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Assault with Knife at Loop Field

The Shelton Police Department is investigating what led to a stabbing at Loop Field Sunday night that left a man with a laceration to his arm.

A news release says Shelton officers were dispatched to a large fight at Loop Field about 9:40 PM. Dispatch advised that a large group of males were throwing beer bottles at one another and that approximately ten subjects were physically fighting in the field located at 1020 West Franklin Street.

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2019 Point-in-Time Count: Decrease in Washington Homeless

Data compiled by the State Department of Commerce from county reports shows 3.1% decline in total number of people experiencing homelessness statewide, while half of counties posted increases.

Mason County’s numbers show 194 households (273 people) are homeless. That is up from 2018’s numbers of 151 households (232 people).

The Washington State Department of Commerce posted final statewide results of the 2019 Point-in-Time count, an annual one-night snapshot of people experiencing homelessness. Sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the count attempts to provide a consistent set of data from around the country on “sheltered” and “unsheltered” homelessness.

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Intoxicated Driver Hits Downtown Shelton Building

An alleged intoxicated driver hit a building in downtown Shelton Sunday night.

According to a news release, a Shelton Police officer attempted to stop the suspected drunk driver around 11 PM after observing a vehicle driving in an erratic manner in the downtown area. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled at a high rate of speed heading east on West Cota Street. Less than 30-seconds later, the vehicle went off the roadway and drove into a building on the southeast corner of South 2nd Street and West Cota Street. The building was unoccupied at the time of the collision.

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Celebrating 80 Years: PUD 3 Sets Customer Appreciation Day

July 9 Mason PUD 3 will celebrate 80 years of service to the community with a customer appreciation day at its Johns Prairie Road headquarters, 2621 E Johns Prairie Road, in Shelton.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available to customers who visit the PUD 3 offices between 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM the day of the event.

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State Highway Construction 6/23 to 6/29

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from June 23, 2019 to June 29, 2019.

US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier

Highway: SR 3 Region: Olympic County: Kitsap Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: Crews will realign a portion of Coffee Creek in order to remove barriers to fish. This project also will rebuild the southbound exit to Shelton-Matlock Road. 
Work Schedule: Work will begin late June. The majority of the work will have little effect on travelers. 

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PUD 3 Receives 40th Clean Audit

PUD 3’s Finance Department, L-R: Dani Leboki, Sara Montalto, Sherry Speaks, Dawn Myers, Stephanie Schuffenhauer

Mason PUD 3 Friday received its 40th consecutive clean report from the Washington State Auditor’s Office on the PUD’s financial management, operations, and compliance with state laws and regulations.

PUD 3 officials met with representatives of the Auditor’s Office Friday to review the results of the annual examination.

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Distracted Driving Emphasis this Weekend

Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers will conduct a statewide emphasis on distracted driving from Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23, 2019.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission lists distracted driving as the cause of 30% of statewide traffic fatalities as well as the cause of 23% of all serious injury collisions in Washington. In 2018, WSP contacted over 20,000 drivers for distracted driving, 3,000 more than the previous year.

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House Passes Appropriations Package with Kilmer-Backed Priorities

Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740, the first “minibus” appropriations package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. H.R. 2740 consists of four FY 2020 appropriations bills that fund federal agencies including the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy. The legislation passed the House of Representatives 226-203.

“Today, I was proud to support an appropriations package that makes progress on important priorities for our region,” said Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6). “This bill will continue to invest in our military installations, ensure access to quality and affordable health care, spur energy innovation, fight climate change, and invest in our kids.” 

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New Doctors at Oakland Bay Pediatrics

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is welcoming two more new doctors to the staff at MGH Oakland Bay Pediatrics in Shelton: Dr. Iris Malit, M.D. and Dr. Alexandra Danae Rhodes, M.D.

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Payroll Hiring Moderates Slightly in May

Washington’s economy gained 9,600 jobs in May and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for May remained steady at 4.7 percent, according to the Employment Security Department. The revised estimated April 2019 unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.7 percent.

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