Second wall planned to honor veterans at Marina Park Port Orchard
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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.
By CHARLIE BERMANT
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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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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 SEE NEIGHBORS, PAGE A2
And then the rains came. National Weather Service forecasters on Monday predicted a wet and woolly Thanksgiving week. Not much change was expected for Western Washington through midweek, as system after system was expected to bring heavy rain and windy conditions to the lowlands, and heavy snow for the mountains. In Port Orchard, Bay Street was closed due to flooding and many roads around the region had standing water. Temperatures meanwhile were forecast to be near or above normal through the mid-
Jonathan Ferrer sets his net for surf smelt Saturday along the beach in Port Orchard. Ferrer said the catches were few and far between but he expected it to pick up later. He said most of the smelt fishing is done between October and January.
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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
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
Both sides report feeling harassed in rift over home business. By JUSTINE FREDERIKSEN
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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dle of the week. Forecasters said some rivers could flood. Flooding in urban areas and small streams along with potential landslides were also possibilities. Southerly winds could be strong at times, downing small branches and trees, and causing local power outages. Heavy snow above 4,000 feet, with snow and freezing rain, along with rain below 4,000 was expected to make travel difficult in the mountains, especially in the Cascade passes. Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management activated the Severe Weather Shelter Plan. The shelter was available for overnight refuge to those without proper shelter. The shelter is located at Bremerton Food Line, 1600 12th street in Bremerton. It was opened at 6 p.m. Monday and stayed open until 7 a.m. Guests were advised to arrive early because check-in would not be allowed after 10 p.m.
Heavy rain and wind dampens holiday
Custodians won’t be replaced, $1.72 million will be taken from reserve fund.
By CHRIS CHANCELLOR
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
Plans are underway for an extension of the Veterans Wall of Honor near the waterfront at Marina Park. John Weatherill, the Post Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 2669 in Port Orchard, said demand was strong enough for the first wall that an additional wall makes sense. Weatherill, a Vietnam War veteran, said construction on a new, single-faced wall will begin
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Construction will begin after the sale of 508 bricks
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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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after all of the 508 bricks are sold. It will rest directly behind the original wall, a 28-foot long structure with 1,200 bricks that was built earlier this year. Bricks for that structure cost $30. Weatherill said it was a way to recognize and honor veterans. The newer wall will feature larger bricks, which Weatherill said includes future maintenance expenses. He said the new wall, which is reserved for anyone who has served in the military, also will feature a section that is reserved for Medal of Honor recipients. The idea to build a wall to honor veterans was developed by former VFW member Joseph Hovey Dennis Box/Staff Photo and his brother. Hovey died shortly before the A second veterans wall is planned to be constructed directly behind the original groundbreaking ceremony in March. wall. Bricks for the new wall are $30. BY CHRIS CHANCELLOR
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Forecast for the week calls for rain to continue