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Poulsbo PD strengthens countywide agency agreement

February 7th, 2012 at 3:16 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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The Poulsbo City Council approved an inter-agency agreement between several police jurisdictions, for the purpose of cooperation and shared resources, according to Police Chief Dennis Swiney.

Swiney said the Kitsap County Incident Response Team Agreement was spurred by the state Mutual Aid Police Officers Powers Act.

“The change [will be] more of a collaborative, organized effort with the involved agencies to ensure standard operating procedures…post incident,” Swiney said.

Poulsbo Police Department will be providing Det. David Gesell with additional training as a part of this cross-county team. The agreement is between Washington State Patrol, Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard, Bremerton and Poulsbo police departments. All agencies currently have an agreement with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department, which while it not in this new agreement, will continue to provide assistance and response when needed.

“As small as we are, I really appreciate the other jurisdictions…[that have been] receptive to the needs [Poulsbo has],” Swiney said.

Comprehensive Plan amendment timeline rolls out

February 1st, 2012 at 1:13 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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The city has reviewed 13 proposed amendments to the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, and will issue a determination of nonsignificance for probable adverse environmental impacts. In the amendments is also the adoption of the Urban Paths of Poulsbo plan.
The city will be accepting comments on the Comprehensive Plan at anytime during the amendment process. Agencies, tribes and the public had until Jan. 27 to review and comment on the environmental impacts of the proposed projects.
The non-motorized trail plan, connecting Poulsbo’s numerous parks and establishing connections to the forthcoming North Kitsap Trail Plan (also known as the String of Pearls), still has conceptualized trails. Parks and Recreation Director Mary McCluskey said the plan has been adjusted since its last public meeting in October, and a proposed trail was moved 300 feet from Johnson Creek. She said no other private landowner has come forward since October with additional comments, and the desired trails that cut through private property are still being worked out.
The staff report on the amendments will be available mid-February, and will go before the Planning Commission Feb. 28, 7 p.m., at City Hall. The City Council will hold a second public hearing in April.
Comments can be submitted to the Poulsbo Planning Department, 200 Moe St. NE, Poulsbo, WA, 98370; faxed to (360) 697-8269; or emailed to
The Comprehensive Plan can be found here (look for amendments).

Multiple vehicle damage reported in Poulsbo last night

January 25th, 2012 at 11:28 am by Richard D. Oxley
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Between the hours of 8 p.m. on Jan. 24 into the morning hours of Jan. 25, the Poulsbo Police Department has been responding to numerous reports of damage to motor vehicles, according to Deputy Chief Wendy Davis. The offenders appear to be using some type of BB or Pellet type gun to shoot out vehicle windows. At present there have been approximately 27 reports of vehicle damage in a variety of locations throughout the city. Davis added that the city of Bremerton received several similar calls on the same night. Poulsbo victims have not reported any thefts of property from their vehicles.

If citizens locate damage to their vehicles they are encouraged to call 911 to report the crime. Additionally, if anyone has suspect information they should call the Poulsbo Police Department during working hours at (360) 779-3113 or call 911.

Following are some recommendations to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of vehicle malicious mischief and prowls:

• When parking your vehicle or entering a parked vehicle, take the time to look around the area for anything suspicious.

• When parking your car always remove any valuables, keys, roll up the windows and lock the doors.

• If possible park your vehicle in closed or locked garage.

• If your vehicle is parked in a carport or in front of your home, leave the exterior lights on or use motion detector lighting.

• If your vehicle is parked on the street, choose a well-lit open space. Make sure bushes and shrubs are trimmed back so that they do not block the view of your vehicle.

City amends Comprehensive Plan, comments due for environmental impacts

January 20th, 2012 at 2:40 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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The city has reviewed 13 proposed amendments to the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, and will issue a determination of nonsignificance for probable adverse environmental impacts after the public comment period.
While the city accepts comments on the Comprehensive Plan at anytime during the amendment process, agencies, tribes and the public have until Jan. 27 to review and comment on the environmental impacts of the proposed projects.
The proposed amendments include rezoning several properties. At the Jan. 4 City Council meeting, members discussed with planning staff one particular proposal — rezoning four sites from Residential or Commercial to Park. These include parcels bought this year by the city to become parks, such as a .7 acre lot next to Fish Park; 2.7 acres of the former Lord property and about 1 acre of the former Settle property to become Park; and adjusting the boundary line in approximately 8.4 acres of fields next to College MarketPlace as 6 acres Park and 2.4 acres Business Park.
Comments can be submitted to the Poulsbo Planning Department, 200 Moe St. NE, Poulsbo, Wash., 98370; faxed to (360) 697-8269; or emailed to
Verbal comments can also be submitted at a public hearing on Feb. 28 at the Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m., in council chambers.
The Comprehensive Plan can be found here (look for amendments).

City council meeting cancelled

January 18th, 2012 at 9:28 am by Richard D. Oxley
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For those that still wanted to brave the snow tonight to learn about city business: stay inside, warm with your cocoa. The Poulsbo City Council cancelled its meeting tonight due to lack of agenda items … or because members wanted a snow day. Stay safe, everyone!

North Kitsap 99% meeting on Jan. 23

January 18th, 2012 at 3:00 am by Richard D. Oxley
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By Alice McCain

North Kitsap 99% welcomes all people interested in action for progressive social change to their next general meeting on Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m., at the Suquamish United Church of Christ, 18732 Division Avenue NE, Suquamish.  The group was formed this fall in solidarity with the Occupy movement, and its meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in the same location.

Participants at the meetings take part in a “General Assembly,” participatory democracy in action.  Each person has a voice and is encouraged to join in the discussion and decision-making process.

NK 99% is planning a major event to be held in Kitsap County on March 24 in cooperation with some other Kitsap County progressive organizations. NK 99% working groups — also open to more participation — are helping to plan what this event will look like, where it will be held, and what outcomes they hope to see. More information about the March event will be shared at the G.A. on Jan. 23 and in the coming weeks.

A website is under construction for North Kitsap 99% at It is also found on Facebook.

Satirical comedy The Fourth Wall at Jewel Box Theatre

January 10th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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The Fourth Wall is a tongue-in-cheek satire of art and American politics during the recent era of the George W. Bush administration, set in the suburban upstate New York home of an upper middle class couple. At its center is the tale of a frazzled suburban woman who rebels against the complacency of her friends, marriage, the government — even her living room furniture.

Disturbed by the state of current politics and sensing that some sort of audience exists beyond the parameters of her living room, suburbanite housewife Peggy rearranges her living room to assemble a stage set, in the hopes of breaking through to the other side. Her furniture now faces one wall — the “fourth wall” — which she has left bare (which is really the audience).

The Jewel Box Theatre presents A.R. Gurney’s satirical comedy, The Fourth Wall, which will run Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 27 through Feb. 11 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The theater is located at 225 Iverson St. in downtown Poulsbo. The show is directed by Island Theatre cofounder, Steve Stolee, directing for the first time at Jewel Box Theatre.

Gurney’s popular plays, including Love Letters, Sylvia, and The Dining Room, are often compared to the work of novelist John Cheever, their situational satire frequently centering around the foibles of the well-bred upper-middle-class and its supposed sophistication — which usually turns out to be anything but sophisticated. Often, there is a backdrop of war and collective suburban American angst. His plays are urbane, laced with literary and current-event references, but well written to suit a general audience. The Fourth Wall, for all its cultured framing, is full of laugh out loud gags and punch lines.

The cast includes Jim Alexander, as Roger; Shawna Fancher, as Julia; Kathy Currie, as Peggy; and Fred Saas, as Floyd.

Tickets are $16 adults, $14 seniors/students/military, and are available online at (Search: Poulsbo); via e-mail at; or by phone at (360) 697-3183. An opening weekend special of $9.99 is available for tickets purchased online only for the Jan. 27-29 performances. Season Presenting Sponsor: Liberty Bay Bank. More information at

Free after-school care at Martha & Mary Kids

January 10th, 2012 at 1:53 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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Martha & Mary Kids is offering free p.m. care for new families at Wolfle Elementary School through Jan. 13.

Up to three sessions of p.m. care without payment of the registration fee or cost of care, new families only. Registration form must be filled out completely for Emergency Consent purposes. Martha & Mary Kids before and after-school programs are open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:45 to 6 p.m.; and early release Wednesdays from 2:55 to 6 p.m.

For more information stop by the portable (P9) and meet Ms. Kristin, or call our main office at 394-4089. Registration forms available at the portable, at the Wolfle main office, M&M Kids’ main office or online at

City Council talks broadband, comprehensive plan tonight

January 4th, 2012 at 1:17 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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The Poulsbo City Council welcomes 2012 with a meeting tonight, Jan. 4, discussing a number of topics.

  • Broadband utility
  • Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Council Committee selection

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.; the council holds meetings the first, second and third Wednesdays of the month. The council’s agenda can be found on their website, or here.

Port of Poulsbo talks construction, city’s Shoreline Master plan at Jan. 5 meeting

January 4th, 2012 at 1:14 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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The Port of Poulsbo will be holding its first meeting of 2012 tomorrow, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. Arnold ‘Arnie’ Bockus and James Rutledge will be taking their oaths of office; Rutledge defeated Bockus in the November election, but Bockus was appointed to departing Commissioner Glenn Gilbert’s seat. Antonio DeCarlo is currently Chairman, but a new Chairman may be appointed at the meeting.

The commission will also be discussing the parking lot, construction underway in the old armory lot; ‘C’ Dock project update, and the Shoreline Master Program.

The Board of Commissioners holds public meetings every first and third Thursday of the month, in the multipurpose room on ‘E’ Dock.

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