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PAGE B-1 Mason County :. 21, 2014 - Week 34 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 -- $1 Ordinance goes to new cityadvisory group By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun corn Some of the rules proposed to regulate temporary church homeless camps are "insult- ing" to Shelton churches, a pastor told the Shelton City Commission on Monday. Father Joe Mikel of St. Da- vid of Wales Episcopal Church told the commissioners that the proposed nine-page ordi- nance to govern temporary homeless camps for up to 90 days are overreaching. see CAMP, page A-11 INSIDE TODAY Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-12 Living Page A-15 Business News Page A-17 Obituaries Page A-18 Belfair Herald Page A-21 Sports Page 13-I Classifieds Page B-6 Legals Page B-8 Crossword Page B-10 Sudoku Page B-10 olllll!!lJl!!lll!l!!l!l!lllll LEAPING AT LAKE CUSHMAN Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Natasha Nation and Caleb Sexton, both 16-year-old Olympia residents, join hands and leap into Lake Cushman on Aug. 14. Public could see deanup plans as earl)/asnextyear By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty, com Rayonier Corp. and the state Department of Ecology (DOE) have agreed on a sched- ule to finalize cleanup plans on polluted Goose Lake, which is under intense scrutiny be- cause it sits just north of the proposed 604-acre Shelton Hills development. The DOE recently an- nounced that the next step in the cleanup is for Rayonier to complete an investigation report, which will provide de- tailed information on the con- taminants on the site of the 22-acre lake. Rayonier will use the information to complete a draft feasibility study, which will explore cleanup options, according to DOE. The DOE reports that it ex- pects the draft remedial inves- tigation to be ready for public review and comment this fall. The feasibility study is due to Ecology soon after, the depart- ment reports. The public will probably get to review the feasibility study in January or February, said Steve Goins, the city of Shel- ton's director of community and economic development. The schedule "seems aggres- sive," he said. "The sense I get is Rayoni- er is moving toward cleanup, which is encouraging to the city," Goins said. "It's been a long haul." Toxins reportedly haven't been dumped into Goose Lake Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Rayonier pumped the toxins from its pulp mill into Goose Lake from 1931 to 1934. The toxins overflowed the lake, sending the pollutants into a ravine. For the next nine years, the company pumped its waste into settling ponds at the site. for about 70 years, but the lake receives a ranking of two on the state's hazardous sites list -- the most toxic rating is one. Rayonier opened its will on the Shelton shoreline in 1926. The company cooked wood chips to release the fibers, and the toxic byproduct was released into the harbor for a couple years until worries arose about contaminating shellfish. Rayonier then pumped the toxins to Goose Lake from 1931 to 1934. The toxins overflowed the lake, sending the pollutants into a ravine. For the next nine years, the company pumped its waste into settling ponds at the site. In 1943, Rayonier shut down the mill during World War II and stepped disposing liquid waste at Goose Lake. Rayonier also had a landfill on the Goose Lake property, which was used to deposit solid waste from the mills and tox- ins from its research mills. After the cleanup, the city will take ownership of the lake. Rayonier officials have said they understand the city's de- sire to coordinate the enhanced cleanup to allow recreation at the lake, such as trails, Goins said. "That was positive to hear," he said. The city also wants to un- derstand the costs, and has asked what it will take to get water access, Goins said. A primary concern is "how safe is it to stir up the sedi- ments in the water?" he said. man, les in By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com A skydiver died Sun- day afternoon at Sander- son Field after making a hard landing, authorities said. The skydiver has been identified as Ryan Erick- son, 35, of Puyallup. Mason County Fire District 11 and Mason County Medic One re- sponded at 12:58 p.m. to reports of a skydiving ac- cident. Kapowsin Air Sports called 911 and bystand- ers immediately started CPR, but Erickson was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Mason County Sheriffs Office. The Sheriffs and Cor- oneffs offices are investi- gating. Detectives are send- ing Erickson's parachute to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for investigation, Detec- tive William Adam said. Adam said the Sher- iffs Office hoped to get more information from the FAA this week. Haven Lake fire nearly contained By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com The Haven Lake Fire, located 10 miles north- west of Shelton near Olympic National Forest, was 96 percent contained as of Tuesday, accord- ing to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The fire has burned 168 acres. Eighty-eight firefighters are assigned to the fire. The DNR reported Tuesday evening that an aerial infrared survey of the fire showed three hotspots in inaccessible terrain. At its height, nearly see FIRE, page A-24