The South Sound subsection of the American Water Works Association’s Pacific Northwest Region held its 7th Annual Water Taste Test competition in Puyallup on March 27th. Mason PUD No. 1 entered a water sample from its Canyonwood Beach Water System. The sample was chosen through a District tasting competition by the PUD commissioners. They tasted samples from nine of the District’s water systems before deciding on Canyonwood
Sen. Tim Sheldon, Energy Northwest executive board member and former Mason County Public Utility District No. 1 commissioner, will receive the Northwest Public Power Association’s John M. George public service award. The award will be presented at the association’s 75th annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska in May.
There are five schools in Mason County referred to as struggling by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction but help for those schools is also pledged. State Superintendent Randy Dorn Tuesday released a list of schools that will receive additional state and federal funding and support services to help them meet the needs of all their students. On the list of “Priority Schools” are Hood Canal Elementary and Junior High, Hawkins Middle School in the North Mason School District, and Evergreen Elementary and CHOICE High School in the Shelton School District.
House Democrats unveiled their 2015-17 operating budget plan on Friday – a budget that will add $3.2 billion in additional K-12 investments over the next two years compared to the 2013-15 budget. The HDC proposal is the first budget proposal on the table that puts the state in full compliance with the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling, which mandates the state adequately fund basic education by 2018.
Dale Peinecke, commissioner of the Washington Employment Security Department, and Lourdes “Alfie” Alvarado Ramos, director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, recently signed documents demonstrating their agencies’ support for hiring veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve.
SHELTON SKATE PARK REOPENING
The City of Shelton has recently entered into an agreement with the Shelton School District to operate and maintain the existing skate park located at 110 Wallace Kneeland Blvd. After closure for repairs, the park will be open to the public Friday, March 27. The park will be open seven days a week during daylight hours only.