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What’s up in Manchester? Attend the community open house Oct. 2 to find out9/18/2018

Are you new to the Manchester area or recently retired and looking for volunteer opportunities? Are you a commuter who finds it hard to keep up on what's happening in your community? Learn more about road, sewer and stormwater improvements and talk to state and local agencies providing services that impact your neighborhood at the Manchester Community Open House taking place 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Manchester Elementary School Library, 1901 California Ave. E, Port Orchard.

The Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee brings together representatives from Kitsap County departments, Manchester State Park, the Navy's fuel depot, South Kitsap School District, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, the Port of Manchester, the Manchester Water District, Friends of the Manchester Library and others to share information about ongoing projects, initiatives, services and resources. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Jennifer Haro in the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office at (360) 307-4212, jharo@co.kitsap.wa.us. To learn more about the Manchester Citizens Advisory Committee, click here or go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/MCAC.aspx.

Sustainable Cinema presents "The Anonymous People," a film about recovery9/18/2018

Sustainable Cinema, in partnership with the Salish Recovery Coalition, presents "The Anonymous People" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay Street, Port Orchard.

There are 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Social stigma has silenced recovery voices for decades. Now they step forward and tell their stories, looking to change the conversation about addiction from problems to solutions.

Sustainable Cinema is sponsored by Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. For more information, visit www.dragonflycinema.com.

County rolls out proposed 2019 budget at community open houses9/17/2018

Kitsap County will roll out its proposed 2019 budget at a series of community open houses, beginning September 24. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend to learn more about the county's spending plans in the coming year. Staff from the Department of Administrative Services will share an overview of the proposed 2019 budget and the public will be invited to ask questions or provide comments.

"The Commissioners' goal over the years has been to increase transparency of the County budget," said Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. "This year, we're wanting to build upon that by getting out of the office and closer to our community through open houses." 

In past years, county departments presented their budget requests to Commissioners and the Citizens Budget Committee during formal, televised proceedings. These were replaced with more informal discussions this month that allow a broader, in-depth review with each department.

The final proposed departmental budgets will be presented during the community open houses, which are scheduled as follows:

  • Sept. 24, Commissioner District 1, North Kitsap, 4:30 p.m., Poulsbo City Hall, 200 NE Moe Street, prior to the Commissioners' regular business meeting, also held in city hall, which begins at 5:30 p.m.;
  • Oct. 3, Commissioner District 3, Central Kitsap, 5 p.m., in conjunction with the Central Kitsap Community Council meeting in the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road;
  • Oct. 8, Commissioner District 2, South Kitsap, 4:30 p.m., prior to the Commissioners' regular business meeting in the County Administration Building, Port Orchard.

A final public hearing on the budget is scheduled Dec. 3 during the Commissioners' regular business meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

To review budget documents prior to the open houses, visit the Department of Administrative Services website at https://www.kitsapgov.com/das/Pages/bgt.aspx .

Prepare for the rain: Clear fallen leaves to prevent local flooding9/17/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) – Fall weather is here, and the rainy season is about to begin.  Storm drains clogged with leaves can cause local flooding of roads and private property.

Tips to Prevent Clogged Storm Drains 

  • Keep neighborhood storm drains free of leaves and debris. 

  • If you see a clogged storm drain, use a rake, shovel handle or stick to clear the drain. If this does not help, report the blockage to Kitsap1: 360.337.5777. 

  • NEVER remove a storm drain lid or attempt to clean a drain located in a busy street. 

  • Do not wade into water when you are unsure of the depth.

Check Your Gutters and Downspouts 

  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris. 

  • Replace leaky or broken gutters. 

  • Make sure downspouts are directed away from your house.

Tips to Dispose of Leaves 

  • Dispose of leaves by turning them into compost for your garden, putting them in curbside yard waste bins, or taking them to local composting facilities.

  • If you use a landscaping company, ask the landscaper to take the leaves with them. 

  • Do not blow or sweep leaves into the road, ditches or storm drain.

"Kitsap County performs regular maintenance of the stormwater system," says Chris May, Kitsap County Stormwater Division Program Manager. "During the rainy season, we work extra hard to minimize local flooding. People can help by maintaining their property and contacting us if they see a problem."

To report blocked storm drains or flooding issues in your area, call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

Burn ban lifted9/17/2018

Due to recent rains, and the return to early fall-like weather, the burn ban is lifted in unincorporated Kitsap County. Burning may resume effective immediately subject to normal rules, regulations and permitting requirements.

“Early fall like conditions have considerably reduced the chance of wildfire prompting this action," said David Lynam, County Fire Marshal. "Permits are still required for general burning through local fire districts,” Lynam added.

Road safety improvements at Carney Lake Road SW begins September 249/14/2018

Kitsap County's Department of Public Works is making safety and stormwater improvements to Carney Lake Road SW, between SW Grace Street and SW Alta Vista Drive. The project widens and resurfaces the existing roadway to accommodate two 11-foot lanes and 6-foot shoulders (5-foot paved with 1-foot gravel).

The project realigns the existing 90-degree horizontal curve to improve safety and makes stormwater improvements for approximately 1,850 lineal feet of Carney Lake Road SW. It will include two bioretention cells on the east side of Carney Lake Road SW, south of SW Grace Street.  

The project begins September 24, 2018 and is expected to be complete by April 2019.

To reduce traffic delays and expedite the project schedule, signed traffic detours may be used during working hours. When detours are not in place traffic will be limited to one lane alternating traffic through the project area. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone and emergency vehicles will always have immediate access. The road will reopen to two-way traffic during non-working hours.

The work is being done by Northwest Cascade, Inc. under a $1,031,310 construction contract. The work will occur during normal working hours between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.

For more information: Kitsap1, 360.337.5777 or email help@kitsap1.com.

To learn more about the project go to kcowa.us/CarneyLake

Assessor's Office begins property inspections in Kingston, Hansville9/13/2018

Appraisers from the Kitsap County Assessor's Office are now conducting on-site inspections throughout the greater Kingston and Hansville areas. Washington state law (RCW 84.40.025) requires inspections of all real property throughout the county at least once every six years. 

Current inspections should be completed by March 2019. If an appraiser from the office attempts to make contact with the resident or homeowner, please understand they are trying to verify the characteristics of the property to ensure the accuracy of data. 

Due to the high volume of inspections being conducted, appraisers are unable to accommodate appointments at this time.

Appraisers do not drive county-issued vehicles, however their vehicles are marked with county identification on both sides.  Other verification options are: request to see individual credentials; contact the Assessor's Office at (360) 337-7160; or check the inspection-area progress map at: www.kitsapgov.com/assessor.

The Assessors' Office staff appreciates the public's cooperation. For more information, contact the Assessor's office at (360) 337-7160 or assessor@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Join a focus group and help shape the future of cable TV in Kitsap9/10/2018

​(Port Orchard, WA) - What's your vision for media in Kitsap County in the next 10 years?  Sign up for a focus group on October 24-25 to weigh in on the future of community media,public technology, and cable television service.

Kitsap County is seeking your input on the future of cable service, community media, and technology needs for the next 10 years. Comcast and Wave Broadband submitted requests to renew their cable franchise agreements with the County.  A community process is being undertaken as part of the cable franchise renewal process. The process examines the past performance of Comcast and Wave and identifies future services that residents, schools, community groups, businesses and local government want included in the new cable franchise agreements.

Kitsap County is hosting a series of four focus groups October 24-25. There is an afternoon and evening group each day.  These focus groups provide a chance for interested community members to learn about franchise renewal and provide input regarding future services you want available through the cable systems serving the County.

Sue Buske of The Buske Group, a nationally recognized public policy consulting firm, will facilitate the focus groups. These groups provide information on

  • The cable franchise renewal process currently underway
  • How cable systems work, and how they can work in the future
  • Public, educational, and government access to cable television resources
  • Ways community groups and organizations, schools, businesses, residents, and government agencies can use a cable communication system.

The focus groups gather input from participants through brainstorming and completing an online questionnaire. There is no charge, and refreshments are served.

If you're interested, select the group that is most appropriate or convenient and RSVP online. All groups cover the same information but focus closer on the community in the title.

RSVP online here (kcowa.us/focusgroups) –or by email to George Geyer at ggeyer@co.kitsap.wa.us or by phone at 360.337.4404

Wednesday, October 24
1:30 - 3:30pm     Government, Business and Technology
Kitsap County Administration Building
619 Division St., Port Orchard

5:30 - 7:30pm     Community Education
Kitsap County Administration Building
619 Division St., Port Orchard

Thursday, October 25
1:30 -3:30pm       Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations
Silverdale Water District
5300 NW Newberry Hill Rd. #100, Silverdale

5:30 – 7:30pm     Arts, Culture, & Heritage                              Silverdale Water District
5300 NW Newberry Hill Rd. #100, Silverdale



Residential fire restriction lifted9/7/2018

​(Port Orchard, WA) – The Kitsap County Fire Marshall has lifted the prohibition on recreational fires in Kitsap County. Recreational fires in approved locations and in appliances can resume immediately.

"Cooler weather, shorter days and a more fall-like weather forecasts allows us to lift the recreational fire ban," said David Lynam, County Fire Marshall. "Fire danger is still precarious, and caution is still the name of the game," Lyman added.

A Phase 1 burn ban remains in effect. Officials expect it will remain in effect until rain arrives in the fall.

Stand Down offers resources, free services to veterans and their families 9/7/2018

Veterans and their families are invited to the fall 2018 Veterans Stand Down, which takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Ave. in Bremerton.

Complimentary services for veterans - women, men and their families - will be available including dental screening, Veterans Assistance housing, employment, education, counseling and more. Qualifying veterans and family members may also receive free clothing, sleeping bags, groceries, and personal hygiene items.

This event is open to Kitsap County veterans and their families only. Please provide a DD214 form, military retiree ID card, or VA card. Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship. Active duty members transitioning out of the military or retiring by the end of 2018 are also invited to attend to gather information and resources that will assist in their transition to civilian life, making it as seamless as possible.

The event is sponsored by the Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance (KAVA), VFW 2669 Riders Group, Kitsap Sun, Kitsap Credit Union, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, City of Bremerton, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, AL-P-109, DAV Chapters 5, 22 and Women's Auxiliary, Michael & Karen Johnson, Abraham House; and the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board.

Service providers include Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympic College, Veteran Service Organizations, Northwest Justice Project, Washington Department of VA, Abraham House, Asset Building Coalition, Housing Solutions Center, WorkSource, Department of Social and Health Service, Red Cross, Kitsap Community Resources and Kitsap Transit.   

For more information, contact the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program Coordinator Andrew Sargent at (360) 337-4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us . To learn more about resources available through the Veterans Assistance Program, visit https://www.kitsapgov.com/hs/Pages/VAB-LANDING.aspx .

Get in the know at Discover Kingston, the annual event that connects community9/5/2018

Do you live in the greater Kingston area and want to find out about what's going on in your community? Newcomers, old-timers and everyone in between are invited to Discover Kingston: A Neighborhood Open House, an opportunity to connect with and support local community groups, agencies and resources. The event takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road, Kingston. Drop in any time - there is no scheduled programming!

Discover Kingston offers information on local economic development, environmental stewardship, affordable housing, support services, emergency planning, regional trails networks and recreational activities for all ages available in the community. Snacks will be offered to keep attendees energized. Children and families are welcome and encouraged to attend!

For more information, contact chair of KCAC, Beth Berglund, at kcacchair@gmail.com. To learn more about KCAC, other local resources and upcoming community events, visit their website here or go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/KCAC.aspx .

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Not your common pain in the grass: How to control noxious weeds8/28/2018

​Noxious weeds are not your common pain-in-the-grass weeds - they are plants that are highly aggressive and may be toxic to humans and animals. These plants often cannot be controlled just through cutting, digging or pulling and are like a cancer on the land that needs to be managed. They pose an ecological threat and often impact wildlife and nearby waterways. 

Many noxious weeds spread by root and shoot fragments, and by seeds. State law (RCW 17.10) establishes rules to control the spread of these plants to preserve ecological integrity and reduce negative economic impacts of noxious plant species. The Washington State Weed Control Board has a list of three categories for control and management, available at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=16-750.  

The local Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board is mandated to ensure known populations of noxious weeds do not spread within the county, using a matrix to determine what noxious weeds are the highest priority for management. A full list of noxious weeds in Kitsap County can be downloaded here along with the control matrix to provide citizens information on priority levels for noxious weed management.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Where are noxious weeds found?

Many noxious weeds are found along roadways, open areas and even in backyards. Weeds often travel the roadsides and use the roads to continue to spread. The seeds of noxious weeds may be picked up by cars, people and mowing equipment, causing them to spread rapidly.  One noxious weed plant can produce over 10,000 seeds and most plants have evolved to produce multiple seed sets in one season.  Often these plants move from roadsides to adjacent lands, causing problems for private landowners. Many open fields and parks are vulnerable lands and prime locations for many of the most aggressive plants to take root. Control then becomes more difficult and if not done properly, the infestation can become more aggressive.  

How are noxious weeds controlled?  Why are chemicals used to control noxious weeds?

Like an infection, if noxious weed populations are not managed properly, they may spread more rapidly and become more aggressive and harder to manage. The Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control program works to ensure that known populations of noxious weeds are managed and maintained in the most effective manner to protect the land within the county. Noxious weed infestations are identified, and seeds are prevented from setting by cutting down plants and flower heads. The area is then searched for seedlings and smaller plants that are managed before they have had a chance to set deep, large roots. For some noxious weeds, the best management is a small amount of herbicide to fully work through the plant to get to the root of the problem. In some cases, simply cutting back or digging out a noxious weed can leave roots behind and create a more aggressive plant. With a small amount of product (normally less than 10 ounces of a 1 percent solution of Vastlan on a normal roadside site), the noxious weeds can be managed while allowing grasses and other desirables to thrive and fill in the area previously inhabited by the invasive weeds. Visit the Kitsap County noxious weed Facebook site to see photos of roadside treatments.

What if I don't want chemicals used?

Landowners who do not want a herbicide product used in the immediate vicinity of their property are invited to 'adopt a spot' to maintain and keep weed free. This includes signing an agreement to be on site at least once per week to ensure noxious weeds are not blooming. Any plants that are identified must be removed, including flowers and roots. Please make sure to wear gloves whenever pulling noxious weeds as many of them are toxic and can cause skin irritations, or if ingested may cause digestive issues. 

For more information on the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Program, contact Dana Coggon at Dcoggon@co.kitsap.wa.us.

 

Port Gamble heritage park closed due to fire danger8/13/2018

Due to extremely dry conditions and elevated fire dangers in the Port Gamble forest block, Pope Resources has exercised the Forest Tract Declaration and Reservation of Timber and Other Rights Agreement and is temporarily prohibiting public access to the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. The park will remain closed until further notice when conditions improve and become more moderate. 

For more information, contact the Kitsap County Parks Department at (360) 337-5350.

Learn how tiny cabins can serve as a response to county's homeless crisis 8/2/2018

​Across the country, villages of tiny cabins are being constructed as part of strategies to develop transitional, emergency or temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Kitsap County's Homes for All coalition has scheduled meetings for community members to learn more about how tiny cabin villages can fit into larger housing and homelessness plans. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 15, Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, Norm Dicks Center, 345 6th Street, Bremerton
  • Thursday, Sept. 27, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive NE, Bainbridge Island

 

In response to the homeless crisis in Kitsap County, Homes for All, a countywide leadership coalition of local agencies, businesses, faith-based and community organizations, was created to develop strategies for an efficient and effective homeless response system. Representatives from some of the Homes for All partners, including Kitsap Community Resources, Kitsap Rescue Mission, and Kitsap County's Department of Community Development and Human Services Homeless Program, will share information on how tiny cabin villages address goals of the 2018 Kitsap Homeless Crisis Response and Housing Plan. A pilot project underway in South Kitsap aims to provide 14 tiny cabins for up to 20 people.

The foundation of Homes for All is that every person should have the opportunity to live in a safe, decent and affordable home. Tiny cabin villages, also known as 'livability community projects,' can serve as transitional, emergency or temporary housing and offer case management and care services for residents. The villages are built through community partnerships and provide interim shelter until permanent housing is obtained.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these community meetings. There will be opportunities to ask questions and learn about available resources.

For more information on the meeting locations, contact Sue Hughes of the Kitsap County League of Women Voters at suhughes111@comcast.net. To learn more about Homes for All, click here.

Walk & Talk through North Kitsap with Commissioner Rob Gelder8/2/2018

Join Commissioner Rob Gelder to "Walk & Talk" as he traverses through North Kitsap communities to talk about topics that are important to residents. No reservations required!

"Walk & Talk"  sessions are scheduled the first Saturday of the month, beginning at 9:30 a.m. sharp at the following starting points:

August 4, 2018
Port Gamble
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park parking lot
(main lot, west side of highway 104)
 
September 1, 2018
Hansville
Hansgrill - 7532 NE Twin Spits Rd
 
No October Event
 
November 3, 2018
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
 
December 1, 2018
Poulsbo
Coffee Oasis - 780 NE Iverson St
 
January 5, 2019
Bainbridge Island
BI Senior Center - 370 Brien Dr SE
 
February 2, 2019
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
 
No March Event
 
April 6, 2019
Keyport
Keyport Mercantile - 15499 Washington Ave
 
May 4, 2019
Indianola
General Store - 9175 NE Shore Dr
 
June 1, 2019
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
 
July 6, 2019
Suquamish
Suquamish Pier
 
August 3, 2019
Port Gamble
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park parking lot
(main lot, west side of highway 104)
 
September 7, 2019
Hansville
Hansgrill - 7532 NE Twin Spits Rd
 
October 5, 2019
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
 
November 2, 2019
Poulsbo
Coffee Oasis - 780 NE Iverson St
 
December 7, 2019
Kingston
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave

For more information, contact Commissioner Gelder at (360) 337-7080, rgelder@co.kitsap.wa.us. Click here for a Walk & Talk flyer.

AARP awards community challenge grant to Homes for All project 7/23/2018

Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido is pleased to announce that Homes for All, which is planning a tiny house village in South Kitsap, is the recipient of an $11,153 AARP Livable Communities challenge grant. Funds will be used to renovate a donated 320-square-foot trailer into an ADA-compliant, shared kitchen facility to be located within the village. The trailer will provide the community with room for food storage, appliances, nutritious meal preparation, individual lockers for residents and a multi-purpose community room where they can have meals together, and participate in activities such as educational and wellness classes.

"I'm thrilled Homes for All is receiving this national recognition and support from AARP," said Commissioner Garrido. "These funds will allow us to begin renovation of the trailer immediately. Having a central gathering place for the village will be vital to building a sense of community and improving the confidence, health and well-being of the residents."

Homes for All is a countywide leadership coalition of government agencies, businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations, partnering to provide affordable micro-houses that are a safe, secure and sanitary option for those who have no home. The Homes for All coalition's tiny house village in South Kitsap is a pilot "livability community" project that will provide housing, case management and care services for men, women, families and seniors. The village design incorporates 14 tiny homes as transitional, emergency or temporary housing for approximately 20 residents and will include shared open space for community activities.

The Homes for All grant is one of only 129 awarded nationwide, and one of two in Washington state. AARP is distributing $1.3 million to innovative projects that inspire change and positively impact the lives of residents of all ages. The grants help communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress.

"AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge Grant Program to answer that call and help build momentum for more livable communities nationwide," said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President of Community, State and National Affairs. "This year, we are proud to fund more projects in more communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico."

For more information, visit the Homes for All website, call (360) 337-7287 or e-mail homesforall@co.kitsap.wa.us. To learn more about AARP and the Community Challenge grant program, visit www.aarp.org/livable.

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Kitsap County files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and wholesalers7/23/2018

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County has joined the nationwide effort to hold opioid manufacturers and wholesalers responsible for the harm caused by opioid overuse and addiction within the community. Kitsap County filed suit today in federal court with this goal in mind. The lawsuit's allegations highlight the deliberate and systematic practices of manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids who put their financial interests above the interests of their patients, at the expense of communities such as Kitsap County.

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the defendants made false claims and provided misleading information to doctors and patients about the safety of opioid use and aggressively pushed the sale of opioids despite knowing, among other things, that the drugs were not safe for long-term use, that they were falling into the hands of "pill mills," and that they were being diverted for illicit and illegal uses.

In addition, the lawsuit alleges these defendants knew or should have known they were distributing an unreasonable and unconscionable amount of prescription opioids into the country. These practices, as alleged by the lawsuit, have contributed to a marked increase in opioid overuse and addiction in the community. The result has been a ripple effect of opioid-related hospitalizations and deaths, affecting countless individuals and their families.

"There isn't a community that hasn't been touched by the opioid crisis – friends, family members, neighbors," said Kitsap County Commissioner Robert Gelder. "It's time to join in the fight to turn the tide in the conversation, debate and response."

Between 2002 to 2004 and 2011 to 2013, the number of opioid-use treatment admissions rose 305 percent in Kitsap County. From 1993 to 2003, there were 62 opioid-related deaths in the county – from 2012 to 2016, there were 107 deaths. Beyond the costs of human life, the costs nationwide are estimated at $78.5 billion annually.

For years, Kitsap County and the Kitsap Public Health District have been working to alleviate these harms by providing public-funded treatment, drug court programs, and needle-exchange programs. Unfortunately, this has come with a public financial toll.

Kitsap County and the Kitsap Public Health District continue to allocate substantial resources and have seen a rise in costs related to opioid-related programs and services as the epidemic continues to grow. The lawsuit seeks to hold prescription opioid manufacturers and wholesale distributers financially responsible for these costs. The opioid crisis has impacted not only the delivery of treatment services, but has also contributed to homelessness, family support cases involving child support affected by opioid addiction, and placed significant burdens on the criminal and civil justice systems.

"As opioids continue to flood our communities, the impacts to law enforcement have increased dramatically," said Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson. "Deputies have had life-threatening exposure to these substances, which has greatly influenced how we respond. Deputies are now required to carry Narcan kits to be administered to themselves or others when necessary. We have limited resources to continually address the increase of assaults, thefts and major crimes associated with addictive behaviors. The influx of opioids must be curtailed, and options for people suffering from addictions increased."   

The Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has partnered with Seattle-based law firm, Keller Rohrback, to represent Kitsap County in this lawsuit. Keller Rohrback is a nationally recognized law firm that routinely litigates against some of the largest corporate defendants in the country. The firm, hired on a contingency-fee basis, has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of King, Clark, Skagit, Pierce, Clallam, and Thurston counties, the Tulalip Tribes, and the cities of Tacoma, Kent, Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Sedro-Wooley.

New story map explores North Kitsap communities5/24/2018

​Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder invites the public to explore the new North Kitsap Communities story map on the county's website.

The story map format allows viewers to scroll through information about North Kitsap, while accompanying maps adjust to provide a close-up look at the many communities. There are links to additional maps and community resources for those who live in the area or are planning a visit.

"In this day and age, we all try to find ways to explore and connect with our neighborhood. This is an interactive way to take a tour of our community, from the comfort of our home," said Commissioner Gelder.

For more information on North Kitsap Commissioner District 1 and to sign up for electronic notifications, visit Commissioner Gelder's website here.

Commissioner Wolfe holds monthly listening sessions in Silverdale3/13/2018

​Constituents of Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe now have an opportunity to meet with him in Silverdale - without an appointment - during First Friday Listening Sessions in Old Town Silverdale every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Café, 3472 NW Byron St. The first session will be April 6.

The time and location allow for those in Central Kitsap to drop by over the lunch hour to share concerns and ideas or just engage in lively conversation.

Other First Friday Listening Sessions are scheduled May 4 and June 1. The July session will be cancelled because of its proximity to the Fourth of July but meetings resume Aug. 3.

For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Kitsap County Aging & Long Term Care offers expanded support services for individuals and caregivers1/9/2018

After the success of the state's Family Caregiver Support Program, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services received a demonstration grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand support services in Kitsap County for individuals and caregivers.

The grant allows for the creation of new programs that will preserve and promote choices for long-term care support services; family support for the well-being of those caring for loved ones; and allow for the delay or avoidance of the need for more intensive Medicaid-funded, long-term support services, when possible.

In addition to the local Family Caregiver Support Program, there are new, expanded services for those in Kitsap who do not live in a residential facility. No copayment is required for the services and the programs do not impose estate recovery. There are higher income and asset limits for eligibility, compared to the traditional Medicaid Long-Term Care program.

The Medicaid Alternative Care program allows people age 55 and older, who need help with activities of daily living and are currently eligible for certain Medicaid programs, to transition to services that support their informal, adult caregiver.

The Tailored Services for Adults program is for people age 55 and older, not currently eligible for Medicaid, who need help with activities of daily living. The program can either support someone's informal, adult caregiver or provide services directly to an individual without a caregiver.  

Contact the Kitsap County Aging and Long-Term Care office at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418 to learn more about eligibility requirements, benefits available, and the application process, or stop by local offices of the Kitsap County Aging & Long-Term Care in the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave. Suite 105, Port Orchard, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the Caregiver Support Center, 9857 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on these programs go to https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/stakeholders/medicaid-transformation-project-demonstration .

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