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Flood Watch Continues for Mason County

The Flood Watch continues for Mason County. The Flood Watch is in effect from late tonight through Thursday morning. Forecasters expect around two inches of rain on the south slopes of the Olympics. The Skokomish River is barely half a foot below flood stage this morning as rains begin. Minor flooding is likely along the Skokomish later tonight and Wednesday.

End to Government Shutdown in Sight

Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues.

Senate Republican leader McConnell’s commitment to quickly tackle the issue of immigrant “Dreamers” was contingent on Democrats providing enough votes now for a stopgap spending measure lasting a little less than three weeks. The measure needed 60 votes, and Democrats provided 33 of the 81 it got. Eighteen senators, including members of both parties, were opposed.

Before the government can reopen the House must approve and President Donald Trump must sign the measure.

Democrats climbed onboard after two days of negotiations that ended with new reassurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Senate would consider immigration proposals in the coming weeks.

Downtown Connector Project Update Wednesday

The City of Shelton is holding the second community meeting on the upcoming Downtown Connector Project at 6 PM Wednesday. Learn more about the plan to revitalize the West Alder Street/Olympic Highway North corridor from North 1st Street to C Street. You will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on the updated project design prior to finalization. The design is about 90 percent completed.

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New Administrator at Olympic College Shelton

Longtime Olympic College employee Allison Smith is the new administrator of the Shelton campus. In her expanded role, Allison oversees daily operations and works closely with the instructional deans on scheduling, program development, recruitment, promotions and more. The new position includes her previous duties as the Community Education supervisor.

In her former role overseeing Community Education, Allison’s primary office was located at the Mason Transit Authority Transit-Community Center, where OC has maintained office and classroom/lab space since 2015. In her new role, Allison will split time between the Transit-Community Center and the Shelton Campus.

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Police Blotter 1/22/18

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Monday, January 15, 2018 through Sunday, January 21, 2018. 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.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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State Highway Road Construction 1/21 to 1/27

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from January 21, 2018 to January 27, 2018.


Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 330.4 to 331.8
Description: One-way alternating traffic for vegetation management.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Jan. 22-25. 

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US Government Shuts Down

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown.

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City Employee of the Month: Jeri Tidd

Jeri Tidd, Community Service Supervisor in Shelton Municipal Court was selected as Employee of the Month for the month of January 2018.

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Shelton Bowling Earns District Berth

The Shelton girls’ bowling team finished the regular season with an 11-and-3 record, second in the South Sound Conference and has earned an automatic berth in the West Central District Tournament on Saturday, January 27th at Pacific Lanes in Tacoma. Today (Friday, January 19th), the Lady Highclimbers will bowl in the South Sound Conference Tournament to gain tournament experience. The SSC Tourney starts at 12 PM at Westside Lanes in Olympia.

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