The application period closed Dec. 20, but the state is still
working through a backlog of marijuana business
There are now 64 retail applications for Kitsap County,
according to numbers released Tuesday by the Liquor Control Board. That’s 20 more
we’d seen last week. Only 10 stores will be allowed in Kitsap,
including two in Bremerton and one on Bainbridge Island.
As we reported in a Tuesday article, the board is already
sending notices to cities and counties, letting them know what
applications were filed within their boundaries. Local governments
have 20 days to recommend approval or denial of each
Many applications will be weeded out quickly, based on local
zoning and state regulations. The state expects to issue licenses
Here’s the updated list of retail applications (map embedded
above): Continue reading
About 730 people in Kitsap County are among the 1.3 million
set to lose unemployment benefits Saturday as a federal program
The “emergency unemployment compensation” program was not
extended by Congress this year. Roughly 25,000 Washington residents
will stop receiving payments after this weekend.
Out-of-work Washingtonians can qualify for 26 weeks of regular
unemployment benefits, according to the
state Employment Security Department. The federal program
extended benefits by 37 weeks for qualified applicants. Only the
regular benefits will now be available for most workers, unless the
federal program is renewed in 2014.
Unemployment in Kitsap County was
6.1 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent a year ago.
The statewide, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to
6.8 percent in November. But Washington lost 6,000 jobs in the same
Chart: Washington State Employment Security
Bremerton commissioners will meet at 11 a.m. Monday to consider
awarding a bid for an heating and air conditioning project.
Two bids were received for the project to upgrade HVAC at
building No. 4 in the Olympic
View Industrial Park. Sullivan Heating entered the apparent low
bid at $55,467.45. A bid from Miller Sheet Metal came in at
$86,620.44. The engineer’s estimate was $69,901.
The HVAC upgrade was a condition of a
lease agreement recently signed with new tenant Triton
A Kitsap-based bitcoin
mining company is making national headlines for the wrong
Alydian, a Bainbridge Island startup, has filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy and is trying to unload its computer equipment,
according to The Wall Street Journal.
Bitcoin miners (in my
admittedly hazy understanding of the system) verify transactions
made using the online currency, and unlock new virtual coins.
The WSJ reports Alydian sank $4 million into development of a
mining platform but its “rigs” quickly became outdated. The company
filed for bankruptcy in November.
Documents filed in a U.S. District Court in New York,
and posted by The WSJ, offer a glimpse inside the volatile
Alydian is an
offshoot of Seattle-based CoinLab. It lists its address as 900
Winslow Way East, Suite 100.
The number of prospective marijuana retailers in Kitsap County
jumped to 44 as the 30-day application period came to a close last
The state Liquor Control Board released fresh batch of numbers
on recreational marijuana business license applications Tuesday.
The count may not be final as the state
hasn’t finished processing all the submissions yet. More than
3,000 applications have been filed for growing, processing and
selling pot in Washington.
Now the culling begins.
Only 10 retail shops will be allowed in Kitsap, including two
in Bremerton and one on Bainbridge Island.
The Liquor Control Board will investigate the background of each
applicant, and review their operation plan and location for
compliance with the adopted rules for I-502 implementation.
The state will notify counties and cities of pending applications.
Local jurisdictions will have 20 days to respond with any
objections or support. A lottery system will
be used to grant licenses in places like Bremerton, where there are
more applications than allowable licenses.
Here’s the updated list of retail applicants for Kitsap (map
Here are the processing applications (map
here): Continue reading
As we reported in today’s paper, Harrison Medical Center has been
dropped from UnitedHealthcare’s
after contract negotiations failed. The two sides gave
differing versions of why the talks broke down.
The letters Harrison sent to affected patients explaining the
changes are embedded below (or can be viewed here and
Here’s the statement sent to us by a UnitedHealthcare spokesperson:
Six more marijuana retail applications, including three for Port
Orchard, have been filed for Kitsap since
our update last week.
Local potrepreneurs weren’t the only ones procrastinating.
The Associated Press reports the state Liquor Control Board is seeing a surge
in applications as the Friday deadline looms. Statewide, there are
now 2,444 applications in from prospective growers,
processors and retailers, up more than 700 from last week.
We now have 21 applications for retail, 18 for processing and 25
These are the new retail applications for Kitsap:
- Buds Shop, 1703 SE Sedgwick Road, Suite 113, Port Orchard
- Emerald Coast, 3100 Kitsap Way, Suite C, Bremerton, (same name
as applicant for Wheaton Way)
- G4 Parnters (sic), 1283 Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard
- Greenway, 2443 1st Ave E, Port Orchard
- Laughing Grass, 405 Naval Ave., Suite B, Bremerton
- MJ’s, 4211 Feigley Road West, Gorst
There’s also a retail application in for Belfair, in North
- Belfair Marijuana Depot, 25603 NE State Route 3, Belfair
Here’s the full list of retail applications (see map above):
The number of Kitsap
residents signed up for health coverage through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange
nearly tripled in November, according to a report released
Total enrollment for the county was 5,837 by the end of
November, a big jump from the 1,986
signed up at the end of October. Statewide enrollment grew to
The overwhelming majority signed up for Medicaid coverage, as
has been the trend since the exchange opened Oct. 1.
Customers have until Dec. 23 to pay for plans if they want their
insurance to activate Jan. 1.
It appears errors on the Healthplanfinder website
that listed Harrison Medical Center as “out of network” for
some plans have been fixed.
Here’s the full November report: Continue reading
Applications for marijuana retail licenses in Kitsap County
continue to trickle in, with 10 days left for prospective pot
entrepreneurs to apply.
Liquor Control Board
released an updated list of applicants Tuesday. The state received
seven more retail applications for Kitsap locations since
our last update on Nov. 26:
- A.A.C.E Therapy LLC., 1116 Charleston Beach Road W,
- Kitsap Marijuana Connection, 4211 Feigley Road W, Port
- Mari Jane’s, 200 Bravo Terrace SE, Port Orchard
- Smoke Dreams LLC, 26212 Calvary Lane, Kingston
- The Pot Shop, 6710 Kitsap Way, Unit B, Bremerton
- The Tea Shop, 625 Callow Ave., Bremerton
- The Wilkes Expedition LLC, 10320 NE Valley Road, Suite 107,
That brings the count of Kitsap retail applicants to 15. The
application period for marijuana business licenses opened Nov. 18
and continues through Dec. 19. You can find more information on the
rollout of Initiative 502 here.
There are also 17 applications in for marijuana processor
licenses and 23 for marijuana producer (grower) licenses. Many
producer applicants also applied for processor licenses, as allowed
under state rules.
Here’s the full list of retail applicants (click
here for a map): Continue reading
Bainbridge Island chef Brendan McGill
isn’t confining his ambitions to the west side of the water.
The owner of Hitchcock
restaurant in Winslow has opened Altstadt,
a German-style beer hall in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. A grand
opening is set for Thursday. See the Altstadt Facebook
page for details.
The interior of the “bierhalle and brathaus” is anchored by a
grill, bar and massive communal drinking tables (you can see
construction pictures on
the Kickstarter page for the project). Altstadt serves imported
beer and wine, along with hand-made sausage, sauerkraut, cheeses,
pretzels and other Old World favorites.
McGill partnered with Lex Petras and Harvey Ward Van Allen III
on the project.
Alstadt will open 11 a.m. to midnight daily at 209 1st Ave
Photo: McGill at Hitchcock (Tad Sooter/Kitsap