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Trying her luck at ‘American Idol’ Barking up a different tree Humane Society wants to forgo nuisance calls in favor of cruelty investigations.

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Alyssa Mellinger, 22, of Silverdale, spent many hours in line, waiting to audition for ‘American Idol’ in San Francisco. But she spent many more hours practicing.

First thing you learn is you always got to wait. But at least she was prepared. Her voice instructor made her practice her two songs for the audition job would have only gotten in the way of her dream, so she repeatedly. “She would make me stop. And do it quit. again. And do it again,” said Mellinger. And like many an aspiring enterNerves were not a problem for the tainer before her, Alyssa Mellinger of 2006 Central Kitsap High School grad Silverdale flew down to San Francisco — she was excited to audition. to audition for Unlike some “American Idol” in of her friends, “She would make me stop. August. Mellinger does not She committed in And do it again. And do it religiously watch the May, deciding she again.” show seeking the would go through next Kelly Clarkson. with the audition. Alyssa Mellinger, Auditioning was auditioned for “American Idol” Next was practice. something people Practice. More pracencouraged her to tice. do, but she always brushed the notion Hours and hours a week, she sang in the car, in her room, everywhere. She aside. Her grandmother was the drivhas been singing for most of her life — ing force behind her change of heart. Mellinger’s grandmother, Audrey she just celebrated her 22nd birthday Whiteley, has been in a wheel chair for last weekend — and knew since she 30 years due to multiple sclerosis. was a little girl that she wanted to be “Her dream is for me to live mine,” a singer. Mellinger said of her grandmother. She wasn’t the only one. “I’ve never seen so many people in “Every time she sees me she says she my life,” Mellinger said of the line that can’t wait to hear me sing again. She wants to see me on TV some day.” greeted her. Before she could make an appear-

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ance, if she would, Mellinger had to wait. Hours and hours of waiting. She was kept company by her mother, Senta Mellinger, who traveled with her to the Bay for the season 10 auditions. Two days before the Aug. 19 audition date, they waited three and a half hours in cold and wind, waiting just for wristbands. Having a wristband did not automatically secure a spot in front of the judges. The morning of the audition, Alyssa Mellinger and Senta Mellinger waited outside the AT&T Park beginning at 4 a.m. They waited about nine hours total. More than once they felt like cattle being herded around. “There were a lot of weird people there,” Alyssa Mellinger said, adding that preliminary judges let a man with no shirt and a curly cue mustache go through. He did technically qualify. Contestants are required to be between the ages of 15 and 28. Alyssa Mellinger was dismissed by two producers shortly after she was able to get out one verse and part of the chorus of “Last Name” by Carrie SEE MELLINGER, A8

to these.” Instead of sending enforcement officers to respond to nuisance reports, Humane Society officials said they will instead use “dispute resolution” methods to address complaints about nuisance pets, contacting the owner of a barkBy LYNSI BURTON ing dog, for example, to Staff writer suggest a barking control The Kitsap Humane collar. They also hope to use Society announced last volunteers for dead animal month it would change pick-ups and low-level code direction in 2011 and enforcement, they said. dedicate 100 percent of its Humane Society offienforcement resources to cials said the agency is not animal cruelty cases rather abandoning its traditional than nuisance or noise com- enforcement duties, but plaints. The announcement changing its emphasis to marked a major policy shift more urgent concerns. for the agency, prompted by “The idea is we’re trythe prospect of an 11 per- ing to move animal control cent cut in the money it to more of an animal resreceives from cue focus,” the county, Director of “We want to make the society’s Operations sure that a barking biggest cliJake Shapley ent. dog complaint doesn’t said. “We But as the want to make take precedent over Humane sure that a a reported animal Society prebarking dog pares to make cruelty.” complaint its annual Jake Shapley, Director of Operations at d o e s n ’ t pitch for aniKitsap Humane Society take precmal enforceedent over ment cona reported tract money, local officials animal cruelty.” say they had not heard of One reason for that is the Humane Society’s deci- because tickets are not a sion and expect the money big revenue generator and, they spend will pay for the given the resources allotsame level of service. ted to minor nuisance comHumane Society admin- plaints, could result in a net istrators said that with con- loss for the society, Shapley tinuing cuts to the budget, said. maintaining the same aniPenalties have proven mal enforcement services to be ineffective means of is impossible. Three years enforcement, Compton ago, the society had seven said. According to the socianimal control officers — ety’s 2009 annual report, the currently, it has three. society issued 30 citations, “We’ve been limping 35 civil infractions and four along this whole time and criminal cases were forbeen lucky to have nui- warded to prosecution. sance (enforcement),” said Instead of chasing after Executive Director Sean nuisance complaints, pursuCompton, who took over ing animal cruelty offendthe agency in May 2009. ers, animal welfare checks “We no longer have the tools to be able to respond SEE KHS, A11


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reporting illness around 9 a.m. and was taken home by his father after vomiting. That student told his father he and his friend took pills and the father contacted the school district. The school district then called paramedics. At least two different kinds of medication are suspected to have been taken, including an antidepressant and the pain medication OxyContin. Principal Michaeleen Gelhaus sent a letter home with students and auto-

Prescription pills send nine Bremerton students to hospital Nine Mountain View Middle School students were hospitalized Tuesday after taking a combination of prescription pills. Eight of the nine students were released from the hospital by the end of

the day, said Bremerton School District spokeswoman Patty Glaser. Two students suspected of distributing the drugs were expelled, while the other seven were suspended. Bremerton police are investigating the incident and arrests for the two expelled students are possible, Bremerton Police Det. Randy Plumb said. A student came to the main office of the school

mated phone calls were made to parents.

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Abandoned Westpark apartment destroyed in arson The Bremerton Fire Department is investigating an arson after a Sunday fire destroyed an unoccupied building in the former Westpark housing development. Multiple 911 callers reported smoke in the area of Kitsap Way and Arsenal Way at about 11 a.m. Firefighters responded to the fire at 98-D Galyan Drive, Bremerton Fire Marshal Mike Six said. The blaze was knocked down in about 10 minutes. Because there was no power, gas or appliances in the building, investigators determined the fire was an arson. Witnesses reported a person “acting strangely” at the scene, but no suspect was found, Six said. The building is among the Westpark residences to be razed to make way for a new Bay Vista housing development operated by Bremerton Housing Authority.

Police called to robbery report, confiscate drugs instead Police investigating an armed robbery report in Bremerton Wednesday were more interested in the drugs they found in the apartment than the missing electronics. Police were called to an apartment in the 700 block of 12th Street at 10:55 p.m. after reports of a home invasion involving two suspects with

handguns, according to reports. The reporting party, a 28-year-old resident at the apartment, called 911 from his sister’s house near Chester Avenue and Burwell Street, claiming he was robbed of a TV, among other items, by two men with handguns. Officers smelled marijuana upon entering the residence and found a stash of drugs and paraphernalia in the 23-yearold roommate’s bedroom, including several bags of marijuana, a digital scale and paraphernalia. There is no suspect information on the robbery and neighbors reported they saw nothing suspicious. Police forwarded a report about “obvious narcotics activity.”

Woman finds old revolver in flower garden A Bremerton woman redesigning her front yard found a decades-old rusted handgun buried beneath an old flower garden Sept. 13. The 56-year-old woman, who lives in the 100 block of Bloomington Avenue, called police at 3:21 p.m., reporting that workers excavating her front yard unearthed a handgun deeply buried in what used to be her mother’s flower garden, according to police reports. The woman purchased her home from her mother in 2001 and her parents lived at the house since 1971. She said her father had many firearms, but all were accounted for and the gun did not belong to anyone in the family. The gun, a .38 caliber Arminus Titan Tiger revolver, was rusted shut and the metal was corroded. A check on the serial number yielded no records. The gun was entered into evidence for destruction. See 911 BRIEFS, A3


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Espresso stand on Silverdale Way robbed again The All Star Espresso stand located in the parking lot of All Star Lanes & Casino at 10710 Silverdale Way NW was robbed at Tuesday evening. It was the second time the stand was robbed since the start of the year. A white male approached the espresso stand at 6:50 p.m. on foot and told the young female barista that he had a gun, said Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. The implied weapon was not seen and the man handed her a plastic bag demanding money. He then departed by foot headed east. There is are no surveillance images of the suspect, Wilson said. The man was reported wearing a maroon pullover with white lettering and light-colored jeans. A bandana covered the lower part of his face and he wore sunglasses and a light-colored baseball cap. A police dog from the Bremerton Police Department conducted a search but could not locate the man.

Wet weather ends outdoor burn ban The Kitsap County Fire Chiefs’ Association announced the end of the outdoor burn ban this week due to unseasonably heavy rain. The summer outdoor burn ban, issued by the state Department of Natural Resources, was originally planned to last until Sept. 30, but recent wet weather has decreased the fire danger enough to make the burn ban unnecessary, according to a Fire Chiefs’ Association news release. Permits are still required for many outdoor fires.

Reward offered for Silverdale postal robbery The Seattle Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service is offering a $50,000 reward for information on a reported robbery of a truck driver at the Silverdale post office. At about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, a group of people robbed a mail truck driver on the back dock of the Silverdale post office. Any information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of those involved are to call the Seattle office of the Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455 or the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (360) 337-7111.

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briefs Bremerton aims to cut property taxes The City of Bremerton hopes to save property owners a few tax dollars starting in October by reducing its interest rate on public safety bonds approved in 2002. The $12.9 million in bonds were approved by voters in September 2002 with a 66 percent to 34 percent vote and paid for a new fire station, police department and vehicles and equipment for both departments. Currently, the city pays just more than 5 percent interest on the bonds, but hopes recall the bonds and and issue new bonds with an interest rate of about 3.3 percent. This would save Bremerton property owners $50,000 per year collectively, said City Councilman Will Maupin, member of the City Council Finance Committee. Maupin said he did not know how exactly how big of a tax cut property owners would see, but said the $50,000 savings spread among all Bremerton property owners would save them a few dollars apiece. Taxpayers would not necessarily see a net decrease in taxes - changes in the general tax rate and increases in assessed property value could hike taxes - but they would be

lower than what they otherwise might be, Maupin said. The city will vote to issue the new bonds Oct. 20.

Bangor sub commander relieved of command Capt. Ronald Gero, the commanding officer of guidedmissile submarine USS Ohio based at Naval Base KitsapBangor, was relieved of command on Sept. 17. Rear Adm. James Caldwell relieved Gero because of a loss of confidence in his ability to command. Gero has been temporarily assigned to administration work for Submarine Group Nine. He first became commanding officer of Ohio in November 2008.

Advisory issued for toxic algae in Kitsap Lake The Kitsap County Health District issued a public health advisory on Sept. 17 for residents and visitors of Kitsap Lake because of the existence of highly toxic blue-green algae bloom in the water. A sample of the algae was first collected on Sept. 15

which revealed that the bloom produces high levels of toxins. People are advised to avoid contact with the lake water including drinking it and swimming in it. If ingested in sufficient quantities, it can make people sick and can kill fish. Blue-green algae usually float to the surface of the water and turn blue, white or brown when they die off. Contact the health district with concerns at (360) 337-5235.

Port Orchard foot ferry to be upgraded, new boat purchased The 15-year-old Admiral Pete, which runs between Port Orchard and Bremerton, will get a nearly $1 million upgrade to increase its carrying capacity from 85 to 120 people. The foot ferry line connecting the two cities across Sinclair Inlet will also receive a new $1.4 million sister vessel. Kitsap Transit’s board of commissioners approved the $2.3 million plan Tuesday. Money was also approved to change the original engines for more efficient engines. The new ferry, a spare, will be identical to the refurbished Admiral Pete.

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Your neighbors need your help By David L. Foote

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t is that time of year again for United Ways across the country to begin their annual Community Campaign to raise dollars to help those less fortunate in our communities. For more than two years this has been a daunting task as the economy has faltered, causing bank failures, millions of lay-offs and home foreclosures. Now we read in the headlines that the poverty rate has increased this past year by 14.3 percent, the highest it has been since 1994. What is more shocking about the report is that for those 18 years old and younger, the rate of poverty rose from 19 percent in 2008 to 20.7 percent in 2009. The good news, if there is such a thing with poverty today, is that fewer people 65 and older were in poverty with that rate falling from 9.7 percent to 8.9 percent in 2009. While this is sobering news in the richest country on earth, there are things that we can do to help. We are blessed in Kitsap County that our unemployment rate is about 2 percent lower than the national average thanks in part to the large military presence we have here. However, the SEE FOOTE, A8

CORRECTION: Emergency preparedness experts recommend that when an earthquake strikes people should “Drop, cover and hold.” Susan May, spokeswoman for the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management, was misquoted in a Sept. 17 story on Kitsap Rumble 2010.

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nor Microsoft existed. That was in 1979. Fast forward to 2010, times have changed (the Afghan war is our war now and iPods are everywhere) and so have the needs of our local libraries. Our Nov. 2 ballot will list the library district’s Proposition 1 to lift the levy lid and provide more funding for our libraries. With inadequate increases in funding over the years and rising costs and population, the library district and its patrons have suf-

fered. Hours have been cut, additions to the collections have been scaled back, buildings have become inadequate. It is more important than ever to support and sustain our local library system. The library district has something for everyone in our community, from books groups to movie nights to free downloadable e-books. Every day our librarians help adults look for jobs, teens SEE LETTERS, A6

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olunteering for various community organizations over the past 20 years has taught me quite a number of things. The primary lesson learned every single time? Ten percent of the people involved do 90 percent of the work. In sports car clubs, PTAs, finance committees and most recently youth sports organizations I have found myself being in that 10 percent group, the 10 percent group that works itself very thin and very hard so that the 90 percent can just kick back, not be bothered and continue to cruise right along.

have become a selfish, drive thru society bent on instant gratification with little personal responsibility and even less accountability. The mantra of “I paid my money to join or participate so I don’t have to lift a finger� does not work for very long. This type of behavior slowly eats away at the stability and health of the organization as a whole. It undermines the effectiveness of the service the organization is providing to the community in the first place and only leads to an eventual breakup or total

The joys and pains of the volunteer organization EVERYTHING V BREMERTON By COLLEEN SMIDT

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Kitsap Lake gravel mine opponents to get day in court By KRISTIN OKINAKA Staff writer

Neighbors of a proposed gravel mine will have their day in court next month as part of an effort to shut down the project they say will pollute water and air and cause headaches from the rumble of big trucks. “The entire thing should be completely terminated,� Jack Stanfill, a member

of Concerned Citizens of Chico Creek Water Basin, said of the Ueland Tree Farm Mineral Resource Development project. The hearing is scheduled for Kitsap County Superior Court Oct. 18. Kitsap County Hearing Examiner Kim Allen approved the project in March. Formally, county commissioners heard appeals from the examiner,

but commissioners denied the group’s appeal in May to bypass the commission and route the challenge to superior court. The 152-acre project near Kitsap Lake would include sand and gravel mines, basalt quarries, topsoil facility and a concrete batch plant. A main concern of neighbors like Stanfill is the project’s affect on the surround-

 









       

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that would rather not be affected, that’s not unusual.� Aside from wildlife and damage to the environment, nearby Kitsap Lake neighbors are concerned about the heavy-truck traffic that the project would bring to their streets, mainly Northlake Way and Leber Lane. Toxic chemicals from the mining are another concern, Stanfill said. “The project is in the public interest,� Ueland said, adding that it will not harm the wetlands and will create eight to 10 new jobs.

Although the court date is in October, Stanfill said he and other members have reached out to Commissioner Josh Brown and Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. “We’re trying to get the word out,� Stanfill said. “Hopefully people will start asking questions.� Ueland said he would have preferred direct communication with the group. “They wanted to pursue it through the courts so we’ll have it decided there.�

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military and have been stationed here twice before. There were some discussions in our family about where to live in Kitsap, but ultimately we decided to target Silverdale. With three young children, we were drawn by the Central Kitsap School District and its excellent reputation. With children ensconced in three excellent schools, we are extremely pleased with our choice. Now we are thrilled to hear that there are plans for a new Silverdale Library. What a wonderful idea to enhance and improve our community. Young families like our own will be even more likely to choose Silverdale and Central

Kitsap with a new, spacious library in the works. Please vote “yes� on Proposition 1 on Nov. 2 to support the Kitsap Regional Library levy. Not only will this measure ensure all our Kitsap libraries stay open and improve collections, but the new Silverdale Library will provide more and better service to our community. This proposal will help strengthen our community and support everyone, from youngest to oldest. The library will provide a gathering place in Silverdale and an important resource in these tough economic times.

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Head out on the highway Proposal to encourage safer cycling in Kitsap. By LYNSI BURTON Staff writer

When Roberta Beery first started cycling four years ago, she could have used some help gaining the confidence she needed to bike in traffic. During her first year of cycling, she didn’t make her way into busy roads at all. “I didn’t want to head out into traffic on my own,� said Beery, who lives in Hansville and works at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. “I was just afraid.� Unlike motor vehicles, no special training or license is required to navigate a bicycle on public roads, which can lead to anxiety in cyclists and can scare some people from trying a healthier, more environmentally-friendly way of getting around. But with a class for students on basic bicycle handling and maintenance proposed for Olympic College, to be paid for by the Puget Sound Regional Council,

would-be bikers can take their place on the road without fearing for their lives. The Bicycle Alliance of Washington proposed the nearly $300,000 project to the council, which plans for growth in the region. It intends to help cyclists become more confident on shared roadways and separated trails, according to the project proposal. The money would provide training for an instructor at Olympic College to teach the class. Beery said she hopes the class will help newer cyclists such as herself avoid the dangerous mistakes she sees on the road. “There’s a lot of bicyclists out there who need to be trained,� she said. West Sound Cycling Club also offers a series of classes intended for beginners to advanced riders, according to the club’s website. Don Czeczok of Silverdale, vice president of the club, said the Olympic College classes would benefit cyclists and drivers alike. “The more confidence they gain and the more basic understanding they have of the laws, the better off they are and the better off the drivers are,� he said.

The money will come from $19.9 million from the Federal Highway Administration intended to teach bicycle safety, among other programs. Public comments on the projects will be accepted until Oct. 28 at tipcomment@psrc. org.

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While some play on the playground, these teens helped build it

Teens raise $38,000 to build playground for special needs kids. By KRISTIN OKINAKA Staff writer

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he two teenagers couldn’t let this opportunity to help create a playground slide by. Children at the Madrona Day Treatment School, a Kitsap Mental Health program for children with behavior issues and cannot attend regular schools, will be able to jump and play on the soon-to-be built “Kids Kove” therapeutic playground, made possible through the efforts of Alanna Nixon and Paris Harrison of Bremerton. “Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t help in the community,” Paris said. The 13-year-olds, who started on the project when they were 11, came up with a fundraising plan, developed a service group “Kids4Kids,” named the playground, wrote grants and drummed up support from community groups.

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problem still is huge. We are fortunate that we have a great network of health and human service agencies who are working very hard to help those among us who have lost their job and maybe even their home. But we still have hundreds of individuals and families who are living in their cars, in the woods, with other relatives or are couch surfing to survive. This is why the United Way Annual Community Campaign is so very important. For the past two years United Way has, like many other charitable organizations, experienced a decrease in the number of donors and the amount of pledges received. Our board has had to make some very tough and agonizing decisions about what to fund and whom to fund because of the decrease. We, like many other organizations, have had to cut

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Alanna Nixon, left, and Paris Harrison raised the money to build a playground at Madrona Day Treatment School at Kitsap Mental Health in East Bremerton, due to be built Sunday. The 13-year-olds are pictured at the future site. “They have just been ambassadors of the project,” said Rochelle Doan, Kitsap Mental Health.

back staff as well as make other cuts. This year, as a community, we need to increase our efforts to ensure that we do not lose ground. We need to work hard to make sure that people are fed, that they are housed, that they are healthy. If it is absolutely necessary that we have people living in the woods in tents because they have no other alternative, these tent cities should be monitored and have some form of sanitation facilities. If the weather gets too cold and rainy, we need to have temporary shelters for people to take refuge so they can stay warm and dry. This needs to be a community effort for the well-being of the entire community. We can do more “United” than we can alone. United Way of Kitsap County and the network of health and human services need your help more than ever as we work hard to fund those programs that provide the basic needs of the neediest individuals and families in our community.

Doan suggested a few smaller projects for the girls, who are home-schooled in Bremerton,

If you are a business or an individual who has in the past participated in the United Way campaign, I thank you for your help and ask you to please consider increasing your pledge this year. If you are a business and have not in the past pledged your support or held a United Way campaign for your employees, or if you are an individual, who has not participated in the United Way campaign, please consider doing so this year. The need is greater because more people are in need. Your support for United Way means that your dollars stay local and help local people. Please help us in our quest to ensure that our community stays healthy and remains one of the best places to live, work and raise a family. To participate or to make a pledge, call (360) 3778505 or send your donation to United Way of Kitsap County, 647 Fourth St., Bremerton, WA 98337. Please, lend a hand close to home.

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their community. “They wanted this playground for a long time so we thought it would be awesome if we could help them out with that,” Alanna said. Alanna and Paris began talking with Doan in spring of 2008 and started brainstorming ideas. In just about a year, the teens raised $38,000 for the playground, from individuals and organizations like the Bremerton Rotary and the Kitsap chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness. This month they also received a grant from Silverdale Rotary’s “Duck Bucks” project. Despite their success, it wasn’t always easy. “When we first started, it seemed like nothing was happening,” Alanna said, adding that the project taught her about patience. “In the very beginning, nobody knew who we were. We started from ground zero,” Paris said. “Once it got going, it was a domino effect and worked out.” The ground of the playground site was leveled in August and on Sunday, Sept. 26, the playground will finally become a reality when about a dozen volunteers will help build the play structure with help from the manufacturer, SiteLines. Construction is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. with the day wrapping up with a celebration at 4 p.m. for Alanna, Paris, donors and construction volunteers. On Tuesday the soft landing cover will be placed and soon after the children will be able to use the playground.

CALENDAR Prepare for disaster in Silverdale: A disaster preparedness seminar will be held in Silverdale Saturday, designed to train the public to respond to a range of emergencies. The one-day event, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale, will teach how to best respond to a disaster when emergency responders are overwhelmed. To register, contact Deputy Scott Wilson at swilson@co.kitsap. wa.us or (360) 3375698. First annual Oktoberfest this weekend: In what may become an annual West Sound tradition, Kitsap Oktoberfest will be held Sept. 25 at Kitsap Mall. The free celebration of Bavarian tradition includes local craft beers, wine, cider, food, live music and games. Attendees are

encouraged to bring cash or canned food to give to the CK Food Bank. The party runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Kitsap Mall north parking lot. Father Daughter Dance: Fire Fighters Local 2819 is hosting its second father daughter dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24 in the President’s Hall at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased Sept. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Silver City Brewery, 2799 NW Myhre Road, Silverdale. All proceeds go toward the Fire Fighters IAFF 2819 Benevolent Fund. Book sale: Silverdale Friends of the Library will hold a library bag sale Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Silverdale Library, 3450 NW Carlton St. The cost is $3 per plastic grocery bag. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Underwood. With a loud voice and a natural twang, Mellinger is a fan of country music because it “has a lot of heart.” Despite the slim chances of making her way through the process, being dismissed still hurt. “It was heartbreaking for me to see what she had to go through emotionally,” Senta Mellinger said. “I don’t want her to give up.” Alyssa Mellinger said she plans to perform at Sounds of the Season Talent Show at Admiral Theatre in Bremerton in December, something she’s enjoyed doing in the past. There will be an upcoming Seattle audition for “America’s Got Talent,” which she might consider doing though acknowledged it would be another stressful experience similar to “American Idol.” “I was disappointed but it didn’t hit my confidence at all,” Alyssa Mellinger said. “I don’t really see it as a rejection. I’ll find other ways.”


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Eleven young women will compete in the Miss West Sound Scholarship Program Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave., Bremerton.

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and caring for sick and injured animals would be more in line with the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission of ensuring the well-being of animals, Compton said. Though the number of cruelty reports are not as numerous as the number of nuisance cases â&#x20AC;&#x161;Ă&#x201E;ĂŽ last year the society responded to more than 200 animal noise calls versus about 25 cruelty calls â&#x20AC;&#x161;Ă&#x201E;ĂŽ cruelty incidents require much more time and resources, and with more attention given to these cases, officers could uncover more offenders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have evidence of dog fighting, cock fighting, horse abuse,â&#x20AC;? Compton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually by the time we find these cases, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late. We want to be able to get in front of a cruelty investigation.â&#x20AC;? Regardless of the recent cuts in animal enforcement officers, the society hopes to raise enough money from donors to hire a cruelty investigator who would pursue these cases exclusively. Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and City Councilman Roy Runyon said Monday they had not heard about the Humane Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to change its enforce-

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ment focus. Runyon, chairman of the Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Safety and Planning Committee and the champion of efforts to legalize urban hens in Bremerton, said he is not too worried about potential changes in the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy. Council members have cited concerns about animal enforcement in their opposition to allowing residents to keep chickens, but Compton said the Humane Society is neutral on the issue. A former society official told the Council allowing chickens would require the society to hire an additional officer at $47,000 a year, but Compton said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand by that figure. Runyon said that any potential chicken codes could be enforced by both the Kitsap Public Health District and the Humane Society. Lent hopes the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy change wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect its service to the city. Bremerton pays the most for animal enforcement of all cities in Kitsap County with its $204,558 contribution for 2010. The next highestpaying city is Bainbridge Island, which pays $49,500. Lent said her concern was that Bremerton residents would receive the same level of service, considering the amount of money they pay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We seem to be carrying

2008, according to contract information supplied by Compton. The county pays 58 percent of the share of the contract compared to what the cities pay. In 2009, 66 percent of animal-related calls were in unincorporated neighborhoods, according to the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 annual report. Bremerton pays $204,558, or about 24 percent of the contract and in 2009 was responsible for Lynsi Burton/staff photo

Two horses from Port Orchard rescued as part of a recent criminal seizure are recovering at the Kitsap Humane Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facility in Silverdale. the brunt of the Humane Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget.â&#x20AC;? C entral Kitsap Commissioner Josh Brown said the county is asking all departments and agencies in the county to make 7 to 9 percent cuts. It follows that the county will look at reducing its payment to the society in its next yearly animal enforcement service contract, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cutting everything,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sign of the times.â&#x20AC;? Kitsap County is contracted to pay the society $481,891 in 2010 for its animal control services â&#x20AC;&#x161;Ă&#x201E;ĂŽ thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s down from $535,434 in 2009 and $551,873 in

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money the county pays for the enforcement contract, if the Humane Society canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t maintain a comparable level of service, Brown said the county doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to keep its contract with the Humane Society at all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Half a million dollars is a lot of money,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look at it from the perspective of the sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, we might be able to fund half a dozen deputies for that amount.â&#x20AC;?

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Swim teams splash into the 2010 season

Captain’s Corner

Katy Crabtree

Bremerton, Central Kitsap, Olympic and Klahowya take to the pool.

Grade: senior Age: 17 High School: Central Kitsap Team: Central Kitsap girls swim

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hen she’s not gliding through the pool, Katy Crabtree enjoys Thai food and the music of hip-hop artist Chris Brown. She is a four-year member of the Central Kitsap High School girls swim team and one of three captains, seeing herself as a leader whose job is to motivate those around her. We caught up with Crabtree following a meet Tuesday between Central Kitsap and Bainbridge High School. Crabtree swam a leg of the 200yard medley relay. Bainbridge won the meet 127-56 at Olympic High School. Here’s what she had to say about being a captain, and more: Q: How long have you been a team captain? A: One season Q: What do you like most about being a captain? A: I really like being a leader, it just comes naturally. It’s a lot of fun to make the executive decisions. Q: What’s the biggest challenge? A: Probably getting everyone to listen and focus. Q: What have you learned? A: Patience is very, very important. Q: What do you hope to teach your teammates? A: To be open-minded, be spirited and to be a good role model — have a positive attitude. Q: Team goals? A: We have some prospective state swimmers, so it would be really cool to see them go to state. And to see a relay team go to state. Q: What’s your favorite class? A: AP Government. Q: What are your hobbies away from the pool? A: Singing, water polo, golfing, normal teenager stuff — hanging out with friends.

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(Above) Bob Struble of Bremerton, 67, makes a move during a Bremerton Chess Club match Sept. 16 at the Subway on Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale. (Below) Two club members square off.

For the love of the game Bremerton Chess Club players say books, coaching the key to success. By WESLEY REMMER Staff writer

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ameron Brandmair already knows it won’t be easy. The 17-year-old has read more than 50 books and logged an estimated 2,000 hours of study time since the age of 10. He recently played nine consecutive hours without a break, and he spends many evenings charting his every move through a computer program. In the world of chess, it takes dedication to become a grandmaster. “I got beat, and I want to beat everybody,” said Brandmair, of Silverdale. Sitting alone next to a stack of books and a playing board full of pawns, bishops and rooks, Brandmair was the first person to arrive Sept. 16 for the Bremerton Chess Club’s weekly meeting at the Subway on Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale. The club was founded in 2003 by Noel Dizon of Bremerton and is free and open to players of all ages and skill levels. It also meets on the weekends at Barnes & Noble at the Kitsap Mall.

“The only way to get better is to play players who are superior to you. Especially for a competitive person, to lose all the time, it can be discouraging. — Bob Struble, Bremerton Chess Club

Brandmair, who is a student at Northwest University in Kirkland and plans to enroll in business courses at Olympic College, is a regular at the group’s meetings because he wants to reach the pinnacle of a game that dates back about 1,500 years. It’s an activity that requires critical thought and a firm understanding of tactics and strategy, so players don’t become great overnight. Instead, the best competitors are those who study the

Coach: Chriss Kuykendall (first season) League: Olympic Classification: 3A Who to watch: Casey Burt, senior, 100 fly/200 IM; Erin Wo o l n o u g h , sophomore, 100 back/500 free; Miranda Shearer, senior, Kuykendall 100 free; Miriam Campbell, senior, 100 fly; and Michaela Anderson, senior, 100 breast. Looking ahead: More than half the team is new to the sport, but first-year coach Chriss Kuykendall believes Bremerton could send at least one athlete to the state championships. Kuykendall, a longtime assistant who replaces Justin Adrian, has especially high hopes for sophomore Erin Woolnough. The second-year swimmer has already qualified for districts in the 200yard individual medley as well as the 100 backstroke, 500 freestyle and 400 free relay. If she continues to improve her times, Kuykendall said Woolnough has a good chance to advance to the Class 3A state championships. “The potential is there,” Kuykendall said. Ali Jaques, Casey Burt and Miriam Campbell, all seniors, join Woolnough on the district-qualifying 400 relay. CENTRAL KITSAP HIGH SCHOOL

game — by reading books, charting their moves and playing “up,”

Coach: Kristi Balant League: Narrows Classification: 4A Who to watch: Sarah Avery, freshman, 100 fly/100 free/400 free relay; Sam Lingenbrink, freshman, 100 back/100 free/400

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SPORTS NOTICES football scoreboard: week 3 recap Silverdale gymnasts heading to Texas

Three gymnasts from the Silverdale-based Olympic Gymnastics Center have been selected to train with world-class gymnastics instructor Bela Karolyi, former coach of gold medalist Mary Lou Retton. Liese Watson, 9, of Silverdale; Jasmine Lee, 9, of Illahee; and Samantha Thompson, 8, of Silverdale will join four other Washington state gymnasts for a camp next week in Houston, Texas. More than 2,000 athletes competed nationwide for 300 positions. The camp is Oct. 2 to 3 and will be held at Bela Ranch, where Olympic gymnasts such as Nastia Lukin have trained.

Baseball Pitchers School accepting registrations The Baseball Pitchers School, owned and operated by Olympic College pitching coach Pete Randall, is accepting class registrations for players 10 years old and up. The school is taking team and individual sign-ups. All classes will be held at the West Hills Performance Baseball Center, 4940 Auto Center Blvd., Bremerton. For additional information, e-mail bballpitchschool@aol.com, call (253) 241-7381 or visit www.baseballpitchersschool.com.

PGA Extravaganza coming to Gold Mountain The PGA Extravaganza will be held Oct. 4 at Gold Mountain Golf Complex, 7263 W. Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton. The event is a four-person scramble and costs $100, covering green fees, carts and range balls. There also will be prizes and giveaways. For additional information, contact Chris Keough, (360) 434-8658 or keogolf@gmail.com.

Synchronized swimming classes being offered The Kitsap Water

Blossoms, a nonprofit synchronized swimming club, is offering free introductory classes to swimmers from the ages of 7 to 18 for the months of September and October. The lessons are for new swimmers who are interested in the sport and possibly joining the team. The lessons will be held at the North Kitsap Community Pool Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. For additional information, contact Marc Rimbault, (360) 297-8792.

Golf tournament approaching The Puget Sound Naval Bases Association Golf Tournament will be held Friday at McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port Orchard. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m, with a noon check-in time, and the tournament will be played in a scramble format. Players may register in foursomes, for $400, or individually, for $125. The registration fee includes range balls, two carts, a goody bag and admission to an awards banquet, where prizes will be given away. To register, visit www. psnba.org.

Adult fall basketball registration underway Bremerton Parks and Recreation is accepting team registrations for a fall adult basketball league for male and female players 16 years old and up. The season will run from Oct. 4 to Dec. 16, including eight division games and a postseason tournament. Divisions will be aligned based on experience and skill level. All games will be officiated and each team will play once a week at the Sheridan Park Community Centers, 680 Lebo. Blvd., Bremerton. All games will begin between 6 and 9 p.m. The cost per team is $535. For additional information, contact the Bremerton Parks and Recreation athletic office, (360) 473-5427, or visit the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, www. ci.bremerton.wa.us.

Central Kitsap 47, Shelton 7

Central Kitsap High School improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2007 thanks to another strong performance from quarterback Brett McDonald. The senior ran for a touchdown, threw for another and compiled 243 allpurpose yards in a 47-7 victory over Shelton High School in the rain Sept. 17 at Silverdale Stadium. McDonald connected with Jonathan Fergus on a 21-yard strike to give the Cougars (3-0 overall, 1-0 league) a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. He later scored on a 25-yard touchdown run to make See scoreboard, a16

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Cameron Brandmair of Silverdale studies the board during a match at the Bremerton Chess Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sept. 16 meeting.

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against better opponents. Although Brandmair dedicates more time to chess than most, he wins about â&#x20AC;&#x153;33 percentâ&#x20AC;? of his

matches against Bremerton Chess Club players. Most of his competitors are older â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two, three times his age â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and have spent their lives learning the game. Brandmairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earliest matches came at the age of

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of experience, they figure to make a return trip. Coach Paul Henderson did not respond to questions seeking comment. KLAHOWYA SECONDARY SCHOOL

Coach: Diana Smith (fourth season) League: Olympic League

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(Top) Central Kitsap High School sophomore Liane Hirata swims the 100-yard backstroke during Central Kitsap’s 127-56 loss against Bainbridge High School on Tuesday. (Above) Relay swimmers from Bainbridge and Central Kitsap prepare to jump off the starting blocks at the Olympic Aquatic Center at Olympic High School.

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free relay; Liane Hirata, sophomore, 100 back/100 free/100 fly; and Mikayla Polzin, sophomore, 50 free/200 free. Looking ahead: Two weeks into the regular season, expectations are beginning to climb at Central Kitsap. “It’s not about technique anymore, it’s about our speed and our times,” said firstyear coach Kristi Balant.

“We’re trying to make those qualifying times, whether it’s for leagues, districts or state. That’s our main focus right now.” It’s hard to blame Balant for the high standards. The 2005 Central Kitsap graduate inherits a team that includes a returning state competitor in Liane Hirata as well as two freshmen — Sam Lingenbrink and Sarah Avery — who the coach regards as state-caliber swimmers. In 2009, Hirata advanced to state in the 100 fly and

in the boys competition were as follows: Mount Rainer Lutheran, 27; Crosspoint, 42; and Shoreline Christian, 57. Crosspoint sophomore Russell Melin posted the top individual time in the boys 3.1-mile race in 17 minutes, 50 seconds. Additional Crosspoint finishers:

L ooking ahead: Klahowya could send athletes to the postseason thanks to one of the highest turnout rates in recent years. The team faces Central Kitsap and Olympic in a non-league meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Olympic High School.

100 back. She will compete in those races plus the 100 free and the 400 free relay this season. Lingenbrink will swim the 100 back and 100 free in addition to the 400 relay. Avery will race in the 100 fly and 100 free, also swimming the 400 relay. With the trio teaming up, Balant expects them to qualify for state in the 400 relay. She also hopes to see 15 swimmers advance to the district meet. “It’s a pretty high goal,” the coach said. “But the way they’ve changed in the last three weeks, and how they’ve developed in their skill level, it’s been huge.” OLYMPIC HIGH SCHOOL

Coach: Paul Henderson (12th season) League: Olympic Classification: 2A Who to watch: Jordan LaHaie, senior, 200 IM/100 back); Catalina Torres, junior, 500 free; Maxine Van Ichkuel, sophomore (100 free/100 back); Danielle Nelson, sophomore, 100 fly, free; and Angela Barnick, junior, 500 free. Olympic returns two state qualifiers from the 2009 season in Jordan LaHaie and Danielle Nelson. Neither of them placed, but with a year

Crosspoint Academy boys cross-country places second at Sea-Tac League meet The Crosspoint Academy boys cross-country team took second place in the second Class 2B Sea-Tac League meet of the season at Fort Steilacoom Park on Wednesday. Faith Hamilton, the school’s lone female runner, placed fifth in the individual competition. The final team scores

Classification: 2A Who to watch: Shelbi Hart, senior, multiple events; Alison Kriefels, sophomore 100 back/100 breast; Morgan Euzarraga, senior, multiple events; Mari Cleven, senior, 100 back; and Crystal Hanners, sophomore, 100 back/multiple free

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it 26-0 in the third. Wide receiver Maurice Brown had five receptions for 141 yards. Central Kitsap scored 14 points on defense and special teams, with Kyle Lanoue returning a fumble 36 yards for a score and Joshua Hoare returning a blocked punt 10 yards for another. Shelton (1-2, 0-1), meanwhile, scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Cougars are one of two undefeated teams remaining in the Class 4A Narrows League â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Bellarmine Preparatory School is the other â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but they face perhaps their most difficult opponent Friday in Olympia High School, coming off a 27-17 win over South Kitsap High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

points in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Willie Kudera completed 14 of 30 passes for 162 and two touchdowns, but threw two interceptions. Despite the final score, it was Olympicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best offensive performance this season. Running backs Shawn Brown and Ben Long both eclipsed the 100-yard mark, rushing for 168 and 118 yards. Olympic visits North Mason High School (2-1, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kingston 42, Olympic 28 Olympic High School suffered its third loss in as many games in a 42-28 setback against Kingston High School under heavy rain Sept. 17 at Silverdale Stadium. The Trojans (0-3, 0-1) trailed 28-14 at halftime and never closed the gap, allowing 14 unanswered

Port Angeles 27, Bremerton 7 With a chance to secure consecutive wins for the first time since 2002,

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Bremerton High School dropped its Olympic League opener 27-7 against Port Angeles High School Sept. 17 at Memorial Stadium. The Knights (1-2, 0-1) allowed three touchdowns in the second quarter for the second time in as many games, falling behind 27-0 at halftime and never coming back. A win would have given Bremerton a share of first place in the Olympic League. Instead, the Roughriders (3-0, 1-0) remained the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only unbeaten team. Bremerton hosts Sequim High School at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium.

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3-0 3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 1-2 1-2


Central Kitsap Reporter 09-24-2010