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Super fan returns for championship BY KEVAN MOORE KMOORE@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM
While growing up in DeWitt, Iowa, Matt Frey used to collect miniature NFL football helmets with his brother. “The Seahawks was always one of my favorites,” he said. “I liked them when they had Jim Zorn and Steve Largent.” Ironically enough, the Navy brought Frey to Kitsap County where he spent about 17 years living in Silverdale, Bremerton or Port Orchard and his love of the Seahawks soared. This Friday, he’s “coming home” to attend the NFC Championship game at Century Link. “I’m hoping that it’s one of the loudest games on record and the Seahawks just destroy the 49ers,” he said. Frey will fly out of Moline, Illinois, about 25 minutes from his home, on a puddle jumper to O’Hare and then head for Seattle. He specifically chose Alaska Airlines and hopes to don a new Russell Wilson jersey in order to get priority boarding. Frey has had two season tickets to Seahawks games for about 14 years now. “I will not get rid of them as long as I can help it,” he said. As a season ticket holder, Frey got the first crack
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Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent listens to King County Executive Dow Constantine during a Puget Sound Regional Council meeting in Seattle Tuesday.
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Former Kitsap County resident Matt Frey will return to Seattle from Iowa this weekend to attend the NFC Championship. Frey still owns two season tickets at Century Link Field. at playoff tickets before they went on sale to the general public. His seats are six rows up from the end zone, right above the visitors’ tunnel. He’s having a banner made that he hopes to hang nearby that reminds the 49ers to leave their NFL Championship Lombardi Trophies at home because they won’t be any use against the Seahawks on Sunday. “Whoever you are playing or wherever you’re at, it always comes down to how many trophies do you have?,” Frey said. “They always throw that in your face. It’s an argument that I
cannot stand.” Sunday, of course, could take the Hawks one step closer to silencing all the doubters. Frey isn’t worried about Seattle’s vaunted defense and is hopeful that Russell Wilson and his cohorts can put points on the board. “I just hope the offense can move the ball as effectively as we have in the past; the last four weeks has been a little slow on offense,” Frey said. The last game Frey attended in Seattle was the 14-12 Monday Night Football victory over the Green Bay Packers that featured a wild-
ly controversial touchdown by Golden Tate after he and M. D. Jennings came down with the ball simultaneously in the end zone. The play is often referred to as the “Fail Mary” or “Inaccurate Reception.” Frey also went to a Seahawks preseason game this year in Green Bay sporting a Steve Largent jersey and was interviewed by reporters and asked about the famous catch from the year before. “I haven’t gotten to see them at home this year, so I’m excited to come home and see them in the NFC championship,” Frey said.
under Initiative 502 which was passed by voters last year, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Fred Salisbury, director of operations for the port, told commissioners that when there is inconsistency between local, state and federal laws regarding criminal activity, the port has always complied with the most restrictive law. In this case, that’s the federal ban of marijuana. “The Port of Bremerton has required and will contin-
ue to require tenants on port property to comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws,” he said. “Based on current federal law, no port tenant shall cultivate, store, distribute,sell or use marijuana on port property.” Port officials said they were addressing the matter because one of the port’s properties, the Olympic View Industrial Park, is within an area designated by the Washington State Liquor Control Board as a possible place where marijuana busi-
nesses can operate. “Producers target industrial areas,” Salisbury said. But with the action of commissioners this week, that won’t happen. “The world is an ever-changing place,” said Commissioner Axel Strakeljahn. “But for the time being we need to take this action.” Commissioners also heard an update from Bob Wise, the consultant hired to fill the Bremerton Marina. Wise told the board that
Regional council meeting features Bremerton mayor BY KEVAN MOORE KMOORE@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM
Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent was a featured panelist at a Puget Sound Regional Council meeting in Seattle this week that was designed to give newly elected officials a chance to meet their peers from around the region. Bremerton city council members Jerry McDonald, Mike Sullivan, Leslie Daugs and Eric Younger all attended the event along with dozens of other officials from Kitsap, Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. The meeting was moder-
ated by former Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown, who now serves as the executive director of the regional council. Brown said the meeting was a chance for the gathered elected officials to network and discuss regional issues. Mayor Lent joined King County Executive Dow Constantine, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, Redmond Mayor John Marchione and Everett City Council member Paul Roberts on the panel. She talked about the importance of bold leaderSEE REGIONAL, A9
Board puts kibosh on pot production at port BY LESLIE KELLY LKELLY@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM
There will be no pot production on port property. That was the decision of the Port of Bremerton board of commissioners this week when they passed a resolution banning the cultivation, distribution, sale or use of marijuana on port property. The rational for the decision, commissioners said, is that while marijuana is now legal in the state of Washington
while the “two for one” deal (one month paid, one month free for two years) that was offered and had helped bring boats to the marina has expired, he has another idea. He said he wants to create the Olympic Peninsula Cruising Club, based at the Bremerton Marina. The cruising club would operate like a yacht club with exchange docking privileges with other area marinas, but would not require dues, meetings or the “politics” of a yacht club.
“Yacht clubs have their advantages,” he said. “But they don’t appeal to all. The name can be intimidating.” In this cruising club, anyone with permanent moorage at the Bremerton Marina would be able to stay without charge at member-marinas. Currently those are at Gig Harbor, the Pleasant Harbor Marina on the Hood Canal and the Port Townsend Bay Marina. He said a typical two-night SEE PORT, A9