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▼ Matthes, Garrido advance in SK commissioner race; Dalton, Danielson in judicial contest.
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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 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 SEE NEIGHBORS, PAGE A2
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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). SEE UPSETS, PAGE A2
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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
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. 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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Neighbor denies pellet gun shooting
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
Council interviewing three to fill vacancy
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
South Kitsap High School cheerleaders hand out free school supplies to students during the school district’s annual Back to School Celebration held at Joe Knowles Stadium on Aug. 17. Students were also able to receive free haircuts and immunizations as several thousand people attended the event.
Arbogast says SKEA ready for ‘next steps’; Reid is hopeful of agreement before first day of school
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Kitsap County election officials are happy with the performance of their new counting system and improved ballots for voters. The county installed a new ballot-counting system that was purchased from Hart InterCivic, a Texas company, this summer.
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The top three candidates to fill the Position 1 council vacancy will go through another round of interviews today.
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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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The Kitsap County Auditor’s Election Division had its first test of the new system with the Aug. 6 primary election. Dolores Gilmore, Kitsap County elections manager, said the ballot process went “smoothly.” “In the ballots returned, we had a very low number of ballots where the voters didn’t understand how to mark the ballots, but they
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
Following the final interview, the council will meet in executive session to discuss the qualifications of the candidates. The council announced its top three choices from 10 applicants interviewed Aug. 9. The three candidates are vying to fill the seat vacated by Jim Colebank, who resigned his position last month because he was moving
During the Aug. 20 work session, the candidates, who were attending the meeting, agreed to meet with the council. The council is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. to discuss possible candidate questions, then interview the candidates separately during a 90-minute span. Kim Punt is scheduled to be interviewed at 2:30 p.m., followed by Jeffery Cartwright at 3 p.m. and Trish Tierney at 3:30 p.m. By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
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filled in the square just fine,” Gilmore said. Gilmore said one minor problem was that some voters used pencil instead of black or blue ink pen. “Some voters are still using pencils,” she said. “Unless it’s a really dark pencil, the scanner doesn’t pick it up as well as ink. That’s one
South Kitsap Education Association past president Judy Arbogast said in an Aug. 19 email that the organization is preparing for the “next steps” at their next meeting because there is no contract in sight. SKEA members, who voted in the spring to take action on the bargaining team’s recommendation, will meet Monday, Aug. 26, to vote on the outcome of contract negotiations by ratifying the new contract or considering a “strike” vote by its membership. Arbogast said the “big sticking issue” is class sizes because the South Kitsap School District eliminated 61.3 positions in the spring. “An additional 47 teachers have retired or resigned, while many who were laid off have been called back,” Arbogast said. “There will be far fewer teachers in the district compared to last year, resulting in higher class sizes.” She said the school district is scheduled to begin with several secondary classes slated to have 40 students and that “SKEA members are highly concerned as this is an unsafe learning environment for students and academically unacceptable.” “Another class size sticking point is split classes at the elementary school level,” she said. “With new state standards just around the corner, it will be nearly impossible to continue the practice of having split classes (placing two different grade levels in one classroom.)” But Superintendent Michelle Reid said she’s hopeful that SKSD and the union will reach an agreement before the first day of school on Sept. 4. “The school district and SKEA continue to
Punt, Cartwright and Tierney rise to the top
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