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Friday, March 28, 2014 | Vol. 113, No. 13 | www.northkitsapherald.com | 50¢

In the Herald

Judge denies sanctions in lawsuit Dalton says both sides responsible for delays in harrassment case

Kitsap week High-flying fun March 29 in Kingston — In this edition

By RICHARD WALKER

rwalker@northkitsapherald.com

POULSBO — Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jeanette Dalton denied an attorney’s request that North Kitsap Fire & Rescue’s attorney be sanctioned for alleged delays in presenting documents in a harass-

ment lawsuit against the agency. Thomas Boothe, attorney for plaintiff Tamara Dotson, accused NKF&R attorney Wade Neal of not expeditiously responding to the plaintiff’s requests for discovery materials — information that is essential for the preparation of the requesting party's

case and that the other party alone knows or possesses. Neal’s response: More than “10,000 pages of discovery materials and extensive discovery responses detailing NKFR’s specific knowledge of the facts underlying Dotson’s claims have

‘Never a slow day’ at Dragonfly Conditional use permit allows most uses at nursery

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— themed festivals, classes, workshops, tours, wreathmaking parties, fundraising activities, and a farmers market for the sale of local fruits and vegetables. Events are limited to 50 people. Dewire, a bonsai artist

POULSBO — The Port of Poulsbo remains on a course toward hosting more liveaboards. How it will get there is yet to be seen. The port has met with city staff and Mayor Becky Erickson to discuss the idea. “The big issue at play is the parking. It always has been, it always will be,” Port Manager Brad Miller told the City Council’s economic development committee, updating the committee on the matter March 26. “The very first response was what we expected — it was the code book coming out,” he said. The port would like to increase its liveaboard capacity to its maximum allowed number, by state regulation, of 38

See DRAGONFLY, Page A7

See LIVEABOARDS, Page A8

rwalker@northkitsapherald.com

— In this edition

sports NK lacrosse girls show grit, and improvement

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ANSVILLE — At first glance, not much seems different about Dragonfly Farms Nursery. On any day, you might catch up to plant maven Heidi Kaster — the nursery’s owner — as she’s loading plants for a landscaping job, or taking a landscaping client on a walk through the gardens, or leading a tour of visiting garden club members, or checking in Dave Dewire while he’s grafting conifers. Whew. Oh, and if you’re carrying something that casts a light reflection, like cell phone or keys, you’ll have to stop

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and play with Skeeter, one of the farm’s dogs.   “It’s never a slow day,” Kaster said.   But there is a lot that is new to Dragonfly Farms Nursery. One, the nursery’s code scuffles with the county have been resolved, resulting in a conditional

Appointed by Gov. Inslee to vacancy

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Homelessness in North Kitsap

From left, Dragonfly Farms Nursery owner Heidi Kaster leads a garden tour March 20. The farm in Hansville has reopened as a wholesale and is now permitted for hosting events. Melinda Weer / Staff photo use permit for many of the uses on her property. (Read the permit at www.kitsapgov.com/dcd/lu_env/he/ decisions/CY2013/he-rd131114-023.pdf). Dragonfly Farms can operate as a wholesale and retail nursery. It can host up to eight events per month

Public defender Houser joins Superior Court April 1

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Port says it has parking for liveaboards By RICHARD D. OXLEY

By RICHARD WALKER

Kitsap week Enjoy the sights and songs of spring

See LAWSUIT, Page A3

William C. Houser of Poulsbo

By RICHARD WALKER

rwalker@northkitsapherald.com

POULSBO — William C.

Houser of Poulsbo ran for Kitsap County Superior Court in 2012 and finished fourth of four candidates. On March 31, he’ll be sworn in as a judge of that court, appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the position vacated by Steve

Dixon, who was appointed by Inslee to the Adams County Superior Court last year. Houser’s appointment becomes effective April 1. He’ll have to run in November for the remaining two years in the term. Superior Court judges

are paid $151,809 a year, a cost shared by the county and state. Superior Court judges preside over felony trials, domestic relations matters, juvenile proceedings and probate. They See HOUSER, Page A9

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North Kitsap Herald, March 28, 2014