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Both sides report feeling harassed in rift over home business.
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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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FRIDAY, October 11, 2013 n Vol. 122, No. 40 n www.portorchardindependent.com n 50¢
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Former staff writer Brent Cihon won first place for Best Crime and Court Story with “A tragic loss” and second in Best Business News Story for “Small liquor retailers fret about future.” Wes Morrow won third place for Color Feature Photo with “A Joyful Sound.” “It’s a real honor to be recognized for outstanding work by our peers in the industry”, said Sean McDonald, publisher of the Independent. “I’m very proud of the work our staff has done over the past couple of years to continue improving the quality of the Independent and especially for Chris who has really been an asset to the paper both in his sports coverage but also for his contributions to community news and features. It’s a pretty good indicator of talent for a sports guy to win so many non-sports news and features awards”, said McDonald.
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX Editor
Two groups — one in favor and the other opposed to Proposition No. 1 — have filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission. Proposition No. 1 would authorize a classification change for the city from a noncharter code city and adopt a council-manager plan of government with the City of Port Orchard. Citizens for Professional Government, which favors Proposition No. 1, filed with the PDC on July 26 and listed Richard Peterson as treasurer, along with former councilman Fred Olin, chair, and Dick Ziglar, vice-chair. The opposing group — Port Orchard Citizens for Responsible Government filed on Oct. 2 with Gil Michael listed as treasurer. In past weeks, signs opposing Prop. No. 1 have popped up throughout the city — mostly near the downtown area, while fliers supporting the measure have been circulating. Citizens for Professional Government is listed with the PDC as a single-year political committee, while Port Orchard Citizens for Responsible Government has filed as an ongoing continuing committee. Both groups are under mini-reporting which means no more than $5,000 will be raised or spent, and no more than $500 will be accepted by one contributor, according to the PDC. Lori Anderson, communications and training officer
POI brings home nine WNPA awards The Port Orchard Independent, a part of Sound Publishing, won nine awards during last week’s Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. Senior reporter and sports editor Chris Chancellor, who was a Sportswriter of the Year Finalist among all newspaper groups, received six awards. In the Group IV Division, for publications with more than 12,751 circulation, Chancellor won first place for Best General Feature Story with his story, “Jalapenos all in a day’s work on SKTV” and took top honors in Best Personality Profile-Long in his “Parks takes a load off South Kitsap players” piece. He also placed second in Best Business Feature Story for “Genesis with a point” and third place for Business News Story with “Cash mob hits Port Orchard businesses” and in Best Personality Profile-Long in “A career of memories tucked into a classroom.”
Groups file with PDC
▼ 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).
Former East Port Orchard Principal Larry Hill (second from left) holds a plaque for the East Port Orchard Elementary School Library dedicated to former Principal Kurt Wagner, who died in April 2012. Pictured with Hill are the plaque’s artist, Jim Guerci; Wagner’s wife, Laurie; daughters Jessica Wagner Smith and Tasha Wagner.
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Custodians won’t be replaced, $1.72 million will be taken from reserve fund.
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A Port Orchard resident accused two councilmembers and a current Port Orchard City Council candidate of attempting to change and influence distributions during the process of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee in 2012, during residents comments at the Oct. 8 meeting. Resident Gil Michael noted during the past several year a pattern has developed of trying to influence the process of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to disburse funds. He cited a statement from Councilman Jerry Childs during the Sept. 17 council work session regarding this year’s LTAC recommendations. During his eight-minute speech, Michael held copies of emails obtained from the city. He claimed Councilman Jerry Childs appeared to provided Kim Punt — a city council candidate — his recommendations prior to a September 2012 LTAC meeting. Residents’ comments are limited to Michael three minutes each for items not up for public hearing, according to the agenda. According to the emails obtained, Michael claimed that Punt leaked the final results of the LTAC meeting to Childs and Councilwoman Cindy Lucarelli. Michael claimed the emails indicate that Childs and Lucarelli, and former Councilman Jim Colebank and City Attorney Greg Jacoby met at Childs’ home prior to an Economic Development and Tourism Committee meeting. He claimed Lucarelli set up the meeting. He also claimed the city attorney billed the city for the meeting, but did not charge the city from a September 2012 billing statement. “All these things happened before the LTAC results were officially presented to the council,” Michael said. Also, Michael noted another of his concerns was the alteration of an official document to mislead a councilmember. Before last year’s council meeting regarding the See resident, A32
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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
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
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
Comments from local citizens highlight council meeting, again By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
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Resident accuses councilmembers of meddling with LTAC 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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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.
A Section Editorial Robert Meadows Scene & Heard Sports Legal Notices Mary Colborn Obituaries
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