The Kitsap Scene


By Chief Petty Officer Ahron Arendes

BANGOR, Wash. — Submarine Squadron 19 held a change of command ceremony at Deterrent Park, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Oct. 10.

Capt. Brian Humm relieved Capt. Jerry Logan as commodore, overseeing guided missile submarines USS Ohio (SSGN 726) and USS Michigan (SSGN 727) and currently ballistic missile submarines USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) and USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) undergoing overhaul periods.

A 60-year-old Belfair man died early Friday morning after driving into the water at the Southworth ferry terminal, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Thomas R. Eisner was driving a gray 2012 Ford Escape eastbound on state Route 160, according to a WSP report.

Eisner reportedly drove at a high speed through a gate that had warning lights activated. He reportedly drove off the dock into the water.

The WSP lists the cause of the accident as failure to yield.



A driver allegedly driving too fast for conditions caused a collision between six vehicles on Tuesday near Port Orchard, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Michael P. Griffin, 45, of Port Orchard, was driving a white 2002 Peterbuilt dump truck westbound on state Route 16 over state Route 166, about a mile west of Port Orchard.

The five vehicles in front of Griffin had slowed due to a collision ahead of them, according to a WSP report. Griffin reportedly failed to slow for traffic and struck the vehicle in front of him, which caused a chain reaction collision with the other vehicles, according to the report.

WSP lists the cause of the accident as driver inattention, and lists the charge as speed too fast for conditions.

Four motorists were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

Everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seatbelt, according to the report.

Have unwanted medications? Get rid of them safely this Saturday.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Bainbridge Island Police Department and Suquamish Tribal Police Department are conducting “Take Back Day,” part of a national effort by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to properly dispose of unwanted medications.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. at the following locations:

Next week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is launching a major cleanup of creosote-saturated pilings and debris along the shores of Puget Sound in Kitsap County.

The agency announced the cleanup in a press release on Tuesday.

The agency plans to remove about 245 piles and 18 tons of debris from eight sites located along the eastern Kitsap Peninsula shoreline.

The cleanup is part of the DNR’s larger effort to remove creosote-treated debris from marine and estuarine waters throughout Puget Sound, according to the release. Projects include removing debris washed onto area beaches, lagoons and estuaries, as well as removing structures and pilings that are no longer functional.

The DNR contracted Blackwater Marine of Kirkland to remove and dispose of the Kitsap pilings and debris. The project is expected to take about a month. Work will begin at the northern Point No Point site, move to Norwegian Point Park and then continue south. The project is expected to begin Sept. 29 and continue through Nov. 7. For schedule updates, check

The creosote removal locations include:

By Robert Dodge, MD

Climate change and world peace will each be highlighted on Sunday September 21, the International Day of Peace. In our nuclear-armed, temperature-rising, resource-depleting world these issues are intricately related and represent the greatest threats to our planet. It is not coincidence that they be highlighted together. We must make the connection between peace on the planet and peace with the environment. Sunday