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Suicide in the Skokomish Valley

sheriff badgeOn Thursday night, 08/27/2015 around 8:00 PM, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1000 block of W. Skokomish Valley Road to the report of an unresponsive man in a parked vehicle.  Upon further investigation it appeared that the person was deceased due to a self inflicted gunshot wound.

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SAFETY AND SERVICE HIGHLIGHTED AT SHERIFF’S BREAKFAST

Sheriff Casey Salisbury invited school officials from across the county to attend this month’s Sheriff’s Breakfast featuring a program linking schools with critical response units.

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Sheriff Casey Salisbury said, “One of our core values is partnerships and it is important that our school and law enforcement leaders build face-to-face relationships so we can more effectively respond together during critical incidents.”

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Update on Sunnyside Fire 11 AM 8/30/15

Here is an update on the Sunnyside Fire burning in the Skokomish Valley as of 11 AM 8/30/15:

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ACRES

CONTAINMENT TOTAL RESOURCES
70 65%

68 personnel

The Sunnyside Fire started on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm. The fire burned the area underneath the power lines just above the Sunnyside Road in the Skokomish Valley.

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Low Oxygen Levels in Hood Canal Killing Marine Life

Fish, crab and other marine life are dying from a lake of oxygen in Southern Hood Canal. A story in the Seattle Times quotes Skokomish Tribe biologist Seth Book who says the dead zone is east of Sister’s Point to Belfair. Book has been monitoring the canal throughout August. Tribal staff first reported seeing die-offs – when marine life struggle to reach the surface to breath – in early July.

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Road Construction on State Highways 8/30 to 9/5

DOT sealThe following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County during the week of August 30, 2015 through September 5, 2015. 

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Update on Sunnyside Fire as of 11 AM 8/29/15

Here is an update on the Sunnyside Fire burning in the Skokomish Valley as of 11 AM 8/29/15:

ACRES

CONTAINMENT

TOTAL RESOURCES

70

65%

68 personnel

The Sunnyside Fire started on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm. The fire burned the area underneath the power lines just above the Sunnyside Road in the Skokomish Valley. The fire started at the bottom of the hill just off the Sunnyside Road and burned north up the hill toward the top of the ridge and east toward highway 101. As of early Saturday morning the fire is estimated at 70 acres in size and is burning in heavy timber. There are no reports of damage to structures in the area but the fire damaged some of the wooden power poles. Crews from DNR, the Forest Service, local fire districts, and the Skokomish Tribe are working in partnership to control the fire.

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Skokomish River Basin Ecosystem Restoration project clears major milestone

US Army Corp of Engineers Seattle District logoThe Skokomish River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Project is one step closer to construction after receiving approval to release the study’s proposed Chief’s Report from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers board in Washington, D.C.

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High Wind Warning Issued

082915WXwindwarnThe National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning which is in effect until 6 PM Saturday. Forecasters say winds will increase from the south at 20 to 30 mph with local gusts of 45 to 50 mph. Some affected locations specifically mentioned in the warning include the Hood Canal area and Shelton. The strongest winds are likely to occur between 9 AM and 4 PM. Winds this strong typically occur during the fall and winter. This wind event could create more problems due to trees being under stress because of dry conditions and due to trees still having their leaves. These factors will increase the risk downed trees and branches. There could also be local power outages.

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Arson Suspect Arrested in Connection with Arcadia Area Fires

sheriff logo newA suspect has been arrested for 3 counts of 2nd degree Arson and 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a DNR logoFirearm 2nd degree following a joint investigation by the Department of Natural Resources and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

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Update on Sunnyside Fire as of 1:15 PM 8/28/15

Here is an update on the Sunnyside Fire burning in the Skokomish Valley as of 1:15 PM 8/28/15

ACRES

CONTAINMENT TOTAL RESOURCES
65 30%

100 personnel

sunnyside fire 082815 1315The Sunnyside Fire started on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm. The fire is burning underneath the power lines just above the Sunnyside Road in the Skokomish Valley.

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