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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 »

 

Business Examiner

State regulators issued a formal policy statement Wednesday finding that companies that lease rooftop solar systems, and sell the power produced by the system to a customer, are likely subject to regulation as an electrical company. 

In the interpretive statement, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) determined that it has the authority to perform the same consumer protection services for customers of solar leasing companies as it does for customers of regulated electrical companies. read more »

 

In a decision that’s a blow for Washington state — but not a surprise— Boeing has decided to assemble the largest Dreamliner solely in South Carolina.

This is the first step in a series of moves that could eventually make North Charleston, S.C. the dominant producer of the carbon composite 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s office acknowledged the significance of the decision. read more »

 

Tad Sooter, Kitsap Sun

Julie Tappero believes Kitsap County is facing a problem it hasn’t confronted in years: a labor shortage.

West Sound still lags behind Washington as a whole in job creation. But hiring has picked up in certain industries to the extent that employers are having trouble filling positions, particularly in skilled fields. read more »

 

A Port Orchard shopping center, anchored by Safeway and Big Lots, sold last week for $20.8 million.

The Bethel Junction center had been for sale, off and on, since the fall, said Sean Tufts, a partner with commercial real estate firm Pacific Capital.

The property changed hands between two California companies. Garrity Group of San Diego bought the property Thursday, Tufts said. Tavitac Corp. of Los Angeles was the previous owner, according to county assessor’s documents. read more »

 

Negotiations between Harrison Medical Center and Regence BlueShield are coming down to the wire this week.

The contract between the hospital and insurance company is set to expire Wednesday. The two sides had yet to reach a new deal as of Monday afternoon. Representatives for both Harrison and Regence said they still were “hopeful” an agreement can be crafted before the contract terminates. read more »

 

Sixteen small businesses have been selected as semi-finalists in Kitsap Bank’s edg3 Fund (rhymes with hedge fund) competition. The mission of edg3 Fund is to recognize entrepreneurs dedicated to growing their community economically, socially or environmentally. The inaugural competition drew nearly 70 applications from entrepreneurs throughout Western Washington in industries ranging from food/beverage and tourism to arts, education and agriculture.   read more »

 

Kitsap Bank opened its new East Bremerton branch on July 21, and the bank also will be closing its Central Kitsap branch on Aug. 1

The old bank branch on Wheaton Way, Kitsap Bank’s first location outside its Port Orchard headquarters, was torn down earlier this year to make way for construction of the new building on the site, which also has a Starbucks. A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration are scheduled at the new facility on Kitsap Bank’s 106th anniversary, Aug. 8. read more »

 

Kitsap County commissioners announced two appointments Monday. County administrator Karen Goon and human resources director Steve McLain will begin their jobs Sept. 2.

“We are delighted to have these two exceptional leaders join our county team,” said Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of County Commissioners.

Goon brings 18 years of experience in public administration, human resources and project management, most recently as division manager for Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Support Services, a position she held since 2008. read more »

 

By Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press

SPOKANE — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity. read more »

 
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