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Mason County July 17, 2014 - Week 29 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 m $1 Boy, 14, dies week after being struck by firework Teen hit in head July 4 STAFF REPORT news@rnasoncoun corn A little more than a week after being injured by a stray firework, Mason County teen Travis Story died at Harbor- view Medical Center in Seat- tle on Sunday. A mortar firework hit Tra- vis, 14, in the back of the head just after 10 p.m. July 4 at a residence near Island Lake on East Rockwood Drive. The fireworks are legal in Washington, according to the Mason County Sheriffs Office: No charges are pending. He was airlifted to Harbor- view after the accident. q~ t*- INSIDE TODAY Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-16 Living Page A-19 Business News Page A-21 Obituaries Page A-12 Belfair Herald Page A-25 Sports Page 13-1 Classifieds Page I]-6 Legals Page B-8 Crossword Page B-10 Sudoku Page B-IO s IIIIU! !l!!!l!!!!!l1112 JOURNAL SPECIAL REPORT Journal photo by Tom Hyde A county moratorium on marijuana processing and production facilities restricts their placement to 1.6 percent of all parcels in Mason County. TOP: Mason County Commissioners Randy Neatherlin and Terri Jeffreys speak about marijuana during the July 1 county commission meeting. ABOVE: Marijuana grows at Highwater Farms, located in the Skokomish Valley. on growing By NATALIE JOHNSON In the week after the moratorium was passed, natalie@masoncoun com Neatherlin said July 8 that he had received calls from people who had invested their life savings Two weeks after a moratorium on marijuanainto the state's new marijuana industry, only to production and processing was passed for most have their plans ended by the moratorium. properties in Mason County, 28 companies might Steve Fuhr is part owner of One of those busi- not be able to continue at their current locations, nesses -- Agropack - and hoped to build its fa- "The ripple effect is huge," said Mason Coun- cility on Cady Farms Road, west of Shelten. ty Commissioner Randy Neatherlin at a corn- "Investors and business people have now run mission meeting July 8. away from Mason County because they (gave) a Neatherlin voted against a six-month mora- very clear and unambiguous green light seven torium passed 2-1 by commissioners Tim Shel- months ago, and then put the brakes on it," he don and Terri Jeffreys on July i that disallows said. all marijuana production and processing in the county except in areas zones industrial or agri- The moratorium cultural. Residents of Sells Drive, southwest of Shel- The moratorium restricts development of ton near Lynch Read, and neighboring areas these businesses to 1.6 percent of all parcels in spoke out against having marijuana producers the county, according to information provided and processors in residential areas at the Mason by the Mason County Geographical Information County Commission's regular June 26 meeting. Systems (GIS) Department. Dozens of residents attended, and comment- In November, the commission previously ed for an hour and 45 minutes, mostly on For- voted to allow production in the majority of the bidden Farms, a marijuana producer in the 400 county's zoning districts, including residential block of Sells Drive. parcels 5 acres and larger. Nicole Sells asked the commissioners to en- Next week, the Mason County Board of Corn- act a moratorium. missioners will take official testimony on the "Nobody could have ever thought it was going moratorium during a public hearing. The hear- to go in their backyard," she told the Journal on ing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tuesday. county commission chambers at 411 N. Fifth Street. see MORATORIUM, page A-15 joust at Partisanship, Belfair Bypass amono topics By NATALIE JOHNSON news@masoncoun com Candidates for Mason County PUD 3 and the 35th Legislative District House and Senate posi- tions took sides on is- sues and launched the occasional barb at their opponents at a candidate forum Monday. "I don't think one so- called Democrat in a group of Republicans is bipartisan, that's fan- tasy land," said Senate candidate Irene Bowl- ing (D-Bremerton) about her opponent, incumbent Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-Pot- latch). "I think that the Majority Coalition Cau- cus is a very bad thing for our state. That's why I'm running." Sheldon runs as a Democrat, but caucuses mostly with Republicans in the Majority Coalition Caucus. Redney Tom (D- Bellevue), is the other Democrat in the caucus, but he does not plan to run again. "I've been elected nine times to the state Legis- lature as a Democrat," Sheldon said. "Good ideas don't have a home in just the Republican caucus or just the Demo- cratic caucus." The forum, which started at 6 p.m. at Olympic Middle School, was sponsored by the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce and the Mason County Journal. Each candidate had three minutes for open- ing and closing state- ments and had two minutes to answer ques- tions. Some questions were written beforehand and others were submit- ted by audience mem- bers. Candidates were also allowed one minute to rebut their opponents" statements. Sheldon, Bowling and third candidate Travis Couture (R-Belfair), talk- ed about jobs, education, transportation funding and the legal marijuana business. see FORUM, page A-28