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Mason County Seahawks , fans out - un force PAGE A24-_ Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - Week 5 - The Voice of Mason County s   - ,,, Simpson lays off 80 employees By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty.com Citing a shortage of logs in Western Washington, the Simpson Lumber Co. is laying off about 80 employees at its Mill 5 in Dayton. The Shelton-based com- pany made the announce- ment Jan. 23. The emplOyees were given layoff notices Jan. 21, said Betsy Stauffer, vice president and general coun- sel for Simpson. The layoffs are effective Feb. 28, she said. "We made the difficult deci- sion to reduce the size of our operation in Shelton because See SIMPSON on page A-.?.4 ...7.- ...7 INSIDE TODAY: Opinion Page A,.4 Journal of Record Page A-12 living Page A-15 Business News Page A-17 Obit Page A-18 Bellsk Herald Page A-21 Sports Page B-1 Classmeds Page B-9 Legais Page B-11 Crossword Page B-11 Sudolw Page B-11 811111JlJl!l!lJllUIJl!!l!lllll2 Robbie Allred, 10, of Shelton uses glue, water and Borax to create a substance similar to Silly Putty at the Wacky L " Science class for chi!drpn in grades one through six Tuesday afterqoon in the Shelton Timberland Library. Mollie Taylor of the Washindn St&t6 University Extension led thelass, and 4-I-[ TEM (cienee, technology, engineering and math) provided all the supplies  { , t qk,J1 l q l l ll, f q Pam Kelly, left, and 8-year-old Maddie AIIred of Shelton combine glue, water and Borax. Journal photos by Gordon Weeks School board wants expert insight into high school pool Advisory committee, expert sought to help board make decision By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com An expert will analyze the high school's pool and estimate how much repairs could cost, the Shelton School Board de- cided Tuesday. On the recommendation of Shelton School Board Presi- dent Brenda Hirschi, the Shel- ton School Board of Directors made three decisions at its meet- ing Tuesday night re- garding the pool at Shel- ton High School Hirschi Hirschi recommend- ed the board hire a subject matter expert, form an adviso- ry committee and have a pub- lic meeting about the pool. The board approved all three rec- ommendations unanimously. Hirschi estimated last week that repairs to the 42-year-old pool could cost $400,000 to $500,000. "The subject matter expert will come in and do a study of the pool," Hirschi said in a phone interview yesterday morning. "They'll also give us cost estimates." Hirschi said the primary problem with the pool is hap- pening in the mechanical room. "The chlorine from the pool water has, over time, caused the rebar in the cement to disinte- grate," she said. "It's just break- in g and seriously disintegrat- ing. So we need someone who's an expert to come look and say This needs to be done.'" She said previous estimates for work in the pool room have come from people who are not structural experts. While the pool study is be- ing done, the board will also form a pool advisory commit- tee to make short- and long- term recommendations for the pool, she said. "When we do get informa- tion, we will hold a public meeting," Hirschi said. "The meeting will be to share infor- mation, listen to the commu- nity and get input. Well take those concerns under consider- ation." +