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'This takes us back to those terrible days:' Kitsap residents protest the end of Roe

'This takes us back to those terrible days:' Kitsap residents protest the end of Roe Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court issued the 6-3 decision that overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, over 200 protesters gathered at the ends of the Manette Bridge in Bremerton, condemning the decision that eliminated the constitutional right to abortion that had lasted nearly 50 years. The controversial decision sparked protests and celebrations in front of the Supreme Court building and in cities across the cou

Kitsap County weekend temperatures forecast to climb in the 80s and 90s

Kitsap County weekend temperatures forecast to climb in the 80s and 90s After an unusually cool spring, Kitsap County will see temperatures climb above 80 degrees this weekend, the National Weather Service announced in a special weather statement on Thursday. Temperatures are forecast to rise to roughly 80 degrees on Friday afternoon, peaking in the 90s on Sunday. By Tuesday, temperatures are expected to cool. "After a cool and wet spring, most of the population has little to no acclimation to

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue elevates assistant fire chief to lead fire district

A 22-year Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighter and EMT will take the helm as the department's next chief starting July 1. Assistant Chief Jay Christian has been selected by the CKFR board of commissioners as the fire district's chief, replacing retiring Chief John Oliver, according to a press release. Oliver has served as chief since December 2018 and previous to that served as deputy chief for three years. Oliver spent the majority of his career at the Clackamas Fire District #1 in Oreg

Disaster responders test plans to help isolated Kitsap neighborhoods during earthquake drill

Disaster responders test plans to help isolated Kitsap neighborhoods during earthquake drill Volunteers hoisted stretchers onto their shoulders on Friday, but the stretchers were unusually light. They carried teddy bears, plush toys and fluffy stuffed reindeer; they carried plastic baby dolls and mannequins in 90s polo tees. Each "survivor" was strung with green, yellow and red tags, denoting where in the medical triage tent for volunteers to lay them down. Medics and disaster-trained personn

Threat of $200 rent increases leaves Poulsbo public housing tenants on edge

On April 29, Housing Kitsap placed a change-of-rent notice on the doors of Fjord Manor, a Poulsbo apartment complex designated for low-income residents who are disabled or 62 and older. The notice listed a $218 and $262 rent increase for one- and two-bedroom apartments respectively, sparking anxiety and confusion among many tenants who hadn't faced rent changes in nearly a decade. "When I received that letter, all I could think was 'I'm reliving my nightmare,'" said Laurie Olster, who was homel

Kitsap parents seek far-flung sources of formula as shortage persists

Sarah van Uitert calls herself lucky — the effects of the nationwide baby formula shortage didn't hit her until April. The infant formula she'd been using to feed her 6-month-old daughter had not been recalled for bacterial contamination, unlike Similac, a popular brand recalled in February. Even when Kitsap County shelves became depleted of all formula brands, Uitert received help from relatives in Portland, Oregon, who brought her formula when Portland's shelves were full. And in the rare c

PolitiFact - Hard to pin down growing cost of unused border materials

Republicans, including members of Congress from Iowa, continue to criticize President Biden for how he is handling the U.S.-Mexican border. Rep. Ashley Hinson went to the border as June started to bring attention to her opposition to Biden's handling of border security. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he too is fighting Biden’s border policies. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, has been especially active on border policies, writing in a May 28 newsletter: "Well here’s something you may not know your tax d

Bremerton man arrested following standoff after threatening city prosecutor and mayor

BREMERTON — A Bremerton man was arrested on Thursday night following a standoff outside a home on Callahan Drive between the man and members of the SWAT team from the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. According to Bremerton police, the man had threatened to go to the home of the Bremerton city prosecutor, where he said he would shoot the prosecutor or himself with his rifle if the prosecutor did not drop his pe

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue appoints first woman assistant fire chief in Kitsap County

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue has appointed Capt. Kara Putnam as its assistant fire chief. She is the first woman to hold the rank of head chief or assistant chief in Kitsap County, according to CKFR. Putnam has worked for Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue since 2008. In 2017, she was promoted to lieutenant, becoming the first woman in the agency's history to serve as an officer in a leadership role. Eight

Cameron Leung - The Scarlet and Black

Cameron Leung `22 had a secret plan. For the past few years, he’s been saving Joker cards from 52-card decks. He knew that one day, he would find a use for them; he just didn’t know when. Leung moderates Nerf@Noyce. In a game called Traitors in Terrorist Town (TTT), every player is divided into two teams. Each player receives a card, and if the card is a joker, then that player is a traitor to their team, unbeknownst to anyone else. “And one night, we decided to change all of the cards into Jo

Micaela Daney - The Scarlet and Black

Micaela Daney `22 was flattered, but perplexed, when I told her she was nominated for the Scarlet & Black Senior Issue. She was even more flattered when I told her I had nominated her myself. Daney majored in English. She’d always loved to read and write, and because of that, she began writing a novel in the spring of her second year. Recently, she completed a first draft of 80,000 words. After she completes several rounds of edits, she said she hopes to publish the book via a traditional publi

Grinnell track and field teams produce multiple record-breaking performances at Mustang Open - The Scarlet and Black

Grinnell women’s track & field finished second of 11 teams at the Mustang Open at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 9. This is the first non-optional meet in the outdoor track & field season, and the weather at the Open was brisk but sunny. “Everybody got sunburned,” said Sadie Staker `24. Staker championed the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:08.31 time, the third best in Grinnell’s history. Staker has held the 3rd place standing since the Midwest Conference South Division C

Book Review: “American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin” - The Scarlet and Black

Book Review: “American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin” “Why are you bugging me you stank minuscule husk / Of musk, muster & deliberation crawling over reasons / And possession I have & have not touched? / Should I fail in my insecticide, I pray for a black boy / Who lifts you to the flame with bedeviled tweezers / Until mercy rises & disappears,” writes author Terrence Hayes in the fourth sonnet in his 2018 poetry collection “American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin.” Whether

Two defendants sentenced in Michael Williams’ murder; one defendant to stand trial

Two defendants sentenced in Michael Williams’ murder; one defendant to stand trial Julia Cox, 56, and Roy Lee Garner, 59, were sentenced to seven and nine years imprisonment, respectively, for their roles in the 2020 murder and abuse of the corpse of Grinnell resident Michael Williams. Both defendants pled guilty under a plea agreement in which their respective attorneys requested probation. Poweshiek County Courthouse Judge Shawn Showers, who argued that the defendents’ actions showed a profo

“The Divine Feminine” explores diasporic identity with vibrance and heart

Before the Spanish colonized the Caribbean in the 15th century, the Taíno people were the principal inhabitants of Puerto Rico, Jamaica and the Lesser Antilles. The Taíno peoples held a strong artistic tradition and thrived on matrilineal systems of kinship and inheritance. However, at the hands of Spanish imperialists, 90 percent of the Taíno population were destroyed over the next two centuries from slavery, violence and foreign illness. Today, descendants of the Taíno live across the Caribbea

As local journalism declines, the Grinnell Herald-Register plows on

As local journalism declines, the Grinnell Herald-Register plows on When Peggy Elliott teaches her yearly guest lecture to fourth graders at Davis Elementary School, she makes sure they know two things: first, that everyone has a story and second, that to tell someone’s story, the writer must dig deep, ask precise questions and paint a mural with their writing. Moments like these, she said, are the most rewarding parts of her job. Elliott is the managing editor for the Grinnell Herald-Registe

MCC moves toward federal HSI designation

As Latino and Hispanic enrollment increases at Marshalltown Community College (MCC) every year, the school moves closer to being designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal recognition for colleges and universities which have a full-time undergraduate enrollment of at least 25 percent Hispanic students. If MCC reaches that percentage, it will be the first HSI in Iowa and join the ranks of over 400 in the United States. “I think getting this designation would help community membe

Austin Frerick `12 launches state senate campaign

On Oct. 16, in the atrium of the Humanities and Social Sciences Center (HSSC), Austin Frerick `12 and his groom became the first couple — though certainly not the last — to marry in the HSSC. “I’m forever grateful to Grinnell. A Liberal arts education forever changed my life,” said Frerick on his choice of venue. His husband, a Middlebury graduate, agreed with the sentiment. “We actually got engaged in Middlebury and married in Grinnell.” An extraordinary venue is not the only thing Frerick to

College gives little explanation for some students’ hundreds of dollars in unpaid wages

College gives little explanation for some students’ hundreds of dollars in unpaid wages Lilli Morrish `25 worked 42 hours as a Scarlet & Black staff writer in the fall semester. In September, she received paychecks from the College for the wages she earned during the first two pay periods. Then, in October, the College stopped paying her. Morrish started sending emails to the payroll office and to her supervisor Ashley Adams, associate director of student involvement, to solve the problem. Mor

Breaking: Face masks optional in most indoor settings at Grinnell College starting March 7, including classrooms

Breaking: Face masks optional in most indoor settings at Grinnell College starting March 7, including classrooms Face masks will be optional for all students in nearly all indoor environments, including classrooms, effective Monday, March 7, unless a student is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been released from COVID-19 isolation in the past five days. Students will still be required to mask in the Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) office and in the Athlete Testing Center. This modifica
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