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Jim Rothlin, executive director of the Port of Chehalis has been selected to direct the Port of Bremerton. Rothlin was among 30 applicants for the job which comes open Jan. 1, when current CEO Tim Thomson retires on Dec. 31. Thomson has been the port’s CEO for the past four years. Rothlin has been executive director of the Port of Chehalis since 2002 and

serves as the chair of the economic development committee of the Washington State Ports Association. Prior to coming to the Port of Chehalis, he was the CEO of Premiere Business Services, a business management consulting firm. From 1987 to 1994 he was the financial controller for National Semiconductor Corporation. He began his career in the Silicon Valley as a credit analyst for Hitachi America Ltd., in California. SEE CEO, A13

Airport forecasts are on port’s radar BY LESLIE KELLY LKELLY@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM

Before a packed house of mostly pilots, the Port of Bremerton board of commissioners approved the 2014 budget without funding a new weather forecast system. But prior to approving the budget, the commissioners added a statement that the port “will strive to improve the weather reporting system at the Bremerton National Airport to include a terminal area forecast (TAF).”

The amendment clarified that the port is currently working with the FAA to upgrade the current system to accomplish this and if that cannot be accomplished, the port will look at alternative weather systems which may require a budget amendment at that time. That action followed a public hearing on the budget during which several pilots spoke and asked that the commissioners replace the $145,000 that was earlier in the budget for the new TAF system. SEE PORT BUDGET, A13

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An Honor Guard prepares a flag for John “Bud” Hawk’s daughter Monday during a memorial service at the fairgrounds.

Memorial focuses on hero’s life after war BY KEVAN MOORE


Medal of Honor recipient John D. “Bud” Hawk didn’t like being called a hero and preferred the moniker of SOB. That, of course, stands for “Sweet Old Bud.” Friends and family members remembered Hawk at a large memorial service at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Pavilion Monday afternoon. In addition, several dignitaries were at the ceremony, including fellow Medal of Honor

recipient Ty Carter, Governor Jay Inslee, Congressman Derek Kilmer and others. Several speakers talked about Hawk’s life after the war. Many of them focused on his passion for teaching and education. Vicki Barton was one of Hawk’s fifthgrade students and he inspired her to become a teacher. She eventually worked at Brownsville while Hawk was the principal there, fulfilling one of her dreams. “I walked into his classroom shaking

in my saddle shoes because he fought in World War II and he had medals to prove it,” Barton said. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that my new teacher was one who truly liked kids. He loved to teach and we loved going to school every day.” Barton said Hawk didn’t like to talk about his heroic actions or being called a hero. “But he’d kid around with us about being bald — a bullet blew off his helmet SEE HAWK, A13

Man shot at Bremerton Fred Meyer gas station BY KEVAN MOORE KMOORE@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM

One person was injured and another taken into custody following a shooting Tuesday afternoon at the East Bremerton Fred Meyer gas station. According to a Kitsap County Sheriff ’s Office spokesman, an unidentified 40-year-old man shot a 35-year-old Bremerton man in the neck and his arm during a confrontation. The

victim was transported to Tacoma General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was released later in the evening. “Multiple witnesses reported hearing multiple ‘popping’ sounds and witnessed a suspect with a handgun standing near the fuel station to the north of the Fred Meyer store,” said Sgt. Ken Dickinson, a spokesman for the sheriff ’s office. Kitsap County Sheriff ’s Office detectives found that

the shooting stemmed from an altercation between the two over the suspect videotaping the victim from his vehicle. Police say the 35-year-old victim is homeless and lives in his vehicle with his girlfriend. Their vehicle was parked in the lot of Fred Meyer and the suspect’s van was parked directly across from it. When the victim and his girlfriend exited the Fred Meyer store shortly before the shooting, they noticed that the suspect

was videotaping them with some sort of recording device. The victim approached the suspect to ask why he was videotaping him, according to police. When the victim approached the suspect’s van he told police that the suspect “pulled out a gun and shot him in the neck.” The victim said that the suspect never said anything to him but appeared to be angry. After being shot, the victim SEE SHOOTING, A13

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The unidentified 40-year-old driver of this van shot a 35-year-old Bremerton man at the Fred Meyer gas station in East Bremerton Tuesday afternoon.

Bremerton Patriot, November 15, 2013  

November 15, 2013 edition of the Bremerton Patriot

Bremerton Patriot, November 15, 2013  

November 15, 2013 edition of the Bremerton Patriot