Peninsular Thinking A conversation about Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Manchester, Seabeck, Southworth, Suquamish, Belfair, Keyport, Olalla, Bangor, Hansville, Indianola, Port Gamble, Allyn, Port Ludlow, Gig Harbor and every once in a while something about the good folks who don't have the good fortune to live here.
The 44-page report, which you can read or download in full
below, assesses Kitsap’s risk to four natural hazards: flood,
earthquake, landslide and tsunami.
The earthquake, landslide, tsunami and some of the flooding
risks are related. In the report, FEMA chose a scenario in which
the Seattle Fault rattles with a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. Such a
quake would trigger tsunamis, landslides, fires and other
Page 9 is where this information begins, starting with
earthquakes and moving through landslides and tsunamis.
Pages 20-30 feature short risk assessments for particular areas,
such as Bremerton, Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island. For each
community, FEMA lists a few specific at-risk buildings and some
strategies for reducing the impact of an earthquake and other
After Paul Sawatski arrived at the Tacoma Narrows
Bridge toll booth and realized that his dog Patty was missing from
the back of the truck, her leash and collar dangling over the side
of the vehicle, he spent three days searching for her along Highway
16 without success.
More than a week after Sawatski returned to Kansas,
several Kitsap County locals continued the search for Patty, a
six-year-old hound dog Sawatski has had since she was seven weeks
old, he said.
Patty was eventually caught in a live trap with the
help of Julie Saavedra, of Bremerton, on July 18, and arrived back
in Kansas July 23, almost three weeks after she went missing.
“She clicked her little paws three times and back to
Kansas she went,” Saavedra said.
The dog was in good health when she was found, she
And Patty is now back to lounging on the bed at home,
Sawatski and his fiancé Jessica Mahler were driving
back to Kansas after visiting family in Kitsap County during the
Fourth of July. Sawatski grew up in Seabeck and now lives in
Patty and Jessica both dislike fire works, so
Sawatski said he decided to take them and their other two dogs —
Charlie and Franklin — to camp grounds were fireworks were not
allowed. Somewhere between the Tremont Street exit and the Tacoma
Narrows Bridge on Highway 16, Sawatski said he thinks Patty must
have jumped out, something she has never done before.
“No one honked. I didn’t hear anything hit the
truck,” he said.
Sawatski and Mahler spent the Fourth of July driving
up and down Highway 16 looking for Patty. There was no sign of the
dog in the road, which kept Sawatski hopeful, he said.
The couple stayed through the weekend searching and
contacting local humane societies. Mahler flew back to Kansas for
work on Monday and Sawatski stay an extra day to search for
After seeing online postings for the missing dog,
Saavedra contacted the Sawatski and offered her helping locating
Patty. Saavedra runs the Facebook page “Kitsap and Mason counties
Lost and Found Furbabies.”
People would call Saavedra or Sawatski when they
sighted the dog, narrowing where she could be found.
After several reported sightings around the Purdy
Crescent Road exit, Saavedra set a live trap with a cooked steak,
chew toy and T-shirt that Sawatski mailed her. The hope was that
Sawatski’s scent would bring the hound dog into the trap, Saavedra
“I think the steak had something to do with it too,”
The July deadline is just one of several in the
recently released strategic plan from the Kitsap County Behavioral
Health Strategic Planning Team. Proposals for projects or programs,
aimed at reducing the number of mentally ill juveniles and adults
cycle through the criminal justice system and the demand on
emergency services, will be accepted from Feb. 20 to April 18 at 3
p.m. Kitsap County County Mental Health, Chemical
Dependence and Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Board will
review the proposals.
62-page strategic plan, which outlines recommendations for
closing service gaps for mentally ill and substance abuse, it says
county and surrounding peninsula region had the highest number of
mentally ill boarded ever recorded in October 2013.
The plan recommends increasing housing and
transportation options, treatment funding and outreach, among other
Reporting and responsibilities
The strategic planning team makes recommendations
the citizens advisory board and establishes the strategic plan for
the mental health tax.
Proposals will be submitted to the citizens advisory
board for review. The board will make recommendations for the
proposals and funding level to the county commissioners, who
ultimately approve the proposals.
The citizen advisory board will annually review
projects and programs while receiving input from the strategic
team, and report to the director of Kitsap County Human Services,
who will present reviews to the county commissioners.
Meet the team and board
Kitsap County Behavioral Health Strategic Planning
Al Townsend, Poulsbo Police Chief (Team Co-Chair)
Barb Malich, Peninsula Community Health Services
Greg Lynch, Olympic Educational Service District 114
Joe Roszak, Kitsap Mental Health Services
Judge Anna Laurie, Superior Court (Team Co-Chair)
Judge Jay Roof, Superior Court
Judge James Docter, Bremerton Municipal Court
Kurt Wiest, Bremerton Housing Authority
Larry Eyer, Kitsap Community Resources
Michael Merringer, Kitsap County Juvenile Services
Myra Coldius, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Ned Newlin, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
Robin O’Grady, Westsound Treatment Agency
Russell D. Hauge, Kitsap County Prosecutor
Scott Bosch Harrison, Medical Center
Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH Kitsap Public Health
Tony Caldwell, Housing Kitsap
Kitsap County Mental Health, Chemical Dependence and
Therapeutic Court Citizens Advisory Board
Lois Hoell, Peninsula Regional Support Network: 3 year
Jeannie Screws, Kitsap County Substance Abuse Advisory Board: 3
Aimee DeVaughn, Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth:
Connie Wurm, Area Agency on Aging: 3 year
Dave Shurick, Law and Justice: 1 year
Walt Bigby, Education: 1 year
Carl Olson, At Large Member District 2: 2 year
James Pond, At Large Member District 3: 2 year
Robert Parker, At Large Member District 2: 2 year
Russell Hartman, At Large Member District 3: 2 year
Richard Daniels, At Large Member District 1: 1 year
Chris Kornelis, former Sun staffer and current Seattle Weekly
guy, has a regular feature on a blog over there called “Music on
the Ferry,” featuring bands on the boat. Ferry music, it would
appear, is more than an annoyance you have to speak louder to
overcome. It can actually be pretty good.
I found this one to be particularly fun:
Kornelis (We refer to him as “Slumlord Kornelis,” has compiled
a rather large batch of
musical acts performing on the ride from Seattle. Look for them
next time you sail.
Or, you can just hop on the boat to Port Orchard and catch this
act over there: