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House OKs Enhanced Training Requirements for Jail Guards

Lawmakers in Olympia say the training given to guards at county and city jails is inadequate, and they’ve got a bill designed fix that.  Dan Frizzell from the House Democratic Caucus has more.

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Kilmer Recognized by Nation’s Largest Native American Organization

Recently, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) received the 2020 Congressional Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the interests of tribal governments and communities.

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Mason Clinic Grand Opening Friday

The Grand Opening & Dedication Ceremony for Mason Clinic is this Friday (Feb. 21st) and Mason Health welcomes the entire community to this historic event.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. and will include remarks and speeches from Commissioner Scott Hilburn of Public Hospital District No. 1, the governing body of Mason Health, and CEO Eric Moll. The Honorable Judge Ben Settle will lead the dedication, which will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce. The event will also include refreshments provided by Kern’s Kitchen, a photo booth from Cooper Studios, and guided tours with Mason Health leadership. Mason Health, in conjunction with Cooper Studios, will also reveal a custom art piece.

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‘HIVE’ Patrol Results in 120 Traffic Stops

The Washington State Patrol (WSP), Bremerton Police Department (BPD), Port Orchard Police Department (POPD) and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) teamed up Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, to reduce injury, serious injury and fatality collisions during a second “High Visibility Enforcement” (HIVE) patrol.

The day long HIVE patrol focused on state Route 16 and state Route 3 near Gorst, with focused efforts during peak collision times. One such peak collision time between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. resulted in more than 120 traffic stops. The traffic stops included 68 drivers contacted for excessive speed, three with suspended licenses and one driver was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence.

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State Highway Construction 2/16 to 2/22

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from February 16, 2020 to February 22, 2020.

US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: If the weather cooperates, crews are set to open two new ramps at the US 101 Shelton-Matlock Road interchange. The upcoming changes are a key step for the project intended to help open new habitat for fish. In order to open the new ramps, crews will need an extended closure of both the southbound US 101 exit to Shelton-Matlock Road and the Shelton-Matlock Road on-ramp to southbound US 101. Crews at that time will open both new ramps that will create a more traditional diamond interchange. A signed detour will be available during the closure. 
Work Schedule: See below:

Weekdays: From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each weekday, travelers can expect brief traffic stops and shoulder closures on Shelton-Matlock Road approaching US 101 interchange. No traffic affects for US 101.
Extended ramp closure:  Both the southbound US 101 exit to Shelton-Matlock Road and the Shelton-Matlock Road on-ramp to southbound US 101 will close after the Monday, Feb. 24 morning commute. They will remain closed around-the-clock to all travelers until 5 a.m. Monday, March 2.

Highway: SR 108 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 4.9 to 9.7
Description: One-way alternating traffic for Mason County PUD #3 power pole replacement. 
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday through Thursday, Feb 28.

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Grays Harbor and Mason County Teachers Awarded $25,000 in Grants

The Community Partners Education Grant (CPEG) committee announces that it awarded $25,700.50 in grants to thirty-nine teachers from seven school districts, in both Grays Harbor and Mason Counties in Washington State.

CPEG Committee Members (from left to right): Julie Rowan (Belco Forest Products), Dick Case (Green Diamond Resource Company), Allison Barnes (Simpson Door Company), Darren Eisele (Our Community Credit Union), and Billy Thomas (Hood Canal Communications). Not pictured are Jacquelin Earley (Sierra Pacific Foundation), Stacie Tobey (Vaughan Co, Inc), Kristi Templeton (Our Community Credit Union), and Kelly Almonte (Shelton Dental Center & Elma Family Dentistry).

Grants were awarded for a wide range of projects including: the arts, physical fitness, reading, and math.  Several STEM related projects, field trips honoring local history and culture, and outdoor learning also received funding.  The committee approved 89% of the applications received this grant cycle.  A complete list of approved grants is available at cpegwa.wixsite.com/home/grants.

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Kiwanis Invites Youth to Audition for Theater Program

Mason County youth are invited to audition for a live theater production of “Jack & the Beanstalk.”

For twenty-five years, the Shelton Kiwanis Club has teamed up with Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) for an exceptional performing arts program. MCT, the nation’s largest touring children’s theater visiting nearly 1,300 communities this year alone.

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Ramp Closure Planned for US 101/Shelton Matlock Road Interchange

If the weather cooperates, construction crews are set to open two new ramps at the US 101 Shelton-Matlock Road interchange. The upcoming changes are a key step for the project intended to help open new habitat for fish.

In order to open the new ramps, crews will need an extended closure of both the southbound US 101 exit to Shelton-Matlock Road and the Shelton-Matlock Road on-ramp to southbound US 101.

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House Reduces Penalties for Intentional HIV Infection

In Olympia, a controversial bill that would reduce the punishment for those who intentionally infect another with the HIV virus passed the House of Representatives along party lines Wednesday, with Republicans voting no. The story from Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast at the state Capitol.

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House Approves Higher Penalty for “Swatting”

The state House in Olympia voted Wednesday to hike the penalty to a felony for dangerous crime you’ve probably never heard of. Dan Frizzell from the House Democratic Caucus has more.

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