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By Tim Kelly - KPBJ editor

China is the world’s most populous country, and millions of its citizens who travel abroad are affluent tourists who love coming to America. A recent CNN Money article noted that Chinese visitors to the United States jumped from under 400,000 in 2007 to almost 1.5 million in 2012, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. And in 2012 those travelers spent almost $9 billion in the U.S. read more »

 
Poulsbo couple stages Roots Rock Trail Running series to promote North Kitsap as outdoor venue

By Terri Gleich - For KPBJ 

Photo credit: Larry Steagall) (Caption for photo slugged “Poulsborun1”: Poulsbo Running owner Brooke Hammett, left, helps regular customer Larry Asher of Poulsbo with a new pair of running shoes. Hammett and her husband, Chris, organize the Roots Rock Trail Running series.)When Chris and Brooke Hammett created a series of Port Gamble trail running races in 2006, they wanted to do more than just promote their new running store. They also wanted to promote the trails.

“We really wanted people to realize what they have in their own backyard in terms of the trails there,” said Brooke Hammett, whose Poulsbo Running sells shoes and apparel for runners and triathletes. read more »

 

By Tim Kelly - KPBJ editor

Fadi Yashruti, who grew up in South Kitsap and recently left a corporate job in the Seattle area, is one of the principals in Seattle Inceptive Group, which is setting up a state-licensed marijuana production and processing facility on a 12-acre property they purchased in Belfair. Call it the path of lease resistance.

That’s what led two pairs of brothers — friends since junior high in Port Orchard and now business partners — to purchase a former nursery in Belfair as the site for their marijuana-growing operation.

“Probably the most difficult thing about this whole deal is finding a suitable location,” said Fadi Yashruti, point man for the investors who formed Seattle Inceptive Group to enter Washington’s recreational cannabis industry. read more »

 

Mike Looby is glad to be helping liven up downtown Bremerton, by opening the latest incarnation in the long tradition of the Horse and Cow bar.

The establishment opened on Fourth Street just off Pacific Avenue with little fanfare in July, just in time to be on the scene for one of the city’s liveliest summer events, the Bremerton Brewfest. read more »

 
Gig Harbor will host inaugural Cider Swig as fall attraction

By Rodika Tollefson - KPBJ contributor

When Crystie and Keith Keiser began making hard cider at their organic farm, Finnriver, they and their partner, Eric Jorgenson, were at the forefront of a new movement. Now the cidery in Chimacum (between Port Ludlow and Port Townsend) is open seven days a week for visitors who want to stop by for a tasting. read more »

 

By Tim Kelly - KPBJ editor

 Is the PortofKingston evicting an obstinate tenant who refuses to comply with reasonable regulations? Or is management retaliating against a successful woman business owner who publicly questioned the port’s policies and decisions?

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The Ale House on Winslow is sort of a stepping-stone for its young owners, whose long-term goal is to open a brewery.

But for now they’re enjoying being purveyors of beer at their new taproom on Bainbridge Island’s busiest corner. read more »

 

OLYMPIA (AP) — People who have had trouble enrolling for insurance or using their benefits because of billing problems with the state’s health exchange can try again during a special enrollment period announced by the insurance commissioner’s office.

The limited enrollment period will begin on Aug. 27 and run through Nov. 14. Only people who had problems under the previous enrollment period will be eligible, according to a press release issued Monday by the office of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. read more »

 

Every day, birds flying near a certain spot on the California-Nevada border are incinerated in midair. They’re called “streamers” for the puff of smoke that appears as they ignite and plummet to the ground. Federal wildlife investigators estimate there’s one “streamer” every two minutes.

What’s causing this? read more »

 

OLYMPIA (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in to nearly $6 million.

The donation to the Initiative 594 campaign was given Friday, but it was not made public until Monday, when it posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website. read more »

 

The Washington State Department of Health has licensed Hospice of Kitsap County to begin providing private-duty home care under the name Peninsula Health Care. The 35-year-old nonprofit agency will begin providing home care services to current hospice patients immediately, with plans to offer services to the general public by the beginning of 2015. read more »

 

Tad Sooter, Kitsap Sun

Before Randy Jones became Kitsap County’s first legal recreational marijuana seller, he worked for eight years as a demolition worker.

It was a solid union career with a stable future, one Jones walked away from to test an industry where nothing is guaranteed, not even access to the product he’s selling. read more »

 

The 2014 Professional Rain Garden Workshop presented by WSU Kitsap Extension will be held in Bremerton in October for green industry professionals. The two-day workshop will cover the design and installation of rain gardens, including a wide range of topics such as benefits, regulations, site analysis, hydrologic modeling, materials specifications, maintenance and the latest on regulatory updates on these Low Impact Development (LID) features.  read more »

 

Nancy Benac, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks.

They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations.

These are the Koch brothers, and perhaps the first thing you need to know is that there are four of them. read more »

 

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming — Most visitors to Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park are drawn to the peak that gave the park its name — a 13,776-foot monolith that dominates the sweeping skyline. read more »

 

Tad Sooter, Kitsap Sun

A contract between Harrison Medical Center and Regence BlueShield terminated Thursday after the two sides were unable agree on a new deal.

Talks between the hospital, represented by parent company Franciscan Health System, and the insurance company failed after months of wrangling. The contract between Regence and Harrison was set to expire July 30 but the two sides agreed to extend it through Thursday. No agreement was reached in the past three weeks, and representatives for Harrison and Regence confirmed the contract will terminate. read more »

 
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