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Uphill battle for proposed slope project By RICHARD WALKER

An architect’s rendering shows what Harbor Lights would look like on the bluff above the Liberty Bay boardwalk. Plan reviewers say the project would disrupt the bluff and vegetation, resulting in more risk of slide. The developer disagrees.

POULSBO — For residents and businesses of Harbor Lights, life at the condominiums, with that sweeping view of Liberty Bay would have a bit of magic to them: The occasional eagle swooshing by. Osprey swooping down on their prey. The sing-song of summer activity on the waterfront. Boats lolling on the water. The drama of the winter sky. But that magic could have too big of a price, plan reviewers say: Harbor Lights is proposed on a slope identified as prone to landslides. And a peer review group of engineers and planners has reported that measures in the proponent’s geotechnical report are insufficient to mitigate that

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risk. “Harbor Lights has had both its geotechnical report and its

habitat management plan peer reviewed,” said Keri Weaver, an associate planner in the city’s

planning department. “Those have been completed. [Peer review] indicated that they did

not meet city code requirements.” The project would alter the See HArbor lights, Page A3

Cyclist in ICU after collision with bus

Report says more Kitsap residents living in poverty

At Highway 305 and Totten Road

The number of young people in Kitsap County who report that they have seriously considered attempting suicide is increasing. The number of adult drug-related deaths in the county is going up. And the number of residents living in


POULSBO — A cyclist was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after her bicycle collided with a Kitsap Transit bus on Highway 305 and Totten Road, May 7. “It was one of our larger coaches, one that operates between Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island,” said John Clauson, executive director of Kitsap Transit. Washington State Patrol, Poulsbo Police, Suquamish Police and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office responded to the


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Washington State Troopers investigate the scene of a collision between a bicycle and a Kitsap Transit bus, after the cyclist was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Richard D. Oxley / Herald scene — approximately 1.5 miles south of Poulsbo — shortly after 6:30  a.m. The cyclist, a 63-yearold Bainbridge Island woman, was transported by medics from the Poulsbo Fire Department to the Bainbridge Island Fire Station where she was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The cyclist was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview late May 8. “Critical” is the highest concern on Harborview’s hierarchy of conditions. Troopers with the Washington

State Patrol are investigating the collision. According to initial reports from State Patrol, the cyclist and the bus were traveling northbound on Highway 305. The cyclist attempted to turn left, crossing traffic, onto Lemolo Shore Drive and collided with the side of the bus as it passed her. The bus had no passengers on board at the time of the accident. The bus driver, a 52-year-old Bremerton man, was not injured. Kitsap Transit has begun its own investigation into the colSee bus, Page A7

poverty is rising. But the number of youth who are using alcohol has dropped. The number of property crimes are down and the number of firearm deaths in Kitsap County has dropped slightly. Those are just some of the findings in the 2014 Kitsap See POVERTY, Page A3

Human remains found next to Point No Point cottage Historically a village and fishing camp POINT NO POINT — Human remains were discovered at Point No Point County

Park while a contractor was getting a parking lot resurfacing project under way May 5. Anthropologist Dr. Guy Tasa of the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preser vation determined See REMAINS, Page A6

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