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ONE OF A KIND / Mason County Illursda3 July 31, 2014 - Week 31 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 -- $1 City commission weighs ordinance on 'tent cities' By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com A Shelton minister said city rules proposed for tempo- rary homeless encampments are "unduly burderlsome"~ to host churches. Father Joe Mikel, pastor at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, said an ordinance be- ing considered by th~ city ttia~ establishes rules for churches see CAMPS, page A717 | t INSIDE TODAY Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-12 Living Page A-19 Business News Page A-21 Obituaries Page A-22 Belfair Herald Page A-25 Sports Page B-1 Classifieds Page B-6 Legals Page B-8 Crossword Page B:IO Sudoku Page B-IO 8 IIIIU! !l!!ll!!!U!l1112 HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT i, ....... Journal photo by Emily Hanson Johnny Espeland of Madras, Oregn, holds on tight while saddle bronc riding Saturday evening at the 2014 Mason County NPRA I~odeo at Sanderson Field. For more rodeo coverage, see page B-1. For more photos of the fair, see page A-IO. ' Local crews may in By NATALIE JOHNSON natafie@masoncounty, com Three weeks after wildfires began burning hundreds of thousands of acres in Eastern Washington, Mason County firefighters are still working to protect homes from the flames. Robert White, a firefighter with Mason County Fire Dis- trict 4, helped keep flames away from homes for six days earlier this month, and may soon go back. "What stood out the most was theheat," he said. Temperatures reached 105 degrees during the week White was working at the Mills Canyon fire near Entiat in north-central Washington. White was stationed with a group of firefighters assigned to protect houses and other structures in the nearby Wenatchee area. "We were there in case it ... went in that direction," he said. "It's important for us to be there for those structures." Central Mason Fire & EMS Chief Tim McKern said Lt. K.C. Whitehouse from Cen- tral Mason is still in Eastern Washington, as is a brush rig Photo courtesy of Robert White A brush crew walks on a hillside near the Mills Canyon Fire near Entiat earlier this month. Mason County crews traveled to the east side of the state this month to help battle wildfires threatening homes and cities. from Mason County Fire Dis- a burn ban in 20 counties in trict 3. Eastern Washington, accord- Crews may soon be de- ingto the Department of Nat- played to more fires on the ural Resources. east side of the state, McKern Fires in Eastern Washing- said. ton, including the Mills Can- The Washington State yon, Chiwaukum and Carlton Fire Services Resource Mo- Complex fires, have burned bilization Plan has autho- nearly 300,000 acres and de- rized state fire assistance for strayed hundreds of homes fires in Douglas and Spokane and other structures. The counties, according to news Carlton Complex fire, at more releases from the state Fire than 250,000 acres and 391 Marshal's office, square miles, is the largest in Gov. Jay Inslee has issued state history. stay or go? North Mason School District issues survey to gather more input By NATALIE JOHNSON nata/ie@masoncoun com North Mason resi- dents have another chance to weigh in on the fate of the Mary E. The- ler Community Center. The North Mason School District has sched- uled a public forum for 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the dis- trict's administration building to discuss the Theler Center, which the school board voted in June to add to its surplus list. District property must be on the surplus list bet'ore the district can sell or otherwise dis- pose of it. The district has also posted a link on its web: site, nmsd.wednet.edu, see THELER, page A-28