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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 »


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 »


Kitsap Bank has announced the five finalists in the inaugural edg3 Fund small business competition. These companies, chosen by a public online vote from a group of 16 semi-finalists, will move on to compete in the final phase of the competition, edg3 Fund Live.

The concluding event will be Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Kitsap Conference Center at Harborside in Bremerton. There, the finalists will present their pitches before a live audience and an independent panel of judges. The winner announced that night will come away with the $20,000 prize.  read more »

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