Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Traffic

It’s not technically summer yet, but Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, often brings summer-level traffic to state roadways. That’s why it’s important to have a holiday travel plan before heading out the door.

By following these steps, travelers can get where they’re going with fewer headaches:

  • Check the Washington State Department of Transportation’s best times to travel charts to help plan your trip and avoid congestion.
  • Get informed about WSDOT’s online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit online traveler information for traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
  • Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Call 5-1-1 for updated road conditions.
  • Allow extra time for travel during the holidays to avoid rushing or distraction.

Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, May 28 – to ease congestion. However, please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may be remain in place.

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Transfer Station Closures Scheduled

Mason County has scheduled closures for its transfer stations.

In observance of Memorial Day, the Stations in Shelton, Union, Belfair and Hoodsport will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018. Normal business schedules will resume on Tuesday.

A half day closure of the Eells Hill Transfer Station is set for Monday June 4, 2018. This Transfer Station (also known as the Shelton Transfer Station) will be closed from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on June 4th. This closure will allow McClure & Sons, the contractor for the Eells Hill Transfer Station Improvement Project, to complete saw cutting of road areas that will be resurfaced as part of the project.

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TIP-CAP Wraps Up Community Outreach

The Mason County Transportation Improvement Program – Citizens Advisory Panel (TIP-CAP) wrapped up its community out reach process Wednesday night in Mason PUD 3’s Auditorium. TIP-CAP is gathering public input on county projects, safety issues and general transportation needs in Mason County. Members Phil Wolff and Jack Johnson led the discussion that focused on detouring traffic off state highways onto county roads and the lack of signage show motorist where to go in those situations, traffic lights in Shelton, the intersection of Highway 3 and Johns Prairie Road, and the difficulty for large trucks to legally move through the county.

More information is available on the County’s website: If you have suggestions for the TIP-CAP or would like to comment, contact Mason County Public Works.

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Final State Golf Results

At the State Golf Championships, North Mason’s Eric Jones finished 17th and Shelton’s Tim Nail was 24th.

Jones knocked three strokes off his score on the second day of the Class 2A Tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. The Bulldog shot a two-day total of 155 (79 in the first round, 76 in the second).

Nail shot a two-day total of 153 in the Class 3A competition at the Creek at Qualchan in Spokane. The Highclimber shot 76 on the first day and 77 on the second.

Police Arrest Woman after Assault

Shelton police arrested a 62-year-old woman Tuesday after she allegedly assaulted another woman with a hammer.

According to a news release, officers responded to the 1100 block of North 12th Street at 1:30 PM Tuesday after dispatchers received a report that an assault had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers located the female victim. A neighbor had hit the victim in the neck with a hammer. The victim was transported to Mason General Hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.

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Shelton Police Arrest Vandal

Shelton Police arrested a 29-year-old Shelton woman for vandalizing cars along Turner Avenue early Wednesday morning. According to a news release, officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Turner at 2:10 AM regarding a female breaking car windows with rocks and opening residents mail boxes. One of the victims of vandalism provided dispatchers a description of the suspect and the first officer on-scene quickly located the suspect and took her into custody, without incident.

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First Day of State Golf Results

At the Class 2A Boys’ State Golf Championships, North Mason’s Eric Jones shot a 79 in the first round at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland and is tied for 21st. Jones has a second round tee time of 8:26 AM.
The Bulldogs’ other State qualifier, Luke Morris, missed making the second round by a stroke shooting an 85.

After the first day of the Class 3A Boys’ State Golf Championships, Shelton’s Tim Nail shot a first-round 76 at the Creek at Qualchan in Spokane and is tied for 17th. The Highclimbers’ Ethan Pentony had a 77 and is tied for 24th among Class 3A golfers. Nail’s second round tee time is 8:15 AM and Pentony tees off at 8:24 AM today.

The ‘Climbers’ Dreann Merriman had a 97 in the first round at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane. Unfortunately Merriman didn’t advance to the second day of the Class 3A Girls’ Golf Championships.

Watch Mason County Commission

Watch the May 22, 2018 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 6 PM: or Mason County’s website: You can also watch on demand on or Mason County’s website: Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communication’s local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda:

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