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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 »

 

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 Grow Community, a sustainable, solar-powered community on Bainbridge Island, is taking advance reservations for the two neighborhoods to be built in its second phase.

The Grove and the Park neighborhoods will feature a mix of townhomes, single-level homes and single-family residences. Homes in the Grove will be arrayed around a native woodland, while the Park’s residences will flank a broad open green. A community center for use by residents will connect the neighborhoods and the Village, Grow’s first phase that is nearing completion. read more »

 

HomeStreet Bank announced the opening of a new home loan center in Silverdale, at 9226 Bayshore Drive NW. The center will be managed by Mechelle Bauser, who also manages the bank’s Bainbridge Island home loan business.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our services in Kitsap County,” Bauser said. “As the real estate market continues to grow, we see the opportunity to have another Kitsap office from which we can provide the finest service and reliability in the region.” read more »

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.

The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn’t settle with the FTC over the charges. Amazon said in a letter to the FTC last week that it had already refunded money to parents who complained and was prepared to go to court.

On Thursday, Amazon said its statements in the letter still apply and did not comment further. read more »

 

OLYMPIA — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has reversed a key portion of a decision approving Puget Sound Energy’s multiyear energy rate plan, which could roll back automatic rate increases for PSE customers.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved the rate plan for PSE in 2013. The plan included automatic rate increases for PSE customers beginning in 2013 and continuing until 2016 or 2017 at PSE’s option. read more »

 

The sixth annual Kitsap Wine Festival will be held Aug. 9 from 2-5:30 p.m. at Harborside Fountain Park, next to the ferry terminal on Bremerton’s waterfront. read more »

 

 

Heronswood GardenHeronswood Garden is hosting its next Summer Plant Sale & Garden Open on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Heronswood is located at 7530 NE 288th St.
in Kingston. read more »

 
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 »

 

By Fred Dreier, Marijuana Business Daily

With recreational cannabis sales starting in Washington state this week, entrepreneurs are bracing for a host of short-term challenges involving everything from inventory and edibles to pricing and increased media attention.

Yet some are stressing the need to take a long-term approach, saying businesses should avoid taking shortcuts to boost immediate profits and instead focus on establishing ethical business practices that will help when the market stabilizes. read more »

 

Rachel Lerman, Puget Sound Business Journal

Long lines full of eager customers awaited the 20 or so pot retailers who were able to get their paperwork in order in time to open their shops Tuesday, the first day of legal retail pot sales in Washington state.

But not so for “ganjapreneur” Pete O’Neil, owner of C&C Shops, who had the funding and the locations — but not the license. read more »

 
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