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Poulsbo is now a city of 10,210 residents

July 8th, 2016 at 4:39 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — Poulsbo is now a city of 10,210 residents.

That’s according to the state Office of Financial Management which, according to, “develops official state and local population estimates and projections for use in the allocation of certain state revenues, growth management, and other planning functions.”

The city had a population of 9,200 in the 2010 Census.

Despite the population growth, Poulsbo is still “the fourth-largest city of four cities [in Kitsap County], but I love it,” Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson said July 8.

Bremerton has an estimated population of 40,500, up from 37,729 in 2010, according to OFM. Bainbridge Island grew to 23,760, up from 23,025. Port Orchard grew to 13,810, up from 11,144.

Kitsap County’s estimated population is 262,590, up from 251,133.

The population estimates jibe with data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau for its estimates in 2015. The Census estimated Poulsbo’s population to be 10,041 that year.


SAN JUAN ISLAND — Former Poulsbo resident Ken O’Brien is a new member of the Cape San Juan Water District Board of Commissioners.

Cape San Juan is a community on southern San Juan Island. O’Brien was appointed by the board to complete the term vacated by Barbara Miller, who resigned.

Commissioners are publicly elected to six-year terms. O’Brien’s term expires in 2017.

Cape San Juan’s water source is a well from atop nearby Mount Finlayson. The water districts at Cape San Juan and neighboring Cattle Point Estates, which desalinates water from Griffin Bay, recently tied into each other’s systems. Either community can now draw from the other’s system in the event of an emergency.

O’Brien said he volunteered to serve on the commission because he believes his engineering background will be helpful.

O’Brien and his wife, Julie, were involved in the public process during the writing of the City of Poulsbo’s critical areas ordinance in 2007-08. They moved from Poulsbo to Cape San Juan in 2013.

“I was so sad when he and his wife moved,” Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson said on July 6. “They had that charming house near Lions Park and the creek flows across their property. He was a pretty firm advocate for the creek. He’s a real smart guy — tough and firm, but fair.”

Deadline May 2 for opposition to Old City Hall Apartments

April 21st, 2016 at 4:15 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo City Council has given the go-ahead to tear down the old city hall and replace it with a three-story structure that will be a mix of commercial and apartments, plus underground parking.

Poulsbo residents have until 4:30 p.m. May 2 to file an appeal if they oppose the decision.

“People want to keep the downtown quaint,” said Cynthia Baker, who told the Herald that the new building — called the Old City Hall Apartments — would destroy the character of the neighborhood and increase traffic during peak drive times. Supporters of the project see more people living downtown as a boon to business and nightlife.

According to the city permit, the Old City Hall Apartments would have 6,800 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with an intervening 6,600-square-foot courtyard, 2,050-square-foot outdoor terraces, and a 5,850-square-foot first-floor parking garage. The second and third floors would offer a mix of 58 studio and one-bedroom units.


Viking Way or Viking Avenue?

April 21st, 2016 at 4:07 pm by rwalker
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Ever wonder why, when you come into Poulsbo from the south, the street signs say “Viking Way,” then turn into “Viking Avenue,” and then, north of 305, revert to “Viking Way?”

Google the word and you’ll find an “avenue” is “a broad road in a town or city, typically having trees at regular intervals along its sides.” So, is it Viking Avenue because that stretch of the road has trees in planters on the median?

No, not according to Cherlyn Haley, city building permit specialist.

It turns out that when the street was originally named, the section that was inside the city limits was named “Viking Avenue”; the sections outside the city limits were named “Viking Way.” As the city grew, the city limits moved outward to include parts of Viking Way — but county and city officials decided not to change the name.


High-speed chase ends in Poulsbo

March 16th, 2016 at 10:09 am by rwalker
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This updated version includes additional information provided by the Poulsbo Police Department.

POULSBO — The alleged theft and car chase that took place in the early hours of March 15 took 20 minutes.

The paperwork took three-and-a-half hours.

Here’s a recap.

1:40 a.m.: A young woman calls 9-1-1 and reports thieves are stealing her mother’s 1996 Mazda from the carport at Ridgetop Apartments in the 11100 block of Voyager Lane in Silverdale. An all-points bulletin goes out to all on-duty police officers and sheriff’s deputies in the area.

1:51 a.m.: Poulsbo Police Officer Valerie Nau is heading south on Silverdale Way when she radios she has spotted the stolen vehicle headed toward Poulsbo and is turning around to follow it. A Kitsap County sheriff’s officer happens to be at the ARCO AM-PM station at the intersection of Viking Way and Highway 308. He pulls out behind the Mazda and turns on his emergency lights. The driver of stolen car flees, pursued by the two law enforcement vehicles, and heads toward Poulsbo at 80 mph.

1:52 a.m.: To prevent a high-speed chase through downtown Poulsbo, Poulsbo Police Officer Craig Keller lays spike strips across the road just outside the city limits near Scandia Road.

1:53 a.m.: The stolen Mazda hits the spike strips, blowing two tires. Swerving, barely under control, the driver somehow keeps going into town on Viking Way at 40 mph. Now pursued by three law enforcement vehicles, he blows through traffic lights.

1:56 a.m.: Where Viking Way widens near the Sonic Drive-In, the deputy is able to pull alongside the Mazda and performs a P.I.T. (Pursuit Intervention) maneuver, tapping the Mazda’s rear fender and sending it spinning into a ditch at the Kitsap Transit construction site on Viking near Vetter Road.

1:59 a.m.: The driver of the stolen vehicle jumps out of the car and flees into the construction site. The deputy pursues and captures him while Nau and Keller hold the other two occupants of the Mazda at gunpoint until a second Kitsap County deputy sheriff arrives to take the three suspects into custody. A medic checks out the driver, who hurt his ankle while running through the construction site in the dark.

5:25 a.m.: The event is closed out. The interviews have been completed, the daughter of the Mazda’s owner has ID’d the man she saw break into the car, the paperwork has been filed and the three suspects are locked up in Kitsap County Jail.

The driver of the stolen vehicle is a 30-year-old man from Bremerton. He is booked on multiple counts including possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude police officers and resisting arrest. There was also an outstanding state warrant for his arrest for a parole violation.

And he doesn’t have a driver’s license.

Bail is set at $110,000. Because the state warrant is a non-bailable offense, he will remain in jail until that issue is settled.

The daughter of the Mazda’s owner has identified the second person, a 20-year-old male Central Kitsap resident, as the person she saw steal the car, so he is charged with theft of a motor vehicle. He also has two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court for violating restraining orders. Bail is set at $25,000.

The last passenger is a female, age 21, from South Kitsap. She is booked for possession of a stolen motor vehicle; methamphetamines were reportedly found in her purse, so she is also charged with illegal drug possession.

— Terryl Asla

Poulsbo’s ex-chief of police receives standard separation package

March 16th, 2016 at 9:58 am by rwalker
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Former Police Chief Alan Townsend will not receive any separation package above and beyond the normal leave cash-outs afforded to employees who resign, Poulsbo Human Resources Director Deanna Kingery reported.

He will also be compensated for hours worked up to his resignation, as well as any unused vacation pay and 25 percent of his unused sick leave.

Townsend resigned March 14 after intense media and public scrutiny of his relationship with a female police officer and his department’s handing of a DUI involving a sheriff’s sergeant.

— Terryl Asla

Is your birthday on June 20? You’re a member of a special group

March 4th, 2016 at 3:10 pm by rwalker
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On June 10, 2015, carried a story about Perry Ann Porter Brown of Poulsbo and how she’s met more than 25 people who share her birthday of June 20.

For her, June 20 has been a magnet, drawing others who share June 20 birthdays to her like bees to nectar. She’s met them while serving in the Peace Corps in the Philippines (another Peace Corps volunteer and a bank teller), making new friends at the Sons of Norway Lodge (a dog walker and the husband of the lodge’s past president), chilling out at Sheila’s Portside (two women and a tugboat owner), enjoying music at McCloud’s in Bremerton (a singer in the band), or walking around her neighborhood in Cedar Glen Mobile Home Park (three neighbors).

The number has grown since that story was posted. Brown called the Herald on March 4 to say her list of fellow June 20ers has grown to 36.

Brown wants all those with June 20 birthdays to gather on that day this year for a group photo. Contact her at 360-374-3813 or The photo will be published prominently in the North Kitsap Herald and on


Meet Rep. Kilmer in Town Hall meeting Feb. 20

February 8th, 2016 at 3:54 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Bremerton, will meet with 6th Congressional District residents in a series of town halls throughout the region this month.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear an update on Congress and ask questions.

In 2015, Kilmer met the public in six town hall meetings, four telephone town halls, open office hours, and on ferries, public buses, and at their places of employment around the district.

“When I’m home, it’s important to me that I hear from you,” Kilmer said in a press release. “I hope folks will be able to join one of my upcoming town halls to share their ideas and concerns.”

Doors open a half hour before the start of each town hall. Here’s the schedule in Kitsap County:

Feb. 20: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island.

Feb. 20: 2-3:30 p.m., Commission Chambers, Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard.

Contact Kilmer’s Tacoma district office at 253-272-3515 if you require hearing devices or other special accommodations.

Port of Kingston receives $400,000 grant for Washington Boulevard park

February 8th, 2016 at 2:31 pm by rwalker
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KINGSTON — The state Recreation and Conservation Office has signed an agreement granting the Port of Kingston $400,000 to develop the port’s park adjacent to the ferry toll booths.

The park will include a picnic shelter, viewing platform, entry plaza, open lawn areas, play areas, picnic tables, benches, and landscaping, Port Controller Nancy Payne reported.

Final design will be developed in 2016 and construction in 2017.

The .35-acre property was gifted to the port through the Kitsap Community Foundation on behalf of an anonymous donor. The requirement is the port use the property as a park.

The property is the site of the Kingston Inn, which burned down in 2005. It has been vacant since.

Food drive scam reported; Fishline says, “Call first”

December 16th, 2015 at 12:11 pm by rwalker
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Mary Nader, executive director of North Kitsap Fishline, reports of a possible food drive scam in the Poulsbo area.

“In an ironic twist of fate, someone left a suspicious-looking flyer on my home doorstep inviting me to donate to Fishline,” Nader reported. “It said that Fishline volunteers would be by today to pick up food, toys and other donations. Problem is, we don’t believe this is someone we know.

“The flyer does not state that it is an organization or other partner.  It says Fishline volunteers will be picking up items. With that description, we can say without a doubt that it isn’t directly connected to Fishline.

“This is the first possible scam of its type we’ve seen.  If you want to print a warning to neighbors, you might recommend that they contact Fishline if they want to validate the drive.”

Call Fishline at 360-779-4191.




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