“Legislators tonight approved a great budget for Washington state. It makes the investments we need to move the state forward and follows spending priorities I set out when the Legislature convened in January. This budget allows us to take a big step toward meeting our obligation to K-12 education, including all-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes in lower grades and a teacher mentoring program.
LEARN BEFORE YOU BURN
Due to potential fire dangers during the extreme dry weather, the Mason County Board of Commissioners is encouraging caution this holiday by asking residents to voluntarily restrict their use of fireworks. Take advantage of legal public firework displays, and limit any private use of fireworks to just the 4th of July.
In the coming days, temperatures across the state are expected to set records and reach triple digits in some areas. That’s why the Department of Labor & Industries is urging people working outdoors to take precautions against heat-related illness, a condition that can result in serious medical problems, including disability or death.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning which is in effect from 6 PM this evening (Saturday) to 11 PM Sunday. The fire weather watch is no longer in effect. Forecasters are saying the warmest weather of the year is expected today before some moderation begins on Sunday. Dry fuel conditions have exceeded critical levels from the cascades to the coast. The heat will help create an unstable air mass above about 2000 feet. In addition, a threat of dry thunderstorms with potentially abundant lightning will begin by late this afternoon and grow into Sunday morning raising the potential of fire starts and rapid fire growth throughout Western Washington and east toward Lake Chelan.
Zero tolerance for operating a boat while under the influence
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Deputies will be out on patrol for the annual Operation Dry Water campaign. Statewide, officers will be out in force June 26, 27 and 28 looking for boat operators that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol (also known as BUI) and whose Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) exceeds the state limit of .08%.