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Two Outstanding Treatment Plants in Mason County

Two treatment plants in Mason County are among the 111 wastewater treatment plants in Washington State to win outstanding performance awards.

The Washington State Department of Ecology honors the state’s top-performing wastewater treatment facilities with annual Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award. Among those to achieved full compliance with their water quality permits in 2017 were the Alderbrook Resort & Spa Wastewater Treatment Plant and the City of Shelton Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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City Preparing for Paving

Starting tomorrow, Friday, August 17th, City of Shelton crews will be starting prep work for residential paving in the following locations in the Angleside area:

• Kineo Loop/9th Street from Grant to 10th Street
• South 3rd Street from Wyandotte to Kineo
• Satsop Avenue from South 2nd to South 3rd Street.

Roadways will be closed intermittently during work hours, approximately 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM until further notice. Signs will be on display designating the work area. Accommodations will be made for local traffic.

Management of Maple Fire Changing

A new team will takeover management of the Maple Fire on Friday. The wildfire burning in the Olympic National Forest near Hamma Hamma is now 1,396 acres in size and 52% contained.

Team 10 will transition fire management responsibilities to Western Washington Incident Management Type 3 Team under the leadership of Jim Shank at 6 AM Friday. The incoming team will continue the long­ term strategy of keeping the fire between Forest Road 25 to the north and Forest Road 2401 to the south.

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Hood Canal Shrimping Open for Two More Days

Recreational shrimp fishers will get two consecutive days to harvest spot shrimp on Hood Canal, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced Wednesday.

Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) will open to recreational shrimp fishing from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 22. In addition, the daily catch limit will be increased to 100 shrimp per person from the typical 80 shrimp per person for these two days in Hood Canal.

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More Progress Made on Maple Fire

Fire crews continue to make progress on the Maple Fire, the wildfire burning in the Olympic National Forest near Hamma Hamma. According to the latest information, the blaze is now 52% contained and remains at 1,245 acres in size.

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Labor Market Steps Up in July

Washington’s economy added 12,400 jobs in July and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for July was 4.6 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The July unemployment rate decreased slightly from the June 2018 unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, matching a historical low.

“The state continues to feel the positive impact its economy is having on employment,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “Benchmark revisions to the data showed that job growth has accelerated with the beginning of the calendar year.”

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PUD 3 Supports Broadband for All Act

The Mason PUD 3 Commission voted Tuesday to support a bipartisan broadband bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Commissioners adopted Resolution 1714, “A resolution in support of H.R. 6442, the Broadband for All Act.”

The “Broadband for All Act” would allow tax credits for citizens who participate in neighborhood groups and pay the shared cost of extending broadband to their communities.

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2018 Co-Ed Softball Champion Crowned

Hiawatha Evergreens crowned City of Shelton Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Softball Champions.

Top Left-Right: Jason Alvarado, Tiffany Alvarado, Dustin Toby, Carrie Lemmon, Aaron Lemmon, Sean Johnson, Gail Gray, CJ Johnson and Jason Sheetz Bottom Left-Right: Desta Gouley, MacKenzie Stevens, Ryan Baumgart and Tara Sheetz. Not Pictured: Jessi Wheaton and Judi Burr

Shelton Parks and Recreation wrapped up another competitive summer coed softball season on August 13th.

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Update on Health Advisory for Mason Lake

The Mason County Public Health Division has completed its investigation of people experiencing gastrointestinal illness after visiting Mason Lake between August 7th and 9th. The water samples secured by Environmental Health from the Green Diamond swimming area came back within acceptable/normal levels.

As of August 13, the Green Diamond swimming area at Mason Lake has been re-opened. There is no indication that any other parts of the lake need to be closed at this time.

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