At a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon, 31 Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers were sworn in by Chief Justice Mary E. Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court. They were presented their commission cards by Governor Jay Inslee and Chief John R. Batiste, who welcomed them into an organization known and trusted by the citizens of Washington State.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for the Puget Sound and Southwest Interior including the Hood Canal area. The high wind watch will be in effect from Friday morning through Friday evening. Forecasters expect south wind potentially 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Wind this strong can snap tree branches and down trees causing local power outages.
A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event.
The Shelton Yacht Club’s annual lighted boat holiday parade is Friday and Saturday nights. As in past years, several lighted and decorated boats will depart the Oakland Bay Marina in Shelton at 6:30 PM (December 14th and 15th). Weather permitting the parade will go down Hammersley Inlet and travel just beyond Libby Point before turning around and returning to the marina.
The Shelton boys’ basketball team improved to 5-and-0 with a 61 to 60 overtime win at Gig Harbor Wednesday. The Highclimbers host Timberline Friday on MasonWebTV Powered by HCC.
The Shelton girls’ basketball team lost to Gig Harbor 53 to 36 Wednesday in a game broadcast by MasonWebTV Powered by HCC.
The Lady Highclimbers couldn’t overcome a two-point first quarter (scoring their first points with 1:15 remaining in the quarter) and were unable to stop the Tide’s Brynna Maxwell who finished with a game-high 31 points.
Watch the Shelton girls’ basketball team host Gig Harbor. This South Sound Conference game between the Highclimbers and the Tide tips off at 7 PM. Dedrick Allan will start the Maple Glen Senior Living Pregame Show at 6:45.
Shelton is 1-and-2 on the season, 1-and-1 in the SSC. Gig Harbor is 4-and-1 overall, 2-and-0 in the Conference.
Despite eight Highclimbers posting wins (two by pins), the Shelton wrestling team lost to Central Kitsap Tuesday 36 to 34. Half the Cougars’ points came on forfeits by the ‘Climbers. Michael Gilman and Trevor Meier pinned their opponents. Cameron MacAlvey Peace Lee, Robert Alfred, Beau Ward, Maurice Castro and Ammon Anderson posted wins for Shelton. The Highclimbers travel to the Hammerhead Tournament at the Kitsap Pavilion Friday and Saturday.
The Shelton boys’ swimming team beat Lakes 100 to 83 Tuesday. Individual results were not reported. The Highclimbers take on Capital Thursday at Evergreen State College.
The Shelton girls’ bowling team knocked off Gig Harbor 5 to 0 Tuesday. The Highclimbers are 8-and-2 on the season. They take on Timberline Thursday at Aztec Lanes in Olympia.
The North Mason boys’ basketball team beat Kingston 78 to 53 Tuesday. Ryan Pearson led the Bulldogs with a career high 35 points on 14 of 19 shooting. Pearson also broke the team’s single-game scoring record by a point. The previous record was held by current NM coach Brett Skogstad. The boys from Belfair improved to 4-and-4 on the season, 1-and-3 in the Olympic League. North Mason travels to Port Angeles Friday.
The North Mason girls’ basketball team lost at Kingston Tuesday 57 to 47. The Lady Bulldogs have dropped their last three games after starting 5-and-0. Their overall record is 5-and-3, 0-and-3 in the Olympic League. The girls from Belfair host Port Angeles Friday.
The Mary M. Knight girls’ basketball team dominated Three Rivers Christian for the second time in a little more than a week. The Lady Owls beat the Lady Eagle 45 to 14 Tuesday (and won 51 to 22 on Dec. 4th. The MMK girls are 3-and-1 on the season. They host Rainier Christian tonight (Wed. Dec. 12th).
The Mary M. Knight boys’ basketball team was held to five points in the first quarter and eight points in the third and lost at Three Rivers Christian Tuesday 56 to 40. The Owls are now 2-and-3 on the season. They host Firm Foundation tonight (Wed. Dec. 12th).
[VIDEO] Mason County’s Citizens Budget Advisory Committee made recommendations Tuesday to the Mason County Commission.
Those recommendations for the next budget cycle include giving the highest priority for funding to criminal justice and public safety. The Committee also recommends a citizen-led multi-year property tax levy lid lift to the maximum amount possible for criminal justice and public safety. Other recommendations are annual review of fees, aggressive pursuit of grants, a voter approved county-wide Metropolitan Park District, a six-year criminal justice levy including a sales tax increase for a jail facility and other criminal justice needs, look at regional juvenile justice services, and find ways for county employees to be more efficient.
[VIDEO] The Mason County Commission took action again on the County’s purchase of the former Olsen Furniture building. Tuesday, the Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of the building at 414 W. Franklin Street in downtown Shelton for “a total of $825,000 plus closing costs with a 25% down payment and monthly installments at 4.5% for five years, paid from the REET 1 Fund #350.”
The Commission’s action was again unanimous despite three residents continuing their objections to the purchase.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Skokomish River near Potlatch. The flood warning is in effect from this afternoon to Wednesday evening.
Forecasters say the river will rise above the 16.5-foot flood stage around 2 PM and crest near 17.3 feet around 4 PM. The Skokomish will fall below flood stage early Wednesday afternoon.