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Exciting New Addition to Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park: Stottlemeyer Trailhead6/14/2024

Date: June 14, 2024

Welcome to the Stottlemeyer Trailhead!

(Kitsap County, WA) -

Kitsap County Parks is delighted to announce the opening of the Stottlemeyer Trailhead at Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. This new development promises to enhance the outdoor experience for all nature enthusiasts, offering a convenient and accessible gateway to the park's natural wonders.

Key Features of the Stottlemeyer Trailhead:

Ample Parking Space: The parking lot spans 1.20 acres, providing ample visitor space. With 25 standard stalls, ADA-accessible spaces, and five pull-through stalls, the facility is designed to accommodate a variety of vehicles, ensuring a comfortable start to your adventure.

Equestrian Trailer-Friendly Access: Equestrians will appreciate the five pull-through stalls designed to accommodate trailers, making bringing horses to the park easier than ever.

Gateway to Adventure: Situated at the heart of Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, the Stottlemeyer Trailhead offers direct access to an array of hiking trails and nature paths. Visitors can immerse themselves in the park's diverse ecosystems and scenic beauty right from leaving their vehicles.

"We are excited to provide this new park access amenity to our visitors," said Alex Wisniewski, Parks Director. " We look forward to welcoming visitors to start their outdoor adventures from this new trailhead."

Whether you're an avid hiker, a family seeking outdoor fun, or someone searching for a tranquil escape into nature, the Stottlemeyer Trailhead is your new starting point for unforgettable experiences in Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park.

Special Thanks: We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all involved in making this project a reality, especially the Washington Trails Association (WTA) for connecting this new trailhead to the vast trail network in the park. Your dedication and hard work have been instrumental in bringing this vision to life. See you at the trailhead!

About Kitsap County Parks: Kitsap County Parks is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors by preserving natural spaces and providing recreational opportunities. We strive to foster a connection with nature while promoting environmental stewardship and sustainable practices. For more information, visit Kitsap County Parks.

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County announces plans for Juneteenth holiday6/14/2024

​Kitsap County is proud to align itself with the African American community in celebrating and honoring Juneteenth National Independence Day on Wednesday, June 19.  We acknowledge, with gratitude, their presence, contributions, and legacies here in Kitsap.

There will be many opportunities for you to celebrate this special state and federal holiday with events in and around the community.

Be advised, on Juneteenth our administrative offices will be closed to the public, but the following County locations and services will remain open:

  • All County-operated parks
  • Olympic View Transfer Station
  • Hansville Recycling and Garbage Facility


Kitsap County joins regional "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation messaging campaign6/13/2024
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June 13, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Kitsap County joins regional "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation messaging campaign

Port Orchard, Wash. - The threat of wildfire has increased across the nation, including in Western Washington. One important step in facing that threat is preparing to communicate quickly with residents and businesses if evacuation from a wildfire or another hazard is necessary. As wildfire season begins here in Washington, Kitsap County is joining forces with six other counties to highlight the regional "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation campaign.  The campaign outlines the three evacuation levels and provides straightforward messages that describe actions to take at each level when alerted by authorities.

The "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation campaign informs the public on how to respond to the three levels of evacuations (traditionally Levels 1, 2, and 3), and prepares them on actions they should take at each level when alerted by authorities. This messaging is intended not only wildfires but for any hazard which triggers the need for evacuation.

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Key Components of the Campaign

  1. "Ready" Phase: Be aware of the danger in your area and start preparing for possible evacuation. Monitor local media and check on neighbors. If you do not already have an evacuation plan or a Go! kit, assemble these now. Conditions can change suddenly, and you may not receive a Level 2 "Be Set" warning before you are ordered to Level 3 "Go!" Prepare both the inside and outside of your home for fire. Leave if you feel unsafe -- do not wait for an official evacuation order.
  2. "Set" Phase: Short notice evacuation likely in your area (Level 2) - Be prepared for sudden evacuation. People who need help or more time to evacuate - people with disabilities, people with small children, people with medical conditions and people with large animals - should evacuate now. Ensure your evacuation plan checklist is complete and your Go! kit is in your vehicle. Stay informed and be aware of alerts from local law enforcement and fire departments. Always remember to leave if you feel unsafe, do not wait for an official evacuation order.
  3. "Go" Phase: Evacuate immediately from your area (Level 3) - Go now! Danger in your area is current or imminent. Follow directions from law enforcement or fire departments and do not return home until officials have determined it is safe. Notification it is safe to return home will be given as soon as possible.

The "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation campaign is a testament to the power of collaboration. By bringing together the expertise of multiple counties, emergency response agencies, and community organizations, the campaign can create a more resilient and informed population.

Jan Glarum, Director of Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management notes, "Emergencies can arise unexpectedly anywhere and at any time. Being poised to respond when the situation demands is an absolute necessity. Knowing that residents will be able to understand and respond to evacuation alerts is a critical step in our readiness to respond. Kitsap County is excited to be part of the regional 'Ready, Set, Go!' evacuation campaign."

Residents of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Kitsap and Thurston counties are encouraged to participate actively in the "Ready, Set, Go!" evacuation campaign. By preparing their homes, accessing informational materials, and staying informed about local emergency updates, individuals can play a vital role in enhancing the safety and preparedness of their communities.

Kitsap County residents can sign up for local emergency alerts, including "Ready, Set, Go!" notifications, at kcowa.us/alert. Additionally, check to make sure your smart phone is turned on to receive emergency notifications. The full news release can be viewed at the Kitsap Department of Emergency Management website.

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Medical examiner seeks families of 8 people6/3/2024

The Kitsap County Medical Examiner's Office is currently in possession of the remains of the following eight people that are considered either indigent or abandoned.   

We, at the Kitsap County Medical Examiner's Office, feel very strongly that these individuals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and we would like to place the remains with family or friends if at all possible.  Our office has dedicated numerous hours attempting to find family for these individuals to no avail.  

If you are, or know of, a friend or family member of any of the following individuals, please contact the Kitsap County Medical Examiner's office at 360-731-6843.

Renee Lambert                                    DOB: 02-04-1960

Linda Weglin                                      DOB: 08-29-1956

Glen Bui                                              DOB: 11-19-1957

Timothy Matthew Papillon                 DOB: 10-04-1939

Leslea Maxwell                                   DOB: 04-21-1954

Leona Perry                                         DOB: 03-11-1949

Harley Robertson                                DOB: 06-02-1948

Mark Mayberry                                   DOB: 11-30-1960

Any remains not claimed before the end of business on June 28, 2024 will be interred at the Silverdale Pioneer Cemetery at a public ceremony tentatively scheduled for July 13, 2024 at 10 a.m.


Kitsap County Juvenile Services and Peninsula Community Health Services Team Up on New Initiative5/21/2024

Clifton Clinic Offers Comprehensive Care for Detained Youth

Port Orchard, Wash, - Kitsap County Juvenile Services in partnership with Peninsula Community Health Services is proud to announce a pioneering initiative aimed at addressing the holistic health needs of youth in the juvenile justice system.

The Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Facility is a secure facility providing care and control for young offenders awaiting trial or who have been sentenced for up to thirty days. The facility provides detained youth with all basic needs, including healthy meals and exercise, physical education, and academics provided by licensed teachers.

In recent years, the County has seen a dramatic decline in the number of youths requiring detention, which created a unique opportunity. As the number of open, unused sleeping rooms increased, there was a desire to fill the space with something that could address rehabilitation and enrich the lives of youth and their families. That's when a unique partnership with PCHS was born.

The Clifton Clinic, located on the campus of the Juvenile Detention Facility, ensures that patients receive comprehensive care tailored to meet their individual needs. The clinic is staffed with a dedicated team of healthcare professionals and offers integrated behavioral health services, which provides a deeper level of support. Services include depression and anxiety counseling, substance use disorder treatment, adult medication-assisted treatment for addiction, and behavioral health medication consultations, along with all other primary care medical services.

"Our integrated approach to healthcare ensures that the physical and mental well-being of every individual is prioritized," said Jennifer Kreidler-Moss, chief executive officer of Peninsula Community Health Services. "By collaborating with the Juvenile Detention Facility, we aim to provide comprehensive care to justice-affiliated individuals in need, fostering a path towards rehabilitation and a healthier future."

The Juvenile Detention Facility is dedicated to preparing its young residents for a better future through a range of services, including coordination of service courses, diversion agreements, and specialized courts such as Juvenile Drug Court and Individualized Treatment Court.

"We believe in serving the needs of children, both inside and outside the detention center," said Michael Merringer, director of Kitsap County Juvenile Services. "Our partnership with Clifton Clinic allows us to address the physical and mental health needs of our residents, laying the foundation for successful reintegration into society."

The Juvenile Detention Facility accepts young offenders, under the age of 18, who are charged with misdemeanors or felonies.

To learn more about the Clifton Clinic, visit https://www.pchsweb.org/locations/clifton-clinic/.

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Kitsap County staff honored for contributions to end homelessness5/8/2024

Three receive awards from the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition

 Port Orchard, WA –The Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition (KHHC) recently recognized individuals and organizations for their unwavering commitment, dedication, and innovative approaches in addressing homelessness in our community. Among the recipients of this year's awards were three County staff members directly engaged in initiatives to support Kitsap's unhoused population.

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Elected Official Award – Charlotte Garrido

The Elected Official Award recognizes the extraordinary commitment of an elected official to address homelessness within the community. This year's recipient was Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. Serving as District 2 Commissioner, Garrido has tirelessly advocated for the well-being and housing needs of Kitsap County residents. With a background in urban planning and community organization, Garrido has spearheaded initiatives aimed at enhancing workforce training programs and seeking solutions for housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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Community Impact Award – Doug Washburn

The Community Impact Award acknowledges individuals, projects, or organizations that have made a significant difference in addressing homelessness. Doug Washburn, Director of Kitsap County Human Services, was recognized for his outstanding leadership and collaborative efforts in developing and maintaining essential services for Kitsap residents. With extensive experience in public sector budgeting, policy development, and strategic planning, Washburn has played a pivotal role in advancing initiatives to support vulnerable populations and promote community well-being.

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Exceptional Service by a Staff Member – Jarrod Moran

The Exceptional Service by a Staff Member Award celebrates the dedication and compassion of frontline workers who go above and beyond to support individuals experiencing homelessness. This year's recipient was Jarrod Moran, former coordinator of Kitsap County's Homeless Encampment Action Response and Transitions (HEART) team. The HEART Program, launched in April 2022, ensures a coordinated and compassionate response to unauthorized homeless encampments on Kitsap County property.

The KHHC awards underscore the County's commitment to resolving homelessness and housing issues. In 2019, Kitsap County adopted a comprehensive Homeless Crisis & Housing Response plan to reduce homelessness through an efficient response system, that includes five goals: making homelessness rare through prevention strategies, ensuring it is brief via crisis response tactics, promoting one-time occurrences by ensuring long-term housing stability, enhancing the homeless response system's capacity and efficiency, and broadening community engagement. Most recently, Garrido, Washburn and the County's Human Services staff have been leading efforts to construct a new, first-of-its-kind, congregate co-shelter facility in the Mile Hill area of South Kitsap. The Pacific Building is slated to provide temporary housing for 75 people and their companion animals, along with wrap-around services, 24/7, 365 days a year. The facility is expected to open in November 2024.

Each year, KHHC recognizes people who are making a difference in our community. The organization is committed to providing leadership to end homelessness through planning, coordination, advocacy, and education, with the goal of self-sufficiency for homeless individuals and families through affordable housing, prevention, and support services.

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Charlotte Garrido: https://www.kitsap.gov/BOC_p/Pages/Dist2home.aspx

Kitsap County Human Services: https://www.kitsap.gov/hs/Pages/Default%20Home%20Page%20HS.aspx

The HEART Program: https://www.kitsap.gov/hs/Pages/HH-Homeless-Encampment-Response.aspx

Homeless Crisis & Housing Response plan: https://www.kitsap.gov/hs/Pages/HH-Homeless-Crisis-Response-and-Housing-Plan.aspx

Pacific Building: https://www.kitsap.gov/hs/Pages/HH-SK-Housing.aspx

KHHC: https://kitsaphhc.org/

County website: kitsap.gov

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Kitsap County Announces Preferred Alternative for Comprehensive Plan Update5/7/2024



Kitsap County Expresses Gratitude for Community Engagement in Comprehensive Plan Update4/9/2024

Board of Commissioners Extend Public Comment Period

Port Orchard, Wash. -  Last night's public hearing on the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan update drew approximately 150 people through a combination of in-person and online attendance. Residents provided valuable insights on important topics like housing, the environment, parks and open space, facilities, transportation, and more.

We're deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to last night's hearing," stated Deputy County Administrator Eric Baker. "Your input is invaluable as we shape policies for sustainable growth that reflect the needs and aspirations of our community."

The 2024 Comprehensive Plan update will determine how the County manages growth and what its direction will be for the next 20 years across policies, zoning, and departmental regulations as well as planning-level environmental impacts and capital facilities reviews.

People who missed last night's public hearing can watch a replay of the meeting online.

To accommodate further input and public engagement, the Board of Commissioners has extended the written comment period. Residents can submit written testimony from now through Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. Comments can be emailed, sent via regular mail to 614 Division Street MS-36, Port Orchard, WA 98366, or submitted through the comment form on the Comprehensive Plan website.

For more information on how to participate and to access the current draft documents, visit the  Comprehensive Plan website or email the Comprehensive Plan team.

 

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Replay of the meeting online: https://bremerton.vod.castus.tv/vod/index.php/5/7/1/5/a/b/5715ab81-2cdc-4ce4-91a5-671d602a98ca+17126466201712638488404454.vod.720p.KCC_20240408.m2t.mp4

Comments can be emailed: compplan@kitsap.gov

Comprehensive Plan website: kcowa.us/compplan

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Kitsap County Treasurer's Office Announces Updated Payment Systems3/20/2024

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2024

 

Kitsap County Treasurer's Office Announces Updated Payment Systems

New year. New design. Same great service!

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – The Kitsap County Treasurer's Office is proud to announce two major improvements designed to enhance the billing and payment experience for residents. Earlier this year, our office revamped property tax statements, introducing a modern design that provides a clear, detailed breakdown of how the current year's tax dollars are allocated.

"The new statements are designed to be clear and easily consumable," said County Treasurer Peter Boissonneau. "We want every taxpayer to understand exactly where their money is going.  We have also added QR codes to our payment stubs to make paying taxes electronically as easy as possible."

In addition, the Treasurer's Office has switched payment vendors to InvoiceCloud, allowing constituents to register and make a profile, link tax accounts, sign up for paperless billing, set up AutoPay, and register for Pay by Text. Electronic check payments made via www.InvoiceCloud.com/KitsapCountyWA are ALWAYS FREE. The system also supports all major credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, and PayPal, offering numerous payment options to our taxpayers.

Tax payments can also be made through regular mail at P.O. Box 169, Port Orchard, WA 98366, or in person at the Treasurer's Office on the third floor of the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard, WA 98366.  If you plan to mail your payment, we suggest bringing your envelope to the post office several days early to ensure your mail is postmarked before the due date.

As a reminder, first half installments of property taxes are due on April 30th, with second half installments due on October 31st. 

For more information on these updates, please visit the Treasurer's website. Residents who need assistance or have questions about payments are encouraged to email the Treasurer's Office or call (360) 337-7135.


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Electronic payments: www.InvoiceCloud.com/KitsapCountyWA

Kitsap County Treasurer's website: www.kitsap.gov/treasurer

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