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Update: Shelton Teacher & Coach Arrested

MCsheriff logo smallThe following is a news release from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office:
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office was requested by the Shelton School District to investigate a report alleging that a Shelton High School Teacher and Coach had sexual contact with a female student at the school. The investigation lead to the arrest of Christopher Frazier, a 30-year-old man from Shelton. The victim is a 17-year-old girl. Frazier was booked into the Mason County Jail on December 10th for investigation of Sexual Misconduct of a Minor and for Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. His bail was set at $10,000.00 and he bailed out last night, December 11th. This case will be reviewed by the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office. No other information is available at this time due to the on-going investigation.

Highway 101 Reduced to One Lane along Hood Canal

Damage to the northbound shoulder of US Highway 101 caused by recent heavy rains will require the road to be reduced to one alternating lane of traffic near the Mason-Jefferson County line at milepost 316.5. Recent heavy rains at the site, north of Hamma Hamma, washed away the roadway shoulder adjacent to Hood Canal.


Approximately 70 feet of the roadway shoulder has been damaged.

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Mac Ewen prefiles bill to fund education first

drew macewenRep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, has prefiled a bill to fund education first. House Bill 1001 would require a stand-alone education budget be passed and sent to the governor’s desk by March 31 in biennial budget years and Feb. 15 in supplemental budget years. Additionally, House Bill 1001 requires the governor to submit a separate education audio iconbudget proposal to the Legislature with K-12 appropriations based on existing revenues and without assuming new taxes.

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Tis The Season To Not Be A Victim

sheriff patchThe Mason County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn the public regarding criminals taking advantage of citizen’s good intentions in the spirit of giving, or being coerced by scare tactics.  According to Sheriff’s Office records, there has been an unusually high call load in the last several months regarding fraud, telephone & email scams and identity theft.  Criminals are posing as many different types of people, attempting to trick you into making you provide your personal information.  The following list is to help you understand just a few of the theft schemes that criminals are using this season:

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Car Club Makes Stuffed Animal Donation

MGH logoThe Yesteryear Car Club recently donated nearly 30 stuffed animals to Mason General Hospital’s Emergency Department for children being admitted to the ER during the holiday season – a gesture they have been doing annually for many years now.

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Green Diamond Appoints New NW VP/GM – Paul Wing to Retire

green diamondGreen Diamond Resource Company President Douglas Reed recently announced appointment of Blayde Fry to the position of Vice President and General Manager-Northwest Division based in Shelton, Wash., replacing Paul Wing, who plans to retire December 31, 2014.

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PUD 3’s 10th Consecutive Financial Reporting Recognition

Mason PUD 3 has received its tenth consecutive international recognition for the quality and completeness of its financial reporting.

Mason PUD 3’s Finance Department staff: Standing L-R: Jenifer Sliva, Emily Gott, Dani Leboki, Karissa Byrne, Sherry Speaks, Dawn Thompson. Kneeling: Brian Taylor.
Mason PUD 3’s Finance Department staff: Standing L-R: Jenifer Sliva, Emily Gott, Dani Leboki, Karissa Byrne, Sherry Speaks, Dawn Thompson. Kneeling: Brian Taylor.

PUD 3 was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by the International Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.

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Stage 1 Burn Ban called for Thurston County

ORCAAA Stage One Burn Ban is in effect for Thurston County and will continue until conditions change.  Under a Stage 1 Ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves, and all outdoor burning is prohibited, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned.  Additionally, no visible smoke is allowed from any wood stove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute start-up period.

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Winter’s Return: A Celebration in Music

TRL logoTwo world-traveling duos team up for an evening of seasonal songs

Felicia Dale and William Pint play music of the sea. Tania Opland and Mike Freeman perform music from many lands. On Wednesday, December 3, they join talents for an evening of wintery revels at the North Mason Timberland Library. This one-hour program begins at 7 p.m.

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