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Next Olympic College President Selected

After conducting an extensive nationwide search, the Olympic College Board of Trustees has named the successful candidate in its Presidential Search. The Board of Trustees offered the position to Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi, President of Pierce College Puyallup, who has accepted the offer pending completion of contract negotiations.

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Distracted Driving Emphasis Underway in Shelton

In an effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions and associated injuries, Shelton Police Officers have already dedicated thirty-two hours this month targeting distracted drivers. In the first few days of December alone, officers made over 109 traffic stops, resulting in 53 distracted driver infractions, 2 DUI citations, and 7 arrests. Shelton PD will be applying for additional grant funding in 2018 to continue targeted traffic safety patrols.

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New Phone Scam Targets Businesses

The Washington Department of Revenue is warning businesses to be aware of a new telephone scam.

The scammers fraudulently claim to be from Revenue and request over-the-phone payment to renew expired business licenses.

Revenue will never ask for or take payment for license renewals over the phone. The department mails businesses a notice about six weeks before their renewal is due and a delinquent notice a week after the license expires.

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Police Blotter 12/2/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Saturday, November 25, 2017 through Friday, December 1, 2017. 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.

Friday, December 1, 2017

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State Highway Road Construction 12/3 to 12/9

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from December 3, 2017 to December 9, 2017.


US 101 – Hoodsport Vicinity – Slide Debris Fence Repair
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s)331.4
Description: Crews will repair a debris fence.
Work schedule: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday through December, drivers will encounter one-way alternating traffic. 

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Pre-Cut Fruit Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The Department of Health announced Friday a Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe in both Washington and Oregon.

People who purchased these products on or about Oct. 25 up to Dec. 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market in Washington and Oregon are urged not to eat the fruit and throw it away.

Eighteen people from King (5), Mason (1), Pierce (1), Snohomish (7), Thurston (1), and Yakima (1) counties and two individuals from Oregon have been diagnosed with Salmonella.  

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Flow Changes for Skokomish

Tacoma Power will be increasing water flow from the Cushman #2 Dam into the North Fork Skokomish River from 800 cfs reaching 2200 cfs by 2:30 p.m. today. They will immediately decrease flow reaching 1100 cfs by 6:30 p.m. tonight and remain at that flow until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.

City Employee of Month: Matt Dickson

Matt Dickson, Assistant Crew Lead at the City of Shelton was selected as Employee of the Month by the City’s Wellness Committee for the month of November 2017.

Matt has been employed with the City of Shelton for 25 years, making him one the city’s most veteran employees.

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Skokomish River Levee Breach

A levee breach along the Skokomish River was a topic of discussion during Tuesday’s Mason County Commission meeting as an advisory about the beach was read and residents voiced their concerns. State Senator Tim Sheldon was among those to speak.

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Shelton Chamber Announces 2017 Award Nominees

Each year the Shelton-Mason County Chamber hosts its members and community leaders at the Annual Awards Gala where the prestigious Business, Citizen, and Volunteer of the Year are presented and the President’s Choice award is revealed.

The Chamber’s executive director Heidi McCutcheon says, “These nominees are extraordinary people who are dedicated to bettering our community. It is immensely rewarding to acknowledge them for their service and to show our appreciation for the incredible difference they are making in our community.”

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