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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).
s a teen, Russell Barringer watched a teenage girl strolling inside the roller skating rink in Northwestern Iowa. He also remembers taking the girl for a ride in his 1931 Ford Model A car once. But little did he know one day that girl would be his wife — for more than 65 years. Russell and Dolores Barringer have been married for 67 years and reside at Stafford Suites in Port Orchard. They moved into Stafford three weeks ago. Russell was 23 years old and Delores was barely 18 when they married on July
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A local resident’s dog won Best of Breed during the Westminster Kennel Club 138th Annual Dog Show — called the “Super Bowl of Dog Shows” — on Feb. 10-11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. For Dale Michaelson and Brian Rasmussen’s more on Irish setter, Kristopher, won Best of Breed for Irish Setters on Tuesday. story visit Michaelson resides in Port Orchard. website It was the first time the dog had competed in the prestigious dog show. The dog, who registered name is Abbeylane Tramore Above the Limit, was born April 29, 2009. Kristopher is a product of Tramore Galewinns Mak’n An Impact and Tramore Limited Edition, both champion Irish Setters.
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4DIPPMEJTUSJDUMPPLT UPCBMBODFJUTCPPLT Custodians won’t be replaced, $1.72 million will be taken from reserve fund.
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 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 SEE NEIGHBORS, PAGE A2
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By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
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
The Port Orchard city council voted 6-0 to approve a contract with Universal Field Services for the Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway right-ofway services precursor during its Feb. 11 meeting. The contract will not exceed $18,000 and will be
14, 1946. Their oldest son was born on Valentine’s Day in 1948. The Iowa natives were raised in the small town of Ruthven, but their paths would cross again in Washington state. This time, it would be for love. Dolores’ father was transferred to Boeing and lived in Renton, while Russell was serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis near Tacoma. “I’ve known her since she was 14,” Russell said. Russell said when he arrived in Washington, he didn’t know Delores as
Local dog wins at famous show
By CHRIS CHANCELLOR
Both sides report feeling harassed in rift over home business. 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-
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
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Neighbor denies pellet gun shooting
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
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
Iowa natives reunited away from hometown Kristopher won Best of Breed for Irish Setters Tuesday in New York City.
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Kitsap County Sheriff ’s Office deputies and detectives are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred last week in South Kitsap. Deputy Scott Wilson, KCSO spokesman, said it occurred at approximately 2:03 a.m. Feb. 6, on Bethel Burley Road. He said an adult female at a residence reported that two men forced entry into the home, held her down and searched the house before leaving. No one was seriously injured. According to the victim’s report, Wilson said she and a friend had returned to the house in early evening. The woman reported around 2 a.m. that she heard pounding on the front door and she thought it was her friend and opened the door. When she unlocked the door, two unidentified male suspects forced their way inside. The victim reported that she was pushed down onto to the floor and held there by one of the suspects with his boot on her chest, according to the report. Wilson said the victim could only provide brief, vague descriptions due to darkness inside the home. She described one suspect as about 6 foot tall and the other was shorter with a medium build. The victim said both men were wearing
Russell and Delores Barringer, both from Ruthven, Iowa, were reunited in Washington.
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
funded from the Street Fund. According to Public Works Director Mark Dorsey, there are five existing structures located within the pathway project limits along Bay Street and as a precursor to extending obligated FHWA Right-Of-Way Acquisition funding. Dorsey said Universal Field Services will obtain title reports, prepare appraisals, meet with property owners and summarize its findings, which it will present to council.
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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.
Council approves contract for ROW precursor services
Suspects sought in home invasion More information needed by council before making decision on homes
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