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.
Mourn the loss of Bucklin Hill Road for a year beginning July 1.
That’s next Wednesday until July 1.
As a Silverdale guy, I know construction lately. I was headed
home the other night and that usually means Highway 303/Waaga Way
to the Ridgetop exit. There was lane construction happening, but a
sign said “Exit Open.”
It was not.
I had to go to Silverdale Way and backtrack. Given enough
perspective it’s not that big a deal. Nothing is a big deal if you
can find enough perspective, just like anything is within walking
distance if you have enough time and sturdy shoes.
I love new roads. I love how my car feels new on them and how
black and unsullied they love. I love the tar smell, even.
Bucklin Hill will be widened between the bridge and Mickelberry.
The culvert from Clear Creek to Dyes Inlet under the bridge will be
removed in favor of something more natural.
That means you’ll be left to find alternative paths, like
Ridgetop, which I think we can all agree could use more
This shoud be a pretty sweet deal once its done after the new
year but before we elect another president. You’ll have time to get
in at least one more “Thanks, Obama” after it’s complete.
If you haven’t already heard that beginning July 1 Bucklin Hill
Road is going to be closed for more than a year, I am posting
this note on the off chance that you’ll find it out here. Though
unlikely, it’s possible. If necessary, I’ll post it in an AOL
chat room and more importantly on an Albertsons Haggen
community bulletin board.
The more important news here, though, is the county has a
website where you can get the latest on the project designed to
deliver the bridge you see above. The county has set up a web
domain BucklinHill.com, where you can see timelines,
project history and a page dedicated to helping you plan your way
around the closure.
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
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue is under scrutiny from
a self-described grassroots organization.
Watch, started by Ronny Smith as well as several union and
community members, emerged online, followed by eye-catching yellow
signs near Chico. Smith is vice president of IAFF Local 2819.
The group is voicing concerns about Kitsap County’s
fire districts, specifically CK Fire and
KFW has about a dozen administrators for its website,
according to Smith, who said the group members are not trying to be
anonymous. The site does not list any administrators, organizers or
members, and posts are not credited.
Smith is checking with KFW contributors to see if they
would like to be publicly named. Some members might not have
expected to be placed in the public light, Smith said.
Each station is covered by three 24/7 shifts.
Twenty-five firefighters are assigned to each shift.
The minimum number of firefighters needed districtwide
per shift was reduced from 19 to 17. Based on how staffing is
prioritized throughout the district stations, if fewer than 19
firefighters are available per shift, Station 64 in Chico will not
be staffed with career firefighters. Volunteers will remain
assigned to the station when available, according to CK Fire.
On Jan. 8, Station 64 was not staffed with career
volunteers, relying on volunteers.
“Station 64 is still staffed with volunteers at this
time and responding to calls,” Ileana LiMarzi said Thursday.
LiMarzi is the CK Fire public information officer.
The district will continue to respond to calls in
Station 64’s response area, according to a fact sheet released by the district.
Smith argues that volunteers often work day jobs and
are not available to staff stations 24/7.
No firefighters were laid off as a result of the
reduction, which the district said was necessary to reduce
increasing overtime costs.
In 2013, the district spent $886,730 on overtime,
$177,261 more than budgeted. In 2011, the district spent $625,113
Smith took issue with how quickly the reduction took
place and without public discussion at the meeting. Smith and many
residents learned about the potential reduction for the first time
when they read the Nov. 12 agenda Friday before the meeting.
“The community in Chico wasn’t allowed input,” Smith
He attended the Nov. 14 meeting, which was a “packed
house” and had standing room only.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion on how quickly
or not the decision happened,” said David Fergus, CK fire
Fergus had “quite a few conversations” with people in
and outside the fire department about the decision, and feels the
best decision was made, he said.
After public comments were not allowed on the
reduction vote, Smith wanted to provide another avenue for
community members to speak out. KFW was formed.
Smith and KFW also take issue with the fact the
reduction idea was not shared publicly before being placed on the
board’s agenda item.
At the end of last summer, the district finalized its
strategic plan, but staff reductions were never mentioned,
according to Smith. Every part of the district had a say in the
plan, including the union and Fire Chief Scott Weninger, Smith
Since the KFW signs have appeared in the community,
residents have started to talk and ask the fire commissioners about
Commissioner Dick West said he has been
During the Jan. 13 meeting he said he was “appalled”
by the signs as well as the “blogs.”
West said he had planned to resign, vacating his
position this summer, but decided to wait and see if talks and
West dissented from voting on the staffing
The district is continuing “business as usual,”
In the meantime, Smith is hoping community members
will step up to take over KFW.
“I want to let it go and let people who aren’t
associated with the fire department take it,” he said. “We have our
own political goals as a union, but the community needs a
Friends, family and interested community members have
started contacting the group and providing input, Smith said.
According to Smith, the group’s current goals are to
provide community input and gather community interest. “Right now
the group wants the commissioners to rethink their priorities,” he
According to Smith, the reduction affects response
times and the safety of the firefighters. Although firefighters
have sick leave, Smith is concerned they will go to work
regardless, worried that staffing numbers will be too low without
“They have created a culture where guys are going to
come in, because they don’t want the station to close,” Smith
Pleas to foster better communication between the
district and the union are rising.
“It sickens me what’s going on,” Steve Davison said.
Davison, a CK Fire and Rescue Volunteer, spoke publicly at the end
of the Jan. 13 CK fire commissioner meeting.
Davison said blame could be placed on both parties and
suggested a communications summit be held.
“We need to bury our differences,” Davison said. “We need to get
along and serve the public, because that’s what we are here to do —
serve the public.”
It appears Silverdale is restoring its tradition of hosting art
walks. The newest variation — the Silverdale ArtWalk — is scheduled
for the first Thursday of the month — yes that means tomorrow.
There used to be a monthly art walk that was spearheaded by
Maria Mackovjak, owner of Old Town Custom Framing and Gallery, and
other Old Town business owners that helped build the Old Town Art
Walk . Mackovjak has since moved her business from Old Town and it
seems the art walk sort of fell off the radar.
Its revival is slated for tomorrow with the showing of
“Rockitdog”, a 7-foot tall sculpture that will be on display in the
lobby of the Oxford Inn and Suites. The event runs from 5:30 to 8
p.m. and refreshments will be served. Anyone and everyone is
invited to attend.
The sculpture at the center of the walk is the work of Karsten
Boysen from Port Orchard. Boysen’s sculpture, described as a
“brilliant yellow” made from “River Run” steel, will be surrounded
by other pieces of art from local artists Lisa Stirrett, Debbie
Drake, Lori Balter, Rebecca Westeren, Joan Wells, Darell Severson,
Cathy Kelley and Elizabeth Haney, according to a press release sent
Boysen was one of 17 featured artists recently sponsored by Vigo
Industries, Gunderson, Esco and other port companies to attend a
Port of Portland Seaport Celebration. His work is displayed in
Alaska and Washington through different communities “1 percent for
the arts” campaigns, and his work is the center of many prominent
private collections. Boysen is a former art instructor for the
University of Washington and the University of Alasaka- Juneau and
was a Washington State Arts Commission artist in residence at the
Seward Park Art Studio in Seattle.
The new Silverdale ArtWalk is sponsored by the Lisa Stirrett
Gallery, Oxford Inn and Suites and Reid Real Estate on Silverdale
Next month’s First Thursday Silverdale ArtWalk will have a
breast cancer awareness theme because of October being breast
cancer awareness month. More than 25 artists will be featured and
will highlight a Harrison Medical Center fundraiser scheduled for
We trot out the lists whenever some magazine decides to
recognize us. “They like us! They really, really, like us!” This
goes back to the early 1990s when Money magazine said Bremerton was
the best place in America to live. It made perfect sense to me at
the time, because Bremerton was said to be near Seattle and that
you got here by boat. And I had never been to Bremerton.
We’ve continued to rank high now and again on those kind of
lists, though we’re also suspected of being an ungodly bunch.
Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which I’m told is not a
magazine, has released a publication about expenditures on
children by families in 2012. The Daily Beast, which is an online
magazine, used metropolitan geographic stats from Redfin to come up
with the 15 most expensive places
to raise a child in the first year, citing the costs of housing,
energy, healthcare and stuff for the baby and added a stat about
how many OB/GYNs there are in an area.
On Redfin Bremerton is #14. Throw in the OB/GYN stat on the
Daily Beast and Bremerton is #8, joining New York, L.A. and
Why blame Silverdale? Because I can. This goes back to the days
when the Central Kitsap Reporter got all huffy because these lists
were coming out lauding Bremerton, when most of those accolades
included data that came from Bremerton’s outlying parts in the rest
of the county, even Port Orchard. In those days I worked overtime
finding ways to make fun of Port Orchard, because I was the
Bremerton reporter. I thought it was in my job description. I might
have made that up.
The point is, if you’re going to get all jacked up about a silly
list that says Bremerton is neato, you better bow your head in
shame when another list comes out and says it will take a bigger
chunk of your paycheck to raise the li’l feces factory during the
first year than it does in Seattle.
Whenever a new building goes in on a busy road in Silverdale,
people start talking about what business is moving to the area.
That’s the case with the latest building that is nearing
completion at 3150 NW Bucklin Hill Road, not far from the road’s
intersection with Silverdale Way and across the street from Taco
Time and Hop Jack’s.
A quick search of county records shows the tax statements go to
Barber Investments Bucklin LLC with a Redmond PO Box. I found a
similar name, Barber Development LLC, on permit data tied to the
property and looked it up to find owner Andy Barber who has a
business address in Kirkland.
I called Barber a few weeks ago to see what businesses he had
lined up to fill the building and he asked me to email him my
questions. We got off the phone and I sent him the email. I’m still
waiting for his response.
Impatient and wanting to answer people’s questions (more than a
few of you have “Facebooked”, emailed and called about the
property), I started looking through the county’s records to see
what I could find out about the property.
So far the only business on record is Little Caesar’s Pizza,
which applied for a commercial tenant improvement permit and a
commercial concurrency certificate from the county. Both were
approved July 15.
Barber applied to the county a year ago in August for a site
development activity permit to build on the 0.77-acre lot that is
zoned regional commercial. Specific businesses were not named at
the time of the permit, but Barber indicated the 6,760-square-foot
building would be equipped to handle general retail, office space
and/or restaurant uses, according to the application. Forty parking
spaces will go in behind the building and a rain garden to handle
the stormwater run off.
If I hear back from Barber that he has other tenants lined up
I’ll write an update, but until then hopefully this helps answers
some of the questions.
For the fourth year in a row, Crosspoint teacher Carla Fontenot
has challenged her students to tackle projects that make a tangible
change in their neighborhoods, the community and the world. It’s a
pretty tall order for third and fourth graders, but the kids have
stepped up admirably, Fontenot reported in a recent news release
about this year’s ideas.
Fontenot’s “Christian Leadership Challenge” started in 2009 as “a
Bible lesson and morphed into a ‘life lesson’ for my students, my
parents and myself,” said Fontenot.
Crosspoint, formerly Kings West Academy, is a private Christian
school in Chico. In 2009, the year of the name change, there was a
big focus on leadership. During the Bible lesson, Fontenot asked
her class if they thought they were old enough to make a difference
in the world.
They brainstormed and came up with “little things,” ideas like
helping a neighbor pick up litter or helping a relative watch a
Branching out, they discussed collecting food for a food bank or
raising money for the humane society. Pretty soon, that original
group of students was on fire with ideas like finding a cure for
Fontenot devised three categories: neighborhood, community, world,
and set guidelines that students’ projects couldn’t cost their
parents money (except maybe stamps and gas), and they couldn’t
benefit monetarily themselves.
“I was surprised at how the students took off with the ideas,
Karis Melin’s 2009 project to collect stuffed animals for sick
children at Harrison Medical Center has been continued by other
students in each following year. Parents have jumped in
In other notable projects, Emma Rose Brown in 2010 made bracelets
and note cards to sell for an organization called HOPE
International, and Hayden Wallis in 2011 set up a challenge to see
which classroom could collect the most food for the food bank, with
his family offering a pizza party to the winners.
Here are the projects proposed for this year:
Emily Devine’s goal is to collect 40 new stuffed animals for
Harrison Hospital. She has a collection box at the school.
Landon McArdles’ helped with a church program called “Feed the
5,000.” He helped set up and take down the program’s booth at his
church. Landon exceeded his goal of helping to secure 20
sponsorships. Twenty-six children were sponsored for the meal
Trevin Foley is collecting items for Bremerton Foodline. He will go
door to door and ask for one donation per house and will collect
items outside of a grocery store. His goal is to collect 100
Owen Wyatt is collecting board games for the Seattle Children’s
Hospital. He wants hurt kids to have fun. His plan is to try to get
50 board games. He is going to ask his family members to donate
Marshall Hainer is collecting canned foods to donate to the South
Kitsap Food Bank. He is calling his project “Let’s Feed Those in
Need.” Marshall hopes to collect 100 cans of food from
Emma Frey-Erickson is collecting items for the Kitsap Humane
Society. She is asking for donations of pet food, beds, and toys
for cats and dogs. Her goal is to collect 25 items.
Blessing Rene is collecting books for children in Africa. She will
raise money to send gently used books abroad.
Nick Johnson wants to help endangered species by raising money. He
is still working on a plan and a goal.
Anyone who wants to help these students meet their goals can call
Crosspoint at (360) 377-7700.
Wednesday night architect Steve Rice unveiled his vision for a
new library in Silverdale.
At the request of the Kitsap Regional Library, Rice has been
working for two years on a design for a new library. First he was
tasked with creating concept for a library around 17,000 square
feet (roughly the same size as the Sylvan Way library). That’s back
when KRL asked voters to approve a levy increase that would in part
help pay for the construction of new libraries in Silverdale and
When that measure failed, the library board went back to the
drawing board for how it could expand the current Silverdale
facility, which has been a desire of the library system and the
community since 1998. Ultimately the board agreed to enter into an
agreement with the county that would include hiring a consultant to
conduct a feasibility study. (See
my story from Dec. 12 for more details on the
The purpose of the study will be to gauge how much the community
is willing to contribute to a capital campaign to build a new
library in Silverdale. It will also survey the constituency to
determine whether people support building a new library, or if
they’d rather see KRL move into a larger, existing space in
While I’ve reported it repeatedly, it seems some people still
think to build this library KRL will be increasing taxes. KRL will
not ask for a levy increase, or increase taxes to build a new
Silverdale library. However much the community says it’s willing to
donate to the cause will be what KRL uses to fund its expansion.
(The model will be similar to the one used to build the Haselwood
Family YMCA — $12 million in public donations was raised to help
build the facility).
If the community determines it would prefer to see a new
facility built, KRL board members have said they’d like to see the facility built on the
Central Kitsap Community Campus, where the YMCA
currently stands. The Y was the first phase of the campus. The
second phase will be the addition of a new library (assuming that’s
what the community wants) and potentially the addition of a
performing arts center.
Previously there was talk that a new library would be located
where the Silverdale Community Center now stands. The idea was the
building would be built into the hill — the community center would
be torn down to make room. But during Wednesday’s presentation,
Rice offered a new location for the proposed building.
At 8,000 to 10,000 square feet, Rice envisions the new library
to again be built into the hill, but this time located in the
southwest southeast corner of the campus site, directly
across the grassy area from the YMCA. Here’s a couple architectural
drawings from his presentation.
The first depiction shows a side view of the library, facing
southwest, featuring the main entrance to the library on street
level to the left, the view of a proposed gallery space and the
entrance from the grass area — or village commons — to the right.
While the building is proposed to be one story, there is an upper
floor space for a community meeting room with views over Silverdale
Way toward Dyes Inlet.
The second depiction shows the view looking from the second
floor of the YMCA above the front door looking down the village
commons toward the library. The entrance to the library from the
commons is visible, and so is the back of the library, which Rice
proposed would offer a presentation space facing the commons.
As I reported in my story, Rice proposed making the village
commons/grass area more appealing to the public by adding walkway
features, rose gardens and an outdoor amphitheater space that would
be attached to the library building.
One of the big questions about this location though is parking.
The building would eliminate 24 parking spaces to fit into the
campus design, and wouldn’t add any parking. It wasn’t financially
feasible to add an underground parking garage, Rice said.
Already parking is often filled on the campus site because of
the heavy use of the YMCA, and many people at Wednesday’s meeting
questioned how the site could handle more use with library patrons.
County Commissioner Josh Brown said eventually a parking garage
would have to be added to the 12-acre site, which has been the
intention all along. The question is, who will be responsible for
building (and paying) for it?
If the library locates on the campus a study will be done to
determine the library’s peak hours and the YMCA’s peak hours.
Programs would then be planned around those peak times, to try and
minimize the parking problems, Brown said.
Obviously parking will be a big issue on this site until more
can be added, and that’s something KRL board members and Kitsap
County officials will have to address if they proceed with building
a new library on site.
Each year the Clear Creek Task Force holds an annual salmon
adoption event to help raise money to pay for trail maintenance
throughout the year.
A plain, wooden salmon is given to those who wish to “adopt” it,
then they are asked to decorate the fish and return it for judging.
The money spent on the adoption goes to the trail. If you’re
thinking about adopting a salmon, the deadline to turn it in is
Here’s the details from the Task Force:
Celebrate Clear Creek: Salmon Run Adoption
Salmon sponsors purchase artboard for $15, $25, or $25 for the
“Catch-All” category. After decorating both sides of a salmon and
naming it, the salmon art is donated back to Clear Creek for
judging, awards and prizes. Vote for your favorite Salmon online at
Judges award first, second and other winners, award prizes and
auction off Salmon Art at Celebrate Clear Creek on Saturday, Oct. 1
at the Clear Creek Interpretive Center located off off Levin Road
and Bucklin Hill Road.
Salmon run proceeds will benefit development and maintenance of
the Clear Creek Trail system. Salmon can be picked up at the
following locations: Old Town Custom Framing, 3255 NW Lowell St,
Silverdale WA 98383, 360 698-1507; Clear Creek Interpretive Center,
for times visit