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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 Staff Writer
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).
Christine Daniel served as timekeeper.
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
SEE UPSETS, PAGE A2
4DIPPMEJTUSJDUMPPLT UPCBMBODFJUTCPPLT Custodians won’t be replaced, $1.72 million will be taken from reserve fund.
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
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Q. What is your top priority for the City of Port Orchard and why? Ashby: My top priority would be to bring back credibility to the city council and to bring more citizens input and transparency to the process. We have a process where citizens are allowed to speak at each council meeting. They are allowed to attend council committee meetings and workstudy session, but not allowed input.
See forum, A26
Chamber members had a chance to hear from five of the six City Council candidates during the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum held Oct. 10 at the Port Orchard Pavilion. Attending the forum was incumbent Councilman At-Large Jerry Childs, who is running against newcomer Eric Gonnason; along with Bek Ashby and Kim Punt, who are running for the Position 2 seat held by Carolyn Powers. Powers is retiring from the council
For and against Nick Whittleton, chairman for the Committee Against the Measure, said three reasons voters should vote against Prop. No. 1 because if it passes the position of mayor will not appear on any future ballots and people lose the executive branch of government within the city. He also said he opposes the measure because the council combined two completely different issues into one ballot measure. “There has been no compelling reason, given or expressed
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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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Four-year-old Addy Sprage, of Port Orchard, checks out a host of pumpkins during the Hootenanny event at Collelo’s on Oct. 12. The event featured a pumpkin patch, free food, bounce house, games, live music, food vendors and fresh apple cider.
City Council candidates address forum
City voters will have a chance to change the city’s status and form of government during this year’s Nov. 5 general election. Proposition No. 1 would authorize to change Port Orchard’s classification from a second-class city to a noncharter code city and to adopt a council-manager plan of government rather than a mayor-council. It’s not the first time the city has looked at changing to a code city. In May 2011, under Mayor Lary Coppola, the council passed a resolution that changed the city’s classification from a second-class to code city after several sparsely attended public hearings about the issue. In August 2011, the council rescinded the resolution. It voted to retain the second-class status to save money after residents Gil and Kathy Michael collected about 550 signatures to put the issue before citizens in the next election. They got the signatures within 90 days of the council’s vote for the status change — a deadline that the council and city attorney mentioned several times at public hearings and council meetings about the issue. But the Michaels missed a deadline to get the measure placed on the November 2011 general election. As a result, the next opportunity to vote on the issue was in a special election in February 2012. The price tag for letting citizens vote on the issue jumped from $5,000 for adding a ballot measure to the November election, to up to $30,000 for a special election if no other districts shared the cost.
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
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
Neighbor denies pellet gun shooting
Groups state reasons why to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for Propositon No. 1
this year. Also, incumbent Councilman Rob Putannsuu attended the forum. He is running unopposed for the Position 3 seat, as is Councilman Fred Chang, who is running unopposed for the Position 6 post. Chang was unable to attend the forum. After each candidate gave a twominute opening speech, they were allowed four minutes each to answer two questions selected by the Chamber. Port Orchard Independent Publisher Sean McDonald moderated the forum, while Chamber Executive Director
See prop. No. 1, A23
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
Change of city’s status, government in voters’ hand
hunting the perfect pumpkin
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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