Monthly Archives: February 2009

Something Nu in Bremerton

Website readers may have noticed the Kitsap Minute post that went up earlier this week, and heard cops reporter Josh Farley breeze through the week’s top stories. It’s a neat little feature we’ve added, and I’d love to claim this was our own idea.

But it’s not. Kitsap Minute is the brainchild of Mike Barnet, a local boy come home who’s now spending his time spreading the gospel of Bremerton’s various subcultures on BKAT.

Barnet left Kitsap after high school in the mid-90s (like, right after high school, he said), and learned the ropes of big-budget video production and the music industry between LA and NYC. He returned last year, tilted his two-year-old culture website Nu Americas toward Kitsap, and is now producing a slick, tightly-edited 12-minute show (or 13, I suppose, with Farley’s newscast as the kicker) that airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 on BKAT. The show has featured local bands, bars and businesses, checks out trends or scenes that don’t get much attention, and is always looking for the unique character that we may not embrace quite enough in our community.

“I want people my age and younger to realize this is not a bad place to live,” he told me. “This is a great place to live.”

No argument here.

The Nu Americas broadcast is about a month old, still being done on Barnet’s dime outside of a few friends helping host the show and our contribution to the quick newscast. He’s looking for sponsors, of course, but just as much he’s looking for ideas and some love from the community. So catch the show, see clips at his site, and drop him a line — talkback@nuamericas.net — to let him know what’s out there.

— David Nelson

Marvin’s Jersey to be Retired

Marvin and four guys not having their jerseys retired here. From thestartingfive.net.
Marvin and four guys not having their jerseys retired here. From thestartingfive.net.

Since the Sonics are now playing in some city I can’t even name, we weren’t planning the annual ‘Marvin Williams is back in town’ story this year for Bremerton High’s NBA product. Marvin and the Hawks still make a trip to Portland this month, but playing a team in the next state isn’t quite the same as far as homecomings go, and neither is our travel budget these days.

To the rescue, the Bremerton High athletic department. They’ll retire Williams’ jersey next Thursday, Feb. 12, at halftime of the boys game against Port Townsend. He’ll also visit kids at his elementary school, Armin Jahr, and Mountain View Middle School. And we’ll get our chance to write about the local star coming home and catch up on his progress (he had 23 points and 10 boards last night against Minnesota and Atlanta is 28-20, to give you an idea how that’s going).

I’m sure Nathan Joyce will have more about the ceremony over at the Prep Beat and in next weekend’s Sun, since he’s covered Williams the past few years. The closest I’ve come to interviewing Marvin was last summer, when I took the ball into the lane, where the power forward was playing defense, during a noon ball game at the YMCA. His answer to my question, so to speak, was “no.”

— David Nelson

Sign Was Wrong; Westpark Properties for Sale

Some people have asked recently about a “For Lease” sign on the portion of Westpark slated for commercial development. The sign, near Kitsap Way and Oyster Bay Ave., apparently was put up in error.

The redevelopment plan for the 82-acre site has about five acres designated for retail use along Arsenal Way and at the corner of Kitsap Way and Oyster Bay.

The properties are intended for sale, the Bremerton Housing Authority says. A new sign that says commercial plats are “available now”, has already been put up. First Western Properties (College Marketplace/Olhava in Poulsbo) is handling the sales.

We’ll have more information about the progress of the area’s redevelopment soon. You can read up on what we’ve written about it so far: Continue reading

Bye Bye Barney’s

I had seen hints of Barney’s Quick Stop’s coming closure (I mean other than every headline about the economy and gas prices), but didn’t hit home until today. Not that I’m overly nostalgic for a fairly run-of-the-mill gas station in the neighborhood (insert 7-11 joke by Binion here), but I was on ‘E’ this morning and was really hoping to swing through the Perry Avenue station and fill up. I’ve arrived there a few times in that same predicament, and always appreciated having the station close. (Fortunately, though maybe not for Barney, there are two other stations within a couple blocks of Manette).

Anyway, just announcing here that Barney’s is deserted, the sign on the corner of Perry and Sheridan gone, the shelves bare inside, no answer on the phone and no explanation other than a ‘Closed/Cerrado’ sign on the door. The guy that sat there every day (Barney? I always assumed it was), seemed friendly and good-natured when I’d stop by, so there was that feeling of guilt in addition to the panic of not having an immediate fill-up this morning. Sign of the times, I suppose.

— David Nelson

Bozeman Running for Re-election

Mayor Cary Bozeman confirmed today that he will seek re-election for his job as mayor of the city.

Bozeman said he sees the city’s annexation of the South Kitsap Industrial Area as an opportunity to further the city’s bid to become the urban center of the county. Bozeman was first elected in 2001 and ran unopposed in 2005. Mike Shepherd, city councilman, has announced he will also run for the city’s top job in November.

Running to replace Shepherd on the council is planning commission chairman Greg Wheeler.

A Navy vet and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard employee in the engineering department, Wheeler moved to the city with his family as a baby and has lived in the same house for the last 22 years.

Wheeler and his wife, Sunny, own a real-estate management and investment company. They’ve been involved with various local organizations and Wheeler has been one of the community leads in the Manette Sub Area planning process.