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............ I woman sang PAGEA-19: Mason County ;. 14, 2014 - Week - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 --- $1 City proposal could allow drive-throughs, lumberyards By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun corn Car dealerships, auto re- pair shops, retail lumberyards and drive-through food busi- nesses would be allowed in the downtown Shelton zone under minor rezoning changes being considered by the city. The Shelton City Commis- sion will host a public hear- ing on the proposed rezoning changes at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Shel- ton Civic Center. The downtown zone, which is Shaped like a pis- tol, is bordered by Franklin see DOWNTOWN, page A-18 INSIDE TODAY Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-16 Living Page A-19 Business News Page A-21 Obituaries Page A-22 Befit Herald Page A-25 Sports Page B-1 Class'~eds Page B-6 Legak Page B-8 Crossword Page B-10 Sradoku Page B-10 FIRES BURN THROUGH MASON COUNTY A helicopter afternoon. Journal photo by Tom Hyde drops water on a fire near Simpson Lun er Co.'s Mill 5 at Dayton late Sunday Two fires still burning; state DNR issues storewide burn ban By NATALIE JOHNSON natalio@masoncoun com Several weeks of hot, dry weather is taking its toll in Mason County. From Saturday to Monday, 11 brush fires were reported in the county. Eight of the 11 were reported Monday. By Tuesday morning, two serious fires were still burning, said Ross McDowell, Mason Coun- ty emergency management staff, at Tuesday's Mason County Commission meeting. One fire is in the Skokomish Valley near the Olympic National Forest, and a second is near Simpson Lumber Co.'s Mill 5. The fire in the Skokomish Valley has burned 184 acres of Green Diamond land near remote Haven Lake. The fire near Mill 5 in Dayton was nearly contained Tuesday morning, and didn't threat- en the mill, McDowell said. The fire has burned 21 acres. Central Mason Fire & EMS Chief Tim McKern said Tuesday af- ternoon that it was about 80 percent contained. "The biggest issue is the amount of fires we've had in the state -- resources are kindof scarce," McDowell said. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has deployed a Type II Incident Response Team to help with the fires. The cause of the Skokomish Valley fire has not been determined, said Jim Archambeautt, public information officer for the DNR's re- sponse team. "This fire is burning in very steep, very rug- ged terrain," he said. Two strike teams, including 10 fire engines from Mason and Clark counties, are fighting the fire, along with two Type I DNR Incident Re- sponse Team hotshot crews, Archambeault said. see FIRES, page A-28 Bowling leads Sheldon in state Senate race By NATALIE JOHNSON natalio@masoncoun cam The results of primary races for congressional, legislative and local of- rices stayed much the same after an additional 2,159 Mason County bal- lots were counted Aug. 6. Any remaining Ma- son County ballots will be counted Monday. The election will be certified the next day. As of this week, the election had a 39 percent turnout, with 13,816 registered voters casting ballots in the county. After the second Irene,..., Bowling (D-Breme~on) contin- ued to lead the race for state senator in the 35th Legislative District with 37.8 percent of the vote in Mason County and 35.42 percent in the dis- trict. Incumbent Tim Shel- don (D-Potlatch) is in second, with 31.8 per- cent of the vote in Mason County and 33.3 percent in the district. Travis Couture (R-Belfair) is be- hind Sheldon with 30.39 percent in Mason County and 31.28 percent in the district. The top two candi- dates in each primary advance to the general election Nov. 4. In the Mason County Commissioner District 3 race, incumbent Terri Jeffreys remained in first place with 52.37 percent of the vote. B. Dean Byrd, who suspended his campaign shortly af- ter filing, received 38.36 percent. Declared write-in can- didate and former Mason County Commissioner Ross Gallagher was third with 9.27 percent of the vote. In the 35th Legisla- tive District state Rep- resentative Position 1 race, incumbent Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton) leads with 49.46 percent in Mason County and 49.95 percent in the dis- trict. see , page A-28