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xxxxxxx~xxxx~QR-~T LOTzXC 005 147"7 42 155 $etalI ro n pawerx 217 t4 Cota St She l ton WA e 4-2263 .i,,,iq,i ,,ii!u,,,,illll,dI,,dI!dll,,q'.l""'"ili'lq' Mason County Nov. 27, 2014 - Week 48 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886- $1 # "c ? } @amber of Commerce, dty police chief support proposed measure ByGORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun cam Dumpster diving could become illegal in Shel- ton next week. The Shelton City Commission on Monday gave preliminary approval to a city-code amendment that would outlaw anyone but property owners or building occupants from removing any objects or recyclables from city-owned trash containers. The city owns most of the dumpsters located in down- town Shelton. The commission could make the amendment law on its second reading at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota St., Shelton. For more than a year, the Shelton Mason Coun- ty Chamber of Commerce has urged the city to out- law dumpster diving. Executive Director Heidi McCutcheon on Mon- day stressed that the chamber has supported ban- uing dumpster diving so it gives police officers an- other tool to carry out their duties. see DIVING, page A-24 Kerfuflle draws officers, EMTs to board meeting By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com A dispute over video recording led one adminis- trator to call 911 and stand in front of the camera last week during a regular North Mason School Board meeting. According to records the Mason County Journal obtained, Joel Emery, North Mason School Dis- trict director of business and finance, called 911 at 6:42 p.m. Nov. 18 during the meeting to report that Tahuya resident Brad Carey was causing a disturbance after administrators asked him to shut off a video recorder he had set up. According to a recording of the 911 call, Emery also accused Carey of touching Superintendent Dana Rosenbach in a way that made Emery un- comfortable. Emery did not return repeated requests for comment. "That to me is inexcusable conduct," said Carey, who disputes that he made a disturbance and said he doesn't believe he touched the superintendent. Rosenbach declined to comment on the 911 call or Emery's accusation about being touched. She said Carey setting up the camera was a distraction during a presentation by school district principals. see MEETING, page A-24 OF A KIND Journa photoby Natalie Johnson Herman Petersen, 71, works on a custom Chrysler Hemi engine this summer in his garage in Belfair. Petersen was known as the 'Northwest Terror' during his days of drag racing. Belfair racer recounts years driving in the fast lane By NATALIE JOI4NSON natalie@masoncoun com fter more than 40 years, Belfair resident Herman Petersen can still remember his race times down to the millisecond his speed in decimal points -- in the fast and dangerous world of Top Fuel rac- ing in the 1970s. "Here's the thing about drag racing any time there's a record set in your class, there's only one kind of goal to have, and that's to break the record," he said. Known as the "Northwest Terror" among fel- low racers, Petersen recorded his top time ever in October 1975 in Ontario, Canada, running the quarter mile in 5.87 seconds at 241.96 mph. "I was pretty used to going 236, 237 mph," he said. "All the conditions were right." The day remains fresh in his mind. On his first run, he went 239 mph. He tried again and reached nearly 242 mph. Petersen said he remembers feeling the difference in speed. "I could tell that was even faster yet," he said. "We're talking three miles per hour. It was a whole nother plateau." He also remembers competing at the Or- ange County Raceway in 1973, at the peak of his career, when his dragster overturned at Photo courtesy of Herman Petersen Herman Petersen races early in his career in a front-engine drag racer. Later, he switched to a rear-engine car, the type still used today. 130 mph, caught fire and left him seriously burned and near death. see DRIVER, page A-13 8 I I! l! l! l ! l! l l !! l! !l l! l! l l'll 2 I:::gt=~Page A-3 DOgshapePark propoSalpagein SheltonA-5 takes PUDnewpage3 approVeSratesA_9