Bremerton Patriot, August 10, 2012
August 10, 2012 edition of the Bremerton Patriot
Revved up and ready, track opens RC racers revamp old tennis courts into family fun factory By KEVAN MOORE firstname.lastname@example.org FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012 | Vol. 14, No. 28 www.bremertonpatriot.com | 50� Patriot Bremerton Greg Skinner/staff photos kitsapweek A u g . 10 -16 , 2 012 highlights week's DANCIN' IN THE STREETS POULSBO -- In its fourth year, the organizers of Poulsbo Street Dance have added more music, more food, more art and more fun this Saturday. "Its downtown's way to say thank you to residents for supporting us all year long," said organizer Tammy Mattson, owner of Tizley's Europub. Front Street -- from King Olav Vei to 3rd Avenue/Hostmark -- will close at 3 p.m., when the children's activities begin at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park pavilion, with face painting, crafts, music clinics and a parade. The Street Dance coincides with Poulsbo's Second Saturday Art Walk, and several artists will have sidewalk exhibitions. Restaurants and retailers will open their doors at 4 p.m., and the music begins at 5 p.m. First up is Chyeah Chyeah, a high energy rock band, from 5-6 p.m.; Eric Fridrich and the Wanderlust, world rock music, from 6:20-7:40 p.m.; Dynamite Supreme, 70s and 80s music, from 8:10-9:30 p.m.; and One Shot Molly, rock music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, from 9:50-11 p.m. Parking will be available downtown: Anderson Parkway, King Olav, City Hall garage and the Port parking lots will be open. `Battle tested' ball players arrive in Kitsap for a Babe Ruth League World Series. -- Story, pages 2-3 Kitsap Week Young baseball players flock to Kitsap County Play ball! for World Series Inside Flip over for Sound Classi eds & Real Estate Now LIFE AND CULTURE 65,000 circulation every Friday in the Bainbridge Island Review | Bremerton Patriot | Central Kitsap Reporter | North Kitsap Herald | Port Orchard Independent Kilmer wins Wide margin By KEVAN MOORE email@example.com When it comes to operating a radio-control race car, which can giddy up and go up to 35 mph, there are really only two things worth keeping in mind: the first thing to know is that it ain't nearly as easy as it looks; the second thing is that it's a heckuva lot of fun. Monday evening Brandon Collins, of Port Townsend, won the inaugural race at the new outdoor RC raceway set on formerly dilapidated and unused tennis courts on the corner of 11th Street and Warren Avenue by edging around track owner Bryan Schoening's car near the final turn on the scaled-down road course. Collins admitted that Schoening slowed slightly to make it a "better race." "I got him by about 15 feet," Collins said Now, beginners and RC road warriors alike have a chance to try their hand (and more to the point, hand-eye coordination) on the new Bremerton track. Bremerton RC Raceway opened the doors to its indoor track, at 1123 N. Wycoff Ave., a few years ago and is expanding to outdoor racing after signing a lease a couple of months ago for the RC drivers, above, maneuver their scaled-down race cars on track built from a dilapidated city tennis court Monday night. RC race cars, right, line up for the beginning of a six-minute race. old and dilapidated downtown tennis courts. A ton of work has been done in recent weeks to clean up the courts and install the track and raised racing stand for operators. Whereas the indoor off-road track is a red clay surface and See TRACK, A7 Derek Kilmer and his wife, Jennifer, showed up at the Democratic Party headquarters in Silverdale right around 8 p.m. Tuesday as votes in the Sixth Congressional District were still being tallied. Less than half an hour later, Kilmer and his supporters learned that he had won the primary for the race to replace longtime Congressman Norm Dicks in a landslide. Preliminary results showed that Kilmer earned 52.4 percent of the vote, as of Tuesday night. Republican Bill Driscoll finished the night with 17.9 percent of the counted vote, easily bouncing fellow Republicans Jesse Young, Doug Cloud, David "Ike" Eichner and Stephen Brodhead, out of the race. The primary results weren't very surprising to most political observers, with the top two fundSee ELECTION, A8 Bremerton votes yes for school levy, $7.6 M for expansion and repairs By Patrick McDonough firstname.lastname@example.org Voters favoring the $7.6 million capital projects levy for the Bremerton School District were near 60 percent as of Tuesday night's tally of votes cast during the primary election. With 4,883 votes counted, 2,916 approved the levy and 1,967 rejected it. A simple majority of 50 percent is needed to pass the levy. If the levy is approved, $1.9 million would go to district each year from 2013 through 2016. The effect to homeowner's wallets is an increase in taxes by 61 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for each of the four years the levy is in effect. School district officials said the money would be used to expanded the West Hills STEM academy and to replace the roof of Bremerton High School. Other recommended uses for the money would include technology upgrades and general energy upgrades throughout school facilities. The last time district officials asked for a taxpayer approved levy increase came in 2010, when voters approved a renewal of a school support levy in the district for years 2010 through 2013. The previous levy won more than a 64 percent margin and supplied funding for the district by more than $10 million per year. Bremerton School District Superintendent Flip Herndon said he was pleased with Tuesday night's results. "So far, it looks like the election results are really positive for us, and we are really excited about that," Herndon said. Herndon said projects would be placed on a priority basis since the money would be allocated over a four year time frame with the continuation of the design of the STEM Academy high on the district's list. "The STEM addition is one of the major ones that is going to come up first," Herndon said. The Bremerton school board on July 12 approved the selection of Rice Fergus Miller of Bremerton as architects for the STEM academy project. The project is estimated by school officials to cost about $2.5 million. The district approved the plans for the academy before Tuesday's vote. District officials said they wanted to have conceptual plans ready if future funding became available for the project. Bremerton School District Finance Director Wayne Lindberg said the STEM academy and the roof replacement would be high on the list. "We will probably have the high school roof repaired next summer, and we will continue with the design of the STEM project," Lindberg said. Lindberg said he felt the vote indicated approval of the district's use of money. "It definitely shows that people feel the schools are going in the right direction," Lindberg said. "We continue to be very fiscally conservative and, as I have said before, we try to provide champagne on a beer budget."