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January 2, 2014

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Basket program fund reaches $26,426 STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty.com The 67th annual 40 et 8/ Mason County Journal Christ- mas basket program has raised $26,426 as of Monday. The largest donation of $500 was made in the memo- ry of Solveig and Richard Jo- hansson. Wayne and Darlene Casteel donated $350, and Dale and Rose Nye donated $300. The families of Miles and Roxanne Silverthorn and Mike and Jeanette Sargent donated $250 each. Robert and Andrea Armanino donated $225. Robert and Evelyn Thenk- mann donated $200. The Sons and Daughters of Mason Co. Pioneers gave $150, as did Bud and Isla Wright. The families of Robert and Arlene Jacobson, Robert and Norene Stevens, Larry and Tom Stevens, Steve and Joan Buzzard, Gary and Donna Wolden, Marguerite McKin- ney, and Bill and Michaele Freund, donated $100 each. One hundred dollars was do- nated in the memory of Mary Kimbel. Roy and Constance Fergu- son donated $60. The families of Ty and Harolyn Rauschert, Hugh and Mary Gruver, and Carol Bergeson, each donated $50. Epsilon Sigma Alpha also do- nated $50. Twenty five dollars was do- nated in the memory of Arlene Bac. Will Adams donated $25. Richard and Judith Bidwell donated $25. Anonymous donations came to the amount of $120. Donations to support the Christmas food basket (certifi- cate) program can be mailed to the Mason County Journal at P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584, or dropped offat the of- fice at 227 W. Cota St. during business hours. Those who donated to this program will be recognized in the newspaper, unless they choose to be anonymous. Do- nations can also be made in the memory of a loved one. News Briefs PUD 3 commissioner named to power policy council The American Public Power Associ- ation (APPA) last week named Mason County PUD 3 Commissioner Linda Gott to a one-year term on its Policy Makers Council. Gott has served on the Mason County PUD 3 board of commissioners since 1999, and is in her third six-year term. She has had a variety of leader- ship roles with Northwest utility trade groups and on boards for public power consortiums. She is the first woman elected to the PUD 3 commission in its nearly 75-year history, according to the utility. The 40-member Policy Makers Council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power utilities such as PUD 3, and works to protect utilities from harmful legislation. It also provides advice on other issues of importance to the national organization. Members of the APPA Policy Mak- ers Council are appointed from 10 geo- graphic regions and include at-large representatives. Its members serve on utility boards or are elected officials in public power communities. The American Public Power Associa- tion is based in Washington, D.C. It is the service organization for more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities. School district seeks reduced levy amount The Pioneer School District plans to ask voters for a reduced amount for its renewal of the district's maintenance and operation levy on the Feb. 11 ballot. The district is set to collect $3.25 million in levy revenue in 2014, an amount approvei by voters in 2011. The school district board of direc- tors voted to reduce its levy amount by more than $400,000 for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 calendar years. The proposed levy amounts are $2.85 million in 2015, $2.89 million in 2016 and $2.93 million in 2017. District residents vote to renew the Pioneer School District's maintenance and operation levy every three years. Levy funds allow the district to continue operations not fully funded by the state and federal government, according to the district. Levy money makes up 30 percent of the district's annual operating budget. According to the district, levy dol- lars support custodial and mainte- nance needs, the early learning pro- gram, extracurricular programs, ath, letics, special program teachers, school safety, teacher training, technology and transportation. Ballots are scheduled to be mailed Jan. 24. A 50 percent yes vote is re- quired to pass the levy. Link to 'Crime Reports' website now available Crimereports.com is now available as a link from the Mason County Sher- iffs Office website. Crimereports.com automati- cally publishes crime data from the Mason County Sheriffs Of- rice. Residents can access and browse crime information as shown on a map from any computer or mobile device. To see crime reports, go to crimereports.com and then type in "Mason County, WA." Then, use the zoom in / out tool to see specific ar- eas. Compiled by reporter Natalie Johnson Page A-2 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014