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House egged? Call Poulsbo PD -- News Roundup

The arrest of three Poulsbo-area teens on vandalism charges this week has the Poulsbo Police Department searching for more victims, including those on Bainbridge Island.

The boys, all age 17, admitted May 5 to egging cars, street signs and mailboxes during several sprees over the last two weeks.

In total, about 300 eggs – 25 dozen – were thrown in neighborhoods around North Kitsap High School and on Bainbridge.

“Not only had they been throwing eggs at parked cars, but moving cars on the road were targets, too,” Poulsbo Police School Resource Officer Nick Hoke said.

Since the boys’ arrests, PPD is asking any residents who have had their cars or other property damaged recently by thrown eggs to file a police report. Since the suspects confessed, Hoke said police now can help residents with any losses they incurred.

“I’m sure there are victims out there who are reluctant to file a report over an egg or two,” Hoke said. “But now that we have the suspects identified, we can get them restitution. Typically, there’s nothing we can do in such cases, but in this case, we can.”

Poulsbo Police received reports from citizens of cars struck with eggs, while homes were reported targeted on the island.

Arrests followed, when a victim wrote down the license plate of the car from which eggs were thrown; it was traced to the girlfriend of one of the boys, who told police the identity of the vandals.

When contacted by police, the youths admitted to several egging incidents. Their targets were chosen at random, they said, adding that they were just doing it “for fun.”

“There ought to be a law,” Hoke said. “If a teen wants to buy a certain number dozen eggs, they shouldn’t be able to. Don’t sell them after midnight and if a kid wants to buy 15 dozen eggs, they should say no.”

To file a report, call Poulsbo Police at (360) 779-3113.

– Carrina Stanton

North Kitsap Herald

Screensavers, island-style

Looking at a blank wall at work just doesn’t do it when spring is out in its glory on Bainbridge.

With a computer screensaver of island scenes though, “It’s always on your desk, where many people spend much of their days working, studying or playing,” artist Ray Styles says.

Styles’ color screensaver, now available for purchase, includes 70 photos of rural and marine scenes on Bainbridge Island. The images are set to an optional music track, which Styles created by turning seismic data from the 2001 Nisqually earthquake into musical notes.

“My intent is getting it in the hands of people living on the island, tourists who want to remember the island, or gifts for kids going to college,” Styles said. “It’s not something to flog out to the whole world.”

The first pressing of 99 CD-ROMs for PC went on sale this month for $14.95 at Eagle Harbor Book Co., which displays a running demo of the program.

The idea for a screensaver came when Styles looked at the photos he had amassed from weekly group walks led by Ron Williamson for the park district.

For his paintings of pastel and watercolor, Styles took pictures that “considered issues of composition, good lighting, and when a mood can be evoked.”

Styles said he knew the idea had legs when an off-island friend installed a copy and told him it was so beautiful it was keeping him from working.

The photos, taken over 18 months, span the four seasons, and include fields, ferries, forest scenes, farms, and even the locally known caboose in a yard.

“If you do any walking around the island, there are definitely images people recognize,” said Jan Healy, head buyer at Eagle Harbor Book Co. The screensaver is “definitely selling,” she said.

“The interesting thing about Bainbridge Island is the beautiful landscapes are intimate,” Styles said. “You don’t often get to see into the distance because of trees, hills, and low clouds.

“You see something that’s close in, not close up – a more intimate thing than mountains in Montana. That’s part of the charm of Bainbridge.”

– Tina Lieu

Salmon camp is scaling up

Get to know your local salmon.

Adventure Salmon Camp hopes campers will come to see them as more than “just fish,” but realize, “Hey, it’s a much bigger picture and (salmon) is just a part,” said Chris Daniel, education outreach coordinator for the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group.

HCSEG, a Belfair-based nonprofit group dedicated to bringing back wild salmon, is offering four-day summer camps for fourth through ninth grades in July and August. Kids will learn about the Hood Canal watershed and salmon’s vital role in the ecosystem.

Daniel says few people know that Northwest trees benefit from salmon, as animals like bears and eagles deposit fecal matter, bringing marine-derived nutrients to the forest.

Campers will learn journaling and observation skills as they visit different estuary, stream and forest habitats in the Hood Canal watershed each day. Activities include snorkeling, underwater photo surveying, seining for forage fish, nature mapping and more. They will also learn about local “salmon culture” through storytelling and feasting with members of the Skokomish Tribe at their longhouse.

“Education is a huge mission of ours,” Daniel said. “The camp is a natural niche for that.”

The camp started two years ago with a donation from a private family in the Hood Canal area. Through the 2005 season, camp costs are subsidized, with fees rising by 2006 to meet actual costs, estimated at $350 per child.

The organization also offers transportation to Belfair from pick-up points in North Kitsap.

“We think it (the program) will make them better stewards of the land,” Daniel said. “Kids are the future. We can just set the foundation. They will make the management decisions in the future.”

Enrollment is open until filled; limit is 16 per camp. A day camp for fourth and fifth grades is $125 and runs July 12-15; an overnight camp for sixth through ninth grades is $275 per person and runs Aug. 16-19. Campers bring a sleeping bag and pillow; other equipment is supplied. Transportation is available from designated points.

Information: www.hcseg.com, (360) 275-3575 or hcseg@hctc.com.

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