Man Rescued From Fall At High Steel Bridge

steelbridgerescue A hiker who fell down a steep embankment beneath Washington state's highest bridge was hoisted to safety in a dramatic rescue operation Tuesday. A Special Operations Rescue Team from several Mason County agencies found the 25-year-old Bremerton man under High Steel Bridge, about 20 miles northwest of Shelton. Mason County sheriff's detective William Adam says the man had been hiking in the Olympic National Forest when he slid down a steep embankment under the bridge, which spans the Skokomish River.

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Reclamation Ridge Brush Fire

fire ridge1Monday, July 28, 2014 around 3:15pm Central Mason Fire & EMS was toned for the report of a small 4 X 4 ft. brush fire on Reclamation Ridge behind Lakeland Village in Allyn, WA. Upon arrival crews found an approximate 250 X 100 ft. brush fire burning in the grass and scotch broom underneath the power lines.

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City's Poverty Task Force Falls Short Of Members

sheltoncityCommunity Development Director Steve Goins asked the City Commission to reconsider requirements for potential task force members. Goins requested Resolution 1065-0414 be modified to reduce the wording from ‘seven members’ to ‘five to seven members’ to get the task force moving.

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SR3 Park & Ride Project

Steve Goins, City of Shelton's Community Development Director to investigate potential property purchase in support of the SR3 Park & Ride. Progress continues on the SR3 Park & Ride/ Corridor Enhancement Project. City Staff and the design consultant are diligently working on revised design documents, updating the National Environmental Policy Act and the State Environmental Policy Act, and permit applications. In the course of reviewing and updating the site survey, it was discovered that a portion of the proposed project is not located on property owned by the City of Shelton. Specifically, a significant portion of the proposed park & ride facility is designed on lands within the US Navy railroad easement with the Simpson Timber Company having an underlying ownership.

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Blue Grass In The Forest

Mark Ziegler,representing Kristmas Town Kiwanis, reported to the city commission on the 2014 (10th annual) Blue Grass in the Forest event and statistics of those who attended. Per Ziegler; there were over 2,000 people in attendance, with 420 people traveling 50 miles or less, another 250 people traveled over 50 miles, 91 from Oregon and 40 out-of-state/out-of-county (England) attended.

Blue Grass in the Forest was held May 14-16, 2014, with at least 156 people staying in Shelton motel/hotels.

Ziegler announced next year’s event will be on May 15, 16,& 17. He noted the importance of planning well ahead of time to ensure a successful event.

JE KMAS News – July 28, 2014

Potlatch Boat Ramp To Close 8/5 & 6

fishhatchfrThe Skokomish Park boat launch site in Potlatch will be closed Aug. 5 and 6 to accommodate work on Tacoma Power’s new sockeye hatchery.  The launch site is owned and operated by the Skokomish Tribe.

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Former Thurston PUD Commissioner Corwin Dies

Alan Corwin, 74, a former Thurston County Public Utility District commissioner known for his financial expertise, died last week in Portland from stroke-related complications. According to the Olympian, Corwin was elected to the PUD commission in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010. Commissioners serve six-year terms, but in 2012, following the PUD’s highly publicized exploration into offering public power — Proposition 1 was defeated in the general election that year — Corwin resigned. Before he became PUD commissioner, Corwin was a longtime Dean Witter financial adviser. Earlier in life, Corwin was a management analyst for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland. In the 1980’s Alan did stock reports for AM1030 KMAS. July 28, 2014