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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-25 A section of the Mason County Journal Belfair Thursday, March 13, 2014 -Serving the communities of Belfair, Allyn, Grapevlew, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore Commissioner: County taking on criminals By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun om It's been the Year of the Sheriff for Mason COunty, Mason County Commis- sioner Randy Neatherlin told members of the Mason County Republican Wom- ens Club on March 7 at the Royal Shanghai restaurant in Shelton. Neatherlin pointed out that the county increased its sheriffs department budget 10 percent, and invested $1.2 million into its jail facility. "We have a catastrophic level of crime ... Were that bad," he said. The commissioner lauded the county for recently adding a sheriffs precinct office in Belfair. That means deputies are starting and ending their shifts there, instead of travel- ing back and forth to Shelton, he said. Herald photo by Gordon Weeks Mason County Commissioner Randy Neatherlin talks about crime at a gathering of the Mason County Republican Womens Club on March 7. Neatherlin pushed his pro- posal for the county to hire a code enforcement officer, so they can get on private prop- erty and get probable cause to evict law breakers. "If you have a better idea on how to move these drug manufacturers and thieves out of our community, let me know," he said. The Mason County Re- publican Womens Club also announced that Michael Rea- gan, the eldest son of Presi- dent Ronald Reagan, will be the keynote speaker at the Mason County Republicans' inaugural Reagan Legacy Dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 12 at the Pavilion at Sentry Park, 190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton. Tickets are available only to Mason County residents until April 1. Reagan is the adopted son of Ronald Reagan and his first wife, Academy Award- winning actress Jane Wyman. He is a popular speaker on conservative politics, adoption and lessons learned from his parents. see REPUBLICAN, page A-26 Herald photo by Natalie Johnson Sonya Kroese, who does education and outreach programs with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, adds fake blood to North Mason Regional Fire Authority Commissioner Shelby Blackwell's mock injury Saturday during a training exercise on Northeast Elfendahl Pass Road. Multiple agencies on Saturday staged a mass-casualty incident to train community response team members and firefighters. First responders stage drill Fire authority conducts training at Elfendahl Pass By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com Emergency service person- nel and volunteers rushed to the . scene of a devastating accident Saturday morning on Elfendahl Pass. They arrived to find three crashed cars and a dozen in- jured victims -- all covered with fake blood and with identifica- tion cards describing their inju- ries. "Stuff like this can actually hap- pen," said North Mason Regional Fire Authority (RFA) Commissioner Shelby Blackwell, who acted as one of the victims. "It's good to get mul- tiple agencies together to do this." see DRILL, page A-28 North Mason chief takes new job Peterson to leave for position in Nampa By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com North Mason School Dis- trict Superintendent David Peterson knew the Nampa (Idaho) School District board of direc- tors was meeting last Thurs- day night to decide whether he or Glenn Gelbrich, superin- t e n d e n t Petereon of the Ju- neau (Alaska) School District, would be the district's new su- perintendent. As the hours ticked by, Pe- terson's hopes dimmed. "I was convinced they were going with the other guy," he said. So when the phone rang at 8:30 p.m., Peterson said he was "extremely ready" to hear that Gelbrich had received the job. The conversation seemed to be taking that tone until Peterson heard the words, "We'd like you to join team Nampa." "I was really excited about it," he said. After seven years as the su- perintendent of the North Ma- son School District, Peterson, 59, will assume his new duties on July 1. He was signed to a three-year contract, and will make $140,000 a year, reports the Nampa School District. Peterson said he plans to remain "fully engaged" in his duties in North Mason. He'll also be focusing on the trarbs, i- tion to Nampa, including sell- ing his house, finding another one in Nampa and finding a job for his wife, Peggy Ellis. She is an administrator in the Central Kitsap School Dis- trict. Peterson said he researched the area after spotting the job offer online. "It's really beautiful in southwest Idaho, it's really pretty," he said. Peterson goes from a dis- trict with 2,000 students to one with more than 15,000. see CHIEF, page A-26