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Community joins together to help crash victims

March 16th, 2015 at 1:06 pm by rwalker
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KINGSTON — Local residents will meet tonight — March 16 —  to brainstorm ideas on how to help the victims in last week’s head-on collision on Highway 104 and Parcells Road.

James Norberg, 53, and his 14-year-old daughter were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for their injuries March 11. The teenager was initially in the Intensive Care Unit, but was discharged over the weekend, according to Harborview. Her father has been transferred out of ICU and is in stable condition, according to Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg.

“In the past, when tragedy’s happened like this, we’ve banded together for fundraisers,” said Cheryl Steele, one of the meeting organizers. “The community just really has an outpour of love and wants to help.”

Steele said Norberg is a single father who works “odds-and-ends jobs” to support himself and his daughter. The work he does enables him to be at home with her.

The meeting is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. at the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue station at 26642 Miller Bay Road NW, Kingston.

Steele said residents can sign-up to help take Norberg to doctor’s appointments and physical therapy, and share their ideas on how to raise money to help pay for the Norbergs’ medical expenses.

Steele said Norberg’s daughter is supposed to be at the meeting as well, though she’s still recovering from her injuries.

“People are really … dialed in to this, as Jim would say,” Steele said. “(There is) a lot of love and support behind them.”

For more information, call Steele at 360-297-4112.

School board will vote March 12 on revised graduation requirements

March 9th, 2015 at 5:11 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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Starting with the class of 2020, students in the North Kitsap School District may be required to complete an additional science credit, as well as a credit in career and technical education and two credits in world languages, in order to graduate.

The school board is expected to vote on these changes during the regular board meeting March 12, 6 p.m., in the administration building at 18360 Caldart Ave., Poulsbo. The meeting is open to the public.

Jeff Sweeney, director of secondary education in the district, said the changes come from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. OSPI mandated that school districts in the state work toward requiring 24 credits from graduating seniors starting with the class of 2019. NKSD was granted a waiver to make those changes beginning with the class of 2020.

“We did that because we felt like we had some more work that we needed to do,” Sweeney said.

For more information or to view the agenda for the meeting, visit the North Kitsap School District website at


City of Poulsbo wants residents’ input regarding parks

March 9th, 2015 at 4:39 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The City of Poulsbo is reaching out to residents for feedback about its parks. The results may play into how the city plans its parks and other programs in the future.

The Parks and Recreation Department is specifically asking Poulsbo residents to complete an online survey. The questionnaire takes about 7-10 minutes. It will be active online until April 8.

The survey can be found on the city’s website, here.

A paper version of the survey is available from Parks and Recreation Director Mary McCluskey, 360-394-9772 or

The survey’s results will be looked to as the city updates its Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan throughout 2015. The plan is looked to for improvements or changes to parks and recreation programs. It also guides funding for parks and recreation over six years.

Help set course for stewardship of Port Gamble shoreline

March 9th, 2015 at 1:19 pm by rwalker
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PORT GAMBLE — Planning for the stewardship of Kitsap County’s shoreline block of 535 acres in Port Gamble will be discussed in public workshops that get under way this month.

The county Parks Department acquired the property, named the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, from Pope Resources in February 2014 and was awarded a $175,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology to develop a stewardship plan and committee, and fund associated activities including environmental studies, property clean-up and the restoration planting of native plant species.

The first public meeting, March 28 from 9-10:30 a.m., will provide an overview of the park and planning efforts. Public comment will be taken. The second meeting, scheduled for May 5, 6-7:30 p.m., will give the community the opportunity to review the draft stewardship plan and provide input.

Both meetings will take place in the Poulsbo City Hall Council Chambers, 200 Moe St.

“I appreciate the community’s work in creating this stewardship plan,” Kitsap County Commission Chairman Rob Gelder said in an announcement of the meeting. “The structure that is created through this process can be expanded and/or replicated for other properties that may come to fruition as part of the overall conservation effort.”

A cleanup of the property on Feb 21, with the help of 100 community volunteers, resulted in the removal of 60 cubic yards of trash and more than 200 tires, according to the county. Invasive plant species were removed and portions of the property were replanted for erosion control and to restore 1.5 acres of marine riparian habitat east of State Route 104.

Initial planning for the property will include landscape studies, a forestry inventory and the identification of sensitive natural, cultural and historic resources. According to Steven Starlund, Kitsap County Parks and Open Space planner, priority will be given to the care and protection of these resources.

“Decisions on appropriate locations for public access and recreational uses will not be made until those are completed,” he said. “Stewardship planning requires the understanding of existing conditions then a determination of preservation and conservation measures balanced with appropriate public access and recreation.”

A steering committee was created last month to begin focusing on conservation, existing recreational uses and their impacts. Use zones are also being identified to define acceptable levels of activities and necessary resource protection within certain areas. The committee will begin drafting a stewardship plan in early June. After the Parks Advisory Board reviews it, the public will have an opportunity to comment. The final report will be adopted in mid-July.

Elements of the plan will include property profiles and maps; evaluations of current resources and public use impacts; recommendations for allowable public activities, conservation and recreation; and land classifications that delineate zones of acceptable use and preservation. Final recommendations will also include a prioritized list of actions to implement the plan.

The steering committee includes representatives from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, conservation groups, the Parks Advisory Board, North Kitsap Trails Association, Kitsap Water Trails, equestrian and mountain bike associations, neighbors, the Olympic Radio Control Association, and Olympic Property Group, the real estate arm of Pope Resources.

For more information, go to or contact Starlund at or 360-337-5350.

Neighborhood ‘open house’ regarding assisted living, retail proposal

February 12th, 2015 at 2:24 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — A neighborhood meeting is scheduled on March 4, 5-7 p.m., regarding a proposed assisted living facility at Sunset Street and Jensen Way NE, next to the Poulsbo Post Office.

The meeting will take place at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Liberty Road, Poulsbo. A presentation is not scheduled, and interested residents can attend at any time.

Proposed is a 65,000-square-foot, two/three-story assisted living facility that includes 5,950 square feet of retail commercial space on the first floor facing Jensen Way NE, with 40 underbuilding parking spaces and 52 surface parking spaces.

Access to the site would be from Hostmark Street, NE Sunset Street and Jensen Way NE. Landscaped areas and urban plaza/pocket parks are also proposed.

The parcels are zoned C-1 Commercial and Residential High, with the Poulsbo Place Master Plan Overlay.

The project proponent will be present to answer questions and provide informational materials. Residents may also provide written comments at the neighborhood meeting.


Meeting on port liveaboard expansion Feb. 19

February 5th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo Port Commission will host an informational meeting on Feb. 19 regarding its proposal to allow 13 more liveaboard boats at the Poulsbo Marina, for a total of 25.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Poulsbo City Hall Council Chambers, 200 NE Moe St.

Port and city representatives will be present to answer questions, and informational materials on the proposal will be available for review. This is an opportunity for residents to discuss potential impacts and express their opinions, whether for or against the proposal.

If you are unable to attend or would like further information, contact Keri Weaver, City of Poulsbo Planning Department, at 360-394-9882 or

North Kitsap School Board meets Jan. 22 at Poulsbo Elementary School

January 20th, 2015 at 4:05 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The North Kitsap School Board meets on Jan. 22, 5:15 p.m., at Poulsbo Elementary School. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting date was incorrect in the Public Meetings listing on page A2 of the Jan. 16 North Kitsap Herald.

The agenda is topped by a discussion of the 24 Credits Waiver, Civics Course Description (AP U.S. Government and Politics), and Culminating Project.

Meanwhile, a special meeting scheduled for Jan. 21, 6 p.m., has been cancelled.

McTakeover: Those burgers and fries mean dollars for Vinland school

January 14th, 2015 at 5:04 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo McDonald’s will be taken over tonight — Jan. 14 — for the Vinland McTakeover, a fundraiser for the school.

The Vinland Elementary School staff will serve burgers from 5-7 p.m.

Family Reading Night for K-3 starts at 6 p.m. on Jan. 15, and students are encouraged to bring their flashlights.

There will be no school on Jan. 19 in observation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

School board will meet for ‘employment hearing’

January 14th, 2015 at 11:25 am by rwalker
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POULSBO — The North Kitsap School Board will meet Jan. 21, 6 p.m. for an employment hearing.

That’s the word from the superintendent’s office. Kori Henry, assistant to the superintendent, said the meeting is a “quasi-judicial hearing that the union has requested for an employee.” She said the meeting is not open to the public per RCW 42.30.140. Superintendent Patty Page said the meeting is about related to collective bargaining.

A provision of RCW 42.30.140, the Open Public Meetings Act, allows a governing body to meet in closed session to “evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.”

However, the law continues, “discussion by a governing body of salaries, wages, and other conditions of employment to be generally applied within the agency shall occur in a meeting open to the public, and when a governing body elects to take final action hiring, setting the salary of an individual employee or class of employees, or discharging or disciplining an employee, that action shall be taken in a meeting open to the public.”

The school board will meet in the district office, 18360 Caldart Ave. NE, Poulsbo. 

Poulsbo city clerk accepting applications for council vacancy

December 15th, 2014 at 3:31 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications from eligible residents for appointment to City Council Position No. 1.

The appointee will serve the rest of the term being vacated by Linda Berry-Maraist, who resigned effective Jan. 21. The term will expire upon certification of results of the next regular election, Nov. 3, 2015.

Residents seeking appointment to the City Council must be qualified electors (have the ability to register to vote) and residents of Poulsbo for one year immediately proceeding the time of application.

The City Council is responsible for enacting all legislation, developing policies, and making general decisions for governing the city. Council duties include adopting and amending city laws; approving the budget; establishing city policies and standards; approving contracts and agreements; and representing the city.

The council meets the first three Wednesdays of each month, at 7 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Other meeting requirements include attendance at council committee meetings, liaison appointments, and occasional special meetings. Four council members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Compensation for this position is an annual salary of $6,000.

Interested residents may pick up application packets at City Hall, 200 NE Moe St., third floor, or may have them mailed by calling the City Clerk’s office at 360-779-3901. Application materials are also available on the city’s website,

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 15. A mailing postmark date will NOT be acceptable. Qualified applicants will be interviewed on Jan. 24.


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