Monthly Archives: March 2008

Qunicy Jones Sighting Slated For June


Bremerton’s Finest

Quincy Jones, one of Bremerton’s most famous scions, will be giving University of Washington grads their final pep talk before their college loans become due.

The man behind Michale Jackson’s “Thriller” will address the grads June 14 in Husky Stadium and will also receive an honorary degree, according to this story.

(Without sounding too bitter, I should mention that when I graduated from UW, in ’02, I skipped the ceremony. Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright was going to speak. If Quincy Jones talked, or maybe Tom Cruise, I might have felt bad about not going.)

USS Ranger: Not For You, Tacoma


In All Her Glory

The USS Ranger, that piece of art gracing Bremerton’s lawn, was apparently being considered by the City of Tacoma as a tourist attraction for its waterfront a couple years ago.

That dream is over, but the fight isn’t, according to these recent blog posts (here and here). Some say it just wasn’t feasible. Some say it was “anti-war, anti-military” liberals. In any case, the city once known for its aroma won’t be lodging that mammoth. It will remain here at the Naval Inactive Maintenance Facility until another deserving donor can be found.

I’m glad it’s staying put. I really enjoy seeing those ships. They are so bloody big. Like a blimp, or a mountain, or my student loans, anything that big inspires awe.

Beside that, it makes us distinctive. Where some people have junked cars in their front yards, Bremerton has junked war ships. That makes us cool. A sort of Renton for the Navy.*

But Ranger crew and aficionados fearing that their ship will end up as a coral reef annex, don’t fret. Word is Portland, Ore. is considering picking up the storied air craft carrier that served bravely in the Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun. Good for them.

The other two carriers mothballed in our yard, the USS Independence and the USS Constellation, are slated to be sunk. Only the Ranger is available for donation, according to the infallible Internet.

*Easy, easy. I’m from Renton.

Yard Waste Taken For Free (Limited Time Only)


Spring Is In the Air

Spring is almost here, and with it comes spring cleaning and the city-sponsored 2008 Spring Clean-up. (Click here for the notice from City Hall)

City residents are invited to bring their yard waste materials (leaves branches, brush and grass clippings) to 100 Oyster Bay Avenue N. The site will accept yard waste free of charge from Monday, April 21 through Saturday April 26, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

City workers will be on hand and may reject loads that contain non-yard waste material. “Any items over 8 feet in length with a diameter of (more than) 6 inches will NOT be accepted,” said a statement from the city.

Nothing larger than a pickup truck load, or small trailer, will be accepted and the offer is open to Bremerton residents only.

“Another benefit of living in the city,” said Councilman Nick Wofford.

Questions? Call the Public Works & Utilities Operations Center at (360) 473-5920.

The Shirt, Not The Baby, Is Government Property


He likes the shirt.

From one of our local bloggers comes this odd item: his newborn son, cute as button, wearing some jammies that threaten all against theft.

Apparently the PJs newborns get at Naval Hospital are a hot item. Or else the kids are.

Naval Hospital
Bremerton, Washington
Possession of this property outside the hospital
area is in violation of “Article 108 UCMJ” and
constitutes theft by conversion.

It was unclear whether this warning referred to the shirt or the baby wearing it. I suggested to my wife that as a military spouse, she is not actually subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but we regretfully elected not to snag one.


The blog, SigSpace, is personal and funny with a decidedly conservative slant, yet appears to attract a wide array of readers, including at least one self-described liberal. Sig’s got a candid and easy-to-read style.

For instance, “No animals were harmed in the making of this site, but it was not for lack of effort.”

He also mentioned he’s been at it for three years.

He waxes briefly on confronting his age ( he’s now 30, but content), fatherhood (he’s already reading Ann Coulter to the tyke) and the politics surrounding the war in Iraq (He’s none-too-pleased by anti-war demonstrators attempting direct action at recruiting stations).

It’s hard to tell, but the “Bremertonians” might not apply to Sig, but it does to his boy.

Bremerton Rock City

Who are these long-haired young men?

I was ignorant of how much Bremerton rocked in the ’50s and ’60s.

I came across this site today, a treasure trove of information about the rich rock history of the Northwest. Sure, they have info on the greats, the Sonics, Kingsmen and Wailers, who influenced bands from Nirvana to the Stooges. Plus lesser known NW bands like Heart and Paul Revere and the Raiders.

But if you punch this link here, it will take you to a list of Bremerton bands and clubs, including anecdotes of the Sonics being told to turn down their amps while they played here. Or stories of long-haired kids gunning their microbus to the ferry terminal before a gang of Poulsbo bullies could continue making fun of them for their long hair. Far out, man.

But the best was a page on Perl’s (also called Pearl’s), a longtime rock venue that gave the youths of the then-unnamed West Sound a place to play loud and dance inappropriately.

What really got me, however, was the claim that the Ramones played Perl’s. It’s on the Internet, so it must be true.

For those who have never crawled under the punk rock, the Ramones are the graffiti-covered bridge between the the early New York Dolls/Stooges era of proto-punk and the jarring, political, character-driven punk rock of the Sex Pistols.

Furthermore, the Pistols and Ramones are the reason for multi-colored hair and black clothes now peddled wherever Cinnabuns are served.

It’s a little like finding out that Michael Jordan played a pickup game at Bremer Student Center. At least for me.

I brought this up in the newsroom and heard a rumor that the Blue Oyster Cult, of “Don’t Fear The Reeper” fame, played the Maple Leaf Tavern.

Jeez. I’m such a square, man. A real flat tire.

Bremerton Audit Comes Back Clean, Again

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No Sleep Till Bremerton

The state Auditor issued a accountability audit report on the city of Bremerton earlier this week and for the third year in a row the state’s public finance watchdog found nothing worth barking about.

(To see the two documents produced in the audit click here and direct your attention to the top two items on the page)

The audit examined certain financial transactions from Jan 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2006 focusing on “specific areas that have potential for abuse and misuse of public resources,” the report said.

And the verdict?

“The City complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined,” the report said, thus no findings were issued.

This comes on the heels of “no findings” reported for the 2004 and 2005 audits. The audits did have findings in the 2001 and the 2003 audits.

Jerry Pugnetti, chief policy adviser for the auditor’s office, cautioned that he could not provide specifics, but said anecdotally most government audits don’t have “findings.”

“I would say most of our audits have no findings,” he said.

“Findings” are the the most serious violations, with “management letter items” coming in second and “exit items” third.

In cases where there are findings it’s usually because of cash handling policies, he said.

However, he said three straight years without a finding wasn’t a bad record.

All Condos Must Go!!!!

Going once … Going twice …

Condos apparently are becoming a tough sell in Kitsap.

The 400, that luxury condo development overlooking the deep briny in downtown Bremerton, is putting 28 units up on the auction block and beginning bidding at more than half the asking price.

Here’s the story.

Here is the auction site, in case you wanted to know the details.

Here is The 400’s Web site.


Tom: We Hardly Knew Ye

Like most people, I spent the 15 minutes setting up a MySpace account and then never visited it again.

But if you thought MySpace was just another vapid time-waster and playground for juveniles and those who would prey on them, you’re wrong.

Job postings for Kitsap Mental Health Services have popped up on MySpace. At first I thought KMHS actually created their own page, which would be much more interesting than what I found out.

View them here.

To my disappointment, the jobs are posted through WorkSource, a state job agency.

By the way, there are no links to the MySpace home page on this blog entry. If you are really interested in setting up an account and collecting “friends,” I’m sure you don’t need my help. I’m old and out of touch.

The University of Bremerton

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Brother Bluto Approves

As you may or may not know, Bremerton appears to be on its way to getting a college of some sort.

Not at first, of course.

But like the steps named after the babies that take them, these steps are becoming strong, Michael Jordan-type steps. As this story indicates, state government is bending to the will of Kitsatopia.

Lawmakers are expected to vote tomorrow on a supplemental budget that includes $212,000 to study the feasibility of offering advanced college courses here and offering four-year degrees as well. Baccalaureates, if you want to get fancy, and you will. But get used to being derided as “college boy/girl.”

Read the story here.

“It’s less of a study and more of a plan,” said a spokesman for the state Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Bringing advanced college courses to Kitsap, and thus the rest of the North Olympic Peninsula (Lawmakers included Clallam and Jefferson counties as well as Mason County) has long been in the works. As this story indicates, a lot of time and effort has gone into the idea.

Here is the budget. If you want to prove how smart you are, check out page 341 for the budget line for the $212,000 to get the nitty-gritty.

Or you can read it below. Your call, college boy/girl.

$85,000 of the general fund–state appropriation for fiscal year 2008 and $127,000 of the general fund–state appropriation for fiscal year 2009 are provided solely for the board to prepare a program and operating plan for a higher education center in the Kitsap county area. The plan shall be developed in consultation with an advisory committee of civic, business, and educational leaders from Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Mason counties. It shall include a projection of lower and upper division and graduate enrollment trends in the study area; a review of assessments of employer needs; an inventory of existing and needed postsecondary programs; recommended strategies for promoting active program participation in and extensive program offerings at the center by public and private baccalaureate institutions; and an estimate of operating and capital costs for the creation and operation of the center. The board shall submit its findings and recommendations to the governor and legislature by December 1, 2008.

April Is The Cruelest Month


The Slaughter County Roller Vixens are coming to Bremerton for an April 11 face-off.

Slaughter County’s two teams, the Death Rattle Rollers and the Terror Medixx are going to get on down at Bremerton Skateland (1740 NE Fuson Rd).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the bout begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets costs $15 for adults and $10 for kids. If you buy in advance, online, get a $3 discount. You buy them at the Vixens’ Web site, here.

Roller derby has been gaining steam nationwide, as this Boston Globe story says, profiling New Hampshire’s first roller derby.