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WDFW to Stock Trout in Lakes

With thousands of rainbow trout destined for Washington lakes before November, anglers should have plenty of places to enjoy great fishing this fall and through the holiday season.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will stock at least 55 Washington lakes with catchable-size trout this fall. Additionally, the department stocks millions of smaller trout each spring, many of which will have grown to catchable size.

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State Unemployment Falls to New Low

Washington’s economy added 4,500 jobs in September and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for September was 4.4 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The September unemployment rate decreased slightly from the August 2018 unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, making it the lowest rate recorded based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data series dating back to 1976.

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Daytime Lane Closures Set for 101/Lynch Road Improvements

Thanks to good weather, crews have recently completed paving and other work to build new acceleration lanes at the US 101/Lynch Road intersection near Taylor Towne in Mason County. Now that asphalt has cured, crews will stripe the roadway into final lane configurations after installing new highway lighting, reinstalling cable barrier, and seeding the median.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 and 28, travelers will encounter single lane closures on US 101 and median closures that will limit turns to and from Lynch Road. Detours using State Route 3 and SR 108 will be provided for drivers affected by the median closures.

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YouTube Experiences Global Outage

YouTube experienced a global outage Tuesday night. The second most visited website in the world experienced the outage across its various platforms for more than an hour. The Google-owned streaming site took to Twitter to thank users for reporting issues.

Users who tried to access videos or upload content were greeted with an error message. The outage apparently began about 6 PM locally and services were restored after 7:30.

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City Construction Schedule 10/15 to 10/19

Crews continue working on infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Downtown Connector Project and the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Traffic revisions mentioned in this update are subject to change without notice, and may not include all potential revisions and/or lane closures that could be implemented. Here are where crews are working October 15th to October 19th.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Olympic Hwy North will be closed between C St. and 7th St. on Thursday and Friday (Oct. 18& 19) during work hours.
  • Alder will be closed between 1st St. and 2nd St., and 6th St. and 7th St.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

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State Highway Road Construction 10/14 to 10/20

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from October 14, 2018 to October 20, 2018.


US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 352.5
Description: Crews are finalizing work to make roadway modifications to help increase sight distance for Lynch Road drivers merging onto southbound US 101. WSDOT anticipates both new acceleration lanes will open to traffic by late October.

Some work is weather-dependent and could change that schedule. Remaining work elements include final lane striping, installing new highway lighting, reinstalling cable barrier as well as regrading and seeding the median.

Work Schedule: Until work is complete, drivers can expect daytime single-lane closures in both directions of US 101.

  • A single lane of northbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the afternoon commute from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A single lane of southbound US 101 may close each weekday around-the-clock except during the morning commute from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The speed limit in both directions will be reduced to 40 mph during work activities.

Project web page

US 101/Kennedy Creek Bridges – Special Repair

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Booking Restrictions Hamper Narcotics Arrests

Booking restrictions at the Mason County Jail have hampered the Shelton Police Department after recent narcotics arrests.

At approximately 9:00 PM on October 8th, Shelton Police Officers located a suspicious vehicle with two male occupants parked illegally in the 700 block of N. 7th Street. During the initial contact, officers identified what appeared to be a large amount of narcotics lying on the floorboard inside the vehicle. The two occupants were removed from the vehicle and detained while the suspected narcotics were recovered.

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Help with Medicare Open Enrollment Available

Medicare’s 2019 annual open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans starts Oct. 15, 2018 and runs through Dec. 7. The Washington state Insurance Commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program is ready to provide Medicare counseling help in your local community. Here are the dates, times and locations in Mason County:

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North Mason Band Competing in Tumwater

The North Mason High School Marching Band & Color Guard will be competing at the 12th Annual Tumwater Festival of Bands on Saturday. Competition begins at 9:30 AM and 18 bands are scheduled to attend. The Bulldogs will be in Division A and are tentatively scheduled to perform at 11:15 AM.

Tickets are $12 for Adults, $7 for Students and Seniors and Children under 10 are Free. More information is available at

Sheriff’s Office Looking for Furloughed Inmate

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a furloughed inmate who went missing from his treatment facility. 50-year-old Paul E. White had been on a court order furlough for inpatient treatment which started August 27th. The treatment center discovered that White was missing Sunday morning.

Paul E. White is 5-foot-10, weighs 190 pounds, has hazel eyes and brown hair.

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