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Mason County Small Town Papers 34 148 1532 217 W Cota St q~, Shelton WA 98584-2263 /kJ lll,.,iq,l ,.I..,,.,Ihl .dl.,llll,hl,.ll,lll.,ll,,.lll, ll Oct. 30, 2014 - Week 44 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 -- $1 JOURNAL ANALYSIS A rundown oflocd candidates'spending this campaign season By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun~ com Each election cycle, millions of dollars in donations pay for cam- paign signs, advertising, gasoline and other expenses for Washing- ton's political candidates. The state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) tracks cam- paign contributions for all candi- dates for elected office in the state. For more information on cam- paign contributions, go to www. pdc.wa.gov. All numbers listed below were accurate as of Oct. 16. Here's a rundown of how much money candidates in Mason Coun- ty, the 35th Legislative District, and the 6th and 10th congressional districts have collected and spent in 2014. 35th Legislative District, state Senate Democratic political newcomer Irene Bowling of Bremerton is chal- lenging incumbent Sen. Tim Shel- don (D-Potlatch) this year. Sheldon's campaign has raised $446,191.90. Even though Sheldon is a Democrat, his largest two do- nors are Republican organizations. The Mason County Republi- can Central Committee donated $40,000 on Oct. 10, and the Senate Republican Campaign Committee donated $61,500 across two dona- tions on Oct. 2 and Oct. 7. Sheldon has spent $377,929.56. His largest single expense was $55,000 paid to Pistay Media on Sept. 21. He also spent $35,000 with the company on Oct. 9. Bowling's campaign has raised $256,886.09. Her largest contribu- tor has been the Washington Sen- a~ Democratic Campaign, which has donated $65,000" over two pay- ments on Sept. 6 and Oct. 1. see ELECTION, page A-18 Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Shelton Police officer Harry Heldreth, left, examines a gravestone uncovered in an alley Tuesday morning with Ken Stodden, the city's superintendent of Public Works, and Erik Birk, an associate planner for the city's Community Development Department. A city crew uncovered two tombstones at the site while searching for a source of flooding. Two circa 1925 tombstones unearthed in Shelton alley By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Allan John Einarsson and James A. Sullivan were buried a stone's throw apart at Shelton Memorial Park in 1925. A surprised city of Shelton Public Works crew Tuesday morning un- earthed their gravestones, side by side, in a gravel alley behind a duplex on Ellinor Avenue. The street crew was searching for the source of brown water that was bubbling up and flooding the alley on the 1100 block of Ellinor Avenue in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Digging in the mud, they uncovered a grave- stone, faceup, that read "Allan John Einarsson, Washington, Apprentice Seaman"; the bottom half of the tomb- stone was missing. The crew halted work and called its bosses and the Shelton Police Depart- ment. "We wanted to make sure no one's headstone was disrespected," said Erik Birk, an associate planner for the city's Community Development Department. Shelton Police officer Harry Hel- dreth was first on the scene. He called the coroner and Shelton Me- morial Park and found out Einarsson had lived from 1890 to 1925 and had worked for the Simpson Lumber Co. Ken Stodden, the city's Public Works superintendent, joined Hel- dreth at the scene. The two watched as a crew member started digging out the gravestone. see TOMBSTONES, page A-17 S with By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com Even though Mason General Hospital is a rural health center, its services are anything but low-tech. In the past year and a half, the Shelton-based hospital has in- Journal photo by Tom Hyde stalled a new open MRI scanner Kevin Roscoe, Mason General Hospital's chief and new CT scanner, making Shel- of radiology, reviews scans from the hospital's ton the hub of some of the most new CT scanner. The machine creates more advanced scanrdng abilities in accurate and detailed three-dimensional the south Puget Sound area, said images than the hospital's former CT scanner. Kevin Roscoe, chief of radiology at Mason General. "We want to build trust in the community," Roscoe said. "We want the imaging done locally." Since the end of May, patients at the hospital have been able to take advantage of the new CT scanner, which staff say is faster, more ef- ficient and more accurate than the hospital's previous scanner. Accuracy is important be- cause CT scans are often vital to see SCANNER, page A-16 IIIIIJl! !I!I!IIIJIJLIOLIII II. Catapult crews hurl pumpkins in Union Page A-3 Alleged accomplice takes stand in homicide trial Page A-6 Shelton School Board member resigns Page A-7