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Tag: Port Orchard

Feb.
3rd

Naming rights could alleviate, not solve funding shortages

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Would you support renaming the Tacoma Narrows Bridge if it kept tolls from rising higher than they otherwise would?

What if it were renamed the Taco Bell Narrows Bridge and only kept the toll from increasing, say, by 25 cents?

It’s that kind of question that lawmakers must consider with House Bill 1050 and 1051, which would allow naming rights for public facilities and transportation infrastructure, respectively. Both are prime-sponsored by state Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard; HB 1051 is co-sponsored by freshman Rep. Linda Kochmar, R-Federal Way. Read more »

Jan.
30th

13-year-old killed in Port Orchard fit a sad profile

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Mercifully, the two Kitsap County deputies shot at the Port Orchard Walmart a week ago are out of the hospital and expected to recover.

The girl shot in the same gunfight, a Salt Lake City runaway named Astrid Valdiva, was not so fortunate. She was killed while running into the line of fire toward a man she reportedly called her lover, Anthony Allen Martinez.

Martinez: 31 years old. Valdiva: 13 years old. Sick.

Valdiva’s death with Martinez was rare, freakish and shocking. But the underlying pattern – adolescent girl hooked up with

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