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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: High school girls soccer rankings

Matt Massey over at the Seattle Times works hard each week to publish high school girls soccer rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A teams. This week, Massey had Bainbridge ranked No. 3 in the Class 3A rankings and North Kitsap ranked No. 7 in the 2A ...
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Minding Your Business

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

Minding Your Business: Orthopedic hospital logs 2,300 surgeries in first year

Surgeons at Harrison Medical Center’s orthopedic hospital in Silverdale performed 2,300 operations during the center’s first year of operation, according to a Tuesday news release. Thousands of other patients received care at the facility, w...
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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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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: LD 26-2 puts on a side show, unless this is the main event we can expect from here on out

State Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, and his Republican challenger, Michelle Caldier of Port Orchard, engaged in two robust debates last week on the issues. One of the debates was in Bremerton on Tuesday. The other was in Gig Harbor on Thursd...
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Bainbridge Conversation

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

Bainbridge Conversation: House passes memorial site’s proper name, awaiting Senate approval

After working several years to have legislation correct a 2008 law to reflect a name of a memorial chosen by Bainbridge residents, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, successfully introduced a bill that was unanimously approved by the House of R...
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Road Warrior

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

Road Warrior: Traffic signs can blend into the background

The in basket:  I often hear from readers who find the array of traffic signals on eastbound 11th Street at Warren Avenue in Bremerton confusing. There are four signal heads for three lanes, and the right-most two control only the outside lan...
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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 Commute

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

The Commute: Illahee beats the Friday ferry-naming deadline

The deadline is Friday for submitting nomination packets to the state Transportation Commission to name the third Olympic-class ferry. So far, I know of three others besides Illahee, which you readers chose through a competition on this blog. I se...
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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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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: UW 2-0, but what does it mean?

Played in the Keith Carden Memorial Handball Tournament today at the Bremerton YMCA, so I missed the UW-EWU football game. Between matches, I followed updates on Twitter and the outcome didn’t really surprise me that much. I figured Eastern was ...
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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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Cheers To You

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

Cheers To You: Tomatoes and Barbera

Tomatoes are such a versatile fruit of the vine. It’s the tomatoes high acidity that really sets it apart from the rest of the vegetable crops. With tomatoes, I like reds with equal parts acidity, fruit and tannins. Those favored reds to have w...
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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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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: Volunteers needed for Kitsap parks board

The Kitsap County Parks Advisory Board is looking for a few new members. The 12-member board helps the county parks department craft policies, make decisions on land acquisitions and contributes on special projects. Members also serve as liaison...
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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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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: Best Salad in the World

OK, I know, I’m a healthy person and I should love salads, right? Well, I don’t. Or rather, I didn’t until this salad found me. Over the solstice weekend Mum and two of her wonderful friends from the Winslow Cohousing Group came to stay at ...
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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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