Full FEMA earthquake risk report for Kitsap County

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After publishing our series on Kitsap’s earthquake risk last month and a recent followup story, we’ve had several requests from readers that we post the full Federal Emergency Management Agency risk report for Kitsap referenced in some of the stories.

The 44-page report, which you can read or download in full below, assesses Kitsap’s risk to four natural hazards: flood, earthquake, landslide and tsunami.

The earthquake, landslide, tsunami and some of the flooding risks are related. In the report, FEMA chose a scenario in which the Seattle Fault rattles with a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. Such a quake would trigger tsunamis, landslides, fires and other hazards.

Page 9 is where this information begins, starting with earthquakes and moving through landslides and tsunamis.

Pages 20-30 feature short risk assessments for particular areas, such as Bremerton, Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island. For each community, FEMA lists a few specific at-risk buildings and some strategies for reducing the impact of an earthquake and other hazards.

FEMA Kitsap Risk Report by tristan baurick

On the education beat: Jan. 28, 2016

Catching up and looking ahead on the education beat here at the Kitsap Sun.

Next week (Tuesday) we’ll have a story about how to pick the best kindergarten class for your child.

I’m also working on a story about special needs students and the people involved in their education. I’d like to hear from students, parents, paraeducators, special ed teachers and anyone else with thoughts on the intersection of special needs and public education.

Contact me at (360) 792-9219, christina.henry@kitsapsun.com or https://www.facebook.com/chrishenryreporter.

Now for a recap of this week’s education news:

Voting on education funding
First and foremost, did you get your ballot? Voters throughout Kitsap and North Mason counties on Feb. 9 will decide on bond and levy measures. In case you missed it, this story gives a summary of measures by district.

Theler Center, school district asset or albatross?
Following up on Arla Shephard Bull’s comprehensive history of the Mary E. Theler Community Center and Wetlands, North Mason School District, which owns the property, hosted a meeting to bank suggestions about what to do with Theler now that the trust established to support its upkeep is depleted. Ideas ranged from burning down the community center to starting a GoFundMe account.
A Mardi Gras themed murder mystery fundraiser is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mary E. Theler Community Center, 22871 Highway 3 in Belfair; 360-275-4898.

When caring parenting crosses the line
Do you meddle in your children’s business? Have you ever kept a reminder sheet of upcoming tests? “Helped” them with a project, or, let’s be honest, did the bulk of it yourself? Excused them from chores because they have “so much homework?”
It’s a habit that can escalate, according to Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former dean at Stanford and author of “How to Raise an Adult,” who will speak on Bainbridge Feb. 3. One college student she knew had never learned to pump gas because her parents visited every weekend and filled the tank for her.
Although the author observed the problem of hovering parents (she tries not to use the helicopter parent tag) as one of upper middle-class and affluent families, it is by no means limited to the 1 percent.
Lythcott-Haims’ talk is not limited to Bainbridge families. Here are the details: 7:30-9 p.m. Feb.3 at Bainbridge High School, 9330 NE High School Road; Cost: $15. Register at: raisingresilience.org.

Education tidbits
A Bremerton elementary school teacher earned her masters degree through classes at Woodland Park Zoo.
And South Kitsap School district will host a meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday (that’s tonight) at South Kitsap High School to explain the International Baccalaureate program it hopes to bring to schools, including the high school. We wrote about the program last spring.

Banana Hammock still hanging in there

Speaking of bikini barista stands, did you catch the reference in our recent story on Port Orchard’s downtown banner? Public Works Director Mark Dorsey noted that since a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sign content, the city could be opening itself up to hosting photos of bikini baristas on Bay Street. My guess is the usual customers — like The Cruz car show, Fathoms O’ Fun summer festival and the Rotary Crab Feed — will snap up all the slots when banner booking opens March 1.

In other sexpresso news, the Banana Hammock of Port Orchard recently was featured in a Zagat video in People Magazine online. That’s owner Adam Lovejoy in the feature shot.

The video largely focused on controversy over the opening of a bikini barista stand in Spokane. The title, “Topless Baristas Have Taken Over Washington State,” makes it sound like the sexpresso trend is something new. Whereas we, at the Kitsap Sun, reported on the first stands to serve coffee with a view near five years ago.

By comparison, Lovejoy’s Banana Hammock, open in April 2014, was a latecomer, but he did have the the niche of being the only such stand in Kitsap County with male baristas (baristos?). And BTW, they don’t wear banana hammocks (I had to look it up when I reported on the business). Think muscular, mostly shirtless guys, sometimes in costumes like fireman, cowboy etc.
The Banana Hammock seemed to be going out on a limb, especially with its location on Highway 166, outside Port Orchard and off the beaten path. Nearly two years later, however, and “business is great,” said Lovejoy. “We made it the past two years doing what I love. … Business has been great. We’ve been growing every day.”

Banana Hammock is billed in the video as the only male topless coffee stand in the state, which is true to the best of Lovejoy’s knowledge.

The location hasn’t hurt him any. People have beaten a path to the little yellow shack with the cheeky monkey logo, Lovejoys says. “A lot of people will travel the extra mile to come see us because of our product. We offer something different that other people don’t have.”

Lovejoy, 26, who saved up money to open the business by working construction, employs five guys, not counting himself. The stand is a full-time gig for this father of two young children.

The video, which published Jan. 14 and has millions of views on YouTube, has been a boon to the Banana Hammock. “I think I’ve seen some new faces since then,” Lovejoy said.

Kitsap education news, Jan. 11-15

And now a roundup of this week’s education news in Kitsap and beyond.

Follow the news as it happens at kitsapsun.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chrishenryreporter/.

Contact Kitsap Sun education reporter Chris Henry at (360) 792-9219 or christina.henry@kitsapsun.com.

When the big one hits
A team of Kitsap Sun reporters looked at what would happen to Kitsap County in an earthquake on the Seattle Fault of a magnitude 7.0 or greater.
“The earthquake is a nightmare for the 40,000 students attending schools around the county. They have been drilled in earthquake response, and their teachers keep supplies on hand for emergencies, but only a small percentage of school buildings were built or retrofitted to current seismic codes, leaving the rest vulnerable to shaking.”
Local districts have long-term plans for replacing buildings and have identified those that are oldest and most at risk, but the reality is replacing or retrofitting all the schools in Kitsap County will take decades.
If you haven’t had a chance to checkout the Kitsap Sun’s comprehensive package on “Our Big One,” I highly recommend you take some time with it. The package is available on mobile devices but because of the number of graphic illustrations, it may be more easily viewed on tablets or laptops.

SK Choir Carnegie bound
South Kitsap High School’s Highlighters jazz ensemble, Chamber Choir and Women’s Ensemble will travel to New York City in March for an invitational performance event at the famed Carnegie Hall. Only 16 districts in the country made the cut.
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South Kitsap Choir Boosters plans a rummage sale 3-7 p.m. Jan. 22 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Port Orchard Pavilion.
Here, in case you missed it, is a video of the Highlighters doing their thing.

Free, all-day kindergarten coming to Bainbridge
The relatively affluent district is the last in Kitsap County to offer tuition-free, all day kindergarten. The new deal starts in the 2016-2017 school year.
The state has been ramping up its funding for all-day kindergarten, starting with the least affluent districts. In 2015 the Legislature agreed to cover the cost of all-day kindergarten for all districts in the upcoming school year.
Bainbridge parents can learn about the new program at a meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Ordway Elementary School Multipurpose Room.

Inslee pushes for education funding plan
The Governor said he wants to address the teacher shortage by raising beginning teacher salaries from about $36,000 a year to $40,000 annually, in this story by the Associated Press.

District provides counselors for students after bus collision
A collision Jan. 13 involving a South Kitsap school bus, a pickup truck towing a trailer of bark and a passenger car resulted in one student and the bus driver being taken to Harrison Medical Center. The student was evaluated as a “precautionary” measure, according to the Washington State Patrol.
(photo shared on Kitsap Sun’s facebook page)
Students on the bus, all from Sunnyslope Elementary School, were safely evacuated. Counselors were available at school the next day to support students after the accident, said district Spokeswoman Amy Miller.
The truck’s driver was cited for driving too fast for conditions, the WSP said.
“We are thankful that no one was severely injured and for the quick response from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Washington State Patrol and Washington State Department of Transportation,” Miller said. “We also thank the community for their concern and well wishes.”

Coming up next week: a roundup of bonds and levies on the Feb. 9 ballot.

Article on corporal punishment gets folks talking

For some reason an article written Aug. 15, 2015, on the subject of corporal punishment in schools, has been widely discussed recently on social media.

The article, by Nate Robson of Oklahoma Watch, talks about a policy allowing for paddling of students at Chouteau-Mazie Public Schools, about 25 miles east of Tulsa.

Oklahoma is one of 19 states that allow schools to physically discipline students, according to Robson. Washington State outlawed corporal punishment in 1994.

“Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to produce in-depth and investigative journalism on public-policy and quality-of-life issues facing the state,” its website states.

Washington State, with others around the country, is taking a hard look at discipline practices, given that data show minorities, male students and special education students, among other groups, are disciplined at a higher rate than the general population of kids.

In 2011-2012, the data year in question for the Oklahoma Watch story, special education students made up 15 percent of Oklahoma enrollment but were more than 20 percent of students who were physically punished.

The Kitsap Sun has done articles on disproportionate discipline. In earlier stories, we discussed the impact on minority groups. With the recent release of new discipline data by Washington State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, we plan to take a close look a discipline as it affect special education students.

We are looking to talk to parents of special needs students, students themselves, teachers and para-educators about their experiences with discipline.

Contact me, education reporter Chris Henry, at (360) 792-9219 or christina.henry@kitsapsun.com.

PO Council vote on appointment unanimous

The Port Orchard City Council formalized its appointment of Scott Diener on Tuesday with a unanimous vote. Diener, who fills the vacant district 3 seat, was immediately sworn in. He took his seat and served with the council for the remainder of the meeting.
Councilman John Clauson said of the selection process, “We had six very good candidates; that’s the good news. The bad news is it made the selection very, very difficult.”

Diener said the city was “entering a new chapter” of its history.

“I’m very honored to work here,” said Diener, a senior planner with Kitsap County. “I have no preconceived notions about what’s best. We as a group will write that new chapter. I look forward to working with you all.”

The council interviewed candidates on Thursday and held two (closed) executive sessions before reaching a consensus Monday. All candidates were notified of the decision before Tuesday’s meeting.

Kitsap education news, Jan. 2 – 8

And now a roundup of this week’s education news in Kitsap and beyond.

Follow the news as it happens at kitsapsun.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chrishenryreporter/.

Contact Kitsap Sun education reporter Chris Henry at (360) 792-9219 or christina.henry@kitsapsun.com.

Chief Kitsap Academy basketball gaining steam
The Chief Kitsap Academy Bears are coming into their own. The basketball team, the first sports team at the tribal compact school, is now in its second year. The Bears’ two coaches George Hill III, 22 and We-laka Chiquiti, 19, are possibly the youngest high school coaching staff in the state.Bears

Paying for public schools remains a problem in 2016
As the short session start, legislators in Olympia are under the gun to agree on a complete overhaul of public education funding. Kitsap teachers who held one-day walkouts in the spring over pay, class sizes and testing held back on longer strikes in the fall but will be watching for signs of major progress.

Lawmakers from both parties and both houses announced Friday they may have a plan to fix the way the state pays for education. Getting legislators outside this bipartisan working group on board will be a challenge, said Christine Rolfes, D- B.I., a member of the group.

Bainbridge Montessori school eyes expansion
The Montessori Country School turns families away each year. Administrators at the private school on Arrow Point Drive hope to change that with an expansion that would combine its two campuses, add classrooms and increase enrollment from 115 to 145.

Seaquist formalizes run for state K-12 superintendent.
Former 26th District Rep. Larry Seaquist announced Thursday that he will run in November for state superintendent of public instruction, hoping to fix a system that is “slipping into crisis.” Seaquist says the law that replaces No Child Left Behind offers Washington State the chance to tailor public education to its own needs. Among the adjustments, Seaquist mentioned a “radical change” in testing.Seaquist

Speak Out Tuesday on South Kitsap Bond
There’s a public hearing set Tuesday on South Kitsap School District’s Feb. 9 bond ballot measure. The Port Orchard City Council wants to hear from the public before considering endorsement of the $127 million bond to build a second high school and make $2 million in technology upgrades at the existing South Kitsap High School
The hearing will be part of the council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 216 Prospect St.

Coming up next week: What local high school choir will be singing in Carnegie Hall this spring?

Young lad laments stolen bagpipes

Surely you’ve heard the story about the bagpipe player whose car was broken into. When he returned to the vehicle where he’d laid his instrument, sure enough there was another set of bagpipes in the car.

Kieran Prince has heard this joke and plenty of others like it.

“I think it’s funny,” said Prince, 21, of Port Orchard, a student at the University of Washington who’s played the bagpipes since he was 8 years old. “They are to a certain degree kind of obnoxious because they’re so loud.”

Even his fellow pipers in the Clan Gordon Pipe Band of Tacoma have a laugh at their own expense. “Its all in good fun though,” he said.

Prince wasn’t laughing, however, when he found his car window smashed out the morning of Jan. 2 and the century-old set of bagpipes that had been in the back seat gone.

His car was parked on McCormick Woods Drive, according to a Port Orchard Police Department report. The police are investigating the theft of the bagpipes, which Prince describes as irreplaceable.

The pipes belonged to Jack Montgomery, Prince’s mentor and a member of 60-year-old the Clan Gordon band. They were passed down to Montgomery from his late father.

“They’re totally priceless for me and for Jack especially,” said Prince (the young lad second from right in the photo below). “Had they been my pipes, its still horrible but more tolerable than not belonging to me and having been his dad’s.”
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve known Kieran Prince since about the time he took up the bagpipes. On Christmas night, Kieran and friends showed up at our doorstep, him playing “Amazing Grace” and another tune that had us all dancing a jig arm in arm.

I know nothing about playing the bagpipes, except what Kieran’s explained to me, from which I gather it’s darned complicated. There’s the big leather bag one must keep inflated with air one blows into it. One must pump the air from the bag tucked under one’s arm into the the “drone” pipes that stick out above one’s shoulders. The melody is played on the “chanter,” with finger holes, rather like a recorder. Beside maintaining the air, the drone and the melody, one is usually marching in step with an ensemble of other pipers and drummers … in a kilt. No small feat.

“It’s a complicated instrument for sure,” Kieran said.

Kieran took up the bagpipes to please his mother, Fiona Prince, and Grandma Dorothy Russel of Bannockburn, Scotland. He started just picking out the melody on the chanter, later graduating to the full set of pipes. “At that age when you’re young you’re sort of a sponge,” he said.

Now, he’s fully invested in the art of piping and proud of his Scottish heritage.

Kieran (on the left in the photo below) is one of the youngest members of the Clan Gordon band. He plays with the band in parades, at highland games and at the annual Tartan Ball, hosted by the band in Puyallup.
Rather than giving him a hard time about his unusual choice of instrument, Kieran’s friends are totally into it. “When I break them out. Everybody’s really excited about it,” he said.

Kieran is hopeful the police can trace the pipes, which are in a black sack and have the Clan Gordon emblem on them. He is offering a reward of $400 for their return — no questions asked.

Anyone with information can call the Port Orchard Police Department, (360) 876-1700 on case number D16-000015, or contact Kieran directly, kieranrprince@gmail.com, (360) 710-2228.

Here’s one more video of the band at the Mt. Vernon Highland Games.

Answering questions on residency of council candidates

A link to the Kitsap Sun’s story about nine applicants for a vacant seat on the Port Orchard City Council hadn’t been up on Facebook for half an hour, when some one questioned the residency status of one of the candidates.

The district 3 seat was vacated at the start of 2016 by Rob Putaansuu, who was elected mayor in November.

The council will fill the vacancy by choosing from among the pool of applicants. Monday was the deadline to submit a resume, letter of interest and answers to written questions from the council. The council will interview applicants on Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m. at city hall. All interviews are open to the public. The council likely will make the appointment at the Jan. 12 regular council meeting.

To be eligible for city council, an applicant must be a registered voter and resident of the city. State law prohibits felons from holding elected office. The city of Port Orchard does not have districts or wards, so anyone living within city limits is eligible for the district 3 seat … or any other seat.

During election season, we reported on a residency challenge against Port of Bremerton candidate John Poppe. The story, by Tad Sooter, illustrates how, as Kitsap County Elections Manager Kyle Joyce puts it, state law puts the onus on the person making the challenge to prove a candidate does not live at his or her stated address.

Poppe told the Kitsap Sun he moved to the Chico Way address listed on his candidate registration specifically so he could run for the Bremerton port commission seat while maintaining his standing as a Silverdale Water District commissioner. Kitsap County Auditor Dolores Gilmore ruled in Poppe’s favor, saying challenger Roger Zabinski failed to present “clear and convincing evidence” Poppe didn’t live on Chico Way.

The city of Port Orchard determined some applicants for the city council position were ineligible because they live outside city limits. City Clerk Brandy Rinearson said her office used the Kitsap County parcel search function to confirm the location of applicants’ homes. In one case, where the applicant’s listed address was close to the city limit, Rinearson verified through the Kitsap County Elections’ Division that he lived just outside the city.

Rinearson then verified through the Kitsap County Auditor (Elections Division) that the remaining applicants are registered voters within the city of Port Orchard.

The Auditor’s Office does not ask people for proof of residency when they register to vote, Joyce said. The voter registration form requires a signature attesting to the truth of the information provided.

“Should a citizen have concerns, they can reach out to me or the Kitsap County Elections department to receive a form for challenging,” Rinearson said, in an emailed response to the Kitsap Sun and others with questions about residency verification. “Please let me know if you have any additional questions or need anything further.”

Rinearson may be reached at (360) 876-7030. The elections division is at (360) 337-7129.

Housing Kitsap responds to complaints of mold in apartment complex

Over the weekend, a Facebook post about mold drew more than 200 comments. The post, in the Port Orchard group, started with a complaint about mold in an apartment complex owned by Housing Kitsap. The person who initially posted said she had been unable to get a response to her complaints from the public housing agency.

On Monday, I spoke with Stuart Grogan, Housing Kitsap’s executive director, who said he learned about the complaint over the weekend from South Kitsap Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. Somebody on the comment thread had contacted Garrido.

Grogan said he checked the agency’s complaint logs and found none had recently been received regarding the unit in question at Housing Kitsap’s Heritage site, in Port Orchard.

In November, I reported on Housing Kitsap’s meth abatement efforts at the Viewmont East Apartments also in Port Orchard.

Housing Kitsap send a crew out to the Heritage site apartment on Monday. Inspectors do not believe the mold reported is the highly toxic form known as black mold. Grogan said they’re working on further diagnosis of the type of mold present and why the mold is forming.

Mold spores proliferate on damp surfaces. Molds produce allergens and irritants that can cause a reaction in eyes, nose, throat and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people, according to materials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that are posted on the Kitsap Public Health District website. The key to mold control is moisture control, according to the EPA. Water damage, leaky plumbing and poor ventilation contribute to the growth of mold.

Housing Kitsap will follow up later this month with a comprehensive analysis of building issues at the Heritage apartments.

Grogan encouraged residents to contact the Housing Kitsap maintenance office to report problems with mold, structural problems or other issues so they can be addressed during the building inspection; (360) 535-6101 (day), (866) 831-2975 (after hours).

I’ll be checking in with Housing Kitsap later this month to see what they found in their survey of the Heritage site. Residents or anyone else with concerns can contact me at christina.henry@kitsapsun.com.