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September 11, 2014

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Mason County Sept. 11, 2014 - Week 37 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 m $1 Campaign contributions mislabeled on website By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun , corn The state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) admit- ted last week that some of its online data on the labeling of campaign contributions could be inaccurate. According to a Sept. 3 letter from PDC Assistant Director Tony Perkins, campaign con- tributors from unions, politi- cal action committees (PACs) and corporations can be inac- curately labeled in online data presented by the commission. see ERRORS, page A-14 E-,-c = N to q o~ -: INSIDE TODAY Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-17 Living Page A-lg Business News Page A-21 Obituaries Page A-22 Belfair Herald Page A-25 Sports Page [3-1 Classifieds Page B-8 Legals Page B-10 Crossword Page B-11 Sudoku Page B-11 @ Journal photo by Kathy Brooks Five children unknowlingly nearly replicate the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album cover Sept. 5 as they cross Grove Street in Shelton. The students were en route to a nearby school bus stop. aim to By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com in crisis As many as 20 percent of all veterans of the Iraq and Afghan- istan wars will have post-trau- matic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the U.S. Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs. Volunteers and organiza- tions in Mason County are working together to help these veterans by advocating for a veterans' court, mentoring vet- erans in crisis and seeking to understand their struggles. "Vets are different than any other people because they've had a different experience from any other people," said Tom Davis, a member of a veterans' subcommittee of the Mason County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee. Davis, a Vietnam-era Navy veteran, is spearheading a program to provide mentoring to struggling veterans, par- ticularly those facing criminal charges. Davis and several oth- er volunteer mentors have al- ready started working with the Mason County Sheriffs Office to meet with veterans booked into the Mason County Jail. 'qNe're working on that to be a more formalized system," said Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury. "Nobody un- derstands a veteran like a vet- eran." mmm In addition to suffering from PTSD, many veterans also suf- fer from traumatic brain inju- ties. Tenino Police Chief John F, _Hutchings and his son, Army Sgt. Michael J. Hutchings, Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury said his office is working to improve relations with veterans who suffer from mental illness, such as PTSD. "We're working on that to be a more formalized system (for veterans), Nobody understands a veteran like a veteran," Casey Salisbu Mason County sheriff an Iraq veteran diagnosed with PTSD and a traumatic brain in- jury, spoke to law-enforcement officers and other community members about the issues on Aug. 29 at Salisbur s monthly law-enforcement breakfast. "I'm proud to have this op- portunity to work with my son and hopefully save some offi- cers' and veterans' lives," John Hutchings said. Law-enforcement officers should understand PTSD, brain injuries and other veter- ans' issues to prevent confron- tations and better work with veterans and the mentally ill, John Hutchings and Michael Hutchings said. Michael Hutchlngs told of- ricers at the breakfast about his 2011 deployment to Iraq, where he served in Army intel- ligence. Michael Hutchings said he and fellow soldiers were get- ting shot at daily. ' ou can never really pre- pare for that," he said. see VETERANS, page A-15 City throws out union Petitioners may sue dty By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Two propositions that would change how the city of Shelton negoti- ates contracts with its union employees, which garnered more than 600 petition signatures, were declared legally invalid by the Shelton City Com- mission on Monday. The first proposition, called the Collective Bar- gaining Transparency Act, would require that the city notify employees and members of the public before meetings between city staff and commis- sioners and the bargain- ing unit. It also would re- quire that all meetings on collective bargaining be open to the public. The second proposi- tion, called the Collec- tive Bargaining Protec- tion Act, would prohibit union security clauses, a contractual requirement for employees to maintain union membership. It also would prohibit the "gift- ing of public funds for the benefit (of) City of Shelton unions" and would pro- hibit "public work stop- pages," or strikes. The Shelton City Com- mission voted unani- mously to declare the two propositions legally inval- id, following the recom- mendations of the city's attorney, Kathleen Hag- gard, and City Adminis- trator Dave O'Leary. A spokesman for the Olympia-based Free- dom Foundation said the decision will prob- ably prompt legal action against the city. Haggard told the commissioners they had three choices regarding the proposed proposi- tions: pass them as ordi- nances, submit them to the voters on a ballot, or find that one or both are legally invalid. The Collective Bar- gaining Protection Act proposition is contrary to the Public Records Act that allows the commis- sioners to meet in closed executive session to ne- gotiate union contracts, Haggard said. see CITY', page A-28