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Gaming software developer from Bremerton showing next generation of students path to technology career

By Terri Gleich / For KPBJ 

When Chris Gonzales graduated from the University of Washington with a computer science degree, he wasn’t qualified for his current job as a software developer at Unity Technologies.

To teach himself the computer code that is the foundation for every website and software program, he spent hours watching YouTube videos and visiting bookstores where he would page through manuals he couldn’t afford to buy. read more »


The expansion of Medicaid in Washington state includes a change allowing licensed naturopathic physicians to function as primary-care providers for patients in the state’s Apple Health (Medicaid) program. In Kitsap County, however, naturopaths are passing on the opportunity to enroll as Medicaid providers. read more »


The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail — a network of 79 locations where paddlers can launch vessels, take breaks or camp — has been designated a national water trail by the National Park Service.

Kitsap’s 371-mile route joins 15 other national water trails that range from routes on the Mississippi River to island loops in the Great Lakes. Kitsap’s trail is the only one in Washington and the second on the West Coast. The Kitsap trail is the first routed entirely on saltwater. read more »

Poulsbo man invests in video mobile video game 'theater' in tricked-out trailer

Puget Sound Rolling Video Games has a 32-foot trailer equipped as a mobile gaming theater.Chris Gunnell may be the coolest Little League coach and team sponsor ever — and it has nothing to do with baseball.

How many teams have a coach who brings a video game wonderland on wheels to their end-of-season party?

The Poulsbo Little Leaguers — including the coach’s 8-year-old son, Ian — got a freebie, but Gunnell invested in the Rolling Video Games trailer as a way to start his own small business. He rents the tricked-out 32-foot trailer by the hour and tows it behind his pickup to parties like the one his son’s team had, and other special events where a mobile rec room with multiple flat-screen TVs and an array of the latest game consoles would be a hit.  read more »


Thomas Driver is the owner of a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise restaurant that will open in early July in Port Orchard, and he plans to eventually open four more in Kitsap County.There’s not a long list of barbecue restaurants on the Kitsap Peninsula, but that’s fixin’ to change.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will start serving ribs, brisket and other smoked fare the first week of July in Port Orchard, and it’s the first of five Dickey’s locations that franchisee Thomas Driver plans to open.

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Slippery Pig Brewery moves to downtown Poulsbo

Moving from the farm to town won’t change the Slippery Pig.

Dave Lambert said the new downtown Poulsbo location for his Slippery Pig Brewery will have increased production capacity, but he plans to stick mostly with the same distinctive beers he’s been brewing for the last few years at Red Rooster Farm just outside the city limits. read more »


Jean-Louis Gazabat, left, and Paul Elkins moved their real estate office to a Harborview Drive building they bought and renovated.What had been a partially vacant cinderblock building in deteriorating condition is now the spruced-up new office of longtime real estate partners Paul Elkins and Jean-Louis Gazabat on the Gig Harbor waterfront.

The pair held a grand opening event at Gig Harbor Real Estate EG in June that drew a lot of appreciative  read more »


The Bremerton Marina in conjunction with the Kitsap Entrepreneurial Center will host its second annual Rock The Dock free summer concert series in August, featuring a lineup of local and national touring rock, blues and country performers. 

The marina, owned and operated by the Port of Bremerton, and Kitsap Entrepreneurial Center have partnered on the concert series to entertain and help promote business in Bremerton’s Harbor District. read more »


REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, he designed food — or “food concepts,” he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce. read more »


SILVERDALE — Permitting delays have pushed a major project on Bucklin Hill Road back to next summer.

Kitsap County had planned to start work on a new bridge over Clear Creek this summer, but announced in April that permitting problems had delayed the project until this fall. A news release issued Monday by the county noted that permitting and right of way acquisition have taken even longer than anticipated.

Work is now scheduled to start in June 2015. A yearlong closure of Bucklin Hill Road between Blain Avenue and Mickelberry Road will start in July 2015. read more »


The Splash for Cash, a fundraiser for the Manette Business Association in Bremerton, will be held Tuesday, July 22, from 3-6 p.m. at The Boat Shed restaurant.

The event will feature The Boat Shed owner Brett Hayfield “and his bevy of bathing beauties” jumping off the restaurant’s roof into the water below the Manette Bridge.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $5, with the chance to win prizes such as a tune-up package from Bicyle Works, a $100 gift card to The Boat Shed and a $50 gift card for Rejuv Massage & Spa. There will also be live music from the Malo Combo.  read more »


OLYMPIA – The Washington State Building Code Council unanimously approved a change in state law that allows installation of simple rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems without review by an engineer.

This change removes an estimated $500 to $2,500 in project costs and up to eight weeks of wait time for homeowners without compromising structural safety, according to Tim Stearns, senior energy policy specialist at the State Energy Office in the Department of Commerce. read more »


OLYMPIA – Fifty-four Washington businesses saved millions by reducing the amount of electricity and natural gas they use. These businesses increased their bottom lines by collaborating with Department of Ecology engineers in the Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) program. read more »


Reducing mankind’s carbon footprint has become the defining issue of our time and rightly so. Virtually every level of government has policies to reduce greenhouse gases by regulating everything from industrial CO2 emissions to cow flatulence.  

But as Kermit the Frog said, “It’s not easy being green.”  

It turns out that some good ideas don’t work well – or not at all.  Still, the government continues to mandate them. read more »


Business Examiner

The state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) has announced a new online, interactive map of natural resource and recreation lands owned by government agencies. read more »


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett has given several charities Berkshire Hathaway stock worth more than $2.8 billion as part of his plan to give away his fortune gradually through annual gifts.

Berkshire’s chairman and CEO announced the gifts Tuesday in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In accordance with Buffett’s giving plan, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation received the biggest gift worth more than $2.1 billion. read more »

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