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How would you balance Washington’s budget?

November 29th, 2011 at 5:42 pm by Kipp Robertson
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While perusing the Web Tuesday evening, I stumbled upon an interactive feature, which challenges visitors to balance Washington’s budget.

The League of Education Voters “Budget Calculator” can be found here. 

The calculator asks users to select from a range of cuts, subtracting those cuts from the state’s negative budget. In addition to removing the negative balance, new revenue will also be shown if cuts go deep enough.

Washington legislatures are faced with a $2 billion shortfall in the budget. Legislatures began a special section Nov. 28 to begin looking at potential cuts.

If you have time, run through the feature and then email me, Kipp Robertson ( and let me know how you balanced the budget.








Shiplet selected to manage Babe Ruth host team, baseball camps begin soon

November 22nd, 2011 at 4:37 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The host team for the 2012 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series has a manager.

Russ Shiplet will manage the team for the baseball tournament in August. He was selected from a pool of 11 candidates after interviews with the Kitsap World Series Organizing Committee and approval from the Kitsap Babe Ruth Board of Directors.

Shiplet played amateur baseball through college at the University of New Mexico. He then began his coaching career as the baseball coach for Klahowya Secondary School. During his time as coach, he led his team to take the Olympic League title in 2000.

In 2001, Shiplet coached the first middle school baseball team at Kings West School and went on to work with the C squad, Junior Varsity and Varsity baseball teams. Later, in 2009 and 2010, he managed the American Legion summer teams, which consists of players throughout Kitsap County.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the manager for the World Series team,” Shiplet said. “I know I was competing against some well qualified applicants and I really appreciate the vote of confidence made by both the Committee and the [Babe Ruth] Board of Directors.”

A total of 10 teams will participate including: the North Kitsap host team, eight regional championship teams, Washington state champions. The host team will not be allowed to play in any postseason tournaments.

Mini-camps begin Dec. 10

With a host team selected, the search for players now begins.

Any 13 year old interested in playing on the team is encouraged to attend the baseball camps, which begin Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Zone Sportsplex. The camps will give Shiplet and advisors the opportunity to evaluate talent in the area.

Interested players can register by emailing or show up to the camp. The camp is free.

For more information regarding the 2012 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series visit

Voting begins for fifth ‘Battle of the Bands’

November 15th, 2011 at 9:54 am by Kipp Robertson
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The fifth annual “Battle of the Bands” competition is on and once again high school marching bands from western Washington are vying for a piece of $25,500.

The competition includes marching band renditions of rock music along with music videos, found here.


Included in the list of schools is the Kingston High School marching band, which chose “Everybody’s Everything” by Santana. Kingston’s entry can be found at the top of the videos list.

‘The competition, hosted by The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits, will award $10,000 to the first place winner, $3,500 to second and $1,000 to third. Three divisional winners will each be awarded $1,000 for receiving the most text votes within their division, determined by school size. One school will be awarded $1,000 for best video. Four runners-up receive a pizza party.

Voting is done via text message.

The 2010-11 contest winner was the Puyallup High School marching band. 


Legislative roundtable with Rolfes, Appleton, Hansen Tuesday night

November 14th, 2011 at 4:26 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The North Kitsap School Board is hosting a legislative roundtable with 23rd District State Legislators Representative Sherry Appleton, Drew Hansen and Senator Christine Rolfes.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the board room of the North Kitsap School District adminstrative building, 18360 Caldart Ave. NE, Poulsbo.

Beginning with introductions and initial remarks, the visiting legislators will share their views about the upcoming legislative session and the challenges with education funding, according to the district website.

There will be time for the North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island school boards and the community to ask questions after.

Transfers, levies and superintendent search among topics of school board meeting tonight

November 10th, 2011 at 2:52 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The only regular board meeting for the North Kitsap School Board scheduled for November is tonight at 6 p.m.

Among the topics of discussion are interdistrict transfers, a levy discussion and the superintendent search.

The North Kitsap School District continues to experience a large number of students leaving or opting to stay in other school districts.

As of October, the North Kitsap School District continues to lose more students to other districts than it receives. According to a report released by district administration, the district is currently releasing 471 students to other districts and receiving 86.

A release means a student — and parents — who live within the district boundaries have opted to send the student to another district. Receiving students means the exact opposite. The number of students for both categories is an accumulated total; the numbers fluctuate as students come and go. The numbers do not include Running Start.

The number of students released to other districts increased by 55 this year (416 in 2010-11). The total received increased by 17 (69 in 2010-11). The district receiving the most students living in NKSD is Central Kitsap with 274 students accounted for this year. The second most is the Bainbridge Island School District with 80. Central Kitsap currently releases the most students to NKSD (31). Internet schooling has decreased since the 2009-10 year from 90 to 59.

School board meetings are held in the Board Room of the district office, 18360 Caldart Ave., Poulsbo.

Football playoffs tonight; game information for the Buccaneers and Vikings inside

November 4th, 2011 at 12:02 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The Kingston High School Buccaneers football team plays in its second playoff game in program history tonight at North Kitsap High School.

The Bucs are going into the playoffs against Steilacoom High School as the second seed in the Olympic League after defeating North Kitsap Oct. 27. The Bucs ended the season 5-2 in the league.

The North Kitsap Vikings football team travels to Renton tonight to face the Lindbergh Eagles. The Vikings, also 5-2, seeded third in the Olympic League. The third place seed came from the team’s overall record (5-4), compared to the Bucs overall (6-2).

Here is some important information for those attending the Buccaneers game:

Where: North Kitsap High School Stadium

When: Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.


  • General admission: $7 (Adults and students)
  • Students with ASB cards: $4
  • Seniors: $4
  • Elementary students: $4
  • Preschool: Free
Food available includes: pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, pizza and beverages.
Come early, as parking could be limited because NKHS is preparing for its Holiday Fest.
Overflow parking will be available at the St. Olaf Church. The church has requested guests do not park on the grass next to the driveway. 
For those traveling to Renton to watch the Vikings:
Where: Renton Memorial Stadium,  405 Logan Ave. N, Renton.
When: Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Admission: (See KHS playoff admission)

Community meetings scheduled in November for superintendent search

November 3rd, 2011 at 1:12 pm by Kipp Robertson
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As the North Kitsap School Board continues to seek input for the superintendent search, two community meetings were setup for November.

The meetings are currently scheduled for Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Kingston High School library and Nov. 16 at 7:40 p.m. in the North Kitsap High School commons.

The board and Superintendent Search Committee want to gather information, which includes what community members see as strengths of the school district and community as a whole, what desirable characteristics people would like to see in a superintendent and what challenges people see for the district in the near future.

A community survey was also posted on the district website late October. It is still available and can be taken here. 

Babe Ruth World Series Executive Board hosts first community meeting tonight

November 1st, 2011 at 10:29 am by Kipp Robertson
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POULSBO — The 2012 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series is less than 300 days away. There is plenty of work left to do.

The Babe Ruth World Series Executive Board will host its first community meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in Central Market’s conference room — above the bakery/deli. Meetings will be held from now until the World Series.

The Board is still seeking sponsors and volunteers as well as finding host families for the approximately 150 kids that will travel to Kitsap for the baseball tournament. The World Series be held Aug. 13 to Aug. 22 at the Gene Lobe Fiels at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

For those interested in coaching the host team, applications are still being accepted. Applicants will be selected by the North Kitsap Babe Ruth Board of Directors, with recommendations from the Coaches Selection Committee.

A total of 10 teams will participate including: the North Kitsap host team, eight regional championship teams, Washington state champions. The host team will not be allowed to play in any postseason tournaments.

North Kitsap School Board seeking community input for superintendent search

October 20th, 2011 at 2:58 pm by Kipp Robertson
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A new survey is available on the North Kitsap School District’s website regarding the superintendent search.

The survey can be found here. 

The North Kitsap School Board and Superintendent Search Committee are seeking input from the community regarding “strengths” and “characteristics” it would like to see in a new superintendent. The four-question-survey also asks what challenges the community sees ahead for the district.

The board is currently in the process of searching for a replacement for Richard Jones, who will leave at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

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Vikings girls soccer hosts ‘Kick Pink’ Oct. 25

October 20th, 2011 at 1:21 pm by Kipp Robertson
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On Oct. 25, the North Kitsap Vikings girls soccer team will have its annual “Kick Pink” game against Port Angeles.

Those in attendance are asked to wear pink. Donations will be accepted for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. The foundation has raised more than $1.9 billion to breast cancer research.

Those interested in donating online can visit The team name is North Kitsap Vikings. Team ID is 10968175.

The game against Port Angeles will begin at 6:45 p.m. at North Kitsap High School.

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