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Happy new year! STEEL YOUR RESOLVE: Make 2014 your year for better health — in Kitsap Week
Friday, January 3, 2014 | Vol. 113, No. 1 | www.northkitsapherald.com | 50¢ Poulsbo Lions / Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund
Lots of optimism for 2014 t
Expect more visits from the American Spirit cruise ship this year. The Poulsbo Port District also hopes to expand use of its floatplane runway.
Port: page A1 City: A8 Economy: A8 Police: A9 Education: A12
By stephen l. swann
Fund passes ’12 total Final tally in Jan. 10 North Kitsap Herald POULSBO — As this year’s Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund campaign enters its final week, donations passed 2012’s total and could reach the $35,000 goal. As of Jan. 2, donations totalled $29,649. North Kitsap Fishline and St. Vincent de Paul use most of the funds to provide food, emergency shelter and emergency financial assistance to North Kitsap residents in need. In addition, fund proceeds are used by the Poulsbo Noon Lions Club to provide Christmas food baskets for 100 local families. And a reserve account See fund, Page A2
014 will be a big year for the Port of Poulsbo, the Port District, and the entire Poulsbo community. The year begins with a relatively new team. Jim Rutledge was elected to the Port Commission in 2011; Mark DeSalvo and I were elected in November 2013. Our executive director, Brad Miller, came onboard midyear 2013. Ambitious goals have been established for the New Year: n Port expansion. The port is a $5 million asset, with annual revenues of about $1.15 million. However, maintenance and operations expenses almost equal revenues.
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2014 FORECAST: PORT OF POULSBO On Feb. 11, voters will be asked to approve the Port District’s expansion to include Poulsbo’s city limits and the Liberty Bay shoreline. For an average investment of $75 per landowner, the
port district will receive approximately $190,000 in additional tax revenue for needed capital projects and marina expansions. Later this month, the North Kitsap Herald will host a forum on the issue at City Hall. This session will permit the port to explain how it will spend additional revenue, and to respond to questions from the Liberty Bay community.
n Port-city real estate purchase option. The City of Poulsbo and the port have entered into a three-month option agreement for the purchase of the old City Hall property. During this period, the port will investigate economic development and financing of this downtown property.
See port, Page A8
Shortcomings in notifications, reports Crash victim’s ID, injuries not in report used in DUI prosecution By KIPP ROBERTSON and RICHARD WALKER Herald staff
POULSBO — The name and contact information of a woman injured by a drunken driver, the extent of her injuries, and the fact her car was totaled were not included in a report used to charge a Kitsap County deputy prosecutor with DUI. Barbara O. Dennis was allowed
to go through Drug Court, where prosecution was deferred on the condition she undergo treatment for alcoholism. Prosecuting Attorney Russell Hauge said that option would not have been available to her and she would have lost her county job if the crash victim’s injuries rose to the level of a felony vehicular assault charge. It’s not clear whether Marilyn See REPORT, Page A7
Murder victim’s family says they were notified late of sentencing By RICHARD WALKER
POULSBO — Clara Dunker was never the same after she learned that her son, Darwin, had been murdered in his Poulsbo condo. At 91, she was “very clear of mind,” her daughter-in-law Diann Dunker said. Because of severe arthritis in her legs, she used a motorized wheelchair, but was
able to get up, move to her recliner, and basically get around her apartment on her own. “She had her bouts of illness, but she was a fighter. She was a strong lady,” Diann said. “But after that happened, she just didn’t fight anymore. She didn’t eat anymore.” Darwin Dunker died Feb. 21, 2012. Clara Dunker died less than See SENTENCE, Page A7
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