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Employment Security rolls out new website for unemployment claimants

employment securityJob seekers receiving unemployment benefits in Washington can now access certain information about their claims on their computers or mobile devices. The Washington Employment Security Department debuted a new website that the agency believes will provide answers to many common questions and save claimants the trouble of calling the agency’s claims center for that information.

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Four New Reserve Deputies Graduate From Reserve Academy

Last Saturday, October 24, 2015, four new Mason County Reserve Deputies graduated from the Washington State Reserve Peace Officer Academy put on by the Shelton Police Department. The four new Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s will volunteer their time to assist full time Deputy Sheriffs.

Dylan Helser
Dylan Helser
Cutis Smith
Cutis Smith
 Jeffrey Auseth
Jeffrey Auseth

Dylan Helser, Jeffrey Auseth, Cutis Smith and Travis Bearden (picture not available) became the newest members to join the ranks of Reserve Deputy Sheriffs.  

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REMINDER: Community Open Forum on School Safety – Tonight

A reminder: the Shelton School District is holding a community forum on school safety and security tonight (Oct. 28) at 7 PM at Oakland Bay Junior High. Everyone is encouraged to attend. There have been two incidents of threats at the Shelton High School this month. The most recent was yesterday.

shelton school district logoAt Shelton School District’s last Community Open Forum in September, it was decided that the October Open Forum would focus on school safety and security.  Students, parents, staff and community members are invited to join the District on Wednesday, October 28th at 7 p.m. at Oakland Bay Junior High for this very important meeting.  Police Chief Darrin Moody and Superintendent Alex Apostle will be leading the discussion on best practices to keep our schools and community safe. 

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Collier Shoreline Restoration

The Squaxin Island Tribe and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group spent weeks restoring a shoreline at the mouth of Hammersly Inlet. Here is a time lapse video of the project:

This project removed an 8-foot by 137-foot by 1.1-foot thick boat ramp and a 10-foot high 77-foot long boat basin that projected into the nearshore.

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Safety Threat at Shelton High School

shelton school district logoDuring first lunch period today (Tuesday, October 27, 2015), at about 11:15 AM, a student reported that another student was making threats about shooting people on the Shelton High School campus.  As soon as the report was received by administration, the student who allegedly made the threat was questioned and emergency expelled.  School is running on a normal schedule.

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PUD 3’s Social Media Outreach Receives National Award

Joni Livingston (L), current chair of the Customer Connections Section and director of member services and communications at Missouri River Energy Services presents the APPA social media award of excellence to Joel Myer (R), public information and government relations manager of Mason PUD 3.
Joni Livingston (L), current chair of the Customer Connections Section and director of member services and communications at Missouri River Energy Services presents the APPA social media award of excellence to Joel Myer (R), public information and government relations manager of Mason PUD 3.

Mason PUD 3’s outreach efforts using Facebook, Twitter, and other online services received high honors last week from the American Public Power Association (APPA).

The association awarded PUD 3 with an “Award of Excellence” in its class for the PUD’s use of social media in communicating with its customers.

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Outstanding Warrant Emphasis This Week

outstanding warrantThe Mason County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with partner agencies, is actively seeking to locate and arrest individuals with outstanding arrest warrants. Between Tuesday, October 26, 2015, and Saturday, October 31, 2015, teams of deputies and officers will go to homes, businesses, and known hang-outs to find individuals who have failed to contact the court and address their legal issues.  

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Statewide economic rebound brings congestion

DOT sealDelay on state highways mirrored economic growth and increased 4.6 percent from 2012 to 2014, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s 2015 Corridor Capacity Report. The report notes that although statewide traffic congestion has been on an upward trajectory for the past five years, the average statewide congestion in 2014 was 8 percent below the 2007 pre-recession levels.

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