The Paddle to Squaxin 2012 is underway and a record number of tribal canoes will be landing Sunday afternoon. The Landing will around 1 PM at North Point in Olympia (between the studios of KGY Radio and the Swantown Marina) and will include the traditional ceremony to welcome ashore each Canoe Family who has made the journey.
A small wild fire is reported burning in the Olympic National Forest near the Steel Bridge just off Forest Service Road 2340. According to the State Department of Natural Resource, the fire was first reported about 3 AM Friday and is about a half acre in size. The blaze is burning heavy timber in steep terrain.
A sex offender missing from Oregon was last seen in the Belfair area of Mason County. According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, 66-year-old Joseph Milton Honore absconded from the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Program in 2001 and has been hiding from Law Enforcement. Honore was convicted of Rape 1st Degree in 1974 for raping a 12-year-old girl in Oregon’s Wasco County. He was paroled in 1978 after serving three years of an 11-year sentence. Eight months later, Honore was arrested and later convicted for Rape 1st Degree for stalking, breaking into a business and spending a night raping a young woman in Lane County, Oregon.
Construction on Grapeview Loop Road will impact access to the Grapeview Water and Arts Festival Saturday. Mason County Public Works has closed Grapeview Loop Road at milepost 3, which is just east of Murray Road, so those wising to attend this annual event hosted by the Grapeview Community Association and the Fair Harbor Marina will need to use the northern most end of Grapeview Loop Road. That is the end closest to Allyn.
A Shelton man was arrested after a hit-and-run head-on collision near McCleary Tuesday. According to the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified 49-year-old man was driving a 1998 Pontiac in the wrong lane on the Elma-McCleary Road and struck head-on a motorcycle, injuring the McCleary couple riding the Honda Goldwing.