Alcohol Involved in 101 Crash near Kennedy Creek

WSPlogo2Alcohol was involved in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 101 near Kennedy Creek early Saturday.   According to a collision memo from the State Patrol, a 1997 Ford pickup was northbound on 101 about 12:45 AM when the driver lost control negotiating a curve.  The truck rolled multiple times, hit the guardrail, continued to roll and came to rest 20 feet off the highway in the brush. Continue reading

County Approves Contract to Help with Tourism

video iconThe Mason County Commission Tuesday approved a contract with Blue Collar Interactive, LLC that is intended to help attract tourists to the County.  In the past, the County funded – through lodging taxes – a joint tourism effort by the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce and the North Mason Chamber of Commerce.  This year, the County decided to change that approach and sought proposals to help develop a tourism campaign.  The County received seven proposals and the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee determined the best option came from Blue Collar. Continue reading

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PUD 3’s 10th Consecutive Financial Reporting Recognition

Mason PUD 3 has received its tenth consecutive international recognition for the quality and completeness of its financial reporting.

Mason PUD 3’s Finance Department staff: Standing L-R: Jenifer Sliva, Emily Gott, Dani Leboki, Karissa Byrne, Sherry Speaks, Dawn Thompson. Kneeling: Brian Taylor.
Mason PUD 3’s Finance Department staff: Standing L-R: Jenifer Sliva, Emily Gott, Dani Leboki, Karissa Byrne, Sherry Speaks, Dawn Thompson. Kneeling: Brian Taylor.

PUD 3 was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by the International Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. Continue reading

Too Cold & Wet to Finish Paving

Mason County Public Works is suspending this year’s overlay program until next spring due to “unsuitable weather conditions.”  The County planned to pave 6.68 miles of road this year and has completed over half but still has 3.08 miles remaining including Pickering Road, Belfair-Tahuya Road and Old Belfair Highway.  As Sarah Bryce, Engineering and Construction Manager, explained Tuesday morning, this type of work needs dry conditions and temperatures above 45 degrees:

The County hopes to resume the overlay program in April.  Continue reading

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Stage 1 Burn Ban called for Thurston County

ORCAAA Stage One Burn Ban is in effect for Thurston County and will continue until conditions change.  Under a Stage 1 Ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves, and all outdoor burning is prohibited, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned.  Additionally, no visible smoke is allowed from any wood stove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute start-up period. Continue reading

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