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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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Police Blotter 11/21/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, November 20, 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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

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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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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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Plan Ahead for Thanksgiving Travel

Whether crossing the state or just running to the store for a last-minute ingredient, be sure to allow plenty of extra travel time during the busy Thanksgiving weekend.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to “know before you go” and plan head for smoother travel.

The agency also provides several tools to help plan holiday travels:

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State Highway Road Construction 11/19 to 11/25

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from November 19, 2017 to November 25, 2017.

CONSTRUCTION

US 101 – Hoodsport Vicinity – Slide Debris Fence Repair
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s)331.4
Description: Crews will repair a debris fence.
Work schedule: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday from Monday, Nov. 13  through December, drivers will encounter one-way alternating traffic. No work scheduled on Thanksgiving. 

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Shelton PD to Increase Distracted Driving Patrols

Fatalities from distracted driving have increased 32% in Washington State during 2017. Mason County alone has had two fatalities, and five people that were seriously injured, in auto collisions related to distracted driving. With the passage and signing of the statewide E-DUI Act in July, the Shelton Police Department is taking action locally to address the rise in distracted driving collisions.

During the month of December, Shelton PD will have additional officers on overtime looking specifically for distracted driving violations.

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Police Blotter 11/17/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Sunday, November 12, 2017 through Thursday, November 16, 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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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