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Labor Market Strengthens Further in May

Washington’s economy added 8,500 jobs in May and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The May unemployment rate was slightly lower than the April 2018 unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

“Payroll growth stepped up in May,” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “Gains were widespread across industries with most adding jobs.”

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EDC Hires New Executive Director

The Economic Development Council of Mason County has appointed Jennifer Baria as its new executive director. Jennifer joined the EDC 13 years ago and has been managing the organization’s day-to-day activities through the departure of two executive directors.

“While we spoke and met with a number of qualified individuals, we quickly realized that Jennifer was the right person for the job,” said EDC Board of Directors Chair James Thomas.

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Domestic Violence Homicide Victim Identified

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell has released the name of a woman who was found murdered in her Collins Lake home on this morning (Wednesday, June 13th). The woman has been identified as 51-year-old Donna Louise Sullivan. An autopsy will be performed on Thursday, June 14th to determine cause of death.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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New AD at Shelton

The Shelton School District has a new athletic director: Trevor Leopold. Leopold will begin as AD in August.

Leopold, a native of Wisconsin, attended elementary and middle school in Tacoma, and graduated from Neenah High School in Wisconsin. At Neenah, he participated in football, wrestling, track and field, and powerlifting; winning the state powerlifting championship his senior year. Following high school, Leopold obtained his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

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Council Seeks Feedback on Meeting Time

The new Shelton City Council is seeking feedback from the community on the meeting time for regularly scheduled City Council meetings. Regularly scheduled City Council meetings are typically held at the Shelton Civic Center on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. The Council is currently considering a proposal to adjust the regular meeting time to earlier in the evening.

Shelton residents are encouraged to provide their feedback by completing the online community survey:
Responses will be accepted through Monday, June 18th at 5:00 PM.

Five Die in Cabin Explosion near Brinnon

Five people died when a rental cabin in Brinnon exploded early Sunday morning. According to a news release, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies and fire personnel responded a report of a house fire in the 600 block of Salmon Street about 1 AM. Neighbors reported hearing an explosion, told dispatchers the hillside was on fire, and a house on the property, a small cabin, was gone.

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Police Blotter 6/10/18

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County from Thursday, June 7, 2018 through Saturday, June 9, 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.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

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Construction Schedule for Shelton Projects 6/11 to 6/15

Crews continue working on several infrastructure improvement projects in Shelton that are impacting traffic around the City. This construction includes the Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project, Downtown Connector Project, upgrades to the Cascade Natural Gas system and Jones Road Water Main Replacement. As a reminder, there are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures in effect in the downtown area. Here are where crews are working during the week of June 11th to June 15th.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews will also be working on Highway 3 in Shelton on Tuesday, June 12th. Look for one-way alternating traffic between Ellinor Street and Goldsborough Creek as crews will be sealing cracks in the roadway. Work hours are 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. 

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

  • The side streets between Birch St. and Alder St., from 3rd to 7th, will be closed intermittently for work in the alleys.
  • Lateral crews will be working in the alleys between 5th St. to 8th St., between Pine and Alder. This will result in periodic road closures on 5th and 7th to allow for the equipment movement.

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Alder/Olympic Highway North will be limited to two lanes of traffic, one lane each direction.
  • Alder will be closed from 2nd St. to 5th St. There will be intermittent one-way traffic from 7th to ‘C’ St. while the jersey barriers are being moved.
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th streets will be closed between Alder and Pine.
  • There will be intermittent one-lane traffic control throughout the week on Alder from 2nd St. to 7th St.

Cascade Natural Gas:

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State Highway Road Construction 6/10 to 6/16

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from June 10, 2018 to June 16, 2018.


SR 102, WA ST Corrections Center St to US 101 – Chip Seal
Highway: Dayton Airport Road (SR 102) Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 0.01 to 2.9
Description: Crews will resurface the highway between US 101 and the Washington Correction Center.
Work Schedule: Construction is scheduled to begin after Memorial Day.
• One-way alternating traffic with a pilot car or flaggers during daylight hours. Work will mostly occur Mondays through Fridays. Weekend work may also be scheduled.
• Drivers can expect a reduced speed limit to 35 mph in the work zone.
• Depending on weather, work will continue through summer.

US 101, Olympic Region Guardrail and Cable Barrier
 US 101 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 362 to 367

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California Man Arrested for Attempted Kidnapping

A 32-year-old Ventura, California man was arrested in Shelton Friday morning in relation to an attempted kidnapping that took place at a business located in the 100 Block of East Wallace Kneeland-Boulevard.

The incident happened at approximately 7:45 AM. Shelton Police were dispatched to the business in response to reports of a man exposing himself to a child under the age of 10. Police arrived within minutes and detained the suspect.

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