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N|ason County Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Week 27 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 -- $1 ion artist res ski s Shelton Relay for i Life raises over $75K By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com More than $75,000 was raised to help find a cure for cancer at the annual Shelton Relay for Life fundraiser Fri- day and Saturday at High- climber Stadium at Shelton High School. Thirty-nine teams partici- pated in the American Cancer Society event, which began under sunny skies at 4 p.m. Friday. Participants were deluged by rain throughout the night during the 24-hour event. see RELAY, page A-17 - -= INSIDE TODAY Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-10 Living Page A-19 Business News Page A-21 Obituaries Page A-22 Belfair Herald Page A-25 Sports Page B-I Classifieds Page B-6 Legals Page B-8 Crossword Page B-IO Sudoku Page B-IO Ifll!!lJJ!lJflIJl!l!l!l!llff2 Journal photo by Kathy Brooks A 26-year-old Shelton man, shown lying along the road, was arrested Saturday morning by Mason County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Mondry after a 100-mph chase that ended with the driver flipping a stolen vehicle on Phillips Road. Driver flips stolen car after 100 mph chase By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, com A Shelton man was arrested .Saturday morn- ing after leading a Mason County Sheriffs dep- uty on a 100 mph chase on Lynch Road, south- west of Shelton. Zach Kevin Reynolds, 26, was arrested on suspicion of felony eluding and vehicle theft af- ter crashing on Phillips Road. He also had an active warrant for his arrest on burglary charges, according to the Sheriffs Office. Mason County Sheriffs Deputy Chris Mon- dry tried to pull Reynolds over just after 9:30 a.m. According to Mondry's probable cause re- port, Reynolds, who was driving a red Honda later found to be stolen, tried to pass another car on Lynch Road. Mondry tried to pull Reynolds over, but the Honda accelerated. The deputy's report listed his patrol car's top speed as 100 mph. Reynolds turned left on Phillips Road and pulled ahead of Mondry's patrol car. After a few more turns, Mondry lost sight of the Honda in front of him, and realized it had crashed and come to rest on its roof on the side of the road, according to the probable cause report. Mondry tried to help Reynolds out of the up- turned vehicle, but couldn't get the door open. He tried breaking a window with his baton but broke the baton instead. ARer trying again, Mondry got the wedged door open and Reynolds exited the Honda and was arrested. Lack of money might close Community Kitchen Donations sought to help serve hungry residents By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty, com After 16 years of feeding hungry people in downtown Shelton, the nonprofit Commu- laity Kitchen might be forced to close.its doors because it can't pay its operational costs. The agency at 114 S. Second St., which is operated entirely by volunteers, has fallen be- hind on its bills, said founder and manager Ken Benjamin. The kitchen operates on a "bare bones" budget of $1,200 a month, which pays for the rent and electric gas, with all food and labor donated, he said. see KITCHEN, page A.28 Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Ken Benjamin founded the all-volunteer Community Kitchen, which has been feeding hungry people in Shelton for 16 years. He might be forced to close the kitchen because it can't pay its bills. The volunteers include 9-year-old Hope Kirton, who cooks, cleans and serves, and her mother, Krista Kirton, the assistant manager. Not in their backyard County imposes moratorium on commercial Cannabis By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty com A week attar listening to nearly two hours of pub- lic comment against a com- mercial marijuana farm on Sells Drive southwest of Shelton, Mason Coun- ty commissioners took a stand in opponents' favor. Commissioner Tim Sheldon made a motion Tuesday asking for a six- month moratorium on all production and processing of recreational marijuana in all county zoning, ex- cluding industrial and ag- ricultural zones. Sheldon and Commis- sioner Terri Jeffreys voted for the motion. Commis- sioner Randy Neatherlin voted no. "I think it is so restric- tive that it's going to cost a lot of people a lot of money and it's our fault," Neath- erlin said. Steve Fuhr's Cannabis production and processing company, Agropack, on Cady Farms Road, was ef- fectively shut down by the moratorium. The compa- ny has a pending applica- tion with the state Liquor Control Board. "It's essentially ended dozens of businesses," Fuhr said. The commission's agenda originally includ- ed a motion to enact a less restrictive six-month moratorium for only rural residential and rural com- mercial zoning. However, it was Shel- don's motion on the more restrictive moratorium that the commission voted on. "I think with a morato- rium it gives us a chance to get it right," Sheldon said. Some residents of Sells Drive were disappointed that the moratorium will not affect existing permits for structures associated with commercial grows, such as the one held by Forbidden Farms in the 400 block of Sells Drive. 'I feel that the damage has already been done," said Iris Wells Van Ak- eren, who lives near the Sells Drive operation. see POT, page A-28