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Josiah RowellUNION — Less than two weeks after the 2013 election, a local Navy veteran who served on the USS John C. Stennis has announced he will run for the Washington State House of Representatives next year. Josiah Rowell will run for the 35th District position that Rep. Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton, has held for 15 years.

A graduate of Central Kitsap High School, Rowell served four years on active duty in the Navy and five years as a reservist and returned home last April from a deployment to Afghanistan. He is currently a student at the University of Washington’s Milgard School of Business. read more »


Jim RothlinThe Port of Bremerton commissioners have selected Jim Rothlin to be the port’s chief executive officer. He will replace Tim Thomson, who is retiring from the position effective Dec. 31.

Rothlin currently serves as executive director of the Port of Chehalis, where he has been for 10 years. He also serves as chair of the Economic Development Committee of the State Ports Association. He is expected to begin his duties at Bremerton in mid-December.

His selection comes after an extensive search and interview process conducted by the Port Commission.


Navy veteran Marion “Mick” Hersey was recently honored by the Kitsap County Board of County Commissioners as an Outstanding Kitsap County Government Volunteer for his work in refurbishing hundreds of Veterans Memorials throughout the county. Along with refurbishing the memorials, Hersey developed a brochure on all the area memorials and museums. Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and Hersey said his goal is “To honor our veterans by preserving the past and thanking those that are still serving, as we remember and honor our patriots as well.”

His quest to honor veterans began three years ago, and his first endeavor was a Daughters of the American Revolution plaque near the east anchorage of the Manette Bridge. Next were the 350 plaques along the Bremerton boardwalk, which began his three-year venture to refurbish most of the 50 veterans memorials throughout Kitsap County. read more »


The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses has announced the nomination and application period for the Crystal Star Awards is open.

AWOB’s Crystal Star Awards are presented to exceptional women business owners whose leadership, creativity and success in their business and community have enhanced and empowered other women business owners in the four-county region it serves.

After a successful inaugural awards event in 2012, AWOB intends to best its own efforts bi-annually and is reaching farther to spread the word, raise awareness, and find as many qualified nominees and applicants as possible. read more »


Harrison Medical Center has been recognized for exemplary performance in using practices that improve care for certain conditions by the nation’s leading hospital accreditation commission.

The Joint Commission named Harrison a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures specifically for its quality measures related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. This designation demonstrates Harrison’s continuing commitment to accountability and using proven practices that improve patient care.

“Providing our patients with safe, exceptional care every day is of utmost importance to Harrison,” said president and CEO Scott Bosch. “This achievement reflects that dedication, and I am very proud of our staff.” read more »


The WinCo Foods store that opened in Bremerton in April 2012 was the company's first store in the Kitsap and Olympic peninsula region.While union workers at major chain grocery stores around Puget Sound were on the verge of a strike over contract proposals that would have cut wages, holiday pay and health care, another grocery chain that expanded into Kitsap County last year is quietly thriving while providing its non-union employees an enviable ownership stake in the company.

“Employee ownership is a big part of how we compete,” said Michael Read, an executive with WinCo Foods. read more »


The next Kitsap Business Forum on Nov. 12 will present “Getting It Done” with a panel discussion including Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, Harrison Medical Center CEO Scott Bosch, Peninsula Credit Union CEO Jim Morrell, and Kitsap Credit Union CEO Elliot Gregg.

These four Kitsap leaders will be discussing how they move their organizations forward, manage conflicting priorities, and still have time for a personal life.

The Kitsap Business Forum is sponsored by the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and Dave Mitchell. It is held from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Morgan Stanley office in Silverdale at 2011 Myhre Road, Suite 301. Panera Bread will provide coffee and bagels at the event. read more »


Dave Tripp and Julie Lohrer have purchased NW Millwork and Door Co. in Kingston from retiring owner Bob Ruch.

The new owners said they are “honored to have the opportunity to own this new business as Bob had created a great reputation as a high-quality millwork company.”

As a former contractor, Tripp is focusing on developing more contractor relationships that can benefit from the company’s millwork.

“We are unique on the peninsula as one of the only companies that manufactures our own trim, in conjunction with selling door packages,” Tripp said. read more »


Katie Jennings of Bainbridge Island is the coordinating producer at Seattle public television station KCTS 9 for the Quest scientific education program.As a television documentary producer, Katie Jennings knows that a close-up of a 3-day-old penguin chick in the wild is an audience-pleaser. And while viewers are riveted on the fuzzy little critter in the palm of biologist Dee Boersma’s hand, they’re hopefully absorbing the simple ecology lesson delivered in the seven-minute video Jennings helped make for KCTS as part of the Quest multimedia science series. read more »

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