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shot in three of her home’s windows. Cronan, who lives on the 200 block of Flower Meadows Street in Port Orchard, said she believed the attack was part of an ongoing dispute with Keehn, whom she alleges has been running a hair salon out of her home without a business license and in defiance of a city “stop-work” order. Keehn, 30, said she filed for permission from the city of Port Orchard to operate a hair salon out of her home on the 2300 block of Flower Avenue soon after pur-

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▼ Matthes, Garrido advance in SK commissioner race; Dalton, Danielson in judicial contest.

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Expectations were turned on their head in two Kitsap County political contests during Tuesday night’s primary election, as the perceived front-runners came in third and were disqualified in their respective races. Republican Tim Matthes drew the most votes in the South Kitsap commissioner’s race, followed by Democrat Charlotte Garrido. Monty Mahan, who was the first to declare for the seat and earned the endorsement of local mayors, came in third (See related story, page A3).

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chasing it last spring. City Development Director James Weaver confirmed that Keehn received a conditional-use permit to operate a onechair hair salon out of her home, which he described as “pretty innocuous” and something that doesn’t typically reach “the level of intensive use,” as far as impacts on the neighborhood are concerned. However, since November of 2007, Cronan has filed multiple complaints with the city regarding traffic, noise and other

and pension rates along with inflation as issues. In addition to the money saved on custodians, Patton said the district will dip into its reserve fund for $1.72 million. She said that’s not all bad because the district saved more than it anticipated in its last fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31. Patton said they also will save through not filling other vacant positions in the district, and through cutting expenses on supplies. The board unanimously adopted the budget. Patton warned in previous meetings that the “hard decisions” likely won’t end SEE SCHOOL, PAGE A2

activities she reported as stemming from Keehn’s attempts to operate a business out of her home. Weaver said following an April 11 hearing with the city’s Hearing Examiner, certain conditions were placed on Keehn’s permit to mitigate Cronan’s concerns before she would be allowed to operate her business. “(Keehn) has addressed all but one of those conditions, with the last being the letter from the (Kitsap County) Health Department,” Weaver said, explaining that Keehn’s current sewer facilities are

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Custodians won’t be replaced, $1.72 million will be taken from reserve fund.

By CHRIS CHANCELLOR Staff Writer

The South Kitsap School District is a little closer to closing its $2.9 million deficit for the upcoming school year. Terri Patton, assistant superintendent for business and support services, said at Wednesday’s school board meeting that the district won’t replace five full-time custodians who left the district after the last school year. She said that will save the district $250,000. Patton said the deficit stems from unforeseen circumstances when the district presented its last levy to voters in 2004. She cited escalating teacher salaries

Both sides report feeling harassed in rift over home business. By JUSTINE FREDERIKSEN

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Tensions between two Port Orchard neighbors that erupted after one attempted to open a home business last year led both women to head down to the Kitsap County Courthouse Monday and file restraining orders against each other. Shelia Cronan, 49, said she filed a restraining order against Amber Keehn after returning home from a camping trip Aug. 17 and discovering pellets had been

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Newly appointed District 26 State. Rep. Jesse Young (R-Gig Harbor) made his appearance in the state House Monday in Olympia.

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Cody Wright from Milford, Utah, got a mouth full of mud and a zero score after falling off Strawberry Delight in the Saddle Bronc Riding competition Wednesday night at the Kitsap County Stampede. The fair runs through Sunday.

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Last Friday, county officials from Kitsap and Pierce confirmed Young to fill the the vacant 26th District House seat. The joint 10-member —  three from Kitsap and seven from Pierce — unanimously approved the district Republican precinct

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Manchester Elementary School student Sarah Reidy reads from a poster presented to South Kitsap School District school board members, honoring them during “School Board Recognition Month” at the Jan. 15 meeting. Manchester Elementary teacher Erin Williams is holding the poster.

BREMERTON — A onevehicle rollover accident claimed the life of a South Kitsap man. According to the Washington State Patrol, the wreck happened about 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning when the driver, Charles Bratcher, 71, apparently suffered a medical problem. The man lost control of his silver 2006 Ford Freestyle near the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 304. He was pronounced dead after he was transported to Harrison Medical Center. State Patrol reported the driver was traveling westbound on Highway 304 to Highway 3, when the car hit a bridge guard rail and continued onward to Highway 3. The car then hit an embankment and traveled airborne before it landed on the driver’s side of the SUV.

Woman reported missing Jan. 16 by Port of Seattle

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A dead woman’s body discovered washed ashore Tuesday afternoon on Blake Island has been identifed by law enforcement. According to Deputy Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the Kitsap County Sheriff ’s Office, the woman is Collete Scotta Russell, 46, of Brinnon. Wilson said about 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 16 the woman was reported missing and entered into the National Crime Information Center and Washington Crime Information Center computer systems by Port of Seattle police. As a result of media exposure, Wilson said Port of Seattle police contacted KCSO about the woman’s body. A Port of Seattle detective came to county’s morgue to help identify the body. “Through pictures and other documents we were able to make a positive identification,” Wilson said Wednesday. He said the woman is believed to be a crew member on a fishing trawler docked at the port. “There is speculation the woman fell, hit her head and fell overboard,” said Wilson. The coroner’s office will wait on results from the autopsy they conducted to determine the cause of death. On Tuesday, the woman’s body was discovered by a hiker on the southside of the island. The hiker contacted the KCSO about 3 p.m. Investigators from the KCSO and the county coroner’s office arrived on the island about 4 p.m. to examine and retrieve the body. They arrived back ashore in Manchester about 6:10 p.m. and transported the body to the county morgue. Blake Island lies north of Vashon Island and east of Manchester. The island is only reachable by boat and has a small marina. Staff report

identified as missing woman ness consultant, was sworn in Friday and took his seat in the Legislature on Monday. He was selected as the top choice during a Dec. 4 meeting in Port Orchard. “I’m happy to be out of limbo land and ready to get to work,” Young said after he was officially selected by the joint-delegation. “I can’t say I was surprised (by officers’ top choice on Jan. 18 to fill the position left by Republican Jan Angel, who defeated Young Sen. Nathan Schlicher for the district Senate seat in November. Young, 37, a Gig Harbor busi-

Kitsap, Pierce officials confirm GOP’s choice to fill Jan Angel’s vacant seat

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