The Kitsap Scene


Young people voting for the first time in this election may never see another presidential faceoff like it again. Today in Seattle at the National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning, where the theme is “Dare to Disrupt,” young, first-time voters will open up about their feelings toward the election and their hopes for the nation’s future.

Cris Romero, a student at Highline College who is part of the “Youth Sparks” panel today, said he isn’t deterred by the combative tone of the presidential campaigns.

“It’s been quite a ride, but I am excited,” he said. “I’m confident that whoever is elected in end will be able to make great and positive changes, as we move on to our next president.”

Romero said the issues that concern him include the country’s infrastructure, LGBT rights, and immigration. The conference brings together educators and researchers from across the country for three days to discuss the advantages of after-school and summer learning programs for kids.

Romero said he was pursuing a career as a commercial pilot, but after getting involved as a volunteer in local politics, his track may have changed. He said he’s met with local politicians, and the election might have swayed him toward a career in public service or politics instead.

Romero explained, “I do think these elections have kind of helped me, inspired me to a fundamental level, in which I can say to myself, ‘Wow, well, it takes a lot to run for public office, let alone run for the presidency.'”

The National Summer Learning Association and School’s Out Washington are hosting this year’s Dare to Disrupt conference, with more than a thousand participants attending. The event includes over 70 sessions, including an opening session with City of Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim.

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A pregnant Native American woman was shot and killed by King County Sheriff’s Deputies during a welfare check last Friday, according to the News Tribune.

Renee Davis, 23, was a single mother and, according to her foster sister, was five months pregnant, the Tacoma newspaper reported.

The deputies were reportedly conducting a wellness check at Davis’ home, which is located on Muckleshoot tribal land. Davis had reportedly been experiencing depression and texted someone earlier that night to say shes was “in a bad way.”

When deputies arrived,

Are you a salmon lover? Of course you are — you’re a Washingtonian.

Well, next month you’ll have a chance to get up close and personal with our scaly, watery brethren, as people gather to watch salmon returning to Gorst Creek.

The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Jarstad Park. The event is free and is part of Kitsap Salmon Tours 2016.

It’s suggested that people dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

The event is one of seven this year, and allows people to join salmon experts and docents to “witness the culmination of the salmon lifestyle.” Also included this year are locations in Poulsbo and Silverdale.

To check out the full list of salmon-viewing locations for the year, check out the map below or click here for more information.

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The Kitsap County Sheriff wants public input as it seeks to upgrade its current facilities.

That’s the question the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office are trying to answer with a community survey.

“With the advent of population growth in Kitsap County, there is a high expectation that local government will provide county residents and visitors with adequate public safety services,” a press release from the sheriff’s office states. “This no longer is solely a belief

Bremerton police arrested a Minnesota man this morning for allegedly assaulting a man and woman at 7-11, and for being in possession of a stolen firearm.

Around 8 a.m. this morning, Bremerton officers were called to a report of an assault at the 7-11 located at 802 Sixth Street.

Here’s what happened, according to a press release from the police department:

A 37-year-old woman from the Shelton area was at 7-11 with her two children and her friend, a 35-year-old man.

The woman reported that she confronted the suspect — later identified as a 31-year-old transient from Minnesota — as he walked by her on Sixth Street Tuesday morning. She said she recognized him as the person who had stolen her phone the previous day. When she confronted the suspect, he allegedly struck her in the face with a closed fist. She reportedly suffered “significant injuries.”

After the woman’s friend witnessed the assault and came to her aid, the suspect reportedly turned toward him and repeatedly struck him in the face with a

The former owner of a sunken tugboat owes more than $44,000 on restitution to the state, according to a Kitsap County judge’s order on Monday.

The state attorney general’s office issued a press release on the ruling, presented here in its entirety:

At a hearing today in Kitsap County Superior Court, a judge ordered the former owner of the sunken tugboat Chickamauga to pay more than $44,000 in restitution to the state departments of Ecology and Natural Resources.

The case, prosecuted by the Attorney General

The legal drama surrounding Initiative King Tim Eyman continues.

Attorney General bob Ferguson today announced the filing of campaign finance complaints against Eyman, three political committees, and their officers and treasurer, according to a press release.

Ferguson alleges that “shoddy accounting practices and improper disclosure of the source of funds for the committees and their ads” violated state law.

In related news, Ferguson announced in a press release last week that Eyman and his company reimbursed Ferguson’s office $10,000 to cover attorneys’ fees and costs. Additionally, Eyman’s political committees paid another $10,000, and signature-gathering firm Citizen Solutions paid an additional $12,969.50. Those payments come in the wake of Eyman, his political committees, and Citizen Solutions allegedly delaying Ferguson’s access to documents related to his investigation

Ferguson filed three separate cases on Friday in Thurston County Superior Court against the political committees and their principals — Eyman, Jack Fagan and Mike Fagan — and their treasurer, Barbara Smith.