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NEWS September completion date set for Harper Pier A3

INSIDE Crash victim seeking helping hand after May wreck A5

SPORTS Third time not SK’s championship charm A18

Independent Port Orchard


SKFR making changes


Three volunteer stations will close, 12 positions cut

SK teen killed in crash Girl one of two Kitsap County teens who died in June 1 wreck



South Kitsap Fire and Rescue will close three volunteer fire stations and cut 12 positions because of dropping property assessed valuation. Station 18 at the Port of Bremerton and Station 20 at Rocky Point will be closed, while Station 7 at Wye Lake will become a district support facility, according to Fire Chief Steven Wright in a news release. He said the three rural stations are outdated with deployment needs and have not been active in responses for more than six years. “These areas are served currently by other stations and do not need to be kept as active volunteer stations,”


An 18-year-old South Kitsap girl was one of two people killed in a singlevehicle crash on a forest service road June 1 in Mason County. The Mason County Coroner’s Office identified the girl as Alena Pepi of Port Orchard. The other person who was reported killed in the wreck was David Dudley, Jr., 19, of Bremerton. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Mason County Sheriff ’s Office reported that five Codypeople Wrightwere fromin Milford, the bedUtah, of a got a Saddle Bronc Riding competition red Chevy S-10 pickup truck Wed Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo when it ran off Forest Service South Kitsap freshman Nolan Van Amen’s first throw of of 160 feet, 10 inches, in the discus was enough to win his first Road 23 and hit a tree about Class 4A state championship Friday at Mount Tahoma. For more on the story, see page A18. 7:34 a.m. on a road locatSEE SKFR, A17 ed in the Olympic National Forest areaAofSection Mason County, roughly 18 miles northwest Editorial A4 of Shelton. Robert Meadows A4 Deputies reported that A5 witScene & Heard The South Kitsap School District will hold graduation ceremonies for its three nesses stated that a pickup schools with the next five days. Sports A6 truckNotices carrying seven people Explorer Academy seniors are set to graduate at 7 p.m. today at the South Kitsap Legal A7 in both the cab and bed of the High School Theatre. Graduates will report at 5:45 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 Mary Colborn A7 truck ran off of the road and By DANNIE OLIVEAUX This year, Relay for Life found- Obituaries p.m. Refreshments will follow the ceremony in the SKHS Commons. A8 collided with a tree. Editor er Dr. Gordy Klatt will be the On June 9, Discovery Alternative High School will graduate its senior class with Inserts: Fred Meyer, MCSO reported theRiteAid, truck’s guest speak on Friday night. a 7 p.m. ceremony at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Ave., Gig Office Depot, Best Buy, Staples, driver — who has not been It’s time once again for the Hundreds of people are Wal-Mart, Valassis Harbor. identified — was arrested for annual American Cancer expected to participate in the Graduation for South Kitsap High School seniors is 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, Society’s annual Relay For Life 18-hour event, which begins at Printed with recycled paper and environmentally at Tacoma Dome. Approximately 556 seniors are expected to receive their diploCRASH,ink. A17 event June 6 and 7 on the track at 6 p.m. Friday with an opening friendly soybeanSEEoil-based mas. This year’s valedictorian is Hue C. Purkett and the salutatorian is Shawn M. Joe Knowles Field on the South ceremony and survivors lap and Brookins. Kitsap High School campus. runs until noon June 7. To avoid traffic, bridge toll and parking fees, seniors can park and ride a bus This is the American Cancer This year, 44 teams with 382 one-way or round-trip to the ceremony. Bus tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Society’s signature public awarethe ASB office. The buses will depart at 4 p.m. from the north parking lot of SKHS. SEE RELAY, A17 ness and fundraising activity.

Graduation dates set for seniors SK Relay for Life begins today at SKHS stadium

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Port Orchard Independent, June 06, 2014  
Port Orchard Independent, June 06, 2014  

June 06, 2014 edition of the Port Orchard Independent