Monthly Archives: April 2014

Harrison announces CEO selection committee
Scott Bosch

Harrison Medical Center will hire a new CEO this year, after Scott Bosch announced his plans to retire at the end of July.

The hospital distributed a statement from board Chairman Jim Civilla this week, announcing the search committee selection and updating the search timeline. The committee will hold its first meeting April 21 to pick a national search firm.

According to Civilla, parent company Franciscan Health System “will accept the recommendation of the search committee with our Board of Director’s endorsement.”

Civilla’s full statement is below: Continue reading

Tracking new marijuana businesses in Kitsap

blog.potIt’s not happening fast, but the state is gradually approving marijuana businesses.

A second Kitsap marijuana grow called Green Apple was given the OK for a Clear Creek Road location this week. You can read about that here.

A dozen licenses had been approved statewide as of Tuesday. The pace of approvals should pick up soon. A lottery will be held next week to help decide who receives retail pot shop licenses.

I’ll be tracking and mapping approved locations in Kitsap as they come in. We’re compiling these blog posts and all our marijuana news on a new Kitsap Sun page devoted to I-502 implementation. It’s worth bookmarking if you’re curious about the local impacts of legal pot.


Busch ad campaign features Bainbridge tugboat crewman

Busch Beer is rolling out an ad campaign that “celebrates everyday people who work hard at their jobs and in their communities.”

Bainbridge Island tugboat deckhand Andy Freeman fit the bill.

Freeman is one of eight workers across the country highlighted as “Busch Heroes” in the new campaign. He was honored at an event in Bremerton Friday.

Freeman is featured in a mini documentary about his work (embedded above). According to a news release, he will also appear on packaging, print ads, retail displays and regional billboards, along with the slogan “Here’s to Earning It.”

You can see more of the campaign here.

Plans submitted for Poulsbo Sonic


A Sonic Drive-In is one step closer to construction on Poulsbo’s Viking Way.

The city received an application for a proposed 2,148-square-foot fast food restaurant with drive-thru. The application requests a revision to the existing site plan for the property, which had been approved for a 3,900-square-foot convenience store, gas station and fast food complex.

The new site plan proposal includes just a Sonic restaurant and 30 parking spots. You can click on the graphic on the right to expand.

Patrons would have a few dining options. They could order from the drive-thru window or park in the lot and be served by carhops.  The restaurant wouldn’t have true indoor seating, but it would have covered patio seating, with garage-style doors that could be rolled down during bad weather.

JWJ Group LLC. owns the property at 21895 Viking Way and is pursuing the site plan revision. A Seattle development firm is negotiating the purchase of the land and plans to build a Sonic there. It’s one of many Sonic locations slated for the Puget Sound region.

You can see some preliminary building plans below below: Continue reading

Silverdale ophthalmologist tops state Medicare payments list

Three doctors at Silverdale’s Retina Center Northwest were among the state’s top 50 recipients of Medicare payments in 2012, according to the Seattle Times.

Dr. David Spinak topped the list with more than $3 million in payments. His colleague, Dr. Todd Schneiderman, received more than $2 million.

Schneiderman told the Times the reimbursements reflect the high cost of drugs used to treat eye problems like macular degeneration.

“I’m not making $2 million,” he said. “None of us make a fraction of that money; the vast majority goes to pay for this drug.”

Medicare released the data Wednesday. You can view the full data set here.

Harrison clinic, CVS, ACE among big building projects approved in first quarter

I’m taking a look at first quarter building permit activity for our Monday business section and noticed some high-profile projects were cleared for construction early this year.

Here’s a look at five of the largest (by valuation) commercial projects issued building permits in the first three months of 2014:

1. Harrison Medical Center — Bainbridge







Location: Madison Avenue and New Brooklyn Road, Bainbridge Island

Description: Building a two story, 17,400-square-foot medical building for urgent, primary and specialty care.


Permit issued: Jan. 9

Kitsap Sun coverage

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Silverdale bedliner company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

A Silverdale truck bedliner company has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Line-X Silverdale filed for a Chapter 11 reorganization Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Washington. The Provost Road company listed $500,000 to $1 million in assets and the same amount in liabilities in its voluntary petition.

Listed debts included federal and county taxes. The company president did not return a call for comment Friday.

Bainbridge Graduate Institute launches Pinchot university

Bainbridge Graduate Institute announced the creation of a new university called Pinchot on Thursday.

Pinchot will encompass several educational programs, including BGI, leadership school Organizational Systems Renewal, and professional development program Pinchot Edge. MBAs will be offered in sustainable business and sustainable systems, as well as a master’s in organizational leadership through OSR.

Pinchot will give students access to a broader range of disciplines, according to a news release. The university is positioning itself as an “incubator for students who hope to drive change from within major corporations and organizations, or become social entrepreneurs.”

“Graduates need the ability to do business in a way that brings about the changes they hope to see in the world,” said Gifford Pinchot III, who co-founded BGI and the new Pinchot university. “To do this they need a holistic combination of financial acumen, sales skills, marketing savvy, sustainable operations and leadership skills.”

Pinchot courses will combine online and in-person learning. Programs will be offered in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island.

Read the full Pinchot announcement here.


Port of Bremerton raises covered moorage rents, late fees

Rents are going up for covered moorage tenants at the Port Orchard Marina.

Port of Bremerton commissioners approved a 5 percent rate hike for covered slips at their Tuesday meeting. Rents for the coveted spaces were below the industry standard, according to port staff.

The adjustment will raise rent on a 36-foot slip from about $306 a month to about $321. Revenue from the 158 covered slips will increase by $12,325 a year. See the PDF below for a full breakdown. The increase takes effect June 1.

Commissioners also approved increases to late fees for tenants across all port facilities. Late payments were a growing nuisance, according to port staff, who are tired of spending time collecting money from the same tardy tenants each month.

Late fees will increase from 1.5 percent with a $20 minimum, to 1.5 percent with a $40 minimum. The increase also takes effect June 1. Continue reading

Kitsap Bank opens Bellevue loan office

blog.Sabado_PaulKitsap Bank opened a loan production office in downtown Bellevue Monday.

The office is located at 11711 SE 8th Street, Suite 310, in the Bellevue Gateway Building, near the I-405 and SE 8th Street interchange. Senior Vice President and SBA Manager Paul Sabado (pictured) is managing the location.

“The opening of a new loan production office in King County will allow Kitsap Bank the opportunity to better meet the needs of existing and new loan customers,” CEO Steve Politakis said in a news release. “We look forward to contributing within this vibrant market.”

Port Orchard-based Kitsap Bank operates 21 locations in Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam, Mason, Pierce and King counties.