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The long-vacant Myhre’s building in downtown Port Orchard apparently has a buyer.

The vacant Myhre's building on Bay Street in downtown Port Orchard.Listing agent Bryan Petro of Windermere Real Estate in Port Orchard said Thursday that a confidentiality agreement prevents him from disclosing any information until the pending sale closes. read more »

 

Bainbridge MuseumHe scouted the location several years ago, before the striking art museum transformed the corner across from the Bainbridge Island ferry. Mike Loudon had his eye on the developing Island Gateway complex and the building that was already there, partly occupied by Avalara, for a possible second location for his business, Bainbridge Bakers. read more »

 

Photo by Rodika Tollefson Dr. Patricia Burkhart with the low-dose CT scanner at The Doctors Clinic. As a radiologist, her work is typically behind the scenes, reading the images on her computer.The Doctors Clinic has been using a low-dose radiation scanner for the past year — the only technology of its kind on the Olympic Peninsula. The computerized tomography (CT) scanner allows the radiation dose to be reduced up to 60 percent. read more »

 

Photo by Rodika Tollefson. Dr. David Stedman is a longtime chiropractor in his hometown of Silverdale.For as long as he’s been in practice, Silverdale chiropractor Dr. David Stedman has been giving his patients information about being healthy. read more »

 

Hybrid operating roomA hybrid operating suite that opened at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton allows vascular and heart physicians to work together on complicated cases. Double in size of the typical operating room, the hybrid OR is part of the Heart & Vascular Center and is outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment, including advanced imaging technology, for both surgeries and minimally invasive procedures. read more »

 

Food shedThe Food Shed is coming back to Kingston, at a new location that co-founders Leslee Pate and Pam Buitenveld say is more central than before. The slow-food café, which was previously located on a Kingston farm, closed about a year ago and the two women had scaled back to only catering and events while looking for a new space. read more »

 

carsGas/electric hybrid cars have come a long way from the geeky-looking Honda Insight and the original Toyota Prius. Today, there are hybrid choices by almost every manufacturer in almost every market segment from compact two-seaters, to full-size, nine-passenger SUVs. The greatest number of choices are in the compact or midsize sedan segment, and include hybrid versions of popular gasoline-powered vehicles like the Ford Fusion and Kia Optima for example, while some are stand-alone hybrid designs like the Toyota Prius and Honda CR-Z.

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By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press 

WASHINGTON — A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

The nonpartisan budget office’s estimate could be used as ammunition by Republicans, who largely oppose the measure because they say it would drive up business costs. read more »

 

The Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (BIDA) announced that Executive Director Andie Mackin will be leaving later this month to take a position with the Downtown Seattle Association as resource development manager.

“The role with the DSA will be an exciting challenge,” Mackin said in a news release. “I had an opportunity to work with Dave Willard and the Seattle Metropolitan Improvement District over the holidays and am a big fan of their work.”  read more »

 

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, which through its foundation became Heronswood’s caretaker in 2012, is opening a new community market.

The Ravenwood Market will hold its grand opening on Friday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 7950 Little Boston Road NE in Kingston, near The Gliding Eagle Marketplace and The Point Casino.

The seasonal outdoor market will be open every other Friday through the summer, except for July 4.  read more »

 

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WASHINGTON — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent.

Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago. read more »

 

The long-vacant Myhre’s building in downtown Port Orchard apparently has a buyer.

The vacant Myhre's building on Bay Street in downtown Port Orchard.Listing agent Bryan Petro of Windermere Real Estate in Port Orchard said Thursday that a confidentiality agreement prevents him from disclosing any information until the pending sale closes. read more »

 

Double-deck buses that can carry about 90 passengers might be coming to Kitsap County in the future, if Kitsap Transit can secure federal grant funding for purchasing them.

The Kitsap Sun reports that the transit agency’s board of commissioners approved seeking $12 million in U.S. Department of Transportation grants to go along with $3 million in local matching funds.  read more »

 

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) is offering numerous free training workshops for small business owners interested in expanding their business through government contracting. Participants will learn the basics of government contracting from 30-year veteran Mary Jo Juarez and Susan Veach, consultant and president of Accountability Plus, Inc., and various subject matter experts. read more »

 

OLYMPIA – A small improvement in the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate began in February and was matched in March, according to revised and preliminary estimates by economists with the state’s Employment Security Department.

Earlier this year, economists estimated Washington’s February unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. A subsequent revision reduced that rate to 6.3 percent, which was equaled in March.

The pace of hiring also has quickened. Washington employers added an estimated 6,700 new jobs in March. read more »

 

Martha & Mary’s Generations of Care benefit luncheon and auction will be held Sunday, April 27, from noon to 3:30 pm at Kiana Lodge, 14976 Sandy Hook Road in Poulsbo. This annual event supports Martha & Mary’s (www.marthaandmary.org) mission of providing quality care for seniors and early childhood education services across Kitsap County.

This year’s keynote speaker is Erik R. Lindbergh, a pilot, artist and entrepreneur, and the grandson of aviation pioneers Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. read more »

 
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