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Administrative Changes for Shelton Schools

There has been some changes in the administrative structure for some Shelton schools. According to a news release, due to the resignation of Steven Torres, Principal at Olympic Middle School, the Shelton School District will be making the following administrative changes on October 8, 2018.

  • Carey Murray will move from the position of Principal at Bordeaux Elementary to Principal of Olympic Middle School.
  • Maryann Marshall will transition from the Assistant Principal position at Olympic Middle School to Principal of Bordeaux Elementary.

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October 7-13 Is Fire Prevention Week

In collaboration with fire agencies and safety advocates nationwide, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018, to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

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Experts Recommend Families Get Flu Shots

Flu illness has begun circulating in Washington communities and flu vaccine is now widely available to protect everyone in the family throughout the season.

“Getting vaccinated every year against the flu is essential to protecting yourself and your family from this very serious illness,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer. “Flu vaccines to protect you this fall and winter are available at many pharmacies and healthcare providers. Everyone 6 months and older, even healthy teens and young adults, should get vaccinated.”

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OysterFest This Weekend

The Shelton Skookum Rotary Club Foundation is hosting the 37th Annual OysterFest this weekend. Every year, thousands attend the two-day event which also features the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship and Washington State Seafood Festival.

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Key Stage Reached for 101/Lynch Road Project

Travelers who use US 101 near Taylor Towne in Mason County may notice the US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements project has reached a key milestone.

Newly completed paving and previous work lay the foundation for crews to build new acceleration lanes for Lynch Road drivers merging onto northbound and southbound US 101.

Remaining construction and timeline

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City Construction Schedule 10/1 to 10/5

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 1st to October 5th.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Late in the week, Olympic Highway North will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic directions between 7th St. and C St. Flaggers will be on site directing traffic through the work area.
  • 1st Street will be reduced to two lanes, one in each direction, at the intersection of 1st. St. and Alder St.
  • Alder will be closed between 1st St. and 2nd St., and 6th St. and 7th St.
  • Starting on Monday, crews will begin paving the following streets:
    • Alder St. between 3rd St. and 7th St.
    • 4th St., 5th St., and 6th St. between Alder St. and Birch St.
    • 3rd St., 4th St., 5th St., and 6th St. between Alder St. and Pine St.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

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State Highway Road Construction 9/30 to 10/6

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from September 30, 2018 to October 6, 2018.

US 101 – Lynch Road – Safety Improvements

Highway: 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.

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Troopers Recover 3 Stolen Vehicles in 2 Days

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Troopers recovered three stolen vehicles in two separate incidents in Mason and Clallam County this week.

The first incident occurred at approximately 6:43 p.m. Tuesday involving a motorcycle that crashed in a ditch on state Route 106 at milepost 18. The rider fled on foot and was later located hiding behind a vehicle in a nearby driveway by troopers and firefighters.

The rider, a 30-year-old Port Orchard man, was taken into custody and is accused of possession of a stolen vehicle, drug possession/paraphernalia and other possible charges, which are being referred to the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office.

The second incident occurred at 9:28 p.m. Wednesday when a blue 2001 Chrysler Sebring was reported stolen from Port Angeles.

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Burn Ban to be Lifted

The burn ban in Mason County will be lifted on October 1st and outdoor burning will then be allowed. A news release says the Mason County Community Development Director, the Mason County Fire Marshal, and in partnership with the Mason County Fire Chiefs’ Association and Department of Natural Resources, have determined that current weather conditions within Mason County have moderated and have reduced fire dangers. Outdoor burning will resume under the current Burn Regulations set forth by Mason County.

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