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Shelton Invitational turns 54 Mason County Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Week 19 - The Voice ofMason County since 1886 -- $1 Fair receives 1 -year reprieve FAA approves use of fairgrounds By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com The Mason Area Fair and Rodeo will have a home this summer at the Port of Shel- ton's fairgrounds. Port Executive Director John Dobson said the Feder- al Aviation Administration- has agreed to allow events see FAIR, page A-28 -.= .j -- INSIDE TODAY Opinion Journal of Record Living. Business News Obituaries Belfair Herald Sports Classifieds Legals Crossword Sudoku Page A-4 Page A.15 Page A-19 Page A-21 Page A-22 Page A-25 Page B-1 Page B-10 Page 13-12 Page B-14 Page B-14 IlUlllll SCHOOL NIGHT STORYTIME Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Emma Cook, 5, left, and Justine Richardson, 6, pass a stuffed snake as they listen to a stow at Hood Canal School annual Family Night on April 30. Chamber to city: $9M water plan hurts business Commissioner Olsen says business group 'misinformed" By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty, com The Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce states it "(does) not believe the state will simply leave cities and counties to fend for themselves" when it comes to funding required water systems. Shelton City. Commissioner Mike Olsen disagrees. The chamber is "misinformed," Olsen said at the commission's regular meeting Monday. "The state won't be there to pick up the slack," he said. The commission is considering two public water system plans, and is scheduled to pick one at its work session at 2 p.m. Monday in the Shelton Civic Center. Olsen and fellow Commissioner Tracy Moore say they favor the $9 million option proposed by the city's staff. That option includes a $2.1 million grant from the state Department of Health (DOH) and an application for a $6.9 million loan from the same department. That money would be spent on many projects in the city's 20-year water plan, including extending water service to the Washington State Patrol Academy, finishing the Angleside booster pump proj- ect, completing parts of the other major projects and adding several system improvements. The chamber and Mayor Gary Cronce, the third commissioner, say they favor the $4.2 million plan: a $2.1 million grant from DOH and a required matching $2.1 million loan from that depart- ment. That amount provides service to the WSP Academy, finishes the Angleside booster pump project and adds a few system improve- ments. The city's staff recommends the $9 million plan, saying the pack- age take care of long-term water demands and gives the city the op- portunity to take advantage of an interest rate of i percent and save an estimated $7.8 million in inter- est costs. The city's water system im- provement plans are driven by state and federal requirements for safe and reliable water. The city must build everything in its water system plan by 2028. With both options, the city esti- mates water rates will need to be increased 3 percent to 5 percent annually beginning in 2016. see WATER, page A-28 Bombing suspect found dead in. cell By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com A Shelton man was found dead in his prison cell two days after trying to set offbombs and rob three banks in Shelton last week. Larry Ray Gillette, 53, was in custody at the Federal Correctional Complex in SeaTac. Complex staff found him unresponsive in his cell April 30, and began "life-saving measures," according to a release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Gillette was transported to a medical center for care, the release stated, but was pro- nounced dead at 5:37 p.m. The FBI is investigating the in- cident as an apparent suicide and foul play is not suspected. No oth- er information has been released. Gillette was charged April 29 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma with solicitation to commit a Gillette crime of violence and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The first count charged him specifically with plotting to use weap- ons of mass destruction. Gillette faced up to 30 years in prison if con- victed. He was accused of planning to set off bombs at Walmart and two gasoline stations in Shelton. The bombs were intended to kill as many people as pos- sible and to be a distraction for law enforcement and emergency services while Gillette robbed three banks in Shelton, according to documents from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington. see SUSPECT, page A-13