Senior living giants
Emeritus and Brookdale closed a merger deal
according to a new release. The deal was
first announced in February.
After absorbing Emeritus, Brookdale now owns 1,150 communities
in 46 states, with the ability to serve 110,000 residents.
Emeritus operates the
Montclair Park community in Poulsbo (pictured). We took a
close look earlier this year at how the merger might
impact the local community, and the trend of ownership changes
in assisted living.
UPATE: Regence and Harrison agreed to a temporary contract
extension late Wednesday.
The contract, previously set to expire Wednesday afternoon is
now good through mid-August.
The last-minute extension makes my original post here moot,
but I’ll keep these resources posted so they’re readily available.
Below are fact sheets distributed by Regence and Harrison regarding
the contract negotiations and what customers can expect if Harrison
indeed becomes “out-of-network.”
Eight Kitsap Companies were among the 16 semi-finalists
announced in Kitsap
Bank’s inaugural edg3 FUND competition.
The contest recognizes small businesses that benefit their
communities economically, socially or environmentally. The winner
will receive $20,000.
These were the semi-finalists, selected from nearly 70
applicants from areas served by the bank, with Kitsap companies in
bold: Continue reading
The Doctors Clinic is still in-network
medical group is stressing that point this week as a
contract standoff continued between insurance
company Regence and Harrison Medical Center.
The Harrison/Regence negotiations have created confusion for
some patients of The Doctors Clinic, in part
because physicians for The Doctors Clinic do provide services
at Harrison facilities.
Dr. Randall Moeller, president of The Doctors Clinic, said the
group sent voice messages to patients assuring them Regence
insurance will still be accepted, regardless of the outcome of
the Harrison negotiations.
The Doctors Clinic posted this explanation on its
The Doctors Clinic will still accept Regence Insurance plans
after August 1, 2014. The contract dispute with Harrison Hospital
does not affect in network coverage with The Doctors
All services from The Doctors Clinic — Physician
visits, urgent care treatment, lab work, and surgery in our
Ambulatory Surgery Center will continue to be considered “in
network” through Regence.
If you were to require surgery by a physician from The
Doctors Clinic who performed the surgery at Harrison Hospital, only
the hospital portion of the bill would not be covered “in
UPDATE: Here’s our story on
the sale of Bethel Junction.
A Bethel Junction shopping center that includes a Safeway and
Big Lots has sold for $20.8 million,
according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The buyer
was a San Diego investment group.
The 157,500-square-foot development was built in phases in
1989 and 1998, according to a
commercial listing. Assessor’s documents list the most recent
owner as Tavitac Corporation.
We’ll post more details as we get them.
Photo courtesy Pacific Capital
The Kitsap County unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent by the
end of June, due mostly to continued decline in the labor force.
Meanwhile, the number of people working for Kitsap County
employers remained unchanged from 2013.
Here’s a look at the June employment report for Kitsap:
An estimated 1,050 people left Kitsap County’s labor force
(stopped looking for work) in June, according to the
state Employment Security Department. That
negated a labor force gain in May. Another residents
130 were hired.
The decline to the labor force and slight increase in employment
dropped unemployment rate among Kitsap residents to 5.1 percent, a
full 2 percent lower than in June 2013.
On a positive note, 990 more Kitsap residents were employed
in June than in June 2013. For perspective, this chart shows
how Kitsap’s labor force and employment numbers have changed
over the past decade at the midpoint of each year:
The Port of
Bremerton needs to recruit manufacturers to the
slow-growing South Kitsap Industrial Area.
But most companies outside the region have never heard of
Kitsap County, let alone its southern extremities. Given the
county’s lack of name recognition, port
Strakeljahn believes it’s time to rebrand SKIA.
“Where is South Kitsap
and what does that mean to you?” Strakeljahn said at a Tuesday
night commission meeting. “It has no meaning outside our local
His solution? Give the 3,500-acre industrial area a
name that reflects the broader region. “Puget Sound
Industrial Center” was one suggestion.
Strakeljahn said he and port CEO Jim Rothlin have
informally discussed a potential name change with a number of
area leaders, including representatives from Puget Sound Regional Council and
Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. The idea was well received. Continue reading
Marina will soon be the backdrop for a “major” car
manufacturer’s international ad campaign.
A photo crew shot images at the marina Monday evening. The ads
will roll out in about five to seven months, according to Port of
You’re free to speculate on the identity of the car
manufacturer. Port employees were asked not to divulge the name of
the company, though they say its a well-known brand. There was no
car on hand for the shoot – apparently it will be Photoshopped
in later. Continue reading
The Poulsbo city planning department gave
the green light Tuesday for a Sonic Drive-In restaurant.
Plans for the much-hyped fast food restaurant were
submitted back in April. The Sonic will be built at the
northwest corner of Highway 305 and Viking Way, near the Highway 3
Cascade Development Group LLC. is
spearheading the project. Columbia Property Managers LLC.
bought the corner property in June for $1.25 million, according to
Cascade principal Richard Ramsey said the restaurant is on track
to open by the end of the year. Site work could begin this
The 2,300-square-foot floor restaurant will include indoor
seating – a new design element for Sonic in Washington. Roll-up
doors will be opened when the weather is warm.
“On nice days it will feel like a patio,” Ramsey said.
Site plans call for 34 parking spaces, including 16 large stalls
for carhop service.
The Viking Way parcel was originally approved for a
gas station, car wash and fast food restaurant. Cascade filed a
revision to those plans that included only the Sonic.
The planning decision can be appealed to a hearing
examiner. Documents are embedded below.
This post was updated to include comments from the
Port of Bremerton
commissioners will hear a recap Tuesday evening from
a delegation that
visited the Farnborough International Airshow last week to
promote the aerospace industry in Kitsap.
Kitsap Economic Development
Alliance will also present a quarterly report and commissioners
will consider a granting an easement for a portion of a fiber optic
cable that will
stretch across Sinclair Inlet.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Bremerton National
Airport. The full agenda is posted below: Continue reading