Attempted Homicide In Belfair

lambach wanted100215After driving herself to a Gig Harbor emergency room, a 45 year old woman reported that she had been struck from behind and knocked out.  She awoke to someone strangling her.  She had been parked near QFC in Belfair between midnight and 1 o’clock in the morning and had exited her vehicle to use the restroom.

The victim identified her attacker as Steven E. Lambach whom she has a current restraining order against.

The man drove off on a sports bike, unknown make or color.

Steven E. Lambach has been named as a person of interest for Attempted Homicide by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.  He currently has a warrant for his arrest out of Skamania County for Burglary.

Steven E. Lambach is described as:

  • Sex: Male
  • Race: White
  • Age: 46
  • Height: 5’8”
  • Weight: 150 lbs
  • Eyes: blue
  • Hair: Brown

If located, citizens are asked to call their local 911 or the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at 360-427-9670 extension 313 during working hours and 360-427-7761 after hours, and refer to case 15-14269.

Mason County Sheriff's Office Press Release - October 2, 2015

Holiday Hiring In Washington About The Same As 2014

employappMore than 15,000 seasonal workers will be hired for the Holiday Season, according to economists with the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD). In 2014, Washington retailers hired 14,753 seasonal workers, about 2.5% lover than ESD’s prediction.

“Sales growth, particularly during the holiday season, has remained steady over recent years,” said Paul Turek, an economist with the department. “An improving jobs picture has supported consumer spending and should lead to a positive retail season in Washington.”

Department of Labor economists say most of the seasonal hires will be in general merchandise stores, adding 8,064 jobs. Up 37 positions from the same period as last year. Clothing and clothing-accessory stores expect to hire 3,929 holiday workers, also up 195 workers from 2014.

Job seekers can search for positions on the WorkSource website at

Holiday hiring forecast for October through December 2015

Statewide and by region

Area 2014 actual 2015 forecast







Bremerton 465 421
Kennewick 734 548
Longview 34 4
Mount Vernon 117 110
Olympia 394 407
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett 7,985 5,802
Spokane 1,168 1,167
Tacoma 2,029 1,746
Wenatchee 194 89
Yakima 433 414


Information from the Employment Security Department – October 1, 2015

Graduation In Shelton Matters

gradmatt crowdOver 100 interested community members attended a meeting Tuesday evening hosted by a group of individuals launching an effort to improve the Shelton School graduation rate.  Those launching the effort are Steve Bloomfield, Seattle Shellfish; Dr. Alex Apostle, Shelton School Superintendent; Shelton Police Chief Darrin Moody; SPLASH (Support & Preserve Lifelong Aquatic Safety & Health) Board President Jacquie MacAlevy; SPLASH Board VP Brad Miller; and KMAS Radio owners Dale Hubbard and Jerry Eckenrode.

The group got together after realizing there were several efforts talked about, with nothing happening to positively affect the young people in the community.  Both Apostle and Moody had undergone different successful efforts to improve their previous community's graduation rate, and both want to do something to help their new community in Shelton.  Bloomfield has the heart of the community in mind, and after recently learning of success stories in the region associated with girls and boys clubs, also wanted to launch an effort to improve his lifelong community without getting in the way of current efforts underway by MacAlevy and Miller's SPLASH results.  KMAS's role was to put the people together in the same room to collaborate with existing efforts and provide a grass roots effort to reach the youth of Shelton, utilizing existing resources to deploy the simple things that can be done to help the youth, and make an actual difference in the kids' lives.gradmatt panel

The meeting last night was to gain buy-in from the community and to solicit future support in continuing the efforts of both Moody and Apostle.  The group also wanted to reaffirm this effort is not to duplicate the push to improve the pool or the feasibility study for a YMCA.  A total of 61 people signed on to support the effort, with time, resources, leadership and or financial support.  All members of the team were pleased with the results.

Next on the agenda is to bring the original team back together and develop a press release, select a board of directors, establish by-laws, and if need be form a 510-3c.  In the meantime, the grass root efforts of both Apostle and Moody will continue with projects they have already set in motion, and now they know there is support and resources to follow! 

How GREAT is this effort? 

Jerry Eckenrode, Community Correspondent – KMAS Newsradio, September 30, 2015/IMAGE - top is view of the crowd attending the meeting. 2nd image from l-r: Sitting: Steve Bloomfield, Dr. Alex Apostle, Brad Miller, Jacquie MacAlevy and standing is Shelton Police Chief Darrin Moody

 Agenda from the Tuesday meeting:

Agenda for Kick-Off Meeting:

General Theme:  Purpose of the Meeting is "Graduation In Shelton Matters" (stop exporting our kids)
Introduction:  Dale Hubbard
•    Welcome
•    Hold questions
•    Turn off your phones and park your egos outside
•    You will have an opportunity to make a difference.
Meeting's Purpose:  (Steve Bloomfield)
To solicit support from and engage the entire Community in a "grass roots" effort focused on improving the graduation rates in our Community, though utilizing existing resources in the Community.
Goals are:
•    Academic achievement (graduation rates)
•    Health of the Students
•    Teaching life skills/personal growth
•    Establish the foundation for success and community pride.  Identify pathways to success.
Keep/Continue the current momentum triggered by the SPLASH group.  We are not duplicating efforts currently under way.
Jacquie MacAlevy and Brad Miller;
Status the SPASH effort and explain how this effort is not a duplication, but instead a collaboration.
The buy in: (Darrin Moody & Alex Apostle)
Dr. Apostle's previous experience, the effort and the results.  The power of Community Support.
Chief Moody talks of the PAL's program the effort and the result.  Once again the power of community support.

The Walk away: (Buy in/ the ASK)  
•    People involved in grassroots efforts are anxious to do something. They are especially anxious to do something MEANINGFUL .
•    We are asking you to believe in the boys and girls in our community.  Become the activist for the kids and invest in their future which is ultimately the future of Shelton.  
•    Both Dr. Apostle and Chief Moody are going to proceed with what they know worked for them in the past, in other communities.  Your help will make their efforts much more powerful and have the capability of igniting a passion in our Community focused on improving the lives of our youth.
•    Commitment (sign up ) to join the effort, a grass roots effort ;
Other items that may be of interest:
•    Donations (utilized a 501-3c)  Tracking/record keeping.
•    Materials needed to support the programs (lunches, computers, etc.) NOT to support Bricks and Mortar.
•    Utilize existing resource
•    This effort will require a Board of Engaged Champions
•    This effort complements the bricks & Mortar efforts currently underway.
Next steps?
•    Selecting a board
•    press conference to kick off the event/effort
•    Establish by-laws
•    form a 501-3c

State Board Announces Study in Mason County

Dept commerce(OLYMPIA, WA) – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) has approved $50,000 of public investment in Mason County for an economic development feasibility study targeting business growth and job creation.

The grant will fund a planning study by Mason PUD 3 and the Economic Development Council of Mason County. It will investigate the feasibility of a business resource center and incubator/accelerator project in downtown Shelton that targets business growth and job creation. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.

“This is a very challenging time. However, it gives us the opportunity to look within our community and to identify what we have and what we need,” said EDC Executive Director Lynn Longan. “Encouraging entrepreneurship through small business formation and expansion is a prominent goal for Mason County, especially since small businesses provide the majority of new jobs. During these periods of change, many individuals turn to self-employment. This is really a great step to getting the resources we need.”

“CERB’s mission is to help local governments and tribes finance their vision for the future. These projects will benefit rural communities in Washington at a time when it is needed most,” said CERB Chair Steve Anderson.

As Washington State’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at

Lynn Longan was on Daybreak 9/21/15 talking with Jeff and Dale about the feasability grant.

Joel Myer, Public Information & Gov’t Relations Mgr, Mason PUD 3 - September 28, 2015

Sheriffs Panel Talks Budget Needs For Public Safety

sheriffs group092515Sheriffs and Chiefs from Mason, Pacific, Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor counties gathered for the monthly Sheriff’s Breakfast at the Little Creek Casino this morning. A panel discussion was moderated by KMAS News Radio owner Dale Hubbard to address public safety issues with regard to county budgeting. 

Sheriff Casey Salisbury said, “We are doing our best to serve with what we receive,” but all the sheriffs were in agreement that their allotted budgets were missing the mark. 

Sheriff Salisbury went on to paraphrase retired Thurston County Sheriff Gary Edwards, “The uniform you wear; the car you drive isn’t yours.  It belongs to the folks.  We spend this money carefully to serve the folks.”

Jail overcrowding is a major concern as every county’s facilities are over capacity.  Concerns were voiced about Governor Inslee’s Justice Reinvestment Taskforce pushing incarceration costs to the local level and the recommendation of early release of “lower” offenders from prisons as a cost-saving measure.  The possibility of recidivism would place further strain on the already struggling local jails.

The sheriffs also pointed out that funded staffing positions have dropped to levels not seen since the 1980s and 90s though populations have increased significantly.  Seasonal population surges in the tourism-rich coastal communities can overwhelm local jurisdictions.

Several sheriffs shared programs either currently being developed or already being implemented to help offset the lack of resources available.  Retired Mason County Sheriff Steve Whybark talked about the vital role the volunteer program serves saving staff funding.  Sheriff Salisbury talked about the need for therapeutic courts and the current work being done to establish a Veteran’s Court in Mason County.  Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate of Grays Harbor County talked about the success of their neighborhood block watch program. 

The monthly Law Enforcement Breakfast draws together first responders from multiple agencies in the region including fire, medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel as well as retirees and public-minded citizens.  Keynote speakers are invited to address topics affecting communities, public service, and current trends. 

Sheriff’s office representatives from left to right are:

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza, retired Thurston County Sheriff Gary Edwards, Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury, retired Mason County Sheriff Steve Whybark, retired Mason County Sheriff Bob Shepherd, Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate, not pictured but present for panel discussion Lewis County Sheriff Robert Snaza.

Mason County Press Release – September 25, 2015

Mason County PUD’s Receive Communication Awards

nwppa1Mason PUD 1 took home two first place plaques and two second place awards at the Northwest Public Power Association’s Northwest Communications & Energy Innovations award banquet held at Harvey's Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada on Tuesday, September 15th.

Mason PUD 3 took four awards in its utility class in the recently announced Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Excellence in Communication awards. The awards were announced September 15. (The class includes utilities with 25,000 - 49,999 customers.)

PUD 1 Awards:

The District won first place in the Group A division (<10,000 customers) for their website and social media presence. The Connector newsletter and the District's "Go Paperless!" campaign took second place honors. "I'm so proud of what our small team here at PUD 1 continues to accomplish each year and that our communication efforts stand out amongst a group of well executed communication pieces from other northwest utilities," said Kristin Masteller, PUD 1's director of employee & public relations.

This annual conference, now in its 22nd year, recognizes the top communications efforts of NWPPA’s member utilities. This year, NWPPA received 176 entries across all eight of their communications categories. NWPPA is a not-for-profit trade association of nearly 150 utilities and 300 associate members allied with the electric utility industry in the western United States and Canada.


The PUD 3 awards were:

  • First place for its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube outreach.
  • First place for its 2013 annual report.
  • Second place for the PUD 3 customer newsletter.
  • Second place for the design of its 75th anniversary logo.

“We presented 94 awards to a talented and creative group of communicators. I am proud to be associated with those who do such a great job telling the public power story,” said 2015 conference Chairman Joel Myer from Mason PUD 3. “Congratulations again to everyone for their entries and awards!”

Now in its 22nd year, the Excellence in Communication contest recognized the top communication efforts of member utilities from throughout NWPPA’s service territory, which includes eight western states and one Canadian province.

This year, NWPPA received 176 entries from 37 different utility and association members.

Mason PUD 3 provides electricity to nearly 33,000 customers in most of Mason County and small portions of Kitsap and Grays Harbor Counties. PUD 3 also delivers wholesale telecommunications services through a fiber optic network.

September 25, 2015

Lake Boulevard/Pioneer Way Improvement Project

detourThe City of Shelton’s Contractor, Tapani Inc., will close Pioneer Way from University Avenue to Harvard Avenue. Pioneer Way will be closed from Monday October 5th through the end of January 2016 – The Contractor will be installing water, storm, sewer utilities, and rebuilding the road. The contractor will close Pioneer Way to install the utilities and rebuild the road.

Detours will be in place to route traffic around the work areas. Other adjacent streets will be impacted during this work. This is Phase one of the project. Phase two will reconstruct Lake Boulevard from University Avenue to the City limits, starting the beginning of December 2015 through the end of June 2016.

The project will generate a lot of truck traffic and construction noise during this time. You will see barricades and flaggers staged in various areas as necessary, watching for pedestrians and directing traffic.


 We will keep you notified of any changes; but as stated above this time period will be difficult and hectic for motorists. Please check the City of Shelton’s web site at for the latest information.

The City of Shelton would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding during this project, and apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. By working together, we will make this project a success.

City of Shelton Press Release – September, 24, 2015 (UPDATED with correct dates from City of Shelton  - 9/25/15)

Lake Blvd Work