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The Prep Beat

News updates on area high schools. By Sun sports staff writers Chuck Stark, Jeff Graham, Annette Griffus and Nathan Joyce.

The Prep Beat: North Kitsap volleyball ranked third

The first state coaches poll for volleyball was released Sunday. You can see it here. North Kitsap debuted at No. 3, beating out the NK football team, which is ranked seventh. Tweet This Post Share on Facebook
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Sustainable Spring: Adventures in Green Living

Spring Courtright shares her tips and adventures in sustainable living on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Sustainable Spring: Adventures in Green Living: Did Flea Shampoo Kill Boo?

This week I had the sad task of bearing bad news to my 14 year-old friend Coea about his cat, Boo, dying in the night. Boo was 13 years old and had been with Coea and his Mom since he was a kitten. Coea’s Mom, my good friend, was away for t...
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Road Warrior

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

Road Warrior: ‘Squashed cormorants” on bridge deck concern reader

The in basket: Charles Ely says he thinks fledgling cormorants who are hatched under the Warren Avenue Bridge in Bremerton are crash landing on the roadway above while learning to fly and are unable to get off the bridge deck since the recent alte...
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Bainbridge Conversation

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

Bainbridge Conversation: Bainbridge Island police blotter, Sept. 17

The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island Police Department incident reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.   Crime log s...
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Minding Your Business

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

Minding Your Business: Kitsap poverty rate is low but rising

Nearly six hundred more Kitsap residents were living in poverty last year than in 2012. And while the county’s poverty rate is low compared with other areas, it continues to rise. An estimated 27,727, or 11.3 percent of Kitsap r...
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Kitsap Caucus

A blog about politics and government in Kitsap County as well as Washington state political news as it relates to Kitsap County.

Kitsap Caucus: Cantwell tells NFL, ‘Keep the name, lose the tax break’

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. introduced legislation to revoke the NFL’s tax exempt status. I’ll just let you read the press release, but one of her comments, “a dictionary-defined racial slur,” struck me. So I checked it out. Turns ou...
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The Stark Truth

Former Kitsap Sun sports editor Chuck Stark shares insight, laughter, news, views and analysis of Kitsap sports and beyond.

The Stark Truth: Links: NFL arrogance, ‘The Daily Show’; Sherman, Anthony Kim (remember him?) & more

What I’m reading and watching online: MAYBE MAARK CUBAN  was right when he talked about the NFL being to arrogant and big for its own britches. Cuban’s comments were made six months ago. Don Banks of mmqb.si.com writes this: A l...
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Cheers To You

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

Cheers To You: A Steely Wine for Scallops

For Ann Vogel’s Sea Scallops with Asparagus and Bacon, a Chardonnay is just the ticket. But not your ordinary everyday Chardonnay. You need a cool climate Chardonnay that has a steely purity and a limestoney, mineral quality that pairs with seaf...
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The Commute

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

The Commute: Eight names submitted for new ferry

The name Illahee that many of you readers selected through this blog has a 12.5 percent chance of winding up on the next 144-car ferry. Eight names were formally submitted  to the state Transportation Commissionby last Friday’s deadline. Th...
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Trails & Tides

Tristan Baurick, the Kitsap Sun's outdoors and public lands reporter, writes about hiking, biking, kayaking and everything else Kitsapers do under the sun.

Trails & Tides: Adventures in press restrictions in the Olympic wilderness

When I set out to cover the effort to save Olympic National Park’s Enchanted Valley Chalet last week, I thought the toughest part would be the 13-mile hike.  Worse, I found after six hours on the trail, was a bizarre blockade on press fr...
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Peninsular Thinking

A conversation about Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Manchester, Seabeck, Southworth, Suquamish, Belfair, Keyport, Olalla, Bangor, Hansville, Indianola, Port Gamble, Allyn, Port Ludlow, Gig Harbor and every once in a while something about the good folks who don't have the good fortune to live here.

Peninsular Thinking: See a real struggle for a school district (not local)

No matter what kind of negative experience you have ever had with a school board, or probably any local government body, I have a hard time imagining it being as difficult as what’s happening in the East Ramapo, New York school district. This st...
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The Blogstroke

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

The Blogstroke: Silverdale’s Sapp, Seattle U participate in SWAA

Arianna Sapp of Silverdale and members of the Seattle University swim team participated in the Swim Across America, an annual event dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related eve...
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Kitsap Frames

Meegan M. Reid keeps you up-to-date, gives some behind-the-scenes scoops, shares photos from the Kitsap Sun Staff (and readers) and provides you with a few tips to help you take better photos.

Kitsap Frames: FRAMES: Hipstamatic Views From The “Office”: Summer recap

Truth be told, I am a photographer who has never really been into Instagram, although I do run the Kitsap Sun Instagram account…all be it poorly but I do post to it when I have time and/or remember to. While Instagram is just not my thing, I do ...
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Watching Our Water Ways

Environmental reporter Christopher Dunagan discusses the challenges of protecting Puget Sound and all things water-related.

Watching Our Water Ways: Amusing Monday: Avast there! Shiver me … what?

This Friday, Sept. 19, has been designated Talk Like a Pirate Day. Rather than burning itself out, as one might expect of such a crazy holiday, the event seems to grow bigger each year. For many people, it’s about dressing up and having some fun...
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Honoring Equity And Respecting Tradition (HEART)

An informative source of information dealing with issues and people from our Faith Community.

Honoring Equity And Respecting Tradition (HEART): Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11 Our country use to share a common bond that was supported by our media , arts and education system . Seems we concentrate on the things that divide us more then that what unites us .  Praying for leadership and a culture ...
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The Bremerton Beat

If it's about Bremerton and happening now, it's on the Beat. Written by the Sun's Josh Farley.

The Bremerton Beat: Your favorite Manette Bridge pics

Saturday’s Manette Fest was a lot of fun. As a challenge, on the day of the 11th annual event, I asked Facebook readers to show us their favorite photos of Manette’s most iconic landmark — the bridge that has long connected it to downtown B...
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Kitsap Crime and Justice

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

Kitsap Crime and Justice: Is there more or less mayhem in Kitsap when the Seahawks are playing?

Two things about Kitsap: our people are notably unselfconscious about going into public wearing sweatpants and pajama bottoms and we love the Seahawks. Not sure if the two are related, but yesterday, as the Hawks prepped for the opening day game a...
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COPD and Other Stuff

This is a patient-to-patient blog to exchange information and resources...from COPD to Arthritis to Cellulites to Sarcoidosis to Sleep Apnea to RLS to Psoriasis to Support Groups to Caregivers and all points in between.

COPD and Other Stuff: Lymphedema – Not even a mom can love it. … fight it, yes – with all that is in her – and dads fight too.

Lymphedema – Not even a mom can love it. … fight it, yes – with all that is in her – and dads fight too. Lymphedema is alive and well in Kitsap County. I have it, many folks have it and many of us know nothing about it other than it is pro...
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Humanity is like a Patchwork Quilt

Each patchwork piece contributes to holding the quilt together, yet each is unique.

Humanity is like a Patchwork Quilt: Missing Robin Williams

Like so many others, I was saddened by the death of Robin Williams. His roles brought such laughter and such depth of thought to all of us, and he will be incredibly missed. Robin Williams was one my favorite actors. Back in the day, I used to wat...
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Pumas Insider

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

Pumas Insider: Pumas beat Stampede, reach PDL title game

The Kitsap Pumas beat the Ocala Stampede 2-1 on Friday, getting goals from Joaquin Rivas in the 41st minute and Jesus Sanchez in the 89th minute. Kitsap plays in the PDL championship game Sunday at 10 a.m. PST.
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League of Women Voters of Kitsap

Information blog from the League of Women Voters of Kitsap.

League of Women Voters of Kitsap: 2014 Primary Election Candidate Forums for Kitsap County

It’s time again for the Primary Candidate Forums for Kitsap County so mark your calendars. All of  the forums will be held at the Norm Dicks Hall at 345 6th Street in Bremerton. Below is the forums schedule.  BKAT will be recording eac...
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Kitsap Farm to Fork

A couple of farm girls, Diane Fish and Shannon Harkness, share their experiences with farming, cooking, local food, and building the Kitsap Foodshed.

Kitsap Farm to Fork: 2014 Farm Business Planning Course!!

Plan to Succeed! Farm Business Planning Course beginning in Kitsap County BREMERTON – WSU Kitsap County Extension will be offering its popular Ag Entrepreneurship Course on starting and sustaining a profitable small farm or agricultural enterpri...
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Sea Life

Explore aquatic animals, plants and seaweeds that inspire everything from cinematic monsters to tasty dishes to local economies.

Sea Life: Terrific tides, a cruel crustacean and a smooth operator

A girl scout holds one of the many fried-egg jellies (Phacellophora camtschatica), large and small, that we found beached or at the water’s edge. These don’t have a significant sting. However, the similarly sized, brick red lion’s mane jell...
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From the Editor's Desk

From the people behind the news at the Kitsap Sun.

From the Editor's Desk: Kitsap ‘Life,’ always changing

Our Sunday features section will have a new look beginning Oct. 7, giving our ‘Life’ pages a more local feel and a little more variety. At a newspaper where there’s always more to do than we have hands to do it with, this change allows for a...
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Kitsap A&E

Arts and Entertainment reporter Michael Moore eventually takes a break from his perpetually growing agenda of attending the plays, concerts, openings and other gigs that make up the West Sound's nightlife scene. And when he does, he'll share a bit of what's come across his desk or gone through his mind here on this blog.

Kitsap A&E: Arnold’s ‘Fat Kid’ film makes another festival stop

The indie film “Fat Kid Rules the World,” which co-stars Bainbridge Island’s Dylan Arnold, has taken an unorthodox approach to promoting itself, including screenings on the recent Van’s Warped Tour. Now, director Matthew Lillard has booked...
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