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▼ Matthes, Garrido advance in SK commissioner race; Dalton, Danielson in judicial contest.
By CHARLIE BERMANT
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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 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
Custodians won’t be replaced, $1.72 million will be taken from reserve fund.
By CHRIS CHANCELLOR Staff Writer
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
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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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. 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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In an effort to promote bicycling on the Kitsap Peninsula, a local mountain bike alliance will host a movie premiere and fundraiser tonight, March 28, in downtown Port Orchard. The Port Orchard Pavilion, 701 Bay St., is the site for the Pacific Northwest premiere of a full-length movie about legendary downhill mountain bike racer Steve Peat.
South Kitsap School District parents soon might not face a decision on whether they want their kindergartners in the halfday morning or afternoon session. Superintendent Michelle Reid said last week that she wants to implement allday kindergarten through-
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
“Won’t Back Down” will start at 7 p.m. and is hosted by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s West Sound Chapter, Visit Kitsap and the City of Port Orchard. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and $10 for Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance members. All proceeds will help the West Sound Chapter maintain bike trails on the Kitsap Peninsula, according to Peggy Best,
By DANNIE OLIVEAUX
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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Ten-year-old Airilyn McDonald and her father, Jason, dance during the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance held March 22 at the Parkwood Community Club in Port Orchard. The dance was sponsored by the MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Port Orchard. Proceeds from the dance will be used to support local nonprofit groups in South Kitsap.
A 58-year-old woman faces a murder charge in connection with the death of her 97-year-old father in rural south Kitsap County. Court records stated Renee Roberta Nash, of Port Orchard, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Harlan Haynes on March 26 in Kitsap County District Court. Sgt. Ken Dickinson, Kitsap County Sheriff ’s Office spokesman, said the woman remains in custody in the Kitsap County Jail on $500,000 bail. The woman was arrested March 25 after deputies completed their investigation. During the investigation, deputies determined the daughter had been acting as her father’s guardian and his sole care provider since 2004, reported Dickinson. He said the woman was entrusted with Haynes’ medical care, dayto-day care and ensuring his basic needs were met. The county coroner’s office and a forensic pathologist indicated the cause of death was from malnutrition and dehydrationm stated court records. “It was determined that the suspect’s failure to attend to her father’s hygienic, nutritional and medical needs were direct factors in his death,” said Dickinson. Court documents stated that Nash called 911 after she found
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Daughter was entrusted with victim’s medical care, basic needs
out SKSD by the 2016-17 school year. Reid will use a three-year phase-in plan to implement the program. When school begins in September, the district will implement allday kindergarten at SKSD’s five Title I elementary schools: Burley-Glenwood, East Port Orchard, Olalla, Orchard Heights and Sidney Glen. Schools where at least 40 percent of the students are eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch receive Title I designation. The program then will expand by two programs in
Reid eyes allday classes at all elementary schools by 2016
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