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Both sides report feeling harassed in rift over home business.

Neighbor denies pellet gun shooting


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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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Doll shares on providing peace of mind at home, abroad

This the second in a two-part series on Port Orchard businessman Barry Doll serving as a lieutenant of the Supply Corps in the Navy Reserve working overseas as a logistical officer. By DOUGLAS H. STUTZ Public Affairs, Naval Hospital Bremerton


arry Doll is one of the Navy’s Ready Reserves 109,738 members, which currently has 4,491 mobilized as of the middle of October. Many of those are currently down range in some capacity in Afghanistan. Most have left their civilian job, position or career to wear the cloth of their nation. Deployments tend to be regularly sched-

uled for active duty sailors with a ship, submarine or squadron. They embark, deploy and return as a team. An IA is just that, a singular, isolated individual filling a needed billet with another group, far afield. The camaraderie that exists with a whole unit or command deploying isn’t quite there for an IA. Barry notes that there Doll was approximately 30 days to get his affairs in order, get necessary qualifications, and get all squared away. “When we’re active duty, you’re in that mode,” he said. “But when you have a civilian

career, there’s just a lot more to prepare and get ready for, not only to go on deployment, but also with the family and job at home.” Debbie attests that by attending the Heroes’ Welcome last year, there was comfort knowing others were in her same position or had been there, in being separated and basically without a support group. “But I didn’t develop any relationships there,” she said, adding that with no family in the area, and no real connection to the active duty military community, the key for her was being a member of her surrounding, overlapping communities from work, from their church and from their home. SEE DOLL, A27

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State Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard) got a surprise on her Nov. 7 birthday. Sen. Nathan Schlicher (D-Gig Harbor) conceded his re-election that day to the 26th District state senate post, making Angel the 24th Republican in the Senate. Last year, two Democrats — Rodney Tom of Medina and Tim Sheldon of Potlatch — joined the GOP caucus for control of the Senate. Friday night’s unofficial results showed Angel (23,586) with a more than 2,800-vote lead over Schlicher (20,709), who was appointed earlier this year to the 26th District Angel seat after Derek Kilmer was elected to Congress in November 2012. Angel collected 52 percent of the vote to Schlicher’s 48 percent. In Kitsap County, Angel received 10,465 (52 percent) to Schlicher’s 9,465 (47 percent). This was Schlicher’s first run for political office. “While I am disappointed, I am not surprised,” Schlicher said. “We started out with a 20-point deficit and closed this to such a tight race in a short time despite an amazingly negative campaign by my opponent. I’m hopeful that voters will choose to support the citizen legislators, not the career politicians, in the future.” Angel said she was “honored to have the trust and confidence” of the voters in the 26th District. “I strongly believe in the will of the people and am pleased they did not allow an outsider from California to purchase this race,” she said. Angel said she expected to be sworn into office as soon as the election is certified. Here assistant, Debbie Austin, will accompany


Fiery. Successful. Tireless. Those are some of the adjec-

similar sentiments. “He was probably a mentor to a lot of students, not just baseball people,” he said. “He was like a dad to a lot of guys.” Goodwin guided the Wolves to three state championships and had a 491-136 record from 1976 to 2003. His 1996 team, which

▼ Matthes, Garrido advance in SK commissioner race; Dalton, Danielson in judicial contest.

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about kids,” South athletic director Ed Santos said. “Kids that played for him, kids at school. You can see how many people he touched because there are sons and daughters of former Elton players here.” Cully Ecklund, who was a pitcher on Goodwin’s first state championship team in 1983 and now lives in Montesano, shared



tives used to describe legendary South Kitsap baseball coach Elton Goodwin, who died Nov. 7 from complications resulting from hip surgery earlier in the week. He was 63 years old. In addition to coaching, Goodwin taught special education at the high school. “I think the biggest thing about Elton was he just cared so deeply


Goodwin guided Wolves to three state titles




Legendary SK baseball coach dies

Schlicher concedes, Angel new senator 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).



Custodians won’t be replaced, $1.72 million will be taken from reserve fund.


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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


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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

Elton Goodwin, who taught at South Kitsap High School and guided its baseball program to three state championships from 1976 to 2003, died Nov. 7 from surgeryrelated complications. He was 63 years old.

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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-


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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Port Orchard Independent, November 15, 2013  
Port Orchard Independent, November 15, 2013  

November 15, 2013 edition of the Port Orchard Independent