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▼ Matthes, Garrido advance in SK commissioner race; Dalton, Danielson in judicial contest.
By CHARLIE BERMANT
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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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
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
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
Neighbor denies pellet gun shooting
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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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-
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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By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
Herman Aguayo and his horse, Wasim, are the newest members to the Dressage Foundation’s Century Club.
There are more than 130 members of the Century Club. Aguayo and Wasim will be only the sixth team from Washington. For entry into this club, the combined ages of horse and rider need to be at least 100, and they need to complete a dressage test in front of an official judge before sending in the necessary paperwork to be officially recognized as members of this club. Aguayo and Wasim completed their test on July 7. “It was really fun,” Aguayo said. “There was a lot of people there that I hadn’t seen in a lot a lot of years. “Don’t know how they found out
ith a combined age of 103, Herman Aguayo and his horse, Wasim, have applied for entry into the Dressage Foundation’s Century Club. The Century Club was founded in 1996 to honor senior riders and horses who still are active. According to their website, “The Century Club ride has evolved into a serious endeavor that encourages and rewards our older senior riders. The rider need not show everything at their level of ride, but it is important to show that rider and horse work well together.”
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Dressage Foundation’s Century Club gets new members
By MICHELLE BEAHM
A candidate for the City Council — who has decided not to seek office — will cost the City thousands of dollars. In a June 6 email, candidate Jeff Braden told Public Disclosure Commission officials why he could not file with the PDC and stated he would not “actively seek office or serve on the City Council.” In email to the PDC’s Jennifer Hanson, file assistance specialist, Braden wrote, “I decided that as a individual investor that the PDC reporting requirements of listing each stock, number of shares, etc., is too onerous for me.” Braden filed to run for the Council’s At-Large seat, 30 minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline on May 17 for Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo
City Council candidate Jeff Braden decided not to run in June; did not filed with PDC
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The investigation continues into a three-alarm fire that destroyed a second-story apartment above a former downtown restaurant last week. The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office, along with investigators from the Port Orchard Police Department and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office were at the scene earlier this week, walking and examining the charred remains on the apartment above the former Los Cabos restaurant at the corner of Bay Street and Fredrick Avenue. The Fire Marshal’s Office will later determine the cause of the fire. The fire, which happened about 8 p.m. July 11, started in the apartment’s main entryway. Two men and a boy were able to escape the blaze, but three “When officers arrived o t h e r here, there were a people — two lot of people helping. men and There was a lot going a woman on and it was pretty — were t r app e d hectic.” inside. – Chief Geoffrey Marti Police Chief Geoffrey Marti said the three were in a bedroom on the north side of the building when they discovered the fire that blocked the main exit. “They went into a bathroom on the west side and closed the door to protect themselves,” Marti said. “They ended up smashing out a small bathroom window and all three escaped through the window onto the roof.” When officers — who were first on the scene — arrived they found the two men and the woman on the burning apartment’s roof. “Officers commandeered a pickup, pulled it into an alleyway and helped the people off the roof,” Marti said. Witness Ron Johnson said there were
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Port Orchard 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
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
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Investigation continues into July 11 fire
An unidentified woman sitting on a bench in front of the Port Orchard Library takes advantage of the recent sunny summer weather and enjoys time soaking up the sunshine.
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