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Missing Sex Offender

David Lee William JohnsonThe Mason County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a sex offender who has absconded from his registration requirements. According to a bulletin, 18-year-old David Lee William Johnson failed to notify the Sheriff’s Office that he was no longer residing at his registered address, moved to another registered address, and then later for living as transient/homeless, possibly within the area of the Squaxin Island Indian Reservation. Johnson is required to register as a sex offender due to a 2013 conviction of Rape of a Child 2nd Degree and Child Molestation 1st Degree. This conviction stems from when Johnson was 16 years old, he sexually assaulted two different young girls ages 10 and 13.

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Inslee requests federal Emergency Declaration to secure additional wildfire resources

Gov. Jay Inslee today requested a federal Emergency Declaration to provide additional resources to cover some of costs related to multiple wildfires burning in Eastern Washington.

The governor’s request was sent to President Obama through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and pointed out that currently 11 counties and four tribes are affected or threatened by fires. Officials have confirmed that the fires have already destroyed more than 50 homes, 60 other structures, and more than 235,000 acres of land.

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Washington Boasts Over 160,000 Student-Athletes in 2014-15

wiaa-logo-white backAccording to the 2014-15 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the number of student-athletes in Washington state rose to 160,245, the WIAA announced Wednesday.

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Watch out for harmful algae blooms across state

Drought worsening this normal ecology logophenomenon in waters

Lakes, rivers and Puget Sound are experiencing more intense and widespread algae blooms this summer and scientists believe warm water due to the state’s drought is partly to blame.

The Washington Department of Ecology and other agencies are currently monitoring algae concentrations in both fresh and marine waters.

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Washington’s unemployment rate on track at 5.3 percent

employment securityWashington experienced modest job growth in July, resulting in a 5.3 percent unemployment rate for the month, on a preliminary, seasonally adjusted basis, according to estimates by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This tracks with the national rate of 5.3 percent – and is consistent with last month’s unemployment rate of 5.3 percent. Washington’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July 2014.

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Rustlewood Sewer Plant Receives Award

As first reported on August 5, the Rustlewood Wastewater Treatment Plant received the 2104 Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance award from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Erika Schwender, Deputy Director of Mason County’s Department of Utilities and Waste Management, has more:

The two sewer plants in the City of Shelton also received outstanding performance awards for last year.

County Requesting Proposals from Marketing Firms

The Mason County Commission is requesting proposals from qualified firms for multimedia marketing services to promote events and festivals in the County. The contract would be for one year and should not exceed $65,000. According to Commissioner Terri Jeffreys, the funds for this contract will come from lodging taxes.

National Parks Service Celebrating 99th Birthday; No Entry Fee

200px_US_NationalParkService_ShadedLogoThe National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25, 2015, and across the country, park visitors will get a present – free entry to any national park.

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