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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.
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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.
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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). SEE UPSETS, PAGE A2
4DIPPMEJTUSJDUMPPLT UPCBMBODFJUTCPPLT 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 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
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
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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
West Sound Utility District commissioners approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Port Orchard for the South Kitsap Water Reclamation Facility (SKWRF). But a day before the WSUD board met, the Port Orchard city council tabled action until the Feb. 25 meeting on the interlocal agreement. Plant Manager Randy Screws said commissioners approved the interlocal agreement at its Feb. 12 meeting. Mike Wilson, general manager for the West Sound Utility District, said the district and the city have worked
South Kitsap sophomore Brandon Forster, who wrestles at 126 pounds, is among six Wolves that qualified for Mat Classic XXVI during districts Saturday. See A26 for more on SKHS going to state wrestling tournament.
WSUD board approves interlocal agreement with city
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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Council tables action until Feb. 25 meeting
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Windemere Real Estate broker Bryan Petro has the “hottest property” listed in Port Orchard. The old Myhre’s building, located at the corner of Sidney Avenue and Bay Street, is among one of Petro’s properties that he is attempting to sell. “All the legal stuff has been taken care of and the building is for sale,” said Petro. “It’s the
together for more than 35 years in a partnership in the operation and maintenance of the joint sewer treatment plant in Annapolis. The current agreement expired more than a year ago and Wilson said both sides have been working on the agreement for about 19 or 20 months. “I think we are at a point where we are ready to move forward,” Wilson told the council. Wilson said WSUD provided the council with documents, including property that was acquired in the early 1980s and the two loans by the district for the Public Works Trust Fund paid for with the city. He said the Sewer Advisory Committee (SAC) met last month and reached a consensus on an agreement that he thought would work for WSUD and the city. In the final of three agree-
Local realtor Brian Petro said he has shown the old Myhre’s building 27 times in the first two weeks it was listed on the market.
hottest property I’ve had for a long time. I’m honored to have the listing.” Petro said during a two-week period, he has shown the building 27 times. The property is listed for $475,000. He said some people are looking at the building to place offices upstairs and a lot of people want to put apartments upstairs. “But I’ve had several restaurant people look at it and one person who would want to turn it into three retail locations,” Petro said. “It’s a key property for downtown.” Petro said the building has a new roof and all the newest high-tech infrastructure for
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