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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 Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level since February 2006 — nearly two years before the Great Recession began — the government said Thursday. read more »

 

An overhauled public workforce development program will be signed into law by President Obama after overwhelming passage by both the House and Senate, routing funding to Kitsap County to provide job training and employment support services.


“I’ve seen firsthand that federal workforce programs can change lives, boost our economy and get people back to work,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), “but we can’t expect to adequately train Americans for jobs at Boeing or Microsoft with programs designed in the 1990s.”
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EVERETT (AP) — The union representing engineers has filed age discrimination complaints against Boeing, saying that older employees are being targeted for layoffs.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) filed complaints Wednesday at the state Human Rights Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the aerospace giant, The Everett Herald reported Thursday. read more »

 

The next Kitsap Business Forum will feature a panel of elected officials who represent Kitsap on the local, state and federal levels. They will discuss how recent law and policy changes have affected businesses.

The panelists for the Aug. 12 session will be Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, Kitsap County Commissioner Linda Streissguth, and Congressman Derek Kilmer.

With John Powers of Kitsap Economic Development Alliance as moderator, the elected officials will address these topics:

How government decisions impact your business read more »

 

A Port Orchard business has received the first state license for a retail marijuana shop on the Kitsap Peninsula. The state Liquor Control Board issued a license Tuesday for The Crockpot store at 1703 SE Sedgwick Road.

Owner Randy Jones said he hopes to receive his city business license this week, although he probably won’t procure enough cannabis to open the shop until August. read more »

 

By Arla Shephard for the Kitsap Sun

SHELTON — Mason County commissioners voted 2-1 after a long public hearing Tuesday to repeal a moratorium that prohibited recreational marijuana producers and processors from operating in rural residential zoning districts.

In November, the board had approved a resolution allowing recreational marijuana producers and processors to operate on rural residential parcels of 5 acres or greater, with 100-foot buffers between those businesses and the nearest residence. read more »

 

Pleasant Beach Village was already bursting with new businesses. It added another when Hammy’s Burgers opened on Monday.

Hammy’s, billed as an affordable, diner-style eatery, opened in the Lynwood Center Road development on Bainbridge Island. The restaurant is owned by the Jacobi family, which owns Pleasant Beach Village.

Hammy’s has all the expected offerings, including burgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, drinks and shakes. More details and a full menu are posted on the Pleasant Beach Village page on Facebook. read more »

 

By Tad Sooter, Kitsap Sun

BREMERTON — One prominent West Hills car dealership has reached the end of its road.

Hoover Motors is expected to close this week after 27 years in business.

The closure follows the death of its founder, Martin Hoover, a well-known Bremerton car dealer. Hoover died July 8 at age 85. He requested no obituary be run after his passing.

The Hoover family decided not to continue the dealership in Martin’s absence, said office manager Marci Wrye. Business also has been tepid in recent years. 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 »

 
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