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Councilmembers discuss hotel/motel tax at economic development meeting Wednesday

July 31st, 2012 at 9:43 am by Richard D. Oxley
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A quorum of city councilmembers will attend the Economic Development Committee meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 4 p.m. in the third floor conference room, City Hall, 200 NE Moe St., Poulsbo.

In attendance will be Councilmembers Ed Stern, David Musgrove, Connie Lord, Linda Berry-Maraist and Mayor Becky Erickson.

The agenda can be found here.

Poulsbo shoreline master plan at Ecology; comment soon

July 27th, 2012 at 1:28 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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POULSBO — For residents with more questions, concerns and comments about Poulsbo’s shoreline plan, they will soon be able to voice their opinions to the Department of Ecology.

The council on July 11 approved sending the city’s draft of the Shoreline Management Program plan to the Department of Ecology, with Councilwoman Linda Berry-Maraist dissenting.

Berry-Maraist voted nay, as she did at the May 2 meeting, because of two concerns: for businesses located in the 200-foot shoreline jurisdiction, restrictions on development opportunities are too “excessive;” and she feels the plan misses an opportunity to encourage private as well as public shoreline improvements within the restoration plan.

Here is a breakdown of the commercial impact of the SMP:
— A commercial building located outside the 100-foot buffer (the 200-foot shoreline jurisdiction zone) with a non-water-dependent or -related use is conforming. Buildings and business within the buffer are non-conforming.
— If a business within the shoreline buffer (100 feet) suffers an unintentional disaster, such as a fire, the property owner may rebuild to its current footprint (requirements listed at chapter 16.08.480). If outside of the shoreline buffer but within the 200-foot jurisdiction zone, the building may be rebuilt and even expand, provided an area equivalent to 25 percent of the new building square footage be a water-oriented/water-related/water-dependent use, either inside the building or on the property.
— All new development within the shoreline buffer must be a water-dependent and/or water-related use if the property has direct access to Liberty Bay. If the property is separated from the bay, 25 percent of the new square footage is required to meet this requirement.

Not much changes for residential development in the new plan. Over-water structures, including docks, boat lifts and haul-outs, are still prohibited in all zones for residential use.

The shoreline use table, which explains what activities are allowed, allowed conditionally, or prohibited, can be found on pages 22-23 of the plan. The city sent the plan to Ecology in late July. Once received, Ecology will open a minimum 30-day comment period, most likely in August, according to planner Keri Weaver.

Public comments will be accepted while Ecology internally reviews the document. Ecology must send all the comments back to Poulsbo within 15 days of the period’s close. Poulsbo then has 45 days to prepare a response, including any potential changes. Ecology has another 30 days to make formal, written findings as to whether the SMP is consistent with the Shoreline Management Act guidelines.

Ecology can then approve the document as originally submitted, approve with the possible changes made from comments, or direct Poulsbo go to back and work on the document more.

The plan is available for the public to review at

Port Ludlow man shows off his colors

June 27th, 2012 at 1:40 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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LaMoyne Jevne says America has done a lot for him, and he is displaying his thanks.

The Port Ludlow man fills his yard with 150 American flags every Flag Day (June 14) and Fourth of July — including a Betsy Ross 1776 replica flag.

The retired Navy man also lectures on proper flag etiquette.

If you’re looking for something new to do this July 4, head to 1473 Thorndyke Road in Port Ludlow, where Jevne is saying “Happy Birthday” to the U.S. from about 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More information can be found at this Peninsula Daily News article.

Norwegian-Americans invited to find true love in Norway

June 26th, 2012 at 3:26 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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SEATTLE — An open casting call is looking for four, single, adventurous and open-minded Norwegian-Americans for a reality TV dating series.

A casting company is searching for contestants for season two of “Sons of Norway,” a dating series shooting in the U.S. and Norway.

The casting call is July 1 beginning at 9 a.m., at the Ballard Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th St., Seattle.

To be eligible, applicants must have some Norwegian blood, be single, and can be either gay or straight. Producers say “it’s fine if [contestants] are divorced, widowed, or have kids.”

For more information or to reserve a “VIP spot,” contact Joan O’Conner at, or (312) 226-9112.

Paid parking coming soon to Poulsbo Port’s downtown lot

June 25th, 2012 at 12:26 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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While the Port of Poulsbo offered their new parking lot free of charge since it opened in May, staff have now determined what it will charge in its downtown lot.

Port commissioners decided at their June 21 meeting to install a pay station, and gauge the usage of the lot. The station will only take cash payments while the port continues to look at the cost of electronic pay station systems. Commissioners passed a resolution at their July 5 meeting, establishing the rate system.

The port will charge $2 for up to three hours, $5 for all-day parking, and weekly and monthly rates. The 58-space lot includes 12 spaces exclusively for port tenants, eight spaces for boat trailer parking (also offered at $5/day and $25/week), four spaces for electric vehicles with charging stations, and two handicapped spots. Staff will check the lot a few times a day to enforce the paid parking.

In 2009, the state shut down the North Kitsap Armory; the port purchased the site for $511,000, according to Port Manager Kirk Stickels. The port planned to demolish the building and repave the lot for paid parking stalls by early 2011, but didn’t submit its permit until later in the year. Sound Excavation leveled and constructed the lot for $236,000.

The city recently held a public workshop to discuss possibly charging for parking at some city lots. Many downtown business owners and most of the City Council are in favor of a form of paid parking, determined by time of day and location. The city found long-term users are taking up many of the spaces and customers are having a hard time finding parking.

Mayor Becky Erickson is drafting a resolution and the city will discuss parking again in a few months.

Classic Car Show on Thursday

June 12th, 2012 at 10:28 am by Richard D. Oxley
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If you like classic cars, BBQ and supporting local organizations, make time in your lunch schedule this Thursday.

In support of the local Alzheimer’s Association, a classic car show, barbecue lunch and furniture sale will be at Montclair Park, 1250 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo, on Thursday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, contact Kami Freke at (360) 697-2223 or

City Council meeting cancelled

June 4th, 2012 at 10:09 am by Richard D. Oxley
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This Wednesday’s regularly scheduled Poulsbo City Council meeting has been cancelled due to the lack of agenda items, according to the city clerk’s office.

Poulsbo Port welcomes new commissioner

May 29th, 2012 at 2:15 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved the recommendation from the Port of Poulsbo for their new commissioner: attorney Stephen Swann.

Port Commissioner Jim Rutledge said the port interviewed four candidates at a special meeting May 23, and recommended Swann to the county.

“He’s shown real interest in the port, has an excellent local and previous residence record of community service, and brings a lot of personal expertise that will be useful to the port immediately,” Rutledge said.

Swann and his wife Lana moved to Poulsbo in October from Virginia, where he was a JAG (Judge Advocate General) lawyer for 24 years. Swann is a retired Coast Guard commander, and the Swanns moved to Little Norway after visiting some friends and enjoying the change of pace.

“We like small towns, [Poulsbo] is extremely friendly, highly cultured, [has a] low stress environment,” he said.

“I think I’d like for the community to better recognize what the port contributes,” he added. “From talking to a lot of people in the past few months, a lot of people don’t realize what the port does.

“I’d like for the port to become more active in the community, more involved with the Coast Guard, the boating community, yacht clubs…Perhaps be more visible.”

Because of the time lap between former Commissioner Glenn Gilbert resigning in November and a protested appointment of Arnold “Arnie” Bockus in December, port commissioners asked the county for guidance to appoint their third commissioner.

The port will welcome new commissioner Swann at their next meeting, June 7, at the port offices on E dock at 7 p.m.

“The port appreciates all of the interested, multiple qualified candidates,” Rutledge added. “We hope they’ll continue to show interest in the port.”

The port is still looking for volunteers to serve on a citizen advisory council as they update their Comprehensive Plan.

New lutefisk-eating champ sets a record

May 25th, 2012 at 10:51 am by Richard D. Oxley
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One would think that eating 7 pounds of lutefisk would be enough.

But Victor Dew of Poulsbo, the 2012 Viking Fest lutefisk-eating champion, then entered the oyster eating contest and won the first heat.

Dew’s 7 pounds of lutefisk consumption is a Viking Fest record. The previous record was 5.5 pounds, according to Viking Fest Corp. president Ron Krell. This year the contestants persevered for 14 rounds and only left 1.5 pounds of fish leftover.

Eric Perkins, also from Poulsbo, came in second. Krell said Perkins also ate 7 pounds, but one bite was left on his plate when time ran out.

Dew, who went by the nickname “The Devastator,” also won the Ballard Lutefisk contest the day before — two-pound bowls of what looks like Lutefisk soup, and the first one to drink it wins, Krell said.

Tens of thousands of people attended the 43rd annual Viking Fest, May 18-20, a celebration of Poulsbo’s Norwegian cultural ties. The weekend included a parade, carnival and live entertainment. The Lutefisk contest was sponsored by Peninsula Credit Union.

Vehicle speed, alcohol may be factor in crash injuring four Poulsbo teens

May 21st, 2012 at 11:30 am by Richard D. Oxley
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Four Poulsbo teens were injured May 20 in a rollover accident in Port Ludlow, according to the Port Townsend Leader.

Two 19-year-olds and an 18-year-old were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center; the fourth passenger, a 17-year-old, was sent to Harrison Medical Center.

More information can be found at the Leader’s website.

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