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October 9, 2014

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==xxxxzxxxxxxxxx~-RT LOTxXC 005 ~r~ 1567 29 144 II ~ai| Town paper's 217 N Cota St ..,,.I,.,,i...,,ihihd=,ullldd,,il,.I,,",,,N'dl' Mason County Thursda3 Oct. 9, 2014 - Week 41 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 -- $1 Freedom Foundation bankrolls lawsuit By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com A Shelton woman has filed a lawsuit against the Shelton City Commission after the group declared two proposi- tions regarding unions legally invalid and declined to put them on the November ballot. In a suit filed in Mason County Superior Court on Mon- day, Diane Good asks the city to place Propositions 1 and 2 on the February ballot. She also seeks a declaration that the city erred when it voted on Sept. 8 to declare the two petition-driv- en propositions legally invalid. In a brief telephone interview with the Journal on Wednesday morning, Good confirmed that her lawsuit is being bankrolled by the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation. The conservative nonprofit group aided in the petition dri-e in Shelton and other Washington towns. The group's donors include Wal- Mart founder Sam Walton and the Koch brothers, billionaire industrialists who donate mon- ey to conservative causes. Good declined to comment on why she filed the lawsuit and asked that all questions be directed to her attorney, Shawn Newman. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 3 in Mason County Superior Court. News of the lawsuit "dis- appoints me," said Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce, one of the three commissioners. "It's not something we want here." see LAWSUIT, page A-13 OYSTERFEST 2014 Newspaper takes home five first-place honors at annual conference By ADAM RUDNICK adam@masoncoun corn Journal photo by Shawna Whelan Lucero Medina of Coast Seafoods competes Saturday in the West Coast Oyster Shucking Competition at OysterFest. For more photos of the event, see page A-14. Group eyes sites for off-leash dog parks By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com A hilly, undeveloped plot of land bordering Kneeland Park in downtown Shelton is being con- sidered for an off-leash dog park. A parcel of about 40,000 square feet next to Kneeland Park on Turner Avenue could be fenced to allow canines and their Journal photo by Gordon Weeks owners to mingle, Mark Ziegler, Randy Griffith of Shelton the director of the Shelton Parks and his dog, Freedom, and Recreation Department, told wait for a bus Wednesday morning in front of the see PARK, page A-28 Shelton Civic Center. Get to know your general election candidates at forum STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun corn General election can- didates will share their views and answer ques- tions at a forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Olympic Middle School commons, 800 E. K St., Shelton. The event is co-hosted by the Mason County Journal, the Shelton Ma- son County Chamber of Commerce and Mason- WebTV.com. The participants in- clude candidates run- ning for state represen- tative Positions 1 and 2 and state senator in the 35th District and 6th and 10th Congressional Dis- tricts. Questions will be presented by the hosts, and audience members are invited to offer their questions. The free fo- rum is open to everyone. For more information, call 426-2021. Mason County Journal staff won 18 awards at the 2014 Washington Newspapcr Publishers Association's (WNPA) Better Newspaper Contest last week. The Journal won five first-place awards, seven second-place awards and six third-place awards, which WNPA officials presented Oct. 3 at Campbell's Resort in Chelan. Categories included news cover- age, advertising, photography and special sections. "This has been such a great year for the Mason County Journal," said publisher Tom Hyde, who has been with the Journal since August 2013. "We've made great strides in improving every aspect of our news- paper and the services we provide to the community from helping local business grow to chronicling the dai- ly life of Mason County. I couldn't be more proud of the committed team of professionals we have on staff." The Journal's series of community profile stories titled One of a Kind netted three awards. Reporter Gordon Weeks took home a first-place award for Best Personality Profile (Long), while reporter Natalie Johnson won second-place for Best Personality Pro- file (Short). Johnson and editor Adam Rudnick also placed second in the Best Feature Page Design category. Other first-place awards went to ad builder Will Adams and adver- tising representative Dave Pierik (Promotion of a Newspaper), Lloyd Mullen (Color Portrait), Rudnick (Best Editorial Pages) and Journal staff (Topical/Nontourism Special Sections) for its annual Profile maga- zine. see AWARDS, page A-28 8 III1!! !I!!IIUUI!I!I!I1112 Mason Transit Authority seeks grant money Page A-3 Electric atmosphere during Public Power Week Page A-19 Salmon grants will benefits county Page A-25 I :J]III 1 l[:I 1 I] l