Pioneer Bond Coming Up A Little Short Again

The measure to build a new school and expand and improve other facilities in the Pioneer School District is a little short once again short of the 60% needed to pass. After ballots were counted Tuesday night and more Wednesday afternoon, the nearly $27 Million, 25-year bond had 59.53% approval. That’s 1,658 voting “Yes” and 1,127 voting “No”. Next ballot count is scheduled for 4 PM May 5, the day before the election is certified.  Continue reading

Boy Scout Dies on Outing in Olympic National Forest

A 12-year-old Boy Scout died Saturday after being struck in the head by a log in the Hamma Hamma Wilderness area of the Olympic National Forest. According to authorities, the incident occurred somewhere on the Lower Lena Lake Trail, close to the Mason/Jefferson County Line. It was unclear exactly how and where the accident occurred, but access to the area was on the Mason County side. Deputies from both Mason and Jefferson Counties responded, along with Fire Rescue personnel from Mason County Fire Districts 17 and 18 and Search & Rescue volunteers from Mason, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties. Continue reading

Sheriff’s K-9 Helps Apprehend Armed Burglar in Shelton

Dep Birklid & K-9 JanoA Mason County K-9 unit helped Shelton Police apprehend an armed burglar early Monday morning. About 4 AM, Shelton officers requested assistance regarding an individual who was observed entering a residence in the 2500 block of Lacrosse Court through a window. The intruder pointed a firearm at the homeowner and then fled the are while discharging his pistol. The homeowner was not hurt. Deputy Nathan Birklid and K-9 “Jano” (pictured here) responded and tracked the suspect for a few blocks before finding some items of clothing that were identified as belonging to the armed burglar. The Deputy and “Jano” continued their track into the woods where they found the suspect. Continue reading

Johns Prairie Road Closure

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Mason County Public Works is closing Johns Prairie Road on Wednesday and Thursday. The closures will begin at 7 AM each morning with the roadway reopening to traffic at 4 PM each afternoon. The closures are necessary to allow crews to perform maintenance work on the roadway going down the hill between Highway 3 (milepost 3.77) and the old location of Capital Hill Road (milepost 3.3). Continue reading

Two Mason County Shellfish Areas on Threatened with Closure List

2014 threatened list MCThe Washington State Department of Health has released its annual list of commercial shellfish growing areas that are threatened with closure due to high levels of fecal bacteria and there are two areas in Mason County on that list. Health officials identified 14 of Washington’s 101 commercial shellfish growing areas that could be closed in the future if fecal pollution continues to get worse. Among those 14 are an area of Hood Canal near Alderbrook (Hood Canal #6) and McLane Cove on Pickering Passage. An area of Hood Canal in Jefferson County, near Dosewallips State Park (Hood Canal #3), is also on the list. As are Henderson Inlet in Thurston County; and Penrose Point and Rocky Bay in Pierce County. Continue reading

Level 1 Sex Offender Homeless in Shelton

AdamLInmanThe Mason County Sheriff’s Office says a Level 1 Sex Offender has recently returned to Shelton and is now registered as homeless. According to a bulletin, 33-year-old Adam Lee Inman is required to register as a sex offender due to a 2005 felony conviction in Alaska for Sexual Abuse of a Minor 3rd Degree. This conviction is due to when Inman was 25 years old, he provided alcohol and then sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl. Inman was originally arrested for Sexual Assault of a Minor with Penetration 2nd Degree. Inman also has a 2007 conviction for Failing To Register As A Sex Offender. However, he has not had any further criminal convictions since then. Continue reading

Missing Shelton Woman

Nataliya Leovna Sharavska BurgdorfThe Mason County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the pubic’s help in locating a missing 62-year-old Shelton woman. Nataliya Leovna Sharavska Burgdorf was reported missing by her husband around 8:45 PM Tuesday when she failed to their home on East Burgundy Road. Nataliya had gone to a community play rehearsal on Harstine Island earlier in the evening. Continue reading

Not Abduction Attempt – Only Neighborhood Watch

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office says that there wasn’t an attempted abduction Monday in the Grapeview area just neighbors watching out for neighbors. Within 30 minutes of releasing the information asking for help locating a suspect, the wife of the unidentified subject and the boy’s mother called the Sheriff’s Office explaining that many people in the area understand the boy is developmentally disabled and several Block Watch people in the community keep an eye out for the boy. Continue reading