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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Some pictures of the Haven Lake fire

The Haven Lake fire was still going strong this Satuarday, here are a few pictures of it:

Friday, August 29, 2014

60,000 acres added to Recreation Access Permit Program

As expected the multi-national timber company currently known as  Green Diamond has expanded the areas where you will be required to have a permit to access their tax exempt land.  AKA Greed Diamond sticks it to hunters again.

Gray's Harbor County is trying to do something about this.  They are telling the timber companies that they can't have their cake and eat it too.  Charging for acess turns their lands into recreational lands and should mean that those lands will not enjoy the tax shift.  The tax shift is where timber lands get a huge tax break and that break is shifted to the rest of us who have to pay property taxes for the the land that we simply live on.

Yes there is an excise (sales) tax on the trees when they are cut. So what.. the excise tax is a smaller percentage than you and I pay in sales tax when we try to buy back to school clothes for our children down at Goodwill.  It's not a fair deal for us.  I hope the court rules in favor of Grays Harbor County.

Good morning,

Thank you for your inquiry. Green Diamond Resource Company's Northwest Division will expand Recreation Access Permit Program in Mason County, starting September 1. Additional land in the permit area will include areas north and west of the original area. The full permit area's boundaries will be as follows:

Northern boundary - Shelton-Matlock Road
Western boundary - Matlock-Brady Road
Southern boundary - Satsop-Cloquallum Road
Eastern boundary - Highland Road

This brings the total area under the Recreation Access Permit Program to 60,000 acres. Maps will be available to print off of the website on 9-1-2014. You can also come in the office to look at the map at the reception desk today from 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm. We will not be giving maps out at the office. Please let me know if I can answer further questions.

Thank you,
Kim Buckingham
Recreation Permit Administrator

Friday, July 4, 2014

Freedom in the Un-American city of Shelton

This picture was not taken in Shelton

Thank you city commissioners for the worst 4th of July ever in the city of Shelton.   You outlawed fireworks and you did not put on a public display.   That's Un-American and it's just another great big F you to the folks who live in the city limits and can't afford the gas to go elsewhere after paying the sewer bills.

4th of July was the one Holiday that Shelton did really well.  There was a great show in Loop Field every year.  But now there is nothing to do in Shelton on the 4th and gas that lets us escape this wretched place is over $4.00 a gallon this year.

What a waste of city resources to send the police around in circles all night long chasing after Americans who are trying to celebrate their "freedom"  in the most traditional way. 

Ah well, at least the County transit system is providing us all with a way to escape to Hoodsport and it's free.