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Bill Addresses Homeless Teens

Governor Jay Inslee is ready to sign a bill addressing a little-known aspect of Washington’s homelessness crisis: Homeless children on their own. Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus has more.

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Candidate Workshop Tuesday

A reminder: The Mason County Auditor’s Office is holding a Candidate Workshop on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Elections Department at 411 N. 5th Street in Shelton.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is thinking about running for office this year. The workshop will include information about: open positions, filing for office, election deadlines, candidate statements, sign regulations and requesting voter information.

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Bill Proposed by 5th Graders Passes

A bill proposed by 5th graders from Shelton’s Bordeaux Elementary has passed both houses of the State Legislature. Substitute Senate Bill 5028 declares September as the Month of the Kindergartner, encouraging elementary schools to celebrate young students as they begin their lives in education.

The bill unanimously passed the Senate February 26th and unanimously passed the House on April 17th behind the efforts of Bordeaux students Ethan R., Graysen R., and Anthony P., with help from their teacher, Mary Clift.

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State Highway Construction 4/21 to 4/27

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from April 21, 2019 to April 27, 2019.

Maintenance

Highway: SR 119 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 0.8 to 10.9
Description: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers as utility crews replace lines.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Wednesday, May 1.

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National Guard Pay for Wildland Fire Response Increased

National Guard members are getting a pay increase when fighting state wildfires, thanks to a new law. House Bill 1137 updates the state active duty compensation statute to a rate consistent with Department of Natural Resource rates for Guard members called to state service for wildland fire response. The Governor signed the bill this week.

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House Finance Committee Approves New Taxes

Majority Democrats gave little notice before holding an executive session Friday morning in the House Finance Committee where they approved billions of dollars in new and increased taxes. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

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Pollution Threatens Shellfish Harvest Areas

The Washington State Department of Health’s annual water quality evaluation for commercial shellfish harvest areas will result in harvest restrictions in one area, and 18 additional areas will be listed as “threatened” – five areas are in Mason County.

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Recycling Development Center Bill Passes House

If you think you’re a good recycler, you might be wrong, and that’s causing big problems. A new state law is designed to get you on the right track.  Dan Frizzell has more.

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Nonfarm Payroll Employment Soars Back in March

Washington’s economy gained 27,900 jobs in March and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for March rose slightly to 4.6 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The revised estimated February 2019 unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.5 percent.

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