Monthly Archives: April 2009

Oh Yeah, Bremerton, Well So Are You

Question: How many Kitsap Sun reporters does it take to poke fun at Port Orchard?

Answer: Three. One to dredge up old jokes that won’t die (I wonder why). One to actually pay attention to what our mayor is saying. And one to look over his shoulder in case Seattle decides it’s time for paybacks.

Authors of the Bremerton Beat tossed PO aside like a well-picked bone when a juicy new haunch of meat fell in their laps in the form of Mayor Cary Bozeman’s disparaging comments about Seattle’s waterfront. An unapologetic Bozeman made the Seattle Times front page this weekend.

Yes, the Bremerton Beat is big and important. Ooo, ah, I’m soooo impressed.

And no wonder Bremerton is full of itself. They’re in the money yet again.

Bremerton stands to get $330,000 a year for 25 years after recent changes to a bill to include Bremerton in a list of cities sharing a state revitalization pool. The money is intended to help local governments improve infrastructure, thereby encouraging private development. The idea is that the new development will raise the amount of sales taxes collected in a specific area — enough to pay back the state for its investment.

“It basically says we’re going to let you bond against future revenues that you’ll see as a result of new private-sector development,” said state Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor. Kilmer sponsored the legislation, known as Senate Bill 5045.

The bill passed in the Senate in March with a 48-0 vote. The amended bill, which includes the funding for Bremerton, passed the House on a 92-5 vote Thursday. All six Kitsap representatives voted in favor of it.

Bremerton has a great idea (kinda like those condos?) for how it will use the money. The city plans to bond against the funds to build 235 partially underground parking spaces topped by a plaza on Burwell Street between Pacific and Park Avenues.

Wow, what a concept. Why didn’t Port Orchard think of that?

Turns out they have. In February, Art Anderson & Associates unveiled a conceptual design for the city’s Town Center Revitalization Project, slated to include an underground parking garage and a new building for the city’s library. The idea is to get parking off the waterfront, create more parking and make an attractive gathering place for residents and visitors. Planning for the center, which city council members see as critical to boosting the town’s economic development, have been in the works since 2007.

On Tuesday, I’ll be at a city council work study session at which Mayor Lary Coppola (and staff) will give an update on the city’s stimulus funding requests and efforts he’s made to gain the ear of legislators. Coppola recently met with Congressman Norm Dicks, who, according to Coppola, said he’d try to work his magic for our little burg. On his list of recommended appropriations, Dicks has included $165,000 for Port Orchard’s Reclaimed Water Distribution System. (Hey, it’s a start.) Coppola has also been working with Sen. Patty Murray’s office and found them “very helpful.”

“It’s been a long time since Port Orchard has benefited from government funding, federal and state,” said Coppola, who freely admits he’s taken several pages out of Bozeman’s book. “It’s been a long time since Port Orchard has asked.”

Yes, as Coppola’s fond of saying, “Port Orchard has been the redheaded stepchild of Kitsap County for as long as we can remember, and it’s time that changed.”

Totally, I mean, can you imagine driving into town and seeing the sign, “Welcome to Port Orchard, the red-headed step-child of Kitsap County.”

The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce is working on a branding campaign that hopefully will give PO’s image a bit of a spit shine.

Oh, well, at least we can say we don’t need a a $53 million tunnel to get the heck out of Dodge.

What South Kitsap Road Would You Like to See Fixed?

Deadline is today, April 20.

Port Orchard, WA — Kitsap County is asking for road project ideas and suggestions to be included in the 6-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Each year Kitsap County Public Works completes a transportation project selection process. This year’s process determines which new roadway projects will be selected to be included in the 2010 – 2015 TIP.

Projects are scored and ranked using objective criteria. The criteria include safety and/or capacity needs, structural condition, environmental retrofits, and non-motorized needs. Projects are selected based on the availability and timing of funding, especially for State and Federally funded programs. The project selection process and TIP update happens only once each year. If you have a suggestion for a road project, now is the time to speak up. Suggestions for this year’s TIP update are accepted through April 20th.
Submit your idea online at Complete information about the process, and descriptions of the type of projects considered, are also available there. Call Kitsap One (360-337-5777) if you have questions.

Friday Afternoon Club: The Misadventures of Macho Bird

Does this ever happen to you?

You’re awakened at first light by a dull thud. It’s a robin in lust, hurling himself at the reflection in your bedroom window. There’s a predictable pattern you can’t help but time in your head as you drift somewhere between sleep and dang-it’s-time-to-get-up. The bird sits on a branch for exactly 38 seconds looking casual and unconcerned, then for exactly four seconds, he fluffs up his feathers – the bird equivalent of flexing his pecs. The window having been sufficiently warned, he leans forward menacingly for a fraction of a second, and, wham, he hits the glass feet first, leaving behind muddy little claw and wing prints. The feathery smears on the window do nothing, apparently, to diminish the image that has him so worked up.

Meanwhile, all the other robins are attacking real male birds for the honor of courting real female birds and making real babies. Hello, Macho Bird, get a clue. Somebody give this guy a Darwin Award.

And every morning, the cat watches the show intently. He never misses an episode, even though he knows exactly how each scene will end.

Anybody Hear Any Honking?

Citizens of Kitsap County turned out in force Wednesday — the deadline for filing federal income tax returns — to join thousands across the nation demonstrating in a Tax Day Tea Party.

The national grassroots movement takes its inspiration from the Boston Tea Party. Although they weren’t dumping any tea in the waters of Puget Sound, groups of demonstrators waved signs in Port Orchard and on the Bremerton Boardwalk, and a contingent of more than 100 Kitsap residents demonstrated in Olympia, along with several thousand other protesters, against what they say is government spending gone out of hand.

One Tax Day Tea party Web site I visited urged anyone who couldn’t take part in one of the hundreds of demonstrations going on across the country to honk their horn three times at noon.

The folks at the corner of Bethel and Lund avenues got their share of honks, waves, cheers and shouts of encouragements. I was at the demonstration for about a half-hour and did not hear anything that might be taken a criticism.

Candlelight Vigil Set Thursday for Marcus Whitman Student

A candlelight vigil will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Marcus Whitman Junior High School, 1887 Madrona Drive, for the late Alina Elizabeth Brown, 14, a student at Marcus who died on Easter.
Alina suffered from a seizure disorder and was found unconscious in her bed Sunday morning, according to her Aunt Marge Shaw of Auburn. She died at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma that day.
According to Shaw, the family has had more than their share of hard luck. Their house burned down a couple of years ago, and Alina’s father, Dean Purdue Perdue was recently laid off from his job as a carpenter. Sheri Purdue Perdue, Alina’s mother, works part-time to support the family, Shaw said.
Alina was in the ninth grade at Marcus. Her family says she loved the Blazer Choir, bowling at Hi Joy Bowl and her youth group at the Church of God of Prophecy in Bremerton.
Her aunt describes her as an exceptionally loving, beautiful girl with a deep faith.
“It was almost like she was an angel on earth,” Shaw said.
Alina had seven siblings, including two younger brothers who lived in the family home, two grown brothers and three grown sisters, two of whom are in the military.
Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, at Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home, 5505 Kitsap Way Bremerton.
A benevolent account has been established to help the family with expenses. Donations can be made to the Alina Brown fund at any Washington Mutual/Chase branch.

Two Notable Lives & a Manchester Connection

Ruby Pauline Andrews
Ruby Pauline Andrews

Ruby Pauline Andrews, who was killed April 5 at her Manchester home, had a rich and varied life. Born a Nebraska farm girl, Ruby attended Kearney State College and the University of California at Berkeley. During WW II, she worked for the Air Transport Command in Washington, D.C., and New York City and for the Army Transportation Command in San Francisco. While in New York, she was a Barbizon model.
Ruby Andrews
Ruby Andrews

In Albuquerque, N.M., she enjoyed pilot training. She married her husband Earl in 1944. In September, they would have celebrated 65 years of marriage. In lieu of a formal funeral, Ruby’s ashes will be interred in the Andrews’ family mausoleum at Garfield Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana.
John Bailey
John Bailey

John Neil Bailey of Bremerton died April 3 while while enjoying a walk in Manchester State Park with his loyal canine companion Bob. Bailey, whose death the Kitsap County Coroner ruled the result of “natural causes,” regularly walked the trails of the park, and was well known by the ranger and volunteers, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson. A 1963 graduate of West High in Bremerton, John completed the PSNS Electrician Apprenticeship then attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1971 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He retired from PSNS as a Nuclear Engineer in 2003 after 38 years of service. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18th in the old torpedo warehouse building at Manchester State Park.

PO Mayor Does Not See Pattern in Moondogs Bar Incident

Addendum, 4:30 p.m.: As it happens, a feature story on Moondogs, Too ran Saturday in South Kitsap Life. The deadline for that publication is Tuesday, so editor Rodika Tollefson would have had no idea about the incident that occurred Friday (referenced below). The story references Moondogs family-friendly policy (kids are allowed until 7 p.m.), their open mic nights, cribbage group and fund-raisers.

See for details on a fight Friday at Moondogs, Too in downtown Port Orchard that Port Orchard Police Commander Geoffrey Marti described as “chaotic.”

“A woman was hit with a crutch, another woman with a bottle and a man attacked in the eye at a Bay Street bar early Saturday, according to the Port Orchard Police Department,” Crime and Justice reporter Josh Farley wrote.

Police eventually arrested two people in the alleged assaults, said Marti, who added his department will be forwarding their reports of the incident to the state’s liquor control board.

“There’s been what I would describe as a pattern of problems at this particular establishment that needs to be addressed,” Marti said. “And it needs to be corrected.”

Josh has a call in to owner Darryl Baldwin, who was unable to speak to him earlier. Josh will update the story with Baldwin’s comments as soon as he hears back from him.

In the meantime, I called Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola for his take on the situation.

The Mayor said Police Chief Al Townsend made him aware of a previous incident at Moondogs, Too. In Coppola’s opinion, two incidents don’t make a clear pattern of lax security at the bar. City Hall, however, is paying attention to this recent event and is working with Baldwin on tighter security, Coppola said.

“I don’t think this is a real pattern,” Coppola said. “From what I understand from talking to Chief Townsend, this is something that just got out of control and is not the usual way they do things there.
“Their clientele appears to me to be somewhat older as a rule, and I know they work at being family friendly.”

Baldwin is president of the Port Orchard Bay Street Merchants Association. He has held numerous community benefit events at Moondogs, including holiday dinner fund-raisers for South Kitsap Helpline food bank.

On a related note, we have no recent developments in the March 8 incident at Slip 45 in which a 40-year-old South Kitsap man was flown to Harborview after an alleged assault. A 26-year-old Port Orchard man was arrested and held on $250,000 bail in connection with the attack. Josh, who tracks Kitsap County’s courts, has not heard when the suspect’s court date is scheduled, but will follow up when he does.

PO Sgt. Dale Schuster at the time said over-serving did not appear to be a factor in the incident.

Today, Coppola said of Slip 45, “The owners there have been very, very diligent about keeping a tight rein on the clientele.”

South Kitsap Park Grant Likely Secure

The state Legislature has yet to finalize its 2009-11 budget, but it’s looking like South Kitsap Regional Park will receive $500,000 in Recreation Conservation Office grant funding.
The park is recommended by both the House and Senate to receive the total amount requested by Kitsap County for this budget cycle.
The county is in the first phase of expanding the developed portion of the 200 acre park. Two-thirds of the park is designated to remain in forested trails.
The grant will be used toward phase one projects on the park master plan, which was developed last year with community input. The county has also been drawing on $1.2 million in funding from its own budget dedicated in 2007 for park development.
Phase one projects include improved safety and better access at park entrances, the construction of a maintenance building, replacement of aging playground equipment, additional parking and a lighted path around the park perimeter.
The county’s Board of Commissioners recently approved a contract for a topographical survey of the park.
Over the next month, Parks and Recreation staff will be conducting site walks with groups interested in the playground, skate park and BMX complex, gardens and trails.
Also in South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Paul Powers Park did not receive recommendation for funding. The City of Port Orchard had applied for $300,000 from the RCO for walking trails and replacement of equipment deemed unsafe by a citizens’ group that spoke to the city in 2008.

Friday Afternoon Club II: Planting More Than a Row for the Hungry

A story to run tomorrow in the Kitsap Sun covers a growing (no pun intended) trend toward local gardening that provides fresh often organic produce for food banks. Negotiations are in the works between the owners of Port Orchard Nursery and South Kitsap Helpline on the possibility that the nursery, closing due to retirement, could get sold to the food bank. A group of folks with dirt under their fingers, Gardens for South Kitsap, wants to help with the fund-raising and eventually with expertise as Helpline moves into growing its own.

Gardens for South Kitsap has one plot dedicated to their use. There will be a ground-breaking on Saturday. Volunteers are needed, not just for the groundbreaking, but to help throughout the growing season. They also need more dedicated plots (or one big plot of land). Here’s information on the groundbreaking.

Gardens for South Kitsap will hold a ground breaking of a community garden to benefit South Kitsap Helpline from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Produce grown will benefit needy families through South Kitsap Helpline. Volunteers are needed, and the group needs use of a Rototiller. Bring shovels, gloves and trowels. The group welcomes donations of seeds and starts. Compost also welcome. For the site location, contact Mary Colborn at, (360) 621-0050 or (210) 296-6252, or Kareen Stockton, at, (360) 871-0619.

Colchester, Manchester What’s the Difference?

Our story Sunday on the murder of Ruby Andrews threw some Kitsap Sun readers for a loop about the location listed for the crime. The dateline, taken from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s report, was “Colchester.” The location of Andrews’ home, where the homicide occurred, is Puget Drive, a loop off Colchester Drive.

View Colchester WA in a larger map
We heard from people commenting on the story and from a couple who live on Puget Drive that “there is no such thing as Colchester.”

Members of the Manchester Crime Prevention & Public Safety Group who met Tuesday with Kitsap County Sheriff’s officials also questioned the Colchester label, saying people in the area consider themselves Manchester residents, period … end of story.

There is, however, historic precedent for the dateline given in a press release by Deputy Scott Wilson, the Sheriff’s Office public information. According to Undersheriff Dennis Bonneville, speaking to the safety group, Wilson referred to county maps to determine the location of the crime. The Kitsap Sun referred to Wilson’s dateline.

The existence of Colchester was further substantiated by Kitsap Sun Web editor Angela Dice, who had to enter information on all of Kitsap’s micro-neighborhoods for the Kitsap Sun’s Real Estate Web page. Her reference was the Tacoma Public Library’s database of Washington place names, according to which, “Colchester is located between Colby and Manchester in Kitsap County. The name is a coined composite of ‘Col’ from Colby and ‘chester’ from Manchester. (Phillips, p. 29).”

Just think, folks, you could’ve been living in Manby.

Comments about the Colchester dateline precipitated a spirited discussion here in the newsroom. Should we strive for literal accuracy, or a dateline that accurately depicts the Manchester mindset – Colchester is a just road not an actual burg. In the end, we decided to take it on a story by story basis … in other words, punt.

In my story about the victim, I used (and the editors left) Manchester as the dateline. It seemed the right thing to do. Although the crime occurred in Colchester, Ruby was a member of the wider Manchester community. In the story on the suspect’s arraignment, reporter Josh Farley used Port Orchard as the dateline, because it took place at the Kitsap County Courthouse, within Port Orchard’s city limits.

In late 2006 and early 2007, the Kitsap Sun hosted a blog, “How Kitsap Got Its Names”. The blog, which also confirms the Colby-Manchester meld theory, is a source of wonderful little nuggets of Kitsap nomenclature trivia.

Colby, in South Kitsap, for example, is “actually a butchered pronunciation of ‘Coal Bay’ (try speaking like a grizzled prospector),” according to then-Kitsap Sun Reporter Chad Lewis, who is now working for the Washington State Department of Corrections (go figger).

According to reporter Chris Dunagan, writing in the blog, Port Orchard was such a popular name it was used in several places before becoming the official name of that present day fair city.

The Web site, lists 155 locations within Kitsap County by latitude and longitude. Many of them — like Waterman, Enetai and Fletcher Bay — are remnants of a time when Kitsap residents got around by water on small vessels so numerous they were dubbed the Mosquito Fleet. Kitsap County would like to build a county-wide trail hitting all the little ports from the north end of the county to the south. Other Kitsap names have Native American roots. Yet others are a nod to Kitsap’s timber heritage. Most I’ve heard of but can somebody tell me where in the name of all that is Kitsap are Hintzville, Pearson and Trikkala?

If you consider yourself an expert on Kitsap place names, you can take the quiz on the How Kitsap Got its Names blog. The item is dated Jan. 1, 2007.

From * Agate Point * Annapolis * Bainbridge *Bainbridge Grange * Bangor * Banner * Battle Point * Belfair * Bethel * Breidablick * Bremerton * Bremerton Junction * Brownsville * Burley * Central Valley * Charleston * Chico * Colby * Colchester * Creosote * Crosby * Crystal Springs * Eagledale * East Bremerton * East Port Orchard * Eastwood * Eglon * Eldorado Hills * Enetai * Erlands Point * Fairview * Ferncliff * Fernwood * Fletcher Bay * Fort Ward * Four Corners * Fragaria * Gilberton * Glenwood * Gorst * Hansville * Harper * Hawley * Hintzville * Hite Center * Holly * Illahee * Indianola * Johansons Corner * Keyport * Kingston * Kitsap Lake * Lawters Beach * Lemolo * Lincoln * Little Boston * Lofall * Lynwood Center * Madrona Heights * Manchester * Manitou Beach * Manzanita * Marine Drive * Meadowdale * Naval Depot Junction * Navy Yard City * Olalla * Olympic View * Orchard Heights * Parkwood * Pearson * Point White * Port Blakely * Port Gamble * Port Madison * Port Orchard * Poulsbo * Retsil * Rocky Point * Rollingbay * Rose Point * Scandia * Seabeck * Seabold * Sheridan * Sheridan Park * Sherman Heights * Silverdale * South Beach * South Colby * Southworth * Striebels Corner * Sunnyslope * Sunset Farm * Suquamish * Tolo * Tracyton * Treemont * Trikkala * Twin Spits * Venice