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In Bremerton, a rift in the Bigfoot-believer universe

Photo by Patrick Cooper.
Is that Bigfoot? Photo by Patrick Cooper.

Though he’s a Sasquatch aficionado, Patrick Cooper is passing on Bremerton’s Bigfoot conference this weekend.   

Too far-fetched, the Bremerton resident believes.

The second annual conference, held at the Baymont Inn & Suites starting tonight, is indeed intended to highlight an “alternative point of view,” about Bigfoot, conference host Matthew Johnson says. Cooper doesn’t buy it, and though he presented at the first annual event in 2015, he charges that the conference turned into a “side-show carnival.” Johnson calls believers like Cooper “old school,” who are unwilling to keep an open mind about different possibilities that surround the “Squatch.”

And therein lies the idealogical divide among some Bigfoot believers.

Cooper, who has been researching Bigfoot for the past 16 years, says he’s following evolutionary science. Searching for Sasquatch out along Hood Canal, he believes the creatures are simply descendants of a different evolutionary line.

Johnson, a clinical psychologist now living in Medford, Oregon, once held the same viewpoint. But an experience along a greenbelt near Puyallup in 2011 changed his mind. He and some friends say that they saw a Bigfoot and it “cloaked” as it passed them — they could see ferns still moving after the creature disappeared, and ultimately brushed past him.”

“No, we weren’t drinking, and no we weren’t drugging,” Johnson said.

The experience thrust him into a more paranormal mindset — that perhaps Bigfoot is a far more intelligent species whose DNA could even mix with something out of this world.

“They’re treating them like they’re dumb mountain apes,” he said of the old schoolers. “They’re just as smart out in the forest as we are in the cities.”

That was enough last year to convince Cooper to stay away this year.

“About half of the presenters were legitimate hardworking bigfooters but the slant of the conference last year was to set up to showcase supernatural hucksterism,” Cooper said.

Johnson says there’s plenty of “old school” conferences around the country and that his is meant to offer different viewpoints.

The schism will continue as both sides continue the search for the elusive creature.

If you go:

A panel of the nation’s top recognized Bigfoot researchers will speak at a three-day conference starting tonight. Tickets are $50-$95. For more information go to

Because it’s the most wonderful time of the year

Carlisle II Loading for the cruise to see Santa on his sailboat in Dyes Inlet


Here in Bremerton, we don’t take the holidays for granted. Take, for instance, the 33rd annual Special People’s Cruise, in which boaters at the Bremerton Yacht Club — for the 33rd year in a row — gave their guests Dec. 7 a ride around Puget Sound.


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Or what about the 25 or so people who went out to grave sites at Ivy Green Cemetery to clean them in preparation for the Wreaths Across America event?

And there’s more to come, too. How about Salish Soap Co., whose owner, Dana Stephens Littell, is collecting clothing and toys for four children in our community? (More on that at her Facebook page.)

There is our Bellringer fund, which has already raised close to $40,000 this year.

There is the pop-up street store, which on Dec. 23-24 at Sixth and Broadway, in which all of the yard sale items are free. (Remaining items will be donated to charities.)

But there’s so much more here in Bremerton that residents here do at the holidays. So please: help me to add to this list! I want to showcase the generosity of this community here.

Wrestlers and revelers to converge on Charleston’s Cinco de Mayo street fair

Photo by Meegan M. Reid.
Photo by Meegan M. Reid.

For the third time, Callow Avenue will shut down Saturday for a street fiesta. And while it’s not officially Cinco de Mayo, celebrations of it will be in full swing. I’m told there will even be  candy-filled piñatas hanging from firetrucks.

But there’s much, much more. The day’s festivities, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature the Lucha Libre wrestlers, as they are known, as well as a special guest appearance from Kevin “Taskmaster” Sullivan, a former WCW world tag team champion. He’ll be available to sign autographs, organizers said in a news release.

The lineup will feature the wrestlers at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., live music by Alegres Del Norte and performances by the Flokloric Dancers at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Charleston Business Association, City of Bremerton, Kitsap Entrepreneurial Center, Subway Stores and La Pablonita’s.

Hairy Men Are On Their Way!

Superman’s Mustache

What makes a man a man?

Is it growing a mustache? I, for one, hope not.

In any case, Bremerton will host the first ever North American Beard and Mustache Competition July 5. The first showdown of its kind in the New World.

Read the story about organizer Bruce Roe and his gravity-defying facial hair!

Peruse Bremerton’s Whisker Club Web site!

Marvel at a 32-year-old man can’t grow a proper mustache! (Actually, that’s Henry David Thoreau, but it’s close to what I would look like if I tried to grow a beard, except not as smart)

Actually, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t marvel, or ever bring it in conversation. After meeting Bruce Roe, and seeing what I’ve been missing out on, it’s a sensitive subject.

The Weight Of The World

Photo: AP
Story: New York Times

Two global tragedies within the last six months show that Bremerton has become a true crossroads of the world.

And Olympic College is the nexus.

Consider this: a story about two students at Olympic College, Yan “Leo” Qian, 20, and Li Min Jing, 19, both from the Sichuan Province in China. Thousands of miles from home, they are trying to keep their minds on classes while their friends, families and neighbors are still trying to locate people missing since the ground shook and tried to reduce their cities to rubble.

Then there is Olympic College Professor Koi Tirima, a native of Kenya, who was visiting her home when the contested elections of December brought tribal violence and a breakdown of democratic institutions. While her friends, family and neighbors were hiding from mobs or trying to get their democracy back on the tracks, Tirima was trying to keep her mind on teaching English to Kitsap County residents.

I guess it’s true, there are people in Bremerton who have the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Teach A Kid To Fish, And They Will Fear No Worm

Kids have had enough lectures and eye-flitting from grown-ups.

What they need is somebody to take them fishing.

Us old folks don’t get, we don’t understand Hannah Montana, or how someone walks correctly with roller skates embedded in their shoes. And above all, we don’t know what it’s like to have to pass a test to prove to the government that we know how to subtract and divide.

We do know how to bait a hook. And when that nightcrawler gets wriggling, and that five-year-old’s face turns white with shock and fear, whose going to rise to the occasion?

That’s where you come in.

(That’s not even to mention what to do when a kid who has seen 1,000 dismembered bodies on television goes toe-to-toe with a flapping trout.)

This Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the annual Kid’s Fishing Day at the city’s Forestry Division compound located at 4398 West Belfair Valley Road (Old Belfair Hwy), west of Jarstad Park.

The fishing day isn’t hosted by Hostess, or Nintendo, or Jolt Cola (am I dating myself?) or Abercrombie & Fitch thong’s for primary schoolers, but by the wholesome Kitsap Poggie Club and the city’s Public Works & Utilities Department.

Read the city’s press release here.

Rainbow trout will be there for the angling, donated by the State Department of Fish & Wildlife. The Poggies provide fishing gear for those that do not have their own, so that cuts out your best excuse, mister.

Check out photos of Fishing Days past here.

Farmers Market In Need of Musicians

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Fiddlers, finger-pickers, troubadours, musicians who don’t need to plug in to have a good time, the Bremerton Farmers Market needs you.

The market will be expanding its hours this season in response to requests from ferry riders, and is looking for a solo or ensemble to help create the mood, said market board President Tiffany Royal on Thursday.

The market season starts May 15, and takes place every Thursday through Oct. 9 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., longer hours than in the past.

“That was a big request last year from customers,” she said.

The market will set up shop in the parking lot of Seaside Church at 1318 Park Ave, near Evergreen Park.

Musicians have been booked for the third Thursday of the month, and tentative arrangements have been made to fill the fourth Thursday, but the market needs to round out its bill.

Music to color in the background of the market experience, is what’s needed, “kind of a soft ambiance,” Royal said.

It’s possible to plug in to amps, but Royal said it wasn’t preferred. It’s not a matter of having some folkies cry out “Judas!“, but because the amplified music can bother vendors and customers and can spoil the mellow mood acoustic instruments can create.

The gig does not pay.

For more info, or to jockey for a regular Thursday spot, call Royal at (360) 621-5934.

The tip for this entry came from real estate agent Jo Soss’ blog, Blogging Bremerton. Click here for Jo’s blog.

There Will Be Bruises


There will also be some beer drinking and some rock n’ roll listening, as the Slaughter County Roller Vixens fake not the funk this Saturday in their third bout of their first season.

Kitsap County’s women’s roller derby league will host the battle royale at Sk8town in Port Orchard. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the bout kicks off at 6 p.m. An afterparty with live music will be held at Shooterz Pool Hall at 1750 Village Lane SE in Port Orchard. Admission is free with ticket stub from the bout.

Two bouts are on tap, according to a statement from the Vixens.

Slaughter County’s Terrormedixxx will tangle with Tacoma’s Dockyard Derby Dames’ all-star team, and Slaughter County’s Death Rattle Rollers will step up to the Oly Rollers’ Prima Donnas.

Sk8town is located at 1501 Piperberry Way SE in Port Orchard.


Day Of – $15 for adults, $10 for children

In Advance – $12 for adults, $7 for children

Click HERE to buy in advance.


Zurf’s Up

The floating hamster wheel

One of Bremerton’s Olympians will return to town Thursday. Swimmer Tara Kirk will bring money, meet with kids and swimmers and race against the mayor.

The race will be at the Glen Jarstad Aquatic Center in the floating hamster wheels known as zurfs.

In the morning she’ll go to Crownhill Elementary. At noon she’ll meet with the Bremerton High School swim team before they leave for a competition. In the afternoon she’ll be at the high school introducing the “Chuck Haselwood Engine of Change Award, a new scholarship, part of Toyota’s national campaign.

The zurf race is a fundraiser. Anyone is invited. The price of admission is a voluntary donation to the Bremerton Schools Foundation. In addition to Kirk and Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman, Eric Anderson of Art Anderson & Associates will race, as will Crownhill principal Jill Carlson, BHS principal Aaron Leavell, district athletic director George Duarte and PTSA and foundation president Jonee Dubos. There may be others.