By Rachel Pritchett
BANGOR — Tompco-Triton, Inc., of Bremerton, has been awarded a
$19.5 million contract to renovate the insides of two aging
bachelor enlisted quarters at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
The work at the submarine base includes complete renovations of two
70’s-era bachelors enlisted quarters located on the upper side of
the submarine base near the gymnasium, exchange and galley. Both
are two-story, hotel-style facilities, and house permanently
stationed junior enlisted sailors and Marines.
The aging buildings were constructed in 1977 and 1978, and
renovation work of this magnitude has not been done since.
An interior remake on one will bring it up to current seismic and
energy standards, and will include new antiterrorism features.
The interior on the other building will be totally reconfigured
into suites, each containing multiple bedrooms that share dining
space, a kitchenette and laundry. The new set-up is more efficient
and saves money, according to a statement from the base.
Design work is to begin very soon and the project will be done by
spring 2014. Sustainable principles are being implemented.
Tompco-Triton is a joint venture of two Bremerton construction
companies, Tompco, Inc., and Triton Marine Construction Corp.
The two firms have worked together on several projects previously
and now are finishing up work on an exchange at Naval Air Station
“So the timing couldn’t be better,” said Jeff Tompsoncq, Tompco
chief executive officer.
Tompco-Triton was one of three bidders on the contract. Tompson
received word Monday that the combined company was the winning
Jim Pledger, the former naval officer who was the executive
director of Hospice of Kitsap County, has retired from the
nonprofit that tends to the dying. A search is underway for a new
leader, I am told. Rachel Pritchett, 475-3783
BELFAIR — After many months of being closed, a public employment
office in Belfair was scheduled to reopen today, Monday, in a new
The WorkSource of Mason County office now is in larger quarters
at the North Mason County Resource Center, located at 23554 NE
Highway 3 in the Lincoln Center behind Peninsula Credit Union.
The office offers job leads, training and counseling for persons
seeking employment, and is open from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Mondays
only. Those who need help on other days can visit
www.go2worksource.com or go to the WorkSource offices in Bremerton
WorkSource in Belfair operated briefly in space next to the
North Mason Chamber of Commerce. The unemployment office closed in
late July when the chamber moved and no longer had the room.
While the new office is tiny, it serves North Mason residents
who are unemployed who otherwise would have to travel long
distances to Shelton or Bremerton. The unemployment rate in Mason
County in August was 10.5 percent.
To reach the new WorkSource office, call (360) 801-5651.
Pictured: the Lincoln Center in Belfair
Good morning, bloggers.
It appears gas prices are on the way back up from the extremely
modest dip we experienced over the summer. Today’s average price
for a gallon of unleaded is $3.87, according to auto club AAA.
That’s a whopping 12 cents higher than a month ago. A year ago,
the price was just kissing the $3 mark.
Why the rise? These excerpts from the wire story below point to
horrible house sales and a struggling jobs market, proving it’s all
interconnected. Rachel Pritchett
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil hovered around $80 per barrel Monday after
new home sales dropped to a six-month low, adding to worries about
energy demand in the slowing economy.
The Commerce Department said that sales of new homes fell in August
and are on pace for the worst year since the government began
keeping records a half century ago. High unemployment and the
possibility of another recession are keeping home buyers on the
The discouraging government report came as European leaders
continued to debate the best way to resolve the months-old debt
crisis that could drag down the regional economy. Investors are
concerned that Europe’s problems could lead to another recession,
which would cut demand for oil and gasoline. Demand for gasoline in
the U.S. is already below year-ago levels.
Benchmark oil rose 10 cents to $79.95 per barrel in midday trading
in New York. Crude has traded between about $79 per barrel and $90
per barrel this month.
It is “just a wild, wild ride now and people are just very nervous
at this point,” oil trader Stephen Schork said. “I think it’s a
real concern that we just very well might be in another
Meanwhile Italian energy giant Eni said that Libya has resumed
partial oil production for the first time since its civil war
erupted in February. About 31,900 barrels of oil per day are being
produced. Previously Libya exported about 1.5 million barrels of
oil per day, which was less than 2 percent of the world’s demand.
Some experts say it could take a year or more to get Libyan
production back to that level.
More Libyan exports could lead to lower prices for Brent crude as
more and more oil is put on the global market, PFGBest analyst Phil
Flynn said. That could eventually mean a drop in the price of gas,
much of which is refined from Brent.
In London, Brent crude rose 16 cents to $104.13 per barrel on
In other energy trading, heating oil rose 1 cent to $2.8119 per
gallon, gasoline futures rose a penny to $2.5319 per gallon and
natural gas rose 8 cents to $3.785 per 1,000 cubic feet.
By Rachel Pritchett
BREMERTON — Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County has gotten a
big bargain on its purchase of six home sites in Bay Vista, the
development replacing Westpark.
Each of the six lots is worth $65,000, but Habitat was able to pick
them up for $15,000, according to Kurt Wiest, executive director of
the seller, the Bremerton Housing Authority.
To make up the $50,000 difference for each lot, the housing
authority drew on its $20 million Hope VI grant it received in 2008
from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The
housing authority has drawn on the grant to build much of Bay
The Habitat homes will be in two triplexes near the corner of
Oyster Bay and Russell roads. They will be surrounded by recently
constructed affordable homes developed by the housing
Habitat leaders hope to have all six units completed and occupied
by next year.
Habitat helps low-income people build, then purchase homes they
might not otherwise be able to afford.
Ted Treanor, interim Habitat executive director, said the homes
will be green.
“Each home has greatly reduced energy consumption,” he said.
A ground-breaking is at 10 a.m. Oct. 8.
… Kitsap’s top leaders meeting this morning are determined to
dress up and take a stroll down Boeing Lane to attract the eye of
the 737 Max people. My story coming in a few hours.
Rachel Pritchett, 475-3783
It all happened real suddenly Monday morning, with folks
arriving for work only to find there was no more for them. Working
on the story now. Rachel Pritchett
This from promotional literature from Cary Bozeman and the Port
of Bremerton …
1. The port and neighbors have more than 1,000 acres of zoned
industrial land adjacent to our airport runway.
2. Kitsap County has a runway that can accommodate the 737
taking off and landing.
3. Because of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Kitsap has a trained
4. The port has a rail line connecting the airport to the
national railway grid.
5. The rail line connects to a deep-water port in Grays
6. A highway connects Bremerton National Airport to Highway
16, 30 minutes from Interstate 5.
7. We are 50 minutes from downtown Seattle on the ferry and 10
more minutes to our airport.
8. Kitsap has been the home of one of the worlds great
shipyards for 100 years.
9. Olympic College has an outstanding apprentice training
10. Kitsap is in the district of Congressman Norm Dicks , a
great supporter of The Boeing Company.
Twenty-three metal floor medallions designed by local
high-school art students will be unveiled Saturday, Oct. 1, at the
center court at Kitsap Mall.
The unveiling from noon to 2 p.m. will feature an appearance by
James Kelsey of Port Orchard, who created the medallions based on
Mall organizers invited local high-school teachers to have their
students submits drawings of a Pacific Northwest representation of
nature. Hundreds of designs were submitted from South Kitsap,
Bainbridge, Kingston and Port Townsend high schools.