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Herald North K itsap PHOTO CONTEST: Share your pride and you could win / page A11 Friday, January 10, 2014 | Vol. 113, No. 2 | WWW.NORTHKITSAPHERALD.COM | 50¢ Homeless advocacy group forms First priority: Severe-weather shelter in Kingston IN THE HERALD By KIPP ROBERTSON KINGSTON — The number of homeless people in Kingston, and Kitsap County for that matter, is difficult to track down. “Even people who are real pros and work directly in that area … Counting at any time is a nebulous area,” ShareNet Executive Director Mark Ince said. About 3 percent of ShareNet’s clients are selfidentified as homeless, Ince said. ShareNet is a nonprofit in Kingston that provides food and other services to low-income people. Ince believes there are more people in the north end of the county who do not want to be identified as homeless. Poulsbo Lions / Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund According to the 2012 Point In Time Homeless County, there are more than 500 homeless people either living outside, in vehicles, shelters, transitional housSee HOMELESS, Page A8 26 apply for pot licenses in North Kitsap Fund total: $30,149 KITSAP WEEK Meet the candidates for pageant titles — Inside Breaks previous year’s mark Twenty-six businesses hope to obtain licenses for locations in North Kitsap and become among the first in the state’s emerging recreational marijuana market. Courtesy / Washington Cannabis Institute SPORTS Middle school leagues look to combine — Page A10 Recreational marijuana industry begins its North Kitsap emergence By RICHARD D. OXLEY POULSBO — The application window for Washington’s marijuana licenses closed in late December. Now, 26 businesses hope to obtain licenses for locations in North Kitsap and become among the first in the state’s emerg- ing recreational marijuana market. The wave of prospective businesses seeking to launch a new era of “green” jobs holds a variety of producers, processors and retailers. Statewide, the number of processed applications surged to approximately 6,619 on Jan. 7. The state’s Liquor Control Board — the department charged with regulating the industry — expects to approve licenses in late February and March. Washington’s first marijuana retail stores could open as soon as May or June. See LICENSES, Page A3 Community grieves Poulsbo teen’s death STATE OF CITY Public art, more homes and stores coming — Page A15 By RICHARD WALKER Evan Tong ... memorial on Jan. 10 POULSBO — No one knows why Evan Theodore Tong left the world at 17. Perhaps it was the overwhelming experience of being a teen- ager on the cusp of adulthood, Joe Pulicicchio speculated of the young man who was as comfortable figuring out complicated video games as he was playing in the woods or pranking his friends. “He was a great kid. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body,” said Pulicicchio, a close friend of the family. “He never spoke an angry word about anyone or any thing. He was a gentle giant.” A senior at North Kitsap High See EVAN, Page A9 POULSBO — A local lawyer helped Lainie Hammond after she graduated from law school, with a donation of law books. He refused to accept any payment for the books, so Hamkond decided to pay the kindness forward with a $100 donation to the Poulsbo Lions/ Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund. Her donation Jan. 3 pushed the fund over the $30,000 mark. All told, the community donated $30,149 to the fund this campaign season. See FUND, Page A7 The North Kitsap Herald: Top local stories, every Friday in print. Breaking news daily on and on Facebook

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