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I wrote a story about the
five-year anniversary of Peninsula Cancer Center for our Monday
One of the center’s medical neighbors in Poulsbo, InHealth Imaging, also celebrated
a milestone recently.
The office introduced a
3Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, which it says
is the first of its kind in the West Sound region.
The 3T MRI uses a more powerful magnet, and offers a wider
opening for patients, faster exam times and higher resolution
images, according to a news release.
InHealth also added a 64-slice computed tomography
(CT) scanner, which uses lower levels of radiation and
provides better images than older CT machines.
This system will allow us to have one of the widest ranges of
imaging capabilities while being able to cater those services to
patients in almost any situation,” InHealth founder Dr. Manfred
Henne said in the release.
InHealth Imaging is a private outpatient practice located at
20700 NE Bond Road. It offers a wide spectrum of imaging services
including 3D mammography.
More Kitsap County residents were working in August, and more
were looking for work, according to a monthly labor
report. But fewer people held jobs with Kitsap employers.
Jobs In Kitsap
It’s typical to see a decline in employment toward the end of
the summer as season winds down and young workers head back to
The drop off was especially precipitous this year among
Kitsap employers, according to Employment Security Department
estimates. The agency reported a drop of 1,100 jobs in the
county between July and August.
Losses were in both the private and public sectors with the bulk
coming from local governments. Continue reading
We thought the little
building at the corner of Charleston Beach Road and Highway 304 was
being outfitted as a convenience store. Turns out it will be
a convenient marijuana store.
A sign went up recently
at the vacant Navy Yard City shop for a business called HWY 420.
The state Liquor Control Board
received a retail marijuana license application for a business of
the same name.
The application hasn’t been approved yet, but an industry
source says HWY 420 is poised for an October opening.
Some of the signage required by state law has already been
posted on the windows, along with the hours of operation.
The store is located just outside Bremerton city limits. It’s
next to the Bug Museum and
HWY 420 could be the third retail pot shop to open in the
county, joining the
two approved in Port Orchard.
Bremerton’s old Dunes Motel will reopen this fall as
West Sound’s first Motel
A Motel 6 spokesperson said to expect a grand opening in
The Dunes Motel had fallen
into foreclosure, eventually closing in late 2013, at a
other Bremerton hotels were experiencing an upswing.
DVR Investment, LLC., of Tuckwila bought the 11th Street
property from Whidbey Island Bank for $780,000 in October
2013, according to county documents. The building underwent an
overhaul this year.
The 64-room Dunes, built in 1978, was one of several
motels providing budget rooms along the Kitsap Way
Josh Farley photos
A planned birth center for Kitsap County took a step closer
to reality this week.
Donors pushed the
fund drive for Salmonberry Community Birth Center over the
$35,000 mark Tuesday, exceeding the organizers’ goal of $33,000.
More than 525 people gave money to the effort.
“Obviously this could’t have happened without amazing
community support,” said Annie Moffat, a midwife and Salmonberry
The effort is backed by a group of local midwives and
doulas who want to give Kitsap parents an
alternative to home births and hospital births.
The group is searching for a
location in Poulsbo or Silverdale. They expect
to open the center in the spring of 2015.
See the Salmonberry website
page for more information.
No longer Garguile’s, the Red Apple on Perry Avenue will debut
Oct. 3 under new ownership.
The East Bremerton grocery store changed hands at the end of
August when its longtime owners, the Garguile family, declined
to renew a lease on the building.
Perry Avenue Mall owner Michael Thai stepped in to operate the
grocery. A grand reopening event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 3.
Mayor Patty Lent and Bremerton Chamber of Commerce officials will
The Garguiles ran the Red Apple for more than 25 years. Thai
for a new owner for the Perry Avenue shopping center.
Larry Steagall photo, 2008
Mason County is quietly providing fertile ground for legalized
Five recreational marijuana producers were given the
Liquor Control Board’s
blessing this year. The growers are scattered across rural
areas of the county (expand map for a better view).
Three of those businesses are also licensed
as processors, meaning they can turn harvested buds into
products like oils and edibles.
Pot entrepreneurs submitted 20 retail applications in
Mason. Six were proposed for Belfair and one
No retail outlets have been approved to date. The state will
allow up to five stores in the county, including one in
The liquor board had approved three marijuana grows and two
retail shops (both
for Port Orchard) in Kitsap County at last count.
Mason County commissioners earlier waffled
on a marijuana moratorium, drawing ire from
I-502 business applicants.
Bremerton National Airport vying for the chance to host an
aviation conference that would bring hundreds of planes and
pilots to Kitsap County.
Port staff submitted a proposal last week to be considered as a
site for a 2015 Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association Fly-In. The fly-ins include exhibits, aerial
displays, vendors and food. Last year’s Northwest event was held on
Aug. 16 in Spokane.
If it’s selected for a 2015 fly-in,
Bremerton National would need to prepare for 500 planes and 900
vehicles, said Fred Salisbury, director of airport operations. AOPA
will narrow down a list of finalists in October and announce the
host site in December.
Crews are repaving portions of the Bremerton airport this month.
Salisbury said the project is ahead of schedule, but the
completion date could depend on the weather.
Nearly six hundred more Kitsap residents were living in
poverty last year than in 2012.
And while the county’s poverty rate is low compared with
other areas, it continues to rise.
An estimated 27,727, or 11.3 percent of Kitsap residents,
below poverty levels in 2013, according to
this week by the U.S. Cenus Bureau. By comparison, the
Census estimated 8.5 percent of the Kitsap population, or 20,400
residents, were living in poverty in 2006.
The state poverty rate rose to 14.1 percent in 2013,
with an additional 50,000 Washingtonians falling below
poverty levels. The U.S. poverty rate remained flat at 15.8
According to the University of Washington’s West
Coast Poverty Center, the continued rise of poverty rates,
coupled with a widening income gap, suggest economic
gains have yet to benefit many low-income residents.
“The poverty rate is an indicator of how well the most
vulnerable do in our economy,” West Coast Poverty Center Director
Jennifer Romich said in a statement. “The overall national
picture suggests that economic growth is failing to reach
center’s full analysis here.