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Vacancy on City Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

The City of Shelton is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the City’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC).

The LTAC is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on yearly tourism grant applications to City Council. The committee meets 2-3 times per year.

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Five COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Thursday

Mason County Public Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Thursday, April 15, 2021. With 78 cases in the last 14 days, Mason County’s rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 is now 120, down from Wednesday’s rate of 122.

Update on Port of Shelton Fire

Thursday, Mason County Fire District 11 provided an update to Tuesday night’s commercial structure fire at the Port of Shelton. The update clarifies that the 35,000 square-foot building was owned by the Port of Shelton and leased by M & R Distributing, a cannabis operation.

According to the fire district, the fire created many challenges for firefighters. Some of those challenges were: the size of the building, the building construction, and additional buildings/businesses attached to the building. Also, the building didn’t have a fire sprinklers system installed.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expands to Everyone 16 & Older

Starting today (April 15, 2021) everyone 16 and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can receive one in Washington. The eligibility expansion marks the four-month anniversary of vaccine rollout in our state. Since mid-December, nearly 4.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the state. More than 2.67 million people have received at least one dose and more than 23% of Washingtonians are fully vaccinated. Opening eligibility to everyone 16 and older will further protect our communities and help us get closer to crossing the finish line of this global pandemic.

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Homeless Can Get Economic Impact Payments, Other Tax Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service Thursday continued an ongoing effort to help those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic by reminding people who don’t have a permanent address or a bank account that they may still qualify for Economic Impact Payments and other tax benefits.

While Economic Impact Payments continue to be made automatically to most people, the IRS can’t issue a payment to eligible Americans when information about them isn’t available in the tax agency’s systems.

To help people experiencing homelessness, the rural poor and other historically under-served groups, the IRS urges community groups, employers and others to share information about Economic Impact Payments and help more eligible people file a tax return so they can receive everything they’re entitled to. has a variety of information and tools to help people receive the Economic Impact Payments.

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13 COVID-19 Cases, Another Death in Mason County Wednesday

Mason County Public Health reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 and another death attributed to coronavirus in the County on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. One person is hospitalized outside the County. At last report, 29 Mason County residents have died from COVID-19. Mason County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 over two weeks has increased to 122. There have been 79 COVID-19 cases in the County in the past 14 days.

Payroll Employment Shows Strong Gains

Washington’s economy added 23,100 jobs in March and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate decreased from 5.6 percent in February to 5.4 percent in March, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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Update on Vaccine Breakthrough Cases

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is reporting a total of 217 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals in Washington state as of April 3, 2021. That is up from 102 since we first reported cases of breakthrough on March 30, 2021. Breakthrough cases have now been identified in 24 of Washington’s 39 counties.

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Commercial Structure Fire at Port of Shelton

Crews from a dozen fire departments responded to a commercial structure fire at the Port of Shelton Tuesday night.

According to a news release, crews from Mason County Fire District 11 (Island Lake Fire) were dispatched to a comercial fire alarm at 9:14 PM. On scene a minute later, firefighters confirmed the commercial structure fire with flames through the roof and dispatch upgraded the call to a three-alarm structure fire.

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