Flood Watch Through Thanksgiving; Landslide Risk Increases

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of Western Washington including Mason County. The flood watch is effective through Thursday afternoon. According to forecasters, a warm front and the plume of subtropical moisture with it will bring 2 to 5.5 inches of rain to the Olympics and Mount Rainier today and tonight, and 1 to 4 inches of rain to the Cascades north of Mount Rainier. The snow level will be near 8000 feet. A second frontal system will bring another 1 to 4 inches on Wednesday night and Thursday, with the snow level falling from 7000 feet to 4000 feet as the system moves through.

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Watch Mason County Commission

Watch the November 21, 2017 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 9 AM: hcc.net/newsMasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/newsMasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website:  co.mason.wa.us. 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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Murder Investigation after Inmate Dies at Shelton Prison

An inmate at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton died Sunday night after sustaining injuries in his two-person cell and his cellmate is being investigated for murder. A Washington State Department of Corrections news release identified the deceased inmate as 57-year-old Bryan Emmal who began serving a life sentence in September for a conviction in Thurston County for child molestation.

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Watch Shelton City Commission

Watch the November 20, 2017 Shelton Metropolitan Parks Board and Shelton City Commission meetings. There are two ways to watch live at 6 PM: hcc.net/news, or MasonWebTV.com. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news or MasonWebTV.com. Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communication’s local channel are Wednesday at 11 AM, Thursday at 3 PM, and Saturday at 9 AM.

Here are the meetings’ agendas:

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City Awarded Grants to Improve Alder & Turner

The City of Shelton has been awarded two Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grants to improve Alder Street from North 1st Street to Olympic Highway North (Downtown Connector) and to install new asphalt and make stormwater improvements on Turner Avenue from South 1st Street to the top of the hill at South 16th Street. The City’s Public Works department submitted the applications to the TIB’s Urban Arterial and Arterial Preservation grant program in August. On Friday, November 17th, the TIB announced the City was awarded $270,885 for the Turner Avenue revitalization project and $3.33 million for the Downtown Connector Project.

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Dye Test Set for Oakland Bay & Hammersley Inlet

As part of a study to identify areas where pollution may make shellfish unsafe to eat, officials from the Washington State Department of Health, federal and state agencies, the City of Shelton and the Squaxin Tribe will perform a dye test Dec. 1 – 4.

Red dye will be added to treated wastewater from Shelton’s main treatment plant and will likely be visible in Oakland Bay and Hammersley Inlet the first day of the testing period. The dye is not harmful to people, marine life, or the environment.

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PUD 3 Lifts Moratorium on Solar Incentive Program

The 2017 Washington State Legislature gave a new lease on life to the “renewable energy system incentive program.”

2015-10-07---solar-panels-in-the-rain.jpgA new Washington State law extending renewable energy incentives gives local solar power boosters another reason to consider the installation of solar panels at their home or business.

In response, Mason PUD 3 Commissioners have lifted a moratorium they imposed last year on new solar incentive agreements.

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