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Walsh Calls for Special Session to Restore $30 Car Tabs

A state lawmaker is calling for the Legislature to immediately convene a special session to implement the voter-approved 30-dollar car tab fee recently blocked by a King County judge. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast reports from Olympia.

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‘Tis the Season…for Decorating Safely

Twinkling lights, beautiful garlands, and giant Christmas trees…nothing spreads cheer quite like holiday decorations. However, Christmas trees, candles, and decorations can create safety hazards. The State Fire Marshal’s Office urges Washingtonian’s to practice fire-safe behaviors this holiday season.

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State Highway Construction 12/1 to 12/7

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from December 1, 2019 to December 7, 2019.

Construction
US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: Due to a revised contractor schedule, the new southbound US 101 exit to Shelton Matlock Road may not open until mid-December or until early January. WSDOT will provide advance notification when the opening of the new exit scheduled. The new exit is roughly 1500-feet before the existing exit. After the new ramp opens, crews will shift Shelton-Matlock Road traffic onto a temporary two-lane bypass road. This allows travelers to bypass construction around-the-clock while crews build a new stream channel under the Shelton-Matlock Road.
Work Schedule: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each weekdayBrief traffic stops and shoulder closures on Shelton-Matlock Road approaching US 101 interchange. No traffic affects for US 101.

Maintenance

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 327.5 to 330.6
Description: One-way alternating traffic for Mason County PUD #1 tree trimming. 
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Thursday, Dec. 12. No work Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29.

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 beginning Monday, Dec. 2 through Thursday, Feb 28. No work Dec. 24-25, Dec 31-Jan. 1, or Feb. 17

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Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics New Name, Logo & More

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has enjoyed more than 50 years of success in serving our community and patients. The District has been expanding and changing to meet the growing and sophisticated health care needs of our patients and community. The grand opening of Mason Clinic is on the horizon in February 2020, and the District is in the midst of hiring 14 new providers to the community, eight of whom have already joined the health care team.

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Risk Ongoing in Romaine Lettuce E.coli Outbreak

Officials at the Washington State Department of Health advised the public to avoid eating romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region. Two Washington cases are now included in the multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli linked to romaine lettuce from this area, currently under investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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MacEwen Pre-Session Video

[VIDEO] 35th Legislative District State Representative Drew MacEwen released the following video in which he discusses the issues he’s working on and what the House Republican Caucus agenda will look like in the upcoming 2020 session.

Tips for a Terrific Turkey Day

As friends and families prepare to gather for Thanksgiving Day this Thursday, November 28, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that the recipe for a great holiday always includes safe cooking habits. 

In Washington, 16 percent of reported home structure fires in 2018 involved cooking equipment. Those fires resulted in 19 civilian injuries, two firefighter injuries, and close to $5 million worth of direct property damage, according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

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State Highway Construction 11/24 to 11/30

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from November 24, 2019 to November 30, 2019.

Construction
US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description: Travelers soon will use the newly built southbound US 101 exit to Shelton Matlock Road. The new exit is roughly 1500-feet before the existing exit. Drivers are encouraged to expect the traffic revision to occur as soon as mid-November. WSDOT will provide advance notification when this is scheduled. After the new ramp opens, crews will shift Shelton-Matlock Road traffic onto a temporary two-lane bypass road. This allows travelers to bypass construction around-the-clock while crews build a new stream channel under the Shelton-Matlock Road.
Work Schedule: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each weekdayBrief traffic stops and shoulder closures on Shelton-Matlock Road approaching US 101 interchange. No traffic affects for US 101.

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Belfair Man Found Guilty of Murder

A Mason County Superior Court jury has found a 62-year-old Belfair man guilty of second degree murder for shooting an intruder he found showering in a building on his property in April of 2017.

The verdict came down Thursday and the jury found Bruce Fanning guilty in the death of 31-year-old Nathaniel Rosa of Bothell.

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