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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 »

Larger store will anchor retail development across Highway 16 in Gig Harbor

Plans that first surfaced several years ago to build a new Fred Meyer store in Gig Harbor on the opposite side of Highway 16 from the existing store are moving ahead, and site work could begin later this year.

The new store would anchor a planned retail development to be built along the west side of Point Fosdick Drive north of Olympic Drive, and would include land that has been used by Fife RV at the north end of the property. Fife RV is closing its Gig Harbor dealership and currently advertising a liquidation sale. 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 »

Bucklin Court project would be next to Silverdale Beach Hotel

A luxury condo development with a fine-dining restaurant is in the works on a Silverdale waterfront site between Old Mill Park and the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel.

Daybreak Development, LLC recently filed plans with Kitsap County for a four-story building with underground parking for condo residents and some commercial tenants. read more »


After a year of protracted negotiations and a recent vote by union members authorizing a strike, the Pro Tech workers at Harrison Medical Center got much of what they wanted in a new contract, which was approved by a 98 percent vote of union members. The result was announced June 27 by UFCW Local 21.

The two main sticking points in the often contentious talks were the length of the contract, and Harrison’s insistence on including language to prohibit the Pro Tech workers from honoring a legal strike by another bargaining unit.  read more »


Wes Larson certainly has gone places in his career — make that careers. 

The Bremerton native and UW alum who once worked at the downtown Woolworth’s as a stock boy has lived in Japan, where he taught English and studied karate. (Larson currently teaches a youth karate class at a downtown Bremerton studio.)  read more »

Bainbridge entrepreneurs plan to grow domestic supply in Alabama for future manufacturing

A Bainbridge Island couple preparing for planting season doesn’t seem especially newsworthy, but Ann and David Knight aren’t your average gardeners putting in a backyard vegetable patch.

What they are cultivating — far from Kitsap County in rural Alabama — is the beginning of what they envision as an entire new industry that will transform agriculture in that poverty-stricken region and create an eco-friendly manufacturing base for bamboo products. read more »


Rick Bjarnson and Don Stolz are two guys who bagged groceries as teenagers and worked their way up to owning grocery stores.

Bjarnson, however, is getting out of the business; the longtime owner of the Kingston IGA is selling his store to Don Stolz, who owns two Food Market stores on the Key Peninsula and another in Auburn.

The Kingston store, which has been an IGA for about five years, has operated under various grocery brands since Bjarnson bought the business in 1979. read more »

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