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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-7 STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun cam Shelton School Board Vice President Jim Carnahan re- signed from the board Oct. 22 during a special meeting. "I want to move on with my life, so I have no further comments," Carnahan said in an email. School Board President Barbara Hirschi announced Carnahan's resignation at the beginning of the board's meet ing Tuesday night. In brief comments, Hirschi expressed thanks for Carnahan's service and announced that the vacant position is being advertised on the district's website. The move comes afar Car- nahan voiced his concern over a proposed school district trans- gender policy. "This is offensive, the law is offensive," Carnahan said during a Shelton School Board meeting Oct. 14. The School Board approved the measure 3-2, with Carna- han and School Board member Sandy TarzweU voting no. Later in Tuesday's meet- ing, Hirschi proposed that the vacancy be advertised through Nov. 26 and that the candidates be interviewed at a special board meeting Dec. 4. During the time devoted to beard member comments at the end of the meeting, the only member to mention Camahan's resignation was Cheryl Wil- lianas, who said, "We will still operate as a board with four members... We will soldier on." No one from the public spoke to the board about Carnahan's resignation. $49.1M By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun cam The city of Shelton's proposed 2015 budget calls for $49.1 mil- lion in revenue and expenditures and includes money for one new full-time employee who would work with three city programs. No employee cuts are in the preliminary budget, which was presented to the Shelton City Commission at its work ses- sion Monday. The budget of $49,129,281 is an increase of $1,662,459 from the 2014 city budget. The increase is primarily due to the expanded Upper Moun- tain View Pressure Zone construc- tion project, according to the city's preliminary budget report. The commission is hosting public hearings on the prelimi- nary budget and on revenue sources Monday. The final bud- get public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1. '~We are experiencing a very challenging period for local gov- ernments," City Administrator Dave O%eary wrote in the in- troduction to the proposed bud- get. "Costs have risen and the economy has not produced cor- responding increases in taxes. We have even lost traditional revenue sources such as liquor revenues, and been denied ac- cess to emerging sources such as the newly established mari- juana taxes. "These challenges are largely a result of the weak economy, and an inclination of federal and state governments to push greater responsibilities onto lo- cal government, without corre- sponding revenues to cover the costs," he wrote. The proposed $49.1 mil- lion in expenditures include $16.7 million for the sewer sys- tem, $12.6 million for the gen- eral fund, $10 million for water and $3.8 million for capital im- provements. The budget recommends an ongoing cost of $84,744 for regular officers, O'Leary said. The one-time expenses recom- mended in the budget include $105,111 for a new financial sys- tem, $112,000 on the state Route 3 park-and-ride site project, and $46,000 for a new police car. The proposed new employee would split his or her duties to help three programs, with a full-time IT technician and .... half of his or her time with adding five reserve officers for ' the Storm Fund, one quarter $21,000. The reserve officers can of his or her time with equip- perform such duties as parking ment maintenance and rental at events, "a much better deal, and one-quarter of their time in a much better cost" than using sewer collection. S continued from page A-6 Moran said he did not realize the clothes were still at the jail until a month and a half later. The jail had washed them. Then the prosecution called Kristina Selwyn. Selwyn was dating and living with Raphael at the time of the shooting. She was~rcharged with ren,~ dering c~ assis{~ancel Selwyn testified aS part of a plea agreement that al- lowed her to plead guilty to making a false statement -- a misdemeanor. Selwyn testified that she saw Raphael give Longshore the gun. She said Raphael and others at the house that night were smoking meth- amphetamine before the shooting and that Taber owed Raphael money. Purtzer asked Selwyn if she smoked metham- phetamine before show- ing up to testily. She said no, but admitted to occa- sionally using the drug. Purtzer asked if Sel- wyn told other inmates at the Mason County Jail afLer the shooting that she couldn't "believe Bobby (Raphael) did it." Selwyn said she couldn't remem- ber using those words. II IIII Much of testimony on Oct. 23 and OCt. 24 focused on recorded statements Longshore made to inves- tigators in the days after he was arrested on June 1, 2012. Longshore's state- ments on the shooting changed several times in the hours of taped state- ments. "Your story today has not tracked from the mo- ment we started," said Detective Jeff Rhoades of the Mason County Sher- iffs Office duringan early interview with Longshore. First; Longshore told detectives that he was not in the Harvard Avenue house during the shooting. Instead, he told police that two Mexican men shot Taber and Drake. In a later interview, Longshore recanted that statement. "There was no Mexican involved. That was a bald- faced lie," Longshore told detectives. Longshore then told detectives he was in the house but not in the room when Taber and Drake were shot. Later, Longshore told detectives he was in the room and saw Raphael shoot Taber but then ran out of the house and heard a second gunshot. "I did witness that murder," Longshore said in a June 4, 2012, inter- view with detectives. Longshore also told detectives about driving to McCleary the day after the shooting, throwing items from his wallet and articles of clothing out the car along the way. He also discussed driving to Oregon in the days after the shooting, telling de- tectives he was afraid of being implicated in the shooting or being labeled a "snitch" if he talked to authorities. Meanwhile, local and state law-enforcement officers were conducting a manhunt to find the shooting suspect. Longshore told detec- tives he returned to Ma- son County with the in- tention of turning himself in. He was arrested after law-enforcement officers stepped a car he was riding THINK HUNTER FARMI i for your WREATHS & CHRISTMAS GREENERY Wreaths- various sizes 8, styles. We ship! Coil and tulk to us! 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The Mason County Prosecu- tors Office announced last year that it did not plan to seek the death penalty.