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Second Forum on Shelton Marina Saturday

The Port of Shelton is holding the second of three community forums on the future of Oakland Bay Marina Saturday morning. The Port Commission will gather public input beginning at 10 AM in the Commission Chambers of the Port of Shelton Office at 21 W. Sanderson Way.

During the first forum, held April 3rd, Port staff presented three possible options: completing planned repairs to the south dock; creating a public/private partnership; or selling marina. However, the Port wants to hear your ideas and thoughts as no decisions have been made on the future of Oakland Bay Marina. 

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PUD 3 Approves Moratorium on Bitcoin Mining Operations

Bitcoin miners are intent on staking their claim to Mason PUD 3’s affordable electricity rates and high-speed fiber optic network.

To provide time to evaluate the effect of these energy intensive operations on the local power system and rates, PUD commissioners Tuesday (April 10) approved a moratorium on accepting applications for service to “cryptocurrency” operations. The moratorium covers computer or data processing loads related to virtual or cryptocurrency mining, bitcoin, Blockchain, or similar purposes. It does not apply to existing approved applications.

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Call for Artists – Shelton Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery

Professional and amateur artists working in two and three dimensional media are invited to apply for gallery exhibitions at the Shelton Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery. The gallery is sponsored by the Shelton Arts Commission and is open to all members of the public.

All artists living in Washington State are eligible to apply. Two dimensional work must be mounted or framed and ready to hang. Three dimensional work must meet size specifications. All work must be original and created solely by the artist.

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Police Blotter 4/9/18

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Thursday, March 29, 2018 through Sunday, April 8, 2018. 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.

Sunday April 8, 2018

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State Highway Road Construction 4/8 to 4/14

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from April 8, 2018 to April 14, 2018.


Highway: SR 3 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 7 to 20
Description: One-way alternating traffic with a pilot car for litter removal and guidepost washing.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-11.  (Deer Creek area to Mason Benson Road on 4/10; Mason Benson Road to Grapeview Loop Road on 4/11)

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Help Sought to Identify Burglary Suspect

The Shelton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying an unknown subject who burglarized a commercial building in the 2500 block of Olympic Highway North on Sunday, April 1st. The suspected gained entering by forcing open the rear door. After spending about two hours inside, the suspect left with several stolen items. The building is currently being used to store the property of a business that closed several months ago.

Surveillance footage shows the burglar entering the building at approximately 5:00 AM, and then leaving at approximately 7:00 AM.

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Suspected DUI Driver Strikes Bicyclist, Flips Car into Creek

A 48-year-old Belfair man was arrested over the weekend after striking a bicyclist in downtown Shelton and flipping his car into Goldborough Creek. According to the Shelton Police Department, officers responded to reports of an overturned vehicle in the creek near the intersection of South 1st Street and Park Street about 6 PM Saturday.

Upon arrival, officers located the uninjured male driver of the vehicle who extricated himself from the car after it went into the creek. A news release says the driver demonstrated obvious signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or other intoxicants.

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Four County Beaches to be Test for Bacteria

The state’s Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication & Health (BEACH) Program will soon begin testing the state’s most popular saltwater beaches for bacteria to help people avoid getting sick from playing in the water. The program is implemented by local health agencies, tribal nations, non-profits, and coordinated volunteers groups.

The proposed 2018 list of beaches that will be tested includes four beaches in Mason County:

Allyn Waterfront Park
Potlatch State Park
Twanoh State Park
Walker County Park* (will be sampled every other week)

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