SAFE Boats: From garage to global force

Tad Sooter, Kitsap Sun BREMERTON — Off the arid coast of Tunisia they patrol for smugglers and terrorists. In Alaska they help wildlife troopers regulate a rowdy fishery on Bristol Bay. They’ve been seized in Iran and taken fire in Iraq. When United Airways Flight 1549 splashed down in the Hudson River in 2009, they were among the first vessels on scene. Around here, SAFE Boats are […] Read more »

Bremerton ranked No. 9 in College Destination Index

Bremerton is getting a lot of attention recently, and it’s easy to see why. Nature surrounds the city, which has strong employers like Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, excellent public transportation with Kitsap Transit, and award winning Olympic College. The American Institute for Economic Research recently ranked Bremerton No. 9 in the nation among small metropolitan areas in its College Destinations Index. It was […] Read more »

Olympic College purchase will ease parking crunch

Michaela Roman, Kitsap Sun As enrollment at Olympic College rises, parking at the Bremerton campus becomes more of an issue. To the college’s surprise, they have an opportunity to ease the problem. New Beginnings Church, just west of campus on the 1400 block of Ohio Avenue, sold their property to the school in June. The church building, previously First Baptist Church of Bremerton, sits between […] Read more »

Home buyers seeking relief from skyrocketing house prices look to Bremerton

Q13 Fox by Hana Kim BREMERTON, Wash. — Directly west of Seattle across the Puget Sound, developers are buzzing about Bremerton. “It’s becoming more desirable,” said Wes Larson, with Sound West Group. That’s why brokers such as Ben Hoefer, with John L. Scott Realty, is spending more time in Bremerton lately, showing homes to both first-time home buyers and investors. Hoefer showed us a waterfront […] Read more »

Reservations now available for cross-sound fast ferry

Ed Friedrich , ed.friedrich@kitsapsun.com BREMERTON — Kitsap Transit began to accept reservations Monday for its cross-sound fast ferry service that begins July 10. Seats can be reserved on all but one of the dozen daily weekday sailings — the 6:15 a.m. from Seattle. Reservations won’t be available for the 20 Saturday trips because they’re not expected to be needed. Eighty-eight of the Rich Passage 1’s […] Read more »

Bremerton’s SuperCritical Technologies wins Washington DOC award

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced five projects awarded matching grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to advance research and development in clean power technologies. They include innovative wave energy technology, a hybrid aircraft, bioenergy and small-scale electric power generation. The grants total just over $2.3 million, matched by another $33.2 million in non-state funding. “Washington state is committed […] Read more »

Ferry schedules changing for Colman Dock work

Ed Friedrich  The Kitsap Sun “To safely and efficiently unload all of the sailings and maintain on-time performance, we need to modify the sailing schedules to provide more space between afternoon sailings where we have boats arrive and depart right next to each other.” Of the two routes’ 9.2 million riders last year, 4.9 million walked on.   The proposed schedule shifts the current 4:20 p.m. […] Read more »

KUOW Region of Boom series features stories on how the new Fast Ferry could impact Bremerton

Bremerton bets on a fast ferry. Will Seattleites? By Carolyn Adolph • Jun 14, 2017 KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph Bremerton hopes to be the next bedroom community for Seattle. The mayor is promoting the city, and developers are building places for people to live. From submarines to cyber warfare, Bremerton sticks to the mission and keeps its mouth shut By Joshua McNichols • Jun 14, 2017 […] Read more »

KING 5 story highlights impact of Fast Ferry on Kitsap housing market

Ryan Takeo, KING As Seattle’s hot housing market spills over to Kitsap County, real estate brokers report the upcoming fast foot ferry is an added selling point that’s peaked commuters’s interest. Home prices in Kitsap County have gone up 10.28 percent in the past year, according to the Northwest MLS. Still, the median home price in Kitsap County is $297,700. That’s less than half the […] Read more »

110-lot subdivision approved in West Hills

Tad Sooter , Kitsap Sun BREMERTON — A hearing examiner decision last month paves the way for 110 single-family home sites in the West Hills area of Bremerton. Bremerton Hearing Examiner Theodore Hunter approved a preliminary plat March 7 for the Wright Creek subdivision, owned by Poulsbo-based Olympic Property Group. The 110-lot neighborhood is planned off Third Avenue, southeast of Pendergast Park and west of the Sunn […] Read more »