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No Mail Wednesday

President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush.

Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on Dec.  5. 

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County Garbage, Water & Sewer Rates Going Up

Those who self-haul their garbage and are on Mason County-operated water and sewer systems will pay more beginning in 2019. Disposal rate at all County Transfer and Drop Box stations will increase by 3.5 percent and all water rates, sewer rates and fees at the Rustlewood, Beards Cove, and North Bay Case Inlet water and sewer systems will increase by 3.3 percent.

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Shop with a Cop

On Saturday, December 1st, the Police Department partnered with Walmart for the first annual Shop with a Cop event in Shelton. Walmart donated $5,000 to provide a number of local children in need with the opportunity to do some holiday shopping for their families. Approximately 40 children were nominated by local school officials and others in the community to participate in the program.

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Study Finds Drivers Intervene to Prevent DUI

When it comes to driving under the influence of both cannabis and alcohol, most Washingtonians do not believe it is safe and do not engage in this behavior.  That’s according to a new study of Washington’s traffic safety culture, commissioned by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC).  The study explores the values, beliefs and behaviors regarding driving under the influence of alcohol and cannabis (DUICA).

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Hood Canal Bridge Work Completed Early

Washington State Department of Transportation bridge crews have completed a series of consecutive, overnight tests on newly replaced components of the State Route 104 Hood Canal Bridge. The work was completed a day ahead of schedule, and the night closure scheduled to occur on Saturday, Dec. 1, has been cancelled.

City Construction Schedule 12/3 to 12/7

One of the two remaining infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton has stopped for the winter. Crews have stopped working on the Downtown Connector Project but work continues on Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation. There are still several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Here is what motorists will encounter December 3rd through December 7th.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Construction on the Downtown Connector Project will be put on hold for the winter season starting Saturday, December 1st. Olympic Highway North with remain open. Alder street will remain closed through the winter between 1st. St. & 2nd St. and 6th St. & 7th St. It is anticipated that construction will resume on April 1, 2019.
  • City crews will be working with Mason PUD 3 throughout the week to install new light poles on Alder between 1st St. & 7th St. Expect intermittent closures throughout the work area.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

  • Northcliff Road will be open.
  • Intermittent closures between Alder and Birch from 3rd St. to 7th St.
  • Intermittent closures between Birch and Henry from 2nd St. to 4th St.

State Highway Road Construction 12/2 to 12/8

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from December 2, 2018 to December 8, 2018.

Special Events 

Highway: SR 300 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 3.2 to 3.3
Description: 30-minute total highway closure of SR 300 for the Belfair Christmas Parade.
Work Schedule: 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.


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Community to Fund Shelton K9 Unit

Several months ago, two Shelton police officers approached Police Chief Darrin Moody with a proposal to restart a K9 program at the Shelton Police Department. The PD previously had a limited purpose K9 Unit consisting of one dog, specialized in locating narcotics. The PD still has most of the vehicle equipment used to transport a police K9, however, the costs associated with training a new K9 are significant. While the PD would benefit from utilizing a K9 Unit, limitations with the City’s budget required the officer’s proposal be put on hold.

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Mason County Civil Service Commission Vacancy

The Board of Mason County Commissioners is seeking applications to fill a position on the Mason County Civil Service Commission. This is for a six year term that will end on December 31, 2024.

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Boy Killed in SR 16 Crash Not Properly Restrained

A 7-year-old Bremerton boy was killed Monday after being ejected from a vehicle that lost control on westbound State Route 16, west of Tremont Street in Port Orchard.

WSP is asking anyone who witnessed the collision or may have struck debris involved in the collision to call 360-473-0141.

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