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Friday, April 11, 2014 | Vol. 113, No. 15 | | 50¢

In the Herald

S’Klallam Tribe revisiting hotel idea Could be 100 rooms, on site of old casino By KIPP ROBERTSON

OPINION Designate downtown Poulsbo as a cultural district — Page A4

SPORTS S’Klallam Tribe, KYSA discuss possible home for youth sports program


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local news n Estuary is healing from 2003 oil spill — Page A7 n

Scene & Heard

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LITTLE BOSTON — A plan to build a hotel adjacent to The Point Casino is back on the table for dis-

cussion. The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Council will hear a proposal for the hotel in the near future, according to Kelly Sullivan, the Tribe’s executive director of Tribal Services. The exact date was not set as of April 10. Sullivan visited other casino hotels recently, among them the Lummi Nation’s Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa and the Swinomish Tribe’s

Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Plans are in the early stages and a feasibility study is being done. The council will determine whether to move ahead with the project. “[The council] could say ‘no’ and this couldn’t go any farther,” Sullivan said. If the project proceeds, the hotel may be built on the site of the old Point Casino. The hotel could have

Paraeducator starts program to ensure children are adequately clothed By KIPP ROBERTSON


See hotel, Page A3

Poulsbo explores $20 car tab fee

Wolfle’s Clothing Closet

INGSTON — Students come up to Sherry Pariser frequently to ask for help tying their shoes. The Wolfle Elementary School para-educator, known around the school as “Ms. P,” often sees more than a pair of loose laces. “I’m tying kids’ shoes and they’re falling off and broken,” she said. “And they’re not even half a size too big, they are two

a similar footprint, Sullivan said, and would be about 100 rooms. The hotel would need to operate fluidly with the casino and parking. The old casino is being used as office and storage space. The hotel would be one of two in the north end. It would allow guests of the casino to stay later for gaming and nighttime events, Sullivan said.

Wolfle Elementary School para-educator Sherry Pariser opened the Clothing Closet at the school to help clothe students who have a limited amount of clothing options. Kipp Robertson / Herald sizes too big.” Pariser transferred to Wolfle for the 2013-14 school year. She previously worked at Gordon Elementary for about eight years. There is a disparity between the need for new clothes at Wolfle and Gordon, she said. Wolfle has the largest

POULSBO—Kitsap is growing. But some regions are growing faster than others, and if local leaders don’t prepare for the coming tide of

residents, one mayor says, it will be difficult to enjoy the area. “The population is growing more quickly in the north end of the county than the south,” Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson said. “Not just Poulsbo. North county


areas are growing more quickly than the south end. That’s not something to go, ‘Ha, ha, we’re growing and you’re not.’ It means we’ve got to shift our planning.”

POULSBO — Poulsbo could be the latest in a string of Washington cities to adopt a car tab fee to fund road maintenance. But the City Council must travel a long road before the city can implement such a fee. “This is a source for a few additional dollars to try and maintain some of the streets that we have,” Councilman Gary Nystul said. “It’s better than nothing, but it’s not enough to do what is needed in the long term.” Nystul noted that if Poulsbo adopts a car tab fee, it would only add one slice to the city’s funding pie. And that funding would only go toward road maintenance. But at $20 per car tab — one option the council could pursue — the city could raise approximately $80,000, according to council estimates.

See growth, Page A6

See CAR TAB fee, Page A3

percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced meals in North Kitsap School District. Of the 356 students in May 2013, 202 qualified for the meal plans, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Report Card. Knowing the kind

of need there is at the school, Pariser decided to take it upon herself to begin helping clothe students. Pariser is stocking a Clothing Closet in the school with new and gently used clothing. From shoes to jackets — and See CLOTHING, Page A3

Mayor: Area growth rate greater than expected By RICHARD D. OXLEY

Would be used to fund road maintenance

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