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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 ,N JOURNAL EDITORIAL Community journalism still mat- ters. That was the takeaway from the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest Awards banquet, which took place Oct. 3 at Campbell's Resort in Chelan. More than 100 reporters, editors, publishers and advertising representa- tives from across Washington gath- ered at the annual three-day Washing- ton Newspaper Publishers Association convention. As usual, the banquet culminated in an awards presentation. This year, the Mason County Journal took home 18 awards for excellence, including five first-place awards newsroom and advertising staff earned. The haul included three awards for the Journal's series of community pro- file stories -- One of a Kind -- which spotlighted a different Mason County resident in each feature. One of a Kind stories represent Journal file photo Advertising representative Lloyd Mullen's photograph of Daniel Curylo won first place in the color portrait category of the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. in-depth reporting. But what makes The stories rarely focus on the usual them special is their examination of newsmakers, but instead shed light local people who affect Mason County. on community members who have a unique perspective or an interesting story to tell. One of a Kind stories are commu- nity journalism at its core. They give readers a snapshot into the lives of neighbors, friends or complete strang- ers through in-depth reporting, well- crafted writing and striking photo- graphs. Those are the fundamentals of community journalism. We strive to create a good balance in this newspaper by stories that highlight what's best about Mason County without shrinking from cover- age of the tough stories that need to be told. Even though larger newspapers continue to make painful cuts to staff rosters, the Journal continues to double-down on you -- our community of fascinating individuals who inspire some of the most interesting and com- pelling stories. -A.R. LETTERS TO TIlE EDITOR requires city's Editor, the Journal Editor, the Journal I am a 78-year-old great- I read the article in the grandmother who for the past Sept. 11 issue of the Mason seven years has been trick-or- County Journal and had a treating in my neighborhood huge laugh. Has Jason Dose for the local food bank. ever had the pleasure of driv- Knowing this, some friends ing on Lake Boulevard? from our community club I don't live right in town, called and said their neighbor but coming in on Cloquallum had just gotten married and Road, I don't have much of this couple had requested in- a choice. I have lived in this stead of gifts that people bring area for 42 years, and I would food for the food bank. They say there are better roads in also asked if I would see that the national forests and on it got there, the timberlands we used to be Our friends brought more able to drive on during hunt- than 100 pounds of canned ing season until they gated us goods, which I delivered to out of them (and only the elite Pioneer School for the Pioneer can afford the yearly fee). Food Bank. If you live anywhere off It was a generous, wonder- Cloquallum Road and have to ful gift on the part of Rodney go out of town toward Olympia and Nora Vaught to celebrate and elsewhere, you have no their wedding in this man- choice but to drive down this ner, and thanks to all of their disgusting so-called road. The guests who contributed the great minds who designed U.S. food. A lot of people will ben- Highway 101 decided we didn't efit from this, and who knows need an on- and off-ramp to -- maybe this idea will catch 101, so we have to drive over on with others who are cel- Lake Boulevard, which should ebrating a happy event, be called "washboard lane." Thank you, Rodney and You can't drive on it with- Nora Vaught. out either hitting a hole or hitting a bump where a won- Marilyn Olson derful patch job has occurred. Shelton Someone should take a few pictures of Lake Boulevard and print them in the Journal. In the 42 years I have lived in this area, I have never seen Lake Boulevard repaved or even patched. So happy driv- ing, everyone, and watch your vehicle for falling parts as you drive on the wonderful wash- board named Lake Boulevard. Mary Wyatt Shelton Paying to use is not right Editor, the Journal About three years ago, we were among those whose property-tax assessments went up 130 percent. Many of us were involved in a protest march because of these out-of- sight increases in our property taxes. Many people had to go to the equalization board here in Mason County to receive fairness. In the meantime, we have people and possibly com- panies that seem to be abus- ing the Open Land Act, which originated in 2007 for the benefit of the citizens of our counties and our state. We can no longer enjoy a food source, recreation, scenery or our for- ests as we have in the past. Green Diamond Resource Co. wants to charge $10 per rider for the Back Country Horsemen of Washington's ride, which takes place near Matlock. It is a nonprofit organization that vol- untarily works to keep the trails in good order within our state, county and nation. Now the horsemen will have to seek oth- er property to host their ride on. There is also Eyes in the Woods, another nonprofit organization that cannot volunteer to keep the trails clear for the elk and other wildlife, which suffer from different natural disasters. Nor can it clean up garbage as its members have always done, or report and witness any criminal act that might take place in our forests. I imagine I cannot buy a permit from Green Diamond to go on its land. Nor do I imagine that I would buy any land or products from any timber com- pany involved with large fees. When our county suffers a tack of money and we as property owners must make up the differ- ence, someone else does not pay. I cannot imagine I would vote for anyone in Mason County, or for our state, who would take a wait-and-see ap- proach toward the problems that Mason County, or the citi- zens ofour'state, have to face. I feel we need problem-solvers. I cannot imagine being among the maybe 10 percent of people who would buy this permit, especially when 90 percent might not be allowed to do so and might not be able to afford it. Am I afraid that all gates might be closed if I " complain? Does a new open- land act need to be ratified? And if so, would it be about time companies pay the same taxes that we have to pay? Dorothy Olson Elma see Mason County USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Journal, RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. The Mason County Journal is a member of the Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association. Owned and by ~h~on-Mason County Journal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Newsroom: Published weekly by the Mason County Journal Adam Rudnick, editor at 227 W. Cota St., Shelton, Washington. $37 per year for Mason County Natalie Johnson, reporter Mailing address: RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 addresses, Gordon Weeks, reporter Telephone (360) 426-4412 $51 per year in the state of Emily Hanson, sports reporter Website: www.masoncounty.com Washington but outside Mason Dawn Geluso, proofreader Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington County and $61 per year out of state. Advertising: Dave Pierik, Sr. Acct. Executive Kathy Brooks, ad representative Lloyd Mullen, ad representative Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Amanda Strand, circulation Composing room: William Adams, graphics Linda Frizzell, graphics All editorial, advertising and legal deadlines are 5 p.m. the Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, email letters@masoncounty.com.