.

For more information contact Derek McCoy, Construction Manager, at Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com.

To learn more about the project go to http://kitsap.paladinpanoramic.com/project/2232/54700

Help Shape the future of Washington State Ferries4/2/2018

​Ferry ridership is expected to grow 30 percent by 2040. Washington State Ferries (WSF) is developing a Long Range Plan to better understand and plan for the changing needs of the system through 2040. Participate online or join WSF at an open house to learn more and share your priorities for the Long Range Plan. 

Bainbridge Island
Tuesday, April 17
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bainbridge Island Senior Center
370 Brien Drive SE,
Bainbridge Island

Port Townsend
Thursday, April 19
5 – 7 p.m.
Cotton Building
607 Water Street,
Port Townsend

Vashon Island
Tuesday, April 24
6 – 8 p.m.
Vashon Island High School
9600 SW 204th Street, Vashon

Bremerton
Wednesday, April 25
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Kitsap Conference Center 
100 Washington Avenue,
Bremerton

Southworth
Thursday, April 26
6 – 8 p.m.
John Sedgwick Jr. High
8995 SE Sedgwick Road,
Port Orchard

Kingston
Tuesday, May 8
6 – 8 p.m.
Kingston Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston

View open house materials and provide feedback at an online open house from April 10 through May 24 at www.WSFLongRangePlan.com (the link will be live when the open house begins). Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/planning/long-range-plan/the-plan for more information.
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CONTACT:  Carmen Bendixen, Senior Transportation Planner, Washington State Ferries, 206.515.3463 or BendixC@wsdot.wa.gov

Learn about Greaves Way intersection improvements April 43/30/2018

Join the Central Kitsap Community Council and Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe to learn more about short- and long-term improvements planned for the intersection of Greaves Way and Old Frontier Road at the April 4 meeting of the Central Kitsap Community Council, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Silverdale Beach Hotel-Best Western, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Kitsap County Public Works Director Andrew Nelson and Traffic Engineer Jeff Shea will provide an update on work planned at the intersection and an overview of other transportation projects in Central Kitsap.

There will also be an update on the Silverdale Economic Action Plan and proposed drone ordinance with Eric Baker of the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office.

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

FREE GOLF Opening Day at Village Greens Golf Course!3/27/2018

The Village Greens Golf Course, Port Orchard, will open for the season on Thursday, April 5 at 7am, with FREE Greens fees for all golfers on opening day.  All guests attending opening day are also welcome to compete in a variety of family oriented golf contests for prizes such as golf certificates and golf gear.

In addition to the contests, PGA Golf Professional, Bruce Weir, will offer free clinics to golfers.  The Clinic "Full Swing," will be held at 11am on the driving range and at 1:00pm the clinic "Short Game Basics" will be held at the pitching and putting greens.  Pre-registration to clinics is preferred by going on the website at www.VillageGreensGolfCourse.com.  Private or Group Lessons may be arranged throughout the season by contacting Mr. Weir directly at his email address: bruceaweir@hotmail.com.

The First Tee youth development program for ages 6-18 focusing on teaching golf and life skills, will also return for the 2018 season.  They will conduct three sessions, beginning the week of April 23.  Register for sessions at www.thefirstteesouthpugetsound.org.

Village Greens Golf Course has the lowest greens fees in the area at $16.50 for adults, $13.20 for seniors and active military and $11 for youth.  Monthly memberships are $130.  The Course is located at 2298 Fircrest Drive Southeast, Port Orchard, across from the Orchard Heights Elementary School.  The course will extend hours this year starting in April and May from 7:00am-8:15pm, Thursdays through Mondays and will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for maintenance.  The course is a public 18 hole executive golf course with a covered driving range, putting and chipping greens.  Rental clubs and pull carts are available.

USGA consultant, Larry Gilhuly, says, "This course is the exact type of golf course the game needs to bring new golfers to the game.  At the same time, it's still challenging for experienced golfers."  More information about the course can be found at www.villagegreensgolfcourse.com.  

Kitsap County Parks Department's mission is to provide quality of life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, fostering community stewardship, and offering an outstanding service-oriented environment.  For more information about the Kitsap County Parks Department visit their website at www.kitsapgov.com/parks.

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Contact: Billie Schmidt, Parks Department, 360.337.5371 or bschmidt@co.kitsap.wa.us

Groundbreaking ceremony for new Kitsap veterans’ clinic in Silverdale April 23/26/2018

Kitsap County veterans will soon have a new facility located in Silverdale that is easily accessible and provides services in the county that are currently unavailable. A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, April 2 at the site of the new clinic, 9177 Ridgetop Boulevard in Silverdale. Everyone is welcome to join in this momentous community occasion. Please RSVP to kmartin@fphmanagement.com. Parking will be available onsite.

Congressman Derek Kilmer, state representatives, county commissioners and other dignitaries, along with many local veterans' organizations and community partners, will participate in the event to mark the beginning of construction. The clinic is expected to be completed in late spring of 2019.

"Kitsap communities are proud of our military. Military personnel who serve on the Kitsap Peninsula often retire here or enter the civilian defense workforce at local commands," said Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe. "Choosing to live in Kitsap is evidence of our quality of life. However, with 38,000 veterans and increasing in the years to come, it is a reminder to ensure vital services, like healthcare, are available to the men and women who, for so many years, put service over self. This new clinic is a major step forward and the Kitsap County Commissioners are proud to be a partner to make this a reality."

Local architectural firm Rice Fergus Miller designed the 15,000-square-foot building that will include the new clinic with room for expanded care services and updated equipment, administrative office space and large parking and covered drop-off areas. Veterans Plaza LLC and its company, FPH Construction, Inc. of Bremerton, will build the new facility and are completing the final phases of permitting. Kitsap County issued a site development activity permit on March 14.

"Members of Veterans Plaza LLC, FPH Construction, Rice Fergus Miller and the entire design team are looking forward to the groundbreaking and opportunity to unveil the design for the new Veterans Clinic in Silverdale," said Mike Brown, president of FPH Construction and a partner in Veterans Plaza LLC. "A lot of thought has gone into the design to make this place more than just a clinic. Our hope and belief is that the community and veterans served here will find it a point of civic pride — one that is fitting of the responsibility that we all have to serve those who have given themselves to serve us and our country."

Veterans are currently served at a smaller clinic on Adele Avenue in Bremerton or must travel to Seattle or the Tacoma area for a full range of services and treatments. With over 38,000 veterans residing in Kitsap County and the overall population here expected to grow quickly in the next few years, the expanded clinic centrally located in the county and close to public transportation, will also serve veterans from neighboring counties.

The new clinic is the result of conversations spanning decades and a collaboration between public-private partnerships to expand services for veterans and support the strong connection to Kitsap's military community.

To RSVP to the groundbreaking, e-mail kmartin@fphmanagement.com. To learn more about the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, click here.

Permits Whenever, Wherever - We're going paperless!3/23/2018

Beginning Sunday, April 1st, 2018, all Community Development (DCD) applications must be submitted through the Online Permit Center.

No more paper. No more driving to Port Orchard. No more waiting. Apply for all permits online, 24/7, from the comfort of your own home or office.

Visit our Online Permitting Page to locate application packets and other helpful resources to help you submit with success.

Worried about your first online submittal? We are here to help!

  • Call us at (360) 337-5777
  • Email us at help@kitsap1.com
  • Visit our Self-Service Kiosk in the Permit Center Lobby to have a Permit Technician walk you through your first online submittal.
  • Attend an upcoming live demonstration.

 

Upcoming Training & Live Demonstrations: 

Attend one of our live demonstrations with County staff to learn how to navigate the online submittal process.

Thursday March 29, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers - 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Wednesday April 4, 2018, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers - 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Friday April 20, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers - 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Tuesday April 24, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers - 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Kingston’s parks and trails are calling: learn more April 43/22/2018

​Do you want to get out into the natural environs of North Kitsap, more involved in your local community or improve the local ballfields? Learn more about the past, present and future of local parks and trails in and around Kingston at the next meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The Parks, Trails and Open Space Committee of KCAC will lead the meeting, featuring guest speakers to provide information and updates on youth sport fields, the metropolitan park district, a new park coming to Washington Boulevard, the North Kitsap Heritage Park and regional trail connectors to the Sound-to-Olympics and much more. Local trail maps will be available, along with information on stewardship and planning opportunities. Bring your questions and concerns – there will be time for public comments.

KCAC currently has two vacancies for at-large positions and applications are being accepted. To apply, fill out the online application form.

For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us. To learn more about KCAC, visit the council's website.

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