Monthly Archives: September 2009

South Kitsap Woman in Critical Condition After Bull Attack

Check out how one of the victims in the attack was able to subdue the bull. Amazing story. Our thoughts are with the two who were injured.

By Chris Henry
A 22-year-old South Kitsap woman is in critical condition at Tacoma General Hospital after a bull attacked her and a volunteer with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol Wednesday morning. The attack took place in her in-law’s pasture on property in the 6500 block of East Hilldale Road.
The volunteer, a 64-year-old man, was there with another COPS volunteer, a 75-year-old man, to check the vehicle identification number of a car in the field. VIN checks are required before a vehicle being scraped.
According to a Kitsap County Sheriff deputy’s report, the woman accompanied the volunteers into the field, which was occupied by the bull and three cows. There were several other vehicles in the pasture. As the two men were checking the vehicle, the bull became agitated and pinned the woman to the ground, against another vehicle.
The 64-year-old man was able to district the bull, estimated to weigh between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds, long enough for the 75-year-old to help the woman to her feet and out of the pasture.
As the two were making their escape, the 64-year-old slipped in the mud, and the bull started to gore him. The victim managed to get back on his feet, only to have the bull knock him down and attack him again.
The man kept trying to get up and escape, but the bull kept up the attack. The victim eventually grabbed the bull by the nose and squeezed, forcing the animal to retreat. At that point, the victim was able to escape from the pasture.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident and gave first aid to the victim, who had lacerations and puncture wounds, and to the woman, who had unspecified injuries.
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue medics transported the man to Harrison Medical Center’s emergency room. He was discharged at 2:40 p.m. The woman was admitted to Tacoma General Hospital’s emergency room and later admitted. Her condition is critical, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The bull was not harmed and was not taken from the pasture by Kitsap County Animal Control, the report states.

Do the Math on This Obit: 80? 90? ?? Might Need a Coin Flip

If you read Saturday’s obituary page, you may have seen the notice that Laurine Strachan died Sept. 22 at Harrison Medical Center. If you looked at Laurine’s photo, you might think she was in her eighties or even late 70s. Unless you did the math, you may not have realized she was 102 when she died.

Laurine Strachan
Laurine Strachan

Laurine, born April 20, 1907, was one of the centenarians I interviewed for a story people who pass the century mark. She had been healthy and remarkable active for her age up until about two months ago, according to her daughter Margaret Dues. She had developed a digestive system disorder, and he legs were failing.

She had moved to an assisted living center, at her own request. “You know her. You couldn’t tell my mother anything,” said Dues. But she had been ready to move back to her independent living apartment at Canturbury Manor, when she took a turn for the worse.

“I think she sort of gave up at that point she really had a sharp mind all the way,” said Dues.

As I was interviewing Laurine, and the others in the article I felt I was getting a glimpse into a stage of life most of us won’t get to see. Beyond old, the really elderly share many traits in common, including a Zen-like acceptance of life … and death. It was a privilege to meet them, and I know Laurine will be missed.

At Laurine’s request there will be no services. As her daughter said, she had plenty of birthday parties to make up for it.

North Mason Chamber Members Reject Adding “Kitsap” to Name

Chambers from both counties will hold a “summit” on how to better coordinate their efforts.
By Chris Henry
The North Mason Chamber of Commerce won’t be adding “Kitsap” to its letterhead.
The proposal to change the name to Mason-Kitsap Chamber of Commerce was initiated by the chamber’s executive board. It failed to get the required two-thirds approval at a members’ meeting Wednesday at the Theler Community Center.
Thirty members voted for the measure to reference their neighboring county in the chamber’s name as part of a comprehensive bylaw update; thirty-nine voted against it. Total membership is 406. Members had the option to vote by proxy.
The intent of the name change, according to chamber president Mike Boyle, was to reflect the regional focus of the chamber.
“The buzz word if you want any grant money or stimulus funding is ‘regionalization,’” said Boyle, who serves on the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, representing a five-county area. “Forget the boundaries. Forget the counties. The businesses don’t care.”
The name change also was a nod to the growing number of chamber members who hail from Kitsap, Boyle said. North Mason’s membership has nearly doubled in the last 18 months, and many new members work or live in Kitsap County.
But the proposal became a divisive issue generating heated discourse in North Mason and beyond.
“Judging by the retail leakage from Mason to Kitsap one could assume Kitsap is doing just fine without our help,” wrote Dan Mancuso, publisher of the Shelton-Mason County Journal in a Sept. 17 editorial. “And judging by the 23 business vacancies in Belfair, it would appear we need the chamber’s undivided attention to stay right here at home.”
Three of four Kitsap chambers of commerce weighed in with a letter to the North Mason chamber shortly before the vote. According to Mike Strube, president of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, the letter politely chastised North Mason for leaving its neighbors out of the loop.
“We would have liked to have had a little discussion before they took it to their membership,” Strube said.
Instead, the proposal was publicized after the North Mason Chamber’s board had already included the name change in an a draft update of the by-laws.
Representatives of the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce also signed the letter, which raised red flags over potential confusion that could result from Internet searches of the term “Kitsap.”
Division was evident among the chamber members who voted Wednesday.
“My first thought was it seemed a little presumptuous to assume Kitsap would be an appropriate name to include in North Mason. … It just didn’t feel right,” said member Linda Blackwell, former chamber secretary who retired in 2006 from the Port of Bremerton.
Blackwell voted against the name change in part because it appeared to discount smaller North Mason communities around Hood Canal.
Member Cassandra Hoffman of C.L. Hoffman Insurance Agency voted for the change saying, “I do a lot of business with both Kitsap and North Mason customers. I also like it because it gave us a sort of community togetherness.”
Boyle said friction over the name change has had a positive outcome. The four chambers have since agreed to hold a “summit” with an in depth discussion of how they can better help each other promote the Kitsap-Mason region.
“If anything comes out of this whole name change, it makes me excited for the opportunity to work together with the local chambers to regionalize ourselves and leverage ourselves,” Boyle said.
“It was a learning experience,” Kenny said of the name change discourse. “We know we need to think regionally, but we also need to think about our partners.”
The by-laws will now go back to committee to be reworked and presented to the membership again, probably in November. It’s likely the name change proposal will be dropped, Kenney said.
Hoffman, who chairs the membership committee on the chamber’s board, was disappointed that fewer than 17 percent of members turned out to vote on the hot button issue. She would favor mail-in voting in the future to accommodate those who are unable to make the meetings and to get better representation on all issues.

Chang’s Chain Parking Ban Approved by PO Council

Re-parking on the same street to avoid a fine will no longer enable a driver to avoid a fine.
By Chris Henry
With a 5-to-2 vote, the Port Orchard City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance prohibiting “chain parking” — re-parking a car to avoid a fine — downtown.
Councilman Fred Chang was the main proponent of the measure. Chang, a downtown resident himself, said he has spoken with several merchants who have complained about other merchants parking in front of their own or others’ businesses and moving their cars to other prime spots throughout the day.
Those spots should be reserved for people doing business and not the merchants, who have the option of buying discounted passes for nonprime spaces, Chang said.
“It’s too bad that we have to legislate common sense,” he said.
The new ordinance makes it illegal to move and re-park any vehicle within two blocks of the original parking space on Bay Street from Sidney Parkway, the road that runs between Kitsap Bank’s main building and its drive-through, to Harrison Street. The ban also applies on Sidney Avenue from Prospect Street to the waterfront and on Frederick Avenue, from Prospect to the waterfront. A block is defined as “a city street or alley section located between consecutive intersections.”
There is a two-hour limit on downtown parking spaces. After two hours, the car must be moved outside the blocks of the ordinance.
Voting against the measure, for opposite reasons, were Councilmen Jerry Childs and Rob Putaansuu.
Childs, also a downtown resident, said he doesn’t believe the problem is that bad. Summer, the most difficult season for parking, is over, Childs said. He’d like to revisit the issue next spring.
“I’m always in favor of less regulation rather than more regulation,” he said.
Putaansuu favors the new parking rule but said he thinks it doesn’t go far enough.
“I like the idea,” he said. “What I have a problem with is having a special set of rules for one area. I think it should be citywide.”
The Kitsap County courthouse, for example, is notorious for its parking problems, Putaansuu said. And City Hall, which is not affected by the ordinance, can also become congested at times.
Chang said he, too, recognizes the need for citywide regulations, but he wanted to address the worst areas first.
“It would be ideal to address the whole city,” Chang said. “I thought that this would be a good small step.”
Also voting in favor of the ordinance were council members Carolyn Powers, John Clauson, Fred Olin and Jim Colebank.

Port Orchard to Defer Application for Section 108 HUD Loan

Port Orchard’s plan to build a Town Center Revitalization Project is one of three proposals recommended by the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council to apply for federal Section 108 loan funding through the county’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

Section 108 loans are aimed to benefit low- and moderate-income people and help eliminate “slum and blight.”

The city seeks $2 million that would be used toward the purchase of property for the parking garage-library-community center complex. The total estimated cost is $36.6 million.

A financial analysis of the applicants has been completed and the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is set to vote Monday on a resolution endorsing the applications.

Port Orchard, however, will defer making its loan application until it has completed a more thorough financial analysis, funds for which will be in the city’s 2010 budget, said Development Director James Weaver.

The deadline to apply for the loan is September of next year.

Other entities that will likely have a vested interest in the Town Center project include Kitsap Regional Library, Kitsap Transit and the Port of Bremerton, documents from the city indicate.

Other projects recommended by the KRCC to apply for the loan include Kitsap County Silverdale Campus YMCA, for $1 million, and Westbury Inc., an airport barricade company seeking to locate in North Kitsap, for $2 million. The YMCA will provide 74 new jobs in Kitsap County, 75 percent of which will be entry-level. Woodbury promises to bring 100 new jobs to the county, some in manufacturing, some in sales.

Read more about the Section 108 loan process in Kitsap shortly at

Volunteers Step Forward to Help South Kitsap Gleaner

Olalla resident Doris Worland has gotten some help with her fruit gleaning project in South Kitsap.

Earlier this summer, Worland mounted a one-woman gleaning campaign, trying to play matchmaker between property owners with more fruit than they were able to use and local food banks.

Fruit Gleaning in South Kitsap
Fruit Gleaning in South Kitsap

She was discouraged by a lack of response to fliers she put in food banks and other locations. But after her story ran Saturday in the Kitsap Sun, a church group from Central Kitsap joined Worland on Sunday and picked more than 150 pounds of apples and pears from trees at two locations. The group donated one box of fruit to North Kitsap Fishline and the rest to Central Kitsap Food Bank.

Marietta Nelson, who is the Kitsap Sun’s education reporter, was leader of the group. She said some of the kids were a little intimidated by some cows in the orchard. Nelson, an Iowa native, appointed a couple kids as cow chasers and reassured the others that the cows wouldn’t hurt them.

As for the condition of the fruit, “They weren’t perfect,” Nelson said. “There were little holes in them. I told Hoyt (Burrows, director of the CK food bank) well, they’re organic.”

Doris received an e-mail and several other calls from people who wanted to help. “I really appreciate it,” she said.

If you have fruit available for picking or if you want to help with the gleaning effort, call Doris at (253) 851-4303 or (253) 970-2047 or e-mail

PO Council to Revisit EDAW, Kasprisin Plans

Development criteria for library site pitched at recent work study meeting.
By Chris Henry
As part of its planning for the future of Port Orchard’s Library, the City of Port Orchard will revisit two earlier development plans, the EDAW economic development plan of 2004 and the Kasprisin waterfront redevelopment plan of 1983.
The library isn’t going anywhere soon, but someday it could move to a proposed development on Prospect Street slated for a parking garage, retail shops and community complex. When and if that happens, the City of Port Orchard may surplus the current library property or enter into a public/private partnership to redevelop the library site.
Two downtown business owners, Amy Igloi-Matsuno and Mallory Jackson, have expressed interest in the site. Igloi-Matsuno has said she is open to a public-private partnership. Jackson is not.
The city’s public property committee has made a list of criteria prospective developers would have to meet to ensure that any use of the site is favorable to the city as a whole. The city council reviewed the list at a Sept. 15 work study meeting, and they agreed to reconsider aspects of the two development plans as part of their planning for the city’s future.
Port Orchard in 1983 commissioned a waterfront revitalization plan by architect and urban planner Ronald J. Kasprisin. In 2004, the city competed a grant funded economic development study by the EDAW urban planning group of Seattle. The council agreed elements of both plans could be integrated into an updated vision for the city, as they address the library site issue.
Topping the list of development criteria is a requirement to provide for relocation of the library. If a permanent site were not immediately available, any proposal would have to provide a leased site for at least five years at no additional cost to the library.
Beyond that, criteria address the council’s concern for the qualifications and financial solvency of the development team. Minutes of the Aug. 13 public property committee, at which the criteria were discussed, show Councilman Fred Olin “did not want to see the building go to someone who would sit on it and not develop the property.” Other members of the committee agreed.
Prospective developers would have to show and adhere to a timeline for completion of the project, as well as provide the city up front with a financial feasibility plan. Any plan would have to show “serious” consideration of site constraints, including the likelihood that parking would have to be provided off-site.
Kitsap Transit, whose Port Orchard office is now within the library building, would also need to be accommodated. The city would have to obtain a fair market price for the parcel, which is currently valued at nearly $395,000.
City council members at the work study discussed the possibility of expanding the proposed development criteria to all of downtown. They agreed to review the Kasprisin and EDAW plans and revisit the issue at their work study meeting in October.

PO Mayor Convenes Stakeholders Group

Parking is the major issue in downtown, merchants say.
By Chris Henry
Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola has convened an ad hoc group of downtown business and property owners to “express their concerns and frustrations, and discuss what they believe the city can do to address their issues.”
Coppola said he tapped prospective members he believes represent a cross-section of downtown interests.
In an e-mail to city council members, he added, “I have made it very clear to the folks I’ve talked to that this is to be positive and
solution-oriented — not just an opportunity to complain.”
That won’t be a problems with at least one group member.
“I think it’s really good that Lary is getting involved and asking what he can do to help us,” said Liana Laughlin, owner of That’s Beautiful bead and jewelry shop. “I haven’t really had a problem with the city itself. I think the people involved are really trying to help the businesses.”
Laughlin said if anything it’s the merchants who needs to do a better job of working together to support each other. For example, she said, they should coordinate hours of operation, especially during special events.
Group member Mallory Jackson, owner of Custom Picture Framing on Bay Street, has challenged the city in the past on parking related to downtown festivals. Parking remains an issue, she said. In addition, Jackson believes the city should support a variety of businesses, not only those that profit from special event traffic.
“I’m not a business that thrives on the festivals and events,” Jackson said.
“As a matter of fact, the closure of the road and the parking has really hurt me over this past year.”
Group member Darryl Baldwin, owner of Moondogs, Too and president of the Port Orchard Bay Street Association, said parking is the pivotal issue in downtown. He supports Jackson’s position but says, as long as the parking is addressed, there should be more, not fewer special events to “give people a reason to come downtown.”
“Each of these events supports different merchants with different products,” Baldwin said. “But as a whole, all the merchants benefit.”
Other members of the group include Van Vlist of Dick Vlist Motors, Judy Eagelson of the Mentor Company, John Reddy of Puget Sound Wine Cellar, Amy Igloi-Matsuno of Amy’s on the Bay and Rudy Swenson of Rings and Things.

This is No Fish Story: Humboldt Squid Make Rare Visit to the Strait

Note: The headline of this post was corrected to say squid were in the Strait (of Juan de Fuca) not Puget Sound. (9/21/09)

I noticed today Chris Dunagan’s “Watching Our Waterways” blog a post on fishing jokes. It piqued my interest, since I recently got to go salmon fishing with my husband for the first time since B.C. (before children).

The fishing was good, and with two of us licensed, we were able to bring home more than he usually does. “You only love me for my punch card,” I told him.

On October 7, we were trolling the Strait of Juan de Fuca off Sekiu. I was reeling in my line, and I saw that something was after it. I thought it was a salmon, but then I saw a wide flap-like appendage break the water. It was brown in color, not at all like a salmon. A minute later something hit my husband’s line hard and dove with it. Believing it to be a large salmon, Mike got excited and had fun playing it. It moved and acted enough like a salmon that he was convinced that’s what he had. But when he got it close to the boat, he couldn’t believe what he saw – a three-foot squid. Netting it was a trick. Getting it out of the net was even trickier. Unhooking it was just plain scary. Those things have a beak that could do some major damage to a finger or hand.

Although Mike has fished this area for more than 20 years, catching a squid was first for him.


We looked up the regulations and determined that were were allowed to keep it.

The creature was amazing. Its skin changed color rapidly in moving patterns, ranging from iridescent white to rusty brown. Every now and then it would hug itself with its flippers (probably the wrong term) and turn itself into a rigid torpedo shape. Its eyes conveyed the impression that it had a level of intelligence, like a whale.

When we got in to shore, we found a number of other people had also caught squid. Ours turned out to be 10 pounds. The largest caught that day was an estimated 20 pounds, although it was let go.

Turns out they were Humboldt squid, which typically hang out in California and South America. They can get up to six feet long and 70 pounds. What they were doing up this far north, no one could guess. Chris Mohr, owner of Van Riper’s Resort in Sekiu, said he’d never seen anything like it. Theories include fluctuations in ocean temperature, Ph levels (relative acidity) and food sources, but none so far has been proven.

On the docks of Van Ripers’ some people knew just how to filet and skin the squid. One couple said they had caught one the day before, and they had cubed and sauteed the flesh in garlic butter. The consistency was rather like scallops although a little chewier, they said. They had even kept the ink, which they heard could be used to flavor pasta. They had kept to beak, which was an intimidating appendage, larger and harder than a parrot’s beak.

My husband is not a fan of squid (he’s had calamari a couple times), and since we had plenty of salmon to process, we gave ours to a Korean friend, who was most appreciative. Fishermen on the Bremerton marina dock and Southworth dock can often be seen fishing for six-to-10-inch squid. I’m guessing our friend was not expecting a specimen the size of a small dog. When Mike opened the back of the truck to show off his catch, the guy said, “Holy ….”

This week, as reported in the Peninsula Daily News, the squid began beaching themselves on the shores of Clallam Bay, again for unknown reasons.

I’m hoping my fellow reporter Chris Dunagan can pick up where I left off and offer some explanations for the strange phenomenon. If our Web editor Angela Dice were here, she would no doubt find it fodder for her food blog, The Food Life.

If anyone out there can offer recipes for squid, I’d be most interested, although I suspect that was our once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the species.

Have a Perfectly Splendid Weekend, Bremerton

A recent post on the Bremerton Beat got me thinking what might happen if Port Orchard took on a branding campaign for the City of Bremerton. No, seriously folks, we’re always happy to offer the benefit of our perspective.

Bremerton: Sewer Provider to Anderson Hill (now if only they’d build those homes)
Bremerton: Looks Pretty Small From Here
Bremerton: If You Were Here You’d Be Port Orchard

Thanks ME for your support.

OK, PO, a little help?