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Tim Kelly
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Editor's View

The race between Jan Angel and Nathan Schlicher is the most expensive campaign for a legislative seat the state has ever seen, because it’s a critical opportunity for Republicans in the narrowly divided Senate to gain a seat that had been a virtual lock for Democrats when Derek Kilmer held the post.

When Kilmer gave up his 26th District Senate seat and was elected to Congress — where he’s trying to establish himself as a voice of reason in a place where being reasonable is not in fashion — Schlicher was appointed to the position temporarily.

Angel, a popular Republican and former Kitsap County commissioner, easily won re-election a year ago to a third term representing the 26th District in the House, and would continue in that post should she lose the special Senate election. In the primary in August, she had a 9-percentage-point lead over Schlicher, an emergency room physician from Gig Harbor. read more »

 
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Cover Story: Boxlight projects bright ideasThere’s a winner in the People’s Choice awards from the Kitsap Peninsula, though it’s not one of the fan favorites in movies, music and TV.

The recipient of one of the 2013 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products is Boxlight Inc., the Belfair-based company that manufactures and sells high-tech interactive projectors.

The Stevies may not be as familiar as Oscars, Emmys or Golden Globes, but they have been presented as part of the American Business Awards for more than a decade. This year’s award for Favorite New Product in the computer hardware category went to the ProjectoWrite5, Boxlight’s top-of-the-line projector — an achievement prominently noted on the website of the company owned by Hank and Sunshine Nance. read more »

 

Baker Erika Anderson sells dPio Bakery pastries to shipyard workers early on a recent Friday morning at the corner of Fourth Street and Park Avenue in Bremerton.The former site of Morning Side Bakery in Port Orchard has been vacant all year, one more empty space in the city’s beleaguered downtown. The couple who ran the popular bakery for nine years before closing it abruptly last January are long gone to California, but the mess they left behind — the gross state of their abandoned kitchen, as well as recent legal wrangling over ownership of equipment left there — has stalled efforts to lease the building to a couple who want to open a new bakery there. read more »

 
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The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton announced plans to hire more than 1,000 helper trainees.Big jobs require a big workforce, and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility is getting some much-needed help.

“We have so much work coming up on us over the next several years,” spokesperson Mary Ann Mascianica said.

A hiring freeze imposed in January due to federal budget cuts made it tougher to maintain the staffing levels needed to keep up with the Bremerton shipyard’s workload. read more »

 
Real Estate And Construction
Consultant's new marketing approach brought in many new boats over the summer

An aggressive marketing plan over the summer has drawn more boats to the Bremerton Marina, which reported an all-time high occupancy rate of 60 percent in August.Seems like boaters know a good deal when they see one.

The Bremerton Marina signed up enough people through a special two-year moorage offer and other promotions over the summer to boost the occupancy rate at the Port of Bremerton facility to an all-time high of 60 percent.

A lot of the credit goes to Bob Wise, the consultant who was hired by the port on a temporary contract to take over marketing for the marina, which had never managed to fill more than about one-third of its 220 permanent slips since it was built in 2008. read more »

 

Port Gamble Bay Funds Project Cost And SummaryTo a lot of conservation-minded folks around North Kitsap, the DOE might be regarded as Disappointment of Everyone.

The state Department of Ecology recently announced how it plans to allocate the remaining $5 million of a legislative appropriation that originally was intended to purchase a critical shoreline area of Port Gamble Bay. read more »

 
Healthcare

A greenhouse at the Martha & Mary Health and Rehab Center in Poulsbo is used for the hoticulture therapy program run by volunteer Joann Komedal, left, and Tracie Walthall, resident life services director. Komedal started the program when she worked at the care center more than 10 years ago, and she returned as a volunteer at Martha & Mary after she retired two years ago.Cleanliness is essential in a medical care facility, but patients enjoy getting their hands dirty at the Martha & Mary Health and Rehab Center.

They get the chance to do that — in a therapeutic way — with Joann Komedal, a volunteer who has returned to her roots.

When she went back to college later in life to get an associate’s degree in horticulture therapy at Edmonds Community College, she needed a place to put her knowledge and training to good use. read more »

 
Editor's View

There’s no election for mayor in Port Orchard this November, and there may never be another one.

Two well-regarded former city department heads who left this year — because of strained relationships, to put it mildly, with the current mayor — think that would be good for the city.

If enough voters see the merit of having their city government run by a competent, professional manager who would be vetted and hired by the City Council, instead of by a mayor who may win an election but be otherwise unqualified for the job, then a change will be made.

Let’s be clear about this: The ballot measure, Proposition 1, is not an attempt to oust the current mayor, Tim Matthes, although if the measure passes it would eliminate the mayor’s position halfway through his four-year term (and require new elections for all City Council seats.) read more »

 
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Cover Story: For members, the doctor is inDr. Blain Crandell spent a year finding out what health care is like in another country. Now that he’s back, he still isn’t working in a family practice that’s typical of the U.S. medical system, but that suits him just fine.

He recently joined the Bainbridge Island practice that Dr. Gregory Keyes started 10 years ago, a clinic where patients get a lot more face time with the physicians and can even call their cell phones 24/7 if an urgent need arises after business hours.

Patients get what they pay for with Member Plus Family Health Care. What they pay for — in the form of an annual membership fee read more »

 
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