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Pgo A e --o-- eou-- Journal - Thur-dy, April 1 O, 901A Woman charged after head-on collision By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com Two car accidents in Mason County left five people injured last week. A Shelton woman was charged with vehicular assault after a head-on collision at 5:20 p.m. April 3 on U.S. Highway 101 near the Skokomish Val- ley.' Jaylenne J. Obert, 19, was driving north on U.S. High- way 101 at milepost 339 in a 1991 Aeura Integra when she crossed the centerline, accord- ing to the Washington State Patrol. Her vehicle collided with a 1971 Eldorado 18-foot mo- torhome driven south on U.S. Highway 101 by a 38-year-old Shelton man. Obert, her passenger, a 22-year-old Skokomish Nation man, were injured and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The driver of the mo- torhome was injured and taken to Mason General Hospital. Obert has been charged with vehicular assault. The incident is under investigation. Drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident, according to the state patrol. On Friday, an Elma driver fled the scene of an accident in which two people were injured eight miles north of Elma in Mason County. According to the state pa- trol, a 34-year-old Elma driver in a 1997 Ford Explorer was driving north on West Matlock Brady Road near West Sat- sop Maple Glen when the car crossed the centerline into the southbound lane. The car left the road and struck a tree. The Explorer was totaled and the driver fled the scene, according to the state patrol. Two passengers in the SUV, both 30-year-old Montesano men, were injured. One re- fused aid, and the second was transported to Mason General Hospital, according to the state patrol. The incident is under inves- tigation. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident. PUD 3 receives national recognition By NATALIE JOHNSON nata/ie@masoncoun tom Mason County PUD 3 is receiv- ing national attention for the utfl- ity's safety and reliability. The PUD was one of 29 public utility districts nationwide to be named a diamond-level Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) this year by the American Public Power Association (APPA). "It just assures our ratepayers that we are concerned and working on safety and reliability," PUD 3 Manager Annette Creekpaum said. Out of 100 total points, the PUD earned 98.5, said Joel Myer, public information and government affairs manager for PUD 3. The RP3 certification lasts for three years. Mason County is the only Wash- ington utility to earn a diamond-lev- el rating. The APPA also awarded platinum- and gold-level utilities. Three other Washington PUDs -- Clark Public Utilities, PUD i of Clallam County and PUD 1 of Grays Harbor County -- earned platinum or gold recognition. A to- tal of 94 of the country's more than 2,000 PUDs earned diamond, plati- num or gold certifications this year. Myer said 184 public utility dis- tricts, less than 10 percent of those in the country, have the RP3 certi- fication. "RP3 utilities are providing a high level of service to communi- ties all over the country," said Brent McKinney, chair of the APPA's RP3 Review Panel, in a statement. "Iese 94 designees stand out as models of safe, reliable and forward- thinking utility operations." This is the first year PUD 3 has applied for the designation, Creek- paum said. "We had to go through this rig- orous application process," she said. "It's really documenting and putting together all the good things we do." The application included infor- mation on power outage responses, the number and duration of out- ages, capital projects intended to reduce outages in the future, train- ing, safety and succession plans for when staffretire or.leave the PUD 3. "(It's) how do you train your workforce. How are you ensuring in the future you will have that knowl- edge?" Myer said. "It involved virtu- ally every part of the utility." The four-month application process not only allowed PUD 3 to achieve the diamond designation, but also gave PUD staff an oppor- tunity to assess the utility's opera- tions practices and compile the in- formation in one location. "I knew this would be a good way for us to pull all of our operational things together in one comprehensive package ... As well as get credit for what we're doing," Creekpaum said. Creekpaum said she plans to use the information to create more comprehen- sive long-term planning for the utility. 'qvVe already have in our work plan the 2016 application process," Myer said. "It gives us targets and actual goals to stick with." COUNTY BRIEFS Board proclaims week of recognizing volunteers The Mason County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed April 6 through April 13 Na- tional Volunteer Week in Mason County. "Experience teaches us that government itself cannot provide all the resources needed to assist our residents and visitors who find themselves in imme- diate danger," the resolution passed by the commis- sion reads. "Our county's emergency volunteer force is a great treasure. County applies herbicides Spring is in the air and even the weeds are showing their first shades of green throughout Mason County. The county plans to begin its spring application of herbicides for vegetation control along county reads on or after May 1. Property owners adjacent to spray areas who do not want their property sprayed can call Mason County Public Works at 427-9670, ext. 450. Compiled by reporter Natalie Johnson At OCCU, our loan specialist will take time to teach your first-time buyer how to borrow responsibly and establish a solid credit history- so it's possible for your child to continue to receive favorable rates on future loans! Let us help you help them today! To get pre-approved, simply stop by your nearest OCCU branch 19cation, give us a call at 800-426-5657 or visit www.ourcu.com. OCCU Our Community Credit Union Shelton Union McCleary Montesano Vashon Elma THANK YOU! From the 1st Annual Ashley Foster Scholarship Car Show Fundraiser. Ashley would like to give a special thanks to Yesteryear Car Club President Bob Drinkwine for being one of Ashley Foster, Brittney Cornwell her biggest supporters. A special thanks also to the Skyline Theatre. Extra thanks to sponsors Jeff Neely of the Shopper & D&L Printing, and to Reid Myers of Thomas Printing. To John Perry for making all the trophies (and congratulations on winning one). To the Mason County Journal for covering the event. To Nancy Moran for making and donating all the shirts! This 1st show was a success. Thank you to the 61 participants and everyone who came. After all expenses, $1,100 is being donated to the Yesteryear Car Club Scholarship Fund. Ashley would also like to thank all the judges: and the following trophy and in-kind sponsors: Best Custom, Arnold & Smith Insurance. Best Orphan, Active Landscaping. Best Convertible, in memory of Art Mell. Best Original Car, M&M Auto Sales LLC. Best Unfinished, KP Cleaners. Best Jr. High or High School Student Vehicle, Cooper Studios. Best Daily Driver, Toyota Scion of Olympia. Best Muscle Car, State Farm. Best Sports Vehicle, Taqueria Las Palmas. Best Oldest Vehicle, Mt. View Licensing. Best Import Vehicle, Optical Shop of WA, Inc. Best Stock Truck, Jim's Automotive & Towing. Best Engine Compartment, Excaliber Roofing & Repair. Best Fords, Brick House Pizza. Best GM, Cary's Tire & Repair. Best Chrysler, Bayshore Texaco. Best 20's, Brad Wilson. Best 30's, Tommy's Tow & Recovery. Best 40's, Toyota Scion of Olympia. Best 50% Shelton Mail & Ship. Best 60's, Olsen Furniture. Best 70's, The Shopper. Best Motorcycle, Steph's Espresso. Best Unusual Motorcycle, Avalon Yurts Sanctuary. Best Street Rod, CFM Auto Body. Best Flames, Tommy's Tow & Recovery. Best Paint, Apex Collision Auto Repair. Best of Show, Stacy's Auto. Participant's Choice, John L. Scott. See you Next Year! g i i i i