SR 302 near Victor Reopens Early

WSDOT has good news to share with drivers – crews have reopened State Route 302 at milepost 4.5 near the Mason/Pierce County line, which had been closed to traffic since June 9 for roadway repairs.

The roadway reopening – roughly 18 hours ahead of schedule – follows successful efforts to stabilize a sloughing portion of SR 302 and replace a broken culvert under the highway. In addition to opening the road, the speed limit has been restored to its original 40 mph.

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Fireworks Sales Begin June 28

Consumer firework sales across the state will begin at noon on Wednesday, June 28, and continue until 9:00 p.m. on July 5.  State Fire Marshal Charles P. LeBlanc reminds residents to “know the laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks,” and “only purchase legal fireworks.”  This year 867 retail fireworks stand licenses were issued.

Statewide sales and discharge period allowed by RCW 70.77.395

Date Sales Period Discharge Period
June 28 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
June 29 – July 3 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
July 4 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
July 5 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

With fireworks sales just days away, it is a good time to remind everyone that personal fireworks require personal responsibility.

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Kennedy Creek Quarry Paid Ecology Fine

The Washington Department of Ecology released a summary of penalties issued during the first three months this year and Kennedy Creek Quarry was among those companies issued fines.

According to a summary of environmental penalties issued during the first quarter 2017, Kennedy Creek Quarry was fined $1,500 in March. The penalty was reportedly for violating water quality permit requirements. The summary says the quarry failed to maintain or implement best management practices and failed to modify its Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. Ecology says the company paid its fine.

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Police Blotter 6/22/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Specific details have not been released unless otherwise noted. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement or emergency services agency.

Weapons Offense
Jun 21, 2017
around 6 PM


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Chip Seal Work on County Roads to Begin Soon

Mason County Public Works is notifying motorists that their annual restriping and resurfacing or “chip seal” of many county roadways will be in progress during the months of July and August (weather permitting).

Most of our County roads are restriped every year to improve night-time reflectance.

This year’s chip seal program will begin on June 26th and finish by the end of July, weather permitting. The 2017 chip seal program will cover approximately 38 miles of roads throughout Mason County. Some of the areas impacted include Union, Rustlewood, Mason Lake, Lake Limerick, Matlock, Tahuya, Bear Creek Dewatto, Grapeview, and Kamilche – see the maps below.

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MGH Foundation Hosts 23rd Annual Golf Tournament

Mason General Hospital Foundation is partnering with CERNER and CDW Healthcare to host the 2017 Quality Care Open Golf Tournament on Friday, June 23, 2017, at Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club, Union. All proceeds stay local and this year go towards the purchase of Zoll R Series ACLS Defibrillators in five locations at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics – Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics, Emergency, ICU, Surgery Department, and Treadmill Room.

The day includes 18 holes of golf, outdoor dinner, live and silent auction, tee packs for each player and team photos.  Five-player teams play in scramble format, with registration at 8 a.m. and shotgun start at 10 a.m.  Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded plus two Hole-In-One grand prizes – $10,000 cash and a new car from Gillis Auto Center. Last year MGH Foundation’s tournament raised more than $88,000 in cash and in-kind donations from the community. 

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Warm Weather Expected This Weekend

The National Weather Service says temperatures are forecast to climb well above normal this weekend. At this time, it appears that the warmest day will be Saturday on the coast and on Sunday over the interior. Highs on Saturday are forecast to climb into the 80s on the coast, away from the ocean. Expect temperatures to soar into the mid 80s to mid 90s across much of the interior on Sunday. Temperatures expected in the Shelton area:

If you are planning on heading to area rivers and lakes this weekend to beat the heat, please keep in mind that the water is still too cold for swimming. Wear an approved life jacket. Drownings tend to occur during hot spells in Western Washington.