Mason Transit was quite busy during the Paddle to Squaxin 2012 Canoe Journey. According to the MTA’s Director, Brad Paterson, Mason Transit and the Shelton School District partnered to provide transportation services to the Squaxin Island Tribe for the week long event.
A brush fire shut down Highway 3 north of Krabbenhoft Road Friday afternoon. The fire on the westside of the highway was first reported about 1:30 PM and the firefighters initially closed the highway to get the blaze contained. Traffic was detoured around the fire scene via Anthony Road and Mason Benson Road before being reopened to alternating traffic.
A missing homeless sex offender is in custody. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Jimi Lee Johnson was apprehended Thursday morning near the downtown Shelton area. Johnson registered with the Sheriff’s Office as a homeless sex offender in late July and was required to check in with the Sheriff’s Office every Monday. He was also to report to his Department of Corrections officer on August 3rd. Johnson failed to comply with both orders and a DOC Secretary’s warrant was issued for his arrest.
Sheriff Casey Salisbury has started the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Education Dog Program. According to a news release, this program was implemented to educate the community about safe behavior around dogs, animal education, and bullying. For the past year Animal Control Officer Cindy Brewer used her own Great Dane, Sam as a teaching tool. Officer Brewer made over 2,000 contacts utilizing Sam to open dialog about safe behavior around dogs, proper animal care, and bullying in the schools.
The Port of Shelton Commission has postponed the public hearing on the surplus of timber on John’s Prairie. Originally, the hearing was scheduled for Tuesday but in order to make sure the Port provides the proper public notice, the hearing is now scheduled for 2 PM August 28th. The Port is considering logging 100 acres on John’s Prairie.
Faire Moon Animal Rescue is holding a Car wash and donation drive Saturday at the Arcadia Chevron Espresso (1730 Olympic Highway South in Shelton) beginning at 11 AM for the victims of the Taylor Bridge Wildfire. The organization will have a trailer there and is asking for donations of animal care items and feed as well as blankets and clothing for those who have been displaced by the fire.
Firefighters and equipment from Mason County is en route to assist with the Taylor Bridge Fire in Eastern Washington. President of the Mason County Fire Chiefs Association and Chief of Mason County Fire District 4, Bob Burbridge, says a dozen firefighters on five brush engines left Tuesday for the fire that is burning between Cle Elum and Ellensburg.
Officials with the City of Shelton are looking into a complete ban on fireworks. Monday, the Shelton City Commission was briefed on the concept that can legally be done with one year notice. Other cities in the area have implemented similar bans, making the sale and discharge of any fireworks a misdemeanor with the potential for jail time and fines.