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OO SPECIAL SECTION INSIDE Mason County 28, 2014 - Week 35 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 -- $1 !' 6reen Diamond Resource Co. among plaintiffs By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com Requiring the public to purchase access permits for private timberland is a grow- ing trend among Washington timber companies. see SUIT, page A-15 $8 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 Belfair Herald Page A-25 Sports Page B-1 Classifieds Page B-8 Legals Page B-10 Crossword Page 13-12 Sudoku Page B-12 8 IIIIU! !l!!ll!!!!!l1112 MORNING TRAIN Journal photo by Gordon Weeks A train pierces the sunrise fog Tuesday on Simpson Lumber Co. property on the downtown Shelton waterfront. i i Fifth finalist bows out of dty competition; interviews yesterday gordon@masoncoun com Then there were four. A quartet of law-enforcement veterans competing to replace Shelton Police Chief Dave Ecklund were interviewed behind closed doors yesterday by city officials. The previous evening, the finalists hobnobbed with city em- ployees and other residents during an infor- mal meet-and-greet gathering at the historic Colonial House in downtown Shelton. Charles LeBlanc, Darrin Moody, Kenneth Weaver and Rich Wilkinson are vying to re- place Ecklund, who retired in May. Lt. Les Watson is acting as interim police chief. A fifth finalist, Jefferson County Sheriff Tony Hernandez, dropped out of the race to take another post, the city announced. LeBlanc is a captain with the Washington State Patrol; he has served with the agency since 1989. He is the commander of the Dis- trict 1 Field Operations Bureau, which covers Pierce and Thurston counties. Moody has been with the Fairfield Police Department in California for 25 years and has been police captain since 2010. Weaver -- who is from Vacaville, Califor- nia -- has 29 years of experience in law en- forcement. see POLICE, page A-28 Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Shelton Harbor, in Oakland Bay south of the Port of Shelton Marina, is less-than-ideal habitat for salmon and other fish species migrating into saltwater from Goldsborough and Shelton Creeks. A proposed habitat restoration project will add tens of thousands of cubic yards of fill, log jams and native plants to create a more natural shoreline. to restore $5M project Agencies apply for '31.9M grant By NATAUE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com A multimillion dollar plan to create a more natural shoreline and restore habitat in Shelton Harbor is gaining momentum. Project partners finished a 30 percent design of the project and submitted an application for a $1.9 million grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office this month. "This would take care of one-third of the total project," said Brandon Palmer, engineering manager at the Port of Shelton. "Our thought was if we take this on in more bite-size piec- es, we're more likely to get funded." see HARBOR, pageA-28