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The Washington State Transportation Commission plans to reduce the toll to drive over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge by October 1. The only question is how, exactly, to go about the rate reduction.

The commission’s move is in response to legislation passed by the state legislature in 2022 — SB 5488 — that provides funding and directs the transportation commission to adjust toll rates on the bridge, according to the commission’s website. The Oct. 1 date was determined based on the funding amount provided by the bill.

The commission is considering three toll rate reduction options:

  • A flat 75 cent toll rate reduction, only for 2-axle vehicles
  • A flat 75 cent toll rate reduction for all vehicles
  • A flat 75 cent toll rate reduction for 2-axle vehicles, with a per axle multiplier applied for vehicles with 3+ axles, in line with current practice

The commission has been gathering public input on the three options this month. People can vote through June 30 on which option they prefer through the commission’s online forum, where they can also provide comments.

People can provide feedback using the commission’s comment form, email transc@wstc.wa.gov, or call 360-705-7070.

At the commission’s July commission meeting, the commission will review public input and updated financial analysis and select a toll rate reduction proposal for further public review and comment.

Finally, the public may provide comments during the commission’s virtual public hearing in late August; the exact date is still to be determined.

If all goes according to plan, the new toll rate will go into effect on Oct. 1.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred near Silverdale last night.

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the parking lot of Gordon Fields on Fairgrounds Road in Central Kitsap County at around 11:30 p.m. last night, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Upon arrival, they encountered a 19-year-old Central Kitsap man with a gunshot wound; several people had fled the area in vehicles, the release states. The first deputy on the scene provided emergency medical treatment until medics from Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue arrived. He was transported to a Tacoma-area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the deputies’ investigation, a large crowd of people had gathered at the parking lot and a “scuffle” broke out between the victim and two other people. “During the scuffle, several people heard a gunshot, after which several people ran to their cars and fled the scene,” the release states. It’s at that point the victim realized he had been shot.

Detectives interviewed several people at the scene, but believe there are additional witnesses. Detectives attempted to speak to two people of interest, but were notified through an attorney that they were not willing to speak to the police, according to the release.

The sheriff’s office is asking witnesses of the incident or anyone with any information to contact Detective Tiffany Dobbins at tdobbins@co.kitsap.wa.us or 360-337-5614. The case number is K21-007634. People wishing to remain anonymous may submit tips anonymously through CrimeStoppers at www.crimestoppers.com or by using the P3Tips app. Information submitted to CrimeStoppers that leads to an arrest may qualify for a financial reward, according to the release.

Downtown Bremerton’s Toro Lounge offers mouth-watering, gourmet food in an atmosphere that invites you to make it your neighborhood go-to.

On a Thursday evening, the restaurant was lightly populated, though with just enough people to give the space an urban energy for the late-dinner crowd.

Service was prompt, and our waitress informed us of the night’s special: Cheeseburgers with sriracha aioli on a pretzel bun for just $5. We went with it.

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The restaurant bills itself as “Bremerton’s first and only gastropub,” and it certainly has the alcohol selection to justify such billing. We were looking for something light, and the server steered us away from the typical corporate light beers toward the locally-produced Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager